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Now in its 25th year, the Soaring Eagle Arts, Beats and Eats Festival returns to Royal Oak for Labor Day weekend this year with a variety of headliners from hip-hop and country to alternative rock and jazz nostalgia acts.

Artists performing on the Jim Beam National Stage September 2-5 include hip-hopper Flo Rida, alternative rockers 311 and Sponge, and indie band Fitz and the Tantrums.

One of the top headliners at this year’s festival is hip-hop artist Flo Rida. (Arts, Beats and Eats promotional photo)

The three support acts on each of the four nights include Average White Band, Beatlemania Live!, country artist Chase Rice and multi-platinum rock band Chevelle.

More than 200 musical acts will perform across nine stages, said Jon Witz, the festival’s producer, when the acts were announced on Tuesday.

“Our goal is quality, not quantity,” said Witz. “We want a community event where people enjoy themselves.”

Alt rock band Sponge will headline the Jim Beam National Stage on Sunday, September 4th.  (Arts Beats and Eats promotional photo)
Alt rock band Sponge will headline the Jim Beam National Stage on Sunday, September 4th. (Arts Beats and Eats promotional photo)

In partnership with various charities and service groups, the annual event has raised $6.5 million for nonprofits since its inception, Witz added.

“It is the greatest blessing that our event has lasted 25 years and that we are still going strong,” he said. “Some of our best years are yet to come.”

For a full schedule of musical performances and other activities for the downtown Royal Oak festival, visit artsbeatseats.com.

Local headliners performing over the four days include bands and singers such as The Reefermen, Alise King, Thornetta Davis, Killer Flamingos, the Orbitsuns and country rock artist Alan Turner.

Typically, turnout for Arts, Beats and Eats is around 350,000 people over the long weekend, weather permitting.

More than 50 food trucks, restaurants and caterers are part of the event this year.

Cousins ​​Maine Lobster Food Truck is new to the festival this year, along with Pita Way and Galindo’s, which serves Mexican cuisine.

Local Royal Oak restaurants such as Trattoria Da Luigi will offer Italian fare at the event, along with Gosia’s Pierogies, Real Taco Express and grill suppliers Smoke House 52, House of Barbecue, Hog Heaven and Del Ray.

Witz said the abundance of food offerings is part of what makes the festival popular over Labor Day weekend.

“As always, I encourage attendees to come on an empty stomach,” he said in a press release Tuesday, “because we have another wonderful group of culinary artists bringing delicious, diverse foods to the festival.”

Arts, Beats and Eats producer Jon Witz announced top acts and activities for the upcoming Labor Day Festival on Tuesday.  (Arts, Beats and Eats photo)
Arts, Beats and Eats producer Jon Witz announced top acts and activities for the upcoming Labor Day Festival on Tuesday. (Arts, Beats and Eats photo)

Nautica Bowl also has organic, gluten-free, and dairy-free foods.

Other Royal Oak restaurants at the event include fine dining by ImaginAte, Sedona Taphouse and Crispelli’s Bakery and Pizzeria.

Beaumont Health sponsors a juried art exhibition and more than 150 artists from across the country display and sell their work.

Artists can win cash prizes totaling over $7,000 by placing in the top three in either the Best in Show or Awards of Excellence categories.

The festival is presented by Flagstar Bank, which is hosting a food drive again this year in partnership with Forgotten Harvest.

Your efforts help support over 500 local soup kitchens, pantries, and other groups that Forgotten Harvest serves.

A free kids’ zone sponsored by Detroit New, near Fourth Street and Main Street, offers family activities with crafts from nonprofit Arts & Scraps and science experiments from the Michigan Science Center.

The Detroit Institute of Arts will also have a children’s theater.

Royal Oak Mayor Michael Fournier was among those speaking at a gathering on Fifth Street as this year’s Arts, Beats and Eats highlights were announced on Tuesday.

He said Royal Oak is proud to host the festival, which he and his family have enjoyed since moving downtown from Pontiac in 2010.

“It’s the best Labor Day entertainment,” Fournier said.

Arts, Beats and Eats will be open September 2-4 from 11am-11pm and September 5 from 11pm-9pm. Admission is free before 5 p.m. September 2 and $10 after that. Admission on other days is $5 before 3pm and $10 after.

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