Don’t Miss Events: The Flint Institute of Art’s Annual Art Fair on the grounds of the Flint Cultural Center; Lumber City Base Ball Club Vintage Baseball at Crossroads Village
Art & Culture
June 3 – 9: The Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org
- (Monday-Wednesday & Friday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Visit the FIA 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.
- “Reflections on Water in American Painting: The Phelan Collection” – These 50 paintings, drawn from the collection of Arthur J. Phelan, illustrate the trends of different artists that shaped American art in transportation and recorded economic shifts as inland maritime commerce slowly diminished in the wake of railroad expansion. Highlights include a rare 1828 painting by John S. Blunt as a U.S. Naval frigate and James Bard’s meticulously rendered Hudson River steamboat.
- “Ship Shape: Models of Great Lakes Vessels” – Model shipbuilding is an endangered folk art and an important part of our Great Lakes maritime culture. Drawn from the Dossin Great Lakes Museum in Detroit, this exhibition explores the art of model ships through many examples of various shapes and sizes.
- “Great Lakes Painting: The Inlander Collection” – This exhibit forms a remarkable tribute to artists working in the region between 1910 and 1960. The collection is defined geographically featuring artists who worked in those states surrounding the Great Lakes basin: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
- “Around the World with 80 Objects” – On display from the FIA’s vault, these far away and long ago authentic objects will captivate and inspire all.
- “Art in Every Home” (Associated American Artists (AAA) Prints) (On display starting June 8) – During the Great Depression, New York-based Associated American Artists (AAA) was formed to make original, fine art affordable to middle-class families. Starting in 1934, artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, Peggy Bacon, Grant Woods and Benny Andrews were hired to create etchings and lithographs priced and marketed to these families. View the FIA’s collection by AAA artists who played an important role in promoting American art in the early twentieth century through to the postwar era.
June 8 & 9: “The Flint Art Fair” on the grounds of the Flint Cultural Center’s Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org
- (Open Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Browse and shop from over 150 artists and craftspeople featuring original art, pottery, jewelry, clothing and more. Also, enjoy live music, food and children activities.
June 3 – 8: Buick Automotive Gallery & Research Center, 303 Walnut Street, Flint * (810) 237-3440 * SloanLongway.org
- (Monday-Friday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) The Gallery displays over 25 classical and concept locally built automobiles featuring five one-of-a-kind concept Cars – a 1954 Wildcat II, Centurion, Arrow, Phantom and an XP. Also on display is an extensive renovated Buick Bug.
- “Dream Machines: Muscle Cars 1970-1973” (On display starting June 8) – Enjoy this display of turn-key performance cars and learn all about their decline and modern resurgence. See the cars, marvel at their clean muscular lines and hear the stories that transformed these cars from mere transportation into legends.
June 3 – 9: Sloan Museum, 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3450 * SloanLongway.org
- (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Enjoy regional history, historic automobiles and hands-on science activities in the Science Discovery Center where children and adults can 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.
- “The Brave and the Faithful: Michigan in the Civil War” – This exhibit highlights people from Flint and Genesee County and their involvement in the Civil War featuring artifacts, letters written to love ones, photographs and more.
- “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.
June 4 – 9: The Flint Children’s Museum, 1602 W. University Avenue, Flint * (810) 767-5437 * flintchildrensmuseum.org
- (Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Come explore the Flint Children’s Museum, where the power of play inspires lifelong learning through over 40 hands-on educational and fun exhibits. Recommended for ages 2 to 10.
- “How Does Your Garden Grow?” – During the month of June, visit the Museum and participate in fun and educational activities relating to outdoor gardens and plants. Learn about the animals, and some pests, that frequent these outdoor areas.
- “Dino World” – This exhibit features a prehistoric theme and offers children the chance to create make-and-take dinosaur rubbings and dig up “dinosaur fossils” to view under an oversized microscope. Children can also dress-up and pretend to be their favorite dinosaur as well as build and play with Lego dinosaurs and puzzles.
- “Sproutside” – The Museum’s outdoor learning exhibit, Sproutside, is open for the summer season. Outdoor activities are scheduled to run daily from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. – weather permitting.
June 5 – 9: Crossroads Village & The Huckleberry Railroad, 6140 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Go back to a time when things were a whole lot simpler. Crossroads Village is an authentic Great Lakes town from the turn of the last century, with over 34 historic structures and a thriving community. Ride the Huckleberry Railroad, catch a show at the Colwell Opera House or learn a trade from one of the Village’s craftspeople.
June 8: Hadley House Museum, 306 S. Saginaw Street, Holly * (248) 634-9233 * hsmichigan.org/holly/museum
- (Open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Built in 1873, this Victorian Italianate style home features original woodwork, four bedrooms, a large local photographic collection and an extensive genealogy library for northwest Oakland County.
June 8: Whaley Historic House Museum, 624 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 471-4714 * whaleyhouse.com
- (Tours run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – call ahead for all other requested tour dates and times) Built in 1884 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Whaley House is filled with hundreds of family and period artifacts that tell the story of the Whaley’s and Victorian Era Flint. Tours last about an hour and include the 1st and 2nd floors of the house.
June 8 & 9: Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3409 or (810) 237-3400 * SloanLongway.org
- “How I Wonder” (Show starts at 12:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.) – Find out the answers to a variety of questions that people ask astronomers at Longway such as “What is the difference between a star and a planet?” and “How many planets have been found?” or “What about all of the UFO’s?” This sky show is recommended for ages 6 and older.
- “Nine Planets and Counting” (Show starts at 2 p.m.) – Explore all the possible planets in our Solar System (however many that might be) and find out why figuring out what a planet is and counting them isn’t as easy as it sounds. The program includes a look at the Moon, planets and constellations of the current night sky. This sky show is recommended for ages 10 and older.
June 7 & 8: Summer Theater Festival presents Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” at Flint’s Kearsley Park, 900-971 Kearsley Park Blvd., Flint * (810) 238-2787 * geneseefun.com
- (Performances begin at 7 p.m.) Enjoy this family-friendly live event at Flint’s Kearsley Park Pavilion.
June 7 – 9: “Godspell” by the Flint Community Players at the new Tom & Bea Nobles Hall, 2462 S. Ballenger Highway, Flint * (810) 441-9302 * flintcommunityplayers.com
- (Performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday) The lighter side of Superstar, this one finds Jesus and Judas struggling again to find the true meaning of life and living through revitalizing the human spirit in the grandest way possible … song and dance. Renew your faith in this truly great musical.
June 3 – 9:IMAX Trillium Theatre in Grand Blanc/NCG Cinemas, 8220 Trillium Circle Avenue, Grand Blanc * Show Times (810) 695-5000 * Office (810) 953-0650 * ncgmovies.com/grand-blanc/
- “Star Trek Into Darkness Fan Sneaks” an IMAX 3D Experience (Rated PG-13). Take an explosive adventure with the Enterprise crew as they are called back home to find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization. This terror has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for and has left the world in a state of crisis. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, led by Captain Kirk, love will be challenged, friendships torn apart and sacrifices made for the only family that Kirk has left – his crew.
June 3 – 9: Playland Fun Center, 5290 S. Dort Highway, Grand Blanc * (810) 695-8200 * playlandfuncenter.com
- (Go Karts/Golf open Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Restaurant/Arcade open Friday-Sunday) Enjoy outdoor and indoor fun for the entire family featuring go karts, Monster Adventure mini-golf, an indoor Playland Arcade area and restaurant specializing in pizza, subs and wraps. Hours change frequently, so please call ahead.
June 3 – 9: Rollhaven Skate & Fun Center (2 locations)
- Flint/Grand Blanc location * 5313 S. Saginaw, Flint * (810) 694-4533 * rollhaven.com. Located in Grand Blanc Township on the edge of the city of Flint, families can enjoy open skate sessions, adult skate, friends & family skate, kid specials, a Friday Nite Live skate, Junior Roller Derby, laser tag, a giant soft play area and more. Check website for a complete calendar of events.
- Flushing location * 3464 Ann Drive, Flushing * (810) 659-7260 * rollhaven.com. Rollhaven Skate & Fun Center in Flushing has fun for everyone with open skate sessions, Friday Nite Live skate, Sunday FunDay, CannonBlaster and a huge soft playground area. Check website for a complete calendar of events.
June 3 – 9: Chuck E. Cheese’s, 3489 Miller Road, Flint * (810) 733-7404 * chuckecheese.com
- (Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Chuck E. Cheese’s is the ultimate place “Where A Kid Can Be A Kid” and parents can enjoy every moment. That’s why Chuck E. himself takes pride in providing a safe, family-friendly environment offering video games, high-tech simulator rides, skytubes, kiddie rides for the little ones, live stage shows and more. Admission is free and games are always just one token.
June 3 – 9: US 23 Drive-In Theater, 5200 Fenton Road, Flint * Movie Hotline (810) 238-0751 * us23driveintheater.com
- (Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and movies start at 8:55 p.m.) Enjoy this original Flint drive-in theater featuring 3 screens with double first run films. A concession stand is available for those drive-in traditions.
June 5: “Bring Your Lunch & Learn” at Flint’s Applewood Estate, 1400 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 233-3835 * applewood.org
- (Event runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Bring a sack lunch and soak in the beauty of Mother Nature at Applewood. Join in a short learning session, at 12 p.m., featuring “Edible Fruit in the Landscape” – stroll across the estate with an Integrated Pest Management Specialist and learn about trees and shrubs that not only beautify the landscape, but provide nutritious fruit to wildlife and people.
June 8: 3rd Annual “Mother Goose Hayride” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Travel the trails of For-Mar by hayride, or on foot, and visit with your favorite Mother Goose rhyme and storybook characters. Hayrides depart hourly starting at 10 a.m. Recommended for families of all ages.
June 8: Flint’s “Lumber City Base Ball Club” game at Crossroads Village, 6140 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARK * whaleyhouse.com
- (Games run at 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.) The Lumber City Base Ball Club of Flint will play against the Saginaw Old Golds at Crossroads Village. The Lumber City Base Ball Club of Flint is part of the Whaley Historic House Museum’s History Everywhere initiative and the University of Michigan-Flint Department of History and brings a living history experience through 1860s baseball.
Dining with Entertainment
June 3 – 8: Cranberries Café, 10250 Hegel Road, Goodrich * (810) 636-3409 * cranberriescafe.com
- (Monday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Enjoy great food, drinks and company with live entertainment every Thursday evening, starting at 7 p.m., featuring local performers. On Tuesday, Cranberries will host “Blinded by the Wine” starting at 7 p.m. Enjoy this new adventure in wine tasting featuring a four-course meal paired with four amazing wines all served with a blindfold to heighten smells, tastes and textures (please call ahead to make reservations).
June 3 – 9: Alexander J’s Smokehouse, 5490 Fenton Road, Mundy Township * (810) 715-9137 * alexanderjs.com
- (Monday & Tuesday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Wednesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.) Alexander J’s is a Southern Style BBQ restaurant and bar offering a full menu with homemade soups, salads and side dishes made daily. Alexander’s hosts Trivia Tuesday’s starting at 7 p.m., Karaoke at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and live comedy every Thursday starting at 8:30 p.m.
June 3 – 9: Brickstreet Bar & Grill, 1223 E. Grand Blanc Road, Grand Blanc * (810) 603-2114 * brickstreetbarandgrill.com
- (Open at 11a.m. Monday – Friday and at 12 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday) Famous for fresh seafood, house-cut steaks and signature entrees, enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. Live lounge entertainment, with Bob Adado, runs Wednesday through Saturday evening starting at 7 p.m.
June 3 – 9: Fenton Winery & Brewery (FWB), 155 N. Leroy Street, Fenton * (810) 373-4194 * fentonwinery.com
- (Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 3 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.) FWB offers handcrafted wines and Micro-brewed beers, delicious food, beer and wine samplings and live entertainment every weekend from 8 p.m. to midnight. On Friday, enjoy the sweet sounds of acoustic guitarist and singer Richard Straub as he performs tunes by Jim Croce, James Taylor, Neil Young and many more.
June 3 – 9: The Machine Shop Concert Lounge (Closed Friday, June 7), 3539 S. Dort Highway, Flint * (810) 715-2650 * themachineshop.info
- (Doors open at 7 p.m. for all shows) The Machine Shop presents live Rock-N-Roll and special events weekly. On Thursday, for the first time in Flint “Aaron Lewis” performs with special guests “Brian Davis” and “Rick Monroe.” Then, on Saturday, the Machine Shop presents Schools Out 80’s Party featuring “Ironsnake” – the greatest 80’s party band in the Universe.
June 6: The Café at the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org
- From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., stop by the FIA for their new “Happy Hour” experience. Enjoy local live music along with appetizers, micro beer, wine specials and more!
June 7 & 8: The Old Sequoia Wine Bar and Martini Lounge, 5304 Gateway Centre Drive, Flint * (810) 233-8000 * theredwoodlodge.com
- (Live music starts Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 9 p.m.) Located inside Redwood Steakhouse, the Sequoia Lounge presents live music featuring local performers.
June 7 & 8: The Historic Holly Hotel Comedy Club, 110 Battle Alley, Holly * (248) 634-5208 * hollyhotel.com
- (Showtimes are at 8:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.) Enjoy professional stand-up comedy featuring a variety of local and national entertainers with Dave Landau performing this weekend with special guest Dave McDonald.
June 3 – 9: Genesee Valley Center, 3341 S. Linden Road, Flint * (810) 732-4000 * geneseemall.com
- “Shop until you drop” at Flint’s 1.3 million square feet of shopping space anchored by Macy’s, JC Penney, Sears and Burlington Coat Factory. Find those unique buys at the Center’s one-of-a-kind shops and markets such as Buckle and Forever 21. The Outdoor Village offers 65,000 square feet of boulevard-style shopping and national tenants including Bar Louie, Chico’s, Coldwater Creek and more. Check website, under the heading Sales, for special coupon savings.
June 3 – 9: Courtland Center Mall, 4190 E. Court Street, Burton * (810) 744-0742 * courtlandcenter.com
- Conveniently located off I-69, Courtland Center offers 472,000 square feet of enclosed shopping featuring national retail anchors including JC Penney, Staples, Jo-Ann Superstore and Dunham’s Sports. Visit more than 50 retailers and eateries while enjoying this friendly, safe shopping experience and convenient parking.
June 3 – 9: Birch Run Premium Outlets, 12240 S. Beyer Road, Birch Run * (989) 624-6226 * premiumoutlets.com
- 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. Check website, under the heading Sales, for a list of additional in-store promotions.
June 3 – 9: Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, 4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills * (877) 746-7452 * greatlakescrossingoutlets.com
- Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is the market’s dominant retail outlet and entertainment destination, attracting customers throughout the Midwest and Canada. With 185 manufacturer’s outlets and traditional retail stores, Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is Michigan’s only enclosed value-regional mall. Check website, under the heading Sales & Offers, for special coupon savings.
June 3 – 9: Carriage Town Antique Center, 503 Garland Street, Flint * (810) 238-1444 * carriagetownantiquecenter.com
- (Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Housed in a restored Art Deco warehouse, Carriage Town Antique Center has a fantastic mix of quality antiques, vintage collectibles and exquisite art. Browse two levels for antique furniture, glass, pottery, silver, vintage clothing, primitive pieces, period lighting and vintage Christmas all year round.
June 4, 6 & 8: The Flint Farmers’ Market, 420 E. Boulevard Drive, Flint * (810) 232-1399 * flintfarmersmarket.com
- (Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Shop for fresh fruit, produce, cheese, meats, gourmet coffees, desserts, baked goods, flowers, vintage wares, unique crafts, fine arts and more. While visiting the market, 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”, which offers great gifts of art or just the opportunity to view and enjoy art from over 35 local artists (810-238-9202).