What to do this Labor Day Weekend

Southwest Michigan Events

Labor Day is the last day that the Riverfront Zip Line will be open on the downtown riverfront in Allegan. This year, the zip line will be dismantled and moved – the good news is that an all new outdoor zip attraction is coming to Allegan Event. If families are looking for something fun, active, and adventurous to do together on the Labor Day holiday, both the Riverfront Zip Line and Allegan Event’s indoor adventure center / outdoor maze will be open! Click here for holiday hours.

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. 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. And end the day with a double-feature at the Capri Drive-In, one of Michigan’s iconic drive-in movie theatres.

High Caliber Karting & Entertainment is excited to be inviting the car community back to their Meridian Mall location in East Lansing for a car show that celebrates everything high octane. On Sunday, September 4th, car enthusiasts from all over Michigan can attend or register to enter the classes and contests at the Second Annual Meridian Motorfest. Learn more about this event here!

The All Crafts Fair will be held in the beautiful Stanley Johnston Park in South Haven, MI for two days over Labor Day weekend. Over 150 unique craft vendors will be selling their hand-made items, in addition to fine arts. The air will be filled with the delicious smell of food, from concessions staples such as elephant ears, kettle corn, and roasted almonds, to the more substantial wood-fired pizzas, wraps, brats, gyros, and BBQ pork. Come shop the beautiful art, crafts, jewelry, and delicious food!

Take a trip over to St. Joseph this holiday weekend for the Lake Bluff Art Fair and Antiques. This eclectic craft fair, held in picturesque Lake Bluff Park, offers a variety of handcrafted goods. With over 50 local vendors, there’s something for everyone – anything from home decor and furniture to jewelry, candles and more!

Round Barn Estate is raising a glass to all workers! Enjoy the fruits of their labor, grab a drink, put up your feet, and take a well-deserved break! Jammin in the Vineyard event will be featuring live music throughout the day on September 4th and their team is currently whipping up a special treat for all who attend.

Get that last excursion in before the crazy back to school schedule kicks in. Bundy Hill Offroad in Jerome offers onsite rustic camping so you don’t have to leave the fun! They have also added on additional hours on Labor Day Monday 9am to 5pm.

Spend Labor Day at Virtue Cider in Fennville. Bring the whole family out for yard games, summer eats, ciders, wooden trails, heritage bred animals, and more. 

Central Michigan Events

Party on the Milwaukee Clipper in Muskegon on September 3rd. Free for members, and $10 for non-members. Food will be sold, for $5 you can get a GNL hot dog, a bag of chips, and a soda. This event will run from 7:30 to 10:00, there will be a lot going on.

Join the Labor Day Bridge Walk starting at 9am in Grand Haven, an annual 3.5-mile community walk that is designed to bring people together. Free for all to attend. Although only about 3.5 miles compared to the 5 mile Mackinac Bridge Walk, the event is designed to get people physically active. 

Savor the last bit of summer in Pure Ludington by taking a last-minute trip to the port city! Experience a hike or stay at a local campground, find a new restaurant or brewery, sink your toes into their beach sand or visit a Ludington lighthouse. Find more outdoor adventures and relaxing activities here.

Prepare to be spooked by strange and peculiar stories and the paranormal events that go along with them. Join Tours Around Michigan on Saturday, September 3rd at 7pm & Monday, September 5th at 7pm on Labor Day Weekend for a Grand Rapids Ghost Walking Tour, where you’ll learn something new about the past and hear some memorable and eerie stories unique to Grand Rapids. 

Make some noise for the businesses and workers of West Michigan at the Labor Day Truck Parade! Bring the family, earplugs, and an appetite for big trucks, ice cream and giveaways. Beginning in Zeeland at 9:15am and ending in Holland, 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! Learn more details here!

Join John Ball Zoo for KoalaPalooza! Spend time with their favorite furry visitors before they go back home to San Diego. Enjoy watching the Keepers feed and weigh the Koalas- and see what it takes to care for these important marsupials. Additional activities include a scavenger hunt, crafts, and Koala story time. This will be a three-day event over Labor Day Weekend with rotating live music acts throughout the day, themed activities, and a cookout in the Zoo’s Central Plaza. 

Newaygo‘s Annual Labor Day Weekend Logging Festival is back! Kicking off on Friday, September 2nd, the 2022 event will have the popular Lumberjack Competition, chainsaw carvings, arts & crafts vendors, parade, and more.

Northern & Upper Peninsula 


Hotel Walloon will be kicking off a new promotion beginning September 5th for AAA and AARP members. Receive 10% off their best available rate from Labor Day to Memorial Day. Book your stay here!

Enjoy a stay at Walloon Lake Inn this Labor Day Weekend! Featuring some of the final events of the season such as Sunday Brunch on 9/4 and Wine Time on 9/5. Or take advantage of a holiday deal of 3 courses for $60 all evening 9/6 at their fine dining restaurant. Book your stay now!

The long holiday weekend is the perfect time to getaway to Northern Michigan’s Shanty Creek Resort. With boating, hiking, biking, golf, and more, the 5,500-acre resort offers the perfect balance of relaxation and recreation, naturally distanced. Find your perfect lodging package here.

 Labor Day in the Upper Peninsula often boasts clear skies and breezy temperatures with no shortage of activities to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery. In Marquette County, Michigan, you can partake in endless outdoor adventures, such as hiking to scenic overlooks like the North Country Trail or Thomas Rock. Looking to get a run in on Labor Day Weekend? Sign up for the Marquette Marathon, where competitors will take in breathtaking views of Marquette and the lakeshore. Also, enjoy live music at the 18th annual Marquette Area Blues Fest at Mattson Lower Harbor Park. Running from September 2nd-4th, 2022, this local favorite tradition will highlight an amazing array of world-class blues musicians, a wide variety of food vendors, a beer and wine tent, free workshops, and an assortment of arts and crafts booths. 

A memorable way to bring a fun-filled summer to a close, the Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk is the only day of the year that walking across the ‘Mighty Mac’ is allowed! The walk begins at 7am on Labor Day (September 5th, 2022) and concludes at 11am. After you finish the walk, why not take the Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry to Mackinac Island and spend some time enjoying the horses, fudge, forts, and spectacular views? Learn more here!

Labor Day is almost here and that means it’s time to celebrate! With a long weekend on the horizon, Visit Charlevoix has compiled a list of activities to complete over the holiday weekend. Enjoy your holiday in beautiful Charlevoix!

Head to Copper Harbor, Michigan Labor Day weekend for the 29th Annual Keweenaw Mountain Lodge Copper Harbor Trails Fest! This family-friendly event features exciting races, live music, beer, and lots of good times. Take part in a variety of races, from cross country and eunduro to blazing-fast downhill or youth events. Not a biker? That’s okay, too. Come cheer on the racers and enjoy a beer from local and regional breweries in beautiful Copper Harbor, Michigan.

Come enjoy the 28th Annual Elk Rapids Arts & Craft Fair, located in the heart of the village on River Street. The shows will feature more than 70 different artisans who display, sell, and demonstrate their work. For more information click here!

Labor Day weekend in the Petoskey Area brings sales, live music, and farmers markets. Bay Harbor Sidewalk Sales will take place from September 2nd – 5th! Live musical performances include Mark Lavengood Band on September 3rd and Horton Creek Bluegrass on September 4th at Lavender Hill Farm in Boyne City, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor. Lastly, check out Farmers Markets like Boyne City and Harbor Springs Markets on Wednesdays & Saturdays as well as Downtown Petoskey’s Farmers Market on Fridays. A great variety of ways to experience the beginning of September. 

September means it’s salmon season! Join the Pere Marquette River Lodge, an Orvis endorsed fly fishing outfitter, for their September Salmon School from September 2nd-4th. Their school will help you learn how to target one of Michigan’s most sought after fish — the king salmon! The school includes two nights’ lodging, lunches, and a half-day guide trip. Click here for more.

What better way to spend your Labor Day weekend than in northern Michigan? Stay at the Pine River Paddlesports Center‘s clean & quiet campground in Wellston, while also enjoying a fun-filled day on the Pine River. They rent canoes, kayaks, & rafts on northern Michigan’s premiere paddlesports rivers – the Pine and the Big Manistee. They are open and renting watercraft all Labor Day weekend long, including Monday (though reservations are recommended). Make the most of your holiday weekend with an outdoor adventure! 


Labor Day may feel like the end of summer, but there is no end in sight to the fresh produce and handmade products you can discover at your local farmers market. Whether you’re spending the weekend gathering with loved ones or out exploring on your own, make sure to stock up before you go. Michigan Farmers Market Association can help plan out your long weekend and find your market here!