With Starbucks breaking out the Pumpkin spice latte next week and the screeching sound of school buses being heard miles away, it’s evident that summer has unofficially come to a close. Before we give in to early sunsets and sweater jackets, here is a list of events to enjoy the last holiday of the summer.

Detroit Jazz Festival Aug. 31- Sept. 3

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Presented by Quicken Loans, this 4-day free festival features more than 60 jazz musicians performing throughout multiple stages over the weekend. Jazz lovers can expect pop-up jam sessions from their favorite artists as well as enjoy delicious eats from local restaurants and food trucks.

Ford Arts, Beats & Eats presented by Soaring Eagle Casino Aug. 31- Sept. 3

In one place, you can get your weekend fix of good food, live entertainment and art. Sample some of the best dishes from more than 50 restaurants across Metro Detroit, while walking to the beat of local and national musical artists.

Photo: Detroit Free Press

This year’s national acts on the Michigan Lottery National Stage will be headlined by the AWOLNATION, Eddie Money, 38 Special, Everclear, The Spinners, and includes other top touring acts Gin Blossoms, Matt Nathanson, Ben Folds, Chris Janson, and more.

Aretha Franklin’s Memorial Celebration Aug. 27- 31

Under ordinary circumstances it might seem odd to include a memorial service in a list like this, but there is nothing ordinary about the Detroit-born, Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin!

Photo: Facebook/Aretha Franklin

On Thursday, the night before the funeral, Detroit will host a huge evening concert at Chene Park. The likes of Gladys Knight, Johnny Gill, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Angie Stone, Keith Washington and many others will perform at the free concert. For those who wish to pay their final respects to the queen, the Friday service will be made available for viewing live online and on television. 

Labor Day Parade in Detroit Sept. 3

Photo: Detroit Metro Times

The theme is this year’s parade is “Labor Will…Rally! Vote! Prosper!”. Staging will take place on Michigan Avenue between 10th and 11th Street beginning at 7 a.m. and the parade begins at 9:30 a.m.. Local 2280 members are encouraged to gather at Bucharest Grill (1623 Michigan Ave.)

 Michigan Renaissance Festival Aug. 18- Sept. 30

Photo: After 5 Detroit

For years, the Michigan Renaissance Festival has attracted more than 250,000 visitors from Michigan, surrounding states and Canada. The festival features a 17-acre village complete with building replicas of Renaissance shops, taverns and a castle. Entertainment takes place throughout the streets and on 17 themed stages; featuring full-contact armored jousting, comedy, theater shows, music, games, people-powered rides and more.


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Kyla Heat

Kyla’s family and friends describe her as a walking Encyclopedia when it comes to everything pop culture, beauty, fitness and fashion. Kyla knew she wanted to be a writer when she began writing short stories and poems for her family. A true Michigander at heart, Kyla graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in journalism and attended Specs Howard School of Media Arts. Along the way, she has interviewed everyone from, Idris Elba, Kerry Washington, Jack Kevorkian, Robert Kennedy Jr., Joel Osteen, Russell Simmons and Wiz Khalifa. After a stint working at a psychic shop and producing shows for an all talk radio station on iHeartRadio, Kyla landed at The Detroit News, working as an editorial assistant and reporter. She worked at PBS Detroit, as a social media manager before joining the Urban Content Studios team. When she is not writing, Kyla likes to spend time with family, shop and compete in fitness bikini competitions.

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