July 7th, 2022
Flint’s annual Flint River Flotilla is being replaced by an on-land Flotilla Pirate Fest at Tenacity Brewing on Saturday, August 6th, 2022 due to the unknown impacts of the chemical spill on the Flint River last month.
“We have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2022 on-the-water Flint River Flotilla in light of ongoing questions surrounding the Flint River chemical spill that began on June 15th. We simply do not have enough time to ensure our concerns about the impacts of the chemical spill are answered and to plan a safe and fun event for the Flint community,” said Sarah Scheitler, Corridor Alliance Manager for the Flint River Corridor Alliance.
The on-land Flotilla Pirate Fest will be a themed, family-friendly party open to the public with a $5 admission. There will be live entertainment, a costume contest, a treasure hunt for kids, sprinklers and water toys, food and beverages available for purchase, and more. The event is a fundraiser to support the work of the Flint River Corridor Alliance around the river system within the city of Flint.
“We recognize the dedication of Flotilla supporters, volunteers, and staff, and we want to celebrate that. There will be no on-the-water event this year, but we hope this party will uplift our Flint River community and continue to spread the word about the importance of protecting the waters that belong to all of us,” expressed Corridor Alliance Chair Kathleen Gazall.
The Flint River Flotilla was founded by the Flint River Corridor Alliance in 2014 as a way to build community and fun around Flint River. The annual event has seen upwards of 300 people in tubes, canoes, and kayaks float down the Flint River in Flint from Tenacity Brewing to Mott Park Recreation. The Flint River Corridor Alliance states that they hope to return the event to the Flint River in 2023.
What: 2022 Flotilla Pirate Fest (on-land only)
Host: Flint River Corridor Alliance
Where: Grounds of Tenacity Brewing, 119 N. Grand Traverse St, Flint MI 48503
When: Saturday, August 6th, 1pm-5pm
Admission: $5 at the door – cash and card accepted