Check Out These Fun Events in August in Racine

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Upcoming Events:

08/01–31 10th-Annual Public Art Event. Main and Sixth St., Racine. View one-of-a-kind art pieces created by local artists and displayed throughout the Downtown area. Past events have featured decorated dogs, cats, bears, fish, otters, birds and birdbaths 262.634.6002 racinedowntown.com


08/02 National Night Out. Annual night out against neighborhood crime. Neighborhoods host block parties with food, games and visits by area police and fire departments. For a block party form, call 262.636.9574 or 262.636.9121 cityofracine.org


08/03 Animal Crackers Jazz Series: Joey DeFrancesco Trio. Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. This jazz series provides great entertainment along with various food vendors and a yard party atmosphere. Gates open at 5:30 pm, concert at 7pm. Season tickets, $60, $54 members; mini-season (three), $50; individual, $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. 262.636.9189


08/04 Music and More Concert Series. First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., Racine. 12–1pm. Freewill offering. Music by Jeanne Scherkenbach and Jamie Johns (vocal and piano), Jill Jensen and Jack Grassel (jazz, vocal and guitar).


08/04 Waterford River Rhythms. Village Hall Park, 123 N. River St., Waterford. 6:30–8:30pm. Free. Music by Jackie Brown and the Boys. Food vendor: Waterford Lioness.


08/04–14 Wisconsin State Fair. Wisconsin State Fair Park, 640 S. 84th St., West Allis. $9 adults, $6 seniors 60 and older, $5 youth 6–12, free ages 5 and younger. wistatefair.com


08/05 Music on the Monument. Outdoor concert by Mean Jack (rock, blues) on Monument Square at Sixth and Main St. in Downtown Racine. 11:30am–1:30pm. Free. Chairs and umbrellas are provided.


08/05 First Fridays. Main and Sixth St., Racine. More than 40 Downtown Racine shops and galleries are open until 9pm. Enjoy music both in the stores and on the sidewalks, horse-drawn carriage rides and more.


08/06 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. 10am–noon, live auction at 11am Proceeds to benefit Main Gallery Program, a Racine Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department and Racine Arts Council program.


08/06 Kiltie Klassic. Case High School Hammes Field, 7345 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant. 7pm. $10 with up to two children, 12 and younger, admitted free with paid adult (coupon printed from website required). Featuring a variety of Midwest performing units. Presented by the Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps of Racine. 262.634.2100 kilties.com


08/06 Full Moon Four Miler. Throughout Waterford. 9pm. Four-mile certified course winds through the village. Race starts and finishes at Baymont Inn and Suites at Fox Ln. and Hwy. 36. Live music, food and drink after the race.
262.534.5911


08/07 Starving Artist Fair. Gateway Campus, 11th and Main St., Racine. 9am–4pm. This is a juried art fair exhibiting and selling mostly original artwork. Children’s corner, music and food are part of the festivities. 262.639.3340


08/07 Wind Point Lighthouse Tour to the Top. 4725 Lighthouse Dr., Wind Point. Friends of the Wind Point Lighthouse will hold a climb to the top of the 108′ structure. Climbers can trek the 144 steps to the top of the lighthouse for a view of Lake Michigan. Walk on the catwalk atop the lighthouse. Guides will be available to answer questions. 10am–4pm Advance reservations requested. $10 adults; $5 children ages 6-12. No children 5 and under allowed. 262.639.2026.


08/07 Starving Artist Outdoor Art Fair. Gateway Technical College campus grounds, 1001 Main St., Racine. 9am–4pm (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.


08/07 Job’s Daughters Craft Fair. Racine Masonic Center grounds, 1012 Main St., Racine. 9am–4pm. Free. Featuring over 70 crafters from Wisconsin and Illinois. Food stand with quarter-pound hot dogs, soda and more.


08/07 Armenian Fest. Festival Park, 5 Fifth St., Racine. 11am–7pm. Ethnic festival with food, music, art activities and dance. Offering accepted. Donations will go to the Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization and Armenian orphanages.


08/07 Racine Band Concert. Racine Zoo Kiwanis Amphitheater, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 7pm. Free. Bring lawn chair or blanket.


08/11 Music and More Concert Series. First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., Racine. 12–1pm. Freewill offering. Music by Eric Carlson (piano), James Castaneda (cello). Shoot the Moon (formerly the MIT’s).


08/11 Cigar Dinner. Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 6pm. $80. Enjoy a steak dinner, drinks, exemplary cigar selection, live and silent auctions. Fundraiser for the Racine Zoo. 262.636.9189


08/12 Music on the Monument. Outdoor concert by Saturday Night Preachers (bluegrass) on Monument Square at Sixth and Main St. in Downtown Racine. 11:30am-1:30pm. Free. Chairs and umbrellas are provided.


08/12–14 Fiesta Mexicana. Festival Park, 5 Fifth St., Racine. 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. 262.308.3543 racinefiesta@hotmail.com


08/13 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 7pm, Movie begins at dusk. $3, $1 ECU and Racine Zoo members, children under age 3 free. Popcorn, candy and soda will be sold.


08/13 Hot Rods and Kiwanis St. Dance. Village Square Park, Main St. and 10th Ave., Union Grove. Free admission. Antique and classic car show, 9am–3pm, entertainment by the Steve Meissner Band (polka), 3–6pm; street dance, 7–11pm, 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.


08/13–14 RYS Gus Macker Basketball Tournament
Gateway Technical College. One of the premier 3-on-3 basketball tournaments takes place on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. 262.886.0797 macker.com


08/14 Racine Band Concert. Racine Zoo Kiwanis Amphitheater, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 7pm. Free. Bring lawn chair or blanket.


08/14–15 Greater Racine Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show. Pershing Park at the Racine lakefront. 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.


08/17 Animal Crackers Jazz Series. Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. Chi Eli Minucci and Special EFX (featuring Lao Tizer and Karen Briggs). This jazz series provides great entertainment along with various food vendors and a yard party atmosphere. Gates open at 5:30pm, concert at 7pm. Season tickets, $60, $54 members; mini-season (three), $50; individual, $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Call 262.636.9189.


08/18 Waterford River Rhythms. Village Hall Park, 123 N. River St., Waterford. 6:30–8:30pm. Free. Music by Westside Andy/Mel Ford Band. Food vendor: Bruno’s Restaurant.


08/19 Music on the Monument. Outdoor concert by Road Less Traveled (soft rock) on Monument Square at Sixth and Main St. in Downtown Racine. 11:30am–1:30pm. Free. Chairs and umbrellas are provided.


08/19 Music and More Concert Series Finale Evening Concert. First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., Racine. 7pm. $10. Music by Jillian Bruss, Joe Graziano and 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.


08/20 Art Venture. Downtown Racine. 6–9pm. Free. Gallery openings, artists on display demonstrating their talents, entertainment on Monument Square, at Crosswalk Park and on Sixth St., culinary arts on display at restaurants.


08/21 Racine Zoo Classic Car and Bike Show. Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 10am–3pm. A classic event with nearly 400 car and motorcycles enthusiasts showcasing their vehicles on zoo grounds. Food and live entertainment. 262.636.9189 to register a vehicle. racinezoo.org


08/21 Racine Band Concert. Racine Zoo Kiwanis Amphitheater, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 7pm. Free. Bring lawn chair or blanket.


08/26 Music on the Monument. Outdoor concert by Lake Effect (smooth jazz) on Monument Square at Sixth and Main St. in Downtown Racine. 11:30am-1:30pm. Free. Chairs and umbrellas are provided.


08/26 Racine Symphony Orchestra Summer Pops: “Raise the Roof.” Guest artists are the Racine Kilties. Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St., Racine. 7pm, doors open at 5:30pm. Advance tickets, $23 adults, $20 seniors, $5 ages 13–22; free ages 12 and younger. Ticket prices increase at the door. Tables of 4, 8 and 10 are available. 262.636.9285 racinesymphony.org


08/27 Safari Saturday: “Bo and Mac the Giraffes Birthday Bonanza.” Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 11am-1pm. 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.


08/28 Racine Band Concert. Racine Zoo Kiwanis Amphitheater, 2131 N. Main St., Racine. 7pm. Free. Bring lawn chair or blanket.

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