Information and dates are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
Monday-Sunday, October 3-9: Almar Orchards, 1431 Duffield Road, Flushing * (810) 659-6568 * almar-orchards.com
- (Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Michigan’s premier organic orchard and home of JK’s Organic Scrumpy Hard Cider with 5 varieties, Almar’s offers 300 sprawling acres of organic fruit trees, meadows and pastures for the whole family to enjoy along with farm animals, a playground, a farm market and more. Hours of operation are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
Monday-Sunday, October 3-9: Montrose Orchards “Pumpkin Fantasyland Tours,” 12473 Seymour Road, Montrose * (810) 639-6971 * montroseorchards.com
- (Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Bring the children and enjoy a 30 to 45-minute hayride tour through a decorated trail with nothing scary, just good family fun. After the tour, pick that perfect pumpkin, shop for hard to find items and great gifts, enjoy some cider and freshly made donuts and more. All hayride tours include complimentary apple cider and donuts. Hours of operation are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
Monday-Sunday, October 3-9: Mueller’s Orchard & Cider Mill, 6036 Lobdell Road, Linden * (810) 735-7676 * muellersorchard.com
- (Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) A “Fun, Family Farm Tradition” featuring a farm market, pumpkin patch, weekend events and activities, tours and more. Hours of operation are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
Monday-Sunday, October 3-9: Porter’s Orchard Farm Market, Cider Mill and Corn Maze, 12060 Hegel Road, Goodrich * (810) 636-7156 * portersorchard.com
- (Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.) Bring the whole family out for hayrides, inflatables, pony rides, pumpkin blasters, u-pick, harvest treats, a corn maze and more. Hours of operation are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
Monday-Sunday, October 3-9: Spicer Orchards and Corn Maze, 10411 Clyde Road, Fenton * (810) 632-7692 * spicerorchards.com
- (Farm Market open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m./Pick-Your-Own runs 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m./Winery open Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) Enjoy daily fall festivities featuring wagon and train rides, a cider playground, old fashioned tractors, a winery, donuts, fudge, fruit picking and more. Also, take on the challenge at Spicer’s “Test Your Revolutionary Knowledge” corn maze! Hours of operation are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
Friday & Saturday, October 7 & 8: “Saint Lucifer’s Haunted Asylum” at Playland Park, 5290 S. Dort Highway, Grand Blanc * (810) 695-8200 * playlandfuncenter.com
- (Open 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.) Rated one of the top five haunted attractions in the Midwest by Forbes Magazine, St. Lucifer’s, for the mentally insane, was boarded up and left for dead in 1974. Be one of the bravest to enter and discover the meaning of fear as the brutal past of the abused patients come alive, including many that have disappeared into the 5-miles of underground tunnels. Contact Playland to also find out about their new “Escape The Zombie” Outbreak hands-on game. Hours of operation are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
Friday & Saturday, October 7 & 8: “Spooky Trails Nightmares” at Spooky Trails Farm, 8266 Baldwin Road, Swartz Creek * (810) 407-3035 * spookytrails.com
- (Open dusk to 11 p.m.) Get spooked at three nighttime haunts – a Haunted Hayride, a Zombie Hunter Hayride (interactive hayride) and the Un-Dead Field of Fear (haunted cornfield). Hayrides are recommended for all ages and the cornfield is recommended for ages 6 and up. The farm opens on Saturday, and Sunday, with a corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin picking, The Blaster (closes at 10 p.m.) and more. Hours of operation are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
Friday & Saturday, October 7 & 8: The Crypt Haunted House, 4247 S. Dort Highway, Burton * (810) 742-2260 * thecrypthauntedhouse.com
- (Open dusk to 12 a.m.) Enjoy this in your face Crypt chilling and thrilling haunted house with live actors and state of the art effects that will leave visitors breathless. Experience the black hole, claustrophobia and more. Beware of the Crypt! Hours of operation are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
Friday-Sunday, October 7-9: Clio Manor Haunted House, 4403 Clio Road, Flint * (810) 620-5167 * scareclio.com
- (Located inside Cru Paintball at Exit 15, 1½ miles south off of I-475 – Open 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.) Lizzy Barlow, a once nice girl, was kept captive in her room by her parents. Insanity and evil grew within her until one day she murdered her parents and everyone inside the Manor with an ax. People say that anyone who enters the home of the Barlow’s will likely become insane and lost. Come try and make it out alive or become another helpless victim! Hours of operation are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
Friday-Sunday, October 7-9: “Exit 13” Haunted House, 6069 N. Saginaw Street, Mt. Morris * (810) 858-9768 * exit13hauntedhouse.com
- (Located ¼ mile south off of I-475 – Doors open 7 p.m.) Get up-close and personal with some of the scariest Halloween creatures featuring live actors and state of the art effects with vampires, werewolves, clowns, monsters, pig man and chainsaw man. Hours of operation are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
Friday-Sunday, October 7-9: “Halloween Ghosts & Goodies” at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, 6140 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Open Friday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Make your way to Crossroads Village for one of autumn’s greatest traditions: Halloween Ghosts & Goodies. Enjoy treats and tricks, cider and doughnuts, little monsters and big fun for the whole family. From an Enchanted Forest to the magic show at the Colwell Opera House or the straw maze and 20 candy stops throughout the Village, it’s sure to put all in the spirit of the season! Don’t forget to top off your visit with a 40-minute ride through the autumn countryside on the famous Huckleberry Ghost Train Express.
Saturday, October 8: “Fall Harvest Festival” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Event runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Come out and celebrate the fall season during this 9th annual festival with hayrides, contests, crafts, cider making, music and more. Recommended for all ages. Free admission.
Thursday, October 6: “Mindfulness” an Evening with Jon Kabat-Zinn at Flint’s RiverFront Banquet Center, 1 Riverfront Center, Flint * (810) 235-6232 * icrim.org
- (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) If you’re searching for a way to manage stress, improve relationships or enhance your performance at work, mindfulness is for you. Join one of the pioneering researchers in the field of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn, as he shares his experience, clarity and wisdom about this valuable tool for bringing health and healing to us as individuals and our community. His powerful presentation explores opportunities for improving quality of life through the simple practice of focus and intention. Free admission. Seating is limited.
Friday, October 7: “First Fridays” at Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3400 * sloanlongway.org
- (Doors open 5:30 p.m. event begins 6 p.m.) Rob Landis, program executive within NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, thinks it is an excellent idea to find all asteroids that may pose a potential impact threat to the Earth. Come listen to Rob explain why it’s important to study asteroids and what it would take to land on an asteroid.
Saturday, October 8: “Great Lakes Emergency Preparedness Expo” at Dort Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint * (810) 744-0580 * dorteventcenter.com
- (Expo runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Learn how to be prepared in case of an emergency from a large audience of survival professionals and industry enthusiasts including local businesses, emergency responders, local government agencies and military professionals. Information, classes and presentations will be given on preparing a 72-hour kit, food storage, water purification, first aid, gardening, pet care preparedness, radio communications, cooking, heating, light, fuel and more.
Saturday, October 8: “Every Child Ready to Read 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.) Drop-in at the Children’s Room for some great Storytime. Recommended for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school ages.
Saturday, October 8: “Community Wide Read Event” at the Flint Public Library/Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info
- (Event runs 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Enjoy a discussion about “Between the World and Me” by TaNehisi Coates. This read is intended to engage the community in dialogue and seeks to strengthen the Flint community by promoting inclusion and understanding about differing points of view, to promote literacy and foster community through shared experiences. Recommended for high school ages and older.
Saturday, October 8: “Circuits & Gadgets” at the Flint Public Library/Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 249-2170 * fpl.info
- (Event runs 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) Learn the fun of working and playing with science, technology and math. Recommended for elementary school ages.
Saturday, October 8: “Flint Symphony Orchestra October Classical Concert” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com
- (Performance begins 7:30 p.m.) Enrique Diemecke conducts an evening of classical music with guest artist Haochen Zhang on piano. Also performing is John Stafford Smith, arr., Toscanini Star Spangled Banner, Edvard Grieg Last Spring, Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Choncerto No. 3, op. 30, D Minor, Ottorino Respighi Fontana di Roma, Fountains of Rome and Ottorino Respighi Pini di Roma, Pines of Rome.
Sunday, October 9: “Nature Based Meditation” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org
- (Event runs 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.) Come out and relax with nature with Todd Robinson, a meditation master with more than 30 years of experience, and learn useful, every day, stress relieving techniques. Bring something comfortable to sit on and dress appropriately for the weather. For families of all ages. Free admission.
Monday-Sunday, October 3-9: 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.
- “In The Dark” – The dark is a place of mystery! Sometimes scary, but always intriguing, darkness beckons exploration and represents the unknown. But, it’s also a natural evolutionary selective pressure that has caused plants and animals to adapt to ecosystems like caves, the deep sea, the forest at night and underneath the ground. This exhibit features three immersive zones, enabling visitors to see and experience some of these dark and largely unseen worlds, including the ways people have reacted to darkness throughout history. Each diorama uses mechanical displays, life-size animal models and informational panels to surround visitors with the sights, sounds, smells and sensations of several dark ecosystems.
- “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.
- “20th Century Gallery” – Flint’s dramatic history as the birthplace of General Motors comes to life. The exhibit takes visitors on a fascinating journey through Flint in the 20th century – from the birth of the auto industry to the present. Encounter the ups and downs of General Motors, the birth of the UAW, Flint’s role as the “Arsenal of Democracy” and what life was like during the 50s, 60s and 70s. The gallery displays over 600 artifacts and photographs, including rare antique automobiles, colorful neon signs, period clothing, household furnishings and commercial goods.
Monday-Sunday, October 3-9: 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, October 3-9: 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, October 3-9 (Longway Planetarium is closed on Monday, October 3): 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.
- “Sea Monsters” (Show starts Friday 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.
- “Halloween – The Ooky Spooky Light Show” (Show starts Friday 8 p.m.) Classic and favorite tunes such as ‘The Monster Mash’, ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Thriller’, ‘Night on Bald Mountain’ and more come to life with an amazing graphics and light show. The show was created here in Flint by Longway’s talented team of artists and programmers. The visuals are funny, spooky and will leave audiences laughing and smiling in delight. Recommended for the entire family.
- “Stars” (Show starts Saturday 8:15 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).
- “Violent Universe” (Show starts Saturday 9:15 p.m.) This laser show highlights the mysterious forces at work in the universe around us – comets, asteroids and meteors hurtling through space, stars collapsing under their own gravity and infernos of nuclear energy releasing their deadly radiation across the universe. Audiences will have a front-row seat and witness worlds collide.
- “The Accidental Astronauts” (Show starts Saturday 1:30 p.m. & 7:15 p.m. and 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.
- “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, October 4-9: 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.
- “Busy Builders” – This traveling exhibit will bring the inner engineer out of all kids! With stations for drafting blueprints, building giant skyscrapers, constructing a log house and more, kids will have the opportunity to discover and show how innovative they actually can be.
- “Fire Free Fireworks” – (Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Investigation Station) This week the museum is mixing things up with fireworks in October. With a little milk, dish soap and color, kids will learn how to create mesmerizing fireworks right in front of their own eyes!
Thursday-Sunday, October 6-9: 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, October 7-9: 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, October 3-7: 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 this month as they celebrate the Flint Festival of Quilts participants with original quilts by the Flint Deaf Quilters, the Deaf Quilting Block and Deaf Quilters United. Free admission.
Monday-Sunday, October 3-9: 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.
- “Pressed for Time: History of Printmaking” – Organized by the FIA and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, enjoy this historical survey of the four major processes of printmaking in the Western world. Selected prints highlight the remarkable diversity and ingenuity of this medium. The four methods of relief (woodcut), intaglio (etching & engraving), planographic (lithography) and stencil (screenprinting) are represented, along with a brief look at the new medium of digital printing.
- “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.
- “Drawn to the Figure” – 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, October 4, 6 & 8: 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 original artwork from over 30 local artists. Art at the Market is a non-profit organization and operated by its artists.
Thursday-Saturday, October 6-8: 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, October 6-8: 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. This month, Buckham Gallery is proud to have on display the “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” exhibit, which features works of art by Tim Kranz, Yari Ostovany, John Dempsey and Matthew Osmon.
Thursday-Saturday, October 6-8: The New McCree Theatre presents “The Motown Story,” 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 musical tells the story of one man who pursued a dream, and through hard work and perseverance, realized it. Berry Gordy, former prizefighter and erstwhile songwriter, had a vision for bigger things. He singlehandedly harnessed the burgeoning talent in the city of Detroit to create a musical dynasty, the Motown Record Company.
Friday-Sunday, October 7-9: “Genius” 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.) (Rated PG-13) Oscar winner Colin Firth portrays legendary book editor Max Perkins, who collaborated with some of America’s brightest literary lights, among them Thomas Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.
Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9: The Flint Youth Theatre presents “The Jungle Book” to Bower Theatre, 1220 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-1530 * thefyt.org
- (Performances begin Saturday 7 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.) Rambunctious and curious, scrappy and silly, Mowgli struggles to fit in with wolves, bears and tigers, even as he grows up as a member of the most dangerous animal species of all. Recommended for ages 10 and older.
Sunday, October 9: “The Man Who Planted Trees” at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-7333 * thewhiting.com
- (Performance begins 3 p.m.) This multi-sensory theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental classic tells the inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland.
Monday-Saturday, October 3-8: 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, October 3-9: 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, October 3-9: 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 will never be forgotten!
Monday-Sunday, October 3-9: 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/
- “Deep Horizon: An IMAX Experience” – (Rated PG-13) Based on the story of the offshore drilling rig, Deepwater Horizon, which exploded during April of 2010 and created the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Shows are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
Monday-Sunday, October 3-9: 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, October 3-9: 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 are 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 music.
Monday-Sunday, October 3-9: 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. This location is closed for maintenance Monday-Thursday) 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.
Tuesday-Sunday, October 4-9: Card Table Republic – A Board Game Lounge “where board games and friends unite,” 8427 Davison Road, Davison * (810) 652-6363 * cardtablerepulic.com
- (Open Tuesday-Thursday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 7 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, October 7 & 8: “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.
Monday-Sunday, October 3-9: 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, October 3-9: 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, October 3-9: 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, October 3-9: 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, October 3-9: 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, October 4, 6 & 8: 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 Evening Entertainment
Monday-Saturday, October 3-8: 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 for live entertainment from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday-Saturday, October 3-8: 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, October 3-9: 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 Out of the Blues performing Friday and Shelter Dogs on Saturday.
Monday-Sunday, October 3-9: 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, October 3-9: The Corner Bar & Grill, 4015 Owen Road, Fenton * (810) 354-8803 * cbgfenton.com
- (Open Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Enjoy this rock ‘n’ roll gastro pub offering a unique mix of fun and elegance with quality food from gourmet burgers to excellent codfish tacos along with craft beer and handcrafted drinks. In addition to great food, the Corner Bar & Grill hosts live rock ‘n’ roll music every Saturday night.
Monday-Sunday, October 3-9: 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, October 3-9: 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, October 3-9: 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 Friday, Sherman’s will host an 80’s night with live music by Square Pegz starting at 9:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, Rodeo Drive performs classic rock starting at 9 p.m. 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, October 4-9: 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, October 7: 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. 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 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.
Friday & Saturday, October 7 & 8: 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. On Friday, the American Federation of Musicians presents Chain Staley, an acoustic tribute to Alice in Chains featuring Russell Wayne with special guest Hook and Healer, a tribute to Blind Melon. Then on Saturday, Like a Storm takes the stage with special guests Citizen Zero and Righteous Vendetta. Shows are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.
Friday & Saturday, October 7 & 8: 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 Norm Stulz in the house this weekend with special guest Mike Ball.
Friday & Saturday, October 7 & 8: Sequoia Wine Bar and Martini Lounge, 5304 Gateway Centre Drive, Flint * (810) 233-8000 * theredwoodlodge.com
- (Live music begins at 9 p.m.) Located inside the Redwood Steakhouse & Brewery, the Sequoia Lounge presents live music with Elizabeth Reed performing Friday (Blues Rock) and the Bill Strickler Band on Saturday.