Welcome to June in Racine County. This month includes an architectural tour, a two-day arts celebration, beach fun, antique tractors, a genuine farm breakfast and festivals. Here is a sampling of what's coming up.
Architecture enthusiasts from around the country are expected in the Racine area for Wright and Like 2016 presented by the Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin (FLWW) organization Friday through Sunday, June 3-5. A tour of 10 architecturally significant buildings is offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It includes the Wright-designed SC Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower, Wingspread Conference Center and the Thomas P. Hardy House plus seven other sites inspired by Wright's vision. The Prairie School, 4050 Lighthouse Drive, Wind Point, is the tour headquarters. Tickets at the door (starting at 8 a.m. Saturday) are $70 for FLWW members; $80 for nonmembers. The weekend also includes a separate reception and program at Wingspread on Friday. Details at: www.wrightinwisconsin.org
Monument Square Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12 is one of the state's oldest and most respected juried fine arts fairs. Held in Downtown Racine, it will present the works of 70 artists from around the country exhibiting paintings, photography, textiles, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media. New this year is the Great Lakes Chalk Art Competition featuring 24 regional chalk artists working on 4-by-4-foot panels. The artists will create their original artworks throughout the day and the public is to watch the work and vote for their favorite. The finished chalk art pieces will be displayed June 17 through July at the Racine Arts Council's ArtSpace Gallery, 316 Sixth St. Each piece will be sold via a month long public raffle with proceeds benefiting the Racine Arts Council. Visit www.monumentsquareartfest.com
It's back with four great nights of music. The Kraut Music Festival returns to the Caledonia-Mount Pleasant Memorial Park, 9416 Northwestern Ave. (Hwy K), Franksville, Thursday through Sunday, June 16-19. This community festival celebrates sauerkraut with Kraut Queen and Kraut Princess competitions and the popular kraut eating contest. The festival's big emphasis is on music plus great food, music, carnival rides and family activities. Evening headliners include Candlebox, Firehouse, Bella Cain and the Modern Day Romeos. General admission is $10; parking is $5. For tickets and details, visit www.krautmusicfest.com
One of the summer's most popular events — the EVP Beach Sports Festival — returns to Racine's North Beach, 100 Kewaunee St., Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19. EVP (Extreme Volleyball Professionals) is the largest national pro-am volleyball attraction in America. Two-person men's and women's teams will compete in professional and amateur divisions all weekend. Free for spectators.
A worldwide event — the 2016 Red Power Round Up — comes to the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., Union Grove, Thursday through Saturday, June 16-18. This 27th annual gathering of the International Harvester Collectors Club is expected to draw 15,000 farm equipment enthusiasts. There will be displays of vintage Farmall, McCormick Deering and International Harvester equipment dating from the late 19th century to the present. Among the highlights is as the full restoration of a Farmall F-12 during the show's three days. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages 6 through 15. Youth ages 5 and younger admitted free. Three day passes are $25 adults and $12 youth. Details at www.RPRU2016.com
Bring the family for a farm experience at the Racine County Breakfast on the Farm, Saturday, June 25. A full breakfast (eggs, sausage, milk, etc) will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. at Schaal Dairy Farm, 1800 McKee Road, rural Burlington. There is also a farm tour, musical entertainment, kids games, farm equipment and a petting zoo. Admission is $6; kids age 3 and younger eat free. The event is coordinated by the Racine County Dairy Promotion Committee.
One of the area's biggest ethnic fests, Greek Festival, returns to Kimissis Greek Orthodox Church, 1335 S. Green Bay Road, Racine, Friday through Sunday, June 24-26. Delicious home-made delicacies like sarma, baklava and gyros are on the menu all weekend plus authentic Greek music, dancing and costumes. Free admission.