Arts, Beats & Eats Festival in Oakland County was Fun for All!

Crowds of people walk the streets of Royal Oak at the 2018 Arts, Beats & Eats Festival.

330,000 people attended the 21st Annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Festival in Royal Oak over Labor Day weekend. It was jam-packed with art, food, music, and more. If you didn’t make it, mark your calendars for next year – this is an event that truly has something for everyone. You won’t want to miss it!

Check out some of the highlights in our video and see for yourself.

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Dragon on the Lake: A Dragon of a Good Time in Oakland County!

A dragon boat full of paddlers takes instruction from the captain at the front of the boat. Homes along the shoreline and boats can be seen in the background.

The Lake Orion community celebrated art, music, dragons, and much more at the 10th Annual Dragon on the Lake festival last weekend, August 23rd through August 26th, 2018. Guests came from all over to support the Orion Art Center and enjoy dragon boat races, dancing, live entertainment, food and art vendors, a lighted boat parade, and more in the downtown area.

Relive the festival’s fun and excitement in our video!

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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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Labor Day Events in Oakland County

Though the summer is coming to a close and schools will soon be in session, there are still plenty of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy! On Labor Day weekend, Americans across the country will be enjoying a break from work to celebrate America’s workforce and the American Labor Movement.

Whether you celebrate with a backyard barbecue, or at the annual Michigan State Fair, Oakland County is full of Labor Day activities. Be sure to check out our list for the full roster of Labor Day Weekend events below:

List of Labor Day Events in Oakland County

Looking to get outside and enjoy the fresh air? Try the 11th Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk and Run in Rochester! In the mood to pursue some fine art, sample tasty treats, and rock out? Arts, Beats, and Eats festival in Royal Oak will host their annual Juried Fine Art show, while offering food from 40 local restaurants and have over 200 musical performances across nine stages. The Michigan Renaissance Festival in Holly will take you back to the time of knights, castles, and more. There are activities for everyone this Labor Day weekend!


Do you know of any other Labor Day events in the Oakland County area? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter, contact us at socialmedia@oakgov.com, or leave a comment below.

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Travel Back in Time at the 2018 Michigan Renaissance Festival

Hear ye, hear ye! The Michigan Renaissance Festival (Ren Fest) is returning once again to Holly, Michigan. Back for the 39th year, the Ren Fest is known for being one of Oakland County’s most unique annual festivals. Riveting jousts, colorful costumes, and delicious turkey legs are just a few things you can look forward to. The festival celebrates the end of medieval times in a fantasy world setting and is open weekends and Labor Day, beginning August 18th through September 30th. Go back in time and experience the magic of the Renaissance! 

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