Arts, Beats & Eats to mark 20th anniversary Sept. 1-4

going-placescFord Arts, Beats & Eats, metropolitan Detroit’s favorite farewell-to-summer, fall’s-coming festival, will celebrate its 20th anniversary Sept. 1 to 4 in downtown Royal Oak with 200 performances on nine stages, a juried fine-arts show and specialties of local restaurants and vendors.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 1 to 3, and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 4.

Admission will cost $3 until 3 p.m., and $5 after 3 p.m.; however, there will be no charge to enter the festival before 5 p.m. on Sept. 1 only, a spokesman for the event said. All of the festival concerts will be free with VIP upgrades available.

Bands appearing on the Michigan Lottery Stage Sept. 1 will be Your Generation in a tribute concert at 6 p.m.; Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, 8 p.m.; and The B-52’s, 9:30 p.m.

The lineup on Sept. 2 will be Half Light Music (rock) at 5:30 p.m.; Candlebox, 8:30 p.m.; and 311, at 10 p.m. Entertaining the festivalgoers on Sept. 3 will be Jordan Davis at 6 p.m.; Dwight Yoakam, 8 p.m.; and Grand Funk Railroad, 10 p.m.

On Sept. 4, performers will be Jena Irene, 4 pm.; The Wallflowers, 6 p.m.; and George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, 8 p.m.

“To ensure we offer the most premier schedule of musical performers in the festival’s history, we spent $100,000 over and above previous years’ entertainment budget,” said Jon Witz, Ford Arts, Beats & Eats producer.

Artists from throughout the United States will be on hand to offer their works, including ceramics, glassware, graphics, prints, jewelry, paintings, photography and sculpture.

Among participating restaurants providing eats will be Andiamo, Carrabba’s, Famous Dave’s, Noodle Express, Srodek’s Polish Deli, Soaring Eagle Cuisine Machine, Union Jack’s and Treat Dreams.

In addition, fitness programs will be offered daily, and youngsters will be entertained at a Kid Zone with interactive programs, a puppet show, magician and juggler.

Last year, more than 400,000 people attended the event, raising more than $350,000 for local charities, a spokesman for the festival said.

For a schedule of events and additional information, go to

Save the date . . .

Oct. 12 — The Information Center’s annual gala, featuring the country band Annabelle Road; 6:15 p.m. reception, followed by dinner, a silent auction, music and dancing; sponsorships and tickets are available by calling 734-282-7171 or going to

Nov. 4 — Thirteenth annual Children with Hair Loss Charity Ball at Laurel Manor Banquet & Conference Center in Livonia; for more information, call 734-379-4400.

Dec. 8, 9, Seaway Chorale annual Christmas Concert, “Making Seasons Bright”; at the Flat Rock Community Auditorium in Flat Rock High School, 25600 Seneca.

March 10, 2018 — Concert by The Texas Tenors, 8 p.m. at the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center of Wayne County Community College District Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Road, Taylor; for tickets, $50, call the college box office at 734-374-3200.