Frequently Asked Questions

People visiting the festival:

1. Can I bring food or drink to the festival? No, outside food or beverages of any kind except baby formula, baby bottle or young child’s sippy cup are not allowed.

2. Do you charge for young children? Children under 3 are free at all times.

3. What is your admission policy?  On Friday the festival is free to enter until 5pm, after 5pm the price is $5.  On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, admission is $3 before 3pm and $5 after 3pm.  This is admission fee supports the festival as well as 13 non-profit partners.

4. Do you provide a discount for veterans?  Yes, active duty military and veterans are invite to attend Ford Arts, Beats & Eats for free with a guest, courtesy of Ford Motor Company.  Present your military ID at any festival entrance ticket booth for a free ticket for you and a (present) guest.  

5. Where do we park? Parking locations are listed on our website here.

6. Can we park on local streets and walk to the festival? Parking in neighborhoods in an approximate one mile radius is reserved for residents and on a permit parking only basis. Please look for signs as there will be $50 tickets written for all violators.

7. Can we park at Parking Meters in the downtown during the festival hours? All parking meters in the downtown area will be permit parking only and there will be $50 fines for any violators.

8. What time does the Shuttle Bus start and stop running? Shuttle buses will be running Saturday through Monday (NOT FRIDAY) at 11:00am from Royal Oak High School, and will run until 12:30am on Saturday and Sunday and until 10pm on Monday. Buses will run later if there are lines of people who were in line by those closing hours, however will not continue for people who just show up late.

9. Can we ride our bicycles to the festival? Bicycles are encouraged and the festival will operate two bicycle corrals on the north (2nd and Washington) and south (Washington and Lincoln) of the site. There will be room for about 900 bikes at a time in these areas.

10. Can you bring in Chairs? Chairs may not be brought in for concerts due to the limited amount of concert viewing space. Some chairs are provided on the local stages, but may not be taken to the national stage area.  If you would like to purchase a seat in our VIP section, a limited number are available here.  

11. Can I leave the festival and come back in? 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, has no signs of tape on it.

12. How much are carnival rides and what rides will be featured? Mid America Shows will be providing the carnival, and will have ten rides geared toward families (kids ages 3-13 and adults) including: Bumper Cars, Ferris Wheel, Giant Slide, Bumble Bee Ride, Kiddie Roller Coaster, Merry Go Round, Rainbow Rock, and Fun House. Carnival Rides will be located in two sections, one in the Sherman Lot in the north end of the festival, and two, in the Royal Oak city lot bordered by 7th and Main st near the Kids Zone. Ride prices will be between 4 and 6 tickets event tickets or $2.50 to $3.75 per ride. The times for the carnival are between 11am and 11pm on Friday through Sunday and from 11am to 9pm on Monday. Ticket booths close 1/2 hour before rides close.

13. Are dogs permitted? Dogs are not permitted at Arts, Beats & Eats. Large crowds make it just too dangerous for our furry friends. Thanks!

14. Will there be handicapped parking available? Royal Parking Lots will reserve their handicap parking spaces for those who need handicap parking, which will be enforced with ticketing of any violators.

15. How much are food and beverage tickets? Food and Beverage tickets are available through out the festival at a cost of 16 tickets for $10.

16. Do I have to pay an extra fee in addition to the $3-5 admission for any of the concerts? No, the admission covers all of the concerts, including the Michigan Lottery Stage.


Residents of Royal Oak:

1. Do we have to worry about outside festival patrons parking in neighborhoods? Within an approximate one half to one mile radius from the festival, all parking in neighborhoods is on a permit parking only basis, and police will issuing $50 fines as a deterrent. Residents may report problems to Royal Oak Police, who also have the option to tow vehicles if resident parking problems are an issue.

2. What time do the bands stop playing? All bands on local stages stop at 11pm on Friday through Sunday and 9pm on Monday. All bands on the national stage run until 11:30pm on Friday through Sunday and until 9pm on Monday.

3. What streets will be closed for the festival? Washington between 2nd and Lincoln, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Lincoln streets between Lafayette and Main, and Center st between third and seventh st.

4. When do downtown festival streets close? Most streets close for festival set-up at 6pm on Wed. August 31st, and reopen at 8am on Tuesday, September 6th. The following streets will remain open at all times around the festival: Lafayette to the West, Eleven Mile to the North, and Main Street to the East.

5. Will police be patrolling neighborhoods and providing traffic services? Royal Oak Police will have representatives patrolling neighborhood for parking violations and unruly behavior. Report any concerns at anytime to Royal PD.

6. Do the tax payers have a direct cost burden in hosting the festival? The cost of Royal Oak Police and Firefighters will be covered from parking revenues, which we expect to more than cover all costs. There is the possibility that Police and Fire expenses don’t get covered in case of bad weather or poor attendance and parking revenue.

7. Has the city of Royal Oak written a check to Arts, Beats & Eats to help with expenses? The City of Royal Oak has not directly, but the Royal Oak Downtown Development Authority has supported the city with an annual contribution of $100,000. These funds will also be returned to the DDA once they have repaid the City of Royal Oak for expenses. The DDA investment is expected to support an event that will bring millions of dollars of business into the downtown during Labor Day weekend.


Downtown Businesses:

1. How do we find out about street closures, parking and deliveries? There have been two informational meetings held at ROFUM. If you’ve missed them, please email Stephanie McIntyre at stephanie@artsbeatseatseats.com or call 248-541-7550 and request any information you need by Monday, August 15.  Any inquiries after that time may not be responded to in a timely manner, but best efforts will be made.

2. Should our employees park in the downtown area? All employees should park outside the downtown area as there is been free parking and a shuttle that runs from 8:30am until 4:30am from the Royal Oak High School. This allows room for festival patrons to find parking and for all businesses to get more revenue. For information on getting free parking passes please email Stephanie McIntyre at stephanie@artsbeatseatseats.com or call 248-541-7550 and request any information you need by Monday, August 15th. Any inquiries after that time may not be responded to in a timely manner, but best efforts will be made.

3. Are downtown parking deck permits accepted during the festival? Only on Friday before 5pm.

4. Has the Downtown Development Authority written a check to Arts, Beats & Eats to help with expenses? The City of Royal Oak has not directly, but the Royal Oak Downtown Development Authority has supported the city with an annual contribution of $100,000. These funds will also be returned to the DDA once they have repaid the City of Royal Oak for expenses. The DDA investment is expected to support an event that will bring millions of dollars of business into the downtown during Labor Day weekend and was voted on unanimously by the DDA to support on a 7-0 vote.