Labor Day Weekend in West Michigan

As hard as it is to believe, the end of summer has arrived and Labor Day weekend is upon us.  Football, leaves changing, school, pumpkins, darker days and cooler weather are on the horizon, while suntans, beaches, cookouts and vacations are soon to be in our rearview. Nevertheless, the weather is expected to be beautiful all over the state of Michigan this Labor Day weekend, so what a great opportunity to get outside and soak up the last few summer rays, events and celebrations.

Planning to avoid these climbing gas prices and the drive north? West Michigan has plenty to offer in lieu of heading out of town. Whether you want one last jaunt on the shoreline, a West Michigan-style bridge walk or some great music, you won’t be disappointed.

Labor Fest 2012 – Labor Fest takes place downtown Grand Rapids in Ah-Nab-Awen Park and Ford Presidential Museum on Monday, September 3rd, from 11:00am to 5:00pm.  Admission to the Fest is free and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum will be offering free admission for the entire day.  With food vendors, live music, beer tents, arts and crafters, kids activities, and an “American Made” car display, Labor Fest is the place to be in Grand Rapids this weekend.

Grand Crossing Labor Day Community Bridge Walk – The 11th Annual Lake Michigan Credit Union Bridge Run on Monday September 3rd offers an option for everyone to experience a spin on the infamous Mackinac Bridge walk.  Participants can choose from a 10 mile run, 5K run, or 5K walk, all of which cross historical bridges and sights of downtown Grand Rapids, Riverside Park, the Grand River, and much more. There may even be a few previous ArtPrize entries to enjoy along the way! Mayor Heartwell will be leading off the walk at 8:00am.

Soul of the City – For the entire Labor Day weekend, from Friday the 31st to Sunday the 2nd, Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids will be the host for Soul of the City, a 3-day live music festival featuring 70’s and 80’s funk. A free event, Soul of the City encompasses food, entertainment, and different informational booths throughout the duration of the outdoor concerts.

Shoreline Spectacular – The Shoreline Spectacular runs from Friday, August 31st to Monday, September 3rd in downtown Muskegon.  Four days chock full of an arts and crafts show, a car and motorcycle show, picnics, live music, a parade, and plenty of additional family-friendly activities will fill this Labor Day weekend in Muskegon.  Admission is free.

What other activities is your family planning for Labor Day Weekend in West Michigan?

Photo credit: Beth and Christian

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