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With more than 200 performances spread out on nine stages this Labor Day weekend, Arts, Beats & Eats in downtown Royal Oak offers ample entertainment for your Labor Day weekend. In its 18th year, the festival, presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, includes a Juried Fine Arts show, local food vendors, yoga workshops, concerts, and partnerships wiith the Detroit Institute of Arts.

With music stages devoted to acoustic beats, Americana, R&B, jazz, children's performances, and international tunes, there is sure to be a performance (or three) for every taste. Here are just a few highlights. Make sure to check out the full schedule, and download the app, so you don't miss a thing.

1. Gin Blossoms and Neon Trees

ABE National Stage - Michigan Lottery Stage, Saturday, September 5, Gin Blossoms at 8:15pm; Neon Trees at 10pm

Saturday night, the two headliners feature pop and rock radio favorites from the '90s to today with the Gin Blossoms and the Neon Trees. Expect now classic tunes "Hey Jealousy" and "Til I Hear It From You" during the Gin Blossoms set, followed by the infectious "Everybody Talks" that has been an inescapable anthem since its debut in 2012.


ABE National Stage - Michigan Lottery Stage, Friday, September 4, 5:30-7:30pm

Featuring Broadway lights and sounds and full orchestration, BEATLEMANIA LIVE performs over 35 of the Beatle's greatest hits from every era—Ed Sullivan, Shea Stadium, Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road—in original costumes and full makeup for a 2-hour audio and visual extravaganza! 

3. DIA Artist Demonstrations

Each day, from approximately 12-4:30pm

As an extension of their Think Like an Artist exhibit, the DIA will present three artist demonstrations each afternoon featuring festival artists. Each demonstration will include the artist explaining the piece they are working on, and discussing the techniques used to make it. Artists who will be demoing their work include sculptor Austen Brantley, painter Thomas Thomas Legault and jeweler Kathleen Robinson-Young. 

4. STAGECRAFTERS Cast of Young Frankenstein 

Beaumont Cultural/Acoustic Stage, Sunday, September 6, 3-3:30pm

Based on Mel Brooks' hit movie, Young Frankenstein has taken the theater world by storm. Being performed at Royal Oak's The Baldwin Theatre from September 11 through October 4, now is your chance to get a sneak peek of Dr. Frankenstein, his hunchbacked sidekick Igor, and their lab assistant Inga, as they perform a raucous score with catchy tunes and high-energy dance numbers. 

5. Salt-N-Pepa

ABE National Stage - Michigan Lottery Stage, Monday, September 7, 8:30-9:30pm

The first successful all-female rap group of the 1980s and '90s, Salt-N-Pepa brought an open and frank voice to the hip-hop world with their hits "Let's Talk About Sex," "Shoop" and "Whatta Man." Now back in action after a more than decade-long hiatus, this Grammy-award winning duo's charismatic performances have been missed. 

Tickets to Arts, Beats & Eats cost $3, or $5 after 3pm. The festival is free for children under 3, as well as before 5pm on FridayFor parking and transportation questions, click here for the available lots and shuttles.