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Saturday: Your Guide to Arts, Beats & Eats

Here's a guide to everything Saturday at the Labor Day weekend festival in Royal Oak.

Saturday: Your Guide to Arts, Beats & Eats

The Arts, Beats & Eats Festival, now in its third year in Royal Oak, continues today with sunny skies and a high near 82 degrees.

Here's what's on tap Saturday:

Festival hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Last year nearly 1200 people participated in a huge Zumba class-style event at the festival. The Zumbathon happens today from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m on the Michigan Lottery Stage. Registration is $5 and all proceeds benefit the Karmanos Cancer Institute.

The race begins at 8 a.m. at Sixth and Williams in downtown Royal Oak. You can pick up a late registration packet at Sixth and Main on race day. Money raised by the event supports arts education in Michigan schools.

The Beats

Rockers REO Speedwagon will make an appearance at 9:30 p.m. on the Michigan Lottery National Stage. The popular American band had a string of Top 40 hits in the '70s and '80s, including "Keep On Loving You" and "Can't Fight This Feeling."

Michigan Lottery National Stage

5 p.m.: 50 Amp Fuse (Cover Band)
7 p.m.: Beatlemania Live (Beatles Cover)
9:30 p.m.: REO Speedwagon (Soft Rock)

If you go

Parking: There are four parking structures and several lots in the festival area. All downtown lots and structures cost $15 to park through Monday. If you are looking for a deal, located at 1500 Lexington, off of Crooks, and north of 13 Mile costs $10.

Where not to park: Residential side streets have barricades and are clearly marked “Permit Parking Only.” Violators will receive a $50 ticket.

All Royal Oak parking meters will not be available due to traffic concerns.

How much it costs: Before 5 p.m., festivalgoers will have to pay $3 to enter Arts, Beats & Eats; after 5 p.m. the cost to enter is $5.

When you pay to enter, you will receive a wristband with the day of admission on it. You are allowed to re-enter the festival on that same day provided that your wristband is still on, and shows no signs of tape on it.

Children under 3 are free at all times.

Ride prices will be between 4 and 6 tickets event tickets or $2.50 to $3.75 per ride.

Food and beverage tickets are available through out the festival at a cost of 16 tickets for $10.

Dog are not permitted: The large crowds make it too dangerous for pets, so please leave your furry friend at home.

Weather: Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 82 degrees. On Saturday night, the skies will be partly cloudy with a low around 63 degrees.


Click here for directions to the festival.

(See PDF for festival map.)

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