There may be only one month left this summer, but the fun is far from over! August in Racine County is chock full of festivals, concerts and more.
Starving Artists Fair
This year’s Starving Artists Outdoor Art Fair will be held rain or shine on Sunday, August 7 at East Park (Gateway Technical College grounds) at 11th and Main streets, Racine. This is a juried art fair exhibiting and selling original artwork. A children's corner, music and food are all part of the festivities. While browsing, you're invited to participate in the silent auction to benefit the Racine Art Guild scholarship program.
Festivals - all weekend long!
Racine County's ethnic festival season is in full swing this month with Armenian Festival, Serbian Festival and La Fiesta Mexicana. At Armenian Festival on August 7, at Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St., enjoy one of the Midwest's largest Armenian celebrations. Handmade food fills the menu lists at this event, a fundraiser for St. Mesrob's Armenian Church. Enjoy food and drink, live music, dance and children’s games, all on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. Admission is free! Donations accepted for Safe Haven and Armenian orphanages. At Serbian Festival, held at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, 6108 Braun Road, Mount Pleasant, on August 6-7, experience homemade traditional specialties including roast pork, lamb and chicken, and more than 30 varieties of Serbian pastries. There will also be live music performances by the Rastko Folklore Ensemble and free admission! At La Fiesta Mexicana on August 6 at Caledonia-Mount Pleasant Memorial Park, 9614 Hwy. K, Caledonia, you'll find Tejano and Mexican bands, costumed folkloric dancers, food and drink and kids activities. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 through 12. Presented by the Urban League of Racine and Kenosha.
Tall Tales told
Do you like stories? Do you like music? The Coffee House on Chestnut and Pine, 492 N. Pine St., Burlington, is the place to be on Friday and Saturday, August 12-13 for The Tall Tales Music Festival! This outdoor event celebrates the cultural significance of storytelling through music, and will feature national touring artists, homegrown Wisconsin talent, and a full weekend of music workshops for fans of all ages. The Tall Tales Music Festival also offers a variety of activities for kids, including free music workshops, games, and art stations. There will also be plenty of food and drink vendors on-site throughout the weekend. www.talltalesfestival.com
A big show
Come down to the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., on Sunday, August 21 and join car, truck, and motorcycle enthusiasts at the 21st Annual Car, Truck & Bike Show, one of the largest outdoor vehicle shows in the region. About 400 classic and custom autos, trucks, and motorcycles are expected and more than 75 trophies will be awarded. This family friendly event will also include great prizes and gifts, local food trucks and vendors, and live music throughout the entire day! Want to participate? Registration will be available day of show from 8 to 11 a.m. for only $15 at the zoo's Michigan Boulevard and Goold Street gate. Regular zoo admission applies for spectators. www.racinezoo.org
Fly with me
For those interested in remote control aircraft, the annual Racine Remote Control Fly-In is back this year starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, August 21 at the Racine R/C Club Flying Field, 10530 Washington Ave. (Hwy. 20), Mount Pleasant. Whether you have your own remote control plane to fly or if you just want to experience the atmosphere, come by and check out the flying and camaraderie.
Summer Pops music
Join the Racine Symphony Orchestra (RSO) during August Summer Pops for a night of fantastic movie magic. The RSO will perform a fabulous array of songs from familiar movies and theatrical performances on Friday, August 26 at Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St. Selections from this concert will be sure to have you tapping your toes and singing along, particularly to favorites from Les Miserables, ET, Fame, and much more! Tickets at www.racinesymphony.org