Festival Events


Hamtramck Yacht Club Canoe Races


yacht winners

2010 Canoe Race Winners – 88th Avenue Lounge

Probably the most exciting event at the Labor Day Festival is the annual Hamtramck Yacht Race. A competition involving push-carts that look like canoes on wheels, the race pits patrons of different bars against each other in a race down Joseph Campau.

Adding flavor to the festivity, the race is announced by Hamtramck’s own city clerk, August Gitschlag. Once the contest begins, it is pure unadulterated madness as the teams from race toward the finish line as spectators on either side splash them with buckets of water, shoot them with squirt guns and pelt them with water balloons.

For their victory, they were awarded a wooden captain’s wheel, which, much like the Stanley Cup, will be inscribed with the bar’s name and given to the winning team until next year’s competition.

The race takes place on Monday September 4 at noon at the corner of Jos. Campau and Edwin.

Polish Day Parade

It wouldn’t be the Labor Day Festival without the Polish Day Parade, and this year is no exception. A variety of Polish groups participate, as well a number of dance troupes, community organizations and, yes, politicians.

Visit the Polish Day Parade website for more information

Music (12:00 PM – 10:00 PM)

Please see Schedule here.

Carnival (12:00 PM – 9:00 PM)

Schmidt Amusements is proud to feature exciting midway entertainment for young and old alike.
We’re a Michigan-based family owned and operated carnival company with over 50 years experience.

The Schmidt family offers a wide array of contemporary as well as traditional attractions.