GENESEE COUNTY, MI — A look at this weekend’s activities in the Flint area includes the Scrumpy Skedaddle 5K and 10K, the Flint Firebirds home opener, farmers market pop-up shop, Halloween craft market and fall sensory days for kids.
With autumn in full swing, there are plenty of fun fall-themed activities to try solo, with your significant other, friends or family. Both indoor and outdoor attractions ensure there is something for everyone.
Check out the list below for a variety of events happening throughout Flint and Genesee County from Thursday, Sept. 28, to Sunday, Oct. 1.
Flint Farmers Market ‘inspire’ Pop-Up Shop
Genesee County locals can start the weekend off with a unique experience at the Flint Farmers Market.
The market is hosting a pop-up shop for the “inspire” clothing brand by founder Eric Patrick Thomas from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28 at the market, located at 300 E. 1st St. in downtown Flint.
Thomas, a gun violence survivor and Flint entrepreneur, returns to the market with his fall-themed pop-up shop, featuring “inspire” t-shirts and sweatshirts with four new designs.
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Thomas will use the hashtag #popuptoinspire, encouraging people to stop by and educate themselves on the brand.
Anyone who purchases an “inspire” brand item will receive a free farmers market tote and a special deal from the Crust Bakery.
Fall Sensory Days at Flint Children’s Museum
The Flint Children’s Museum is offering autumn-themed sensory-friendly play opportunities to local families this week.
Fall Sensory Days will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, and Friday, Sept. 29 at the museum, located at 1602 University Ave. in Flint.
The event offers fall-themed mystery boxes, sensory tubs full of flour, corn and oats and musical instruments.
Admission to the Flint Children’s Museum is $8 per adult or child. EBT/Bridge card holders can receive discounted admission for up to four people upon showing their card.
Flint Handmade Annual Halloween Craft Market
Craft lovers and Halloween fanatics alike can browse and shop for local handmade goods this weekend.
The annual Flint Handmade Halloween Craft Market, showcasing over 20 local artisans, will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Flint Farmers Market, 300 E. 1st St. in downtown Flint.
Featured crafts and goods include vintage-inspired jewelry, hand-poured candles, natural bath and body products, knit and crocheted items, home décor and more.
Attendees can enjoy live entertainment from a local artists Erik McIntyre and Shannon Wade while they shop. Admission is free.
Flint Firebirds Home Opener
Fans can celebrate the return of hockey while cheering on the local team as it plays it first home series of the season this weekend.
The Flint Firebirds take on the Kitchener Rangers in their 2023-24 home opener at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Dort Financial Center, 3501 Lapeer Road in Flint.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets range in price up to $27 and can be purchased online or at the door. Parking is cash only at $10 per vehicle.
The Flint Firebirds are part of the Ontario Hockey League, one of three major junior ice hockey leagues in the United States and Canada.
Click here to view the full 2023-24 regular season schedule.
2023 Scrumpy Skedaddle 5K and 10K
Runners can take in the cool autumn breeze while exercising this weekend.
The 2023 Scrumpy Skedaddle 10K, 5K and Kids’ 1K is taking place Sunday, Oct. 1 at Almar Orchards and Cidery, 1431 Duffield Road in Flushing.
The day kicks off 9:30 a.m. with the 1K for kids, followed by the 5K at 10 a.m. and 10K at 10:45 a.m. Participants can jog through the orchards and then enjoy a glass of soft or hard cider upon finishing the race.
Registration is available online, priced at $25 for the 1K, $45 for the 5K and $50 for the 10K.
After the race, participants can stick around for hard cider tasting, a walk around the orchard, playscapes for kids, farm animals, live music and an all you can eat pancake breakfast from Chris Cakes of Michigan.
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