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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 another Food Truck Friday at Riverside Park – come for dinner, stay for a game of disc golf or a leisurely stroll along the Grand River.

Pack a picnic and head to Blandford Nature Center for an evening of live music on the farm featuring local songstress Molly.

Laugh your way into the long weekend at The Comedy Project – fans of Whose Line is it Anyway will love the Battle Bots improv show.

Take your pick of three great downtown music shows:

  • Lateralus: A Tribute to Tool at 20 Monroe Live includes a listening party for Tool’s new album.
  • Faren Strnad plays The Intersection with support from Teknicoz, Sweater Disco and Meta:tone.
  • Direct Hit! with The Bloody Lips and Boob Sweat rocks The Pyramid Scheme.

A longer weekend means more time to learn and explore:

Saturday & Sunday

It’s a great weekend for museum hopping:

  • TOYS! and Changing America at Grand Rapids Public Museum shine a light on past eras.
  • Amazing Dinosaurs at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum features giant, lifelike re-creations that immerse visitors in an interactive journey through time.
  • Extraordinary Circumstances at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is an exhibit by the president’s personal photographer.
  • Maya Lin: Flow at Grand Rapids Art Museum features the work of the renowned Rosa Parks Circle and Vietnam Veterans Memorial artist.
  • Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists at UICA is a juried exhibition of works by Michigan college students.

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 145+ local restaurants with outdoor decks and patios.

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

Swim, paddle, hike, bike, fish and/or picnic in 1,500-acre Millennium Park – it’s just five minutes from downtown Grand Rapids.

Labor Day in the City

The West Michigan Labor Fest honors and celebrates working men and women at downtown’s Ah-Nab-Awen Park – featuring music, food, beer and free admission to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

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

Spend the day in the Grand Outdoorsbiking, hiking, golfing, fishing, boating/paddling or picnicking in a park.

Still need to do some back-to-school shopping? Rivertown Crossings Mall, Woodland Mall and Tanger Outlet Mall are all open today.

Labor Day on the Lakeshore

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

Holland hosts a Labor Day Boardwalk & Pancake Breakfast. 8:00 am - 12:30 pm.

Grand Haven’s Harbor Island is the starting point for the Labor Day Community Walk. 9:00 am - noon.

Saugatuck/Douglas continues the Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk tradition, starting at 9:00 am.

The annual Holland/Zeeland Community Labor Day Truck parade starts in downtown Zeeland at 9:15 am and ends with a free Ice Cream Social in downtown Holland.

Muskegon celebrates the holiday with the West Michigan United Labor Day Parade starting at 11:00 am – and continuing with a community celebration through 4:00 pm.