Labor Day Events in Oakland County

Though the summer is coming to a close and schools will soon be in session, there are still plenty of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy! On Labor Day weekend, Americans across the country will be enjoying a break from work to celebrate America’s workforce and the American Labor Movement.

Whether you celebrate with a backyard barbecue, or at the annual Michigan State Fair, Oakland County is full of Labor Day activities. Be sure to check out our list for the full roster of Labor Day Weekend events below:

List of Labor Day Events in Oakland County

Looking to get outside and enjoy the fresh air? Try the 11th Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk and Run in Rochester! In the mood to pursue some fine art, sample tasty treats, and rock out? Arts, Beats, and Eats festival in Royal Oak will host their annual Juried Fine Art show, while offering food from 40 local restaurants and have over 200 musical performances across nine stages. The Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly will take you back to the time of knights, castles, and more. There are activities for everyone this Labor Day weekend!


Do you know of any other Labor Day events in the Oakland County area? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter, contact us at socialmedia@oakgov.com, or leave a comment below.

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Memorial Day Events in Oakland County

Take time this Memorial Day weekend to honor the lives of those who sacrificed everything for our freedom, and attend one of the many parades, ceremonies, and events throughout Oakland County. From Troy to Holly and Waterford to Ferndale, there’s an activity to help Oakland County remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom.

List of Memorial Day Events in Oakland County

To learn more about each of these events, check out the Memorial Day Events page under the Things to Do section on the Oakland County Blog. There, you’ll find all the information you need to make your Memorial Day plans.

Do you know of any other Memorial Day activities in the area? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter, or contact us at socialmedia@oakgov.com.


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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Oakland County!

No matter your heritage, you can always join in on the fun of being “a little Irish” on St. Patrick’s Day. On March 17th, the greenest day of the year, everyone is invited to enjoy special foods, music, parades, dances, and of course, all things green!

Take a look at our list of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in and around Oakland County for events leading up to and beyond this festive day. If you’re looking for a taproom to try an Irish or local brew, be sure to check out our Brewed Local List too.  Continue reading

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, 2017

St. Patrick's Day parade participants walking in Royal Oak.

St. Patrick’s Day may not be until March 17th, but communities in and around Oakland County are already gearing up for the festivities. From live music, dances, and theatrical productions – to hearty meals, races, and parades – there’s a St. Patrick’s Day event for everyone! So whether or not you trace your ancestry back to the emerald isle, remember that everyone’s a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

Use our list of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in and around Oakland County to make the most out of this special day!

Who was St. Patrick?

  • St. Patrick was originally born in England, and was kidnapped by Irish pirates where he was sold into slavery. After his escape from bondage he became a missionary in Ireland.
  • A hero in Ireland, there are 60 churches and cathedrals named “St. Patrick’s,” with the most famous being in Dublin.
  • The wearing of green is associated with the green hills and shamrocks of the Emerald Isle, although traditionally the color blue was associated with St. Patrick.
  • The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in New York, but the first observance of the day was in 1737 by the Charitable Irish Society of Boston.
  • In 1996 the first St. Patrick’s Day Festival was held in Ireland as a three-day event, that has since grown to a five day festival that draws roughly 1 million visitors to the area.

Parade marchers sitting on the back of an old model T.

St. Patrick’s Day in Michigan

In Michigan, the largest wave of Irish immigrants came in 1815 when one million Irish Catholics settled in the Detroit area. Today’s festivities commemorate St. Patrick with parades and merrymaking, celebrating Irish heritage in Southeast Michigan and the contributions they made to the American cultural landscape.

Think your family can be traced back to the early Irish settlers of the area? Find a record of your ancestors at the Archives of Michigan to discover more about your family history.


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St. Pats Parade & 5k in Royal Oak

STPATSOn March 8th, you can join neighbors and friends in wearing green in the Celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, in downtown Royal Oak. The Annual Parade kicks off with a Lucky Dash, a 5k run, followed by the parade, which is a celebration of Irish traditions and heritage.

The theme for this year’s procession is “forty shades of green”.

The parade has floats, step dancers, bagpipers and members of various community groups .  The parade recognizes not only the largest clan (family) in the parade (like the  Clancy’s, Hennessey’s or Cavanaugh’s), but the loudest, most creative and most spirited groups participating.

The event is free, so you can bring family and friends,  and don’t forget to dress for the weather. It may be a bit chilly.

For parade information visit:www.downtownroyaloak.org
For Lucky Dash 5k Run information visit: luckydash.com

The parade is presented by The Norman O’Brien Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, a organization officially formed in New York in 1836. For information on this organization visit: www.oaklandcountyaoh.com