September Is Here! Enjoy Labor Day Weekend Sept. 2-5

fresno-farmers-marketFarmington Farmers & Artisans Market Opens

  • Shop for Michigan produce, baked goods, locally-produced honey, hand-crafted soaps, fine art and jewelry and a variety of unique hand-crafted gift items at the Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market in downtown Farmington. These Saturday markets include special events, entertainment and much more. Visit for more information.

  • Features: Families, Kids, Open to All, Seniors, Teens

Acoustic Concert Series at Mentobe Cafe

  • Where: Mentobe Cafe, 33336 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI 48336
  • Date: Weekly on Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Time: 7:00pm—9:00pm
  • Next on: Today, September 1, 2011
  • Mostly acoustic live music at Mentobe Cafe (located between the Farmington Civic Theater and Cowley’s). See the online calendar for performers at

  • Features: Open to All

Historic Franklin Farmers Market

  • Where: Middle of the Village Center/Comerica Bank Parking Lot, Franklin, MI 48025
  • Date: Weekly on Saturdays
  • Time: 2:00pm—6:00pm
  • Next on: Saturday, September 3, 2011
  • Historic Franklin is having a Farmers Market today.  Stroll through the quaint Village that is offering locally-grown produce, baked goods, many organic products, and unique arts and crafts.

  • Features: Open to All

Birmingham Farmers Market

  • Where: Booth Park, North Old Woodward Avenue, Birmingham, MI 48009
  • Date: Weekly on Sundays
  • Time: 9:00am—2:00pm
  • Next on: Sunday, September 4, 2011
  • More than 40 booths with fresh produce, baked goods, flowers and more fill the city parking lot on the east side of North Old Woodward, roughly opposite Booth Park at Harmon Street.

    This Sunday tradition, which runs for 25 weeks untilk Oct. 23 features live entertainment, crafts, snacks and an interactive Kids Zone. In addition to fruits, vegetables, cheese and eggs, regional vendors offers preserves, dried fruits and nuts, dressings, sauces, honey, garden shrubs and more.

The Black and White Soiree at South Bar

  • Where: South Bar, 210 S Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009
  • Date: September 4, 2011
  • Time: 9:00pm
  • South Bar in Birmingham is having a pre-Labor Day celebration tonight as they present their Black and White Soiree.

    Guests should wear upscale black and white attire.

    DJ Ray, DJ Polo, and NYC DJ Rob-Play will be spinning tunes inside the club, while the Channel 955 Bomb Squad will be playing music on the patio.

    Guests must be 21+

  • Features: Singles
  • Price: cover charge

Ford Arts, Beats, and Eats

  • Where: Downtown Royal Oak, Royal Oak , MI
  • Date: September 5, 2011
  • Time: 11:00am—9:00pm
  • The Ford Arts, Beats, & Eats festival takes over the streets of downtown Royal Oak today.

    Come check out over 250 music acts, over 65 restaurant locations offering food tastings in the street, and lots of arts. There is also the latest Ford vehicles, cooking demonstrations, and the Meijer Kids zone which will have games, live entertainment, karaoke and more.

  • Features: Families, Open to All
  • Price: $3 admission

80th Annual Michigan Peach Festival

  • Where: 121 W Saint Clair St, Romeo, MI 48065
  • Date: September 3, 2011
  • The Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo going on daily through Labor Day with all the fun a festival can offer. It’s five days of food, fun, carnival rides, arts and crafts, music, sports tournaments and more. Plus today you can take in the Croswell Extravaganza, a craft show-farmers market-business exp; Kidsfest; and dunk-a-hunk for a cause.

    Today’s events include:


    • 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Romeo Masonic Lodge Peach Pie & Food Sale, Masonic Lodge Gray’s Opera House, 231 N. Main, Romeo.
    • 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: Child ID Program, Masonic Lodge Gray’s Opera House, 231 N. Main,
    • 8 a.m.-4 p.m.: The Peach Festival Golf Classic, Bruce Hills & Vargo Golf Co., Bruce Hills Golf Club, 6771 Taft Road; for tickets or details, call 586-752-7244.
    • 8 a.m.-8 p.m.: Peach Festival Tennis Tournaments, Romeo, Eisenhower and Almont high schools. For details call 586-530-3110.
    • 8 a.m.-8 p.m.: 30th Annual NMSC Romeo Peach Festival Soccer Tournament, Hevel, Gilcher, Washington, Crystal Fields. Call 586-781-4126 if you need details.
    • 8 a.m.-9 p.m.: R-W-B Men’s Double Elimination Softball Tournament, Crystal Diamonds Field.
    • 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Peach Festival Kidsfest, designed for ages 14 and younger. Romeo-Washington-Bruce Parks & Recreation Romeo Village Park, on Rawles Street. Highlights include races, dress-up stuffed animal contests, bike and trike decoration, pie-eating contest, water balloon toss, petting zoo, moonwalk, crafts and more. Most activities are free.
    • 9 a.m.-8 p.m.: Nicaragua Bake Sale – Wesleyan Medical Mission, Dr. Lie’s Office, 288 Main St., Romeo.
    • 10 a.m.-7 p.m.: New this year is the Croswell Extravaganza – Craft Show, Farmer’s Market and Business Expo, a non-juried event held at Croswell Elementary School and grounds. $1 admission.
    • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: “Dunk a Hunk” – Romeo Football Team, where you can dunk your favorite player for a donation to the Romeo “Watchdog Game.” Tank will be at Century 21 Collins, 226 S. Main, Romeo.
    • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Annual Used Book Sale, Romeo Recreation Center, 361 Morton St.
    • 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Frontier Town Arts & Craft Show, Frontier Town, 67300 Van Dyke.
    • 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Mike & Ruth’s Hilltop Farm, peach pies from scratch, in front of Citizens Bank, downtown Romeo.
    • 11 a.m.-6 p.m.: St. Paul’s Peachy Flea Market & Craft Fair, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 11100 St. Clair, Romeo.
    • 11 a.m.-9 p.m.: Pamela’s Catering Food Tent, 221-1/2 North Baily, Romeo, featuring ribs, sandwiches, peach pies, and more.
    • 11 a.m.-8 p.m.: 46th Annual Baby & Pet Photo Contest, Kiwanis of Romeo, 135 Main, Romeo.
    • 11 a.m.-10 p.m.: River of God Cafe, River of God Community Church, 230 E. St. Clair, Romeo.
    • Noon-8 p.m.: Peachy Keen Art Scene, at the Starkweather Artists Market, Starkweather Arts Center, Main Street, Romeo.
    • Noon-11 p.m.: Mid America Shows Carnival.
    • Noon-1 a.m.: Beers Around the World, Lions Community Field
    • Noon.-1 a.m.: Refreshment Tent. Lions Field, $2 donation after 7 p.m.
    • Noon-5 p.m.: RWB Parks & Rec Senior Dept. Carnival Bingo, Romeo Community Center, 361 Morton St.
    • Noon check-in, and 1 p.m. start: Romeo Varsity Wrestling Team’s Annual Peach Fest Beanbag Tournament, Romeo Lions Club Refreshment Tent,
      $20 per team. Call 586-524-9481 for details.
    • 6:30-11 p.m.: Lions Las Vegas Games, at the Romeo Lions Clubhouse.

Rochester Farmers Market

  • Where: E 3rd St & Water St, Rochester, MI 48307
  • Date: Weekly on Saturdays
  • Time: 8:00am—1:00pm
  • Next on: Saturday, September 3, 2011
  • The Downtown Rochester Farmers Market has flowers, produce and a master gardener to answer all of your questions. Come out and support our local vendors!

  • Features: Open to All

Paint Creek Trail Labor Day Bridge Walk & Run

  • Where: Rochester Municipal Park, Ludlow Street, Rochester, MI (and Paint Creek Trail)
  • Date: September 5, 2011
  • Time: 8:00am—12:00pm
  • The Paint Creek Trail is offering two options for participants again this year.  The first option is a 2.0 mile round trip walk from the Kiwanis Pavilion at Rochester Municipal Park east to the Trail, and north to Tienken and back.  For those wanting more of a challenge, the second option is a 10K round trip walk or run from the Kiwanis Pavilion at Rochester Municipal Park north to Silver Bell and back on the Trail.  On-site Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. at the Kiwanis Pavilion.  The events will begin at 9:00 a.m.  Plenty of parking is available at the Rochester Municipal Park and in downtown Rochester.  Participants are encouraged to use the Trail to get to the park.

    This event is free, with a suggested tax-deductible donation of $5.00 per family to help raise $75,000 toward replacing Paint Creek Trail Bridge 31.7, located near Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve.  Participants can pre-register online at starting August 22 or by mail until September 1. Registration is also available on-site the day of the event.

    The first 200 registered participants will receive a free Paint Creek Trail Cell Phone/Media holder, and plenty of fudge will be available for the “virtual” Mackinac Bridge experience. In addition, local businesses Caribou Coffee, Bruegger’s Bagels, Dish It Up, Dinosaur Hill and Dr. Ron Fried Chiropractic and Wellness Center will be on site with giveaways and information.

  • Features: Open to All
  • Price: Free, with suggested donation of $5.00 per family


  • Where: Friendship Circle, 6892 W Maple Rd, West Bloomfield, MI 48322
  • Date: September 4, 2011
  • Time: 11:30pm—4:30pm
  • Walk4Friendship is an annual 5k walk that raises crucial funds and community awareness for The Friendship Circle – a nonprofit organization for individuals with special needs. Walk4Friendship begins with an inspirational opening ceremony followed by a 5k walk (or 1 mile family walk). Upon reaching the finish line, walkers enjoy a post-walk celebration with entertainment, activities, food and much more.

  • Features: Families, Kids, Open to All, Teens
  • Price: Free

Largest Zumba Class – Going for the Record

  • Where: MI Lottery Stage/Main Stage Arts, Beats, and Eats, Royal Oak, MI
  • Date: September 3, 2011
  • Time: 11:00am—12:00pm
  • Have you ever wanted to be in the Guinness World Records? Today is your chance!

    Come to the Michigan Lottery Stage – Main Stage area of the Arts, Beats, and Eats entrance at 6th and Main to participate in the World’s Largest Zumba Class!

    Help the YMCA break the record.

  • Features: Open to All
  • Phone: 248.547.0030
  • Price: $3 entrance fee to Arts, Beats, and Eats

Detroit Jazz Festival

  • Where: Woodward Ave & W Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
  • Date: Daily
  • Next on: Tomorrow, September 2, 2011
  • It’s been voted one of the best jazz festivals in North America, so why not head downtown as Motown comes alive this weekend with the 32nd annual Detroit Jazz Festival. It’s four days of truly international artistry, with the theme this year being “We Bring You the World. From Sept. 2-5 dozens of acts from near and far – from Detroit to Japan and plenty of places in between – will perform in a variety of styles, from gospel to jazz to blues.

    Kids will be entertained with special fun planned exclusively for them, including singing, dancing and storytelling, plus middle and high school bands will perform.

    The festival occupies 2 million square feet of downtown Detroit, from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius Park. Two stages occupy the north end, and three at Hart Plaza, plus a Jazz Talk Tent and the Kid Bop Area. For a map, click here.

    Festival hours are 4-11 p.m. Sept. 2, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Sept. 3 and 4, and noon-8:30 p.m. Sept. 5.

    For more on the festival, including detailed daily schedules, visit

Blake’s Fall Festival

  • Where: 71485 North Ave, Armada, MI 48005 (Blake’s Big Apple Orchard)
  • Date: Weekly on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Time: 10:00am—6:00pm
  • Next on: Saturday, September 3, 2011
  • It’s Labor Day weekend and that means Blake’s is beginning its annual craft show and fall festival every weekend in September and October. Besides apples and other harvest goodies, visitors can enjoy train and pony rides, the petting zoo, the Barnyard Funland, Cornfield Maze, Straw Mountain and more.

    Blake’s is open daily, but on weekends the fun gets kicked up a notch.

    An all-day pass on a weekday costs $6.95 per person and gets admission to:

    • Haunted Barn & Black Hole
    • Hay rides after noon
    • Barnyard Funland admission, which includes the Straw Mountain, Trike Track, Animal Petting Farm, Cornfield Maze, Bunnyville, Mr. Bone’s Outhouse, Le Roy’s Apple Picking Truck, Playground access, Mini Corn Stalk Maze, and the Baby Animal Petting Farm

    Or on weekends admission is $8.50 per person and includes the same weekday package, plus a visit to Barnyard Funland, a hayride to the orchard and a hayride to the pumpkin patch.

    Children under age 2 get in free.

  • Price: $6.95-$8.50

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