September is a great time to visit Racine County. The days start to get shorter, the temperatures cooler and the season transitions from summer to beautiful, colorful autumn. This month, join us for music, celebrations and live theater.
Labor of Love - Sept. 5
Award winning country music artist Chris Young headlines the second annual Labor of Love Music Festival hosted at Festival Park in Racine by Case Construction Equipment on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5. This event, a Labor Day tribute to veterans and workers, will benefit Team Rubicon, a disaster response organization comprised of veterans and first responders. Labor of Love 2016 includes local food vendors and a silent auction for Team Rubicon. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and Young performs at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $30. Tickets are available now at www.ticketmaster.com/laboroflove
At the Zoo...
Zoo Debut, a premier black tie event, is Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., from 5:30 to 11 p.m. For James Bond/007 fans, the theme of this fundraising gala is “Shaken, Not Stirred.” Tickets ($140 per person) include open bar, seated dinner and live music and entertainment. For more information, call 262-636-9312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't miss Super Saturday
It’s a bird, it’s a plane… no, it’s Super Saturday and it’s on Sept. 10 in Union Grove! The day kicks off at 9 a.m. followed by continuous free, family entertainment, local crafters and vendors, kids' face painting and tractor-pulled wagon rides. The day ends with the Kiwanis Club's annual street dance at Village Square Park at 6 p.m. Visit http://ugsupersaturday.com/
Beers to you
Southeastern Wisconsin’s largest beer event is back with Great Lakes Brew Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Racine Zoo from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Attendees can enjoy sampling of more than 400 beers, ciders and meads, rare and limited release beers, a cider cellar, and a souvenir pint glass…not to mention a beautiful view of Lake Michigan. The renowned Kilties Drum & Bugle Corps will put on a special performance. Ticket information at www.greatlakesbrewfest.com
Harvest - like the good old days
Come out to the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., Union Grove, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 16-18 for Fall Harvest Days. This year, Fall Harvest Days hosts the Ford-Fordson Collectors Association 25th Anniversary Show. In addition, each day will feature vintage threshing, hay baling, sawmill, shingle mill and homemaking demonstrations. There are also indoor and outdoor flea markets, crafts, kids activities and a daily tractor parade. Don’t forget to enter into the raffle for a chance to win one of three great prizes!
Catch a pair of comedies
If you like musical comedy with a satirical beat, then be sure to see "Lend Me a Tenor" at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave., weekends from Sept. 16 through Oct. 2. Visit www.racinetheatre.org for tickets and show times. And, don't miss the Over Our Head Players presentation of Theatre/Schmeatre, a series of short, unrelated original comedies with some of the area’s finest musicians at the Sixth Street Threatre, 318 Sixth St. Performances are on weekends from Sept. 16 through Oct. 1. Visit www.overourheadplayers.org for tickets and show times.
Party down Sept. 24
Racine’s biggest street festival, Party on the Pavement, is back on Saturday, Sept. 24 for its 14th year. Downtown will be open for a day of celebration featuring live music, delicious local food, fabulous shopping and fun activities for people of all ages. This year will again feature favorites including the kid’s zone, sports zone, the unique and antique car show, art fair, carnival rides and games. More information at www.racinedowntown.com
Preservation Racine hosts its 41st annual Tour of Historic Places on Sunday, Sept. 25. This year’s tour includes 12 sites, all within walking distance, from Downtown south along the lake shore. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 on the day of the tour. For more information, visit www.preservationracine.org