Arts Beats & Eats

“Ford Arts, Beats & Eats was founded to celebrate the quality of life in Oakland County by offering a culturally unique presentation of artists, musicians and food exhibits, from the Metro Detroit area, and throughout the United States.”

Arts, Beats and Eats options for the weekend

Head to Arts, Beats & Eats in Royal Oak for food, rides, games, art and music on Friday, September 4th through Monday, September 7th. Labor Day weekend in Royal Oak promises to be a busy one!

Arts, Beats & Eats

A weekend long event that features artists, food vendors and musical talent from all over. The cost to attend is $3 before 3pm and $5 after 3pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Friday before 5pm attendees can get in free and $5 thereafter. Entrance fees are divided among local charities and programs that help the community through development and non-profit efforts. OUR Credit Union is partnering with Gleaners Food Bank to give free admission to those who bring three or more nonperishable food items to select credit union locations before the festival.

Hours for Arts, Beats & Eats:

Friday: 11am – 11pm
Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday: 11am – 11pm
Monday: 11am – 9:30pm

Arts Beats & Eats attendees mill about in the art vendors


In its 18th year in Oakland County, the festival is featuring music acts Cheap Trick, Young & The Giant, Neon Trees, Kip Moore, and more! Multiple stages spread out across the festival will host music acts for every taste, from country, to folk and hip-hop. Plan your visit with help from the beats.


Festival works of art include: paintings, photography, jewelry, clothing, accessories and more. Each individual artist brings their own unique pieces! Whether you have a favorite artist or are interested in what the festival will offer, learn more before you head down. Michigan restaurants will also be set-up for festival goers to taste their way around town. Ranging from meals to bites, there is something for everyone. Get a head start and plan ahead.


This year, Arts Beats & Eats will have interactive events for attendees. The U.S. Army will have a distracted/drunk driving simulator that will educate drivers on the dangers of the road. The DIA invites everyone to “Think Like An Artist” at their exhibit demonstrating different techniques and creative thinking skills. The Kids Zone area includes: a moonwalk from Inflatable Playspaces, Detroit Red Wings Hockey Skills Challenges, DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan Kids Zone, and a petting farm presented by Huron-Clinton Metroparks.

A special salute to Veterans will be held on Monday, September 7th at 4:30pm on the Michigan Lottery Stage in partnership with Oakland County Parks & Recreation. A special VIP tent will serve famous festival eats from 4-5:30 pm with Your Generation performs live for veterans and guests! A giant Zumbathon will take place on Saturday morning from 11am-12:30pm. Nearly 1,200 people participated in 2014 so reserve your spot early!

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Things to note: children under 3 are admitted free, no dogs are allowed, parking is not allowed in neighborhoods within a 1 mile radius of the event, and there are police and firefighter patrols for safety. Only tickets are accepted for drink or food purchases, and are available for purchase (16 for $10) throughout the festival. Vendor payments are based on their preference. Answers to other frequently asked questions can be found here.

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