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This year marks the 21st annual Ford Arts, Beat & Eats festival. Presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, this year there will be more than 200 performances that will be held across 9 stages located in downtown Royal Oak. Attendees are welcome to attend from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. from Friday, Aug. 31 through Sunday, Sept. 2, and from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 3. Last year, the festival hosted nearly 400,000 visitors and raised $350 thousand for local charities.
“The festival was designed to provide outstanding family entertainment at a very low cost,” write event organizers. “Past music performers at Arts, Beats & Eats have included Brian McKnight, Montgomery Gentry, Live, The B52’s, Wilco, The Isley Brothers, Collective Soul, Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, Martina McBride, G Love & Special Sauce, David Benoit, Jodee Messina, Blues Traveler, 38 Special, Rick Springfield and many more. The festival has something to offer to everyone, in a child-friendly, safe and secure environment.”
This year, musical headliners will include Everclear, Rival Sons, Awolnation and Chris Janson, while art mediums will range from ceramics to fabrics. Food vendors will include Achatz Pies, Atomic Coffee, Sweetwater Tavern and more.
Festival admission is $3 until 3 p.m., $5 after 3 p.m., and $7 after 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday & Monday. Ford Arts, Beats & Eats is free to enter until 5 p.m. on Friday only. Admission on Friday after 5 p.m. is $7.