August is shaping up to be a busy month for Genesee County. Here are five festival favorites that are headed to Flint next month.
August 6: Flint Drop Fest
More than 40 DJs from across the Midwest will take the stage at this all-ages and electronic music festival. There, they will be joined by vendors, live art, workshops and more spanning the streets of Buckham Alley and on the rooftop of the Rutherford Parking Ramp. This event aims to bring people together to enjoy electronic music, the community it creates and the impact it has made on the world.
August 6: Flint River Flotilla
Float down the Flint River on your favorite flotation device, be it a kayak, boat, inner tube or even a 30-foot raft! If you have a smaller flotation device the day of the event, drop off your car at Mott Park Golf Course (enter off Sunset Drive) and a shuttle will transport you to registration and launch site (Tenacity Brewing). Those with a larger device, such as a kayak or canoe, should drop it off at Tenacity Brewing before going to Mott Park Golf Course to be shuttled back for registration. Admission is $10/adult or $30/family. Children 12 and under are free.
August 12-14: Flint Jazz Festival (pictured above)
The 35th Annual Flint Jazz Festival will return to the Flint Cultural Campus in late August. Featured musicians and bands include The Bobcats, Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, Kevin Collins Drum Company, Swingin’ Chopin, Tapology with Bruce Bradley, Lunar Ocetet, Christian Sands Trio, Joe Frye, Ovacir, People’s Jazz Band, Dave Bennett Quarter and more. Admission is $5-10 for the general public.
August 16-20: Back to the Bricks
This five-day extravaganza kicks off Tuesday with a family-oriented party at U.S. 23 Drive-In Theater. On Wednesday through Friday, from 5-9 p.m., spectators gather to watch the “Rolling Cruises” that start in Flint and end in Grand Blanc. On Friday, there will be a car show, concert and dance party with a Motown theme, followed by the Saturday celebration on the bricks.
August 26-27: 40th HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races
In addition to the races along the blue line, there will be plenty of entertainment (i.e., a beer tent, food vendors, free music) in the festival flat lot, at the intersection of Saginaw and Kearsley. On Friday evening, the general public is invited to the Crim Pasta Party, which runs from 4:30-9 p.m. The $10 admission includes all-you-can-eat pasta, salad, bread and drink, and benefits the Shelter of Flint.