Arts, Beats, Eats Wraps Up Today

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[photogallerylink id=25378 align=left]Thousands of people have turned out for the Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival that is set up in Royal Oak for the first time this year.

Now in its 13th year, the popular summer festival is drawing Michiganders by the thousands to its new venue, Royal Oak’s trendy downtown. Festival producer Jon Witz said the opening night for the inaugural run had 82,000 attendee.

You can expect to pay $10-$15 for parking and $3 per-person for admission.  Children under 3 get in free.

Event Hours:

Monday September 6th  11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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THE ARTS:  The Art Fair will feature works in Ceramics, Drawing, Leather, Glass, Jewelry, Painting, Photography and more. CLICK HERE for art-fair hours and more details.

THE BEATS:  The festival will host nearly every musical style over the four-day weekend-from country, Caribbean, Celtic, rockabilly, and rhythm & blues to gospel, swing, rock, funk, metal, jazz and reggae.  This year’s performances will include Saving Abel, Candlebox, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Macy Gray, Howling Diablos, Hard Lessons, and the Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra — just to name a few.

On the Kids Stage, audiences will enjoy performances by Rosco the Clown, juggling acts, ventriloquist acts, magic shows and several other kid-focused, audience interactive shows.  CLICK HERE for the complete entertainment lineup.

THE EATS: Fifty-three local restaurants will be showcasing and offering great food and tastes throughout the weekend- including Sanders Candy,  Vince  &Joe’s Gourmet, Tom’s Oyster Bar, 24 Grille, Garden Fresh, The Cutting Board, The Melting Pot, California Pizza Kitchen and a whole lot more. CLICK HERE for a complete listing.

PARKING INFO: Permits will be required for street parking in Royal Oak neighborhoods (violators will be ticketed). Parking meters will also be closed. However, thousands of parking spaces will be open for business.

Parking will be available in downtown Royal Oak lots and structures for $15.  Parking will also be available at near-downtown lots for $15.   A map to Downtown Royal Oak Parking is available at this link.

CLICK HERE for detailed parking information.

For $10, shuttled-parking is available. Shuttle buses will being each day at 10:45am from Hazel Park Racetrack north lot, and Royal Oak High School, and will run until 12:30am on Friday through Sunday and until 10pm on Monday.

SMART offers several bus routes that lead to downtown Royal Oak. More bus info HERE.

Free Bike Parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on Washington St. Near Second Avenue  and Washington St., just south of Lincoln.

Numerous downtown streets will be closed Wednesday night through the weekend:  Washington will be close between 2nd and Lincoln —  4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Streets will shut down between Lafayette and Main. Center Street will be closed between 5th and 7th.  Main Street and 11 Mile will remain open.

Be sure to stay tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 all weekend long for the latest festival traffic and parking information.

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For more information, check out the festivals new official website at www.artsbeatseats.com.

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