Things to Do in Genesee County This Weekend: June 8-11

*June 8: The “Second Friday ArtWalk” is happening in downtown Flint from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Enjoy delicious foods, tasty beverages, live music and the work of various local artists on display at The Greater Flint Arts Council, Buckham Gallery, St. Paul’s Church, The Lunch Studio, The Rowe Building Gallery, Pages Book Store and The Yoga Loft.
(810) 238-ARTS (2787)

*June 8 & 9: Buckham Gallery is open this weekend showcasing “Navigational Pull an exhibition featuring the work of local artists DeMarcus Smith, William Stolpin, Jennifer Hatcher, Matthew Muhitch and Marvin Dabideen. Buckham Gallery is open on Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Gallery is open from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday evening for their opening exhibit reception and the Second Friday ArtWalk.  (810) 239-6233

*June 8 & 9: The Whaley Historical House Museum is open for public guided tours. 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. Open for tours on Friday at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Tours last about an hour and include the 1st and 2nd floors of the house.  (810) 471-4714 or

*June 8 & 9: Mo Doggies Bar & Grill, located in Fenton, offers live music starting at 9:00 p.m. (810) 629-1415

*June 8 & 9: Fenton Winery & Brewery is open from 3:00 p.m. to midnight offering handcrafted wines and Micro-brewed beers, delicious food and beer and wine samplings. Enjoy a mix of original Adult Contemporary songs, peppered with a few Oldies and Jazz Standards, during “2nd Friday Music” with Laurie Horn. On Saturday, “Dose Duo” will perform a variety of mixed popular songs with Tim Barrow and Betty Grisi. Entertainment begins at 8:00 p.m. both nights.  (810) 373-4194 or

*June 8 & 9: The Machine Shop Concert Lounge, located on Dort Highway, presents live Rock-N-Roll music featuring a weekend of tributes. Friday night “Planet Sabbath” takes the stage as they honor Black Sabbath and Ozzy. Then, “Vulgar Display” will perform a tribute to Pantera. Saturday evening, “40 oz. To Freedom” will perform a tribute to Sublime with special guests “Surviving Justin” and “The Process.” Doors open at 7:00 p.m. both nights. (810) 715-2650 or visit

*June 8 & 9: Wild Spurs, part of the Jewel Entertainment Complex in Grand Blanc, features Friday entertainment with a DJ, dancing and Karaoke starting at 10:00 p.m. and live country music on Saturday. Also, come out and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Paddy McGee’s, the ultimate Irish Pub. Great food and company!  (810) 694-5960

*June 8 & 9: The Historic Holly Hotel Comedy Club presents professional stand-up comedy this weekend featuring “Kris Shaw” with special guest “Andrew O’Neal.”  Shows start at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.  (248) 634-5208 or

*June 8-10: The Flint Children’s Museum celebrates “Home Town Heroes.” On Saturday, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., visit the Children’s Museum for “Sproutside Celebration.” Come celebrate the beginning of summer and the official kick-off of Sproutside! The Museum is open Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  (Recommended for ages 2 to 10) or (810) 767-5437


SLOAN MUSEUM(810) 237-3450 (Open Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on 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. 

  • Muscle Cars: The Hustle Behind the Muscle – From a 1964 Pontiac GTO to a 1987 Buick GNX, this exhibit is sure to appeal to visitors of all ages. Since they cruised on the scene in the mid-sixties, these high-powered machines changed the face of the automotive industry forever. The engineering technologies and marketing techniques developed during their heyday still influence manufacturing today. Learn the stories that shaped each one of these American icons. Follow the inception and evolution of this modern phenomenon.
  • 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.

  • 1956 Centurion – Buick enthusiasts will recognize the “sweep-spear” chrome on the Centurion as being similar to the 1957 Buicks. They might even recognize the rear fins as being like those on the 1959 models. The rest of the car, however, is one-of-a-kind. The Centurion uses a freestanding speedometer with a fixed indicator and rotation dial. A television camera, mounted just above the tail cone, projects images from the rear mirror. Centurion’s “wings,” tail cone and canopy top reflect the influence that aircraft design had on many of GM’s designers.  

LONGWAY PLANETARIUM: (Laser Hotline (810) 237-3409 or (810) 237-3400) (SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ONLY)

  • Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast – All Rocket Rookies report to class! Lift off with Rusty Rocket and learn rocket basics, relive great moments in space exploration and discover how far it really is to the moon and planets. This sky show begins at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday, and is recommended for ages 5 and older.
  • Off the Beaten Orbit– Throughout our Solar System are many remarkable, fascinating worlds, not just the planets. Scattered among and beyond the planets are asteroids, comets, moons and dwarf planets. Explore the parts of the Solar System usually ignored and learn about these unusual objects in this original production. This sky show begins at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday, and is recommended for ages 10 and up.  


THE FLINT INSTITUTE OF ARTS (FIA): (810) 234-1695, (Open Fri 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sat 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sun 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.

  • Captured in Glass: Historic and Contemporary Paperweights – The FIA’s newly opened decorative arts gallery presents a survey of glass paperweights, and related forms of glass, from the 19th century to present day. Highlighting different techniques and styles from the most prestigious glass factories in France, Belgium, Great Britain and the U.S., this exhibit features around 300 works that represent the very height of glass-making in both design and fabrication.
  • The Epic and the Intimate: French Drawings from the Snite Museum – The works on paper in this exhibition illustrate the history of French drawings from before the foundation on the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1648, through the French Revolution of 1789. This exhibit features over 30 works on loan and offers an opportunity to explore the range of media employed including chalk, ink, crayon and more.
  • The Golden Age of Painting, 1600-1800, from the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY
    Tremendous changes swept Europe during the two hundred years in which the art in this exhibition was produced. Advances in the sciences transformed long held views on the way the universe worked and the place of humans within that universe. Technical aspects of art making were honed and codified, as art academies grew in number and power. These exciting times resulted in a golden age of European painting.
  • Viola E. Bray: A Legacy of Giving – The Year of the Bray (2011-2012) honors the 50th anniversary of the Mrs. Viola E. Bray’s contribution of Renaissance and Baroque works, along with a unique gallery, to the people of Flint. This exhibit highlights the works that entered the museum’s collections through the generosity of the Bray Charitable Trust.  
  • Abstract Expressionism: Then and Now – This exhibition surveys the American art movement from its origins in the postwar period to the latest developments in the late twentieth century. Third-wave Abstract Expressionist painters, including Roy Lerner, Stanley Boxer and Joseph Drapell, built on the earlier movement, using paints that they invented through working with Golden Paints, developing new techniques and forms of expression.

*June 8-10: IMAX Trillium Theatre in Grand Blanc (NCG Cinemas): For IMAX show times and information on other movies call (810) 695-5000 or visit

Men in Black  3 IMAX Experience” – (Rated PG-13) Agents J & K are back …  in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men In Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him – secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K to save his partner, the agency and the future of humankind.  

*June 8-10: Shop Birch Run Premium Outlets. 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.  (989) 624-6226 or visit for Outlet hours.

*June 8-10: Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad is open for business as Village people welcome all to the 19th Century. On Saturday, stay fit and have fun the 19th Century way. Join in a game of baseball, laugh your way through a three-legged race and …remember jumping rope? This is an exciting and active day for the whole family.   Operating hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  (800) 648-PARK or

*June 8-10: Summer Theater Festival presents Shakespeare’s “As You Like It at Kearsley Park. Enjoy this family-friendly event at the pavilion at Kearsley Park. Performances are scheduled for 8:00 p.m., on Friday and Saturday evening, and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

*June 8-10: US-23 Drive-In Theater, located on Fenton Road, is now 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

*June 9: The Flint Farmers’ Market, in Downtown Flint, is open 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.

And 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.”  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

*June 9: For-Mar Nature Preserve presents the 2nd Annual “Mother Goose Hayride.” Take a ride through For-Mar and visit your favorite Mother Goose rhyme and story characters. Hayrides are available at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. This event is recommended for families of all ages. (810) 789-8567

*June 9: Pure Pro Wrestling presents “Retro Slam 4” to the Historic Masonic Temple in downtown Flint. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a 6:00 p.m. first bell ring.

*June 9-10: The “Flint Art Fair is being held on the grounds of the Flint Cultural Center’s Flint Institute of Arts in downtown Flint. Browse and shop from over 150 artists and craftspeople featuring original art, pottery, jewelry, clothing and more. Also, enjoy live music, food and face painting. The Art Fair is open Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  (810) 234-1695 or



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