Now 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)
This Saturday historic Kearsley Park will be filled with the sounds of Bluegrass Music as the Kearsley Park Bluegrass Bazaar sets up shop for the day. This celebration of bluegrass music will kick off the music at noon and will go until nine at night with several bands from across Michigan hitting the stage throughout the day. Along with the music there will be workshops and projects from local artists as well as vending from local crafters, vintage dealers, and artisans. Musicians won’t be left out of the fun though as they are encouraged to bring their instruments along with them for impromptu jam sessions and networking in the park. For those that want to learn a little more about music and all its varied forms Mott Community College will be on hand to let anyone interested know about their music programs and offer assistance in signing up if it is needed. This is a free event thanks to the support and participation of several local sponsors.
There are a lot of festivals in the county throughout the summer but very few of them are as dedicated to music as this one is and there are few things finer than sitting outside on a warm summer day and listening to live tunes.
Kearsley Park Bluegrass Bazaar
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Noon – 9PM
Kearsley Park – Flint, MI (Located off of Robert T. Longway, just past the Mott campus)
It’s never easy to keep your lawn looking healthy and beautiful throughout the year. With the weather and any one of a hundred types of weeds and critters there to wreak havoc on your lawn most of us could use some tips on how best to keep things green, lush, and healthy. Wednesday, May 21 brings another Lunch and Learn at historic Applewood and their topic for this session is Lawn Care and Games on the Green. This free event allows you to bring your lunch and eat on the beautiful grounds of Applewood as you learn about growing a healthy and stunning lawn of your own from the horticulturists that keep this Flint landmark so pristine. While you are there you can even take some time to see some classic lawn games that the family will love. This is a free event but they ask that you consider bringing food or personal care items to be donated to a local shelter. The lesson in lawn care will begin promptly at noon.
Bring Your Lunch And Learn
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Applewood Estate – 1400 East Kearsley Street, Flint, MI 48503
11AM – 2PM
Lecture at Noon
This Friday the circus will officially be in town, the Detroit Circus to be specific. Friday’s Orlando J. Roberts Spring Children’s Concert will bring the Detroit Circus to the Flint Public Library for a late morning show. Featuring human performers who are masters at contortion, juggling, acrobatics, illusion and magic, and acts of physical wonder this will be a show for all ages that promises to have everyone breathless for its duration. If you still can’t wrap your head around what makes Detroit Circus different than other circuses out there think of acts similar to Cirque du Soliel which take what we believe about what the human body can do and blows those constraints out of the water.
For parents this show is a wonderful way to teach kids that the body can do far more than we ever imagine and that for people like the performers in the Detroit Circus magic really does exist while those without children can go and appreciate the physical feats of the troupe. The performance is suitable for all ages and takes place at the Flint Public Library from 10:30AM – 12:30PM. Grab the family, pack a lunch, and get ready for a morning of mind-blowing fun that may really have your kids really wanting to run away with the circus.
Orlando J. Roberts Spring Children’s Concert : DETROIT CIRCUS
Friday, May 16, 2014
10:30AM – 12:30PM
Flint Public Library – 1026 E. Kearsley St., Flint, MI, 48503
EVENT INFO – https://seeandbseen.org/tag/genesee-county/page/4/calendar/?trumbaEmbed=eventid%3D109941067%26view%3Devent%26-childview%3D
DETROIT CIRCUS – https://seeandbseen.org/2015/12/24/how-to-ring-in-2016-in-flint-genesee/
This Saturday Max Brandon Park will play host to a day of fitness and fun. The Friends of Max Brandon Park are partnering with the Crim Fitness Foundation’s AmeriCorps service members, Berston Bicycle Club, and several UM-Flint student service groups to offer a day of fun and games throughout the park. The event will be from 1PM – 4PM and will feature music, prizes, and activities like playing Frisbee, playing parachute games, a hop-scotch rally, relay races, basketball, and Hula Hoops. There will even be interactive storytelling and nutrition information for the times when the kids and family are taking a breather from all the fun. This event is absolutely free for all ages and there will be light refreshment provided.
If you are looking for ways to get your family outside and active now that the warmer weather has finally arrived look no further than Max Brandon Park this Saturday because they’ll have plenty to keep everyone moving.
Day Of Play
Max Brandon Park, Flint, MI
Saturday, May 3, 2014
1PM – 4PM
This Saturday you are invited to spend an evening under the stars at the Longway Planetarium with a Star Party. Things will kick off at 7:30PM with a star show under the dome where families will be treated to a fun filled journey through our skies and beyond. After your exploration of the skies under the dome everyone will head outside to look at the world above through telescopes to see what our neighbors in outer space are up to these days. The weather is still a little chilly so make sure to bundle everyone up but it should be a beautiful night for stargazing.
This evening of fun under the stars is absolutely free compliments of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and is a wonderful opportunity to get the family out and to inspire the young scientists and astronomers out there.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Ages 5 and up
This Friday the Young Professionals Group, a committee of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, will be holding a group membership drive this Friday at B’s Bowling on Center Road. This event is a great opportunity to learn more about the group and what they are doing as well as meet and mingle with other young professionals who are looking to network. The Young Professionals are a group that has been together for several years now and which works to help people entering the professional world network with one another, find outreach opportunities, and find the resources that will help guide their careers onto a successful path. The membership drive is free to attend and offers free bowling, pizza, pop, and popcorn with giveaways and a 50/50 raffle occurring during the evening and a cash bar available.
Space is limited so please register for the event if you are interested in attending but it sounds like it’s going to be a great time and a wonderful opportunity to network with other young professionals in a laid back and fun setting.
Young Professionals Group Membership Drive
Friday, January 24, 2014
B’s Bowling – 750 S. Center Rd., Flint, MI
Please Register To Attend –