Enjoy Labor Day weekend, pure Michigan style

Labor Day weekend is the emotional end of summer in Michigan. Sure, the calendar says we have a few more weeks to go, but our brains know better. Days are becoming shorter, nights are becoming cooler. Baseball season is winding down while football season is starting to wind up. Vacations are over and school is back in session as soon as the weekend ends.

Before the seasons officially change, head outside this weekend to enjoy some of the best festivals and experiences Michigan has to offer.

  • Ford Arts, Beats and Eats — The Arts part of Arts, Beats and Eats is the real deal, with the juried art show considered by many to be among the top shows in the country. Regardless of your preferred music genre, the Beats are always worthwhile. And one look at the lineup of restaurants participating in the Eats should assure even the most picky patron that there is plenty of good food to be had this weekend in downtown Royal Oak.
  • Detroit Jazz Festival — Jazz aficionados from around the country still consider this a “must-see” festival, and with good reason. Each stage is filled with top-notch performers and festival organizers make a concerted effort to give fans unprecedented access to the artists with their Jazz Talk Tent educational series.
  • Marquette Area Blues Fest — If the Blues are more your style, head up to Marquette. Two days of great music on the grounds of Mattson Lower Harbor Park, with Lake Superior providing a gorgeous backdrop, promise to give you a holiday weekend experience you’ll be talking about well into the fall.
  • The Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo — Michigan is one of the top peach growing states, producing 16,700 tons of peaches in 2009. So if you love locally grown produce or just have a hankering for anything peach flavored, you need to head to Romeo this weekend.
  • The 55th Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk — Can you say you walked on the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere? Or does it sound better if you say the third longest suspension bridge in the world? Either way, walking the bridge on Sept. 3 will give you an experience you can only find in Michigan.

How will you be enjoying the holiday in Michigan?

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