This Friday’s Art Walk Will Come With An Added SHIVER

book-monthEvery month on the second Friday Downtown Flint celebrates the arts with the Art Walk, an event created years and years ago via a collaboration between the local independent galleries and the event continues to grow and evolve over time.  The walk itself focuses on the gallery space downtown – Buckham Gallery and Greater Flint Arts Council – but other venues such as Red Ink Studios (located in the same building as the Flint Local 432 all ages music club on First Street), Pages Bookstore, The Lunch Studio and other sites have joined in as additional venues where artists and musicians can showcase their work.  This month another venue joins the walk as MLive will host five local writers who will be offering their own twists on classic summer reading.  The event at MLive (located on Saginaw Street across from Blackstone’s) is called the Summer Shiver Book Tour and features five authors from the Flint area who each will be bringing books that will throw some very long and very deep shadows and all of them will be available to sign their books and speak with people if anyone has any questions about their work. The books will range from stories of the undead, to tales of romantic terror, to a university that has a strange and mysterious history, and on to non-fiction books about movies, and even books perfect for the littlest ghosts and goblins in the house.

Summer is a time many take to kick back and spend some time in a good book – electronic or traditional – and the Summer Shiver Tour is a great opportunity to meet some local authors and find out more about their work and for those looking to add a chill to the warm weather months this could be just the place to start.

Summer Shiver Book Tour

MLive Office – Saginaw Street, Downtown Flint

Friday, June 11, 2014

6PM – 8PM


Buckham Alley In Downtown Flint Is The Place To Be This Saturday Night

buchkamNow in its fourth year, Buckham Alley Fest has quickly become one of the most interesting and anticipated events in all of Flint. Sure, there are the stalwarts downtown – Back To The Bricks, The Crim, and Bikes On The Bricks – which all draw thousands and thousands of people to the area but none of those events feel as Flint as BAF does. What those other events, great as they are, don’t do is embrace some of the things that make this modern Flint what it is – the art, the music, and the food. The event uses an alley in Flint where several local businesses reside – Pages Bookstore, The Torch Bar & Grill, The Loft, and 501 as well as some smaller businesses – with the small side street transformed into a music venue, an art showcase, and an area of outdoor seating and eating as thousands come out to this free festival.  Beginning at 4 p.m. this Saturday the festival fills not just Buckham Alley (which is in between First Street and Second Street downtown) but will spill into First Street and will fill the entirety of the alley itself. With two stages set up there will be ten music acts with different styles and from different genres playing through the evening which will set the soundtrack as people check out the dozens upon dozens of vendors selling food, clothing, crafts, and jewelry. In their own area will be local artists showing and selling their work. Since its inception the festival has become an amazing showcase for local artists and performers and this year will be no different with demonstrations and art performances slated for the evening as well.

With an event that’s still relatively ‘new’ Buckham Alley Fest has become an event that people look forward to all year and with great reason – this is a festival for and about Flint and which looks to add to the already busy summer calendar. If you have never made it to a Buckham Alley Festival then this is a great time to change that. There are a lot of wonderful events centered on Flint during the year but few of them are made from the fabric of the city and woven back into its eclectic tapestry highlighting the many things that that make the city so special.

Buckham Alley Festival
Saturday, July 12, 2014
4PM – 10PM
Buckham Alley, Downtown Flint, MI (between Second Street and First Street)

Celebrate Independence Day At Crossroads This Week!

Strawberry Ice Cream ConeThis is one of those weeks where there are a hundred things to do and the hard part becomes deciding what exactly you want to do most.  Too often we default to the most convenient thing or the thing we always do but the only way to find true adventure is to go looking for it and the only way to do that is to do something different.  This week Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad has two opportunities to celebrate the Fourth in fun and unique ways.

July 3 will bring the Flint Symphony Orchestra to Crossroads as a kick off to the 2014 Music in the Parks series and they’ll be playing patriotic music starting at 7PM and running until 9PM. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for this free show and if you get a little hungry or thirsty the park will have their concessions open for business.

On the Fourth there will be games, a carnival mid-way, and everyone’s favorite – an Ice Cream Social.  Instead of dealing with loud crowds and the stress of arriving hours early so you can get a good spot to see forty minutes of fireworks you can step back in time and have a simpler, stress free celebration. The Fourth is a wonderful time to visit Crossroads and to remind ourselves what America used to look like and of the many struggles that were overcome to get us to where we are today.  And, you know, there’s ice cream!

Independence Celebration

Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

Times vary

6140 N. Bray Road, Flint, MI, 48505

Stop In To The Flint Farmer’s Market This Saturday For A Taste Of The Market

1403099239With summer here people’s minds turn to barbecues and festivals and things that go ‘bang’ in the sky but for foodies things get a little bleak at times. Sure, sure, there’s an abundance of fresh foods out there but there aren’t many events focused on those foods or on anything that isn’t barbecued or covered in some manner of sauce, ah, but the Flint Farmer’s Market has just what the foodie palate has been craving at their Taste of the Market event this Saturday.  The event is the perfect opportunity to check out the new space if you haven’t yet and will give you a chance to learn more about some of the amazing foods that are there.  The event will feature the cooking talents of some of the chefs of the Market’s businesses and will offer a very wide variety of foods and styles.  If you come out you will be able to see demonstrations of skills from chefs from Chubby Duck Global Foods, Chef Nate’s Wing Bar, Mexico at the Market, and Beirut Restaurant & Grocery.

This event is a wonderful way to see how some local chefs prepare their favorite recipes and will give you some insight into how they create those dishes and put their own spins on them.  The event runs from late morning into the early afternoon so there is plenty of time to do some shopping, both window and otherwise, either before or after the demonstrations.  If you have a love for food and cooking this is an event you won’t want to miss.

A Taste of the Market

Flint Farmer’s Market – Downtown Flint

Saturday, June 28, 2014

11 AM – 3 PM







Saturday, June 28, 2014 Kearsley Park you are invited to a free movie night presented by the Flint Horror Convention.  For one night Kearlsey Park will be reminiscent of the drive-in movie experiences of old as we project 1950’s B-Movie classic THE BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE and invite everyone to bring their blankets, chairs, and snacks for an evening under the stars watching an old fashioned monster movie.  Everyone is invited to come out to the park early to claim their spots and to enjoy themselves a little early and we’ll start the show at 9:30PM.

This is an ALL AGES night of movies and fun so get those blankets ready, pop up some popcorn, and make sure to be in the park on June 28 for –



The Flint Horror Convention Presents –


Kearsley Park is located off of Robert T. Longway Blvd., in Flint, MI

June 28, 2014

9:30PM Showtime


Parental Advisory – Film Will Feature Mild Scares

Sponsored by SYNAPSE FILMS






A Weekend For Festivals

tokyo-ferris-wheel-odaibaYou can tell that summer has finally arrived now that all of the area’s festivals are kicking into full swing.  This is one of those weekends where truly, if you can’t find something fun to do with your friends and family then the problem is you!

 ‘Fun In The Sun’ Flushing Summer Festival

Kicking off with a Luau Parade and duck race things only get better with rides, several music performances, and a talent show for local country acts. Truly, there is plenty to keep everyone busy.

Flushing Summer Festival

June 18-21, 2014

Downtown Flushing


Linden Mills Days Festival

Along with the usual midway fun there will be a car show, fireworks, an ‘80’s hairdo contest and more. The highlight may well be the Highland Games though which has kilted competitors testing their skills, stamina, and power in several feats of strength such as the Stone Put, the Kaber Toss, the Hammer Throw and more. Now they just have to make a strong wind doesn’t play heck with those kilts…

Linden Mills Days Festival

June 19 – 21, 2014

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Grand Blanc Family Fun Fest

A Superhero and Princess parade, a Rising Star contest, an entertainment tent, carnival rides, a beautiful baby contest and a 5K run/walk – what more could you need? Probably a nap after a day at the Fun Fest!


Grand Blanc Family Fun Fest

June 19-22, 2014

Physician’s Park area


Greek Festival

The Greek Festival returns to Assumption Greek Orthodox Church for this weekend celebration of Greek traditions and culture. There will be LOTS of Greek food on hand as well as entertainment for the whole family. Foodies may want to make a special trip out to the Greek Festival because I have a feeling that your mouth won’t stop watering until you do.

Greek Festival

June 20-22, 2014

Assumption Orthodox Church

2014 Flint Art Fair

If you are looking for a more relaxed pace with a touch of the arts then you might want to head out to the 47th Annual Flint Art Fair this weekend where dozens of artists will be on hand with their arts and crafts for sale on the grounds of the Flint Institute of Arts. Along with the artists there will be food vendors for when you get hungry and thirsty and music to keep you moving. This is the perfect event for the patrons of the arts out there and for people looking to add to their art collection.

2014 Flint Art Fair

June 21-22, 2014

Flint Institute of Arts grounds

A Day Of Peace and Remembrance

This is an event that is a little more serious than the others but is a wonderful way to get involved in the community. The focus here is a Unity March and a Community Expo just outside of Downtown Flint. Things kick off at 11AM with the Unity March where participants will walk together to promote peace and people are encouraged to bring memorial tributes to their loved ones. This will be followed up by a Community Expo with dozens of organizations offering information on the many services they provide. There will be free food for all that attend as well. Later in the evening there will be a Gospel Fest to end the evening with musical fellowship.

A Day Of Peace And Remembrance

June 21, 2014

6901 N. Saginaw Street – Our Savior Lutheran Church

 And along with all of THIS there’s also the opening of the new Flint Farmer’s Market site so there is no shortage of things to see, hear, and experience this weekend. It’s the kind of weekend that makes this area so special and reminds you of the diversity and wonder our area holds and truly beckons you to see and be seen.



Join The Celebration At the 10th Annual JUNEBOREE This Friday

Banner_mini_flat_02-Medium1-e1296450432312This Friday marks another Art Walk in Downtown Flint and it also marks the tenth anniversary of the Creative Alliance’s Juneboree, a celebration of all things weird and wonderful.  The Creative Alliance is a a collective of artists, writers, and musicians who work together to create art and outreach events in and around the city of Flint and who work together to support each other’s emerging skills and careers.  Juneboree is a fun music and art show that embraces the spirit of the carnival and the atmosphere of a street fair.  This year there will be live music, visual art, street performers and more.  The event will run during and after the Art Walk and will feature over fifteen artists and four bands will be rocking the night away.  The event will be held at Churchill’s Food & Spirits right on Saginaw Street across from the University Pavilion and the fun will be plentiful.


Friday, June 13, 2014

6PM – 2AM

Churchill’s Food & Spirits – 340 S. Saginaw Street, Flint, MI, 48502

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