Follow Us

One of the year’s biggest arts weekend is coming up! This weekend in Racine County also includes music performances, fund raisers and a Sunday morning run. Get out with Real Racine!

Local art and artists. You’ll get up close and personal with nearly 100 area artists at the 8th annual get beHIND the aRTS. This two-day open house takes you to 32 studios, galleries and artist workspaces in Racine and Kenosha Counties. The purchase of a $5 pin (available at any location) gets you admission to all the sites both days. Tour hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday for Racine County locations and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday for Kenosha County locations. This year’s free Preview Party, with exhibits, art demonstrations, entertainment and an artist meet-and-greet, is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at 5700 7th Avenue in Kenosha. For a map and event details, visit

Start with music. Take in a spring concert! The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Wind Ensemble, featuring Russ Johnson on trumpet and Suzanne Geoffrey on English horn, performs at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bedford Concert Hall on the UW-Parkside campus, 900 Wood Road, Somers. The musical program will include Aaron Copland’s “Quiet City.” Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for seniors and students. Advance tickets at: 262-595-2564 or

Acoustic evening. A rare musical opportunity is coming up at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Racine Theatre Guide stage, 2519 Northwestern Ave. Singer/songwriters Zachary Scot Johnson, Mark Paffrath, Jeff Ward and Marv Dykhuis often perform solo but seldom appear at as quartet. The acoustic folk artists will perform several original works and have promised to play a set of songs by The Beatles. All seats are $20. For advance tickets, call 262-633-4218 or visit

Pianos and fun. Piano Brew, featuring dueling pianos with a repertoire of 700 songs, is 7 p.m. Saturday at the Living Light Community Center, 740 College Ave., Racine. The evening includes food trucks, a celebrity bartender battle and a beer and wine cash bar from Uncorkt. Admission is $25 (including a glass of beer or wine – must be 21 years old). Piano Brew is a fundraiser for Visioning a Greater Racine. For advance tickets and details, click HERE

Morning run. You’re invited to take a Sunday morning run (with your dog, if desired) at Bear Paws for a Cause 4k. This run/walk will be held along the south side of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside campus, 900 Wood Road, Somers. Check in at the Student Activity Center. The event gets under way at 9 a.m. Proceeds go to the UW-Parkside Event Management scholarship fund and the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Racine campus project. Registration is $20 per person.
Register at:

New for Open House. Real Racine presents the third annual Open House Racine County on Saturday, May 5. This is a free, one-day exploration of nearly 60 interesting sites. We are pleased to have 12 new sites for 2018, including the historic DeKoven Center along Racine’s lakefront, where you can tour St. John Chapel and the Great Hall, and Putzmeister America in Sturtevant, where you’ll learn about the making of huge, truck-mounted concrete boom pumps that are used at major construction projects worldwide. Also new to the lineup is Gateway Technical College’s SC Johnson iMET Center in Sturtevant. This is the region’s first flexible manufacturing laboratory dedicated to workforce training. You can learn more about OHRC and plan your own itinerary at

Take the fun along with the Real Racine mobile app for your Apple or Android device. Just type in realracine from the menu. For daily updates, “like” us on Facebook ( or follow us on Twitter ( and Instagram.

Paul Holley is retired from careers in journalism, public relations and marketing but not from life. These days, he pretty much writes about what he feels like writing. You may contact him directly at:...