Where to Catch the Rolling Cruise during Back to the Bricks


Classic and collector cars of all makes and models will head to Saginaw Street this Wednesday through Friday as part of the Rolling Cruise, a fan favorite in the annual Back to the Bricks lineup of events.

Starting at Fifth Avenue in Flint and ending at Cook Road in Grand Blanc, the cruise runs about 10 miles, with spectators watching from lawn chairs and blankets along the way. The event will run from 5-9 p.m. each day.

While there are lots of places to catch the cruise, event organizers expect that car enthusiasts will gravitate toward three hot spots in particular.

  1. IINN, at Hemphill Road and Saginaw Street. This Flint Mega Site will have various vendors and food offerings all three days, and DJ entertainment on Friday evening.
  2. The Hot Dog Stand, at 11338 S. Saginaw St. in Grand Blanc. Why not enjoy a hot dog and cold root beer while watching the cars go by?
  3. The intersection at Bristol Road and Saginaw Street. Just bring your lawn chair and settle in!

“Non-cruise” traffic is asked to use the center lanes to provide spectators with a better view of the parade cars.

For more information about this week’s events visit, https://backtothebricks.org. For a map of the Rolling Cruises, click here.

Cruise Down Saginaw Street During Back to the Bricks

Classic and collector cars of all makes, models, years and colors were spotted driving along Saginaw Street last night. The evening marked the kick-off of the three-day Rolling Cruise, a fan favorite in the annual Back to the Bricks lineup of events.

Starting at Fifth Avenue in Flint and ending at Cook Road in Grand Blanc, the cruise runs about 10 miles, with spectators watching from lawn chairs and blankets along the way. The cruise will pick up again both Thursday and Friday, running from 5-9 p.m. both days.

For a look at some of the vehicles that made it out to last night’s cruise, check out the gallery below.

For more information about Back to the Bricks, which culminates on Saturday with several events and activities, click here.

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Local Bars Highlight Michigan-Made Brews in Friday Pub Crawl 


Now here’s a way to wet your whistle: Six Flint-area bars have teamed up to host the second annual Bricks `n Brews pub crawl on Friday, August 7.

Each bar will highlight a different Michigan-based brewery for the evening, providing stamps to bar crawl participants who purchase any size craft beer. Participants who fill all six slots on their stamp cards may return them to the tent located outside 501 Bar & Grill in return for a free commemorative pint glass.

The lineup is as follows:

  • 501 Bar and Grill (Founders Brewing Co.)
  • Blackstone’s (Perrin Brewing Co.)
  • Churchill’s Food and Spirits (Bell’s Brewery)
  • Soggy Bottom Bar (Blake’s Hard Cider)
  • Table and Tap (Shorts Brewing Co.)
  • The Torch Bar & Grill (51 North Brewery)

Pub crawl participants are encouraged to drink responsibly. Shuttle service will be provided to and from Soggy Bottom Bar.

For more info about the event, which runs from 5 p.m. to midnight, visit www.facebook.com/Bricksnbrews.

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See What’s Happening in and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of August 11-17

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


August 11: “Oobleck, Goop and Glurch” at Linden County Park (Clover Beach Pavilion), 15349 S. Linden Road, Linden * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) “Rain, always Rain. Why can’t we have something different for a change?” Oobleck is a fictional form of green precipitation invented by the children’s author Dr. Suess. Dress for a mess as you make Oobleck, Goop and Glurch! Recommended for all ages. Free admission.


August 12: “Comets & Shooting Stars” at Clio Amphitheater, 301 Rogers Lodge Drive, Clio * (810) 686-5850 * clio.govoffice.com

  • (Gates open 6 p.m. show begins 7 p.m.) Bill Haley’s Youngest Drummer, Joey Kay & His Comets, will perform such hits as “Rock Around the Clock”,  “Shake, Rattle & Roll” and “See Ya Later Alligator.” They tour the world and still perform to ensure that the music, as it was, will continue into the future for many generations to enjoy.


August 12: “Know Your Nature” 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.) Join a For-Mar naturalist on a nature hike through the park and learn about the wildlife that calls For-Mar home. See all the signs they leave behind! Recommended for all ages. Free admission.


August 12 – 16: 10th Annual “Back to the Bricks” Cruise and Car Show, Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District and Genesee County * backtothebricks.org

  • Be part of one of the biggest car events featuring a rolling cruise, kick-off parties, automotive vendor displays, food, contests, a free drive-in movie at US-23 Drive-In Theater (Tuesday), an Artomotive “Raise the Hood” contest and auction (Wednesday), Swap Meet/Craft-Yard Sale, a  live concert on Friday evening (in Grand Blanc) and Saturday afternoon (near Flint City Hall at 3 p.m.) and an amazing all-day Saturday car show. Free admission. Visit the website above for a detailed schedule of events.


August 14: “Goodies From The Garden” at Applewood, 1400 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 233-3835 * ruthmottfoundation.org

  • (Event runs 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Experience a fun-filled family evening exploring the Applewood grounds decked out with activities and entertainment around every corner. Visit the orchard station, live food demo, scavenger hunt, live music, kids’ activities and more! Golf cart shuttles will be available for those with mobility challenges. Light and healthy local refreshments will also be provided. Free admission but, please consider bringing a food or personal care item for a local shelter donation.

August 14 – 17: Montrose Blueberry Festival, Montrose Downtown Entertainment District * montroseblueberryfestival.net

  • (Festival runs Thursday 8 a.m. to 12 a.m., Friday & Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) The 43rd annual Montrose Blueberry Festival is a family-fun event featuring a depot yard sale, Blueberry store, flea market, arts & crafts, carnival, food booths, entertainment tent, live music, a pig roast, parade, karaoke and so much more. Visit the website above for a detailed schedule of events.

August 15: “Bermudas on the Bricks” at Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District, Saginaw Street, Flint * facebook.com – Bermudas on the Bricks

  • (Event runs 4:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.) Don’t miss downtown Flint’s first adult block party. Wear your Bermudas (long or short) and expect the unexpected. The 500 block of Saginaw Street will be filled with a tent, beer truck, a stage, musicians and other entertainers. Area restaurants will also be open. Must be 21 years of age to participate. Some proceeds will go to support the Flint Police Athletics League. Visit the FB page above for more information.

August 15: Dixie Motor Speedway, 10945 Dixie Hwy, Birch Run * (989) 624-9778 * dixiemotorspeedway.com

  • (Gates open 5 p.m. races begin 7:30 p.m.) Enjoy nonstop, live entertainment on one of the premier short tracks in the Midwest. Enjoy EOD for tonight’s family event.

August 16: “Beecher Music Festival”, North Saginaw Street, Beecher (between Genesee & Cornell – next to Roma’s Pizza) * beechermusicfestival.com

  • (Festival runs 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.) Enjoy this 6th annual event featuring a free lunch, dunk tank, bounce house, car show, basketball competition, karaoke contest, food vendors, DJ and more. Live entertainment will be presented by Maurice Davis, The King of Party Blues, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

August 16: “Summer Tree ID” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.) Come hike the trails at For-Mar and learn how to identify some of the many trees found on the grounds. Recommended for ages 16 and older.

August 16 & 17: Michigan Renaissance Festival, 12600 Dixie Highway, Holly * (248) 634-5552 * michrenfest.com

  • (Festival runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) Come celebrate the Festival’s opening weekend with their “Royal Pet & Ale Fest” featuring disc dogs, animal rescues, a pet costume contest, a pet talent contest and pet supply vendors along with a micro beer tasting, hot wing eating contest, Press-A-Wench and free Vow Renewals starting at 11:30 a.m. Also, be sure to check out the Festival’s full-contact armored jousting tournaments, try a Festival turkey drumstick and browse the Crafter Marketplace offering over 50 unique shops of candles, toys, face and body art, jewelry, apparel and more. Visit the website above for a detailed schedule of daily activities and upcoming themed weekends. Always free parking – open rain or shine!

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Things To Do in Flint & Genesee County: August 12-18


Don’t Miss Events: “Genesee County Fair” The Big American Dream at EA Cummings Event Center August 12-18; 9th Annual “Back to the Bricks” Cruise and Car Show, Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District and Genesee County

Art & Culture

August 12 – 18: The Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org

  • (Monday-Wednesday & Friday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Visit the FIA and browse through their outstanding collections of American, European, Native American, African and Asian art including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and decorative arts featuring a complete set of 17th century French tapestries. Continue reading

Artists Raise The Hood On Back To The Bricks Art Competition

ImageBack to the Bricks is adding a new wrinkle to this year’s event with the addition of Artomotive – Raise the Hood, an art competition based around car hoods.  Artists are asked to use a car hood as an integral part of their artwork and this is the only requirement of the piece that honors the automotive background of our region.  Artists will be able to let their imaginations and talents run wild as they create their pieces and in the end there should be some wild and wonderful creations.  There are two different ‘divisions’ to the judging, one where the artwork will be created, judged, and awarded on the spot and another where artists will have time to create their work in their own work spaces.  There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places awarded as well as a People’s Choice award with prizes for each place.  When the artwork is completed and turned in all entries will be auctioned off during Back to the Bricks to raise money to benefit the Automotive Pioneers Statue Fund, a project which pays tribute to this area’s many legends of the industry.  Artomotive is possible through a partnership between the Back to the Bricks Statue Committee, the Greater Flint Arts Council, and the Flint & Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau, which have all worked tirelessly to make this event happen.  On Site artwork will be displayed at selected locations throughout Downtown Flint and entries for both divisions will be featured during the August Art Walk at the GFAC.  Artomotive is yet another exciting twist to an event that has become a tradition in Downtown Flint and the areas beyond and it should really be a great addition to the show.  Participants must be 18 or older and applications are due on or before July 31.  There is a $50 entry fee as well.

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3rd Annual Back to the Bricks Heart of Michigan Promotional Tour

Counting down to to The 3rd Annual Back to the Bricks Heart of Michigan Promotional Tour: Friday, June 15 – Friday, June 22, 2012. June 23 Tour Participants will be able to drive into the Sloan Museum Auto Fair, download the pre-registration form off www.backtothebricks.org.

There will be evening events at all of the stops listed on the schedule: Mt. Pleasant, Grayling, Traverse City, Cadillac, Grand Rapids, Sturgis (two nights) and Grand Blanc. However, there are also many “in between” stops during the days we are touring. The first stop along the trip will be Durand. Learn about history of the railroad, shop and cruise on over to the Fraternal Order of Eagles for a mini car cruise. Shuttles are available from downtown to the Durand Depot so cruisers can leave there cars on the streets of downtown Durand.  Other “in between” stops include lunch in Baldwin and a visit to the Shrine of the Pines, Classic Instruments for a tour, Ididit for another behind the scenes peak and lots of things to do in the Sturgis Area!

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