Thurs. Aug. 8
Bring a lawn chair and/or blanket and enjoy a variety of free music concerts, on Thursday nights, at Fenton’s millpond gazebo with family and friends. In celebration of the Back to the Bricks Tune-Up Parties, the band SHOUT will perform a tribute to the Fab Four Beatles Band. Rain location – Fenton Community & Cultural Center located at 150 S. Leroy Street.7-8:30pm. The concert is free!
Fenton Millpond Gazebo, 301 S. Leroy St., Fenton
Relax and enjoy live music by The Daniel Weatherspoon Project at Genesee Valley Center’s Outdoor Village. Arrive at 6:30pm and have fun with DJ Psycho before the concert. There is limited seating so, you may want to bring a chair. No outside food or beverages allowed, but food and drinks are available for purchase. 7-9pm. Admission is free.
Outdoor Village, 3341 S. Linden Rd., Flint
Join For-Mar on the Road Naturalists along with some really fascinating animal teachers for this interactive program featuring a live small animal encounter and hands on activities like a game or craft. Recommended for families with young children. Free admission. No pre-registration required. 7pm-8pm.
Linden County Park, Clover Beach Pavilion, 15349 S. Linden Rd., Linden
Thurs. Aug. 8 – Fri. Aug. 9
Bring your lunch and experience some of Michigan’s most talented musicians in a relaxing, family-friendly Flint city park on the grounds of the University of Michigan-Flint, next to the Flint Farmers’ Market. Live music runs from 11:45am-1:15pm on Monday through Friday. Performing on Thursday — Terence Grundy & Friends (Gospel); Friday — the Mike Espy Group (Jazz). Rain location: Greater Flint Arts Council, 816 S. Saginaw St., Flint. Admission is free.
Willson Park, U of M-Flint Campus, 549 Wallenberg St., Flint
Thursday Aug. 8 – Sat. Aug. 10
Back to the Bricks Tune Up Parties
Prior to the Back to the Bricks Cruise and Car Show, which happens next week, get ready for a week of continuous family-fun at the Back to the Bricks Tune up Parties held at various locations throughout the county. Attractions and activities vary by location, but include parties with a 50s, 60s or 70s theme, concessions, vendors, live music, dancing in the streets, giveaways and lots and lots of cars.
Thursday: Fenton, Friday: Swartz Creek, Saturday: Mt. Morris/Beecher. For more information and a schedule of activities visit backtothebricks.org.
Fri. August 9
Get a behind the scenes look at how the staff at For-Mar cares for their animals. Find out what these animals eat, watch them eat and maybe even get a chance to feed them. Recommended for families with children five years and older.10-11am. Free admission. No pre-registration required.
For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Rd., Burton
Enjoy some delicious food, tasty beverages, live music and the works of various artists on display throughout a variety of Downtown Flint galleries and businesses. Stop by the Greater Flint Arts Council, 816 S. Saginaw Street, for a copy of this month’s walking tour, while supplies last. 6-9pm.
Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District, Saginaw Street
Enjoy this family-friendly event featuring live entertainment, a market place, kid’s activities and 20-plus food trucks serving up the best of Flint and Genesee County. Outdoor seating is available. 4-9pm.
Grand Blanc High School Parking Lot, 12500 Holly Rd., Grand Blanc
Join the Flint Institute of Arts for “Late Night” with special drinks and fun events in the Palette Cafe along with gallery tours, meditation or yoga in the museum and art projects for kids and adults. Enjoy hands-on Origami with Rebecca Andrus, self-directed tours of the museum galleries with audio and printed guides, glassblowing demonstrations with guest artist Ryan Thompson and a curatorial-led tour of the art display Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper. Activities are free. Special pricing on food and drinks.
Flint Institute Arts, 1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint
Enjoy this summer outdoor movie, Incredibles, played on a 30-foot movie screen. The evening will also include lawn games, activities, music, dancing and snacks in a safe and family-friendly environment. The pre-party starts at 7:30pm and the movie begins at dusk. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Each guest will receive a bag of popcorn, a drink and candy to enjoy during the movie. 7:30-11pm. Free admission, but donations are encouraged
Flint City Hall Back Lawn, 1101 Saginaw St., Flint
Fri. Aug. 9– Sat. Aug. 10
Since 1983, the Holly Hotel Comedy Club has been one of the best venues for professional stand-up comedians from Los Angeles to New York. 8:30pm and 10pm shows. $15 cover charge, $12 for dining guests. For reservations, call 248.634.5208.
Holly Hotel, 110 Battle Alley, Holly
Join the Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille for Live Entertainment at the Piano Bar. Featured entertainers in August: Van Haven.
Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille, 302 N. LeRoy St., Fenton
Sat. Aug. 10
Saturday Morning Community Yoga
Join your friends and neighbors for Saturday Morning Community Yoga at the Ferris Wheel Building. The donation-based community yoga class, will meet in the lobby of the Ferris Wheel. This 45-minute class is open to all levels.
Ferris Wheel, 615 S. Saginaw St., Flint
Hundreds of cats, dogs, puppies and kittens will be looking for homes at the 14th Annual Pet Fest. Many local animal agencies will be participating, including Adopt-A-Pet, Genesee County Animal Control, Flint City Pits, PAWS, Lucky Day Animal Rescue, Canine Companion Rescue Center, Furever Tails, Kreacher Konnections, Love Rescued Me, K9 Stray Rescue League and Pursuit of Happiness. All animals are spayed/neutered and up-to-date on vaccines. Adoption fees apply. Admission is free. For more information (810)629-0723. 10-5pm.
Ascension Genesys Hospital, 1 Genesys Parkway, Grand Blanc
This 8th annual mid-Michigan Electronic Music Festival features six stages, along with dancing, food, merchandise vendors, a wide array of performing arts, interactive workshops, games and lots of fun including: human canvasses and a featured artist painting a school bus live throughout the day. Noon-10pm
Downtown Buckham Alley, 522 Buckham Alley, Flint
Team up with friends in groups of six or less and compete against other challengers in six common categories including: Science, History, Geography, Literature, Pop Culture and more. Battle it out for bragging rights and small prizes for the top three teams. Recommended for ages 13 and older. Admission includes 7pm laser show. 6pm-8pm.
Longway Planetarium, 1310 E. Kearsley St., Flint
Experience a fast-paced, fun-filled family night at the tracks featuring Max D Monster Truck Rides, Racing-Pure Stocks, Figure 8’s, All American Truck Series, Lipstick Ladies and Destruction. Tonight is Super Hero and Autograph Night – $2 off adult admission for every child wearing a costume. Children 12 and under are free. 6-10pm.
Auto City Speedway, 10205 N. Saginaw St., Clio
Join For-Mar and the University of Michigan-Flint Astronomy crew and head outside in celebration of summer and the night sky. Programming includes astronomy activities, crafts, a campfire, telescopes and more. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission. No pre-registration required. 8-10pm.
For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Rd., Burton
The Pop 2000 Tour delivers the TRL moments that will bring you right back to the early 2000s. POP 2000 TOUR hosted by Lance Bass of *NSYNC, features performances by platinum-selling POP2K artists O-Town, Aaron Carter and Ryan Cabrera. 8-10pm.
The Capitol Theatre, 140 E. 2nd St., Flint
Sat. Aug. 10 -Sun. Aug. 11
Travel back to a time when things were a whole lot simpler. Crossroads Village is a Great Lakes town from the turn of the century with 34 historic structures and a thriving community. Enjoy a 40-minute journey on an authentic Baldwin Steam locomotive, the Huckleberry Railroad, take a scenic ride on the Genesee Belle, a replica of the paddlewheel riverboats that were popular during Mark Twain’s time, catch a show at the Colwell Opera House or learn a trade from one of the village’s craftspeople. This weekend, celebrate Pioneer Days at the village with a stick & hoops game, pioneer math problems, a make-and-take sugar baby doll, a pioneer costume contest and more. It is recommended that Huckleberry Railroad train tickets by purchased in advance as the train often sells out. 10am-5pm.
Crossroads Village, 6140 Bray Rd., Flint