Hamtramck Labor Day Festival returns even bigger and better



By Charles Sercombe

          Hard to believe that summer has flown by.

          How do we know it’s getting to be around the end of summer? This weekend is the annual Hamtramck Labor Day Festival – that’s how.

          Although this year’s festival has been dogged by rumors that it would not happen, co-organizer Konrad Maziarz said things are coming together and it’s been “hectic.”

          Hectic in the sense that more vendors are jumping on board. Last year there were a total of 38 food and non-food vendors. This year, and the count continues to grow, there are 37 non-food vendors and 20 food vendors.

          That’s a total of 57 vendors – so far.

          Maziarz said he suspects that some vendors are jumping ship from other festivals.

          “We’re getting a lot more people contracting us this year,” he said.

          New to the festival this year is a Michigan craft beer tent, featuring statewide brews.

          Hamtramck’s art collective, Hatch, also has been recruiting art vendors to set up.

          Music-wise, expect another stellar line-up of mostly local bands. Of course, perennial favorites The Polish Muslims will fill their usual Sunday evening slot at 7 p.m.

          And there is the return of a favorite event, a “canoe” race on Monday, starting at noon on Jos. Campau near Edwin St. Expect a lot of waterworks and raucous fun.

          Stick around after the races on Monday because the annual Polish Day Parade kicks off at 1:30 p.m.

          Afterward, it’s back to the festival grounds for one final day of fun. At press time, it looks like Mother Nature has Hamtramck’s back. The weather is expected to be 90-degree-ish and sunny with some clouds thrown in and maybe – maybe — a little rain.

          Throughout the weekend there is also a midway featuring carnival games and rides.

Have some extra time? Festival organizers could use a few helping hands – especially in cleaning up after the festival closes at night. To volunteer, contact Shannon Lowel, Hamtramck Labor Day Festival Chair, at lowipitus@aol.com or (313) 820-8466.

          Oh yeah, if you do help out, there’s a free beer waiting for you and a festival T-shirt.

          The Hamtramck Labor Day Festival runs Saturday, Aug. 31, through Monday, Sept. 2, from noon to 10 p.m. Festival grounds are Jos. Campau from Caniff to Carpenter. Parking is scattered throughout town but there is paid parking at Caniff and McDougall.

10 Responses to Hamtramck Labor Day Festival returns even bigger and better

  1. timmy stephens

    August 18, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    we would like to bring our daughter to the labor day festival.what is the best place to stay within walking distance to the festival

  2. csercombe

    August 19, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    public parking is located on caniff and mcdougall, which is just a short one block away from the festival grounds. Parking is $5 and goes toward festival expenses. Otherwise, there is parking on the streets, but I wouldn’t park in front of anyone’s house.

  3. Pat

    August 30, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    How much is it to get in the festival

  4. Michelle

    July 31, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Are there going to be a labor day festival this year

  5. csercombe

    July 31, 2017 at 9:15 am


  6. Jan

    August 4, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I have gone to website hamtownfest.com. The schedule for the bands does not coincide with the festival dates. Is this the correct schedule for bands for 2017 festival. Thank you.

  7. csercombe

    August 4, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    probably last year’s schedule

  8. John

    September 2, 2019 at 10:54 am

    We were at the festival on Saturday and it was great. We could not find a vendor that was selling the 2019 Festival t-shirt. This year is an awesome design. Are they available to purchase? Thank You!

  9. Sandy Smith

    September 6, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Does festival have casino games

  10. csercombe

    September 6, 2021 at 9:53 am

    there are no casino games.

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