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A disappointing time for many, some of Labor Day weekend major events have been canceled this year – at least in-person. Here’s 3 you can still enjoy virtually! 

Soaring Eagle Arts, Beats & Eats Festival

While the festival has been canceled, virtual and small-scale live activation will take its place to spread a little bit of art, music, food and health, including a major effort to support the local music industry. The featured component of the 2020 event reincarnation will be “The Beats Go On…” which seeks to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local musicians, as well as spread the joy of music virtually and through limited capacity drive-in concerts Labor Day Weekend. You can find more information on their official site.

Michigan State Fair

For five days over the Labor Day Weekend, the Michigan State Fair is usually held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, about 30 minutes by car from Detroit. The second oldest state fair in the nation began its long run in 1849 and closed permanently in 2009 after 161 years, but was resurrected on a limited scale in 2013. As in days of old, the fair includes livestock exhibits, circus performers, entertainment tents, a beer garden, and the Moovin’ thru the Midway 5K race.

In 2020, the fair is moving to a virtual format. The typical carnival rides and festivities won’t be available, but you can take part in online contests, watch concerts via live stream, and learn local history through educational social media posts. More information can be found on the Michigan State Fair website.

Detroit Jazz Festival

The Detroit Jazz Festival has been entertaining people in Michigan since 1979. The event, typically held in downtown Detroit on the Friday through Monday of Labor Day weekend, is moving to a virtual format for 2020. All of the concerts will be performed without an audience but broadcast live—no replays and no on-demand watching—on local television, the event webpage, or through the Detroit Jazz Fest LIVE! app.

The festival kicks off on the evening September 4, 2020, and continues daily with eight to 10 hours of live music through September 7. Even if you aren’t located near Detroit, you can enjoy this annual tradition from the comfort of your own living room.

How are you celebrating Labor Day?