Whether hailing from across the street or across the world, a craft brew savored at Polar Beer Club comes with a side of live music, a bevvy of good food, and plenty of new friends. Produced by Royal Oak Farmers Market in conjunction with Ultimate Fun Productions, the event highlights more than 125 beers, from more than 50 independent breweries, along with ciders, wines, and spirits. As bands Kaleido and Cosmic Groove fill the air with music, attendees savor samples, full-sized pours, and eats from four vendors. Giant Jenga, Birdy Golf, and other games entertain the young at heart, while 10 retail vendors sling quirky gifts.
A long-standing tradition in Royal Oak, the Lucky Dash 5k brings together hundreds of runners and volunteers as they jog for local non-profits in the fresh spring air. Participants speed through a 3.1-mile course along Washington Avenue, choosing their speed and walking, running, or rolling. In a fitting gesture for the St. Patrick's Day season, proceeds of the Dash go towards the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the largest Irish-Catholic social organization in America, and the source of donations to many non-profits and charities.
Per its name, Royal Oak Taste Fest celebrates some of the best local cuisine as well as the chefs behind each food sample on offer. But that might be the only traditional thing about this event. The dishes here hail from the Middle East, Mexico, Italy, and just about everywhere in between. In some ways, it's a Taste of Everywhere?except Greenland, where people only ever eat ice.
The festival extends beyond food too, showcasing art from local retailers and crafters, as well as musicians whose live shows add the soundtrack to the day.
Helmed by a cadre of patient creatives, ArtCenter for Creative Study seeks to bolster the creativity and imagination of artists young and old. Summer camps for middle-school students foster ingenuity, teaching techniques for creating expressive paintings, composing mixed-media collages, and making papier m?ch? molds of the family goldfish. Classes for adults home in on techniques for drawing, upholstering, and painting furniture, and portfolio-centered classes for high-school students focus on polishing college applications.
For the first annual Detroit Cocktail Classic, representatives from some of the city's best-beloved drinking establishments showcase the beloved art of cocktail mixing. Those local places include the Oakland Art Novelty Company, hand-crafting original cocktails; the Firebird Tavern, which specializes in old-fashioned drinks; and Two James Spirits, the first distillery to open in Detroit since Prohibition.
In Royal Oaks Golf Course, the city operates a course open to the public. Aside from scenic views and lush, emerald fairways, the course offers players nine chances to hit long-distance drives and slam-dunk their ball into the hole. It also has a pro shop and a teaching professional ready to iron out rickety swings.