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The Germans know more than a little bit about celebrating October. This weekend brings an Octoberfest celebration to Racine County as well a musical comedy, local ghosts and something for kids. Real Racine has some great ideas for you.

Anyone for polka? A new family-friendly event celebrates German heritage this Saturday. Octoberfest in Downtown Racine is noon to 9 p.m. at Harbor Lite Yacht Club, 559 State St. You’ll be able to enjoy German food and beverages, live entertainment and learn to polka. There are also kids activities, raffles and more. Admission is $5 per person; kids ages 6 and younger get in free. A family pack (two adults and up to four kids) is $20. Proceeds benefit the Downtown Racine Corp. Visit

A seasonal musical. An hilarious musical “Young Frankenstein” opens Thursday evening. Burlington’s Haylofters troupe presents this musical, based on the Mel Brooks classic film comedy. You’ll know it’s funny because Brooks himself wrote the music. “Young Frankenstein” is presented Thursdays through Sundays through Nov. 2 at the Malt House Theatre, 109 N. Main St., Burlington. For tickets and show times, call 262-763-9873 or visit

Local ghosts? Visit some local haunted places in the Walking Ghost Tour of Downtown Racine. The tours are 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and will also be offered Oct. 24 and 25 and Nov. 1. Meet at Circa Celeste, 619 Wisconsin Ave. each of those evenings. Admission is $25 in advance; $30 day of the event. Kids ages 11 and younger not allowed. The tour is a benefit for the Volunteer Center of Racine. Call 262-886-9612 for tickets and details.

For the kids (and adults). Classic fables meet classical music in “Oohpie’s Fables” presented the next two weekends (this Friday through next Saturday, Oct. 25) at the Sixth Street Theatre, 316 Sixth St. Over our Head Players, along with the Racine Symphony Orchestra, perform well-known stories that both kids and adults will enjoy. All seats are general admission – just $7. Show times are at 7 p.m. Fridays and at 12 and 2 p.m. Saturdays. Visit or call 262-632-6802.

Have a laugh. The Racine Theatre Guild’s “Comedy Tonight” series kicks off its 2014-15 season on Saturday with standup comedian Tim Clue. He’s opened for Jerry Seinfeld, written stage comedies and has an outside-the-box sense of humor. Opening is Bill Bunker, whose comic style is described as laid back. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for students. Curtain is 8 p.m. at the RTG stage, 2519 Northwestern Ave. Tickets at 262-633-4218 or visit

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