Labor Day is coming up September 7th and West Michigan has a lot of ideas to make the most of the long holiday weekend! Enjoy live music and festivals, special getaway packages, hiking and biking, water adventures, and more.
Due to COVID-19, many events throughout Michigan are being updated and changed on a daily basis. While this article was accurate to the best of our knowledge upon publication, we strongly suggest confirming with organizers before making plans to attend the below events.
Labor Day Weekend Events
Enjoy live music at Dablon Winery in Baroda. The Backsliders play Friday, September 4th, 3:45 pm-6:45 pm, and Mike Talbot hits the stage on Sunday, September 6th, 2:30 pm-5:30 pm.
Come celebrate the fourth anniversary of Iron Fish Distillery in Thompsonville, September 4th-6th, with a weekend of music, demonstrations, and spirits!
Snap the perfect photo in a field of brilliant yellow sunflowers during the Sunflower Festival at Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo in New Era, September 5th-7th. Capture special memories and even take home a few beautiful blooms!
Take a stroll around Cornwell’s Turkeyville outdoor flea market in Marshall and discover all kinds of treasures, Labor Day Weekend, 10:00 am-4:00 pm September 5th-7th. Come early for breakfast, the restaurant opens at 8:00 am, or head over for lunch starting at 11:00 am.
Enjoy live blues rock, craft brews, and delicious BBQ at the Beer, Blues & BBQ Festival at Treetops Resort in Gaylord on Sunday, September 6th! Music festivals have been missed this summer and the spacious grounds at Treetops give everyone room to spread out, kick back, and relax. Gates open at 3:00 pm, show starts at 4:00 pm, featuring Joanna Connor and Jake Kershaw. Participating craft breweries include Atwater Brewery, Founders Brewing Co., Perrin Brewery, Short’s Brewing, and more. Details and ticket information can be found at the Gaylord Tourism Bureau.
Crystal Mountain hosts The North Mitten Half Marathon in Thompsonville on September 6th, a 10k and 5k combination of paved roads, dirt roads, and trails. The North Mitten route consists of primarily flat, open trails on Crystal Mountain property and will not climb the mountain. Both races will start and finish at the white slopeside tent near the Crystal Clipper chairlift.
Looking for a Labor Day Getaway? With new safety measures in place, including fogging between rentals, Ackers Point Resort is a great place for some much needed lake fun. Come stay in one of 14 lake cottages at Ackers Point Resort on crystal clear Long Lake in Delton. Unplug, enjoy the outdoors, and share the simple pleasures of lake living with your family. Rates: $400-475 (plus tax) for a three night stay, September 4th-7th. Find availability and reservation information online or call 269-240-1619 for availability.
A sort of “last hurrah” of summer is here, and Pure Ludington is rolling out the red carpet for last-minute visitors to the port city. Experience a hike or stay at a local campground, find a new restaurant or brewery, sink your toes into the beach sand, or visit a Ludington lighthouse. Find what suits your fancy in Ludington.
Book a minimum two night stay at Ludington Pier House Hotel over Labor Day Weekend and get 10% off when booked in advance.
Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons in Northern Michigan. The cooler temps and exceptional course conditions make for a day of golf you’ll never forget, and the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa’s Labor Day Weekend Golf Special makes it easy to try out each of their three highly acclaimed courses in Williamsburg.
The long holiday weekend is the perfect time to get away to Northern Michigan’s Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire. With boating, biking, golf, and more, the 5,000 acre resort offers the perfect balance of relaxation and recreation, naturally distanced. Create a lodging package to fit your family needs and budget.
Right after Labor Day, Traverse City’s Fab Fall packages kick off! Running from September 8th to December 11th, this popular seasonal special provides deals on lodging as well as money-saving offers for dining, shopping, wineries, spas, and more in the Traverse City area.
More Labor Day Weekend Fun
The extended Labor Day weekend beckons for a road trip, an opportunity to discover the quaint communities of Coldwater, Bronson, Quincy, and Union City with a getaway to West Michigan’s Coldwater Country. It’s easy to be socially distanced and relax on the lakes when there are more than 100 lakes, including two chains of lakes, to choose from. Explore the timeless Victorian downtowns of the area, countless shops in Michigan’s Antique Capital – Allen, or a stop into the many magic shops in Colon, the Magic Capital of the World. End the day with a double-feature at the Capri Drive-In, one of Michigan’s iconic drive-in movie theaters.
Good news! Summer is NOT over and there are still plenty of days ahead filled with sunshine, warm lake breezes and lazy moments to while away in gorgeous Southwest Michigan. Here are three must-dos before summer ends:
- Play on the beach. Southwest Michigan is fortunate. The beaches may be narrower due to higher water levels in Lake Michigan, but there are still miles of soft sand where you can stretch out your blanket, splash in the water, snooze, take long walks, and watch the most brilliant sunsets. Find your spot on the beach.
- Golf for the joy of it. How often can you send your ball soaring across the same fairways Senior PGA championships are won? Or share your passion for the sport with your son or daughter on courses that are easier to learn on? Or how about experiencing a wee bit of Scotland on what’s believed to be one of the 10 largest putting greens in the world? Playing Welter’s Folly at Journeyman’s Distillery is definitely a summer-must. If you love golfing, you’ll love these courses. Get a tee time.
- Paddle scenic streams to big waters. Kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddleboarding are perfect ways to see Southwest Michigan’s beautiful waterways and wildlife from misty sunrise to fiery sunset. Bring your own or rent from area shops, then explore Lake Michigan’s shoreline, inland lakes, or water trails.
Mt. Pleasant is the perfect stop for an adventure during Labor Day weekend. With more than 1,000 acres of parkland and over 17 preserves, the Mt. Pleasant area offers the perfect opportunity to get outside. In addition, spend the weekend floating down the river on a tube, kayak, or canoe.
You work hard – and Labor Day is an annual reminder that you deserve to get out, explore, and relax. Gaylord just happens to be your perfect end-of-the-summer playground filled with peaceful places to unwind. Hike the area trails, bike the North Central State Trail, 73 miles from Waters to Mackinaw City, take a shorter cruise along segments of the trail along Otsego Lake, or head to the water for a day of fishing, kayaking, waterskiing, tubing, rafting, or just sunning yourself on a white, sandy beach at one of the 90+ inland lakes or five rivers that call Otsego County home.
On the shores of Lake Superior, Marquette is a community where nature’s assets are on full display through scenic vistas, rugged trails, and rushing waterfalls. From unique dining experiences, award-winning craft breweries, and a thriving art scene, Marquette embraces a culture anchored in artisanship and ingenuity. While this year’s festivals and events have been cancelled due to COVID-19, Marquette is the perfect place to spend a socially distant Labor Day Weekend. With an abundance of outdoor activities, delicious food, and perfect weather, visitors to Marquette can enjoy being outside and the respite of a long weekend spent with nature. Some highlights of Labor Day Weekend activities to do in Marquette include:
- Hiking: Marquette is home to hundreds of miles of stunning routes to explore, including Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN) Trails, RAMBA Trails, or the Iron Ore Heritage Trail.
- Have a Picnic: Grab some takeout at one of many local restaurants and enjoy a picnic at Presque Isle Park – Marquette’s perfect playground located on Lake Superior in Downtown Marquette
- Hit the Water: With several water activities such as stand-up paddling, fishing, and kayaking, Labor Day Weekend is the perfect opportunity to take to the water one last time before the cold weather hits.