Saturday: Your Guide to Arts, Beats & Eats
Here's a guide to everything Saturday at the Labor Day weekend festival in Royal Oak.
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.
Priority Health Zumbathon Celebration: 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.
Priority Health Arts in Motion 5k: 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.
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, Royal Oak High School 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.
(See PDF for festival map.)