By Chase Hunt
Summer is soon coming to an end and Labor Day weekend always kicks off the new season ahead. Come on out for another weekend of fun before all schools have resumed, pools close and outdoor activities are once more closing down for the season. The guide below provides family friendly events
Ford Arts, Beats & Eats
Downtown Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Date: Sept. 1 through Sept. 4, 2017 at 11 a.m.
The Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival celebrates the quality of life in Oakland County and brings hundreds of thousands of people from across the nation to admire cultural life over the span of four days. That includes exhibits of art, music and food and the festival is going into its nineteenth year. Events are held downtown Royal Oak so be sure to check the official website here for parking locations and the map which points out where each event is taking place as parking meters will be shut down. Tickets are $3 before 5:00 p.m. and $5 after but free on Friday until 5:00 p.m.
Thunder Over Michigan
47884 D Street
Belleville, MI 48111
Date: Sept 2 -Sept 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
With performances by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, modern and vintage flyers and aircraft, wingwalking aerobaticists, military battle re-enactors and hundreds more specialists in the air and on the ground, the 2017 Thunder Over Michigan Airshow promises to be one for the record books.
Michigan Renaissance Festival
12600 Dixie Highway
Holly, MI 48442
Date: Aug. 19 through Oct. 1, 2017 at 10 a.m.
The Michigan Renaissance Festival is one of Mid-Michigan’s most beloved festivals. Take a step back into the 16th century and enjoy the costumes both employees and attendees wear. From period pieces to mythical creatures, the RenFest is the place to let your inner fairy come out. The festival takes place every weekend through Oct. 1 and tickets run $22.95 for adults, $13.95 for children ages 5 to 12 and $20.95 for seniors age 65 or older. Season passes are available. Check the website for specific events and additional costs.
Detroit Jazz Festival
1 Hart Plaza
Detroit, MI 48226
Date: Sept. 1 through Sept. 4, 2017
Going into its 38th year, the Detroit Jazz Festival is one of the world’s largest free jazz festivals. Each year, more than 60 performers take part in the fest spanning several stages at Hart Plaza, Campus Martius and Cadillac Square and features both local and national artists. Come celebrate the rich jazz history of Detroit with rising stars and homecoming artists. Be sure to search the website for a full lineup for the 2017 fest with the first event taking place Friday, Sept. 1 at 7:00 p.m. and continuing throughout each day over the weekend.
Michigan State Fair
46100 Grand River Ave.
Novi, MI 48374
Date: Aug. 31 through Sept. 4, 2017 at 10 a.m.
The Michigan State Fair takes place over Labor Day Weekend and has something for everyone to enjoy. The fair has livestock and baby animals as well as an equestrian pavilion. Enjoy some live music or head over and admire arts. While there, pick up some fresh food at the farmer’s market and then head over to taste beer. Like most fairs, there will be plenty of carnival rides for Labor Day thrills.
U2’s The Joshua Tree Anniversary Tour
2000 Brush St.
Detroit, MI 48226
Date: Sept. 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Iconic rock band U2 is out on the road promoting the 30 year anniversary of their 1987 album The Joshua Tree. The band has not visited Michigan in six years and will take the stage at Ford Field to play the entire album which is one of the best-selling albums of all time worldwide. The band will play hits like “With or Without You” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” from the album as well as a handful of other songs before and after the main set.