Oakland County’s Favorite Summer Festival, now in its 16th year, is returning to Royal Oak Labor Day Weekend, August 30 through September 2. Ford’s Arts, Beats and Eats festival is held in downtown Royal Oak, just west of Main Street on Washington between Lincoln and 11 Mile. This festival is a successful family-friendly fun and charitable fundraising event featuring a culturally unique presentation of artists, musicians and food exhibits, from the Metro Detroit area, and throughout the United States..
The entry fee has remained the same; the festival cost is $3 before 5 p.m., $5 after 5 p.m. and free on Friday before 5 p.m. Children under three years of age are free. The list of events has grown and now broken down into three pages; art events, beat events and most important-food!
Festival hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Monday, Labor day 11 a.m – 9 p.m.
Twenty-five cents of the admission fee is given to the City of Royal Oak and the Arts Advocacy. Fifty percent of the remaining admission fee is split among 13 charities. A list of the non-profit partners can be found under the heading ‘Gate Charity Partners’ under the Community tab. Ford Arts, Beats and East has donated over $3 million to charity.
Parking at all meters along the festival route is banned. Parking structures and lots are charging $15. Shuttle parking is available at Royal Oak High School. The shuttle buses will be running Saturday through Monday. More information on parking can be found at the transportation page.
Every year there are new events at the festival to keep it fresh and interesting. For this year's events, be sure to check the new events page to see what is there.
Also new this year is the mobile app for Arts, Beats and Eats. Available in android and itunes formats, downloading this app will give you all the information to find all the art, food and bands at the festival. Having this app on your smartphone may also win you food tickets at the festival. Check details here for more information.