Thurs. Aug. 22
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. Tonight, the band Captured Detroit will perform a tribute to Journey. Rain location — Fenton Community & Cultural Center, 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 Ghost Note at Genesee Valley Center’s Outdoor Village. Ghost Note performs Jazz, Hip-Hop and Funk. 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.
Davison Roadside Park Pavilion, 6160 Davison Rd., Burton
Thurs. Aug. 22-Sunday Aug. 25
Come out and enjoy this family event from Monday Aug. 19-Sunday Aug. 25 that attracts more than 150,000 visitors featuring live stock, carnival rides, an entertainment tent, monster trucks and derby races, a baby animal tent and petting zoo, Bingo tent, racing pigs, a hog-calling contest, a dog show, Cornhole tournaments, tomato baseball, Pure Pro wrestling, an X-Treme chainsaw show and much more. Grandstand events happen daily with a special guest performance by Trace Adkins on Thursday.
E.A. Cummings Event Center, 6130 E. Mt. Morris Rd., Mt. Morris
Fri. Aug. 23
Join a trained nutrition instructor from the Hurley Community Wellness in For-Mar’s treehouse and learn about nutrition and wellness. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission. No pre-registration required. 2:30-3:30pm.
For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Rd., Burton
Join the Flint Institute of Arts for Late Night with special drinks and fun events in the Palette Café, along with gallery tours, meditation or yoga in the museum and art projects for kids and adults. Enjoy Tito’s Yappy Hour, self-directed tours of the museum galleries with audio and printed guides and glassblowing demonstrations with guest artist Josh Wojick. Activities are free. Special pricing on food and drinks. 5pm-9pm.
Flint Institute Arts, 1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint
Enjoy this summer outdoor movie, Peter Rabbit, played on a 30-foot movie screen. The evening will also include lawn games, activities, music and 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. Free admission, but donations are encouraged. 7:30-11pm.
Applewood Estate, 1400 E. Kearsley St., Flint
Come light up with firefly knowledge and find out about the evil villain light pollution that is harming them. Then build your own firefly holder and take a night hike through For-Mar to catch and view fireflies. Pre-registration required. $4 per person. Recommended for families of all ages. 8:30-10pm.
For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Rd., Burton
Fri. Aug. 23-Sat. Aug. 24
Enjoy two-days of family fun as the city of Flint welcomes more than 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 and Fitness Expo, a Friday evening Crim Pasta Party and the Michigan Mile Race Series. Races begin Saturday at 7:30am, followed by an afternoon of fun and live bands, an entertainment tent, food vendors and more.
Flint Downtown Entertainment District, Saginaw Street, Flint
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
Fri. Aug. 23-Sun. Aug. 25
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, everyone’s favorite blue engine will be visiting the village. Tickets include admission into the village, a 40-minute train ride with Thomas, a meet-and-greet with Sir Topham Hatt and Bob the Builder, Thomas and Friends themed activities along with more village fun. It is recommended that Huckleberry Railroad train tickets by purchased in advance as the train often sells out. Open 9am-5pm.
Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, 6140 Bray Rd., Flint
Sat. Aug. 24
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
Known as one of the most successful annual art fairs in mid-Michigan, browse and purchase fine art along with entertainment, local foods and children activities. This is a juried, fine arts show that includes paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, mixed media and more. 9am-5pm.
Swartz Creek Elms Park, 4071 Elms Rd., Swartz Creek
Bring your grandma and grandpa and join the For-Mar Nerd Birds and learn how to identify birds by sight and sound. Then build your own bird feeder. Recommended for families of all ages. 10am-12noon. Pre-registration by Aug. 22. $8 per pair, $4 per additional grandparent or grandchild.
Buell Lake County Park, Pavilion #1, 14098 N. Genesee Rd., Clio
Sat. Aug. 24-Sun. Aug. 25
Take a time-travel adventure into the 16th century where patrons will enjoy the sights and sounds of a 17-acre village complete with building reproductions of Renaissance shops, taverns and a beautiful castle. Continuous entertainment takes place on the streets and on 17 themed stages featuring comedy, theater shows and music. While strolling the village, enjoy a variety of adult and children games, people-powered rides and full-contact armored jousting tournaments. Also, enjoy fabulous food and browse the Crafter Marketplace where over 300 artisans display their gallery-quality works for sale. This weekend, the Highland Games will have patrons cheering for their favorite athlete in this eight series event. Championships on Saturday and State Masters on Sunday. There will also be a Celtic Village featuring special vendors unique to Highland Fling. Open 10am-7pm daily, rain or shine! Free parking.
Michigan Renaissance Festival, 12600 Dixie Hwy. Holly
Sun. Aug. 25
Live Trivia at Blondie’s Food & Spirits
Join us in The Tap Room for Live Trivia! Every Sunday from 6-8pm.
Blondie’s Food & Spirits, 2520 W Hill Rd., Flint