TheHUB City Guide: Cool stuff to do in Flint

TheHUB City Guide: Cool stuff to do in Flint

You know you need to get out. We do, too. That’s why TheHUB Flint created the HUB City Guide. We’re making it easier for you to find the best cultural and entertainment happenings and nightlife in and around Flint.

Need to know what’s up? Check out the guide.

Friday, June 22 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. 80’s in the Hole Riverfest FREE: Come out for a retro and ‘totally rad’ celebration of the Flint River with performances by Jedi Mind Trip, a vintage car display (yes, some kept those IROCs), games and more.

Los Hermanos will perform at  Fiesta Mexicana. Image courtesy of OLOG

Saturday, June 23 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 24, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Fiesta Mexicana FREE: Authentic music, dance food and fun are on tap this weekend at the Fiesta Mexicana. Come out and dance to live music by four bands – Los Hermanos Escamilla, Tejano Sound Band, Los Carnales and La Coporacion. You’ll also enjoy performances by Culturas Del Sol and the El Ballet Folklórico Estudiantil and its youth mariachi. The event takes place on the grounds of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church located at 2316 W. Coldwater Rd. in Flint.

Riverside Park comes alive at the Gay Pride Festival. Image courtesy of Flint PRIDE

Saturday, June 23 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Flint PRIDE’s 8th Annual Gay Pride Festival $5 Donation: This LGBQT+ event will feature performances by the New Revolution Dance Team, Perry DoxCarl Furillostar Franklin Jr.Brad WarnerJerome Biggjay Rode’o,AliseKing AliseWilliamsPariis WilsonAstara Love,Matt HollidayeDre AndrewsMonica Hudson,Re’medy JohnsonWayne MarcAkeiba Hodges,Dion Smith and Aaliyah Williams and more followed by a “mini ball” at 7:00 p.m. It’s all happening at Riverside Park in downtown Flint.

Sunday, June 24 Noon Flint Filmakers Forum FREE: Flint Local 432 is bringing together area creatives from filmmakers, actors and crew to benchmark and learn from one another. On the discussion table is contracts, copyrights and distribution deals. Flint Local 432 is located at 124 W 1st St.

Sunday, June 24 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Blondie’s Tap Room Trivia FREE: Come out and test your knowledge at Blondie’s Food & Spirits is located at 2520 W. Hill Rd. at the corner of Hill and Torry.

Flint SOUP is the “pitch place.” Go and plan to be inspired. Image courtesy of Flint SOUP

Monday, June 25 Northeast Soup. $5 COVER: Flint SOUP will bring four entrepreneurs center stage to pitch their business model. Winners vie for start-up or expansion capital. Guests get a bowlful of soup, salad, bread, a vote — and lots of inspiration. This month’s event will take place at the Church of The Harvest International at 2202 W. Dartmouth.

Wednesday, June 27 Kayak the Flint River 5:30 p.m., $10/$15 (w/rental): Summer’s here and it time to get out the kayak (or borrow/rent one) and get ready to paddle on the Flint River. Wednesday’s 2-hour paddle will step-off from Rotary Park and land at the Saginaw Street Landing. Some portaging may be required. Pre-registration​n is required by June 24. To register contact Jaime Welch at the Flint River Watershed Coalition at jwelch@flintriv​ or call 810-767-7140.

Thursday, June 28 Full Moon Kayak 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. $10/$15 (w/rental): Bring your friends and meet up at the Bluegill Boat Launch at Mott Lake for the Flint River Watershed Coalition’s first Full Moon Float of the season. This two-hour paddle will include Glow Sticks for each participant to decorate themselves or their kayaks. Head lamps are recommended. Skies must be 85 percent clear for the event to happen. Space is limited and pre-registration​ is required by June 25. Bluegill Boat Launch has an entrance charge. To register contact Jaime Welch at the Flint River Watershed Coalition at jwelch@flintriv​ or 810-767-7140.

The Conversation Peace series is sparking interesting conversations about future possibilities. Burning Media Group’s Gordon Pennington will be at Foster Coffee for its second “Conversation Peace” series. Photo by Alvin Brown

Thursday, June 28 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Conversation Peace: A Creative Mixer Series. FREE. Foster Coffee is bringing Burning Media Group’s Gordon Pennington to the podium in the second of its Conversation Peace series. Gordon will give participants his take on the “Flint narrative” and the broader view of how technology and media are changing societies and cultures. Foster Coffee is located at 615 S. Saginaw St.

Thursday, June 28 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. After Hours Wine Down FREE (members) Connect with Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce members and enjoy this networking event featuring complimentary hors-d’oeuvres, soft drinks, wine and beer. The event host Benjamin Moore is located in the Valley Plaza on the South side of Miller Rd. at 4205 Miller Rd.

Thursday, June 28 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. Long Road Distillers Cocktail Night at Soggy Bottom Bar. Enjoy specialty cocktails, Michigan inspired food specials and live music by Big Donut. Soggy Bottom Bar is located at 613 M L King Ave., Flint.

Rasberries’ David Berry knows how to make a scene. Photo courtesy Flint DDA

Thursday, June 28 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. Raspberries’ Live Smooth Jazz. Enjoy Chef D’s catfish and local sounds at Raspberries Rhythm Bar & Grill 448 S. Saginaw St. in Flint’s downtown business district.

Friday, June 29 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tenacity BrewingGet in on the organic sounds of Jason Waggoner and enjoy one of the bar’s extraordinary brews. Tenacity Brewing is located at 119 N. Grand Traverse Street.

The Buckham Alley Burgers and Brews fest is baaaaack!

Friday, June 29 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Burgers & Brews – Buckham Alley. Bring your appetite to Flint’s bodacious burgers and brews fest taking place in Buckham Alley. Vote on your favorite celebrity favorite. Timothy’s Pub will be working hard to make it a “three-peat.” Last year the two-time winner took the crown with their Maggie’s Boozy Burger entry. They’ll be competing against The Torch, The Laundry, Blondies Food and Spirits and other area favorites who plan to come with their A game.

Saturday, June 30 9 p.m. Churchill’s Food & Spirits. Get into the spirit of things at Churchill’s and welcome heavy rock group Glass Empires to the stage. This iconic establishment is located at 340 S. Saginaw Street in Flint’s historic downtown district.

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays Noon – 10 p.m. Market Tap. Take it outdoors at Flint’s full service rooftop bar located on the second floor of the Flint Farmer’s Market located at 300 E 1st Street.

Business owner alert: Hundreds of prospective UM-Flint students and their families will be touring Flint on Thursday, June 21 and Wednesday, August 8. Let’s be ready to welcome and invite them in!

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