Feast for senses at downtown Royal Oak's Arts, Beats & Eats

ROYAL OAK - Downtown Royal Oak has transformed into an entertainment mecca for the 17th annual Ford Arts, Beats & Eats.

Thousands of people flooded the streets to experience one of metro Detroit's biggest summer events.

Nighttime crowds converged on Main and 6th to watch Saturday’s headliners, including Michigan’s very own Jena Irene, who was a runner-up on American Idol

“Just to actually do a show in Michigan in front of my hometown people, I’m so excited,” she told 7 Action News backstage.

The festival is also a great platform for up and coming local musicians, who are performing at nine stages throughout downtown.

Todd Wasik, who was watching the Gia Warner Band Saturday afternoon said, “Live music, I think it’s the best thing about these festivals.”

On the eats trail, cultures intersect as 60 restaurants serve up their dishes. It’s the one weekend you can get Polish kielbasa and kraut and paella in one sitting.

More than 140 artists line Washington Avenue - a chance for them bring their best work in front of a diverse crowd.

The fun continues at 11 a.m. Sunday and Labor Day.

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