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Royal Oaks Arts, Beats and Eats festival is one of Michigan’s most highly anticipated events of the summer. The festival takes place every year during Labor Day weekend, which makes it a perfect place for a day (or night) on the town. 2014 was the festivals 17th year of celebrating, in fact, this year the festival offered over 200 performances during it's run throughout Labor Day weekend. In the year of 2013, over 355,000 visitors were in attendance. Arts, Beats and eats went on that year to earn $386K for charities. Partners of the festival included, but were not limited to, Bud Light, Pepsi, the Michigan Lottery, Metro PCS and First Market Bank. The purpose of this festival is to celebrate the quality of life in Oakland county, by presenting artists, musicians and delicious food to everyone in the community. The festival, however, has not always taken place in Royal Oak. Up until 2009 the festival was held in the City of Pontiac, after officials made the decision to move the festival to Downtown Royal Oak, the festival had it's most profitable year to date. In 2010, Arts, Beats and eats, hosted more than 400,000 people out the festivals four day run. Arts, Beats and eats earned more then $350,000 for local Oakland County charities.
Arts, Beats and Eats is designed for people of all ages, there is something there for everyone! Starting of with the arts, the festival will have different forms of art, from art in a variety of media, ceramics, digital art, drawing, graphics/printmaking, fabric/fiber/leather, glass, jewelry making, metal, mixed media 3D, mixed media 2D, painting, photography, wood and sculpture. Artists come from all over North America to share, display and even sell their work, there are over 140 artist booth spaces for patron to see and even purchase! Art Director, Lisa Konikow is always taking and answering any questions you may have! Feel free to contact her at (248).541.7550, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts, Beats and Eats music section of the festival, is the second main attraction to those who patron the festival. The festival has over 85 different musicians who play the festival each year, and there are 9 stages through out the festival grounds. There is something for everybody! Music genres such as R&B, hip-hop, soul, Caribbean, pop, jazz, Latin jazz, funk, blues, neo soul, urban pop, alternative rock, rock n roll, retro pop, Motor City rock and much, much more! The festival also holds hair shows with Lesprit academy, The Hair Salon, Clarke Bailee Salon and Iconic salon. The festival even offers kids an entire kids stage, too! At this stage you'll find shows for Rosco the Clown, puppet shows, kids comedies, such as, Laughing it up with Rosco. They also offer a Juggling show with Tim Salisbury, Cool Tricks and Funny Stuff, Pure Imagination Magic Show, Radio Disney, Kevin's Musical Concert and Detroit School of Rock and Pop Music.
We've talked about all of the different art and music that Arts, Beats and eats has to offer, now lets talk about the number one main attraction of the festival, which is the Eats! Arts, Beats, and Eats has some of the most amazing and delicious food that you will ever get at a festival. Vendors from all around Oakland County come to prepare and sell you their delicious creations. Andiamo, Baja Smoothies, Bedrock Turkey Legs, Famous Dave's, Five Star Elephant Ears, Fun Foods, Gaucho Brazillian Steakhouse, Green Lantern Pizzeria, Mercurino Foods, Mitchell's Fish Market, Niko's Gyros, Polish Village Cafe, Soaring Eagle Cuisine Machine, Tania's Pizza,The Almond Hut, The potato Factory, Trenton Ice Cream, Union Jacks and Vintage House Banquets & Catering are just some of the few vendors who will be offering their savory selections at this years Arts, Beats and Eats festival in Royal Oak. The festival has so much to offer to anyone who patrons the event. People come from all over the world to enjoy the festivals art, musical talent and the delicious food! If you are looking for something to do with your loved ones on Labor Day weekend, Downtown Royal Oak is the only place to be! No one who goes to Arts, Beats and Eats ever leaves disappointed or unhappy with their time spent at the festival. This festival has been a running tradition in Michigan for 17 years, and we don't think it's going anywhere anytime soon. Whether you're a 21 year old female looking for a night out, or a 35 year old mom looking for something fun to do with her kids, Arts Beats and Eats is the place for you! When Labor Day weekend comes around we hope to be seeing you at Arts, Beats and Eats!