FLINT (WJRT) -
(06/13/14) - You've heard of Back to the Bricks and Bikes on the Bricks. Now, Saturday from 1-7 p.m., the downtown Flint flat lot turns into the Beach on the Bricks for the first ever Sun of a Beach Festival.
"Half the lot is going to be beach. Expect thousands of people to take their sandals off and enjoy the sand between their toes," said Gerard Burnash, Flint DDA director.
Speaking of sand, the downtown development authority is hauling in several tons of it.
"There'll be over four train loads of sand coming in here, and it'll be spread out covering probably half the lot. It's a lot of work," Burnash said.
A big bulk of that sand will be put to good use by professional sand castle artists.
"They're driving over from Grand Rapids and have to get started a couple hours before the event starts, just because there's so much sand and water and a lot of packing. It's going to be a large sand castle that people can come down and get pictures taken in front of it," said Kylie Gates, of Townsquare Media.
The festival also features Jimmy Buffett and Zac Brown tribute bands, along with beach-flavored beer and food.
"We'll have cheeseburgers in paradise, we've got some Hawaiian pizza, kabobs and bbq," Gates said.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the United Way of Genesee County. As far as parking is concerned, the DDA has heard the concerns about how this event might cause a shortage of spots in the area.
"You'll still have half the lot to park. The parking ramp will be open to park in, so there'll be plenty of parking, but half this lot will be rocking," Burnash said.
The Sun of the Beach Festival is only the beginning of what will be a very busy week of activity on First Street, because right down the road on June 21 is the grand opening of the new Flint Farmers' Market.
"This is going to be a game changer in downtown Flint. There's going to be thousands of people coming down here on a regular basis, doing their grocery shopping and just making downtown vibrant," Burnash said.
"Sun of the Beach" is open to anyone ages 18 and up.
It's $5 to get in Saturday, but free tickets are available Friday at a variety of locations. For more information, click HERE.