*August 26 & 27: The Flint Children’s Museum is celebrating “Ready, Set, Go” with daily health and physical fitness activities. The Museum is open Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (810) 767-5437
*August 26 & 27: The Whaley Historical House Museum is open for public guided tours. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Whaley House Museum is filled with hundreds of family and period artifacts that tell the story of the Whaley’s and Victorian Era Flint. Open for tours on Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (810) 471-4714
*August 26 & 27: The 35th Annual “CRIM Festival of Races” is happening in Downtown Flint. The Festival features the CRIM 10-Mile Road Race along with a variety of other run/walk races. Festivities begin Friday, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with the return of the 80’s Party. Races begin bright and early Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. along with a Sports Expo, a family fun zone, entertainment, food and more. www.crim.org
*August 26 & 27: The City of Clio is hosting its Annual “Clio Festival.” Festivities start Friday at 12:00 p.m. and run through Saturday evening featuring kids bounce houses, a family entertainment tent, food and refreshments, vendor booths and lots more.
*August 26 & 27: The St. George Orthodox Church is holding their Annual “Middle Eastern Festival.” The Festival runs Friday, from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Enjoy carnival rides, live music, dancing, Middle Eastern food, kids activities and more. www.stgeorgeflintfestival.com
*August 26 & 27: Mo Doggies Bar & Grill, located in Fenton, offers live music starting at 9:00 p.m. (810) 629-1415
*August 26 & 27: Firkin & Fox Pub and Restaurant, located on Center Road, is open this weekend with Karaoke from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. (810) 742-9600
*August 26 & 27: Wild Spurs, part of the Jewel Entertainment Complex in Grand Blanc, features entertainment on Friday night with a DJ, dancing and Karaoke starting at 10:00 p.m. Then on Saturday, enjoy live country music. The Jewel is also proud to announce their Friday night “L.O.L. Comedy Club” from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (810) 694-5960
*August 26 & 27: Fenton Winery & Brewery is open this weekend (3:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.) offering handcrafted wines and Micro-brewed beers, delicious food, live entertainment on Saturday, starting at 7:30 p.m., and beer and wine samplings.
(810) 373-4194 or www.fentonwinery.com
*August 26 & 27: The Historic Holly Hotel Comedy Club presents professional stand-up comedy every Friday and Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. This weekend, enjoy live performances by Martin Butler with special guest Connie Ettinger.
(248) 634-5208 or www.hollyhotel.com
*August 26 & 27: Redwood Lodge’s “Sequoia Lounge presents live music this weekend with “Scruffy Dog.” Live music runs from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. www.redwoodlodge.com
*August 26 & 27: Woobie’s Bar and Nightlife, Flint’s local live music venue on Saginaw Street, presents live bands every weekend. Music begins at 6:00 p.m.
*August 26 & 27: The Machine Shop Concert Lounge presents live music this weekend. Friday night “BattleCross” performs with special guests “Deliver Us From Evil”, “Deadringer” and more. Then on Saturday, the group “Drowning Pool” takes the stage with special guest “Burn Halo and Kyng.” Doors open at 7:00 p.m. (810) 715-2650
*August 26-28: FLINT CULTURAL CENTER CAMPUS:
SLOAN MUSEUM: (810) 237-3450
(Open Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Enjoy regional history, historic automobiles and hands-on science activities in the Science Discovery Center, which allows children and adults to explore principles of chemistry and physics through exhibits and staff presentations. Stroll through Sloan’s Automotive Gallery and view major automotive exhibits featuring vehicles from the Sloan fleet of over 80 Flint-built automobiles.
“Custom Chevys for Cruising and Racing” – Every American town has had its own legendary cars for cruising and drag racing. To this day, the fastest and coolest looking modified cars still get bragging rights on Friday and Saturday nights. Get this rare opportunity to view some of these customized Chevrolets of speed and originality.
“Flint and The American Dream” – Relive Flint’s dramatic history, as the birthplace of General Motors comes to life with over 600 artifacts and photographs, including rare antique automobiles, colorful neon signs, period clothing, household furnishings, commercial goods and much more. Encounter the ups and downs of General Motors, the birth of the UAW and what life was like in Flint during the 50s, 60s and 70s.
BUICK GALLERY & RESEARCH CENTER: (810) 237-3440
(Admission included with Sloan with same operating hours)
This Gallery features over 25 classical and concept locally built automobiles including a 1954 Wildcat II and a Hellcat Tank Destroyer built by Buick during World War II.
“Chevrolet: Yesterday and Today” – Explore 100 years of Chevy in this memorable exhibit that will roar to life the hearts of car lovers, young and old.
LONGWAY PLANETARIUM: (Laser Hotline (810) 237-3409 or (810) 237-3400)
(SHOWS AVAILABLE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY)
“Planet Patrol: Solar System Stakeout” – Join Sam Snork and his assistant, Elmo, as they cruise for clues, look for leads and use the latest in crime-solving equipment to investigate the planets in our Solar System. Find out what makes the earth so special. This sky show begins at 12:30 p.m., on Friday, and at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and is recommended for children 6 and older.
“Laser Beatles” – John, Paul, George and Ringo provide the music for this psychedelic journey back to the late 1960s. This sky show begins at 2:00 p.m. and is recommended for all ages.
THE FLINT INSTITUTE OF ARTS (FIA): (810) 234-1695
(Open Friday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Visit the Flint Institute of Arts and browse through their outstanding collections of American, European, Native American, African and Asian art including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and decorative arts featuring a complete set of 17th century French tapestries.
“German Sculptures on the Groups of the FIA” – Enjoy this outdoor exhibit of six sculptures that range in size from thirteen feet tall to nineteen feet wide and are the individual creations of six established German Sculptors.
*August 26-28: Shop Birch Run Premium Outlets where shoppers can find incredible values on all the new season fashions with up to a 65% discount on every day savings. Shop at over 145 well-known brand name stores such as the Pottery Barn Outlet, COACH Factory and the Nike Factory Store. Visit www.premiumoutlets.com for additional special offers at participating stores.
*August 26-28: Crossroads Village and the Huckleberry Railroad are proud to announce a weekend with “Thomas the Tank Engine and friends.” Children will get the opportunity to take a 40-minute ride with a full size Thomas the Tank Engine, along with storytelling time, build with Mega Bloks, live music, a live event with Bob the Builder and lots of other special activities. The Village is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. www.geneseecountyparks.org or 1-800-648-PARK
*August 26-28: IMAX Trillium Theatre in Grand Blanc (NCG Cinemas):
For IMAX show times and information on other movies call (810) 695-5000.
“Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (Part 2) 3D IMAX Experience” – In Part 2 of the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climatic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here!! (Rated PG-13)
*August 26-28: The US-23 Drive-In Theater, located on Fenton Road, is open for the summer season featuring double first run films. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and movies begin at dusk. (810) 238-0751 or www.us23driveintheater.com
*August 27: The Flint Farmers’ Market, in Downtown Flint, is open Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Enjoy shopping for fresh fruit, produce, cheese, meats, Michigan wines, gourmet coffees, desserts, baked goods, flowers, vintage wares, unique crafts, fine arts and more.
The Market’s Outdoor Pavilion is now open for the warm months offering over 25 more produce vendors and additional unique craft vendors. Shoppers can also enjoy live music on the Market’s lawn.
While visiting the Market, be sure to stop by “d’vine Wines” for unique gadgets and a selection of Michigan wines and brews – (810) 235-WINE. Also, visit the Market’s 2nd floor for restaurant service, boutique shopping and a chance to stroll through the “Art at the Market Gallery.” The Gallery offers great gifts of art or just the opportunity to view and enjoy art from over 35 local artists. (810) 238-AATM.
The Farmers’ Market is located 1/8 mile west of I-475 on Longway Blvd (exit 8A) in Downtown Flint. (810) 232-1399
*August 27: The Swartz Creek Kiwanis Club is hosting its Annual juried “Art in the Park Fine Art Festival” from 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Browse and shop through the unique wares of over 60 artists from the upper Midwest. Also, enjoy live entertainment, local foods, a children’s activity area and more. www.swartzcreekkiwanis.org
*August 27 & 28: The Michigan Renaissance Festival celebrates “Highland Fling” featuring US-Canadian Highland Games, Beer Tastings, Men in Kilts Competition and more. Also, be sure to check out the Festival’s Full-Contact Armored Jousting Tournaments. The Festival is open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Rain or Shine. www.michrenfest.com
*August 28: The City of Grand Blanc Farmers’ Market is open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. www.cityofgrandblanc.com