A lot of the major Flint-area summer events happened in the last two weeks, but this holiday weekend is surprisingly busy if you're looking for something more than the standard cookout or camping trip.
Arts, Beats & Eats
Friday-Monday @ Downtown Royal Oak
Arts, Beats & Eats is exactly what its name would imply -- an art, music, and food festival. The big names among this year's list of over 200 performing acts include 311, Candlebox, Grand Funk Railroad, The Wallfowers, and George Clinton.
Friday @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
John Mayer brings his Search for Everything World Tour through DTE Energy Music Theatre this Friday. Doors open @ 7p and tickets are available starting @ $36.
Detroit Jazz Fest
Friday-Monday @ Hart Plaza
If chilling out to some smooth jazz sounds over the holiday weekend sounds like your jam -- you're in luck. The Detroit Jazz Fest runs all weekend @ Campus Martius in Detroit's Hart Plaza.
Farewell to Summer Festival
Friday-Monday @ Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad
Bid farewell to the summer at Crossroads Village with a weekend of family fun.
Michigan Chicken Wing Festival
Friday-Sunday @ Lansing's Adado Riverfront Park
Get ready to wing it this weekend and throw down on the finest deep fried delicacies Michigan has to offer.
First Friday Food Truck Fest
Friday @ Grand Blanc High School
Get ya grub on in Grand Blanc at the final First Friday Food Truck Fest on the books for the season, which runs 3p - 9p.
Michigan Renaissance Festival
Saturday-Monday @ Holly Grove
The Ren Fest is back for another great season out at Holly Grove this Saturday at 10a. This weekend's High Seas Adventure runs until 7p Monday. Ticket prices: Adults $22.95 | Kids 5-12 $13.95 | Seniors 65+ & College Students $20.95
Flint Comix Fall Fest & Cosplay Adventure
Saturday @ Flint Farmers' Market
In its second outing of the year, Flint Comix hopes to expand the comic-con type event beyond its previous iteration with the addition of more artists and more vendors. Tickets are $5 @ the door and the event runs from 9a to 5p.
U2 and Beck
Sunday @ Ford Field
Bono, The Edge, and the other guys in the band bring their signature brand of adult contemporary alt rock to Ford Field as part of their Joshua Tree tour. Beck will be opening the show, for which tickets are available starting at $70 (I think).
Labor Day Bridge Walk
Monday @ Mackinaw Bridge
The time honored tradition of walking Mackinaw Bridge on Labor Day continues, but this will be the first year that all traffic is completely shut down for the event.