Labor Day weekend ushers in multiple events in metro Detroit

DETROIT (WXYZ) - The Labor Day weekend is rushing in a number of major events to the metro Detroit area.

If you’re looking for food, music, or a combination of the two 7 Action News has you covered!

Ford Arts, Beats & Eats

Friday is the first day for the annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats in Royal Oak. Originally a staple in Pontiac, the festival moved to Royal Oak in 2009 and has taken off as a celebration of artists, musicians and food exhibits from throughout Metro Detroit.

This year the festivities will run from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The final day will kickoff at the same time, but wrap up at 9:30 p.m.

It’s estimated that more than 400-thousand people will attend this weekend’s event.

If you want a deal you can show up before 5 p.m. on Friday for free entry. The rates for entry change hour-to-hour the rest of the weekend.

Those who show up before 3 p.m. pay $3. The cost goes to $5 at 3 p.m. and $7 at 5 p.m. The money raised from admission goes to a number of local charities. Last year, more than $350,000 was raised for local charities.

If you’d like to read up on more information about the artists, musicians and food that will be available at this year’s festivities you can visit the festival website online, now: www.artsbeatseats.com

Michigan State Fair

It seems like we said farewell to the state fair such a short time ago, but this year’s event marks the fifth year of it’s return.

This year festivities will continue at an all-new location: The Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

A number of events are taking place throughout the Michigan State Fair including eating contests, a beer garden, the famed Butter Cow will be on-display, and a number of animal-related events will fill-up the schedule. A list of musical performances and food options can be found online at the Michigan State Fair’s website: https://www.michiganstatefairllc.com/about1-c13z0

Detroit Jazz Festival

Beginning Friday night the Detroit Jazz Festival returns to downtown Detroit for it’s 38th year.

“Every year during Labor Day weekend the Detroit Jazz Festival creates a scene downtown that bursts at the seams with culture, vibrancy and wonderful music,” said Gretchen Valade, chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation board of directors.

This year’s event will feature four stages between Hart Plaza and Campus Martius, leading organizers to calling it the world’s largest free jazz concert.

Among the artists scheduled to perform between Friday and Monday: Wayne Shorter quartet featuring Danilo Perez, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock, and George “Sax” Benson.

You can learn more about the day-to-day highlights of the Detroit Jazz Festival by visiting the event website: https://live.detroitjazzfest.com/

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