See What’s Happening in and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of November 30-December 6

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

Holiday Entertainment

November 30 – December 6: Santa and Friends at Genesee Valley Center, 3341 S. Linden Road, Flint * (810) 732-4000 * geneseemall.com

  • (Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Visit with Santa and his friends, in Center Court, and walk through the Woodland display, based on the children’s book “Stranger in the Woods.” Visits with Santa are free and photos are available for a small fee. No cameras allowed on the set.

November 30 – December 6: Ice Palace at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, 4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills * (877) 746-7452 * greatlakescrossingoutlets.com

  • (Open during mall hours) In celebration of The Peanuts Movie, enjoy this ten-city interactive holiday Peanuts Movie experience. The display showcases scenes from the new movie, plus a 30-foot Ice Palace with falling snow, a light show and other activities for the entire family. Interactive globes will feature graphics of the Peanuts gang enjoying a snow day and adults and children alike will be able to compare their icy hand prints to that of Snoopy and Woodstock. End the journey with a visit with Santa and, of course, a special gift.

November 30 – December 6: “Cosmic Christmas: The Light Show” at Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3409 or (810) 237-3400 * sloanlongway.org

  • (Show starts Monday-Friday 3:30 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 4:30 p.m.) Come see a brand new Christmas light show made at Longway Planetarium. The show is a combination of 16 songs including several holiday classics, a few new hits and a couple fun Christmas songs you might not have heard. All of this will be set to stunning 4k visuals in a festival of Christmas splendor.

December 1: “Holiday Walk” at Flint’s Cultural Center Campus, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * flintculturalcenter.com

  • (Event runs 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Enjoy this 32nd annual community event featuring caroling, festive live music, Santa Claus visits, planetarium shows, holiday theatre activities, hands-on arts and crafts, refreshments and more. Seasonal fun will also be happening at Applewood, the Flint Public Library and Whaley Historic House Museum. Don’t miss the Tree Lighting at 5:15 p.m. This is a free event, but non-perishable food, clothing and personal care items are being accepted for the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

December 3 & 4: Flushing’s “Candlewalk Holiday Celebration”, Downtown Flushing’s Entertainment District (Main Street) * (810) 659-4141 * flushingchamber.com

  • (Event runs 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Enjoy this annual event where thousands of softly glowing candles light up the streets in downtown Flushing with holiday music, ice sculptures, wood carvings, live performances, a train display, refreshments, horse drawn rides and more. There will also be chestnuts roasting on an open fire, warming stations and Santa arriving in the grand parade, on Thursday night, to light the ceremonial tree.

December 4 – 6: Christmas at Crossroads Village “Holiday Magic Celebration”, 6140 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARKS * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Visit Crossroads Village when thousands of lights sparkle like tiny stars throughout the village. Ride the Huckleberry Railroad for a festive night-time ride. Find villagers making vintage crafts, shops full of great holiday gifts and Santa himself bringing smiles to faces of all ages.

December 5: Fenton’s “JingleFest”, Downtown Fenton’s Entertainment District * fentonchamber.com

  • (Event begins 10 a.m.)  Enjoy holiday shopping, live music, horse drawn wagon rides, a live Nativity, children’s games, Christmas tree decorating and Jingle Jog (3 p.m.), food vendors, a bake sale and a holiday lighted parade (6 p.m.) followed by an annual Christmas Tree Lighting and fireworks.

December 5: Davison’s “Christmas on Main Street”, Downtown Davison’s Entertainment District * davisondda.org

  • (Event runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Celebrate the holiday season with an Elf parade, hay rides, reindeer games, refreshments, craft tables, live music, strolling carolers and more.

December 5: Flint’s YMCA Santa Run/Walk, 411 E. Third Street, Flint * (810) 232-9622 * flintymca.com

  • (Run/Walk begins 12 p.m.) Partake in this family-fun charity event that takes all on a 5K run/walk and/or a 1-mile walk through downtown Flint. A 5-piece Santa suit is included in the registration fee. Register online at the website above.

December 5 & 6: Holly Dickens Festival, Village of Holly’s Entertainment District (Battle Alley) * (248) 634-7040 * hollydickensfestival.org

  • (Festival runs Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Step back in time and partake in this family-fun event as the Dickens Festival celebrates its 42nd year, the longest running Dickens themed event in the U.S. Stroll the streets of downtown Holly while enjoying the sweet sounds of carolers as they sing our favorite Christmas songs, visit Holly’s unique shops, listen to the story of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”, grab a bite to eat, take a holiday carriage ride and more.

Events

December 4: “First Fridays” at Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3409 or 237-3400 * sloanlongway.org

  • (Event begins 6 p.m.) Join Kurt Zimmerman as he shows off his full scale working replicas of Star Wars droids, which includes an R2D2 unit, a chopper unit and a BB-8 unit, as seen in the new Star Wars 7 trailer. R2D2 and Chopper are remote controlled and fully functional. Zimmerman will discuss how he created these awesome droids and the technology that went into them. Then stay for the 7 p.m. Longway show, Sea Monsters. Recommended for ages 13 and older.

December 4 & 5: Flint Firebirds Hockey at Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * flintfirebirds.com

  • (Games begin 7:30 p.m.) The Flint Firebirds will play against the Saginaw Spirits Friday night and Sarnia on Saturday. The Firebirds are part of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and represent a continuation of Flint’s rich hockey tradition.

December 5: “Super Saturday Storytime” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.) Join a library staff member for themed stories, literacy and hands-on activities in the Children’s Room. Guest Storyteller, Conductor Handsome Harry, will visit this weekend and share his favorite winter time story, The Polar Express! Recommended for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school ages.

December 5: “Saturday Walk-In Crafts” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Meet in the Children’s Room for some fun hands-on craft projects featuring “Puppet Construction” this weekend. Recommended for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school ages.

December 5 & 6: University of Michigan’s Women’s Hockey at Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena, 5371 Daly Farms Drive, Burton * (810) 744-0800 * crystalfh.com

  • (Games begin 9 a.m.) The University of Michigan Women’s Hockey team will play against Central Michigan.

Attractions

November 30 – December 6: 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 where children and adults can explore principles of chemistry and physics through exhibits and staff presentations.
    • “Top Secret: License To Spy” – This hands-on exhibit focuses on the science and technology of spying and a fascinating journey into the secret, shadowy world of espionage. Created by the renowned Scitech in Perth, Australia, and based around a James Bond-style fantasy of exotic locations, come investigate leads, gather intelligence and uncover clues to solve a double-agent mystery.
    • “Collecting Flint from A to Z” – The Sloan Museum has a lot of artifacts, nearly 400,000 of them! You name it, they probably have one. A large, eclectic collection is required to accurately record life in Flint and Genesee County over the last 200 years. This exhibit highlights 26 groups from Sloan’s vast and varied collection, normally hidden away in storage. Each alphabetized set reveals something about Flint’s shared history. See historic automobiles and firearms, radios and wedding dresses, beer, blueprints and everything in-between.
    • “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.

November 30 – December 6: Sea Life Michigan Aquarium, 4316 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills * (866) 622-0605 * visitsealife.com/michigan

  • (Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – last entry is one hour prior to closing time) Located at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, get transported into an amazing underwater world. Come nose-to-nose with sharks and prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble seahorses to graceful rays. Walk through an underwater Ocean Tunnel, encounter more than 5,000 sea creatures, hold a crab and touch a sea star at the Touchpool. Meet Benson, a young Green Sea turtle that was rescued after being struck by a boat in Florida. Benson now has permanent damage to his shell and spine and can’t dive for food, so he will never be able to be released back into the wild. Also, experience and participate in daily fun talks and feed shows.

November 30 – December 6: Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3409 or 237-3400 * sloanlongway.org

  • “The Accidental Astronauts” (Show starts Monday-Friday 2:30 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 1:30 p.m.) Follow the adventures of Cy and Annie and their dog, Armstrong, as they embark on an unexpected journey into space. Explore the Earth, Sun and Moon system with a wise-cracking starship computer.
  • “To Space and Back” (Show starts Saturday & Sunday 2:30 p.m.) Take this incredible journey from the far reaches of our universe, to our own planet, and learn how technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use daily. What’s happening above is coming back down to earth!
  • “Skies Over Michigan” (Show starts Saturday & Sunday 3:30 p.m.) Learn about the rotation of the Earth, find the North Star and the way around the night sky, what a constellation is and which are visible in the current night sky. Also, learn about Moon phases, the daily and monthly motion of the Moon through the sky, visible planets and their movement among the stars.
  • “Sea Monsters” (Show starts Friday & Saturday 7 p.m.) Journey 80 million years back as National Geographic’s powerful storytelling immerses all in this life-or-death drama of an age when mighty dinosaurs dominated the land and an equally astonishing assortment of ferocious creatures swarmed, hunted and fought for survival beneath the vast, mysterious prehistoric seas.
  • “Pink Floyd Dark Side: The Light Show” (Show starts Saturday 8 p.m.) Experience Pink Floyd’s iconic album as never before in this brand new, one-of-a-kind show featuring 4k visuals, brilliant LED sequences and incredibly clear 5.1 surround sound – all set to the music of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Contains adult language.

December 1 – 6: Flint Children’s Museum, 1602 W. University Avenue, Flint * (810) 767-5437 * thefcm.org

  • (Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Come explore and awaken your imagination, where the power of play inspires lifelong learning through over 40 hands-on educational and fun exhibits. Recommended for ages 2 to 10.
    • “Eat Well, Play Well” – Hop in and check out this traveling exhibit from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Kids will learn the importance of eating right and how easy it is to exercise through play.
    • “Dry Ice” – (Activities run Tuesday through Friday) This month is all about the cold, and for this week’s activity, the museum is getting really cold with dry ice! Come explore the properties and experiment with dry ice and learn what makes it different than freezer ice at home.
    • “Mott Campus Clowns” – (Performances begin Saturday 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.) The Mott Campus Clowns will stop by the museum to perform their Anti-Bullying Comedy Magic Show.

December 4 – 6: Buick Automotive Gallery & Research Center, 303 Walnut Street, Flint * (810) 237-3440 or 237-3450 * sloanlongway.org

  • (Open Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. – call 24 hours in advance for all other appointments) 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 and a 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible. There were only 836 Skylarks made in 1954, all made in Flint, and probably fewer than 100 survive today.
    •  “2 BY 2 – Dynamic Duos” – All vehicles at Buick Gallery have one thing in common; they helped shape the lives of the people of Flint & Genesee. But, with 100 in collection, there are bound to be more similarities than that. This exhibit breaks automobiles into couples that are natural twosomes. Some of these couples are obvious, like a set of Indianapolis 500 Pace Cars, while others are less obvious and require some research such as what is the connection between the Whiting and the Little, two of Flint’s “orphan” car companies? Or what binds a Buick racer to a Chevrolet production car? Come find out!

Art & Culture

November 30 – December 6: Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org

  • (Monday-Thursday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Visit 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.
    • “Decorative to Dangerous: The Art of Metalwork” – Explore how artists transformed various metals, from precious to commonplace, into fantastic works of art. The exhibit features a variety of objects, from jewelry to weaponry, that showcases a spectrum of metalworking techniques.
    • “Collecting Prints” – This exhibition illustrates FIA’s commitment to building a well-rounded, permanent collection of prints and includes works by Albrecht Durer, Chuck Close and Jim Dine. From the Old Masters to contemporary artists, the exhibit offers an opportunity to explore a wide range of styles and subjects, as well as numerous techniques for printmaking.
    • “The Art of Collecting” – Organized by the FIA, enjoy more than 100 paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures on consignment from galleries in New York, Chicago and Detroit that have been selected based on comparisons of price and quality. All artwork is available for purchase.

December 1, 3 & 5: Art at the Market Gallery at Flint Farmers’ Market, 300 E. First Street, Flint * (810) 238-9202 * artatthemarket.com

  • (Open Tuesday & Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Located in the Flint Farmers’ Market, enjoy browsing, and purchasing, at this unique art gallery showcasing over 30 local artists original artwork. Art at the Market is a non-profit organization that is solely operated by its artists.

December 3 – 5: Buckham Gallery, 134 ½ W. Second Street, Flint * (810) 239-6233 * buckhamgallery.org

  • (Open 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Founded in 1984, Buckham Gallery is an artist-run, not-for-profit exhibition and performance space that features artists from as many diverse locations as possible. It is the philosophy of the gallery to create an open atmosphere which allows both emerging and established artists to take charge of their own creative pursuits.

Theater

December 3 – 5: “Black Nativity” at the New McCree Theatre, 2040 W. Carpenter Road, Flint * (810) 787-2200 * thenewmccreetheatre.com

  • (Performances begin Thursday & Friday 7 p.m. and Saturday 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.) This spectacular special recalls the birth of Jesus the Christ, the transformation of His special day of joy and selfless giving into a commercial enterprise, and the call to return to the Season’s true meaning, all told in song, dance and powerful testimony.

December 4 – 6: “The Stanford Prison Experiment” at the Flint Institute of Arts’ Film Theater, 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org

  • (Film begins Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.) Enjoy this thriller based on a real-life experiment in which psychology students were assigned roles as prisoners and guards in a mock prison. This film is rated R.
    • Friday night is “Date Night” at the theater. Couples can enjoy two film tickets and two drinks paired with an appetizer. A full menu is also available at The Palette Café offering daily specials along with soups, coffee, sandwiches, salads and pastries. This package is available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

December 5 & 6: “The Nutcracker” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com

  • (Performances begin Saturday 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m.) Enjoy the magic of the holidays with this timeless story told in dance and music with Nutcracker’s sparkling sets and beautiful costumes.

December 5 & 6: The Flint Youth Theatre presents “The Wizard of Oz” at Bower Theatre, 1220 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 238-1350 * thefyt.org

  • (Performances begin Saturday 7 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.) Follow Dorothy on her trip to Oz and back and learn along with her that there truly is “no place like home.”  Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Entertainment

November 30 – December 5: Public Ice Skating at Flint Iceland Arena, 1160 S. Elms Road, Flint * (810) 635-8487 * flinticeland.com

  • (Open Monday through Saturday – check website above for hours of operation and events) Enjoy the sport of ice skating with friends and family. Public skating sessions are a great way to get out on the ice, get some exercise and have fun while doing it. Public skating schedule is subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm times.

November 30 – December 6: Ice Skating at Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena, 5371 Daly Farms Drive, Burton * (810) 744-0800 * crystalfh.com

  • (Open Monday through Sunday – check website above for hours of operation and events) Enjoy public skate, drop-in hockey, stick-n-puck, broomball, birthday parties, field trips and group discounts at Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena. Home of the U-of-M Flint Hockey men and women’s teams, STRIDA Hockey, the Elite Skating Academy and GFHA Youth Hockey, enjoy this newly renovated community facility featuring two ice arenas and a Skater’s Bar & Grill. Public skating schedule is subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm times.

November 30 – December 6: 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/

  • “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2: An IMAX Experience” – This movie brings The Hunger Games franchise to its powerful final chapter, in which Katniss Everdeen realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival, but for the future. This film is rated PG-13. Shows are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

November 30 – December 6: Chuck E. Cheese’s, 3489 Miller Road, Flint * (810) 733-7404 * chuckecheese.com

  • (Open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday 10 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.

November 30 – December 6: Rollhaven Skate & Fun Center (2 locations) * rollhaven.com

  • Flint/Grand Blanc * 5315 S. Saginaw Road, Flint * (810) 694-4533, (Open Monday through Sunday – check website above for hours of operation and events) Located in Grand Blanc Township, 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.
  • Flushing * 3464 Ann Drive, Flushing * (810) 659-7260, (Open Monday through Sunday – check website above for hours of operation and events) 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.

December 4 & 5: “Cosmic Red Pin Bowling” at Grand Blanc Lanes, 5301 S. Saginaw Road, Flint * (810) 771-4273 * grandblanclanes.com

  • (Bowling runs 9:15 p.m. to 1 a.m.) Come rock, dance and bowl a strike when a red headpin appears, and win a prize! Grand Blanc Lanes also offers a snack bar, lounge, bumper bowling, automatic scorers and a pro shop.

Shopping

November 30 – December 6: 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 and more. Visit website above for coupon savings and extended holiday hours.

November 30 – December 6: 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 shopping experience with convenient parking. Visit website above for special store offers and extended holiday hours.

November 30 – December 6: 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. Visit website above for a list of additional in-store promotions and extended holiday hours.

November 30 – December 6: 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. Visit website above for special coupon savings and extended holiday hours.

November 30 – December 6: Carriage Town Antique Center, 503 Garland Street, Flint * (810) 238-1444 * carriagetownantiquecenter.com

  • (Open Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 3 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.

December 1, 3 & 5: Flint Farmers’ Market, 300 E. First Street, Flint * (810) 232-1399 * flintfarmersmarket.com

  • (Open Tuesday & Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Open year-round, shop Flint’s 32,000 square feet city market featuring over 50 inside vendors selling produce, including fresh, locally grown foods, a meat market, poultry, breads and baked goods, cheese, a wine shop, art gallery, flowers, gourmet coffees, crafts, fine arts and more. Also, enjoy breakfast and lunch at the Market’s “Steady Eddy’s”, a unique café where the veggies meet the eggs & bacon and the tuna melts meet the veggie burgers. A majority of their menu is purchased from Market vendors (open Tuesday through Friday).

Dining with Entertainment

November 30 – December 5: Cranberries Café, 10250 Hegel Road, Goodrich * (810) 636-3409 * cranberriescafe.com

  • (Open for lunch Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner Tuesday-Thursday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Enjoy great food and drinks, including Michigan beers on tap, while relaxing in this 1917 building featuring its original tin ceiling and flooring, an antique cherry bar and an original floral icebox, from northern Michigan, now converted into a wine cooler. Dine at Cranberries on Wednesday and receive a bottle of wine half off with dinner. Or, visit on Thursday and enjoy live entertainment from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

November 30 – December 6: Beale Street Smokehouse BBQ, 2461 North Road, Fenton * (810) 750-0507 * bealestreetsmokehouse.com

  • (Call for hours of operation) Using the highest quality meats, enjoy tasty pulled pork and chicken, brisket, St. Louis and baby-back ribs, Michigan craft beers on tap and in bottles and more. Beale Street offers that “Juke Joint” atmosphere with live weekend music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

November 30 – December 6: Brickstreet of Grand Blanc, 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. Relax with live lounge entertainment with Bobby Standal every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, starting at 7 p.m., and Bob Adado starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Brickstreet also offers a weekly Sunday Brunch & Bloody Mary Bar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (reservations suggested).

November 30 – December 6: Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille, 302 N. Leroy Street, Fenton * (810) 750-9463 * fentonhotel.com

  • (Monday-Thursday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.) The Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille stands solid and hospitable, greeting hungry patrons as it did when it was first built while the railroads came to Fenton in 1856. A daily menu is available with a variety of delicious choices including fresh fish, savory steaks, comfort food and more. Live piano bar entertainment begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday and at 8 p.m. on Friday & Saturday.

November 30 – December 6: The Rough Draught Coffee & Barroom, 134 N. Leroy Street, Fenton * (810) 714-3005 * roughdraughtbarroom.com

  • (Monday 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday & Wednesday 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday & Friday 5 a.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.) Come experience this unique reminiscent of an old bar in an industrial building with reclaimed brick, lighting and other structural elements offering a unique selection of craft beers and cocktails and exceptional wines. Baristas are on staff to brew up the perfect latte, cappuccino or gourmet coffee. A light menu is also available offering breakfast and lunch sandwiches, burgers, salads and more all specially prepared with house made ingredients. Every Saturday, enjoy live acoustic tunes by local artists.

November 30 – December 6: Sherman’s Lounge, 4211 Fenton Road, Flint * (810) 233-7057 * shermanslounge.com

  • (Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.) Home to Flint’s Finest Entertainment for nearly 50 years, enjoy the best of live, local bands during “Wicked” Wednesdays and Friday and Saturday nights. This weekend, the group Voodoo Honey performs starting at 9:30 p.m. Sherman’s features a fully stocked bar, multiple flat-screen TVs, three pool tables, video games, keno and more. Their menu offers pizza, subs, signature sandwiches and a variety of other tasty dishes.

December 1 – 6: Fenton Winery & Brewery (FWB), 1370 N. Long Lake Road, Fenton * (810) 373-4194 * fentonwinery.com

  • (Tuesday-Thursday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Founded in 2007, FWB began as a typical winery featuring 15 wines and a tasting bar. They now offer a variety of beers on tap and over 20 wine choices (3 on tap) with a steady rotation of seasonal wines and specialties. FWB also offers a retail store “Taproom” to purchase those favorites, a delicious menu, wine & beer samplings and live entertainment most weekends starting at 8 p.m.

December 4: The Jewel of Grand Blanc, 5270 Perry Road, Grand Blanc * (810) 694-5960 * jewelgolf.com

  • (Open 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. or later) Located inside Grand Blanc Golf Club, The Jewel of Grand Blanc offers Friday night country entertainment featuring DJ “Dan Richards” and line dancing from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Adjacent to The Jewel, also operated by Grand Blanc Golf Club, is Grand Blanc’s superior Irish Pub, Paddy McGee’s, serving an all-day full breakfast and a lunch and dinner menu along with drink specials (open daily).

Nightlife

December 2 – 4: The Machine Shop Concert Lounge, 3539 S. Dort Highway, Flint * (810) 715-2650 * themachineshop.info

  • (Doors open at 7 p.m. for all shows unless otherwise noted) The Machine Shop hosts live rock-n-roll, metal and outlaw country events weekly. Wednesday evening, the group Corrosion of Conformity performs with special guests Saviours, Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band and Mothership. Thursday, True Grit 2015 Tours presents Bret Michaels with special guests Rival City Heights, featuring Jeff Gutt from X Factor, and Spiral Crush. On Friday, Jackyl takes the stage with special guests Tension Head and tba. Shows are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

December 3 – 5: Red Ink Flint Local 432 Concert Venue, 124 W. First Street, Flint * redinkflint.org

  • (Open Thursday 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.) This all-ages venue features performing arts programming, primarily live music, but also theatre, dance, comedy and more. Most of its audience, and musicians, are high school and college-age students. The club is known for its diversity. Thursday night, come out for a night of stand-up comedy, sketches and maybe even a surprise or two featuring comedy pals Joe Allard and Vincent Hughes. On Friday, the groups Spitback and Short Leash perform with others. On Saturday, celebrate a decade of on-air Michigan hip-hop with Gozza Strip Radio Show 10 year Anniversary Concert. Shows are subject to change without notice. Please check the website above to confirm.

December 4 & 5: Historic Holly Hotel Comedy Club, 110 Battle Alley, Holly * (248) 634-5208 * hollyhotel.com

  • (Shows begin 8:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.) Enjoy professional stand-up comedy featuring a variety of local and national entertainers.

December 4 & 5: Sequoia Wine Bar and Martini Lounge, 5304 Gateway Centre Drive, Flint * (810) 233-8000 * theredwoodlodge.com

  • (Live music begins 9 p.m.) Located inside the Redwood Steakhouse & Brewery, the Sequoia Lounge presents live music with the group Soul’d Out performing this weekend.

For more things to do and see, visit flintandgenesee.org and/or like us on Facebook at See what’s possible.

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