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