Annual Events

Outdoor Art Fair
This is a juried fine art show sponsored by the Royal Oak Arts Council and Royal Oak Recreation. For more information please call 248.246.3180. Each year, artist applications will be available mid-January. All applications are due back April 1 of each year. Questions, please request by email.

The show is set among the beautiful trees of Memorial Park and offers a unique blend of fine art and fine crafts. The show attracts artists from across the country and has national ranking as one of the top fairs in the United States. Art work will be for sale in many categories including: drawing, painting, photography, clay, collage, glass, metal, wood, jewelry, leather/fiber, and mixed media.

The Art Fair offers an excellent opportunity to purchase an original item for your home, office or as a gift. Food concessions will be on site for lunch and dinner. No dogs allowed in the Park.
Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair 2022, an Art Show in Royal Oak, Michigan
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Woodward Dream Cruise

Did you know that the Woodward Dream Cruise actually started as a small fundraiser to raise money for a soccer field in Ferndale, Michigan?

In August 1995, Nelson House and a group of volunteers looked to relive and recreate the nostalgic heydays of the 50s and 60s, when youth, music and Motor City steel roamed Woodward Avenue, America’s first highway. That year, 250,000 people participated—nearly ten times the number expected. The rest, as they say, is history.

Today, the Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest one-day automotive event, drawing 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars each year from around the globe—from as far away as New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the former Soviet Union. North American cruisers from California, Georgia, Canada and all points in between caravan to Metro Detroit to participate in what has become, for many, an annual rite of summer.

*The Woodward Dream Cruise Board Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 8:30 am. If you would like to attend an upcoming meeting, please email your request to: dreamcruise@ferndalemi.gov. For general comments and questions, please email the Woodward Dream Cruise at info@woodwarddreamcruise.com.

WDC Board President                                                                    Michael Lary, Ferndale                                            dreamcruise@ferndalemi.gov or 248-546-1573

Executive Director                                                                                       Tony Michaels, The Michaels Group  info@woodwarddreamcruise.com

Barktoberfest

                                                                                              Barktoberfest Royal Oak, is an Oktoberfest celebration where dogs are invited to participate in fun activities throughout the second weekend in September. Hosted by the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce and 360 Event Productions, this event is centered around craft beer and music and will feature pet-related shopping and contests. Highlights include Howl-a-ween Costume Contest, Weiner Dog Race, live music, and so much more!

Location:                                                                                                          Royal Oak Memorial Park                                                                                        - Corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road in Royal Oak

For further information visit: https://www.royaloakchamber.com/annual-chamber-events

Event Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BarktoberfestRO/


Celebrate with your dog this weekend at Barktoberfest in Royal Oak!
SOARING EAGLE ARTS, BEATS & EATS ~ SEPTEMBER 3-6, 2021 | WJR-AM
Arts, Beats, and Eats

Soaring Eagle Arts, Beats & Eats presented by Flagstar Bank is Oakland County’s celebration of art, music, food and community that takes place in Downtown Royal Oak on Labor Day Weekend. The festival attracts hundreds of thousands for an end of summer celebration not to be missed! The festival was designed to provide outstanding family entertainment at a very low cost. All events were constructed in collaboration with the Oakland County Health Department and meet current State of Michigan event guidelines and safety protocols.

Past music performers at Arts, Beats & Eats have included Brian McKnight, Montgomery Gentry, Live, The B52's, Wilco, The Isley Brothers, Collective Soul, Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, Martina McBride, G Love & Special Sauce, David Benoit, Jodee Messina, Blues Traveler, 38 Special, Rick Springfield, and many more. 

Admission to the festival is $5 before 3pm and $10 after 3pm. 

Halloweenfest                                                                                           

The Royal Oak Halloweenfest is a community based event that is held at Normandy Oaks Park. The inaugural event occurred in 2021 and was met with great reviews by the residents of Royal Oak. 

The event is catered towards the youth and includes trick-o-treating and a movie at night. All members of the community are encouraged to come out, collect some candy, and enjoy a movie with family and friends!

Registration for the event takes place in early October. 

RO Halloweenfest Flyer 2021