Arts, Beats and Eats

This Royal Oak staple has been running for twenty years now. Arts, Beats and Eats does not disappoint with the best Michigan has to offer of local restaurants, artists and musical acts. Did you also know that your nominal admission fee (ranging from $3 to $7 depending on time of day) goes towards local charities? Last year alone helped raise over $350,000 dollars that goes right to local charities who need it most. 

Again this year Flagstar Bank is partnering with Gleaners Community Food Bank. You can receive free admission to Arts, Beats and Eats by bringing three non-perishable food items to one of the below Flagstar Bank locations on or before Thursday, August 31st. 

  • Troy (16 Mile and Coolidge) 2050 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084
  • Berkley (12 Mile and Woodward) 28653 Woodward Ave, Berkley, MI 48072
  • Bloomfield (Long Lake and Telegraph) 3915 Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
  • Beverly Hills (13 Mile and Southfield Road)  17430 W 13 Mile Rd, Franklin, MI 48025
  • Madison Heights (13 Mile and Dequindre)  31049 Dequindre Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Detroit Jazz Festival

Detroit is home to the world's largest free jazz festival. The Detroit Jazz Festival is a great place to connect with family and friends over fantastic music. Detroit Jazz Festival has been occurring Labor Day weekend for also 40 years; it's also as old as we are! Taking place in Hart Plaza, this world renowned musical event will showcase a variety of jazz acts including local groups and globally known artists.  Love jazz music but won't be able to make it to the festival this weekend? With help from a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation you can livestream performances from the festival for a $10 fee. The app is available in the Google Play store, or at

Hamtramck Labor Day Festival

Another festival with quite a bit of history, Hamtramck Labor Day Festival is in it's 37th year. The festival is filled with great events, music and of course perogis. It's concluded on Labor Day with a Polish Day Parade at 1:30PM. You can find this little gem that draws crowds upwards of 100,000 people on the northeast corner of Caniff and Joseph Campau. If attending the parade, be sure to arrive early to catch the notorious Canoe Race down Joseph Campau. The friendly competition puts locals at odds in push-carts designed like canoes for the famous captains wheel trophy. 

Michigan State Fair

The new Michigan State Fair has been running for the last five years at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. This family friendly event has an agricultural focus and will include events like baby animal exhibits, fresh produce and information about both traditional and urban farming practices. Interested in getting a blue ribbon for your apple pie? Enter it in the King Arthur Baking Competition

Thinking about attending? If you purchase before 8/30/17 at 12:00PM you can get discounted admission tickets

Michigan Renaissance Festival 

No Labor Day list would be compete without mentioning the Michigan Renaissance Festival. Travel back in time as Holly, Michigan is transformed into a 16th century wonderland. You can spend your weekend watching jousting matches, enjoying a fresh turkey drumstick and experiencing Merlin's Magic Quest! If you can't make it this weekend, don't worry - the festival runs every weekend through October 1st. 

Interested in free or discounted admission? The Red Cross will be on hand Sunday, September 3rd for blood donations in which you'll receive one free admission and a t-shirt. You can also bring four cans of food to be donated to Gleaners for $5 off admission. You can purchase your tickets in advance here