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.  Full activity line-up here...


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.





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. Full Line-Up of activities available here....



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A first-of-its-kind, five-year partnership with Michigan-based Imperial Beverage will make Michigan’s most popular craft brews the official beer at the festival this Labor Day weekend and in the coming years. A total of 19 beverage locations, including 14 for craft beer on tap and five for canned craft beer, will feature beer from Short’s Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company and Old Nation Brewing, among other fine craft beer selections

For the first time in the festival’s history, the event will offer a taste portion of selections from Short’s Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company and Old Nation Brewing at every beverage booth on the festival site.  In addition, the festival has organized a new Beer Garden to introduce new products to attendees. The beer garden will be located in the parking lot off 6th Street and Washington Ave. and will feature craft “one-offs” from Short’s, Lagunitas and Old Nation brands.   Find the Beer Garden on the event map here...



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The Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club (DFABC) is an art enthusiast group that encourages and supports the fine arts in the Metro Detroit area. The group was started several years ago when art collectors Henry Harper and Harold Braggs began to meet for breakfast on Mondays to discuss art.   Soon others were invited and the group has grown over the years to include other artists, collectors and enthusiasts.  Today the group meets at 5:00pm at the same Coney Island on Livernois and has grown to an estimated 80-90 people. They gather to share art, sell art, raffle art, get educated about art, announce openings and other art events, and even perform art. It’s an exhilarating, infectious, and inspiring atmosphere that motivates people to come back week after week.

The group has come to the attention of many in Detroit’s established art world. They have been invited to the DIA several times by director Salvador Salort-Pons, won the Torch of Wisdom award in 2017, been written up in the Detroit Free Press, invited to LA by hall-of-fame songwriter Allie Willis, organized auctions and art fairs, mentored artists and collectors, and springboarded the careers of several in their group.  The DFABC is excited to be participating in this year’s Arts Beats & Eats art fair.  They plan to continue to be a part of the creative and artistic momentum that is taking off in the city of Detroit.



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presented by MetroPCS

Event organizers are bringing an entirely new experience to the 2018 Ford Arts, Beats with Silent Disco Presents, a three-night dance party for festival-goers of all ages beginning Friday, Aug. 31 to Sunday, Sept. 2. More than just an experience for the ears, the silent disco is a massive dance party where people are dancing and having fun in an environment that is completely silent of music. 

With 300 headphones on site, this year’s first-ever silent disco will offer attendees their choice between two colored channels with music provided by world renown DJs, including DJ DomiNate from Traverse City and Detroit's own DJ Psycho.  

BLUE CHANNEL:                                               RED CHANNEL:

Friday:                                                                   Friday:                    

6:00pm-7:15pm: DJ IOTA                                   6:00pm-9:00pm: PRIM

7:30pm-9:00pm: Pat Osiris                                 

9:00pm-11:00pm: DJ DomiNate


Saturday:                                                              Satuday:

6:00pm-7:15pm: Missy Chavez                           6:00pm-11:00pm: DJ DomiNate

7:30pm-8:45pm: DJ Disc                                     

9:00pm-11:00pm: Twin Cousin                            


Sunday:                                                                 Sunday:

6:00pm-9:00pm: DJ DomiNate                          6:00pm-9:00pm: Special Guests

9:00pm-11:00pm: DJ Psycho                            

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