The Arts, Beats & Eats Festival kicked off in near-90-degree heat on Friday, but that didn't keep the crowds away on the first of the four-day Labor Day festival, now in its fourth year in Royal Oak.
Here's what's on tap Saturday:
Festival hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Weather: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.
Zumbathon: the Priority Health Zumbathon Celebration will transform the Michigan Lottery Stage into a red-hot, exhilarating dance fitness explosion from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Last year nearly 1200 people participated in a huge Zumba class-style event at the festival.
The Run for the Arts 5K race for runners and walkers takes off at 8 a.m. from a new course will start on Main Street on the campus of Arts, Beats & Eats and will run down 4th Street in the surrounding neighborhood. The race raises money to support the Michigan Arts Foundation and Rock CF.
Michigan Lottery National Stage
5 p.m.: Beatlemania Live (Beatles Cover)
7 p.m.: Starship featuring Mickey Thomas (Classic Rock)
8:45 p.m.: Bush Hawg (Country)
10 p.m.: Montgomery Gentry (Country)
If you go
Parking: It really matters where you park. Revenue from the official lots pays for police, fire, and other public services at the festival and supports improvements in Royal Oak parks. Look for parking signs at downtown lots and structures that contain the “Park for Parks” icon. Parking is $15. If you are looking for a deal, the lot at Interstate-696 and Woodward is $10.
Where not to park: Residential side streets have barricades and are clearly marked “Permit Parking Only.” Violators will receive a $50 ticket.
All Royal Oak parking meters will not be available due to traffic concerns.
How much it costs: Before 5 p.m., festivalgoers will have to pay $3 to enter Arts, Beats & Eats; after 5 p.m. the cost to enter is $5.
When you pay to enter, you will receive a wristband with the day of admission on it. You are allowed to re-enter the festival on that same day provided that your wristband is still on, and shows no signs of tape on it.
Children under 3 are free at all times.
Ride prices will be between 4 and 6 tickets event tickets or $2.50 to $3.75 per ride.
Food and beverage tickets are available through out the festival at a cost of 16 tickets for $10.
Dog are not permitted: The large crowds make it too dangerous for pets, so please leave your furry friend at home.
Under 17: Anyone under 17 years old must be accompanied by a parent after 8 p.m.