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First Fridays in Racine
October 7, 2022 4:00 pm
October 7, 2022 9:00 pm
November 2, 2016
Downtown Racine
100 Monument Square, Racine, WI, 53403, United States
First Fridays Racine

Enjoy some Friday night fun during First Fridays Racine, taking place along Main Street in Downtown Racine from April – October from 4-9pm! It happens throughout the downtown area, centered on Monument Square where Highways 20 and 38 cap the ends of a main thoroughfare that is Highway 32.

Friday, October 7th, 2022 specials include:

  • Hot Shop Glass- stop in and be ‘blown away’ as you watch artists turn 2000º molten glass into art right before your eyes! Demonstrations run from 5:30-8:30pm but stop in earlier too…they are sure to be creating! 
  • At Racine Art Museum, (441 Main Street/Highway 32), visitors get free museum admission and can enjoy extended gallery hours from noon to 8:00 pm. Explore pieces that address the ambiguous connection between imagination and reality in Blurry Boundaries: Contemporary Artists, Imagination, and the Spaces Between; sculptural and functional objects that look at how motifs resurface through generations in Precedents: Past Meets Present in Contemporary Glass and Clay; and contrasting works by two notable educators and artists of color in RAM Showcase: Russell T. Gordon and James Tanner. Also, during the RAM Free Family Hands-On Art Project, 4:00 – 7:00 pm, visitors can use oil pastels to create an underwater scene as seen through the window of an imaginary submarine. 
  • Ecolime will perform at Monument Square starting at 6pm
  • Great music and wine specials at Uncorkt Wine Bar
  • Take part in Paint-N-Sip at Inmoxicated, where tasty mocktails rule!

Socialize with friends and neighbors or even other road-trippers as you enjoy shopping, cool drinks and take a horse drawn carriage ride or stroll through the historic city streets. Join 50 plus independent downtown business owners as they welcome you to shop and dine locally while enjoying live music and discovering the best of Racine . . . Downtown!

Come early & stay late. If you value a big event in a historic downtown, First Fridays Racine is worth the drive, especially on a State Trunk Tour route. First Fridays is a group of small business owners of boutique shops, restaurants, art galleries and museums who have worked together to put this event on nine times a year for 13 years. Businesses stay open late, put live music outdoors in three parks, have horse & carriage rides and an outdoor beer garden. Art galleries offer artist’s demonstrations, restaurants offer specials and boutiques highlight new or favorite product lines. The sidewalks are filled with people and downtown is alive and vibrant.

Also you could get FREE admission to the Racine Art Museum!

In addition to First Fridays, check out the rest of downtown Racine. Right along the shores of Lake Michigan you can explore their marina, near the beach, zoo, Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and SC Johnson sites.

Take the drive to where Highways 11, 20, 32, and 38 come together in downtown Racine. Enjoy happy people taking in the best of what downtown Racine has to offer! Check out the First Fridays website for more details.

First Fridays Racine Address:

Monument Square
100 Main Street
Racine, WI 53403
(262) 634-4287

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