Royal Oak will once again be filled to the brim with talent, music, art, food, people and did we mention food at the 19th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats, presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. Over 200 music acts, 100 plus artists, food from some of the area’s most talented chefs and more entertainment is set to take over metro Detroit over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2 to 5.


The art lineup at Arts, Beats & Eats includes over 135 booth spaces, occupied by artists from Across North America. A highlight of AB&E is the Juried Fine Art Show, which features top artists from across the continent. Artists will display and sell their work while vying for cash awards up to $7,500. Ceramics, digital art, drawing, fabric/fiber/leather, glass, graphics/printmaking, jewelry, metal, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, painting, photography, wood, sculpture and more will be featured.


The music lineup for the weekend may be the biggest yet for AB&E with legends Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Gavin DeGraw, Our Lady Peace, Buckcherry, Three Dog Night, Cole Swindell, Blackjack Billy, The Ohio Players, Jr Jr, Laith Al-Saadi and local acts like Flint Eastwood, Your Generation in Concert, Stewart Francke, Lilac Lungs and Carolyn Striho.

The local acts will be split between the Country Stage, Alternative Rock Stage, Rock Stage, R&B and Jazz Stage, Acoustic Stage and the International Stage, and notable local talent this year includes Nina & The Buffalo Riders, Last Call, Acoustic Madness and Stone Clover.

The Oakland County Kids Stage will open up for fun, interactive and informative performances for the whole family. On Friday, Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 3, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., families are able to visit the Kids Zone for science activities (hands-on) and live demonstrations. Rosco the Clown, Pure Imagination Magic, puppet shows, jugglers, and many other kid-fun interactive shows will add an extra facet to AB&E.

Additional kid-fun will be brought to the festival with The Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music as they kick off the weekend as the Kids Stage opening act. The Michigan Science Center is also set to bring “Science Spectacular”, a show that highlights the wonder of science through chemistry and physics demonstrations for kids.


The Eats part of the AB&E schedule showcases cultural dishes, classic American cuisine, summer food, desserts and more, and this year, the lineup packs as much variety as possible.

The new restaurants added to the lineup this year are La Dulce, a modern tapas restaurant, Woodpile BBQ, with smoked meats and sides, and Café Muse, a Royal Oak staple.

Healthy foods will also be available, with Priority Health Healthy Options, which features vegan, gluten-free, low-fat, sugar free and low carb items from a number of restaurants and eateries. Island Noodles promises a dish with more than 18 different vegetables and Monty’s Beef specializes in low-fat and high protein organic beef.

The following restaurants and caterers will offer their dishes:

  • American Soul Food Andre’s Louisiana Seafood
  • bd’s Mongolian Grill Bowlder’s Concession
  • Bigalora Café Muse
  • Café Sushi Cool Jacks
  • Famous Dave’s Fun Food’s
  • Green Lantern Pizzeria & Lounge Holy Smokes
  • Jackson’s 5 Star Catering La Dulce
  • La Marsa Lockhart’s BBQ
  • Marconi’s Pizza Mercurio Foods
  • Monkey Business Monty’s Beef Co.
  • Noodles & Co. Peking House
  • Srodek’s Polish Deli Redwood Grill
  • Rockefellers Oyster Bar Ryba’s Fudge
  • Saigon Diamond Sister Loves Treats Italian Ice
  • Soaring Eagle Cuisine Machine Taste and Tell
  • Treat Dreams Union Jacks
  • Vintage House Woodpile BBQ
  • Yuzu Sushi


Kroger adds family-friendly fun with a Kids Zone and the Arts & Scraps tent (free to all guests). Kids and their families will be able to create their own instrument out of recycled materials.

Mid America Shows will provide a Kiddie Carnival, where kids will have the option to ride ten different rides, all of which are geared towards families.

A Detroit Red Wings Hockey Skills Challenge will be in the kid area, and it promises an interactive hockey zone to the festival with a chance to win prizes.

Our Credit Union, a sponsor of AB&E, is hosting the annual food drive that benefits Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

Those who participate in the food drive are able to receive one FREE admission to the festival by bringing three or more nonperishable food items to any of the following four OUR Credit Union locations between Monday, Aug. 21 through Friday, Sept. 1.

Ford plans to incorporate interactive displays throughout the festival to show off the latest vehicles and technology. Festival goers will also have the opportunity to test drive an all-new Ford vehicle. The attractions offer skill competitions, technology demonstrations and the opportunity to win prizes, including a new Ford vehicle of your choice up to $30,000. Each adult that registers at any of the Ford display locations will automatically receive $750 bonus cash towards any Ford vehicle.


  • Take a Test Drive in a New Ford Vehicle – Stop by 4th and Lafayette streets to take a spin in any one of the new Ford vehicles. Experience a smooth ride, while learning about cool new Ford technology.
  • Ford Experience Tour – Stand in front of a green screen on 6th and Center Streets to get a picture with the Arts, Beats and Eats branded postcard to take home. Patrons can also take a look at the new technology offered in Ford vehicles at this interactive display.
  • Great Lakes EcoBoost Tour Display – Push the life-size fuel pump button to activate the slot machine instant win. If three matching Ford EcoBoost vehicles line up, patrons will win a cash jackpot.
  • Ford on Fourth – On 4th Street off Washington Avenue, contestants can win prizes by playing the F-150 Key Fob Activity, by spinning the EcoBoost Wheel and experiencing the new SYNC 3Demonstrations.
  • Various Ford Oval Count Challenges – Patrons can test their estimation skills by guessing the quantity of Ford ovals inside the box to win prizes.

For additional information on daily activities, where to park, and other information, visit www.artsbeatseats.com or call 248-541-7550.

Erica N Rakowicz/After 5

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