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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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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Celebrate GreenFest with the Detroit Zoo and Oakland County Board of Commissioners

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners has partnered with the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, MI for the 6th annual GreenFest on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. GreenFest is as a zoo-wide event dedicated to celebrating Earth Day and a wonderful way to engage the community in environmental stewardship.

On April 14, GreenFest will feature a sustainability tour of the Detroit Zoo’s anaerobic digester that annually converts 500 tons of animal manure and other organic waste into methane-rich gas to help power the zoo’s animal hospital, educational rain gardens, farm-to-table food options, a composting program, and other initiatives. They will have myriad activities such as chemistry demonstrations, zookeeper talks, opportunities to create window decals to prevent bird strikes, and much more. A 16-foot ground-mounted solar system called the SmartFlower™ will be featured blooming in the zoo’s garden just east of their Carousel. The system is expected to generate more than 4,000 kilowatts of electricity annually, which will power the 36-foot ride as well as other areas of the Detroit Zoo.

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Style and Tradition at the Woodward Dream Cruise

Start your engines! The Woodward Dream Cruise, Southeast Michigan’s premier classic car celebration, is back for its 22nd year. Automobiles of all ages and types will hit the road on Saturday, August 19 for the annual cruise, stretching from Ferndale to Pontiac. Although the festivities run from Friday, August 18, through Sunday, August 20, classic cars can be seen around Metro Detroit all week when the weather is nice.

Whether you own a souped-up hotrod or simply admire the classics, there’s a place for you at the Dream Cruise. Spectators can stake out spots along the cruising route to set up chairs and tents.* Younger cruise-goers will love special pop-up events, like the Kids’ Inflatable Zone, which will be open from 6 – 9 p.m. on cruise day. Other special attractions, like the Rock’n Live Entertainment Stage in Ferndale and the Tri-Community Coalition Street Dance in Berkley make Friday’s Dream Cruise a can’t miss Oakland County event.

*If you would like to set up a tent, be sure to check local ordinances, as a temporary permit may be required.

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