Labor Day Events Our Favorite Activities Happening Around the State August 29, 2022 By Liz Johnson Labor Day weekend is fast approaching, and we’ve got you covered! There are plenty of events are happening all across Michigan including Detroit, Royal Oak, Armada, Tawas City, Torch Lake, Mackinaw, and more! MICHIGAN STATE FAIR When & Where: September 1-5 at the Suburban Collection in Novi, MI There’s no more iconic spot to round out your summer than at the Michigan State Fair. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy the end of the beautiful summer weather and head with your family to enjoy fair foods and plenty of games and rides! Other attractions include livestock shows, live entertainment, carnival eats, and more. ARTS, BEATS & EATS When & Where: September 2-5 in Downtown Royal Oak, MI Arts, Beats and Eats is one of the state’s largest celebrations of art, music, and food for over 20 years. Connect with artists, enjoy live entertainment and plenty of food right in Downtown Royal Oak. The Kid’s Zone will have arts and crafts, bounce houses and fun, interactive and educational performances all weekend. Head to their website for the full music lineup. Admission to the festival is $5 before 3pm and $10 after 3pm. Credit - Aaron Eckels DETROIT JAZZ FESTIVAL When & Where: September 2-5 in Hart Plaza Downtown Detroit, MI Head down to Detroit to enjoy the annual Detroit Jazz Festival this Labor Day weekend. You will be able to listen to the greats and up-and-coming Jazz artists at the ultimate Jazz show happening at different locations in Detroit. Since 1980 the Detroit Jazz Festival has brought people into the city to entertain and educate on Detroit’s rich history in Jazz music. BLAKE’S SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL When & Where: September 3-5 at Blake’s Cider Mill in Armada, MI Take a stroll through the beautiful fields of sunflowers at Blake’s Sunflower Festival in Armada. You will be able to shop from over 100+ artisans, cut your own sunflowers, and enjoy endless photo opportunities. There will be free classes, speakers, demos and workshops as well! Credit - Liza Lagman Sperl - Flikr FRANKLIN’S ART IN THE VILLAGE ROUNDUP When & Where: September 5 in Franklin, MI This fan-favorite Michigan Festival fuses an art show with a family-friendly Labor Day carnival featuring inflatables, a parade, clowns, an antique auto show, and a petting farm. Plenty of fun for the whole family! If you’re taking a trip to Northern Michigan, check out some of these events happening in the UP and beyond. BELL’S BEER COPPER HARBOR TRAILS FEST When & Where: September 2-4 in Downtown Copper Harbor in the Keweenaw Peninsula The Keweenaw Peninsula is located along the pristine shores of Lake Superior, and it’s rugged beauty and breathtaking views are the perfect backdrop for any Labor Day weekend. The Bell’s Beer Copper Harbor Trails Fest will feature music, races, beer, and plenty of good times for attendees of all ages. TORCH LAKE ART & CRAFT SHOW When & Where: September 3-5 at the Alden Depot Art & Museum Head on over to the quaint city of Alden for the annual arts & crafts show overlooking the gorgeous, crystal blue waters of Torch Lake for an end of the summer fun filled weekend. Sidewalk sales will also be going on in stores in downtown Alden. The Torch Lake Arts & Crafts show, held in Depot Park, will feature 3 days of art, craft and shopping. Nationally acclaimed and local artisans will be on hand demonstrating and selling their art. Choose from painting, jewelry, metal art, yard art, sculptures, pottery, glass blowers and more. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. TAWAS BAY ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW When & Where: September 3-4 at Shoreline Park in Tawas City, MI Stroll through over 130 vendors on the shores of beautiful Tawas City this Labor Day weekend. It’s the perfect way to spend a beautiful summer day near the water while supporting local artists. MACKINAC BRIDGE WALK When & Where: September 5 in Mackinaw City and St. Ignace, MI Walk to the Upper or Lower Peninsula during the Mackinac Bridge Walk on Labor Day, an annual tradition here in Michigan. Thousands flock to the UP to walk across the Mackinac Bridge starting either from Mackinaw City or St. Ignace. The Bridge Walk begins at 7 a.m. Sept. 6. Participants can begin walking up until 11:30 a.m. The bridge closes to traffic at 6:30 a.m. and will reopen at noon. The walk is free and there is no registration. Spoiler alert- the views are incredible.