Flint is a vibrant, resilient community with deep roots and a proud history. From festivals and parks to art galleries and museums, check out our guide for the best things to see and do, right here in the 810.
Eat local at the Flint Farmers’ Market
With more than 50 vendors, the Flint Farmers’ Market is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, offering locally grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, cheeses, artisanal creations and handmade crafts. Arrive hungry and stop by one of the many food vendors for delicious local fare. Love barbecue? Charlie’s Smokin’ BBQ is worth standing in line for. Charlie Weston’s wildly popular jaunt served St. Louis-style pulled pork, brisket, polish sausage and ribs that fall off the bone in the city’s north end for more than 17 years before setting up shop at the market five years ago.
Pay a visit to the Sloan Museum
For the automotive buff, Sloan Museum is a real treat. It houses an amazing amount of memorabilia, not just from the history of Flint, but from the auto industry, showcasing an impressive collection that includes horse-drawn wagons, carriages and historic vehicles. The museum is currently undergoing major renovations and is due to double in size, with the project slated for completion in 2020. In the meantime, the Sloan Museum remains in operation at Courtland Center Mall.
Stargaze at the Longway Planetarium
With 129 seats under an impressive 60-foot dome, the Longway is Michigan’s largest planetarium, offering an array of unique viewing and educational experiences. “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure,” is great for the kiddies, but everyone can enjoy the psychedelic stylings of “Dark Side: The Light Show,” set to the music of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
Listen to live music
Flint has a lively regional music scene, rooted in the Machine Shop, which features rock, metal and outlaw country bands, and the Local 432 (a.k.a “the Local”), a non-profit, all-ages venue open to any band that wants to be heard. For jazz aficionados, check out the White Horse Tavern on the fourth Thursday of every month for Jazznite.
Enjoy a weekend of jazz at the Flint Jazz Festival
Speaking of jazz: Downtown Flint comes alive in the summer with the Flint Jazz festival, which takes place each year during the last weekend in July. It kicks off with the Thursday night Jazz Walk, where downtown bars and clubs play free music as a preview to the event, and is followed by a full weekend of food, drink and performances from local and international jazz musicians.
Pack a picnic at Stepping Stone Falls park
One of Flint’s most picturesque locations, Stepping Stone Falls is the perfect place to pack a picnic and spend the day by Mott Lake. Great for running, hiking or walking, you can access the Flint River Bike path from the corner of Carpenter and Bray, where a footbridge takes you to the man-made falls. Be sure to stop by on a summer night, when breathtaking multi-colored lights illuminate the falls.
Explore your creativity at the Flint Institute of the Arts
The second largest art museum in Michigan—and one of the largest museum art schools in the country—The Flint Institute of Arts is a hub for artistic expression. Boasting a world-renowned art collection of more than 8,000 paintings, sculptures and objects, it also offers limited exhibits, film screenings, art classes and even glassblowing demonstrations.
Step back in time at Crossroads Village
See what “way back when” was all about at Crossroads Village, a 1800s-era working village with more than 30 lovingly restored historic buildings and shops—including Michigan’s oldest operating gritsmill, an old-timey barber shop and an authentic blacksmith. This charming town’s biggest draw is the historic Huckleberry Railroad, which still operates today.
Check out a show at The Whiting
With a 2,000+ seating capacity, the Whiting is one of Flint's largest performance venues, hosting everything from Broadway shows, musical performances, comedy, theatre and dance. Some past performances include Chris Isaak, Martin Short, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, Mama Mia and Rock of Ages. The theater also famously served as the backdrop for one of the 2016 Democratic Presidential Debates between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.
Eat, drink and be merry
Flint has an incredible variety of delis, restaurants, bars and cafés to discover. Walking the Riverfront? Hoffman's has delicious deli sandwiches, The Torch has some of the best burgers in Flint, Table and Tap is a good spot to grab a local brew, 501 has a great menu with tasty food, and Blackstone's is the place to go for Flint’s best artesian Neopolitan pizza.