Happening This Labor Day Weekend: Peaches, Beats and Eats
Peach festival, fall fun, white parties and more.
Where/When: Downtown Romeo, Sept. 1-5.
Why Go: It's time for the annual Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo, with everything you could ever want from a festival. Enjoy foods (plenty of them peachy good) golf, carnival rides, arts and crafts shows (yes, that's right, shows), live music and dancing, pet and baby photo contests, pasta and chicken dinners, the Peach Queen reception on Friday night, Kidsfest on Saturday morning, daily Vegas games, the Festival of Cars Parade on Sunday, plus bake, book and other sales. And it all caps off with Monday's children's and VFW Peach Festival Floral Parade.
Visit Shelby-Utica Patch's events calendar for daily highlights.
Pricing: No cost to attend the festival, but just try to resist buying something.
Where/When: Downtown Royal Oak, near Washington and 11 Mile, Sept. 2-5. Festival hours are roughly 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Monday.
Why Go: If you feel like hitting the road for a tiny excursion with a big payout, try this weekend's Arts, Beats & Eats festival, with dozens of artists showing their wares, more than 100 musicians and entertainers to amuse you or nearly 70 dining options to sample.
Pricing: $3 admission each day. Food and beverage tickets are 16 for $10. Children under age 3 get in free. Parking in all downtown lots and structures will cost $15. There's remote parking, too, at Royal Oak High School, at 1500 Lexington Blvd., which costs $10 and you can take a free shuttle to and from the festival.
Where/When: Blake's Big Apple, 71485 North Ave., Armada, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., weekends in September and October.
Why Go: September is here, and that means fall-themed fun is in the air. Blake's Big Apple Orchard kicks off its Fall Festival and craft show on Labor Day weekend. Enjoy crafts, baked goodies, a bit of farm fun and more. And then there's the good times Blake's is known for: pony rides, hay rides, Barnyard Funland, the Cornfield Maze, Straw Mountain and more.
Pricing: $8.50 for the whole experience.
Where/When: Empire Lounge, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Sept. 4.
Why Go: Empire Lounge hosts the third annual White Affair this Labor Day eve. Put on your best whites and get ready to party with music, drink specials and more.
Pricing: $10. Ladies who RSVP can get complimentary admission. Visit Empire's Facebook page for details.