See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of August 22–28

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

Events

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: “Genesee County Fair” at the E.A. Cummings Center, 6130 E. Mt. Morris Road, Mt. Morris * gcf.org

  • (Open daily 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.) Come out and enjoy this family event that attracts over 150,000 visitors annually featuring live stock, carnival rides, an entertainment tent, monster truck and derby races, a baby animal tent and petting zoo, Bingo tent, Chases’s Racing Pigs, a hog calling contest, a dog show, Cornhole tournaments, tomato baseball, Pure Pro wrestling, an X-Treme chainsaw show and more. Grandstand events happen daily with Chris Janson performing Friday night, Three Days on Saturday and finishing up with a Rodeo on Sunday (Grandstand events begin at 7:30 p.m.). For a detailed list of scheduled daily events visit the above website.

Tuesday, August 23: “Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes” at Flushing County Park – Pavilion #1, 4417 N. McKinley Road, Flushing * (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.

Wednesday, August 24: “Made in Michigan” at Davison Roadside Park Pavilion, 6160 Davison Road, Burton * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Learn all about Michigan agriculture, recycling, organic farming, livestock and composting. Meet Violet the Dwarf Nigerian Goat, Kiki the Silver Appleyard Duck, Champ the Modern Game Chicken, Toffee the Pygmy Pigeon, Peanut Butter and Cinnamon the Silkie Chickens and Roy and Sammi the Japanese Phoenix Chickens. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

Friday, August 26: “Music in the Parks” at Downtown Flint’s Entertainment District, Saginaw Street, Flint * thefso.org

  • (Music begins 7 p.m.) Music in the Parks is a fun way to get out and celebrate Flint’s diverse cultural heritage through music. Tonight, enjoy a kickoff celebration to this year’s Crim Festival of races with the Flint Symphony Orchestra performing. In inclement weather, the concert will take place at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearlsey Street, Flint. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

Friday & Saturday, August 26 & 27: 40th Annual “HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races” at Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District, Saginaw Street, Flint * crim.org

  • Enjoy two-days of family fun as the city of Flint welcomes over 15,000 runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts to participate in this annual event featuring the Crim 10-Mile Race along with a variety of other races, a Health & Fitness Expo, a Friday evening Crim Pasta Party and the Michigan Mile Race Series. Races begin Saturday at 7:30 a.m. followed by an afternoon entertainment tent with live bands, food vendors and more. For a detailed schedule of activities and times visit the above website.

Saturday, August 27: “Swartz Creek Art at the Park” at Elms Road Park, 4071 Elms Road, Swartz Creek * facebook.com/swartzcreekkiwanisart

  • (Event runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Known as one of the most successful annual art fairs in Mid-Michigan, browse and purchase fine art along with entertainment, local foods and engaging children’s activities while also enjoying the many comforts, joys and experiences of Swartz Creek’s Elms Road Park. This is a juried fine arts show that includes painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, mixed media and more.

Saturday, August 27: “Monarch Festival” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Enjoy a magical day filled with butterfly games, crafts and naturalist led hikes through the new butterfly house and gardens at For-Mar. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

Saturday, August 27: 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 Early Riser Club of Detroit. 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, August 27: “Blues on the Lawn” at the Flint Public Library – Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Music runs 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) The Flint Public Library presents some sizzling, hot summer blues featuring Maurice “King of the Party Blues” Davis and his band. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Recommended for families of all ages.

Sunday, August 28: “Paddle the Flint River” hosted by the Flint River Watershed Coalition, Montrose Barber Memorial Park to Birch Run * flintriver.org

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. arrive no later than 9:45 a.m.) Enjoy the beauty of summer with a lovely 2½-hour easy paddle ride down the Flint River. Stop at a sand bar for lunch along the way (lunch on own). 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 suggested. To register and/or reserve a kayak/canoe contact Jamie Welch at [email protected] or call (810) 767-7140. (Trip: Montrose Barber Memorial Park, south of Vienna Road on Seymour Road in Montrose, paddling to Morseville Road in Birch Run.)

Attractions

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: 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.
    • “A Bug’s World” – Giant bugs have crawled into Sloan! Trade sizes with an insect to find bugs looming large in this interactive exhibit. Learn about entomology, the study of insects, while exploring common backyard species magnified 40-120 times their size in scientifically accurate animatronic detail. Aspiring entomologists investigate giant replicas of five species: A Chinese praying mantis, stick bug, swallowtail butterfly caterpillar, desert locust and a rhinoceros beetle. Watch as a caterpillar edges its way around a massive bug-collecting net and a praying mantis hides and hisses behind a veil of dangling grass. Crawl through a wormhole to see two giant beetles knock horns, battling for territory.
    • “Collecting Flint from A to Z” – The Sloan Museum has a variety of artifacts, nearly 400,000 of them! You name it, they probably have one. A large, eclectic collection is required to accurately record the last 200 years of life in Flint & Genesee. 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. View historic automobiles, firearms, radios, wedding dresses, beer, blueprints and everything in-between.

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: Sea Life Michigan Aquarium, 4316 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills * (866) 622-0605 * visitsealife.com/michigan

  • (Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – last entry is 1 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. Meet Benson, a young Green Sea turtle 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, participate in daily fun talks and feed shows.

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan, 4240 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills * (866) 622-0605 * legolanddiscoverycenter.com/michigan

  • (Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Center remains open 2 hours after last admission; please allow a minimum of 2 to 3 hours for a visit) Located at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, this indoor family attraction features two LEGO rides, a 4D cinema, a large children’s play area, a creative workshop where guests learn about LEGO building from experts and more. Also, visit Miniland and view some of Metro Detroit’s iconic buildings and attractions made from LEGO bricks. All tickets are pre-booked online, meaning that guests must select a visit date and time and arrive at that appointed time to guarantee entry. During peak periods, and because guests can stay as long as they want once inside, there may be entry delays. Please be advised that adults must be accompanied by a child in order to gain entry into the attraction. Check the website above for special hours and closures. Recommended for children ages 3 to 10.

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3409 or 237-3400 * sloanlongway.org

  • Due to the dark planetarium environment, the shows listed below are recommended for children 4 years and older. No late seating and no re-entry after show begins. Tickets go on sale ½ hour before showtime.
    • “Asteroid: Mission Extreme” (Show starts daily 2:30 p.m.) Mission Extreme takes audiences on an epic journey to discover how asteroids are both a danger and an opportunity. The danger lies in the possibility of a cataclysmic collision with Earth; the opportunity is the fascinating idea that asteroids could be stepping stones to other worlds – veritable way stations in space – enabling us to cross the Solar System.
    • “Skies Over Michigan” (Show starts daily 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.
    • “In My Backyard” (Show starts Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.) Join Fred Penner, from Nickelodeon, as he explores things large and small, from the colors of the rainbow, to reasons for the seasons and the stars at night. Designed for the youngest stargazers.
    • “Stars” (Show starts Monday-Friday 12:30 p.m.) Narrated by Mark Hamill, journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of stars. This dramatic program highlights the stunning animation by astronauts, spacecraft, telescopes, nebulas, clusters and more and was created by the talented team of the National Space Centre (Leicester, UK).
    • “The Accidental Astronauts” (Show starts Friday 10 a.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 with a wise-cracking starship computer.
    • “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 Friday & 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.
    • “Back To The Moon For Good” (Show starts Saturday & Sunday 4:30 p.m.) Narrated by Tim Allen, immerse yourself in a race to return to the Moon 40-years after the historic Apollo landings. See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration. Learn about the Moon’s resources and discover what humanity’s future on the Moon might hold.

Tuesday-Sunday, August 23 – 28: 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 children ages 2 to 10.
    • “Into the Woods” – Check out this traveling exhibit that immerses visitors in a Michigan forest experience across the four seasons with activities including a spring climbing tree, “scat and tracks” animal activities, building an autumn tree fort and more.
    • “Fizzy Fun” – (Activities run Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the outdoor Sproutside) Combining baking soda and vinegar to create volcanoes is a classic and fun science experiment but, this week the museum is going to take it a few steps further and show what else can be done to create even more impressive reactions. Come participate in a variety of “Fizzy Fun” experiments.

Wednesday-Sunday, August 24 – 28: Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, 6140 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Travel back to a time when things were a whole lot simpler. Crossroads Village is an authentic Great Lakes town from the turn of the century with 34 historic structures and a thriving community. Ride the Huckleberry Railroad, take a scenic ride on the Genesee Belle, a replica of the paddlewheel riverboats that were popular during Mark Twain’s time, catch a show at the Colwell Opera House or learn a trade from one of the village’s craftspeople.
    • “Day Out With Thomas” – Friday through Sunday, spend an exciting day with Thomas during his “The Ready, Set, Go Tour.” Take a Thomas train ride and participate in a variety of children activities. Order tickets and reserve your train ride in advance by visiting the above website.

Thursday-Sunday, August 25 – 28: Celebrating 100 Years at Applewood Estate, 1400 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 233-3835 * applewood.org

  • (Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Celebrate Applewood’s 100th Anniversary as they open their beautiful grounds for the public to explore. Come learn new things and get hands-on with new exhibits in Applewood’s garage, barn and chicken coop. Discover new ideas in their Demonstration Garden. Pack a lunch and have a family picnic. Tour Mott’s Applewood Estate house, built in 1916 (reservations recommended). Free admission, which includes tours and events.

Friday-Sunday, August 26 – 28: 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 cars – a 1954 Wildcat II, Centurion, Arrow, Phantom and an XP.
    • “Proof of Concept” – View conceptual vehicles that allowed automakers to flex their creative muscles featuring four legendary Dream Cars and the production models they inspired. Some, like the 1953 Buick Skylark, sprang near-fully formed from their four-wheeled ancestor, while others carry their heritage in more subtle ways, with only a slight nod to an understated styling cue to tie them to their conceptual forbearers.

Art & Culture

Monday-Friday, August 22 – 26: Greater Flint Arts Council (GFAC), 816 S. Saginaw Street, Flint * (810) 238-ARTS * greaterflintartscouncil.org

  • (Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) The GFAC programs and services are designed to engage the community in creative processes and support the work of Michigan artists. This is accomplished by showcasing a new gallery exhibit each month in their downtown gallery. Join GFAC as they celebrate the “Michigan Artists Invitational” featuring the original artwork of Melissa Boyd, Mary Nagy, Robert Maniscalco, Lulu Cameron and Stan Smela. Free admission.

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org

  • (Monday-Friday 12 p.m. to 5 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 that tell a story.
    • “Flint Youth Media Project” – In conjunction with the Flint Youth Film Festival, the FIA will exhibit a number of works by young, local filmmakers throughout the month of August. The Flint Youth Media Project introduces the art of filmmaking to people ages 13–25 and college students regardless of age. In addition to a series of free filmmaking workshops, the program has provided opportunities for participants to share their work with peers, the public, and professional filmmakers and screenwriters.
    • “Clay Through Time: Ancient to Contemporary Ceramics” – Ceramic art is one of the oldest human activities, shedding light on the cultures where it was made and revealing technological and artistic achievements. This exhibition features about 50 ceramic objects and explores the many styles and functions of ceramic art as well as various forming, glazing and firing techniques.
    • “Moving Toward the Light” – Known for his monumental paintings celebrating flora and fauna, Joseph Raffael takes viewers deeper and deeper into the mysteries of nature. He captures the wonders that surround him at his home and garden in France, transforming what he sees into a heightened vision in watercolor. His large-scale works typically depict flowers, water and fish swimming in ornamental ponds that invites the viewer into moments of discovery, through a contemplation of nature and harmony.
    • “Drawn to the Figure” – (Opening to the public on Saturday) Beginning in the Renaissance, drawing became the foundation for the academic principles of art—before an artist even began painting, they learned to draw. Since then, countless subjects have been rendered in graphite, chalk, and pastel; however, none has been more prominent than the human body. Because drawing the figure was a requisite skill, artists carefully studied the structure of the human body, at first using cast-plaster statuary and eventually from live models. A naturalistic approach to drawing bodies prevailed until the late 19th century, when many artists, liberated from past traditions, began to dabble in abstraction. Many chose to exaggerate or distort proportions to emphasize the gesture or mood of the model’s pose.

Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, August 23, 25 & 27: Art at the Market Gallery at the Downtown 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 and operated by its artists.

Thursday-Saturday, August 25 – 27: Mott-Warsh Collection Gallery, 815 S. Saginaw Street, Flint (Gallery entrance is on E. Court Street) * (810) 835-4900 * m-wc.org

  • (Open Thursday & Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the 2nd Friday of each month 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) Established in 2001 by Maryanne Mott and her late husband, Herman Warsh, this thought-provoking art gallery features the work of artists of the African diaspora and those who reflect on it. It comprises over 600 works by more than 185 artists working in varied media and stylistic approaches. Artists represented in the post-World War II collection include Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Samella Lewis and Charles White as well as contemporary innovators such as Carrie Mae Weems, Wangechi Mutu, Kehinde Wiley and Hank Willis Thomas.

Thursday-Saturday, August 25 – 27: 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. Buckham Gallery is proud to present the “Phenom Fire Women” exhibition this month featuring the works of art by Casey L. Carter, Suzanne Lossing and Elizabeth Sevick.

Theater

Thursday-Sunday, August 25 – 28: Kearsley Park Players presents “H.M.S. Pinafore” to Kearsley Park Pavilion, 900-971 Kearsley Park Blvd., Flint * kearsleyparkplayers.com

  • (Performances begin Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m.) Kearsley Park Players are proud to present the 2016 Theatre in our Parks series with the performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore” about the Royal British Navy warship. The play is filled with music, mirth and silliness.

Entertainment

Monday-Saturday, August 22 – 27: 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.

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: 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 “calendar of events” page for a listing of all events) Enjoy public skating, drop-in hockey, stick-n-puck, broomball, U-of-M Flint Hockey games for both men and women, Powers Catholic High School home games, GFHA Youth Hockey leagues, Try Hockey for free days, learn to play hockey, Elite Skating Academy learn to skate, learn to figure skate, hockey skating skills, private lessons, adult learn to skate classes, adult hockey leagues, tournaments, camps and clinics and STRIDA summer hockey training program. Book birthday parties and/or school and church field trips. Event times are subject to change. Please double check website calendar before coming to Crystal Fieldhouse for any events.

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: Michigan Escape Games, 9023 Davison Road, Davison * (810) 652-6165 * michiganescapegames.com

  • (For game times and availability call the phone number above or visit the website) If you’re a gamer and think you’ve got what it takes to test your clue-cracking skills in the real world, then this is for you. Designed for small groups of 2-12 people and team events up to 50 people, challenge your wits, skills and teamwork to find clues and solve ciphers to escape from a locked room in under 60 minutes. The Escape Game provides sophisticated, high-level games that will challenge even the most hardcore gamers. Each themed room transports all into an adventure and one that no one will ever forget!

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: 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/

  • “Suicide Squad: An IMAX 3D Experience – (Rated PG-13) From DC Comics comes the Suicide Squad, an antihero team of incarcerated supervillains who act as deniable assets for the United States government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences. Shows are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: US 23 Drive-In Theater, 5200 Fenton Road, Flint * Movie Hotline (810) 238-0751 * us23driveintheater.com

  • (Gates open 7:30 p.m. and movies begin at dusk) Enjoy this original Flint & Genesee drive-in theater featuring 3 screens with double first run films. A concession stand is available for those drive-in traditions.

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: King Kone Ice Cream & Kopper Junction Adventure Golf, 5140 Flushing Road, Flushing * (810) 410-1814 * kingparsuperstore.com/king_kone.html

  • (Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Enjoy a family-fun game of mini golf and then relax with your favorite ice cream dish! Mini golf closes 45-minutes before closing time.

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: Playland Park, 5290 S. Dort Highway, Grand Blanc * (810) 695-8200 * playlandfuncenter.com

  • (Check website for hours of operation and events) Enjoy outdoor and indoor fun for the entire family featuring go karts, Monster Adventure mini golf, an indoor Playland Arcade area and restaurant specializing in pizza, subs and wraps. Also, contact Playland to find out about their new “Escape The Zombie” Outbreak hands-on game.

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: 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.

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: Bowl Flint, B’s Bowling Center * 750 S. Center Road, Flint * (810) 743-7570; Richfield Bowl * 5340 Richfield Road, Flint * (810) 736-4880; bowlflint.com

  • (Open Monday through Sunday – check website above for hours of operation and events) Richfield Bowl and B’s Bowling is dedicated to providing one of the best entertainment venues in Flint & Genesee. These modern bowling centers offer kid-friendly bumper bowling lanes with lightweight bowling balls and small shoes. Also, experience Cosmic Bowling, on the weekends, with glow in the dark lanes along with laser, disco, black and runway lights, fog and loud music.

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: Rollhaven Skate & Fun Center * 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.

Wednesday-Sunday, August 24 – 28: Card Table Republic – A Board Game Lounge “where board games and friends unite,” 8427 Davison Road, Davison * (810) 652-6363 * cardtablerepublic.com

  • (Open Wednesday & Thursday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Card Table Republic is a place where, for a small fee, people of all ages can relax and challenge themselves playing over 500 board, card and dice games with friends and family. Old classic games such as Monopoly, Life, Battleship and Trouble are available to play as well as the newer style games such as Ticket To Ride, Catan, Carcassonne and Cards Against Humanity. A party room, that seats up to 30, is also available and the snack bar features made in Michigan products like Faygo and Better Made chips.

Friday & Saturday, August 26 & 27: “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

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: 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 with over 130 retailers and 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, Best Buy Mobile and Forever 21. The Outdoor Village offers 65,000 square feet of boulevard-style shopping and national tenants including Barnes & Noble, Bar Louie, Chico’s and more. Visit the website above for hours of operation and coupon savings.

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: 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 the website above for hours of operation and special store offers.

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: 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 the website above for hours of operation and a list of additional in-store promotions.

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: 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 the website above for hours of operation and special coupon savings.

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: 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.

Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, August 23, 25 & 27: 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. On Saturday, browse and purchase from over 25 produce and flower vendors, as well as art and craft vendors, at the market’s outdoor pavilion area. Also, enjoy breakfast and lunch at “Steady Eddy’s”, a unique market café where a majority of their menu is selected from market vendors (open Tuesday through Friday). Outdoor seating/dining available – weather permitting.

Dining with Entertainment

Monday-Saturday, August 22 – 27: 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. Every Tuesday is Beer Night with half priced bottles and $2 off drafts with dinner. Dine at Cranberries on Wednesday and receive a bottle of wine half off with dinner or visit on Thursday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., for live entertainment featuring electric sounds by Berry Patch this week.

Monday-Saturday, August 22 – 27: Johnny’s Pour House, 240 W. Main Street, Flushing * (810) 487-1020 * johnnyspourhouseflushing.com

  • (Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 11p.m. and Friday & Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.) Enjoy one of Flushing’s most comfortable dining experience, for breakfast, lunch and dinner, in a casual atmosphere where friends and family can meet and enjoy the highest quality food, friendly service and affordable prices. Each dish is created with the finest ingredients and soups are prepared from scratch. Live music runs every Friday and Saturday starting at 9 p.m.

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: 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., with Lolly and The Pops performing Friday and the BBQ Brothers on Saturday.

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: 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 Russell Wayne every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, starting at 7:30 p.m., and Bob Adado Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday starting at 7 p.m. Brickstreet also offers a Sunday Brunch & Bloody Mary Bar from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (reservations suggested). Outdoor seating/dining available with live entertainment every Wednesday and Thursday evening – weather permitting.

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: The 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 first opened in 1856 when the railroads came to Fenton. 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 every Tuesday and Thursday, at 7 p.m., and at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: 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. Enjoy live acoustic tunes by local artists every Saturday. Outdoor seating/dining available at the R.D. Patio – weather permitting.

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: 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 with Still Rain taking the stage Friday night playing top 40 and rock favorites and Miranda & The M80’s on Saturday. Live music begins at 9:30 p.m. both nights. Sherman’s also 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.

Tuesday-Sunday, August 23 – 28: 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. Outdoor seating/dining available at the Wine/Beer Garden – weather permitting.

Friday, August 26: 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 with DJ “Dan Richards” and line dancing from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Also, enjoy live music on the patio, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., featuring Barry Clevenger this week. 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 Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday & Friday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Outdoor seating/dining available – weather permitting.

Nightlife

Tuesday, Friday & Saturday, August 23, 26 & 27: 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. Tuesday night, enjoy an Acoustic Tour with 10 Years and Finger Eleven performing with special guest Evan Stone. Friday, Crashdollz take the stage with appearances by Cybil & the Beast, Little Miss Dangerous and Drat. Then, Indi-Grace Promotions presents a Birthday Beard Fest on Saturday featuring live music by Avenue Sky, Absorbed, Mirrurs, Demis of the Enthroned, The Realm Between and Portals. Shows are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

Thursday, August 25: 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 at a variety of local businesses.

Friday & Saturday, August 26 & 27: 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 with Stu McCallister in the house this weekend with special guest Andy Bledsoe.

Saturday, August 27: Sequoia Wine Bar and Martini Lounge, 5304 Gateway Centre Drive, Flint * (810) 233-8000 * theredwoodlodge.com

  • (Live music begins 9 p.m.) Located inside Redwood Steakhouse & Brewery, the Sequoia Lounge presents live music on Saturdays, throughout the summer, with the Tie Dyed Giants performing oldies and modern hits this weekend.

For more things to do and see, visit flintandgenesee.org and/or like us on Facebook at Explore Flint & Genesee.

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