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Tales in song and story, one of the summer’s biggest car shows, a festival and another chance to run are all coming your way in Racine County this weekend. Real Racine has some great suggestions.

Many musical stories. The art of storytelling through music is celebrated at the 3rd Annual Tall Tales Music Festival in Downtown Burlington on Friday and Saturday. This free event starts at 6 p.m. Friday with a showcase of local songwriters. Christopher Paul Stelling, a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter takes the stage from 8:30 to 10 p.m. On Saturday, kids from toddler through teen are invited to music and creativity workshops starting at 10 a.m. A special concert for kids by Duke Otherwise starts at 1 p.m. The Tall Tales Music Festival’s national/Wisconsin lineup starts at 2:30 p.m. with the band Ladders. All the music, plus food and beverages, takes place on Chestnut Street adjacent to The Coffee House at Chestnut and Pine, 492 N. Pine St. It’s supported by Music Matters, a local nonprofit that promotes and supports youth music programming. For the full schedule, visit

Cars, bikes and more. If you like vintage cars, motorcycles and trucks, the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St., is the right place to be. The zoo’s 20th Anniversary Car, Truck and Bike Show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Organizers are expecting nearly 400 entries from throughout the region. Vehicle registration is $10 in advance (online at or $15 the day of the show starting at 8 a.m. at the Augusta Street entrance. Dash plaques will go to the first 200 registered. More than 75 trophies will be awarded. Regular zoo admission applies: $8 adults, $7 seniors and $6 kids ages 3 through 15.

Iron Horse run. It’s time again for Sturtevant’s Iron Horse 5k. The ninth annual run/walk starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Sturtevant Volunteer Fire Department Park, 9698 Charles St. Registration opens at 7 a.m. Medals will be awarded to the first three male and female finishers in 15 age divisions. Registration is $25. Visit

Last one this year. All good things must come to an end and the Racine Concert Band is no exception. The community band concludes its 92nd free summer concert series at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Racine Zoo’s Kiwanis Amphitheater. Enter starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Augusta Street gate – be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket. The closing concert features vocalists Greg and Kathy Berg and trumpet player Nancy Quist.

Festival time in Caledonia. A popular festival, with a musical beat, returns Saturday and Sunday. St. Louis Parish Festival, 13207 Hwy G, Caledonia, starts with a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. The festival opens at 6 p.m. and the Larry Lynne Band entertains from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. On Sunday, chicken dinners will be served starting at 11 a.m. The day’s live music is Bruce Korosa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and The Ricochettes from 4 to 7 p.m. Visit

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