New Features

Announcing our new festival features for 2018!


Kroger will debut its Zero Hunger Zero Waste Program to fight hunger and reduce food waste as a new feature at this year’s Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival. The program will feature a collaboration with Forgotten Harvest, The Royal Oak Restaurant Association and participating Arts, Beats & Eats restaurants. More than 75 restaurants have made a commitment to the program, which will include a minimum of two large pans of food for local organizations that provide food to those in need. Nonprofits that are slated to receive the food donations include Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Detroit Rescue Mission, and Detroit Boxing Club. Each night, Arts Beats & Eats festival team members, along with additional staff and volunteers from Forgotten Harvest, will pick up donations from throughout the festival and deliver them to a Forgotten Harvest refrigerated truck.


For the first time in the festival’s history, Oakland Community College (OCC) joins Ford Arts, Beats & Eats through a strategic partnership to bring a variety of the school’s visual and performing arts elements to life throughout the festival weekend. OCC and its students will participate with special live performances, art exhibitions and cooking demonstrations for attendees to enjoy and learn.


Life Time will make its return to Ford Arts Beats & Eats with new classes all weekend long for festivalgoers to experience. Dance Jam fitness class will kick off from 8 to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31. All fitness classes will be located at Main St. and Fourth St. and will require a $10 minimum donation in order to participate with proceeds benefiting the Life Time Foundation and Ford Arts Beats & Eats festival. Life Time Foundation is committed to removing the seven most harmful ingredients that is fed to children, most commonly found in food provided by their school system.

Life Time will continue the fitness fun at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1, with a Warrior Sculpt class. Smoothie tickets will be provided to individuals who attend the class, and can be redeemed at the Life Time smoothie tent. A Gluteus Maxout class will get underway at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2. To end the festival, a Strike Class, a combination of kickboxing and MMA, will take place at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 3, with a $10 participation required donation also benefitting the Life Time Foundation. In addition to the adult workout classes, Life Time will provide 20-minute Fun Fit Kids classes that will occur every day following the adult classes.

Registration available soon!



Flagstar Bank returns as the official bank sponsor at the 2018 Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Festival, sponsoring the Culture on 4th program.  The street will be anchored by the Flagstar Bank International Stage, featuring everything from flamenco dancing to polka. 

4th Street from Washington to Lafayette will also feature space for non-profit partners.  Flagstar in partnership with Oakland County Treasurer, Andy Meisner, will be exhibiting works from 15 winners of the County’s Financial Literacy Art Contest that provides scholarships to high school student artists from across Oakland County. Student works of art will be judged on how well they use their artistic vision to interpret and portray different subjects of financial literacy.  In addition to this new educational art exhibit, Flagstar will also provide complimentary exhibit spaces to Metro Detroit area non-profits that support the arts. These interactive spaces will be announced in late July and will also be a new addition for the festival.