2020 has been a year of change, adjustment, and new normals due to COVID-19. This year, the tradition of Labor Day Weekend with celebrations firing up the grill, enjoying an afternoon in the backyard, or spending the long weekend on the lake boating and fishing with family and friends will look different. There will be less traveling, smaller groups, and the apparent scent of hand sanitizer all weekend.
If you’re staying in Detroit for Labor Day Weekend, here are some fun, safe activities and places to visit that will be sure to make for a memorable weekend:
DETROIT CYCLE BOAT
You might not be traveling to a lake, but the Detroit River is perfect to make a splash on this Labor Day. The Detroit CycleBoat, a 16 passenger pedal-powered boat, is perfect for get-togethers with family, friends looking for something fun to do. The boat calls for guests to bring their own fun (and alcohol) onboard and allows all ages on board, allowing the option for a day of family fun. Learn more and make a reservation here.
RENT A MOGO BIKE
MoGo is a nonprofit bike share system with 620 bikes at 75 stations across 10 neighborhoods in the greater downtown area of Detroit as well as Northwest Detroit, Ferndale, Oak Park, Huntington Woods, Berkley and Royal Oak. See Detroit in a whole new way and embark on an active adventure this Labor Day Weekend. Purchase a pass online, with the Transit App, or at any one of our stations. MoGo is a fun, flexible, and convenient way to get around! Learn more on the MoGo website.
SOARING EAGLE ARTS BEATS & EATS FESTIVAL
Although the 2020 Soaring Eagle Arts Bears & Eats Festival has been canceled, virtual and small-scale live activation will take its place to spread the usual art, music, food and health to support the local music industry. This Labor Day Weekend, the event will be transformed to “The Beats Go On” which aims to raise money for local musicians and offer a limited capacity drive-in concert series throughout the weekend. The festival will also offer “Art By Appointment” which allows guests to preview local artists’ work online and via appointment for a more intimate, private art fair. Click here to learn more.
THE DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS
The Detroit Institute of Arts, located in Midtown Detroit, Michigan, has one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States. With over 100 galleries, there is plenty of room for social distancing. Through the completion of Labor Day Weekend, tickets are free of charge for all visitors that live in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. For those that want to stay at home, Virtual films, family activities, and other online programs continue to be offered each Monday through DIA at Home. Learn more about the DIA safety precautions and DIA at home via the DIA website.
VISIT GREENFIELD VILLAGE
The Henry Ford has welcomed back its members, friends and fans after a temporary closure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Greenfield Village offers a unique experience and a different perspective of America’s finest historic moments. To maintain a safe experience, members must have timed reservations to visit Greenfield Village prior to arriving on-site, however, members are welcome to visit Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation at any time during operating hours without a reservation. Click here to make a reservation and get tickets.