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Labor Day in Grand Rapids

Whether you’re planning the last getaway of summer or enjoying a long holiday weekend off work or school, Grand Rapids is the place to be this Labor Day. Start with a fun Friday night adventure, indulge in a favorite pastime on Saturday and Sunday, and then join in on our Labor Day traditions on Monday.

Friday Night Fun

It’s the year’s final Food Truck Friday at Riverside Park – enjoy the best of the city’s street fare in a beautiful outdoor setting. 5-9 pm.

See two Oscar-winning Best Pictures – West Side Story and The Shape of Water – at Movies on Monroe, an outdoor film “theater” along the Grand River. Pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30 pm.

Pack a picnic and bring a blanket to sit on to Blandford Nature Center for an evening of live jazz music in the woods. 7-9 pm.

See Korn tribute band Freak on a Leash play the metal band’s iconic songs at 20 Monroe Live.

Saturday & Sunday

While away the day(s) at one of the area’s 35+ golf courses. Choose a course that’s just right for your skill level and the time you have available.

Bask in the end-of-summer sunshine with lunch or dinner al fresco at one of the 120+ local restaurants with outdoor decks and patios.

It’s the perfect weekend for a beer tour – and/or to work on becoming a Brewsader®. You just have to visit eight participating breweries to earn a Brewsader t-shirt!  

Shop Fulton Street Farmer’s Market on Saturday for the pick of the late-summer crop from local family farms. Many Fruit Ridge Farm Markets are also open this weekend.  

Swim, paddle, bike, hike, fish and picnic all day Saturday and Sunday in 1,500-acre Millennium Park – just five minutes from downtown Grand Rapids.

Head to the ballpark to watch our West Michigan Whitecaps play the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Saturday night, Sunday night and Monday afternoon.

Sunday is your last chance to see the crowd-pleasing Grand Rapids Art Museum exhibit “Oswaldo Vigas: Transformations.” It showcases the work of one South America’s most ambitious and independent artists.

Sunday is also the last day for the Grand Rapids Public Museum exhibit “Zoo In You: Microbes,” which has been a big hit with curious kids.

Mingle with fellow singles at “Michigan’s Biggest Mega Labor Days Singles Dance” – a Lincoln Country Club event featuring DJs, snacks, a cash bar and 400-600 partygoers.

Labor Day in the City

Join Mayor Rosalyn Bliss and fellow community members for the Grand Rapids Community Bridge Walk traversing downtown bridges across the Grand River. Starts at 10 am.

Head to downtown’s Ah-Nab-Awen Park for the West Michigan Labor Fest – and enjoy live music, kids’ activities, a car and motorcycle show, food and a beer tent. Free admission starting at 11 am.

Spend Labor Day on the links – the Labor Day Scramble at The Legacy of Hastings golf course offers great golf, a breakfast burrito, brat and prize money.
See multiplatinum-selling band +LIVE+ – it’s the final Fifth Third Bank Summer Concert at Meijer Gardens for 2018.

Let someone else labor over your Labor Day meals – search over 800 restaurants by cuisine and neighborhood to plan breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Labor Day on the Lakeshore

Lake Michigan beaches are always busy on Labor Day – and so are these lakeshore city celebrations:

The City of Holland Labor Day BoardWALK along Heinz Waterfront Walkway is followed by a Pancake Breakfast at Windmill Island Gardens. Starts at 8 am.

The City of Muskegon Labor Day Walk/Fun Run starts at Fisherman’s Landing at 8 am and follows the beautiful Lakeshore Trail.

The City of Grand Haven Labor Day Bridge Walk starts at the Third Street Bridge on Harbor Island at 9 am – and continues along the Grand River Boardwalk for 3.5 miles to the Chinook Pier.

Area companies strut their eighteen-wheeled stuff in the 12th Annual Holland/Zeeland Labor Day Truck Parade – it starts at 9:15 am  in downtown Zeeland and ends with a free Ice Cream social in downtown Holland