Labor Day Weekend Across West Michigan

South West Michigan Events

Experience the magic of creativity and community at the 47th Annual All Crafts Fair in South Haven. This two-day craft fair attracts over 130 exhibitors to Stanley Johnston Park, drawing in more than 15,000 people each Labor Day Weekend. Discover unique handcrafted treasures, from exquisite jewelry to intricate woodwork, as you immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of artistic expression. 

Take a road trip to Coldwater Country. Explore the timeless Victorian downtowns of the area, countless shops in Michigan’s Antique Capital — Allen, or learn a few tricks when you 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 theatres.

Central West Michigan Events

River Country Chamber’s annual Logging Fest sponsored by Elder’s Forest Products, began more than 70 years ago and continues to grow each year. Professional & Amateur LumberJacks & LumberJills provide lots of entertainment as they compete for top place. Shop for unique items from their vendors and grab a tasty treat from one of the food trucks. 

Experience Flower Mania at Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo in New Era, where visitors will find colorful zinnias and sunflowers during the weekends from August 5th through September 24th. On labor day, experience Instagram worthy photo opportunities abound. Pick beautiful blooms to fill your vase through the you-pick flower farm. The farm & zoo also offer unique animal encounters to 46+ fun farm attractions. 

You won’t want to miss Grand Haven’s Labor Day Bridge Walk! Take a scenic 3.5-mile stroll across the Third Street Bridge, fostering a sense of community and bringing people together for a joyful holiday exercise. Join the event, meet new friends, and kick-start your holiday celebrations with this delightful walk.

Make some noise for the businesses and workers of West Michigan! Bring the family and an appetite for big trucks, ice cream and giveaways at the Holland Labor Day Truck Parade.. Give a few hours of your Labor Day to honor and celebrate the local workforce which has built one of the best places to live in the entire country. Join them as 70+ big rigs, representing the businesses of West Michigan, make their way along the parade route from Zeeland through downtown Holland, ending at the Holland Civic Center.

North West Michigan & Upper Peninsula Events

Spend a delightful Friday evening in Traverse City at Bonobo Winery’s patio, with the talented Andrew Lutes on September 1st. Enjoy the captivating tunes while sipping on wine and soaking in the scenic beauty of the vineyard. It’s the perfect way to kick off your weekend and create lasting memories in a charming setting. 

A memorable way to bring a fun-filled summer to a close ,is the Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk! The only day of the year that walking across the ‘Mighty Mac’ is allowed! This annual event began in 1958 with only 68 walkers and is usually led by Michigan’s Governor. On September 4th, starting at 7:00 am, join thousands of participants led by the Governor for a 5-mile walk from St. Ignace to Mackinaw City. You can choose to walk the entire Bridge or turn back halfway. If you prefer, you can even take a ferry boat ride on the Mackinac Island Ferry Company or the Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry from Mackinaw City or St Ignace docks to return. After the walk, seize the opportunity to explore the city’s delightful shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Create wonderful memories as you bid farewell to summer. Save the date for September 4th and join Mackinac for an unforgettable experience! 

Enjoy a  captivating Labor Day Jazz Weekend at the Grand Hotel!  Experience fantastic jazz music performed by top artists from around the country. Engage with the musicians during intimate Q&A sessions, and revel in late-night performances at the Cupola Bar and The Jockey Club at the Grand Stand. Check out the all-inclusive package which includes concerts, receptions, cookout luncheons, daily breakfast and dinner, and non-stop entertainment. Secure your reservation early to ensure you don’t miss out on this unforgettable weekend of jazz-filled bliss! 

Only 45 minutes from the Mackinac Bridge explore the Petoskey Area. They are featuring great lodging specials for Labor Day! The Petoskey Area offers a plethora of fun activities, such as exploring picturesque hiking trails, enjoying watersports on the crystal-clear lakes, and discovering unique shops and galleries in the charming downtown area.

In the Keweenaw, Labor Day Weekend is all about mountain biking and good times! The annual Copper Harbor Trails Fest takes place Labor Day weekend and includes Enduro races, XC courses, downhill races, good music, great beer, events the whole family will enjoy. Come to spectate or register to participate, regardless come enjoy the beauty of Copper Harbor and the excitement of Copper Harbor Trails Fest! 

Discover exciting events in the Greater Cadillac Area from August 31st to September 4th! On September 1st, head to the Cadillac Area Farmers Market. It’s a fantastic opportunity to explore local produce and unique goods from 9 am to 3 pm. The following day, September 2nd, get ready for an active morning at the Cadillac Festival of the Races held at the Cadillac Rotary Pavilion from 8 am to 12 pm. You can participate in the races or cheer on the participants. Later in the day, racing enthusiasts can head over to Merritt Speedway for the thrilling Championship Race Night starting at 6:00 pm. Learn more about fun events throughout the weekend here

Celebrate your Labor Day weekend by a trip to the Pine River Paddlesports Center in Wellston, nestled in the heart of the Manistee National Forest! Spend one of your days paddling down the Pine River – Michigan’s premiere paddlesports river. With something to offer to all skill levels and all ages, the staff at the Pine River Paddlesports Center is uniquely equipped to outfit your whole crew to size and skill-appropriate watercraft. Since it is a three day weekend, why not spend one day hiking the many trails in the area? There is so much to explore during a weekend trip to the Manistee National Forest! 

Experience a memorable Labor Day weekend at Hotel Walloon in Northern Michigan with the Labor Day Weekend Package! Their exclusive package offers a holiday-themed welcome reception, live music on a private beach Patio, delectable dining experiences, and access to the stunning beauty of Walloon Lake. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to end the summer season with a bang! Enjoy the last of incredible summer dining experiences at Barrel Back Restaurant‘s Dock Bar and lounge in the Adirondack chairs for Walloon Lake Inn‘s Wine Time. 

Labor Day in the Upper Peninsula promises fantastic weather and stunning scenery. Don’t miss the exhilarating Marquette Marathon on September 2th. The race offers breathtaking views of Marquette County and is a downhill course, making it an official Boston Marathon qualifier. Not into long distances? No worries! There are also half-marathon and 5K options available. After the race, enjoy the 19th annual Marquette Area Blues Fest, running from September 1st-3rd, at Mattson Lower Harbor Park. This three-day celebration features world-class blues musicians, delicious food vendors, a beer and wine tent, free workshops, and arts and crafts booths. 

The long holiday weekend is the perfect time to getaway to Northern Michigan’s Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire. With boating, hiking, biking, golf, and more, the 5,500-acre resort offers the perfect balance of relaxation and recreation. Enjoy the festive fireworks over Labor Day weekend as Shanty Creek Resort celebrates its 60th anniversary. Visit their website to create a lodging package to fit your family’s needs and budget.