Fun at the Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Festival

The 21st Annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats is almost here! On Labor Day Weekend, the streets of downtown Royal Oak will be bustling with activity, from musical performances and art shows, to food from your favorite local eateries and fun events just for kids. Attendees will enjoy events that include the 2018 Juried Fine Art Show, over 200 performances across nine stages, a Silent Disco, and more. Arts, Beats & Eats is a celebration you won’t want to miss! 

See what’s new at Arts, Beats & Eats for 2018 and check out our video for a glimpse of what you can expect. 

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Dinosauria at the Detroit Zoo!

This summer, the Detroit Zoo in Oakland County is going prehistoric with the famous Dinosauria exhibit. The largest outdoor dinosaur exhibit of its kind in the country, Dinosauria features over 40 lifelike animatronic dinosaurs that shift, roar, and spit. The zoo’s most exciting summer attraction, presented by the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, began on May 25th and runs through September 3rd, 2018.

Check out this video to see this zoorassic world in action!

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The Great Marshmallow Drop!

The Great Marshmallow Drop will be here soon! Mark your calendars for Friday, March 30th and head to Catalpa Oaks County Park in Southfield for this FREE family fun event with Oakland County Parks and Recreation. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and goes until noon.

Little kids and big kids will be delighted and amazed as a helicopter drops 15,000 marshmallows down from the sky. Children can collect a marshmallow and turn it in for a cool prize. If you haven’t experienced this event yet, add it to your bucket list and enjoy a creative twist on the typical Easter Egg hunt.

See our video for a glimpse of all the fun!

Marshmallows will be dropped three times to accommodate multiple age groups:

  • Ages 4 and younger, along with individuals with disabilities
  • Ages 5 – 7
  • Ages 8 – 12

This FREE event is presented by Oakland County Credit Union. Volunteers from Oakland County Parks and Recreation, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, and other community members will be on hand to help out with the festivities.

Visit Oakland County Parks and Recreation online for details on all 13 Oakland County Parks and follow along with them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


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Watch the 2018 Oakland County State of the County Live

The 2018 Oakland County State of the County address will be held Wednesday, February 7th at The Strand Theatre in Pontiac at 7pm. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will address over 600 Oakland County business, community, and political leaders at this invitation-only event. The winner of the Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 will also be revealed during the address and will introduce Patterson. The County Executive will highlight why 2017 was a big year for Oakland County and what we can look forward to in 2018. From the latest in Emerging Sectors to record investment, Patterson will outline why Oakland County is leading innovation.

The speech will be available to the widest possible audience. WDET-FM (101.9) returns to air the speech live. In addition, Oakland County will livestream the event on the County Executive website, OakGov.com/Exec, as well as Oakland County’s YouTube channel, @OakGov, and the Executive Office Facebook page, @OakGov.EO. The county’s Twitter handle, @OakGov, will feature live tweets with highlights from the speech. Those listening to the speech are encouraged to use the hashtag #Brooks2018 to join the conversation. Digital copies of the typewritten speech will be available afterward at OakGov.com/exec and the Executive Office Facebook page. Post-production versions of the speech will be distributed to local cable channels for re-airing. An American Sign Language Interpreter will also be interpreting during the speech. Continue reading