In 1894, the Labor Day holiday began as a way of honoring all the hard-working American men and women who serve as the backbone of our country and economy. Labor Day is also the traditional end of summer.  Campfires, warm weather and weekends at the lake will give way to autumn leaves, football season and Pumpkin Spice Lattes. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, Labor Day weekend offers us one last chance to enjoy the beautiful summer vibes.

Here are some fun Labor Day weekend activities in Metro Detroit:

The world’s largest free jazz festival has been taking place in the Motor City for nearly 40 years. From August 30 to September 2, enjoy the amazing sounds of jazz in Detroit’s Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park. This year, four-time Grammy Award winner Stanley Clarke will headline the first day and will have a chance to perform songs from his 1976 album, “School Days.”   

Royal Oak’s Arts, Beats & Eats is back and bigger than ever. From August 30 to September 2, attendees can enjoy nearly 200 performances on nine stages, foods from delicious local restaurants and the 2019 Juried Fine Art Show. Some big-name artists performing at this year’s festival include the All American Rejects, Third Eye Blind and Phillip Phillips. If you’re looking to check out the festival for free, make sure you join the fun before 5 p.m. on Friday. Festival admission is $3 until 3 p.m., $5 after 3 p.m. and $7 after 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The 2019 Romeo Peach Festival takes place August 29 to September 2. Known as the second oldest festival in the state, this free event began in 1931 to celebrate the delicious peaches Romeo has to offer. The event includes a variety of family fun activities including parades, bed races, craft shows and more.

    • Enjoy the Great Outdoors

You don’t always need a festival to have a good time! Get out there and enjoy the summer weather before it’s too late. Whether it’s paddling through one of Michigan’s gorgeous kayak trails, exploring one of the 103 state parks or simply enjoying quality time in your own backyard, your Labor Day weekend definitely won’t go to waste if you’re enjoying the sunshine.