6 things to do in Michigan for Labor Day and the start of September

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Labor Day in Michigan means a final weekend at the beach, one more fishing trip and a chance to walk across the state's iconic Mackinac Bridge. Here are six things to do this weekend and next week around the state:

FILE - Thousands of people head south during the annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/John L. Russell)

FILE — Thousands of people head south during the annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/John L. Russell)

Mackinac Bridge Walk

The annual Mackinac Bridge Walk will take place this Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6. You can start at both sides of the Mackinac Bridge — St. Ignace and Mackinaw City, which eliminates the need for busing and offers additional options for participants. Click here for more information.

The Grand Hotel will host a Labor Day Jazz Weekend. (Screen photo/Google Maps)

The Grand Hotel will host a Labor Day Jazz Weekend. (Screen photo/Google Maps)

Jazz weekend

Want to enjoy Mackinac Island without the hassle of the Bridge Walk? Make plans to attend the Labor Day Jazz Weekend at The Grand Hotel.

Performers will include Diane Schuur, The Yellowjackets, Anat Cohen, The Hot Sardines, Dave Bennett and Paul Keller. More details are available here.

FILE - Grand Rapids Beer Tours is offering a Labor Day weekend walking beer tour.

FILE — Grand Rapids Beer Tours is offering a Labor Day weekend walking beer tour.

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Beer Tour

Grand Rapids Beer Tours is offering a Labor Day weekend walking beer tour in downtown Grand Rapids from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

The tour will have you exploring the craft beer scene of downtown Grand Rapids, including three samples at three breweries. Get pricing and details here.

The Michigan Bean Festival crowns the Michigan State Bean Queen.

The Michigan Bean Festival crowns the Michigan State Bean Queen.

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Michigan Bean Festival

This family-friendly festival in Fairgrove offers bean soup daily from Friday through Monday and crowns the Michigan State Bean Queen. The Michigan Bean Festival also will have entertainment tents for bingo and music. Don't forget the car show, mud bog, craft show and demolition derby. Find out more here.

Newaygo's Annual Labor Day Weekend Logging Festival is back.

Newaygo's Annual Labor Day Weekend Logging Festival is back.

Screenshot/Newaygo's Annual Labor Day Weekend Logging Festival is back

Logging Festival

Newaygo's Annual Labor Day Weekend Logging Festival is back, including its popular lumberjack competition, chainsaw carvings, arts and crafts vendors, parade and more on Saturday and Sunday.

Watch competitors test their LumberJack/LumberJill skills in the Elder's Mid Michigan Professional & Amateur Competition. Get details on the event here.

People gather at Frankenmuth River Place Shops for the Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival.

People gather at Frankenmuth River Place Shops for the Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival.

Photo provided/Frankenmuth River Place Shops

Funtown Chowdown 

After the holiday weekend, head to Frankenmuth River Place Shops for the last Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival of 2021, taking place Sept. 9 with around 20 food trucks from across Michigan and family-friendly activities including the whimsical Circus Kirkus.

The food truck festival is from 2 to 9 p.m. Sept. 9 at Frankenmuth River Place Shops, 925 S. Main St.

Festival admission and parking is free. Each event features around 20 food trucks from across Michigan, live music, a Tap Takeover from Short’s Brewery Company, non-alcoholic beverages, plenty of shaded seating, and additional activities for families like face painting and inflatables. The event is pet-friendly; animals must be on a 6-foot leash at all times. Circus Kirkus will perform at 7 p.m. — tickets are required.