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Show of the Month: Arts, Beats & Eats, September 2-5, Royal Oak, MI

Labor Day Weekend
September 2-5

Shoppers at Arts, Beats & Eats

Royal Oak, Michigan

on the downtown streets

155 artists


Rated #4  Fine Art Fair in the Country by Art FairSourcebook!! 



Art hours:
Friday - 11 am to 9 pm Sat.-Sun. 11 am-9 pm
Monday 11 am to 5 pm

This popular metro Detroit event returns to downtown Royal Oak. You have got to be there to enjoy this last celebration of summer. This is not an overwhelming art fair that will exhaust you but a select group or artists, both local and national, chosen from over 600 applicants. More than fifty of them have never participated in this art fair, so you can expect many new faces as well as your favorites.

Who'll you find:

Get a sneak preview right here of the artists.

My tips on how to enjoy this event:
  1. Friday morning join the Royal Oak Marching Band as they open the show
  2. Explore the juried fine art show before the best art is gone
  3. Take your kids to perform in the Children's area
  4. Eat at your favorite Detroit area restaurant outpost
  5. Enjoy Saturday night dancing in the streets at the R & B Jazz stage with Thornetta Davis
  6. Back to the Art to see who won the prizes and take your own "prize" home with you
  7. Close out the weekend  with George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic at the Main Stage 

ABEEleven stages focusing on local talent as well as national acts like Vince Gill, Bret Michaels, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the Jill Jack Band, Alexander Zonjic,  and my own personal favorite the fabulous Thornetta Davis on Saturday night!


With nearly 70 restaurants, caterers and dining attractions (a 25 percent increase over last year) the "Eats" will be showcasing and offering great food and tastes throughout the weekend including Detroit favorites Olga's Kitchen, Holiday Market, Gayle's Chocolates, OM Cafe and don't miss Andre's Louisiana Seafood Sandwich Shop. You'll think you are in Cajun country.

All the details, maps, parking info:

This is a serious "destination" event. Will I see you there?

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Comment by Kristin Perkins on September 1, 2011 at 11:59pm
Yey! I was featured as number 3 in the Detroit News article. I'm very much looking forward to tomorrow. I'm mostly set up, but the jewelry set up will take longer than usual tomorrow because I've made so much new stuff over the last two weeks. I will be there bright and early. Booth #95 - if you are able to walk the show at all, please come and say hi. I hope I can walk around a bit.
Comment by Connie Mettler on September 1, 2011 at 12:03pm
Comment by Barry Bernstein on August 31, 2011 at 12:32pm
I should be packing and I'm still firing pots even though I have more than enough.
Comment by Michael Stephens on August 31, 2011 at 10:51am
Working feverishly.....having fun...see you tomorrow...
Comment by Connie Mettler on August 30, 2011 at 8:54pm
Here's a good video about the setting up of the show and all the logistics, tent building, stages going up, security staging, electricians at work, marking the streets, vendors loading in, sponsors setting up, sponsor banners being erected, etc. Here you go:
Comment by Connie Mettler on August 29, 2011 at 4:28pm
Excuse me, Barry, what about George Clinton??? and the Parliament Funkadelics? That should suit your "old school" Detroit roots...
Comment by Barry Bernstein on August 29, 2011 at 4:14pm
Btw, I can't wait to see Vince Gill.  I may have to sneak away from my booth, since you can't hear him from the art part even though he will be right around the corner.
Comment by Barry Bernstein on August 29, 2011 at 4:09pm
I can't say how well you will do, but, 2-D kicked butt last year.  Just looking at the lineup, the quality of the art has taken a quantum leap over the past few years. Everyone who shows up to AB and E are in for a treat.
Comment by Ginny Herzog on August 29, 2011 at 3:28pm
Thanks for the directions, Barry. Looking forward to doing this show for the first time.
Comment by Barry Bernstein on August 26, 2011 at 7:31pm
Here's a tip for those doing the show for the first time:  No matter where you are coming from, you will end up on I-696 which goes East-West.  Take that to the Woodward exit and go North on Woodward.  Within a mile(?} not sure of the distance, Washington Street angles off to the right. You will see a fitness place.  Take Washington until you hit the barricade and then make a left.  St. Marys Church is one block west of Washington St.  You could also take Main St which runs parallel to Washington, but, if you do, don't go too far north past Lincoln.  Since the art fair part is on the Southern edge of the show, it is a lot easier if you come in that way.

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