THIS WEEKEND: 7 huge reasons to stay in metro Detroit for Labor Day weekend

Several major events this weekend

DETROIT (WXYZ) - There will be no shortage of major events around metro Detroit this Labor Day weekend. From the Jazz Festival downtown to the State Fair in Novi and the Renaissance Festival in Holly, there is a TON to do.

Here is our list of the seven biggest events going on around metro Detroit:


1) Arts, Beats & Eats

This huge festival takes over downtown Royal Oak from Friday through Monday. As the name implies, you can expect a juried art fair, an entire weekend of local and national music acts, and food options that range from carnival fare to gourmet offerings from area restaurants. There are carnival rides and tons of family-friendly events each day.

Arts, Beats & Eats is free to enter until 5 p.m. on Friday and $5 after 5 p.m. For Saturday, Sunday and Monday, admission is just $3 until 3 p.m. and $5 after 3 p.m.




2) Detroit Jazz Festival

This weekend, the Detroit Jazz Festival is the place to be for jazz fans. The festival attracts some of the biggest names in the jazz world to play on stages around downtown Detroit's Hart Plaza, Campus Martius and Cadillac Square.

Expect a diverse lineup, featuring up-and-coming acts as well as jazz legends, from both Detroit and around the world. This is the largest free jazz festival in the world and one of the city's greatest annual events.




3) Detroit Labor Day Parade

The Labor Day Parade is a tradition for metro Detroit's labor union members. This year, Vice President Joe Biden will attend the parade. It begins on Michigan Avenue near Trumbull at 9 a.m. and marchers will head east from there.




4) Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

One of metro Detroit's most unique communities puts on an incredible Labor Day weekend celebration each year. The Hamtramck Labor Day Festival occupies  Joseph Campau, through the heart of Hamtramck's downtown.

The food is amazing -- Polish and otherwise -- and the festival has a long tradition of attracting great local bands to its two stages. There are carnival rides for kids, a 5K foot race and an unusual "yacht" race down Joseph Campau.




5) Michigan State Fair

The Michigan State Fair now takes place in Novi where 100,000 people are expected to take in midway rides, agricultural exhibits, local music and food. The fair takes place at the Suburban Collection Showplace, located at 46100 Grand River Ave, between Novi and Beck Roads.

Admission prices begin at $6 for children and $8 for adults, but carnival rides and Detroit Shrine Circus tickets are additional.




6) Michigan Renaissance Festival

If you're looking to watch some "full-contact armored jousting" this weekend, it's fair to say there is no better place to go than the Michigan Renaissance Festival. It takes place inside a created 16th century village and includes great shopping, fun shows and -- of course -- those giant turkey legs.

Ticket prices start at $10.50 for children and $18.95 for adults if you purchase them before you go to the festival.




7) Romeo Peach Festival

The village of Romeo will fill up this weekend with the annual Michigan Peach Festival. You can expect parades, a craft fair, carnival rides and -- of course -- peach pies and other goodies.


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