June 16-19 – Rock n Rides Royal Oak

June 16-19 – Rock n Rides Royal Oak

Royal Oak, Michigan – 3research and development The annual Rock ‘n’ Rides Royal Oak returns Thursday, June 16 through Sunday, June 19, 2022 in downtown Royal Oak to kick off Summer of Rock in Metro Detroit. Today, event organizers announced the full lineup of Metro Detroit’s top artists and bands, along with a mouthwatering selection of culinary delights from some of the region’s best food trucks.

rockin’ group

Three musical stages will fill the airwaves at Rock ‘n’ Rides Royal Oak. Two stages – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Stage and House of Dank Stage – will be set at 5y Street between Center and Washington for the returning Royal Oak Block Party.

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort will feature local high-energy rock bands rotating throughout the weekend. Performers include legendary veterans of the Detroit music scene, The Reefermen; Young Lapierre Ensemble, under the tutelage of four-time Grammy-nominated Depp Barber, Frame 42; Funk/Latin jazz recording artist Damon Terrell.

The other end of the street will be the House of Dank Stage featuring the area’s top DJs, including Dru Ruiz, a Detroit native who specializes in techno, hip-hop and house; DJ DAV, a Michigan State University graduate and a seasoned expert on the DJ scene; and DJ Katalist, who grew up in Detroit and has over 1,500 shows under his belt.

Flagstar Family stage is located at 6y Street, will offer entertainment geared specifically to younger audiences, including musicians, clowns, magicians, jugglers, and more. At night, the stage will transform into a Flagstar Evening Groove filled with top-notch local talent, including stars Christian Vig Band, a young Canadian rock artist; Fantastic Disaster, Detroit’s first sex pistols pay homage action; cast-iron cornbread with its enduring entertainment delivery of electrified rock, blues, and pop; and Taylor Take, who performs contemporary country music with rock instruments, melodic pop tunes, and unforgettable hooks.

what’s new

Besides music and delicious food, Rock ‘n’ Rides Royal Oak will also present the biggest carnival in town with dozens of rides and games. Brand new this year will be an ax throwing trailer courtesy of The HUB Stadium and an inflatable fun area sponsored by Meijer.

Family Fun Carnival

The celebration includes a carnival with 18 of the best rides and games for both families and thrill seekers, including Cliffhanger, Ring of Fire, Screamer, Sizzler, Vertigo, and more. Unlimited carnival ride bracelets will be available for $30 and single ride tickets will range from $3 to $5. Additionally, wristbands for unlimited “jumping” rides will be available in the inflatable fun zone for $5.

Rock ‘n’ Rides Royal Oak will also feature a range of lively activities for kids. This will include live artists from magicians to musicians, charlatans and more, as well as face painting and free arts and crafts offered by Arts & Scraps.

all you can eat

Festival organizers have curated a list of local food trucks, each carefully selected to vary the offerings of different cuisines and specialty dishes to please all tastes. The lineup includes Island Noodle, Hog Heaven, Kona Ice, Build A Burger, Mike’s Mexican Grill, Mr. Deep Fried, Maui Mike, Andre’s Authentic Louisiana Seafood Truck, Cajun Soul Sisters, Chick-AD, Mercurio Slushie, Mercurio Elephant Ear.

Alongside the food trucks, a variety of classic Carnival delicacies will be available, such as freshly dipped corn dogs, funnel cakes, elephant ears, and homemade lemonade. In addition, the award-winning, walkable community of downtown Royal Oak offers a variety of popular dining and beverage venues that visitors can support before, during, and after attending rock ‘n’ rides.

Community Day + Community Partners

The Rock ‘n’ Rides Royal Oak Festival will begin with the Community Day presented by Henry Ford Health on Thursday, June 16th. Community Day will provide 1,500 local children and their family members with free Carnival bracelets, as well as lunch for the first four hours of the festival.

Besides Community Day, many local nonprofits and community organizations will receive a portion of the beverage or beverage sales. Recipient nonprofit organizations include Boys Hope Girls Hope, Children’s Miracle Network, COTS Detroit, CCK, Forgotten Harvest, Franklin Wright Settlements, Habitat For Humanity, Haven, Hope Center, Metro Detroit Youth Club, ReLeaf Michigan, Rainbow Connection, Children’s Center, Chargers Center Troy and Vista Maria.

Entrance tickets + parking

The festival is open to the public from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, June 16; From 11 am to 11 pm. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $5 before 5 p.m. and $10 after 5 p.m. and free for everyone before 5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

Royal Oak car parks will operate as usual. Parking structures offer two hours of free parking and only $0.75 an hour after that. Parking is free all day Sunday, June 19. More details and parking locations can be found at rocknridesro.com.


Rock ‘n’ Rides Royal Oak expresses its gratitude for the generous direct financial support of the following local sponsors, including Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Faygo, Flagstar Bank, Henry Ford Health, House of Dank, Jim Beam, and Maker’s Mark, Meijer, Miller Lite and Tito Vodka.


About Rock ‘n’ Rides Royal Oak

Rock ‘n’ Rides Royal Oak The start of summer in downtown Royal Oak that celebrates community, family and fun. With many local nonprofits taking advantage of the festival, attendees can feel confident giving back to the community, while having a good time enjoying the music, food, group party, and carnival. The event was produced by Jonathan Witz & Associates. For additional information, visit www.rocknridesro.com.

For more things to do, visit the Oakland Times County events page!

To send event information, email [email protected]

Thanks to Jim Shaffer & Associates Realtors for sponsoring this section!

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