Labor Day is a big deal in Detroit. Normally, the city has two huge music festivals happening over the weekend – the Detroit Jazz Festival downtown and Arts, Beats & Eats in Royal Oak. Both festivals have moved to virtual this year, but there are still plenty of ways to get in on the music and fun. Read how to watch the 2020 festivals below.
Arts, Beats & Eats
August 27 – September 3 for virtual performances
September 4 – 7 for Drive In Concert Series
Arts, Beats & Eats typically draws huge crowds to Royal Oak for the fun-filled music, food and art festival. But this year, the festival has launched “The Beat Goes On”, a fundraiser to support local artists and bands who have been impacted by COVID-19. You can donate to the fundraiser here. Arts, Beats & Eats will also be streaming virtual concerts from local artists on their website. You can expect the full range of alternative, country, blues and rock bands like they usually have.
Plus, the festival is offering a Drive In Concert Series if you want to see a concert in person! Purchase tickets on their website to reserve a space for your car in front of the main stage in downtown Royal Oak. There will be 50 cars allowed per performance of each high energy, 30 minute set. The Drive In Concert Series will feature local Michigan bands like Eva Under Fire, Raye Williams and the Corktown Popes. You can view the full lineup on their website.
Detroit Jazz Festival
September 4 – September 7
The 41st Annual Detroit Jazz Festival will be streamed for free from September 4-September 7, 2020. You can catch live programming for 8-10 hours each day of local Detroit jazz artists, such as the Henry Conerway III Trio, Robert Hurst featuring Black Current Jam, and the Dave Bennett Quartet. Whether you’re new to jazz music, are a regular jazz listener, or are just looking for something groovy to listen to while you barbecue in the backyard, this festival has something for everyone. See their full lineup.
- Channel 22 in Detroit
- Detroit Jazz Festival website
- Detroit Jazz Festival social media channels
- Detroit Public Television
- WRCJ 90.9 FM
- WEMU 89.1 FM
- WDET 101.9 FM
- DetroitJazzFest LIVE! App