Northern Michigan Labor Day: With autumn scenting the August air, we offer up a barrel of activities to help you celebrate the last days of summer in Northern Michigan. With events spanning Northern Michigan, including the Leelanau Peninsula, Petoskey and up to St. Ignace in the Upper Peninsula, we've got something for everyone. Check out MyNorth.com's Northern Michigan Labor Day Weekend 2012 guide.
The annual Northern Michigan Labor Day Weekend Harvest Festival in Manton includes lumberjack competitions in Railroad Park, live music, great food and lots more for the entire family. Manton is in Wexford County where M-42 intersects with US-131, about 45 minutes southeast of Traverse City.
A hot summer is usually followed by a cool winter! Get ready this Northern Michigan Labor Day Weekend for the Cross Country Ski Headquarters Labor Day Weekend Sale! Cross Country Ski Headquarters closes out all of last year's discontinued skis, boots, poles, jackets, shells, fleece sweaters, insulated parkas, and more!
This Northern Michigan Labor Day Weekend festival, located in the Brethren Area of Manistee County, includes activities ranging from games and tournaments during the day to live bands, dancing and fireworks at night. There are games and crafts for children, music all day, horseshoes, cornhole (beanbag) and softball tournaments, chicken dinner, the Highbridge Hustle 5K Run/Walk, horse pull, art & craft fair and more.
Enjoy a relaxing Northern Michigan summer evening and listen to live music outdoors as the sun sets over Lake Michigan in Northport's beautiful Marina Park. The concert is free, just plan on bringing a blanket or chair.
This fun-filled evening will have something for everyone! As you stroll along the streets in downtown St. Ignace, you will see a variety of activities to watch and/or participate in. You can enjoy music and story telling at Fort de Buade Indian Museum, or check out the display of wild animal tracks, or show off your singing skills with Karaoke across from B.C. Pizza. Walk the runway at Runway Fashions, or enjoy kid's games and balloon art at The Pavillion. Get your face painted and jump in the bounce house in front of the First National Bank. And don't miss artists and music at the Colonial House Inn, all happening this Labor Day Weekend in Northern Michigan!
Saturday, September 1st the Guinness World Book record for canoes and kayaks rafted together will be challeneged. The world record of 1,902 canoes and kayaks was set last fall in a little town in Upstate NY. The new goal is more than 2,000 canoes and kayaks! This will be a spectaularly beautiful and unique event. Join this great family friendly paddling event. Local food vendors will be offering a diverse selection of food and drink. The official count will take place at 1:00 p.m. For more information and to register: www.sbfloatilla.com
Leelanau County's newest corn maze will be having a grand Labor Day Weekend opening on Saturday, September 1st from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (last entry at 5:00 p.m.). There will be a community ribbon cutting at 11:00 a.m., along with live music and food featuring Apache Trout Grill's award winning ribs. Tickets are $10 and include lunch and corn maze admission.
Labor Day Weekend in Northern Michigan helps you say good-bye to summer at the Annual "End of Summer" party held behind the Village Cafe in Pentwater, located on the shores of Lake Michigan.
Saturday, September 1st is the last Stone Circle Gathering of the season. Poetry, storytelling and music are featured at this unique outdoor amphitheater. Poet bard Terry Wooten will host the gatherings beginning at 9:00 p.m. around the fire. Sit under a canopy of stars perched on a boulder, or bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the ever-changing variety of entertainment that is woven throughout the evening. Stone Circle is located ten miles north of Elk Rapids off US 31.
Saturday of Labor Day Weekend in Northern Michigan is your last chance to see fireworks decorate the sky over Moran Bay in downtown St. Ignace, for Fireworks Over the Bay! Enjoy the display from the Huron Boardwalk, area restaurants and motels, or even just strolling through the business district. Begins at 10:00 p.m.
American Legion Park, on the bay in St. Ignace, will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater Sunday, September 2nd for the last Outdoor Movies by the Bay event of 2012. Come one, come all to this free, family-friendly event! Movie will begin at dusk so start and end time will vary. Snack on free popcorn or enjoy other concessions available for purchase. So pack up the kids, grab your chairs and blankets, and come enjoy an outdoor movie alongside beautiful Lake Huron!
Join thousands of pedestrians as they participate in a long standing tradition, the Northern Michigan Labor Day Bridge Walk with Governor Snyder. The walk begins at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, September 3rd in St. Ignace and concludes at 11:00 a.m. in Mackinaw City. This is the only day of the year that walking the Mackinac Bridge is allowed, so grab your walking shoes and head to the "Mighty Mac!"
This annual Northern Michigan Labor Day Weekend walk begins on the east side of the State Street Bridge, proceeds over the bridge and onto Water Street and finishes in Washington Park, where hot dogs, chips and refreshments will be served.
The logging of the white pine in the 19th century was a highly labor intensive industry. From the fellers and sawyers who cut the trees, the teamsters and loaders who loaded the sleds and drove the horses and the river hogs that sent the logs down the rivers to the saw mills, logging was an extremely hard job. This 90 minute program introduces the various jobs in a logging camp, the working conditions in a logging camp and what the pay was for these jobs. This special program, held at Hartwick Pines State Park, September 3rd, celebrates Labor Day in Northern Michigan with a historical perspective.
Take a leisurely walk through the community of Victorian cottages on the edge of Petoskey. Over the course of decades, change has barely seeped through the carefully platted neighborhood of winding, terraced and tree-lined streets—a pace that is designed to keep the community firmly planted in the 19th-century values on which it was founded. The approximately 450 gingerbread cottages and public will enchant you with their flamboyant color schemes, elaborate scrollwork and porches made for languid afternoons with lemonade.
Two person amateur teams from around the Midwest compete in this 54-hole better ball competition held on the Heather, The Moor and Arthur Hills courses at Boyne Highlands Resort in Northern Michigan. The Kircher Cup is named after the founding family of Boyne Resorts and the names engraved on the cup are a venerable "who's who" of Michigan amateur golf. Divisions include Championship, Mid-Senior and Senior.
Pick your perfect beach in the Petoskey and Harbor Springs area, choose the best Leelanau Peninsula beach, or beach it up in Traverse City! There's no better way to spend your Labor Day Weekend in Northern Michigan than soaking up summer's final rays.
Amid all your Labor Day Weekend fun, don't forget to eat! The MyNorth.com Dining Guide gives you the scoop on where to dine no matter where you are in Northern Michigan this Labor Day Weekend.