Things To Do in Flint & Genesee County: March 11-17

Don’t Miss Event: “St. Patrick’s Day” Celebration in Downtown Flint March 17

Art & Culture

March 11 – 17: 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. and Saturday & 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.
    • “Winfred Rembert: Amazing Grace” – This exhibition features the work of self-taught artist, Winfred Rembert, who documented his life and the American Civil Rights Movement on hand-tooled leather. View more than 50 pieces of Rembert’s work as it comes to life with figures and color stretched, stained and etched on leather. This exhibit is on display through March 17.
    • “David Maxim Figure Portraits” – San Francisco painter David Maxim has advanced on a broad front, from off-the-wall constructions to images of mountains to whimsical paintings that place historical painters in imagined landscapes. In all his endeavors, he has shown himself to be an accomplished draftsman and is best known for his high-relief constructions and classically developed paintings. This exhibit begins March 16.
    •  “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.

Attractions

March 11 – 16: 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.
    • “Between the Wars” – As the 1920s roared and the 1930s whimpered, the automobile transitioned from childhood to maturity. While all vehicles from the first horseless carriages through modern “smart” cars share basic features, automobiles manufactured at the end of W.W. I and the beginning of the U.S. involvement in W.W. II are as different as a pre-teen and middle-aged human. View some natural beauties from this time period.

March 11 – 17: 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.
    • “Sesame Street Presents: The Body”  – For the first time in Michigan, get to know what’s under your skin during this amazing new educational attraction featuring Elmo, Oscar, Grover and all of the beloved Sesame Street friends. This interactive exhibit teaches children how their bodies work and how to keep healthy as they hop, jump, run and dance their way through this hands-on adventure. This exhibit emphasizes scientific investigation and developmental and curriculum-based learning goals for children between the ages of 2 to 8.
    • “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.

March 11 – 17: Mt. Holly Ski & Snowboard Area, 13536 Dixie Highway, Holly * (248) 634-8269 * skimtholly.com

  • Nestled in Groveland Township, just minutes south of Flint and Genesee County, Mt. Holly offers 19 trails ranging from beginner to advance along with 5 rope tows, 2 SunKid Wonder Carpets and 7 chairlifts, including Southeastern Michigan’s only High-Speed detachable quad. Skiers and spectators can warm up by Mt. Holly’s outdoor fireplace area or head inside the Bavarian Lodge, which features 2 cafeterias, a fireplace room, a lounge with 2 additional fireplaces and a full service ski shop. Contact Mt. Holly for open ski session times. “Come out to where the North Begins!”

March 12 – 16: The Flint Children’s Museum, 1602 W. University Avenue, Flint * (810) 767-5437 * flintchildrensmuseum.org

  • (Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Visit the Flint Children’s Museum this month and learn all about “Moola, Moola, Moola” while playing fun games that will test your knowledge of money. Activities run daily from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Recommended for ages 2 to 10.

March 16: Whaley Historic House Museum, 624 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 471-4714 * whaleyhouse.com

  • (Winter tours run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – call ahead for all other requested tour dates and times) 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.

March 16 & 17: Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3409 or (810) 237-3400 * SloanLongway.org

  • “In My Backyard”, (Show starts at 12:30 p.m. & 2 p.m.) Follow Fred Penner and his assistant, Arnie the Arrow, as they explore the colors of the rainbow and the reason for seasons. Then, join Fred in his backyard and learn all about the planets and constellations. This sky show is recommended for ages 5 and older.
  • “The Planets” – Narrated by Kate Mulgrew, Captain Janeway of “Star Trek: Voyager”, (Show starts at 3:30 p.m.) Tour the planets of our Solar System and find out what is currently known. Also, find out what our current night sky looks like. This sky show is recommended for adults and children 10 and older and includes stunning visualizations and some of the latest images from robotic explorers.

Theater

March 14 – 17: The Fenton Village Players presents “The Wedding Singer” at the Fenton Village Theatre, 14197 Torrey Road, Fenton * (810) 750-7700 * fentonvillageplayers.org

  • (Performances begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday) Based in the 1980’s, rock-star wannabe wedding singer, Robbie Hart, is left at the altar and then falls in love with Julia, a young waitress. The only trouble is Julia is about to marry a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the wedding singer performance of his life, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever. With a score that pays loving homage to the pop songs of the 80s, The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room.

March 15 & 16: “Movements” at the UM-Flint Theatre, 303 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-6520 * umflint.edu/theatredance

  • (Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.) The disciplines of dance and visual arts have enjoyed an enduring, well-respected relationship. Both art forms are celebrated as dance students perform a repertoire of dynamic, original choreography that explores a wide range of visual art movements.

March 15 – 17: Clio Cast and Crew presents “Stealing Home” at Theater 57, 2220 W. Vienna Road, Clio * (810) 687-2588 * cliocastandcrew.com

  • (Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday & Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday) Two con men get caught in a funeral home in the dead of night, sparking a tale of scheming sisters, whining lawyers, policemen, psychiatrists and nuns! Join this frantic farce as an attempt to steal silverware becomes “Stealing Home!”

March 15 – 17: “The Master” at the Flint Institute of Arts’ Film Theater, 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org

  • (Show times are Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.) Enjoy this film about an unsettled 1950s war veteran who becomes attracted to “The Cause” and its charismatic leader. This film is rated R.

Entertainment

March 4 – 10: 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/

  • “A Good Day to Die Hard” an IMAX Experience – Rated R, Since the first Die Hard in 1988, John McClane has found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, but with skills and attitude he is always the last man standing. Now, McClane faces his greatest challenge ever, this time on an international stage, when his estranged son, Jack, is caught up in a daring prison escape of a rogue Russian leader. Father and Son must now work together to keep each other alive and keep the world safe for democracy.

March 4 – 10: 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.

March 4 – 10: 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.

Events

March 14 – 17: The 36th Annual “Camper & RV Show” at Flint’s Perani Arena & Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * peraniarena.com

  • (Hours run from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday & Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday) View and tour over 50 units and 15 brands of new recreation vehicles including folding campers, motor homes, toy haulers and travel trailers. Vendor booths will also be available featuring parts and accessories, campground information, RV rentals, financing and more. Tickets can be purchased by calling the above number, online or at Perani’s Box Office.

March 16: The Flint Symphony Orchestra presents “Mar Classical Concert” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com

  • (Performance begins at 8 p.m.) The Flint Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Enrique Diemecke, will perform the “Mar Classical Concert” with special guest Joohye Lim, 2012 William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition Winner. Tickets can be purchased by calling the above number, online or at The Whiting’s Box Office.

March 16: “Super Saturday Storytime” at the Flint Public Library – Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 249-2170 * fpl.info

  • From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., join a Library staff member for themed stories, literacy and hands-on crafts in the Children’s Room. This event is recommended for preschool, kindergarten and elementary children.

March 17: “St. Patrick’s Day” Celebration in Downtown Flint, Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District (Saginaw Street) * (810) 767-2297 * flintdda.org

  • From 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Flint Downtown Development Authority, Townsquare Media and downtown Flint businesses are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day featuring a heated dance and beer tent, live broadcasts, a “Pot of Gold” no cover Passport Pub Crawl, prizes, a Little Blarney Trot starting at 4:30 p.m., children activities, a “Pot O’ Gold” 4-Mile Run & Walk starting at 5 p.m., awards for most spirited costume and more.

Dining with Entertainment

March 11 – 17: Cranberries Café, 10250 Hegel Road, Goodrich * (810) 636-3409 * cranberriescafe.com

  • (Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Enjoy great food, drinks and company daily with live entertainment every Thursday evening, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring local performers. Cranberries is also celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with extended hours and live Irish music by Riley McLincha, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Thursday and a special five-course Irish Beer Dinner on Sunday with events happening from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

March 11 – 17: 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 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. On Friday, enjoy Open Mic Night with Bob Marr. Whether you come to play or listen, you’re sure to have a great time. Then, on Saturday, “Dave & Aaron” take the stage.

March 11 – 17: 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. Brickstreet will also be saluting the Irish all week with lunch and dinner specials.

NightLife

March 11 – 17: The Machine Shop Concert Lounge, 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, rock out with “The Bam Margera Experience” with special guests “Wilson” and “Know Lyfe.” On Friday, enjoy Comedy, Magic, Music & Mayhem hosted by Mark Roebuck with “Keith Fields” and special guests “Nathan Kranzo,” “Tom E. Thompson,” “Jake Zamonski” and “Lacy Madmen.” Then, on Saturday, the Machine Shop is proud to present Country Night with “Dustin Lynch” with special guests “Cash O’Riley” and “Wreckless.”

March 14: 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!

March 15 & 16: 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 Brian Aldridge taking the stage this weekend with special guest Nate Armbruster.

March 15 & 16: The Old Sequoia Wine Bar and Martini Lounge, 5304 Gateway Centre Drive, Flint * (810) 233-8000 * theredwoodlodge.com

  • (Performances run from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.) Located inside Redwood Steakhouse, the Sequoia Lounge presents live music every weekend featuring local performers with “Soul Serenade” performing Friday night and “Rachelle Rae and the Banned” taking the stage on Saturday.

Shopping

March 11 – 17: 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.

March 11 – 17: 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.

March 11 – 17: 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.

March 11 – 17: 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.

March 11 – 17: 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.

March 12, 14 & 16: 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).

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FLINT AND GENESEE, VISIT OUR COUNTYWIDE CALENDAR AT GENESEEFUN.COM.

All information and dates above are subject to change without notice.
Please call ahead to confirm.

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