The Detroit Jazz Festival, the world’s largest free jazz festival, returns to the heart of the city for its 32nd year September 2-5, with a mix of artists on stage at Campus Martius and at Hart Plaza on the Detroit Riverfront. On the same dates in Royal Oak Ford Arts, Beats & Eats features a juried fine arts show, food from great area restaurants and more than 200 performances on ten stages.
Music fills every corner of the state September 3-4. On Saturday the Bluewater Folk Society hosts Thumbfest, a day of traditional tunes in Lexington; on both Saturday and Sunday the melodious tones of Barbershoppers and Sweet Adelines accompany an arts & crafts fair with more than 500 exhibitors during Harmony Weekend in Harrisville, while “Superior Meets the Blues” on the shores of the Big Lake at the Marquette Area Blues Fest in the Upper Peninsula; and the common language of music celebrates diversity at Sunday’s Three Rivers Harmony Fest in Southwest Michigan.
Art on the Lake is a one-day event on the grounds of the Erickson Center in the Manistique Lakes resort town of Curtis, September 3. More than 50 artists participate in Art in the Park at Port Austin and over 100 creative types show their stuff at Arts & Crafts Dockside in St. Ignace, September 3-4.
Celebrate rural living at the 101st Dickinson County Fair in the UP town of Norway, August 31-September 5. This year the annual UP Steam & Gas Engine Show spotlights John Deere tractors and showcases other vintage farm equipment at the fairgrounds in Escanaba September 3-5. Big Rapids Riverdays, Elkton’s AutumnFest, the Newaygo Logging Festival and the 105th Farwell Labor Day Celebration salute each area’s assets and unique heritage.
Hungry for fun? Throughout the holiday weekend you can enjoy the Royal Ale Fest and enter the hot wing eating competition at the Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly, savor juicy fruit in pies at the 80th Michigan Peach Festival in Romeo and have a free cup of bean soup at the 65th Michigan Bean Festival in Fairgrove.