Fall is the perfect time to experience the tranquil outdoors of Oakland County. Pitch a tent or rent a yurt at an Oakland County campground and witness the landscape’s picturesque autumnal transition.
Summer may be winding to a close and school may be returning, but Labor Day festivities are ramping up! This weekend, people throughout Oakland County will enjoy a welcome break to celebrate America’s workforce and the American Labor Movement.
Whether you celebrate with a backyard barbecue, or the annual Paint Creek Bridge Walk and Run, Oakland County is full of Labor Day activities. Be sure to check out our list for the full roster of Labor Day Weekend events.
For those seeking fresh air, a visit to an Oakland County Campground or participation in the Milford Labor Day 30K are guaranteed to excite. Are you artistically inclined? Art festivals like Royal Oak’s Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Festival may be for you. If knights and castles are your thing, make sure to stop by the Michigan Renaissance Festival, which will be open in Holly throughout Labor Day Weekend. And for those in search of cotton candy, funnel cakes, and amusement park attractions, the Michigan State Fair in Novi is the place to be.
If these events sound exciting, be sure to check our full list of Labor Day Weekend festivities so that you don’t miss a beat!
WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY
With its brilliant royal blue back, and rusty-red brown breast there is no mistaking a male Eastern Bluebird. They are heralded as one of the first Oakland County birds of spring. Naturalists and writers have long associated the arrival of bluebirds with spring. On March 2, 1859, Henry David Thoreau wrote, “The bluebird comes and with his warble drills the ice and sets free the rivers and ponds and frozen grounds.” It is now the 23rd day of June in 2017 and the heat of the summer has already arrived. Bluebirds keep warbling, not to melt ice, but to announce round two of their nesting season. The fact of the matter is clear, many of our bluebirds did not migrate and ate old berries and fruits all winter, with occasional visits to suet feeders.
As dusk sets, everyone settles into their lawn chairs and blankets. The light from the sun disappears leaving nothing but a quiet chatter underneath a sky of stars.
A high pitched whistle sounds as the first firework is lit. The next 30 minutes are filled with resounding booms, snaps and crackles as red, white and blue colors decorate the night sky.
Spring is here, so it’s time to bring out your camping gear!
Oakland County’s natural splendor is on full display at the 16 campsites, 62 swimming spots, and 100 fishing holes. From Ortonville State Recreation Area down to Haas Lake Park RV Campground, the perfect wilderness getaway is always close at hand.