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A big weekend is in store in Racine County. Head to Monument Square for an art-filled time, catch a kraut-themed festival, relax with an outdoor concert and be sure to grab a Bohemian kolach! Real Racine has lots of great suggestions.

Art at every turn. Monument Square Art Festival (MSAF), held in Downtown Racine, is one of Wisconsin’s oldest and most respected juried fine art fairs. You’ll find more than 70 artists from around the country exhibiting and selling works in a variety of media. The festival includes the Great Lakes Chalk Art Competition (GLCAC), sponsored by Real Racine, featuring regional arts creating works of art along Fifth Street (from Wisconsin Avenue to Main Street) all day Saturday. New this year is “Chalk It Up and Chow Down” – a selection of local food vendors set up near the GLCAC artists. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Visit

Weekend starts Thursday. The area’s outdoor concert season takes off Thursday with Waterford River Rhythms. This year’s season opener is blues rocker Anthony Gomes who has been cutting electrifying records for 20 years. The free show starts at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall Park, 123 N. River St. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food and beverages available for purchase. River Rhythms continues about every other week through August. Visit

Get your kraut on. It’s time to celebrate in Franksville with the 2018 edition of Kraut Music Fest. The festival opens at 3 p.m. Friday at Caledonia-Mount Pleasant Park, 9614 Highway K. There’s live music all weekend, carnival midway, a Friday night fireworks show, family entertainment, kraut eating contest, craft beer garden, helicopter rides and much more. Admission is $10 per car or $5 per walk-in before 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., it’s $5 per person. Visit

Bohemian delights. It’s your chance to enjoy a home-made kolach (a Bohemian pastry) and many other delicious foods. Bohemian Fest runs Friday afternoon through Sunday at St. John Nepomuk Church, 1923 Green St., Racine. Friday’s entertainment is by Yesterday’s Children, Saturday features Fall Hazard and Sunday features Elvis and All the King’s Men. Free admission.

Country fair time. St Thomas Aquinas Church hosts its annual Country Fair Thursday through Sunday at 307 S. First St., Waterford. The festival includes raffles, a carnival midway, live music, bingo and raffles. Food specials are a Friday fish fry, a Saturday pig roast and chicken dinner on Sunday. Free admission.

Brassy and free. The Belle City Brassworks’ annual Brass in Concert is 3 p.m. Sunday at the Union Grove High School Performance Center, 3433 S. Colony Ave. Free tickets are available at Roger Palmen Chevrolet, Community State Bank and Union Grove Piggly Wiggly. Ticket holders will be seated starting at 2:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to stick around after the concert to meet the band and enjoy some snacks. The concert is sponsored by Roger Palmen Chevrolet in Union Grove.

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Also, if you are looking for summer fun, check out Kraut Music Fest, which is set for June 8, 9, and 10.

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