Labor Day always seems to creep up on me. It feels like one day it’s early June and I’m excited for the start of summer weather and outdoor fun, then the next day it’s early September and we’re preparing for fall (and then my least favorite season that brings white stuff to the ground). Obviously, it doesn’t happen quite that fast but, well, time flies. Right now in Michigan the weather still feels like summer (high 80s and humid!) so there’s time to pack in fun activities. And there are plenty of options around metro Detroit this holiday weekend.
If you want to hang out with a few thousand people, there are several festivals to entertain you. Arts, Beats & Eats will be held again in downtown Royal Oak on Sept. 4-7. More than 200 performances are planned, over 50 food options available, and more than 130 artists are participating in a juried art show. My husband and I are planning to check out some of the musical entertainment (and, of course, we’ll need to wander the art show while finding the stages!). The Gin Blossoms, Cheap Trick, Killer Flamingos, and the Twistin’ Tarantulas are some of the bands playing throughout the weekend.
The Detroit Jazz Festival also is occurring Sept. 4-7. With more than 100 acts on five stages, the Jazz Festival spans Campus Martius and Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. There are also fireworks, jam sessions, educational opportunities, and more. Best of all, the festival is free! It’s a great festival offering a wonderful opportunity to listen to good music and enjoy the transformed downtown.
Another popular Labor Day event is the Michigan Peach Festival in Romeo, running through Monday. Several parades, craft show, car show and more make this a fun, family friendly event.
The Michigan State Fair is held in Novi and brings back the giant butter cow! There are dog shows, the Equestrian Pavilion, cooking demonstrations, live music, pig races, carnival rides and games, and more. Lots of vendors and livestock to check out too.
If you’re not up for busy festivals, why not host a barbecue with friends and family? My family gets together every Labor Day weekend for some family fun and good food. This year, my mom is hosting a BBQ on Labor Day. We’ll grill burgers and everyone brings a dish to share. Some of our favorites are corn on the cob, potato salad, grilled vegetables, and a yummy Asian noodle salad (with ramen noodles, almonds, cabbage slaw mix and more. Yum!). We also play games in the backyard that both kids and adults can enjoy. My brother-in-law made a washer toss set, which is fun (despite my lack of talent at this!). We also like Simon Says, bocce ball, and cards. It’s awesome to sit on my mom’s deck enjoying good company, food and fun.
What are your plans for Labor Day weekend? Do you have holiday traditions? Whatever you do, I hope you have a great holiday!