Things to do Labor Day weekend 2018 in Michigan

labor day weekend 2018 in michigan

The last three-day weekend of summer is fast approaching. What will you get up to? Send off summer the right way with a vacation you and your group will remember for years to come. There are plenty of festivals and activities happening on Labor Day weekend 2018 in Michigan. Here are a few we think are well worth visiting.

Events and festivals on Labor Day Weekend 2018 in Michigan

Marquette Blues Fest – Marquette

This annual festival celebrates the best in blues. Catch the top blues acts from New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago and St. Louis all weekend long in Marquette’s Mattson Lower Harbor Park. The festival will also have workshops, a wide selection of food vendors, and a beer and wine tent. Learn more about the lineup on the festival website.

Michigan Chicken Wing Festival – Lansing

Enjoy food, art, music and community at the Michigan Chicken Wing Festival. Take part in the Wing Eating Contest, the winner of which will be dubbed King or Queen of the Wings, or Wing Tasting Contest where you can help determine which vendor has the best wings.

Labor Day Jazz Weekend – Mackinac Island

Purchase a vacation package at the Grand Hotel and enjoy performances by top jazz musicians all weekend long. The package includes full breakfast and dinner, cocktail receptions, a cookout luncheon, a Sunday morning gospel performance and Q&A sessions with the artists.

Salsa Festival – Harbor Beach

Celebrate salsa in Harbor Beach! Sample a variety of locally made salsas at this spicy festival. Your taste buds will love this event. Spend the rest of the weekend enjoying the quaint, lakeside town that is Harbor Beach.

Labor Day Truck Parade & Ice Cream Social – Holland

This annual parade brings the noise . . . and the ice cream! Kids are sure to enjoy this parade of big trucks. Since 2006, this event has grown into a heavily anticipated local event. Meant to celebrate Holland/Zeeland products and employees, this event is also a great opportunity to have some family friendly fun in West Michigan.

Bridge walks all over the state

Labor Day bridge walks are a bit of a tradition here in Michigan. The Mackinac Bridge Walk has happened every year since 1958, taking thousands of participants across its five-mile expanse over the Straits of Mackinac. Towns throughout the state host their own, miniature versions of the event as well. Find one to attend in the town you plan to visit:

Take a laidback vacation to Saugatuck

Labor Day weeekend 2018 is a great time to chill out before the fall grind kicks in. A visit to tranquil Saugatuck is sure to charge you up and get you ready for whatever the season will bring. Saugatuck is also a great place for a last hurrah of summer, with pristine beaches and plenty of summer activities that you’ll be able to enjoy for the last time in 2018 on Labor Day weekend. Find a place to stay at Lakeshore Lodging.

Featured Image: Labor Day Truck Parade in Holland, Michigan.

3 steps to the perfect 3-day weekend in Saugatuck

The first step to optimizing a 3-day weekend vacation is picking a destination within easy reach. When you’ve only got three days–you don’t want to spend too much of it traveling. With award-winning Lake Michigan beaches, downtown shopping and dining along the Kalamazoo River, and a refreshing lakeside state of mind that pervades it all, Saugatuck, Michigan is a perfect pick. Once you’ve chosen your destination, you can focus on making the most of your trip. We’ve prepared some tips to help you do just that. Here are 3 steps to the perfect 3-day weekend in Saugatuck.

3 steps to the perfect 3-day weekend in Saugatuck

1. Start with a specific goal for your vacation

Having a goal for what you want to get out of this vacation will help everything else fall into place, saving your precious vacation time from being filled with planning. What do you want to get out of this 3-day weekend? Maybe you’re looking for a weekend full of new culinary experiences, or maybe you want to shop til you drop. Or maybe you’re looking for three blissful days of uninterrupted lakeside relaxation. Whatever the case, keep your goal in mind while you plan the rest of the vacation.

3-day weekend in saugatuck2. Research your destination and plan activities

With your goal set, you can spend a little time researching Saugatuck. Find restaurants, shops, and activities that match your goal and make a short list of things you definitely don’t want to miss. That way, when you arrive in Saugatuck and you’re looking for something to do, you have a jumping off point and you won’t have to spend much time figuring it out. Don’t know where to start? We’ve got a few guides that can help with that, whether you’re looking for family friendly activities, which bars to check out, or spending the weekend on the beach.

3. Find lodging that will put you in the center of it all

With a goal and some specific objectives in mind, you can find a place to stay that suits your vacation best. Lakeshore Lodging has a variety of vacation rentals that will put you right where you need to be–whether you’re looking for a quaint cottage that’s close to the shopping and dining of downtown, or a spacious Lake Michigan retreat with a private beach. Find the perfect one for you.

What to do in Saugatuck / Douglas this Labor Day

memorial day weekend in saugatuck chain ferry

Are you coming to town for Labor Day? The weather this weekend is looking gorgeous. Get excited for your trip this weekend and plan your itinerary. Stay with Lakeshore Lodging for the ultimate vacation experience.

Your in-town itinerary

Catch one of these great Saugatuck-area events during your Labor Day stay.

Saugatuck-Douglas 19th Annual Bridge Walk

Join the community in a walk across the Blue Star Bridge on September 4, 9-10am. Starts on the Douglas side and proceeds to the Saugatuck side. Held in solidarity with the annual walk across the Mackinac Bridge, this walk is quite a bit shorter.

Labor Day Truck Parade 

Celebrate the businesses of West Michigan in Holland’s annual parade of big trucks. Bring your family, some earplugs, and an appetite for ice cream.

The Found Cottage Mercantile Market

Check out this two-day market featuring food trucks, vintage vendors, handmade artisans and more. September 1 and 2 at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds in Holland.

Toast: Show Opening 

Visit LaFontsee Gallery in Douglas for an end-of-summer celebration with art, drinks, and toast. September 3, 12-4pm.

Nina & Pinta Visit

A rare chance to see two Columbus replica ships. The Nina is the most accurate Columbus replica ship ever built, and you can get a dockside tour in South Haven this weekend. Learn more.

All-Crafts Fair

Peruse hundreds of exhibitors with fine arts, crafts, and food in South Haven during Labor Day weekend.

Fenn Valley Fall Vineyard Tour

Take part in one of Fenn Valley’s first fall vineyard tours. Learn about grape growing and winemaking.

Saugatuck Chain Ferry

Labor Day weekend is your last chance of the year to ride aboard the Saugatuck Chain Ferry—the only remaining hand-cranked ferry in the country. Hitch a ride across the Kalamazoo River for a shortcut to Oval Beach.

Music on the Lawn at Borrowed Time

Catch some outdoor tunes on the lawn at Borrowed Time before they’re done for the season.

Spend Labor Day in Saugatuck

Start planning your summer send-off

The end of summer is probably the last thing you want to think about right now. But if you’re looking to end the season with a bang, you should start planning your vacation ASAP.

Labor Day is one of the most popular times to visit Saugatuck, and availability for vacation rentals becomes limited fast. Book your Saugatuck vacation now.

What will you do when you get here? Whether you want to partake in our town festivities, enjoy a celebration with close friends and family, or make the most of the end of beach season, there’s lots to do in Saugatuck around Labor Day. Allow us to give you some ideas:

Your in-town itinerary

Catch one of these great Saugatuck-area events during your Labor Day stay.

Saugatuck-Douglas 19th Annual Bridge Walk – Join the community in a walk across the Blue Star Bridge on September 4, 9-10am. Starts on the Douglas side and proceeds to the Saugatuck side. Held in solidarity with the annual walk across the Mackinac Bridge, this walk is quite a bit shorter.

Labor Day Truck Parade – Celebrate the businesses of West Michigan in Holland’s annual parade of big trucks. Bring your family, some earplugs, and an appetite for ice cream.

All-Crafts Fair – Peruse hundreds of exhibitors with fine arts, crafts, and food in South Haven during Labor Day weekend.

Fenn Valley Fall Vineyard Tour – Take part in one of Fenn Valley’s first fall vineyard tours. Learn about grape growing and winemaking.

Saugatuck Chain Ferry – Labor Day weekend is your last chance of the year to ride aboard the Saugatuck Chain Ferry—the only remaining hand-cranked ferry in the country. Hitch a ride across the Kalamazoo River for a shortcut to Oval Beach.

Music on the Lawn at Borrowed Time – Catch some outdoor tunes on the lawn at Borrowed Time before they’re done for the season.

Find the best home for Labor Day festivities

The perfect Labor Day vacation requires a home base that’s best suited to your planned activities. We have properties that’ll make your weekend unforgettable.

Grill out

Ferry’s Landing – This tastefully modern, farmhouse-inspired home has a spacious backyard with a firepit. Grill your meal and enjoy it on the screened-in porch. Spend the evening around the fire with friends.

Kingfisher Cove Cabin 28 – A log-cabin inspired home on the shores of Goshorn Lake with plenty of space for entertaining both indoors and out. Grill out in the wooded, secluded backyard and later enjoy a fire in the firepit or a dip in the hot tub.

Stay in town


Mason Loft
– Stay above a Saugatuck storefront in this quaint apartment. This shotgun-style loft has a fully equipped kitchen and is awash in natural light. You’ll be within walking distance of many great Saugatuck activities when you stay here.

Cozy Hideaway – This cute cottager is perfect for small groups and families and is located just a walk from the action downtown Saugatuck.

Beachside holiday

Beach Cottage – Enjoy the fresh lakeside air and a view of the lake framed by tall trees at Beach Cottage. Sunbathe on the private beach during the day, enjoy the gas grill and firepit in the evening.

Mixed Doubles – Recently re-furnished, this home is beautifully designed and has unreal views of Lake Michigan and a great beach. It has a traditional cottage charm and is nestled on a quiet, wooded acre.

Heron Creek – Descend the stairs to get to this property’s beach and catch a few great views along the way. Located in a deeply secluded, wooded area, this property is a perfect place to truly get away from it all.