Your guide to summer fun in Racine County

Your guide to summer fun in Racine County

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Summer Fun
Graphic illustration designed by: Dan Talsky, daniel.talsky@journaltimes.com Photos, clockwise from top left: Members of the Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps perform during the Fourth Fest Parade July 4, 2009; Christian Nelson blows bubbles during the 2010 Fourth Fest Parade on July 5; Jeremy Scott of the Kal Bergendahl Project, plays the saxophone during a 2010 Music on the Monument concert on Monument Square on June 11; Color guard performers in the Calgary Stampede marching band perform at the 2010 Racine Lighthouse Band Championships on July 2 at Hammes Field at Case High School; Children splash through a mist of water during the 2010 Chocolatefest on May 29 in Burlington; Josi Rodriguez, Danielle Radermacher and Luis Albiter get turned upside down on a swinging carnival ride during the 2010 Chocolatefest on May 29. (Photos from Fourth Fest by Gregory Shaver, gshaver@journaltimes.com; photo of Music on the Monument by Mark Hertzberg, mhertzberg@journaltimes.com; photos of the band championships and Chocolatefest by Scott Anderson, scott.anderson@journaltimes.com)

Welcome to the 2011 Summer Fun Calendar of Events. Whether you like the beach, live music or art, Racine County has something to offer everyone this summer. "Potsarazzi" is the theme of this year's public art display and will feature decorated flowerpots and garden stakes on display at area businesses throughout Downtown Racine. There are several events at North Beach and many concerts and festivals to choose from in and around Racine County. Keep this list handy and get out and enjoy your summer!!

Through Sept. 5

"Potsarazzi" Public Art Event: Tenth annual public art event featuring decorated fiberglass flowerpots and metal garden stakes on display along Main and Sixth streets in Downtown Racine. The flowerpots and garden stakes will be auctioned to the highest bidders at a public auction Sept. 10 on Monument Square at Sixth and Main streets in Downtown Racine. Walking maps will be available from area merchants mid-June.

Thursdays through Sept. 5

Browns Lake Aquaducks Water-ski Show: Professional style water-ski shows include music, ski dancing, ski jumping, barefoot skiing and ballet. Every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on Browns Lake at Fischer Park, Highway 11, Burlington. Free.

May 6

First Fridays: Main and Sixth streets, Racine. More than 40 Downtown Racine shops and galleries are open until 9 p.m. Enjoy music both in the stores and on the sidewalks, horse-drawn carriage rides and more.

May 7

Lakefront Artist Fair: Festival Park, 5 Fifth St., Racine. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Featuring more than 125 artists from throughout the Midwest, children's make and take area, silent auction, basket raffle. Sponsored by Racine Montessori School.

Kiwanis Pancake Day: Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St., Racine. 6 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 in advance at area businesses, $6 ages at the door, free ages 5 and younger. Pancake and sausage meal and live entertainment. Kiwanis Club of Greater Racine.

Safari Saturday:  "Lion cubs 1st birthday celebration." Cake and ice cream for Zoo guests following welcome by Johnson Bank VIP.  Kids are encouraged to bring a new toy in honor of the cubs to receive free admission. Toys will be donated to family-focused charity of Johnson Bank’s choice.  Animal Care staff will host a “How the cubs have grown” chat with guests. Additional entertainment provided by traditional birthday activities such as clowns, DJ. Education Department will assist with artifacts and a docent. Sponsored by Johnson Bank.

May 18

United States Air Force Band Mid-America Concert: Memorial Hall, 72 Seventh St., Racine. 6 p.m. Free. Sponsored by the Downtown Racine Corp. and the City of Racine.

May 27-30

Chocolatefest: Chocolatefest grounds, 681 Maryland Ave., Burlington (just off of Highway 36). Live entertainment, animal acts, Kent Family Circus, horseback rides, children's area, Blomsness Carnival (open May 25-30), exhibits, sculpture in chocolate, chocolate tasting, contests and chocolate for sale. 4 p.m.-midnight Fri., 10 a.m.-midnight Sat., 10 a.m.-midnight Sun., noon-8 p.m. Mon. Advance tickets are $7 adults, $2.50 children ages 5-12, and are available at Burlington area stores through midnight May 24 and online until noon May 27. Gate tickets are $8 adults and $3 children, free ages 4 and younger. On-grounds parking, $5. Call (262) 763-3300 or go to: www.chocolatefest.com

May 30

Memorial Day Parade: Organized by the Racine Area Veterans Council, the Racine Memorial Day Parade steps off promptly at 10 a.m. at West Boulevard and Washington Avenue, Racine, and will end with a memorial ceremony at Graceland Cemetery's Veterans Memorial, shortly after 11 a.m.

Veterans' Memorial Day Parade: Begins at 9 a.m. through downtown Burlington. Followed by memorial service at 10:30 a.m. at Echo Park.

June 2

Waterford River Rhythms: Village Hall Park, 123 N. River St., Waterford. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Music by Dan Trudell with special guest. Food vendor: Lions Club of Waterford.

June 3

Music on the Monument: Outdoor concert by Brian Daniels (country rock) on Monument Square at Sixth and Main streets in Downtown Racine. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Chairs and umbrellas are provided.

Walden Wheels Car Show: Walden III Middle and High School parking lot, 1012 Center St., Racine. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free admission, food and beverages. Spectators welcome. People may enter anything with wheels. Call (262) 664-6250 or (262) 770-3113.

First Fridays: Main and Sixth streets, Racine. More than 40 Downtown Racine shops and galleries are open until 9 p.m. Enjoy music both in the stores and on the sidewalks, horse-drawn carriage rides and more.

June 5

Union Grove Lions Club Chicken Barbecue & Classic Car, Motorcycle and Van Show: Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., Yorkville. This 30th annual community event featuring barbecued chicken by Union Grove Lions Club, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Indoor seating or drive-through carryouts (Gate 6). Advance barbecue tickets cost $8.50 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Tickets are 50 cents more at the gate. Advance tickets from Lions Club members and in Union Grove at Grove Insurance, Aurora Pharmacy, Al's Piggly Wiggly, Community State Bank and Union Grove Lumber. Other events include cow pie bingo, noon; Union Grove Lioness bake sale and quilt raffle; free hayrides and popcorn; and entertainment by Spinnin Gold DJ Service. Used eyeglasses and hearing aids will be collected. A classic and antique car, van and motorcycle show will be held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (show registration begins at 8 a.m.). Spectator admission is free for the car show (rain or shine).

June 9

Music and More Concert Series: First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., Racine. Noon-1 p.m. Freewill offering. Music by Luke Patterson (piano); Carolyn Wehner (vocal and piano); Gina Wood (violin); Corporate Downsizing Quartet (Dave Titus, Quin Rench and Fred Wheary).

June 10

Music on the Monument: Outdoor concert by the Full Flavor (rock) on Monument Square at Sixth and Main streets in Downtown Racine. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Chairs and umbrellas are provided.

June 11

Safari Saturday: “Bird Day.” Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Crafts, scavenger hunt and face painting.

June 11-12

Monument Square Art Fair on the Lake: Racine on the Lake Festival Park, 5 Fifth St., Racine. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Free. Featuring approximately 110 artists from around the country. Entertainment and food available.

June 12

Swinging Brass in Concert: Featuring the Belle City Brassworks. 2 p.m. Union Grove High School Performance Center, 3433 S. Colony Ave., Union Grove. Ticket holders will be seated 1:30-1:45 p.m., then open seating begins. Featured soloist is Eric Jacobson, trumpet. Free tickets available in Union Grove at Roger Palmen Chevrolet Union Grove, Community State Bank and Piggly Wiggly. Roger Palmen hosts a Meet the Band Party with complimentary snacks after the show. Presented by Roger Palmen Chevrolet and Union Grove High School Performance Center.

June 16

Music and More Concert Series: First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., Racine. Noon-1 p.m. Offering accepted. Music by Daniel Ringwalt (piano); Trio Du Monde (European folk); Corelli Ensemble (Ann Heide and violin students).

Waterford River Rhythms: Village Hall Park, 123 N. River St., Waterford. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Music by Streetlife with Warren Wiegratz. Friends of the Library wine-tasting. Food vendor: Cotton Exchange.

June 17

Music on the Monument: Outdoor concert by Final Approach (rock) on Monument Square at Sixth and Main streets in Downtown Racine. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Chairs and umbrellas are provided.

June 17-19

Greek Festival: Greek Orthodox Church, 1335 S. Green Bay Road, Racine. 5-10 p.m. Fri., noon-10 p.m. Sat., noon-8 p.m. Sun. Free. Greek food and pastries, Greek marketplace, carnival rides, raffle, cooking demonstrations, live Greek music, church tours and daily Greek dancing performances. Call (262) 632-5682.

June 18

Art Venture: Downtown Racine. Gallery openings; artists on display demonstrating their talents; entertainment on Monument Square, at Crosswalk Park and on Sixth Street; culinary arts on display at restaurants. 6-9 p.m. Free.

Juneteenth Day Celebration: "It's a Family Reunion." Dr. John Bryant Community Center, 601 21st St., Racine. Free. Noon-8 p.m. Celebration of the Signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 to free slaves. Food, clothing and art vendors, various styles of music, children's activities, petting zoo and gospel explosion featuring various choirs and gospel artists.

Lighthouse Run: YMCA, 725 Lake Ave., and Racine on the Lake Festival Park, 5 Fifth St., Racine. 7:45 a.m. Registration, 6:30-7:30 a.m. Wheelchair race, 7:45 a.m.; 10-mile competitive race, 8 a.m.; 4-mile competitive race, 8:10 a.m.; Modine Fun Run/Walk, 8:15 a.m. Registration is $25 for the 4- or 10-mile competitive race or $16 for the 2- or 4-mile Modine fun run/walk, $60 for a family. Day of race registration (6:30-7:30 a.m.) is $30. Post-race festivities include awards, door prizes, free fruit and beverage to participants. All participants receive a Lighthouse Run T-shirt. Registration is available at the Racine Family YMCA or online at: www.lighthouserun.com

June 18-19

Spike 'N Splash EVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour & UWP/IJSBA Grand Prix of Watercorss: North Beach on Racine's lakefront off Michigan Boulevard. 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Intense competition of men and women professional volleyball players and jet boat racers compete for championship dollars. Pro and amateur divisions. Free for spectators. Call (262) 884-6400. Website, www.evptour.com

June 23

Music and More Concert Series: First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., Racine. Noon-1 p.m. Offering accepted. Music by the De Koven Men's Chorus; Muzika Piano Trio (Anna Kojovic, piano; Darlene Rivest, violin; Michele Venturella, cello); Caritas (Greg and Kathy Berg, Kate Potter Barrow).

June 24

Music on the Monument: Outdoor concert by Step-In-Out (rock) on Monument Square at Sixth and Main streets in Downtown Racine. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Chairs and umbrellas are provided.

Burlington Kiwanis Civic Band: Echo Park, Highway 36, Burlington. 7 p.m. Free.

June 25

Safari Saturday: “Touch a Truck Day.” Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Featuring huge trucks and vehicles.

June 24

Racine Symphony Orchestra Summer Pops: "By Strauss." Guest artist Kathy Pyeatt. Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St., Racine. 7 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m. Advance tickets, $23 adults, $20 seniors, $5 ages 13-22; free ages 12 and younger. Ticket prices increase at the door. Tables of four, eight and 10 are available. To order tickets, call (262) 636-9285 or go to: www.racinesymphony.org

June 25

UW-Parkside Summer Arts & Crafts Festival: University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road, Somers. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Featuring dozens of artisans. Food available. Held rain or shine on the east side of UW-Parkside's main building complex. Proceeds benefit the university's music scholarship fund.

June 26

Armenian Picnic: Johnson Park, 6200 Northwestern Ave., Caledonia. 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. St. Hagop Armenian Church hosts the annual picnic featuring marinated beef kebab and chicken dinners, sarma (stuffed grape leaves), penelee (cheese puffs), khurabia (butter cookies) and other Armenian delicacies and pastries. Live Armenian music and dancing, children's entertainment and a cash raffle.

Wind Lake Lions Club Auto Show and Arts & Crafts Fair: Meyer Park, 26900 Meyer Drive, Wind Lake. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration at 8 a.m. More than 400 classic, custom, modified and pro-street automobiles, people's choice awards, trophies for top cars. $10 to enter a car, free for spectators. Awards presentation, 3 p.m.; Arts & Crafts Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Lions barbecue chicken dinner, 10 a.m. until sold out; music; beer and soda concessions. Bring old eyeglasses for recycling.

June 29-July 3 and July 5-10

Summerfest: Henry W. Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee. Noon-midnight daily. Tickets at the gate cost $8 ages 10 and older noon-4 p.m. weekdays, $15 after 4 p.m., $3 seniors 60 and older and children ages 3-10 with adult, free ages 2 and younger. The world's largest music festival and Milwaukee's cornerstone summer celebration attracts the music industry's hottest stars, along with emerging talent and local favorites. The 23,000 capacity Marcus Amphitheater, 10 additional stages, diverse selection of food and beverages, marketplaces and interactive exhibits are set against the Lake Michigan and downtown backdrop, creating a festival experience like no other. For full lineup, go to www.summerfest.com

June 30

Music and More Concert Series: First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., Racine. Noon-1 p.m. Freewill offering. Music by Suzanne Geoffrey (oboe); Ami Bouterse (vocal); Alejandro Alumbreros (piano); I Cellisti (Scott Cook with student cellists).

July 1

Music on the Monument: Outdoor concert by Starlifter Air Force Band of Mid-America (variety show group) at Monument Square at Sixth and Main streets in Downtown Racine. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Chairs and umbrellas are provided.

First Fridays: Main and Sixth streets, Racine. More than 40 Downtown Racine shops and galleries are open until 9 p.m. Enjoy music both in the stores and on the sidewalks, horse-drawn carriage rides and more.

Burlington Kiwanis Civic Band: Echo Park, Highway 36, Burlington. 7 p.m. Free.

July 3

Wind Point Lighthouse Tour to the Top: 4725 Lighthouse Drive, Wind Point. Friends of the Wind Point Lighthouse will hold a climb to the top of the 108-foot structure. Climbers can trek the 144 steps to the top of the lighthouse for a view of Lake Michigan. Climbers will be able to walk on the catwalk atop the lighthouse. Guides will be available to answer questions. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Advance reservations requested. $10 adults; $5 children ages 6-12. No children 5 and younger allowed. Contact Carolyn Harvey (262) 639-2026.

Racine Lighthouse Band Championships: Hammes Field at Case High School, 7345 Washington Ave., Racine. 7 p.m. (rain or shine). Adults, $7 in advance, $8 at the gate; seniors and students, $5 in advance, $6 at the gate; free children ages 5 and younger. Marching bands from across the Midwest compete in field show concert and marching competitions. Performers include Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps, Junior Lighthouse Brigade, Sound of Sun Prairie, Shadow Armada of Oregon and Senior Lighthouse Brigade. Advance tickets available mid-June at Schmitt Music Inc., Johnson Bank and The Journal Times. Web site, www.lighthousebrigade.org

Raymond Barn Dance: 76th Street in Raymond. 7:30-11:30 a.m. Free.

Sturtevant Fireworks Celebration: Fireman's Park on Charles Street in Sturtevant. 3-11:30 p.m. Free admission; parking on grounds, $5. Racine Unified Summer Show Band performance during the day. Music by Final Approach, 7:30 p.m.; fireworks, 9:30 p.m. Food, beverages, bouncy house and novelties for children.

Venetian Night: Browns Lake, Highway 11, Burlington. Dusk. Parade of boats decorated with lights and fireworks.

Racine Concert Band Concert: Racine Zoo Kiwanis Amphitheater, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 7:30 p.m. Free. Bring lawn chair or blanket.

July 4

Racine Fourth Fest Parade: "75 Years of Goodwill Celebrations." Midwest's largest July 4th parade begins at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Goold and Main streets. Pre-parade begins at 8:15 a.m. Fire engines, tractors, police vehicles, floats, clowns, and living replicas of national monuments. Fireworks begin at dusk. Call (262) 634-1931 or go to: www.racine4thfest.org

Raymond 4th of July Parade: "Glory Days." 76th Street (Highway U) in Raymond between highways G and K. 1 p.m. (children's parade at 12:45 p.m.). A 4th of July Festival follows with general/silent auctions, pie and flower auction, children's games, tractor pull for children, moon walk and live music. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Fourth of July Celebration & Fireman's Dance: Echo Park, Highway 36, Burlington. 1:30-10:30 p.m. $2 (includes entry into cash raffle). Bag toss tournament, 2 p.m., $20 per team entry fee, cash prizes to top two winning teams, register on site. Music by DJ, 2-5 p.m.; New Dog Trick, 6-10:30 p.m. Beer, soda, food. Fireworks at dusk. Sponsored by the City of Burlington Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets at the gate or from fire department members and at the fire station.

Waterford Lion's Club Independence Day Parade & Festivities: 11 a.m. at Fifth and Main streets, Waterford. 5K run at 8 a.m. from Whitford Park.

Union Grove Fourth of July Chamber of Commerce Parade: The Parade will assemble in the parking lot of the Racine County Fairgrounds on Highway 11. It will travel east on Highway 11 and then north on Highway 45. 9:15 a.m. The Kiddie Parade will assemble at 8:45 a.m. at the First Banking Center parking lot and go to Village Square Park, down Main Street (Highway 45). The Kiddie Parade will travel ahead of the main parade.

July 6

Animal Crackers Jazz Series: Preservation Hall Jazz Band. This jazz series provides great entertainment along with various food vendors and a yard party atmosphere at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Season tickets, $60 ($50 before June 1), $54 members; mini-season (three), $50; individual, $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Call (262) 636-9189.

July 7

Music and More Concert Series: First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., Racine. Noon-1 p.m. Offering accepted. Music by Ben Johnston-Krase (original songs, guitar, piano); Lynda Schlitz (vocal) and Ronnie Quella (piano); Terri Seitz and Ronnie Quella (four-hand piano).

Burlington Kiwanis Civic Band: Echo Park, Highway 36, Burlington. 7 p.m. Free.

Waterford River Rhythms: Village Hall Park, 123 N. River St., Waterford. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Music by Shake Rag with Jamie Barrons. Food vendor: River House.

July 8

Music on the Monument: Outdoor concert by James Yorgan Sextet (jazz) on Monument Square at Sixth and Main streets in Downtown Racine. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Chairs and umbrellas are provided.

July 9-17

Salmon-A-Rama: A tournament open to all anglers fishing Lake Michigan with a $10,000 grand prize. Organized by Salmon Unlimited Wisconsin. Details on the Web at www.salmon-a-rama.com

July 9-Sept. 5

Bristol Renaissance Faire: Near the Illinois/Wisconsin state line in Kenosha, just west of Interstate 94. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun. and Labor Day. Advance tickets $17.95, $8.50 children ages 5-12, free children 4 and younger. At the gate, $19.95 adults, $9.75 children. This re-creation of a 16th century English village celebrates the food, games and crafts of Elizabethan England. Hundreds of costumed performers offer continuous entertainment on 16 open-air stages and shaded village streets, food, more than 190 arts and crafts shops, handcrafted treasures, children's activities and craft demonstrations. No pets allowed. Call (847) 395-7773 or go to www.renfair.com/bristol

July 10

Burlington Biennial Area Garden Walk: View six local gardens and a hilltop retreat in the Burlington and Waterford areas (rain or shine). Raffle, food and music. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $8 in advance, $10 day of tour at Wehmhoff Square gazebo. Advance tickets at Burlington Garden Center, Burlington Flowers & Interiors, Sentry, Daily Brew, Gooseberries Market, Waterford Pick 'n Save and The Book Cellar in Waterford. For more information, call (262) 767-8757 or 763-1776 or go to:www.burlingtonareagardenclub.org

Racine Concert Band Concert: Racine Zoo Kiwanis Amphitheater, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 7:30 p.m. Free. Bring lawn chair or blanket.

July 14

Music and More Concert Series: First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., Racine. Noon-1 p.m. Offering accepted. Music by Darlene Rivest and Ann Heide (violin duo); Gerald Buck and Sharon Geyer (organ/piano duet); Mark Paffrath (guitar, vocal).

Burlington Kiwanis Civic Band: Echo Park, Highway 36, Burlington. 7 p.m. Free.

July 15-16

Hot Air Balloon Festival: Soccer field behind Evergreen Elementary School, 817 W. Main St., Waterford. 4 p.m. Fri., 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat. Featuring approximately 10 to 20 hot air balloons. Pancake Breakfast, 7-11 a.m.; Waterford Lions Club Car Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tether Rides (rides in hot air balloon basket), 8-10 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.; NFL Punt, Pass, Kick; children's activities; pilot demonstrations; hot air balloon glow in evening; bed races.

July 15

Music on the Monument: Outdoor concert by Night Wing (pop) at Monument Square at Sixth and Main streets in Downtown Racine. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Chairs and umbrellas are provided.

July 16

 

Safari Saturday  — “Safety Day & Teddy Bear Check-up.” Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Get safety hints, tips and information for the whole family. Children should bring a favorite stuffed animal.

 

Art Venture: Downtown Racine. Gallery openings; artists on display demonstrating their talents; entertainment on Monument Square, at Crosswalk Park and on Sixth Street; culinary arts on display at restaurants. 6-9 p.m. Free.

Racine Yacht Club Hook Race: A challenging nautical race that begins in Racine and ends in Sturgeon Bay. The race is open to all sailboats eligible to make a race of this distance and duration. $125 entry fee. First start 10 a.m. Call (262) 634-8585 or download race documents from the Racine Yacht Club website: www.racineyachtclub.org

July 17

Ironman 70.3 Racine: More than 2,000 athletes from around the world are expected to compete for the $30,000 purse. Features a 1.2-mile swim in Lake Michigan, 56-mile bike on the scenic roads of Racine County and a 13.1-mile run along the Lake Michigan coastline. 7 a.m. start. Transition area is North Beach. Athletes Expo and registration at Festival Park, 5 Fifth St. Website, www.ironmanracine.com

Racine Concert Band Concert: Racine Zoo Kiwanis Amphitheater, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 7:30 p.m. Free. Bring lawn chair or blanket.

July 20

Animal Crackers Jazz Series: The Rippingtons. This jazz series provides great entertainment along with various food vendors and a yard party atmosphere at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Season tickets, $60 ($50 before June 1), $54 members; mini-season (three), $50; individual, $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Call (262) 636-9189.

July 21

Waterford River Rhythms: Village Hall Park, 123 N. River St., Waterford. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Music by The Swing-O-Matics. Food vendor: Martini MOz Philippine Cuisine, fundraiser for Absolutely Waterford.

Burlington Kiwanis Civic Band: Echo Park, Highway 36, Burlington. 7 p.m. Free.

Music and More Concert Series: First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., Racine. Noon-1 p.m.Offering accepted. Music by Julie Taggart (vocal); Ginny Trendel (piano); Jeff Ward (Irish and American folk); Nancy Maio Trio (violin, classical and world music).

July 22

Music on the Monument: Outdoor concert by Roy Edwards' Group Therapy Band (blue, rock) on Monument Square at Sixth and Main streets in Downtown Racine. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Chairs and umbrellas are provided.

July 23

Micros on the Monument: Monument Square at Sixth and Main streets in Downtown Racine. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Vintage micro cars on display from the 1950s and 1960s less than 11 feet long.

July 24

Racine Concert Band Concert: Racine Zoo Kiwanis Amphitheater, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 7:30 p.m. Free. Bring lawn chair or blanket.

July 27-31

Racine County Fair: Racine County Fairgrounds Highway 11, Yorkville. 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Admission $8 ages 14 and older, $6 ages 8-13 and senior citizens, free children 7 and younger. Free parking. Animal judging, 4-H/FFA youth and adult exhibits, food, bingo, carnival rides and games, petting zoo, racing pigs, big cat encounter, Kidbuck$ Game Show, Mutts Gone Nutts, Kids are People Too, Zoppe Circus, auctions, contests, tractor and truck pulls, draft horse pull, family entertainment, Fair Idol. Grandstand entertainment lineup: July 27 - Crowning of Fairest of Fair, 5 p.m. (sale arena); Tractor & Truck Pull & Combine Demo Derby, 6:30 p.m. July 28 - Antique Tractor Parade, 5:30 p.m.; The Guess Who, 8 p.m., grandstand seating, $5, track seating, $10. July 29 - Tractor and truck pull, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. July 30 - Lawn mower race, 9 a.m.; Little Big Town, 8 p.m., grandstand seating, $5, track seating, $10. July 31 - Garden Tractor & ATV Pull, 8 a.m.; Demolition Derby, 2 and 6 p.m.

July 28

Music and More Concert Series: First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., Racine. Noon-1 p.m. Offering accepted. Music by Fumi Nakayama (piano); Jill Anna Ponasik (vocal); Zachary Scot Johnson (vocal, guitar & piano).

Burlington Kiwanis Civic Band: Echo Park, Highway 36, Burlington. 7 p.m. Free.

July 29

Music on the Monument: Outdoor concert by Get Up and Dance on Monument Square at Sixth and Main streets in Downtown Racine. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Chairs and umbrellas are provided.

July 29-31

Italian Festival: Racine on the Lake Festival Park, 5 Fifth St., Racine. Noon-1 a.m. Fri.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sun. $4 in advance, $5 at the gate. Italian food, live music, cash raffle and family entertainment. Sponsored by Roma Lodge.

July 30

 

Safari Saturday: “Zooper-sized Story Time with the Animals.” Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy a children's animal story read by a local celebrity and, after each reading, guests can get up close with some of the wild animals found in the stories. Face painting and more.

 

Racine Symphony Orchestra Benefit Concert: "Music for a Summer Evening." Outdoor concert at The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread. 5-8:30 p.m. Elegant hors d'oeuvres and beverages, followed by desserts and coffee. $100. For tickets, call (262) 636-9285 or go to www.racinesymphony.org

July 31

Irongirl Racine Triathlon: North Beach, Racine. 7 a.m. Women triathletes from across the country will converge on Racine for 400-meter swim in Lake Michigan, 22-mile bike and a 5-kilometer run. Website, www.irongirlracine.com/events/racine

Racine Concert Band Concert: Racine Zoo Kiwanis Amphitheater, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 7:30 p.m. Free. Bring lawn chair or blanket.

Aug. 2

National Night Out: Annual night out against neighborhood crime. Neighborhoods host block parties with food, games and visits by area police and fire departments. Call (262) 636-9574 for National Night Out information. For a block party form, call (262) 636-9574 or (262) 636-9121 or visit the Web at www.cityofracine.org

Aug. 3

Animal Crackers Jazz Series: Joey DeFrancesco Trio. This jazz series provides great entertainment along with various food vendors and a yard party atmosphere at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Season tickets, $60 ($50 before June 1), $54 members; mini-season (three), $50; individual, $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Call (262) 636-9189.

Aug. 4

Music and More Concert Series: First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., Racine. Noon-1 p.m. Offering accepted. Music by Jeanne Scherkenbach and Jamie Johns (vocal and piano); Jill Jensen and Jack Grassel (jazz, vocal and guitar).

Waterford River Rhythms: Village Hall Park, 123 N. River St., Waterford. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Music by Jackie Brown and the Boys. Food vendor: Waterford Lioness.

Aug. 4-14

Wisconsin State Fair: Wisconsin State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., West Allis. 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sun., 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 14. $9 adults, $6 seniors 60 and older, $5 youth 6-12, free ages 5 and younger. Web site, www.wistatefair.com

Aug. 5

Music on the Monument: Outdoor concert by Mean Jack (rock, blues) on Monument Square at Sixth and Main streets in Downtown Racine. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Chairs and umbrellas are provided.

First Fridays: Main and Sixth streets, Racine. More than 40 Downtown Racine shops and galleries are open until 9 p.m. Enjoy music both in the stores and on the sidewalks, horse-drawn carriage rides and more.

Aug. 6

Chair-i-ties Auction: Auction featuring one-of-a-kind hand-painted furniture and photography, rain barrels and other decorative items decorated by local young Main Gallery artists. 10 a.m.-noon; live auction, 11 a.m. Proceeds to benefit Main Gallery Program.

Klitie Klassic: Case High School Hammes Field, 7345 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant. 7 p.m. $10 with up to two children, 12 and younger, admitted free with paid adult (coupon printed from Web site required). Featuring a variety of Midwest performing units. Presented by the Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps of Racine. Call (262) 634-2100. For tickets, visit the Web: www.kilties.com

Aug. 7

Wind Point Lighthouse Tour to the Top: 4725 Lighthouse Drive, Wind Point. Friends of the Wind Point Lighthouse will hold a climb to the top of the 108-foot structure. Climbers can trek the 144 steps to the top of the lighthouse for a view of Lake Michigan. Climbers will be able to walk on the catwalk atop the lighthouse. Guides will be available to answer questions. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Advance reservations requested. $10 adults; $5 children ages 6-12. No children 5 and younger allowed. Contact Carolyn Harvey (262) 639-2026.

Starving Artist Outdoor Art Fair: Gateway Technical College campus grounds, 1001 Main St., Racine. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (rain or shine). Free. Fine art and fine crafts are represented by more than 140 artists. This is a juried art fair exhibiting and selling mostly original artwork, all priced under $250. Children's corner, music and food. Sponsored by the Racine Art Guild.

Aug. 7

Job's Daughters Craft Fair: Racine Masonic Center grounds, 1012 Main St., Racine. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Featuring over 70 crafters from Wisconsin and Illinois. Food stand with quarter-pound hot dogs, soda, etc.

Armenian Fest: Festival Park, 5 Fifth St., Racine. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Ethnic festival with food, music, art activities and dance. Offering accepted. Donations will go to the Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization and Armenian orphanages.

Racine Concert Band Concert: Racine Zoo Kiwanis Amphitheater, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 7 p.m. Free. Bring lawn chair or blanket.

Aug. 11

Music and More Concert Series: First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., Racine. Noon-1 p.m. Offering accepted. Music by Eric Carlson (piano); James Castaneda (cello); Shoot the Moon (formerly the MIT's).

Cigar Dinner: Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 6 p.m. $80. Enjoy a steak dinner, drinks, exemplary cigar selection, live and silent auctions. Call (262) 636-9189. Fundraiser for the Racine Zoo.

Aug. 12

Music on the Monument: Outdoor concert by Saturday Night Preachers (bluegrass) on Monument Square at Sixth and Main streets in Downtown Racine. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Chairs and umbrellas are provided

Aug. 12-14

Fiesta Mexicana: Festival Park, 5 Fifth St., Racine. 4 p.m.-midnight Fri., 11 a.m.-midnight Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun. $10, free children under 12 with adult. Hispanic music, food and rich cultural ethnic traditions. Hosted by the Hispanic Business and Professional Association for scholarships and outreach programs for the Hispanic community. Call (262) 308-3543 or send email to: racinefiesta@hotmail.com

Aug. 13

Zoovie: "Curious George." Racine Zoo Kiwanis Amphitheater, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. Family movie in an outdoor setting. Bring chairs or blanket for seating. Gates open at 7 p.m. Movie begins at dusk. $3, $1 ECU and Racine Zoo members, free children under age 3. Popcorn, candy and soda will be sold.

Hot Rods, Hops & Kiwanis Street Dance: Village Square Park, Main Street and 10th Avenue, Union Grove. Free admission. Antique and classic car show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; beer tasting from local microbreweries at 3 p.m. ($25 for unlimited samples); entertainment by the Steve Meissner Band (polka), 3-6 p.m.; street dance, 7-11 p.m., music by Weird Science. Food and beverages available throughout the day. For beer tasting tickets, call Mike Aimone, (262) 878-2883. To register for the car show, call Tiger Helberling, (262) 878-0700.

Aug. 14

Racine Concert Band Concert: Racine Zoo Kiwanis Amphitheater, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 7 p.m. Free. Bring lawn chair or blanket.

Aug. 14-15

Greater Racine Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show: Pershing Park at the Racine lakefront. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon. Admission on Sunday is $2 for adults, $1 for children or $5 for a family. No admission fee on Monday. Free parking. Annual all breed dog show. Vendors with pet related items.

Aug. 17

Animal Crackers Jazz Series: Entertainer to be announced. This jazz series provides great entertainment along with various food vendors and a yard party atmosphere at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Season tickets, $60, $54 members; mini-season (three), $50; individual, $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Call (262) 636-9189.

Aug. 18

Waterford River Rhythms: Village Hall Park, 123 N. River St., Waterford. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Music by Westside Andy/Mel Ford Band. Food vendor: Bruno's Restaurant.

Aug. 19

Music on the Monument: Outdoor concert by Road Less Traveled (soft rock) on Monument Square at Sixth and Main streets in Downtown Racine. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Chairs and umbrellas are provided.

Music and More Concert Series Finale Evening Concert: First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., Racine. 7 p.m. $10. Music by Jillian Bruss, Joe Graziano & Friends; Mark Paffrath, Jeff Ward and Zachary Scot Johnson (acoustic trio). Offerings from the season will go to the Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization, Health Care Network and Racine County Food Bank.

Aug. 20

Art Venture: Downtown Racine. Gallery openings; artists on display demonstrating their talents; entertainment on Monument Square, at Crosswalk Park and on Sixth Street; culinary arts on display at restaurants. 6-9 p.m. Free.

Aug. 21

Racine Zoo Classic Car and Bike Show: Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A classic event with nearly 400 car and motorcycles enthusiasts showcasing their vehicles on zoo grounds. Food and live entertainment. Zoo admission is $6, $5 seniors 62 and older, $4 ages 3-15, free ages 2 and younger and members. Car exhibitors pay a fee. Call (262) 636-9189 to register a vehicle. Website: www.racinezoo.org

Racine Concert Band Concert: Racine Zoo Kiwanis Amphitheater, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 7 p.m. Free. Bring lawn chair or blanket.

Aug. 26

Music on the Monument: Outdoor concert by Lake Effect (smooth jazz) on Monument Square at Sixth and Main streets in Downtown Racine. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Chairs and umbrellas are provided.

Aug. 26

Racine Symphony Orchestra Summer Pops: "Raise the Roof." Guest artists are the Racine Kilties. Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St., Racine. 7 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m. Advance tickets, $23 adults, $20 seniors, $5 ages 13-22; free ages 12 and younger. Ticket prices increase at the door. Tables of four, eight and 10 are available. To order tickets, call (262) 636-9285 or go to www.racinesymphony.org

Aug. 27

Safari Saturday: “Bo and Mac the Giraffes Birthday Bonanza.” Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sing “Happy Birthday” to the zoo’s resident Masai giraffes, Bo and Mac, and enjoy their party complete with face painting and crafts. Meet the Racine Zoo’s giraffe mascot and clowns.

Aug. 28

Racine Concert Band Concert: Racine Zoo Kiwanis Amphitheater, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 7 p.m. Free. Bring lawn chair or blanket.

Sept. 1

Waterford River Rhythms: Village Hall Park, 123 N. River St., Waterford. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Music by New Dog Trick. Food vendor: American Legion Post 20.

Sept. 2

First Fridays: Main and Sixth streets, Racine. More than 40 Downtown Racine shops and galleries are open until 9 p.m. Enjoy music both in the stores and on the sidewalks, horse-drawn carriage rides and more.

Sept. 4

Wind Point Lighthouse Tour to the Top: 4725 Lighthouse Drive, Wind Point. Friends of the Wind Point Lighthouse will hold a climb to the top of the 108-foot structure. Climbers can trek the 144 steps to the top of the lighthouse for a view of Lake Michigan. Climbers will be able to walk on the catwalk atop the lighthouse. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Contact Carolyn Harvey at (262) 639-2026 for advance reservations requested, . $10 adults; $5 children ages 6-12. No children 5 and younger allowed.

Sept. 5

Taste of Racine: Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Features numerous area restaurants and daylong entertainment. Zoo admission is $1 for Racine County residents, free ages 2 and younger; non-residents, $6, $5 seniors 62 and older, $4 ages 3-15. Sponsored by Family Service of Racine.

Sept. 10

"Potsarazzi!" on the Auction Block: Public auction of "Potsarazzi!" public art display of decorated fiberglass flowerpots and metal garden stakes. 2 p.m. Monument Square, Main and Sixth streets in Downtown Racine.

Art Venture: Downtown Racine. Gallery openings; artists on display demonstrating their talents; entertainment on Monument Square, at Crosswalk Park and on Sixth Street; culinary arts on display at restaurants. 6-9 p.m. Free.

EVP Pro Beach Volleyball Proseries National Championships: North Beach on Racine's lakefront. 9 a.m. More than 100 two-person teams vie for the $8,000 purse. Free for spectators. Call (262) 884-6400. Website, www.evptour.com

Zoo Debut - Hanging with the Stars: Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 6 p.m. $200. Enjoy dining and dancing under the stars at Racine's premier black-tie dinner dance. Fundraiser for the Racine Zoo includes live and silent auctions and elegant ambiance. Reservations required, call (262) 636-9189.

Sept. 10

Super Saturday 2011: Village Square Park, Main Street and 10th Avenue, and downtown Union Grove. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Celebration of kids, family and quality of life. Entertainment by Kids are People Too and Union Grove's Got Talent (free talent show for all ages), tractor-drawn trolley and craft show, vendor booths with information and giveaways, bouncy house, carousel, fire department apparatus, food and beverages and fire department apparatus. For more information, call Carolyn Preston at Union Grove Piggly Wiggly, (262) 878-2454. For updates, go to: www.ugsupersaturday.com

Sept. 16-18

Fall Harvest Days: Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., Union Grove. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $5, free children 12 and under. Antique tractors, gasoline engines and collectibles. Demonstrations of corn shelling, hay bailing, threshing and sawmill (steam powered). Daily tractor parade, children's activities, horse-drawn wagon rides, crafts, flea market, farm toys and food. This year's club feature is IH/Farmall. The raffle tractor is a 1941 Farmall B. Antique Tractor and Truck Pull the night of Sept. 16, $5. Website: www.fallharvestdays.com

Sept. 16-17

Great Lakes Brewfest: Location to be determined.

• Friday - On Wisconsin Brews. Choose from more than 100 brews, food available, fireworks display, live blues music.

• Saturday - Great Lakes Brew Fest. 3-7 p.m. Basic pass, $40 (Friday or Saturday); designated driver, $15; VIP pass, $85; designated driver VIP, $25. Boasting a roster of 90 brewers from throughout the country, brew masters themselves will offer sampling of more than 250 craft brews along with live reggae and ska music and food. Special performance by the The Kilties Drum & Bugle Corps of Racine. Tickets go on sale June 1. Go to www.greatlakesbrewfest.com

Sept. 25

Preservation Racine Tour of Historic Places: Racine area. Noon-5:30 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 day of tour. Guided tours of properties of architectural and historical significance. Call (262) 634-5748. Website, www.preservationracine.org

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