Upcoming Events in the Greater Flint Area Thursday July 25 – Sunday July 28


Thurs. July 25-Sun. July 28

38th Annual Flint Jazz Festival

Enjoy four days of great Jazz in Downtown Flint beginning with a Jazz Walk Thursday evening with live jazz performances in a variety of downtown Flint’s finest clubs, followed by three days of local, regional and international jazz groups playing at Flint’s Riverbank Park. Thursday 5-11pm, Friday 5:30-8:30 pm, Saturday 1:30-8:30pm, Sunday 2-8:30pm.

Flint’s Downtown Riverbank Park, One Riverfront Center West, Flint


Thurs. July 25

Fenton Concerts in the Park

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. Thursday, the Kari Lynch Band performs Alternative/Country music. Rain location – Fenton Community & Cultural Center located at 150 S. Leroy Street.7-8:30pm. The concert if free!

Fenton Millpond Gazebo, 301 S. Leroy St., Fenton


Savor the Summer at Applewood Estate

Join Applewood for this family summer celebration with live music, outdoor games, hands-on activities and more with their partners from the community. Applewood Estate is the historic home of automotive pioneer Charles Stewart Mott, a founding partner of General Motors. 4-8pm.

Applewood Estate, 1400 E. Kearsley St., Flint


Concerts at the Valley

Relax and enjoy live music by Geneva Tone 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


Fri. July 26

Tunes at Noon

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 Friday — Bennie Poole (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


For-Mar Nature Preserve Treehouse Story time

Sprout the love of reading and nature while sharing books, singing songs and making a craft. Recommended for families with children ages 2 and older

11am-12pm. $3 per person. No pre-registration required.

For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Rd., Burton



For-Mar Nature Preserve: Nutrition in the Treehouse

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. 2:30-3:30pm. Free admission. No pre-registration required.

For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Rd., Burton


For-Mar Nature Preserve: Children’s Music in Your Park: Joe Reilly

Joe Reilly is a singer, songwriter and educator from Ann Arbor who writes songs from his heart. Joe’s songs are playful, clever, engaging, joyful and always have something meaningful to say. The core of his message is an invitation to heal our relationships with ourselves, with each other and with the earth. Recommended for families of all ages. 6:30-8pm. Free admission. No pre-registration required.

For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Rd., Burton


Fri. July 26-Sat. July 27

Fresh Flint Festival — Fun, Fitness & Healthy Living

The Fresh Flint Festival is two-days of fun activities designed to support city residents while promoting fitness and healthy living as a means to mitigate the effects of lead poisoning. The festival is designed to unite the community in compassion and renew commitment and hope for a future. Enjoy sports celebrities, local musicians and artists, physical activities and educational information.

On Friday (3-6pm) is the Fresh Flint Concert/Fresh Rising Stars Showcase which includes a two-part series; the first half will showcase talent from local artists displaying their skills during the Fresh “Rising Stars” Showcase; the second half features the Fresh Flint Concert dazzled with an array of special performances from Flint’s buzzing music scene. During these activities, attendees will be given an opportunity to participate in a health fair, meet other music lovers and experience Flint on a whole new level. On Saturday (10 am-6pm) residents will learn how food affects your mind, body and spirit through Food Vendors. Physical activities will include a: 3-on-3 basketball tournament for sixth through 12 graders, and a Fresh Flint Pro-Am Basketball Game with professional basketball players in attendance. Flint residents, with identification, will be able to receive free physicals by local physicians and a free combine assessment conducted by Michigan State University Spartan Performance Team. Carnival activities, health care exhibitors, jazz music and art from local musicians and artists will make for a fun-filled day designed to renew commitment and hope. Free admission.

Dort Event Federal Credit Union, 3501 Lapeer Rd., Flint


Auto City Speedway presents: Super Maximum Destruction Mardi Gras Weekend Show

Experience a fast-paced, fun-filled family weekend at the tracks featuring Monster Truck rides all weekend, along with Friday Night Pure Stocks, Figure 8s, All American Truck Series, Spectator Drags and Destruction. Saturday events include: Pure Stocks, All American Truck Series, Lipstick Ladies and Destruction. Friday ticket includes a hot dog and beverage after the races, a bond fire party with fireworks. Mardi Gras costumes and masks are encouraged. Camping available. Children 12 and under are free all weekend. Race begins Friday 7:30pm and Saturday at 7pm.

Auto City Speedway, 10205 N. Saginaw St., Clio


Holly Hotel Comedy Club Presents: PJ Butland & Mike Ball

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


Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille: Live Entertainment

Join the Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille for Live Entertainment at the Piano Bar. Featured entertainers in July: Sean Caldwell & Friends.

Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille, 302 N. LeRoy St., Fenton


Sat. July 27

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


Davison Farmers’ Market: Craft Show and Ice Cream Social

Enjoy a day at the market and browse and shop for one-of-a-kind crafts. Ice Cream Social runs from 11am-4 pm. Craft Show 9am-6pm.

Davison Farmers Market, 8110 E. Court St., Davison


National Championship Semi-Final Flint City Bucks vs. F.C. Golden State Force

Be there to support our own Flint City Bucks as they battle the F.C. Golden State Force for a spot in the USL2 National Championship game.

Atwood Stadium, 7:30pm. Downtown Flint.


Sat. July 27 -Sun. July 28

Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad — Family Mystery Weekend

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. Enjoy this family-friendly weekend created just for mystery lovers. Follow the clues, uncover the secrets and find out what’s afoot in the village. 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


Sun. July 28

Get Out and Hike: Searching for Salamanders

Join the For-Mar team as they explore Atlas County Park. With wetlands, ponds, streams and fallen logs this new property looks like perfect salamander territory, so let’s search and find out! All amphibian and reptile findings will be added to the Michigan Herp Atlas. Recommended for families with children five years and older. 2-3:30pm. Free admission. No pre-registration required.

Atlas County Park, 9139 Hegel Rd., Goodrich


Live Trivia at Blondie’s Food & Spirits

Join Blondie’s Food & Spirits in The Tap Room for Live Trivia! Every Sunday from 6-8pm

Blondie’s Food & Spirits, 2520 W Hill Rd, Flint


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