Getting to Arts, Beats & Eats and Figuring Out Where to Park

(Arts, Beats, and Eats, Aug. 31, 2017)

Royal Oak, MI – Downtown Royal Oak is going to be crowded this Labor Day weekend- to ensure you don’t need to worry about finding a spot, Ford Arts, Beats & Eats has worked out an all inclusive parking plan that features real time communication to our festival visitors.

Be sure to park at official Ford Arts, Beats, and Eats parking lots.  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.   In addition to the official Ford Arts, Beats, and Eats logo, parking signs at the official lots will contain the “Park for Parks” icon.

For the latest on parking and for emergency information, please tune to 1640AM.

Royal Oak Parking Meters Closed:

All Royal Oak Parking Meters will not be available due to traffic concerns and to have customers avoid circling the downtown looking for parking at meters.

Downtown Lots & Structures

(Lots will beging charging at 1:30pm on Friday and structures begin charging at 5:00pm on Friday)

Parking at all Downtown Lots and Structures will be $15

1. Downtown Structure #1
Located at Lafayette & 5th St
516 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak, MI 48067

2. Downtown Structure #2
Located on Lafayette, North of 4th Street
320 Lafayette Street, Royal Oak, MI 48067

3. Downtown Structure #3
Center & Third St.
260 Center Street, Royal Oak, MI 48067

4. Oakland Community College Parking Structure
Lincoln & Washington
739 S Washington Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067

5. Farmer’s Market
(Please note: parking at the Farmers Market will be free TO MARKET CUSTOMERS ONLY as normal until 1pm on Friday and Saturday)
Located at the intersection of 11 Mile & Troy St. East of Main.
316 E 11 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067

6. Williams St
Located off of 11 Mile, East of Main

10. 3rd & Williams Lot
3rd & Williams-E. of Main St.

11. East Lincoln & Troy Lots
3 parking lots located at 211 and 220 E. Lincoln

Near Downtown Lots:

Parking at all Near Downtown Lots and Structures will be $15

1. Vacant/Grass Lot
Located at Main St. & 696 Service Drive

2. Royal Oak Middle School Lot
Washington North of 11 Mile & Willis
709 North Washington Avenue, Royal Oak, MI 48067-1735

Shuttle Parking:

Parking at Shuttle Lot is $10.  Riding the shuttle is FREE.  The shuttle will run Saturday – Sunday  from 10:30am – 12:30am and Monday from 10:30am – 10:30pm, dropping off at 2nd & Washington by the Post Office in Downtown.

1. Royal Oak High School
Located off of Crooks, North of 13 Mile
1500 Lexington Boulevard, Royal Oak, MI 48073-2400

Bicycle Locations: Free Bike parking! First come first serve Courtesy of BEAUMONT HOSPITAL ROYAL OAK

Location/Bicycle Capacity
South: Washington St. Just south of Lincoln (southbound lane):800
North: Washington Near Second Avenue (southbound lane):1000

Corral Hours

Friday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Saturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Sunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Monday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Click here for suggested bike routes!

Smart Buses:

SMART is the green way to the annual Arts, Beats and Eats festival this year in downtown Royal Oak! Riding SMART to the festival helps the environment, saves you money and helps avoid the hassle of parking and traffic congestion. Several routes will take you directly to the festival. Not sure which route works for you? There are two ways to find your ride SMART. Call SMART Customer Information at 866.962.5515 to talk with a representative. Or, visit and check out the Google Transit Trip Planning feature.

Parking for Downtown Royal Oak Employees:

Employees can park at the YMCA and walk or park at the Royal Oak High School and take a shuttle in to the festival.  Employees must present a pass to park at either location.  The shuttle for Royal Oak employees runs Friday – Sunday 8am – 4:30am and Monday 8am – 3am.

1. Grass Lot at 696 Service Drive and Main Street (employees walk to downtown)

2. Royal Oak High School (employees take a shuttle to downtown with stops at 7th & Lafayette or 2nd & Washington)

1500 Lexington Rd., Enter onto Lexington, off of Crooks, north of 13 Mile Rd.

Please contact Stephanie McIntyre at the festival office (248-541-7550) if you are a downtown business in need of employee parking.

Arts, Beats & Eats Gets a Lyft

Lyft, the fastest growing on-demand transportation service in the US, is the the Official Transportation Partner of Arts, Beats & Eats, enhancing the attendee experience by connecting Festival attendees with Lyft’s safe, reliable, and affordable transportation service.

In order to simplify the process of getting to-and-from the festival, Lyft will have two dedicated Pick-up and Dropoff zones for attendees to easily connect with their Lyft driver, as well as a promo code for 25% off a ride, up to $5, with the code  ARTSBEATSEATS17

Drop-off zones are located on Lafayette North of 4th and on Main Street between 7th and Lincoln