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Arts Beats & Eats in Downtown Royal Oak

At this Labor Day weekend tradition, southeast Michigan family can enjoy tons of music, food and art Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2013. It's fun for parents and kids alike!

It's the event that most Oakland County natives wait for all summer. This year's Arts Beats & Eats returns to Royal Oak Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2013 with more than 50 local restaurant vendors, over 140 artists – and every day packed to the brim with musical entertainment that will knock your socks off!

The annual cultural festival runs all holiday weekend long. Events are in swing 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday, as well as 11 a.m.-9 a.m. on Labor Day Monday. It's a great last shebang before the school year picks up.

Parents can rock out to 10 stages of live musical performances. This year's talent includes Eddie Money, Beatlemania, Bush Hawg, The Jill Jack Band, Fifty Amp Fuse and MC Hammer.

And you'll absolutely want to bring your children along to enjoy this year's Kids Zone. This action-packed area is fully equipped to handle your little ones' excitement and hold their attention with a petting zoo, arts and crafts space and a special stage and musical lineup just for them. Kids can play games with the Detroit Red Wings at the "Hockey Skills Challenge," see live entertainment and ride Kiddie Carnival rides.

Admission to see, taste and hear all of the fun is $3 during the day and $5 after 5 p.m.; children under 3 get in free!

Parking and shuttle buses are available – most parking costs $15. To see where and when to park, check out a guide available at the official website – which you can find by visiting the Metro Parent calendar listing for the 2013 Arts, Beats & Eats in downtown Royal Oak.

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