Each Labor Day Weekend, Detroit turns into a fantastic place, with family and friends enjoying the long weekend to barbecue, enjoy the nice weather and heading out to do something fun. This year, the Motor City has plenty to offer for folks of all ages, from fun festivals to other events that won’t break the bank this season. Here are some of the best activities to try out with your family and friends this Labor Day.
Arts, Beats & Eats
Downtown Royal Oak
905 S. Main St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 246-3204

Date: Sept. 4-7, 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Each year, the Arts, Beats & Eats Festival held in downtown Royal Oak is one of the year’s hottest places to go on Labor Day Weekend. With dozens of local food trucks,diners and restaurants opening up shop to offer their best meals, everyone will find something they enjoy. Plus, local musicians and artists will also be on hand to display and sell some of their best work. Admission to the music section is $5 after 5 p.m., but all are welcome to check out the scene in downtown Royal Oak.

Detroit Jazz Festival
Hart Plaza – Downtown Detroit
19900 Harper Ave.
Harper Woods, MI 48225
(313) 647-0149

Date: Sept. 4-7, 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Formerly the Detroit International Jazz Festival, the Detroit Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival in the entire world! With dozen of artists, from the best jazz players on earth, to local Detroit musicians looking to make their mark, everyone will be on hand this year at the beautiful Hart Plaza along the riverfront to celebrate one of Detroit’s oldest music forms. This year, the festival will focus upon one of the Motor City’s greatest musicians, Marcus Belgrave, who passed away earlier this year. Artists will pay tribute to the fallen trumpet player who died after a life of love and music within Detroit. Admission is always free!

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival
Downtown Hamtramck
10339 Conant St.
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 873-1117

Date: Sept. 5, – 7, Noon to 10 p.m.

For over three decades now, the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival has been one of the highlights of the Detroit enclave’s year, each and every year. This year, the festival will be sponsored by HATCH Detroit, allowing for even more fun and excitement to happen over the weekend! There will be a yacht race down Jos, the main street through downtown Hamtramck, as well as plenty of music, food and fun, including a 5K and an art fair. Admission is free and they will even valet your bike… for FREE!

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Old St. Patrick Labor Day Festival
Old St. Patrick Church
5671 Whitmore Lake Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 662-8141

Date: Sept. 5, 6, and 7, Noon to 11 p.m.

If you’re out by the Ann Arbor area of Metro Detroit, one of the best free festivals to attend each Labor Day Weekend is the Old St. Patrick Labor Day Festival, which takes place annually at the Old St. Patrick Church. This year, there will be free live music, a great assortment of food to choose from, and plenty of games for your family and friends to enjoy. Local Ann Arbor residents can also take part in their Arts & Crafts showcase, while visitors are free to browse and purchase goods from local artists!

Lake St. Clair Beach Party
St. Clair Metro Beach
31300 Metro Pkwy.
Harrison Charter Township, MI 48045
(586) 463-4581

Date: Date: Sept. 4-7, 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Perhaps you and your friends or family have not had the opportunity to get out to the beach yet this year. Well, Labor Day Weekend is the perfect time to grab your loved ones and head down to celebrate the long weekend. Each Metro Park in Michigan has a bevy of games, activities and things to do, such as golf, shuffleboard, and many much more. With an annual Michigan Recreation Pass on your license, there is no fee for entry, otherwise, there is a small fee, but well worth it for finally getting to the water and spending some time on the beach this year!

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at Examiner.com.