Running the span of Labor Day weekend (Friday through Monday), Arts, Beats & Eats, now in it’s fifteenth year, has become the jack-of-all-trades of summer events. Boasting an exceptional number of musical performances, a multitude of artistic vendors and a huge variety of edible fare, it’s no wonder that Arts, Beats & Eats draws enormous crowds to downtown Royal Oak.
It wasn’t until 2010 that Arts, Beats & Eats moved from it’s original location in Pontiac to Royal Oak. The move proved to be extremely successful. In the first year after relocation, the event earned over $350,000 for charities in the community, bringing the grand total that Arts, Beats & Eats has raised to over $2 million to date. This feat is especially admirable considering that admittance this year is only $3.
While the price is obviously affordable to begin with, it isn’t until you consider what the admission price actually buys that the value becomes truly evident. Each day of Arts, Beats & Eats offers patrons every type of entertainment one could hope for.
Over four days, Arts, Beats & Eats will play host to over 200 performers enlivening guests from ten different stages. This year alone, attendees will enjoy the sounds of G. Love and Special Sauce, REO Speedwagon, The Guess Who, and (obviously) many more. For those of you coming with some younger patrons in tow, be sure to check out the kids’ stage, featuring family friendly performances all weekend. If you’re a fitness buff, make sure you come in time for the Zumba class (or sign up for the fundraising Priority 5k). All of this entertainment can be enjoyed for just the price of admission.
But Arts, Beats & Eats will certainly be home to more than just music. This Labor Day weekend, Royal Oak will also be a headquarters to an art show that has been voted fourth in the nation in the Art Fair Sourcebook. The Juried Fine Arts Show is host to of painters, sculptors and every other form of artistic display. Whether you’re a jewelry connoisseur, an avid watercolor collector or are just looking for a piece to add some flair to your home, Arts, Beats & Eats has what you’re looking for.
And for those attendees who work up an appetite scouring vendors’ booths and dancing to the beats, there will be a huge selection of cuisine scattered throughout the blocks of Arts, Beats & Eats. There will be 48 awesome restaurants tantalizing patrons with a bevy of grub to enjoy, including the return of BBQ Alley, a strip of some of Michigan’s best barbecue joints within the festival.
As a representative from the event puts it, “Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Presented by Citizens Bank…will offer…regional and local attractions that will make the city of Royal Oak the premier destination for Labor Day weekend 2012.”
~ Hayley Serr, Feature Writer