The first Monday of every September is observed across the United States as Labor Day. This day is designed to empower the labor movement and celebrate economic achievement. This coming Labor Day is September 7th and West Michigan has plenty of ways to help you celebrate! Whether it is in your town or you’re looking to plan a day or weekend trip, make sure to check out these great festivities coming up this Labor Day in West Michigan!
LaPorte County CVB
Don’t miss two great events in Michigan City this Labor Day weekend! Labor Dayz is on the shores of Lake Michigan! Enjoy carnival rides, live entertainment, pro wrestling events, arts and crafts, and a variety of food offerings! The Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets will be hosting a Labor Day Sidewalk Sale. Discover exceptional brands at extraordinary savings!
St. Joseph Today
St. Joseph County will be home to a truck parade and a two-day band concert for Labor Day! The Community Labor Day Truck Parade starts in Zeeland and ends in Holland (Holland CVB)! Bring the family, earplugs, and appetite for big trucks, ice cream and giveaways! Give a few hours of your Labor Day to honor and celebrate our local workforce which has built one of the best places to live in the entire country! The St. Joseph Municipal Band has two free concerts on September 6th and 7th at the John E.N. Howard Bandshell!
Round Barn Winery
Take a well-deserved break and let Round Barn Winery do all the work! Enjoy the fruits of their labor over the long holiday weekend. Work only on finding your favorite specialty cocktail, wine, or craft brew while live bands will be clocking in all three days for your entertainment. Drink specials and delicious fare from their Grille will be offered.
South Haven/Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Join the South Haven/Van Buren County CVB this Labor Day Weekend for the 31st Annual Ox Roast and Homecoming Festival! Held in their picturesque Village Park, Lawrence’s signature annual event is fun for the whole family. If you’re in the mood to shop, check out what local farmers and artisans have to offer this fall and enjoy the freshest produce at the Farmers’ Market in the park, held throughout the morning on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There will also be various booths to explore, food vendors, Lawrence Lions Club Bingo Tent, Lions Club Beer Tent, The Knightwinds Renaissance Group exhibition, music performances at the Pavilion.
Saugatuck-Douglas Convention & Visitors Bureau
The 17th Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk and Pancake Breakfast is not to be missed in Saugatuck/Douglas! This grueling .19k starts at 9 a.m. on the Douglas side of the Blue Star Bridge and proceeds to the Saugatuck side! Call the community recreation for information at (269) 857 – 1444.
River Country Chamber of Commerce Newaygo County
The River Country Chamber of Commerce Newaygo County hosts their annual Logging Festival over the Labor Day weekend. The festival committee strives to show visitors the rich logging history on which the town of Newaygo was founded. New this year is the Mid Michigan Professional Lumberjack Competition! Come and see some of the best Lumberjacks & Jill’s in the first ever Newaygo County Professional Competition! The festival also boasts very best in handmade crafts and unique resale items with an emphasis on unique home decorations, garden and yard decor, beautiful jewelry, clothing, personalized gifts, ornaments, antiques and collectibles.
River Country Tourism
Three Rivers is home to the HarmonyFest, a one-day free music festival held Labor Day Sunday. It was created to bring people together in celebration of the cultural and ethnic diversity of our community through music, food, art, and social connection. From the first strum of the guitar strings to the last beat of the drum, as the crowd sways, laughs, dances, and sings along to the tunes – the energy of HarmonyFest undeniable!
Holland Convention and Visitors Bureau
Join the Holland Convention and Visitors Bureau for the annual Labor Day BoardWALK! The walk will begin at Heinz Waterfront Walkway and will continue along the Kollen Park Boardwalk and Window on the Waterfront and will end at Windmill Island Gardens. Transportation will be provided to transport walkers back to Heinz Waterfront Walkway. Continental Breakfast will be served at Windmill Island Gardens.
Mecosta County Area CVB
The Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting their 47th Annual Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival. This one-day show will bring over 100 juried artists to the scenic Hemlock park along Riverwalk and the Muskegon River. The festival draws over 3,000 visitors and features wheel thrown pottery, hand-woven baskets, stained glass, oak furniture, paintings, jewelry, weathervanes, lawn ornaments, and so much more. For more information call 231.796.7649.
Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Don’t miss the Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Labor Day Community Bridge Walk! The walk starts on September 7th at 9 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m.! This 3.5 mile walk starts at the north side of the 3rd Street bridge and ends at Chinook Pier! This is a fun activity for the entire family!
Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Muskegon County is home to a really great event! The Muskegon Lions Club will host their annual Labor Day Pancake breakfast at the Margaret Drake Elliott Park from 8 a.m. to noon. Adults 12 and up are just $6, ages 3 to 11 are $3, and under 3 years of age are FREE! Support and help the “Muskegon Host” Lions Club make a brighter day for someone!
White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Fifth Third Bank along with the City of Montague and Whitehall prepare to host their 9th Annual Labor Day Community Walk on September 7th at 10 a.m. The Labor Day Community Walk will take place on the Hart – Montague Bike Trail and will begin at the east end of Spring Street located behind Whitehall Products and Montague Foods in Montague.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes-Hart Visitors Bureau/Chamber of Commerce
Head to Hart this Labor Day and enjoy a beautifully scenic 5k Run/Walk around Hart Lake. This run will take you over three bridges, around Hart Lake and through Downtown Hart. Bring the kids to participate in the 1 mile fun run through downtown! There will also be the 3rd annual Bridge Walk which is a free, 2.2 mile leisurely walk around Hart Lake. Stick around after the event to visit the local vendor booths and enjoy special Hart Healthy Labor Day meals at local restaurants.
Silver Lake’s annual Heritage Days at the Hart Historic District is also Labor Day Weekend. There will be demonstrations, old-time music, food booths, displays, fish boil, and pig roast or chicken dinner.
St. Ignace Visitors Bureau
Labor Day has always held a special appeal in St. Ignace thanks to the 58th annual Mackinac Bridge Walk, but don’t miss the other events leading up to the 58th annual walk on September 7th! The Arts Dockside will be home to more than 100 exhibitors on September 5th and 6th! There will be a fireworks display Saturday at dusk and an outdoor film screening Sunday evening! This all leads up to the five-mile walk Monday morning from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.! There is no fee and no registration in advance.
Join the Grand Hotel for their Labor Day Jazz Festival featuring highlighted performers Dirty Dozen Brass Band and New York Voices. The afternoon performances will take place in the Grand Hotel Tea Garden. The Tea Garden Cookout is also included in the price of your day ticket! Grand Hotel’s Labor Day Jazz Weekend 2015 begins Friday, September 4, 2015. Day tickets for both concerts on Saturday and Sunday can be purchased for $85. Tickets are available for sale that day or purchase them in advance by calling Grand Hotel at 1-800-33-GRAND. No charge for children under 12 years of age. Guests attending evening concerts in the hotel are subject to Grand Hotel dress policy.
Mackinac Island CVB
Stop by Mackinac Island for the Horns Bar Labor Day Regatta! This annual event takes racers through the Island course. It is a fun event open to sailboats of all classes. There is no entry fee. The awards ceremony and party will be held immediately following the race at Mackinac Island Yacht Club, courtesy of Horns Bar and the Yankee Rebel. All participants will receive a cabin plaque. The first in fleet winner will be awarded the “Andy Kiener Memorial Trophy.”
Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association
The Upper Peninsula is home to three great events on Labor Day and over Labor Day Weekend! The 40th Annual UP Steam and Gas Engine Show has been bringing tons of exhibitors to the Escanaba since 1975. They bring tractors, gas engines, and vintage farm equipment. The Heritage Village provides a charming backdrop for a variety of traditional handicrafts from local artisans. Make sure to see the working sawmill and stop by the Agricultural Museum to browse an eclectic collection of antiques and artifacts. There will also be a large flea market, a knife and gun expo, and plenty of food!
The Summer Festival Ontonagon starts on the evening of September 4th with a community picnic at the Village Marina Park. Saturday Maxwell Street Sales on River Street while Sunday is the Big Parade followed by food and music at the Village Recreation Building. Labor Day Monday sports the Kiddies Parade! Don’t miss this four-day event!
Labor Day Festival in Ishpeming starts with a parade along Euclid Street, Main Street, Division Street, and Lakeshore Drive at 11 a.m. on Labor Day! A picnic and rally from noon to 4 p.m. will be at the Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum (Marquette Range Iron Mining Heritage Theme Park) and the Lake Bancroft Park on Lakeshore Drive and Euclid Streets. The Picnic and Rally will include music by Low Street, speeches from elected officials, along with children’s activities. The Cliff Shaft volunteers will be providing free tours from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. for those that are interested in visiting the Museum.
For more information and to plan your Labor Day, visit wmta.org/thingstodo/labor-day-in-west-michigan