Friday, September 1
Family Fun: The Michigan State Fair is back in town on Friday, September 1 and runs through September 5 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair ranks itself as Michigan’s No. 1 Family Event, with activities to get kids up close with farm animals and other livestock. Activities include the state fair parade, a farmer’s market, racing pigs, a circus, midway rides, and more. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children 11 and younger, and free for children two and under. For more information go to www.michiganstatefairllc.com
Saturday, September 2
Festival: Arts, Beats & Eats is back in town on September 2 and will run through September 5. Each year, Arts, Beats & Eats draws in thousands of people. A variety of events will be happening in Downtown Royal Oak during the festival. The festival showcases hundreds of musical acts, a lineup of food from Detroit, an art show and more. This year’s performers include Buckcherry, Our Lady Peace, Gavin DeGraw, Three Dog Night, Laith Al-Saadi, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. For more information, visit www.artsbeatseats.com
Saturday, September 2
Music: The Detroit Jazz Festival, which is considered to be the world’s largest jazz festival, is back to take residency in downtown Detroit through September 5. This year’s lineup includes artists such as George Benson, Ron Carter, the Roy Hargrove Quintet, the Soul Rebels and Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation. For details, visit www.detroitjazzfest.org
Monday, September 4
Sports: Football season is here! The Shoreline Cruise on the S.S. Badger is celebrating college football season with its annual Ludington Labor Day “Go Green — Go Blue” Shoreline Cruise. The cruise, which takes place along the shoreline of Ludington, allows for passengers to celebrate their college spirit on board. The trip includes a Badger Party Buffet and kids are welcome. Tickets are $39, children are $20, children younger than 5 get on the cruise for free. For more information, visit www.ssbadger.com
Tuesday, September 5
Family Fun: Have you ever wanted to walk across the Mackinac Bridge? Well now is your chance! Join us September 5 at 7 am to walk across the Mackinac Bridge. While the event starts at 7 am, participants can begin walking anywhere between 7 am and 11 am. The walk will begin at St. Ignace in the Upper Peninsula and will end in Mackinac City in the Lower Peninsula. Admission is free, however, $5 is required for transportation if needed.
Friday, September 8
Family Fun: Get your country boots on, Charlotte Frontier Days are here. Running through September 11, Charlotte Frontier Days includes a variety of events, including the Frontier Days Rodeo, arts and crafts, the saloon, a cornhole tournament, live music and camping. The perfect family event, Charlotte Frontier Days is the perfect event to feel like a pioneer. There is no fee to get into the fairgrounds or craft shows, but there is a charge for select activities. For more information, visit www.charlottefrontierdays.org
Saturday, September 9
Faith: Awake My Soul is a day dedicated to spiritual renewal, meant to meet you wherever you may be in your own spiritual journey. Distinguished Catholic speakers will come together for Awake My Soul in order to engage both your mind and soul and you grow in intimacy with our Lord Jesus Christ. Join us for a night of talks, Adoration, Eucharistic Procession and live music. Doors open at 4:30 pm at the Mother of God Church in Southfield. The evening will conclude with midnight Mass. Register for the event at ecrc.us.
Saturday, September 10
Family Fun: The Marshall Historic Home Tour is back for the 53rd year. This year’s tour highlights 23 sites, six of which are private residencies among them. As well, the Marshall’s two-building historic power plant that has produced electricity since the 1890s is a new feature on the tour. The tour goes through until September 11. Tickets bought in advance are $15, after midnight, tickets are $20. For more information go to www.marshallhometour.com
Wednesday, September 13
Culture: It’s A Grand Opening Chaldean Cultural Center Museum Grand Opening being held on Wednesday September 13 at 6 p.m. The museum is inside Shenandoah Country Club located at 5600 Walnut Lake Rd. West Bloomfield. You can contact the Cultural Center for tickets. Go to www.chaldeanculturalcenter.org
Monday, September 18
Art Show: Artists from across the globe gather to compete in ArtPrize, which has become one of the biggest art events in the region. The international art fair runs through October 9 throughout nearly 200 venues throughout Grand Rapids. All are welcome to attend. For more information, visit www.artprize.org
Sunday September 24
Charity: Join us for the fourth annual Stride for Seminarians, hosted by the Alexander and Gabrielle Mansour Memorial Fund, at 8:30 am on Sunday, September 24 at the Detroit Zoo. The event includes a number of activities and games. Stride for Seminarians will be free for children under 2 years, $30 for children 2-12 years, and $40 for all other participants. A free t-shirt, snacks, lunch, Mass in the zoo pavilion, admission to the zoo all day, and parking are all included in the ticket price. All proceeds benefit The Alexander and Gabrielle Mansour Memorial Fund.