There's plenty happening close to home, including live music and parties in the neighborhood.
Where/When:, 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Sept. 2 and 3.
Why Go: Hear Two Tone Tobacco's northern country and rock, featuring originals and covers, as they play the Blue Goose Inn this weekend.
Why Go: Get into the school spirit and party down at Pepper Bottom's. Come dressed in school-inspired attire — cheerleader, football star, nerd, school-girl, teacher, etc. — for a chance to win prizes. Also enjoy drink specials and more fun than you can fit in a backpack.
Where/When: 9 p.m. Sept. 3.
Where/When: Brownie's on the Lake, 9 p.m. Sept. 4.
Why Go: Say goodbye to summer with this White Party. DJ Mike Scroggs and Skip D will bring the jams. Plus there's the white bikini contest, with the winner taking home $500. Drink specials and more are on the menu.
Or if you're inclined, venture out to one of the festivals going on around town, including:
Downtown Royal Oak will be jamming this weekend with the annual three-day festival, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 1-3, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 4.
Get your art fix with the juried show featuring ceramics, drawings, paintings, wood and metalwork, photography, sculpture, jewelry, glass, fabric and more. Plus more than 10 stages will be set up so you can enjoy music in nearly every genre imaginable, from Beatles-esque to Zappa tributes. Kids will have fun with music tailored to their tastes, and there will be magic acts, puppet shows and more to take in. And then there's the food, with dozens of restaurants waiting to tempt your tastebuds.
Pricing: $3 admission, but parking can run a bit steep. City lots are charging $15, and it's $10 to park at Royal Oak High School with a free shuttle to the festival.
Come to downtown Detroit for the 32nd annual Detroit Jazz Festival. It's four days full of dozens of acts from around the globe (and close to home) in a celebration of sound and song occupying 2 million square feet of downtown, from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius. And it's free. Need we say more?
The Hamtramck Labor Day Festival is going on Sept. 3-5, back for its 31st year. Enjoy Polish food, a carnival, live music and more every day. Plus there's the pub crawl Saturday and Sunday nights, and the Hamtramck Yacht Race and Polish Day Parade on Monday.