Big 4: Top events happening Labor Day weekend
1. Detroit Jazz Festival in Downtown Detroit: Hear live jazz on several stages from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius throughout the weekend at this free, annual festival. This year's Artist-in-Residence is bassist Stanley Clark, who will perform throughout the weekend with a variety of combos. 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon. Free. Hart Plaza, Jefferson at Woodward, Detroit. detroitjazzfest.org.
2. Soaring Eagle Arts, Beats & Eats presented by Flagstar Bank in Downtown Royal Oak: The arts included a juried show featuring a variety of media, and the eats features food from area restaurants and caterers. Some of the musical highlights are rock singer Phillip Phillips at 10:30 p.m. Sat., Third Eye Blind at 10 p.m. Sun. and Theory of a Deadman at 8 p.m. Mon. Be sure to check out the carnival and The Detroit News Kids Zone with family-friendly programming by the Detroit Institute of Arts. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat.-Sun. and 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon. Admission is $3 until 3 p.m., $5 after 3 p.m. and $7 after 5 p.m. Downtown Royal Oak. artsbeatseats.com
3. Hamtramck Labor Day Festival: Two stages featuring local bands and artists are set up on each end of the festival, with loads of food and vendors in between. There's also a full carnival with games and rides. Another highlight is the Polish Day Parade at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Noon-10 p.m. Sat.-Mon. Jos Campau north of Caniff, Hamtramck. hamtownfest.com.
4. Michigan State Fair at Suburban Collection Showplace: Livestock exhibits, circus fun, a beer festival, a giant cow made out of butter and more is what makes the annual State Fair so unique. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat.-Sun. and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon. $8 adult admission, $6 ages 2-11, $30 for ultimate wristband. 46100 Grand River, Novi. (248) 348-6942 or michiganstatefairllc.com.