The Holidays Arrive In Style In Downtown Flint This Saturday With The DDA Holiday Walk

santaThis Saturday marks the Third Annual Downtown Development Authority Holiday Parade and it will be a wonderful way for families to really get into the holiday spirit.  The event is going to be joint effort between the DDA and the YMCA and will kick off at noon with the Santa Run where over one thousand people dressed as Santa will run a 5K race or participate in a one mile walk through downtown.  The Santa Run helps raise funds and awareness for the YMCA of Greater Flint’s Partner with Youth Campaign and all proceeds benefit that campaign.  Participants of the Santa Run will get a Santa suit with their registration and can celebrate afterwards with snacks and stories from the run back at the Y. The race starts at noon at the YMCA offices at the corners of Third Street and Chavez and will loop through downtown and end back at the Y.  The race is not timed and is family friendly so you can bring out everyone to participate, even the family dog if it is leashed and well behaved!  There is still time to register for the Run if you are interested –

After the run things will really get started downtown with the Parade at 1 PM, which highlights local marching bands and floats from local businesses and organizations. The parade will start on North Saginaw Street at 2nd Avenue and will travel south along Saginaw Street until 4th Street.  The parade will end with Santa’s arrival downtown and after the parade children will be able to see Santa and get their pictures taken with him.  During the event there will be music, fun, food and merchandise vendors, and warming stations to make sure that no one gets too frosty.  This event has become a Flint tradition over the years and has really helped to bring the season alive for the area and even if you just participate in the run, or come to watch all the fun you are bound to have a wonderful time.

Flint DDA Holiday Walk / YMCA Santa Run

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Noon – 2PM

Santa Run Begins at noon!

Parade begins at 1PM!
Downtown Flint

There is a cost to do the Santa Run, the parade is free to attend.

Parade Info –

Santa Run Info –

Sample Some Of Downtown Flint’s Finer Flavors This Weekend

taste of downtownThis Friday Downtown Flint will be filled with the scents and flavors of local restaurants as the Downtown Development Authority rings in the first day of Summer with an event Foodies will be excited to attend.  Taste of Downtown will happen in the Downtown ‘Flat Lot’ parking lot Friday, June 21 from 6 – 10PM and will feature food from over a dozen of the downtown eateries as well as refreshments for adults and all ages.  The price for the event is $10 and tickets can be purchased at the DDA offices.  Food isn’t the only thing that will be on hand on Friday though as there will be entertainment as well from Magic 5, The New McCree Ensemble and Black Tie Productions will provide a DJ for the evening.  Taste of Downtown will be a great opportunity for you to sample some of the many wonderful restaurants and to check out the newest additions to Flint’s food culture so bring your appetite and some money for libations and get your weekend kicked off with a full stomach this Friday.



Friday, June 21

6PM – 10PM

Tickets $10

Tickets available at DDA Office M – F during business hours.

412 S Saginaw Street suite 206

Flint’s Downtown Development Authority Plans to Brighten Things Up This Weekend With Fun And Flowers

dda flowersThis weekend will be a very busy one for the Downtown Development Authority of Flint as they kick off the warm season with two events that will be fun for the family.  Things kick off on Saturday with the Ingenuity Walk, an event inspired by Flint’s monthly Art Walk.  Downtown Flint will be home to robotics demonstrations, remote control cars, unique art and inventions, a one-hundred foot zip-line, a Michigan State Police helicopter landing and more.  This event is all about creativity, exploring new ideas and new ways to think as well as just having fun.  This is the first year for the Ingenuity Walk but it sounds like it won’t be the last. Things run on Saturday from 2PM – 6PM in Downtown Flint.

Sunday will allow community members to get their green thumbs dirty as the DDA holds its annual Flower Planting.  Every year people from around the city get together to help beautify the downtown before the many festivals and events by planting flowers in the DDA planters and this year will be no different.  Keep Genesee County Beautiful will provide the gloves and trowels while Landaal Packaging, one of downtown’s newest businesses, will be supplying the refreshments.  The planting will begin at 1:30PM in the DDA Flat Lot parking lot in Downtown Flint, across from the University Pavilion.

For more information head to the Flint DDA website –

Ingenuity Walk

Saturday, May 18

2PM – 6PM

Downtown Flint

DDA Flower Planting

Sunday, May 19


Downtown Flint ‘Flat Lot’

Saturday night: Buckham Alley Fest to showcase downtown Flint’s creativity

Tracy Brewington, left, and Chris Everson pictured in Buckham Alley in downtown Flint. The pair has laid the groundwork for Flint’s newest summertime event: Buckham Alley Fest. The arts-oriented festival will be held in Buckham Alley on Saturday night from 6 p.m. to midnight. The event is free and open to the public. (Photo by Jared Field)

FLINT, Michigan – Chris Everson is the Johnny Cash of urbanites – he’s been everywhere. As a tour manager for numerous bands, Everson criss-crossed the United States, Canada and even made stops in Western Europe before settling, loft-style, in downtown Flint. In those few free moments on tour between solving logistical problems at venues and reassuring temperamental frontmen, Everson took stock of his surroundings.

“I’ve traveled all over the place with bands,” said Everson, who daylights as the office manager at the Downtown Development Authority in Flint. “I’ve seen what other cities have to offer and I want to bring some of those things to Flint.”

Great events, it seems, is one of those things.

Here’s your introduction to Flint’s newest downtown event: An organic, arts-oriented, music-scene showcasing cornucopia of creativity. If you’re into the whole brevity thing, call it Buckham Alley Fest.

The Birth of BAF

It’s no surprise that the brainstorm than precipitated the birth of Buckham Alley Fest was localized due west of the bricks of South Saginaw Street. Arguably downtown Flint’s most iconic pub, The Torch, has probably been the informal launching pad for many great ideas in the city over the years. It was at the Torch, the center of gravity of downtown’s most famous alley, that Everson and Tracy Brewington began laying the foundation for an alley fest fit for Flint.

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Photo of the Day: ‘Mr. Flint’ (Chris Everson) at the Lunch Studio

The staff of the Flint Area CVB had its farewell lunch for Chris Everson today at The Lunch Studio in downtown Flint. Chris, who worked in the events department at the CVB, has taken a position with the Downtown Development Authority in Flint. He starts Monday.

Trust me when I say there’s not a more dynamic, loyal supporter of Flint than Chris. During his time at the CVB, Chris helped guide two major events through exponential growth: Back to the Bricks and Bikes on the Bricks. He has also provided great support to one of downtown Flint’s newest events, Le Champion Pave.

Chris is involved in numerous civic groups around town including the Downtown Flint Neighborhood Association, Flint Local 432, The Flint Film Festival, Buckham Alley Fest and more. He’s also a recent graduate of the Leadership Genesee program.

Chris is a great friend of the city and to everyone on our staff. We wish him the best of everything.