Art, Jazz & Cider: End of Summer Festivals in Metro D

By: Amber Ogden | August 25, 2015
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It’s hard to believe that Labor Day is near, and with that, summer will be soon draw to a close. However, there are still plenty of sunny days ahead of us, so let’s celebrate the season with some end of summer festivals in Metro D.

Dragon on the Lake is a Lake Orion Festival that takes place Friday, Aug. 28 through Sunday, Aug. 30. The 7th annual event provides fun for all ages including art, music and, of course, dragons!

Take advantage of festivities including family movie night (with the appropriate screening of “How to Train Your Dragon”), The Dragon Pub beer and wine tent, Dragon Boat Races and a Kidz Zone with entertainment, crafts, puppets and more.

Cider Dayze, Metro Detroit’s premier cider fest, is the first annual event put on by Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill. It falls the same weekend, Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 30. Local breweries, cideries and wineries will be present to share what they’ve got!

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Michigan favorites Perrin Brewing Company, New Holland Brewing and Uncle John’s Hard Cider are just a few that will be present. Activities include cornhole, apple bobbing, brew camp and more. One or two day passes are available ($35 and $55, respectively), and include nine 5 ounce pours and a commemorative glass.

Arts, Beats & Eats is a great way to spend Labor Day weekend, as the fest runs Friday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 7. Enjoy upwards of 200 musical performances, cuisine from local restaurants and a fine arts show.

The music lineup can be found here. Participating eateries include Café Muse, Lockhart’s BBQ, Treat Dreams and Mr. B’s.

Detroit Jazz Festival provides more Labor Day weekend fun, from Friday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 7. The 36th annual fest continues to be the world’s largest free jazz festival, and is the place to be if you’re a music lover.

You’ll find a long lineup of musicians performing at Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park, along with food vendors through the festival.

No matter which you choose to attend, enjoy an end of summer festival in Metro Detroit!