BY KELLY KRUSE
Downtown Racine Corporation has been hard at work making sure the summer of 2019 will be the best downtown Racine has ever had. More live music, more events, more shopping and more excuses to make downtown your favorite summer-time destination.
Bend & Brew
Back for a second year, the Downtown Racine Corporation presents Bend and Brew, outdoor yoga on Sam Johnson Parkway beginning on Saturday June 22. Yoga class will be from 9-10 a.m. every Saturday until Aug. 31 (please note, there will be no yoga on Aug. 4). This is a free yoga session with a recommended donation of $5. After every session, participants will receive a free certificate to use towards a coffee or beer at participating businesses. A few yoga mats will be available, but patrons are highly encouraged to bring their own. Registration is not required, but plan on coming 5-10 minutes prior to start time to sign-in.
Music on the Monument
Music on the Monument is back for its 17th year with a brand new time beginning June 14 on Monument Square. From 4-6:30 p.m. every Friday night through Aug. 30, this free summer-long concert series will feature bands from a variety of genres. New this year, Racine Brewing Company will be set up on Monument Square selling craft beer and soda. Chairs will be provided.
June 14: Yard Dogs – Blues/Rock, June 21: Earthmother – Jam/Rock, June 28: Matthew Haeffel – Contemporary Original, July 5: Fourcast – Acoustic, July 12: Touch of Gray – Classic Rock, July 19: Sentinels – Classic Rock, July 26: Final Approach – Classic Rock, August 2: Ghosts in the Gravel – Acoustic, August 9: Nick Ramsey and The Family – Poetic Funk, August 16: Mesnard Location – Classic Rock, August 23: High Stakes Band – Soul/R&B, August 30: Lake Effect – Jazz.
Saturday Sounds on the Square
Every Saturday from June 15 to Aug. 31, Monument Square will be home to a free concert series. Saturday Sounds on the Square, which will be from 4-6:30 p.m., features music from a variety of genres. Racine Brewing Company will be selling their craft beer and soda on Monument Square each date. Chairs will be provided. (No Aug. 3 date)
June 15: Yves Francois Rocambu Jazz – Jazz, June 22: Dave Braun – Jazz, June 29: BRB – Blues/Rock, July 6: Jimmy LeRose Band – Rock, July 13: Full Flavor – Latin/Classic Rock, July 20: Veteran’s Outreach Day – Blues/Rock, July 27: Chicken Grease – Soul/Funk, August 10: Rocky Rose – Contemporary/Original, August 17: Empty Bottle Boys and One Shot Jane – Country, August 24: Bull Frog – Jam/Rock, August 31: Squad 51 – Classic Rock.
The Downtown Corporation’s annual German Fest is on June 22 from noon-10 p.m. at Harbor Lite Yacht Club, 559 State Street. Enjoy hearty German food, kraut eating contests, raffles, games and German beer on tap. Live polka music will be performed by Alpine Blast from 3-6 p.m. followed by four-time WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) award-winning Polka Artist of the Year, The Squeezettes, from 6:30−9:45 p.m. Admission is $5.
Public Art Project
Downtown Racine Corporation’s 18th Annual Public Art Project will be benches with the theme, “Racine’s Past, Present and Future.” Artists were given full creative freedom to devise unique, kid and family friendly designs that embody the theme. The project will feature 33 benches that were built by the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin. From June 10 to Sept. 2 the benches will be on display throughout Downtown Racine. On June 8, the finished benches will be unveiled at the Public Art Preview Party. Once the benches are sold at the Public Art Auction on Sept. 7, a portion of the proceeds will go back to the Veterans Outreach. (Location and time of the Auction are TBD)
Downtown Racine Art Walk – DRAW
The vibrant and diverse art community of Downtown Racine is showcased during the Downtown Racine Art Walk (DRAW) on July 20 from 4-8 p.m. During DRAW, be immersed in a community overflowing with locally owned galleries, shops and studios. Many of the most creative locations in all of Racine welcome visitors for an evening of art exploration. Meet the artists, get a behind the scenes look at their creative process and watch them work their magic – all while enjoying complimentary wine at three pop-up wine bars hosted by Uncorkt. Explore everything Downtown Racine’s art scene has to offer this summer and be sure to support local artists with your purchases.
Party on the Pavement
Downtown Racine is celebrating 16 years of Party on the Pavement from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 on Main and Sixth streets. Free. Live music on three stages, carnival rides, food and beer vendors, Touch a Truck zone and activities for people of all ages. Party on the Pavement has become the area’s best family-friendly street festival attracting more than 10,000 visitors each year and voted Racine’s Best Event in the 2018 Journal Times reader pole.
Kelly Kruse is the executive director of Downtown Racine Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.