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Credit: Downtown Racine Corporation

RACINE – Racine HarborMarket – a new outdoor market – is coming to Monument Square starting June 30.

Racine HarborMarket is a collaboration between Kenosha’s Original HarborMarket and the Downtown Racine Corporation (DRC). The Kenosha organization has managed the Kenosha HarborMarket for the past 30 years. Market managers promise “the freshest regional produce” including fruits, vegetables, fresh flowers, plants, artisan baked goods, and arts and craft vendors.

Racine HarborMarket Schedule

The new market’s hours will be 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Other Racine HarborMarket dates for this year are: Thursdays, July 28, Aug. 25 and Sept. 29.

The inaugural market will feature live music with Mean Jake. Beer and soda will be available for purchase.

“Adding an event like this diversifies further the festival footprint of our city,” Kelly Kruse, DRC executive director said in a news release. “Having the fun of the Racine HarborMarket on Thursdays gets our summer weekends off to an early start.”

Kruse noted that market shoppers can use convenient ramp parking at the Lake Avenue Ramp, 300 Lake Ave., Civic Centre Ramp, 501 Lake Ave., and the McMynn Ramp, 120 7th St. The parking fee is $2 for all day.

Outdoor markets at Monument Square are not new. The new Racine HarborMarket will continue the tradition in the square. – Credit: Downtown Racine Corporation

A Farmer’s Market Return

The Downtown Racine area hasn’t had access to a summertime farmer’s market in recent years. A farmer’s market was staged on Saturdays at the CNH Global parking lot near State and Erie streets for several summers before being discontinued after 2018.

The new Racine HarborMarket returns Monument Square to its historical roots. The property was set aside as a public market and gathering space when the original Racine townsite was laid out around 1835. The site was known as Haymarket Square. The name was changed to Monument Square when the Civil War-era monument was installed in 1884.

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