5 Flint Area Festivals to Check Out in August

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August is shaping up to be a busy month for Genesee County. Here are five festival favorites that are headed to Flint next month.

August 6: Flint Drop Fest

More than 40 DJs from across the Midwest will take the stage at this all-ages and electronic music festival. There, they will be joined by vendors, live art, workshops and more spanning the streets of Buckham Alley and on the rooftop of the Rutherford Parking Ramp. This event aims to bring people together to enjoy electronic music, the community it creates and the impact it has made on the world.

August 6: Flint River Flotilla

Float down the Flint River on your favorite flotation device, be it a kayak, boat, inner tube or even a 30-foot raft! If you have a smaller flotation device the day of the event, drop off your car at Mott Park Golf Course (enter off Sunset Drive) and a shuttle will transport you to registration and launch site (Tenacity Brewing). Those with a larger device, such as a kayak or canoe, should drop it off at Tenacity Brewing before going to Mott Park Golf Course to be shuttled back for registration. Admission is $10/adult or $30/family. Children 12 and under are free.

August 12-14: Flint Jazz Festival (pictured above)

The 35th Annual Flint Jazz Festival will return to the Flint Cultural Campus in late August. Featured musicians and bands include The Bobcats, Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, Kevin Collins Drum Company, Swingin’ Chopin, Tapology with Bruce Bradley, Lunar Ocetet, Christian Sands Trio, Joe Frye, Ovacir, People’s Jazz Band, Dave Bennett Quarter and more. Admission is $5-10 for the general public.

August 16-20: Back to the Bricks

This five-day extravaganza kicks off Tuesday with a family-oriented party at U.S. 23 Drive-In Theater. On Wednesday through Friday, from 5-9 p.m., spectators gather to watch the “Rolling Cruises” that start in Flint and end in Grand Blanc. On Friday, there will be a car show, concert and dance party with a Motown theme, followed by the Saturday celebration on the bricks.

August 26-27: 40th HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races

In addition to the races along the blue line, there will be plenty of entertainment (i.e., a beer tent, food vendors, free music) in the festival flat lot, at the intersection of Saginaw and Kearsley. On Friday evening, the general public is invited to the Crim Pasta Party, which runs from 4:30-9 p.m. The $10 admission includes all-you-can-eat pasta, salad, bread and drink, and benefits the Shelter of Flint.

See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of July 25-31

Information and dates are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

Events

Monday, July 25: “Family Art Night” at Linden County Park (Clover Beach Pavilion), 15349 S. Linden Road, Linden * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecoutyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Families will have a blast creating a collaborative family piece of art using things from nature with Anna from Heart Connected. Anna is a Certified Zentangle Teacher, a writer and mixed media artist. No artistic experience needed for this fun project. Free admission.

Monday-Friday, July 25-29: “Tunes at Noon Festival” at Downtown Flint’s Willson Park, 303 E. First Street (Located across the street from the Flint Farmers’ Market) * geneseefun.com

  • (Live music runs daily 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.) Enjoy lunch with an eclectic soundboard of musicians featuring the Glen Holcomb Project (Monday/Variety), Just in the Nick of Time (Tuesday/Jazz Fusion), Don Korth (Wednesday/Variety), the Mike Espy Group (Thursday/Blues & R&B) and Slice (Friday/Variety).

Tuesday, July 26: “Lunch on the Lawn Storytime” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.) Families are welcome to spread out a blanket, bring a lunch and listen to stories, play some games and have loads of fun! In case of bad weather, meet indoors at the Children’s Learning Place. Recommended for toddlers, preschool and elementary school ages.

Tuesday, July 26: Clio Amphitheater presents “SHOUT” a Beatles Tribute, 301 Rogers Lodge Drive, Clio * (810) 686-5850 * clio.govoffice.com

  • (Gates open 6 p.m. show begins 7 p.m.) Known as one of the most influential bands in history, come celebrate the many eras of a generation defining band.

Wednesday, July 27: “Honeybee Kids: How is Honey Made” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.) Meet at For-Mar’s Observation Hive and learn about honeybees and how they make the honey we all love. For-Mar Bee Keeper, Jim Withers, will be on hand to answer questions. Free admission.

Wednesday, July 27: “Paddle the Flint River” hosted by the Flint River Watershed Coalition, M-15 to Richfield Park * flintriver.org

  • (Event runs 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. arrive no later than 4:45 p.m.) Escape the heat of the day and enjoy a refreshing 1½-hour paddle on the Flint River. This stretch is home to several Bald Eagles and Osprey. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one, which includes insurance and shuttling fees. A limited number of canoes/kayaks are available for rent – early registration is suggested. To register and/or reserve a kayak/canoe contact Jaime Welch at jwelch@FlintRiver.org or call (810) 767-7140. (Trip: Just north of Coldwater Road on M-15)

Wednesday, July 27: “Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes” at Davison Road Side Park Pavilion, 6160 Davison Road, Burton (at N. Belsay Road) * (800) 648-Park * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Come dressed in your fairy and gnome best for a story, a craft and a building adventure. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

Thursday, July 28: Flint’s Monthly “JazzNite,” Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District * (810) 238-ARTS * greaterflintartscouncil.org

  • (Event runs 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) Stroll Flint’s downtown entertainment district while listening to highly talented Jazz musicians. Participating venues include Totem Books (620 W. Court Street – (810) 407-6320), with Michael W. Gates & Friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., The White Horse Tavern (621 W. Court Street – (810) 234-3811), with Pat Cronley & Friends from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Knob Hill Bed & Breakfast (1105 South Drive – (810) 424-3888) with Paul Joseph Owsinski from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 28: “Children’s Music in YOUR Park: Joe Reilly” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) Singer, songwriter and educator, Joe Reilly from Ann Arbor, brings his talents to Flint for a playful, engaging and joyful evening. Joe’s songs always have something meaningful to say and an invitation to heal relationships with our selves, others and the earth. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

Saturday, July 30: “Warrior Dash” at E.A. Cummings Event Center, 6130 E. Mt. Morris Road, Mt. Morris * warriordash.com

  • (Event begins 8 a.m.) Warrior Dash is the world’s largest obstacle race series held on the most rugged terrain. Participants earn their Warrior medal, a sweet t-shirt, fuzzy Warrior helmet and an ice-cold beverage by tackling a fierce 3.3 mile course with 12 extreme obstacles. After the race, head to the post-race party for music, food, games and more.

Saturday, July 30: “Tell-A-Tail” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.) Local, friendly therapy dogs will accept any, and all, petting as children practice their reading skills using their favorite book or one selected from the library. Recommended for toddlers, preschool and elementary school ages.

Saturday, July 30: Flint’s “Lumber City Vintage Base Ball Club” at the William S. White Building (U-of-M Flint Campus), 509 Harrison Street, Flint * whaleyhouse.com

  • (Game begins 2 p.m.) The Lumber City Vintage Base Ball Club will play against the Midland River Hogs. This baseball club of Flint is part of the Whaley Historic House Museum’s History Everywhere initiative and the U-of-M Flint Department of History and combines contemporary features with elements of the game played in the nineteenth century. Enjoy watching the game at a unique space nestled along the Flint River on the U-of-M Flint Campus. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Saturday, July 30: “Spoon Man: Catch the Rhythm of Reading” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) Meet in the General Reading Room as “Spoon Man” Jim Cruise explains how he fell in love with reading through music, comedy and plenty of audience participation. Recommended for preschool, kindergarten, elementary school and middle school ages.

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See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of July 18-24

Information and dates are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

Events

July 18: “Worms, Glorious Worms” at Linden County Park (Clover Beach Pavilion), 15349 S. Linden Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Celebrate National Gummi Worm Day, which was July 15, with worm games, worm crafts and worm facts. Get the chance to try and charm worms out of the ground. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

July 18 – 22: “Tunes at Noon Festival” at Downtown Flint’s Willson Park, 303 E. First Street (Located across the street from the Flint Farmers’ Market) * geneseefun.com

  • (Live music runs daily 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.) Enjoy lunch with an eclectic soundboard of musicians featuring Sweet Willie Tea (Monday/Roots, Blues), Kevin Collins (Tuesday/Drums), Gwen Hemphill (Wednesday/Jazz), Corner Boys (Thursday/Jazz) and Greg Ellis (Friday/Blues & Rock).

July 19: “Lunch on the Lawn Storytime” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.) Families are welcome to spread out a blanket, bring a lunch and listen to stories, play some games and have loads of fun! In case of bad weather, meet indoors at the Children’s Learning Place. Recommended for toddlers, preschool and elementary school ages.

July 19: “Caterpillar Kids: Metamorphosis” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.) Meet at the Butterfly Garden and explore how tiny caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies through games and crafts. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

July 19: Clio Amphitheater presents “Persuasion” a Motown Revue Tribute, 301 Rogers Lodge Drive, Clio * (810) 686-5850 * clio.govoffice.com

  • (Gates open 6 p.m. show begins 7 p.m.) Considered to be one of the best semi-recurring shows at Clio Amphitheater, Persuasion will take all on a trip through the history of Motown, a genre of music near and dear to our wonderful state!

July 20: “Downtown Throwdown” at the Downtown Flint Farmers’ Market, 300 E. First Street, Flint * (810) 232-1399 * flinttown.com

  • (Event runs 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Join NASH FM 95.1, Z 92.7, CK 105.5, Super Talk 1570 and Sports Xtra 1330 for the first annual Downtown Throwdown with food, music, desserts and arts & crafts by Flint Handmade. Food vendors include BD’s Mongolian Grill, Blackstone’s, Bella Birches, Stelos Grill on Wheels, Hoffman’s Chop Shop and Hoffman’s Deco Deli Café. Come celebrate what Flint has to offer.

July 21: For-Mar’s Turtle Van visits the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 249-2170 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) Meet at the Children’s Garden as the Wildlife Safari Company takes audiences to a new level of excitement through this hands-on, multimedia, educational and entertaining wildlife production. See and touch incredible creatures from around the world and learn fascinating facts about animals and their Olympic abilities. Space is limited. Early registration is suggested. Recommended for preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school ages.

July 23: “Flint Folk Music Festival” at Kearsley Park, 900-971 Kearsley Park Blvd., Flint * flintfolkmusic.org

  • (Festival runs 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) Enjoy this 17th annual event with performances by Mike Vial, The Raising Pickers, Kitty Donohoe, Bill Bynum and Company and Mustard’s Retreat (the trio).

July 23: “Tell-A-Tail” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.) Local, friendly therapy dogs will accept any, and all, petting as children practice their reading skills using their favorite book or one selected from the library. Recommended for toddlers, preschool and elementary school ages.

July 23: “Fresh Flint Festival” at Atwood Stadium, 701 University Drive, Flint * FreshFlintFestival.com

  • (Festival runs 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) This free festival offers an afternoon of fun activities that will help promote healthy living for city of Flint residents, will encourage physical fitness and provide educational information about mitigating the effects of lead poisoning. There will be professional sports celebrities, carnival games, art activities, bounce houses and more. Take part in the Punt, Pass the Kick with NFL celebrities and shoot hoops with NBA players. Special appearances by Brandon Carr, Morris Peterson, Mark Ingram Jr. and Sr., Robaire Smith and Tito Horford among others. The Fresh Flint Festival is designed to unite Flint’s community in compassion and renew commitment and hope for a future together. In event of rain, the festival will be held at the Dort Federal Event Center located at 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint.

July 24: “Paddle the Flint River” hosted by the Flint River Watershed Coalition, Irish Road to Mott Lake * flintriver.org

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. arrive no later than 9:30 a.m.) Escape the heat and enjoy a refreshing 3-hour paddle on the Flint River. This stretch is home to several Bald Eagles. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one, which includes insurance and shuttling fees. A limited number of canoes/kayaks are available for rent – early registration is suggested. To register and/or reserve a kayak/canoe contact Jaime Welch at jwelch@FlintRiver.org or call (810) 767-7140. (Trip: Just north of the Richfield Park entrance off Irish Road, north of Coldwater, and paddling to the boat launch off E. Stanley Road, east of Genesee Road.)

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27 Ways to Be a Tourist in Your Home Town (Flint)

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Flint’s “Be a Tourist in Your Home Town” is just a few days away!

As part of the annual event, hosted by the Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau, residents and visitors alike will have the opportunity to explore some of the city’s favorite sites. Admission is $1 and grants guests not only free access to more than 25 area attractions, but also free transportation, courtesy of the MTA.

Participants can pick and choose among multiple sites and attractions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. For instance, one might…

  1. Tour the first floor of the Charles Stewart Mott’s family home, which opened to the public earlier this year as part of Applewood’s centennial anniversary.
  2. Check out four GM “Dream Cars” – and the production models they inspired – at Buick Gallery & Research Center.
  3. Catch up on all of the work being done at the Dryden, a historic building that now serves as the headquarters of the Hagerman Foundation and SkyPoint Ventures and other growing businesses including: Article One, Co+Work space, the Ground Floor Market and (in the near future) iSource Worldwide.
  4. Smell the snapdragons at EmFlower, Flint’s first urban cut flower farm.
  5. Buy fresh fruits and veggies at the Flint Farmers’ Market — one of the American Planning Association’s 15 Great Places in America in 2015. (While you’re there, be sure to check out the new Flint Handmade Summer Art & Craft Street Fair, which features local artisans, face painting and make-and-take activities!)
  6. Explore Michigan’s second largest art museum, which houses more than 8,000 pieces in its collection. Bonus: Be a Tourist guests at the Flint Institute of Arts will receive discounts in the Museum Shop and The Palette Café .
  7. Browse though some of the 50,000 children’s books available at the Flint Public Library, which will also be hosting various family activities throughout the day.
  8. Go behind-the-scenes at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan’s Hunger Solution Center, which distributed over 25 million pounds of food and fresh produce to hungry families last year.
  9. Study the works of artists from the African diaspora and browse through the papers of former U.S. Rep Dale E. Kildee and U.S. Sen. Donald W. Riegle at the Frances Willson Thompson Library & Genesee Historical Collections Center.
  10. See what local artists have been up to at the Greater Flint Arts Council.
  11. Take a moonwalk, explore the night sky or follow the adventures of the “Accidental Astronauts” at the recently renovated Longway Planetarium.
  12. Listen to more than a dozen national and local gospel artists during the Genesee County Gospel Festival.
  13. Explore the first floor of the MSU College of Human Medicine during a tour of the former Flint Journal building.
  14. Visit Flint’s Mass Transportation Authority Customer Service Center, a public transit hub that doubles as a civil rights arts museum.
  15. Check out the MW Gallery’s inaugural exhibition, “Unconstrained Voices: Highlights from the Mott-Warsh Collection,” which features the artwork of renowned artists from the 20th and 21st centuries.
  16. Get up close and personal with your favorite (or least favorite) insects at “A Bug’s World” at the Sloan Museum.
  17. Find out what the UM-Flint Recreation Center has to offer: an indoor track, pool, spa, fitness classes and more.
  18. Learn about the Flint residents who used to call Kearlsey Street home during walking tours led by staff from the Whaley Historic House Museum.
  19. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Whiting — a 2,043 seat theater that originally opened in 1967.
  20. Hike the seven miles of trails at the 383-acre For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum, which will also host several family friendly programs and activities throughout the day.
  21. Learn about harvest tracking and plant identification at the Edible Flint Demonstration Garden, near Hurley Hospital at 5th and Begole.
  22. Build a tree fort at the Flint Children’s Museum, which is currently home to the “Into the Woods” educational exhibition.
  23. Enjoy a glass of lemonade after touring Knob Hill Bed & Breakfast, a nearly 4,000-square-foot B&B featuring rooms themed around different literary classics.
  24. Go back to school during tours of the Michigan School for the Deaf and Powers Catholic High School.
  25. Enjoy a guided tour of the historic Stockton Center at Spring Grove, which was built in 1872 and later became the first St. Joseph Hospital in Flint.
  26. Stop by the Superintendent’s Cottage, the oldest building on the campus of the Michigan School for the Deaf.
  27. Grab lunch at one of the city’s many restaurants – several of which will be offering discounts to Be a Tourist participants on July 16. These include 501 Bar and Grill, Blackstone’s Pub & Grill, Café Rhema, Churchill’s Food and Spirits, Cork on Saginaw, The Flint Crepe Company, Halo Burger, Hoffman’s Deco Deli & Café, The Local Grocer, The Lunch Studio, Merge, Soggy Bottom Bar, Table & Tap, Tenacity Brewing, Torch Bar & Grill and Totem Books.

To purchase a Be a Tourist passport, click here or stop by the Riverfront Banquet Center, at 1 Riverfront Plaza, on the day of the event.

Update: Event organizers recommend parking in the flat lot at Saginaw and Kearsley Streets in downtown Flint. Parking in this lot is free on weekends. 

See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of July 11-17

Information and dates are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

Events

July 11 – 15: “Tunes at Noon” Festival at Downtown Flint’s Willson Park, Located across the street from the Flint Farmers’ Market * 303 E. First Street * geneseefun.com

  • (Live music runs daily 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.) Enjoy lunch with an eclectic soundboard of musicians featuring U-of-M Jazz Combo (Monday), The Tom Tom’s (Tuesday/Variety), Standard Issue (Wednesday/Jazz), Quincy Dunn (Thursday/Contemporary Gospel) and Karley Davidson (Friday/Variety).

July 12: “Lunch on the Lawn Storytime” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.) Families are welcome to spread out a blanket, bring a lunch and listen to stories, play some games and have loads of fun! In case of bad weather, meet indoors in the Children’s Learning Place. Recommended for toddlers, preschool and elementary school ages.

July 12: Clio Amphitheater presents a “Bob Seger Tribute,” 301 Rogers Lodge Drive, Clio * (810) 686-5850 * clio.govoffice.com

  • (Gates open 6 p.m. show begins 7 p.m.) Enjoy the sounds of old time Rock n’ Roll with this great premier tribute to Bob Seger.

July 14: “Read with Reptiles: For-Mar on the Road” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) Meet in the Children’s Learning Place as For-Mar on the Road naturalists and their scaly friends visit with stories about reptiles. Learn how to classify them and meet some live reptile animal-teachers.

July 16: “Paddle the Flint River” hosted by the Flint River Watershed Coalition
Holloway Dam to Irish Road * flintriver.org

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Enjoy this fun 3-hour paddle along an amazing stretch of the Flint River. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one, which includes insurance and shuttling fees. A limited number of canoes/kayaks are available for rent – early registration is suggested. To register and/or reserve a kayak/canoe contact Jaime Welch at jwelch@FlintRiver.org or call (810) 767-7140.

July 16: “Be A Tourist In Your Home Town,” Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District and Beyond * flintandgenesee.org

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) The Flint & Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau invites all to experience what Flint has to offer. For just $1 per person, tourists can visit and enjoy more than 20 different venues around Flint & Genesee. This “Passport”, which can be picked up at Flint’s Downtown Riverfront Banquet Center on the day of the event, is also valid for discounts at many restaurants in downtown Flint’s entertainment district. Complimentary transportation between venues provided by co-sponsor Mass Transportation Authority. So, we invite you and your family to come experience what Flint has to offer and See what’s possible. Visit the website above for details, early registration and a list of participating venues and routes.

July 16: “Tell-A-Tail” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.) Local, friendly therapy dogs will accept any, and all, petting as children practice their reading skills using their favorite book or one selected from the library. Recommended for toddlers, preschool and elementary school ages.

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See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of July 4-10

Information and dates are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

Independence Day Celebrations

July 4: “Corunna 4th of July Celebration” at Hugh McCurdy Park, 560 W. Corunna Road, Corunna * (989) 723-1166 * corunna4th.org

  • (Event begins 7 a.m.) Enjoy this fun-filled family day with arts & crafts, children’s games, food vendors, a 5K and duck race, mini golf, live entertainment, car show, inflatable games, a Fire Cracker parade (11 a.m.) and more. Then end the day with a fireworks celebration at dusk.

July 4: “Fenton Freedom Festival” at Fenton Community & Cultural Center, 150 S. Leroy Street, Fenton * (810) 629-5447 * fentonchamber.com

  • (Event runs 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.) Enjoy this 26th annual celebration featuring a pancake breakfast, parade (10 a.m.), 5K race & fun run/walk, food vendors, rubber ducky race, classic car display, arts & crafts and more. A fireworks display, to music, will light up the sky at Silver Lake Park starting at 10 p.m.

July 4: Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, 6140 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARKS * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Three cheers for red, white and blue! Crossroads is commemorating the holiday with all kinds of fun games, an old-fashioned ice cream social, midway games, face painting and a flag retirement ceremony.

July 4: “Clio Family Fun Day” at Clio City Park, 402 N. Mill Street, Clio * (810) 686-5850 * clio.govoffice.com

  • (Event runs 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.) This 34th annual celebration begins with a Flag Raising ceremony and ends with a spectacular fireworks display at dusk.

July 4: “Lapeer Fireworks Celebration” at Rolland-Warner Middle School, 3145 W. Genesee Street, Lapeer * lapeerareachamber.org

  • (Event begins at dusk) The city of Lapeer will celebrate Independence Day with a colorful fireworks light show.

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See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of June 27–July 3

Information and dates are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

Events

June 27: “Junk Box Wars: Battle of the Boats” at Linden County Park, 15349 S. Linden Road, Linden * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Whatever floats your boat! Family teams will be given a box of stuff and 45-minutes to create a boat and then compete to see which boat floats the farthest. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

June 28: “Lunch on the Lawn Storytime” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.) Families are welcome to spread out a blanket, bring a lunch and listen to stories, play some games and have loads of fun! In case of bad weather, meet indoors in the Children’s Learning Place. Recommended for toddlers, preschool and elementary school ages.

June 29: “Honeybee KIDS: Beekeeper Basics” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.) Join For-Mar at their observation hive for a fun and interactive kid-friendly honeybee program. For-Mar beekeeper, Jim Withers, will be on hand to answer questions. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

July 2: “Honeybee Hive Inspection” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) Join For-Mar’s beekeeper, Jim Withers, as he opens some learning hives to check on some busy bee friends. Meet at the apiary in the Arboretum, weather permitting. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

July 2: “Paddle the Flint River” hosted by the Flint River Watershed Coalition, Richfield Park to Mott Lake * flintriver.org

  • (Launch time 10 a.m. with arrival time no later than 9:45 a.m.) Enjoy this 2½ -hour refreshing paddle down the Flint River that will make you feel as though you were up north. This trip will give you a new perspective of the Flint River. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one, which includes insurance and shuttling fees. A limited number of canoes/kayaks are available for rent – early registration is suggested. To register and/or reserve a kayak/canoe contact Jaime Welch at jwelch@FlintRiver.org or call (810) 767-7140.

July 2: “International Mud Day” at Bluebell Beach (North end of the park), 5500 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.) What do you get when you mix 30-yards of dirt with 7,000 gallons of water? Mud, glorious mud! Wear something old, bring a towel and come prepared to slip, slide and wallow in a mud pit. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

July 3: “National Park & Recreation Month Celebration” at Bluebell Beach, 5500 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) Enjoy a sunny summer Sunday complete with bounce houses and live music with the funk, groove and soul sounds of Genesee County’s own Rev. Right-time & the 1st Cuzins of Funk. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

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