The Friday 5 — Aug. 30-Sept. 2

Your guide to Labor Day weekend events

C&G Newspapers | Published August 28, 2019

1. Arts, Beats & Eats
Aug. 30-Sept. 2 • Downtown Royal Oak

Four days of local cuisine, eye-catching artwork and plenty of live music will come to downtown Royal Oak during the annual Arts, Beats & Eats festival Aug. 30-Sept. 2. 

The festival will be open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 30-Sept. 1 and 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sept. 2, filling the streets with a juried fine art fair with more than 130 artist booths; more than 200 bands and live performances on nine stages, including almost 20 new acts; and more than 40 local food vendors, including new additions Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, Prime 29 Steakhouse, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse and Crispelli’s.

The art fair will include a wide array of mediums, including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, fabric/fiber/leather, glass, graphics and printmaking, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and wood.

This year’s music lineup features Third Eye Blind, All-American Rejects, Laith Al-Saadi, Foghat, Phillip Phillips, The Four Tops, Night Ranger, Theory of a Deadman and more. 

Festival admission costs $3 until 3 p.m., $5 after 3 p.m. and $7 after 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 1. On Friday, Aug. 30, the festival is free to enter until 5 p.m. and the cost of admission after 5 p.m. is $5.

For more information, visit or call (248) 541-7550.

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2. Detroit Jazz Festival
Aug. 30-Sept. 2 • Hart Plaza, Detroit

The Detroit Jazz Festival has become a much-loved Labor Day weekend tradition, and this year, the event celebrates its 40th anniversary. 

The festival will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 2 at stages in and around Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. Headliners include Stanley Clarke, Ron Carter, Pat Metheny, Joshua Redman, Danilo Pérez,  Terence Blanchard and many others.

For more information about the festival or its popular livestream, which includes livestreams of all festival performances and exclusive content, visit

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3. Michigan State Fair
Aug. 29-Sept. 2 • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

From carnival rides to agricultural exhibits, the Michigan State Fair will offer something for the whole family Aug. 29-Sept. 2 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi. 

The fair will be open from 11 a..m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. Attractions include a midway with rides and games, agriculture and farm experience displays, cooking demonstrations, eating contests, craft beer events, live music, Shrine Circus performances, vendors and more.

For more information or for ticket prices, visit

4. Michigan Renaissance Festival
Weekends through Sept. 29  • Holly 

The Michigan Renaissance Festival, located at 12600 Dixie Highway in Holly, will be open all three days of Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 2. 

This weekend's theme is “Viking Invasion,” featuring a viking costume contest, a beard competition, grape stomping, a tattoo competition, and a “Knights on Bikes” discount for those who show their motorcycle license. Visitors can also enjoy the festival’s usual attractions, including music, theater, jousting, food, artisans and more.

The Michigan Renaissance Festival continues every weekend through Sep. 30. For more information, visit

5. ‘High School Musical’ at The Ringwald
Aug. 30-31, Sept. 2 • The Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale

The Ringwald Theatre, 22742 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale, will present its production of Disney’s "High School Musical" at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays through Sept. 16. 

The show is a theatrical adaptation of the popular 2006 Disney Channel movie. Tickets cost $25 for Friday and Saturday performances, and $15 for Monday performances. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call (248) 545-5545.

Staff Writers Sarah Wojcik and K. Michelle Moran contributed to this report.