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Guide To Metro Detroit's Labor Day Weekend Festivals

There's no shortage of great events around the Motor City during Labor Day Weekend.

The Detroit area has a long history of celebrating the long weekend in style. Here's just a few of the headlining events that southeast Michigan has to offer:

Arts, Beats & Eats

Now entering its eighteenth year, Arts, Beats & Eats has celebrated many successes -- including attracting large crowds each year, earning top rankings for its juried fine arts show, securing top national entertainment, and providing unique interactive programs for the family.

The festival in Downtown Royal Oak has something to offer to everyone, in a child-friendly, safe and secure environment. This year's headlining musical acts include Cheap Trick, Puddle of Mudd and Neon Trees.

Event hours:

Friday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Monday: 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Detroit Jazz Festival

The Detroit Jazz Festival is a major cultural institution, providing year-round concerts and educational programming that culminates in one of the world's premier jazz festivals on Labor Day Weekend.

Now in its 34th year, the festival takes place over several city blocks in downtown Detroit – from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius – with five stages and 100 acts over four days. It also offers educational activities for adults and children, fireworks, late-night jam sessions, rare opportunities to meet the artists and much more -- and it's all FREE.

Event hours:

Saturday: 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday: 11;30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Monday: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Michigan Peach Festival

The Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo is the second oldest festival in the state, beginning in 1931. Every Labor Day weekend, Romeo hosts many events based around its prized crop, the peach. Events include parades, bed races, craft shows and much more. It's fun for the whole family.

Event hours:

Friday: 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Sunday: 7 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Monday: 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Michigan State Fair

The original Michigan State Fair was one of the state's most venerable traditions and public sector events, since 1905 — but in recent years it had struggled financially and was eventually discontinued.

The new Michigan State Fair is now being produced as a private sector event at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, with no state funding. The Fair's aim is to celebrate and encourage the fresh new direction of the Michigan Agriculture Industry, while also maintaining the beloved traditions of our grand old State Fair.

The fair will feature live music, a farmers market, home arts, livestock, midway rides, a circus, a beer garden, competitions and more.

Event hours:

Friday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Monday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

For the past three decades, Hamtramck has celebrated Labor Day weekend with a festival on the Main Street of Joseph Campau. This year's celebration features yacht races down Jos. Campau, the Golab-K 5K run and an assortment of crowd-pleasing events for kids and adults of all ages.

As always, there will be plenty of music, food and fun. With two separate stages, booths from a number of restaurants and a full line-up of carnival rides, there's never a dull moment at the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival.

Event hours:

Saturday: 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Monday: 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.

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