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You’re invited to celebrate art this weekend. One of the area’s oldest and largest juried art fairs is in Racine while live, local music can be found in Burlington, Racine and Union Grove. You’ll also want to taste a genuine Bohemian kolache! Come along with Real Racine.
Art and more on the square. Downtown Racine turns lively, colorful AND artistic at the Monument Square Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday at Fifth and Main streets. MSAF brings nearly 80 accomplished regional artists showing and selling works in oil, watercolor, glass, ceramics, photography and metal. With live entertainment and great food both days, it’s a wonderful opportunity to shop and appreciate the arts. Real Racine is again proud to sponsor the Great Lakes Chalk Art Competition (GLCAC). Watch the artists at work along Fifth Street as they transform 4×4-foot panels. The finished pieces will later be displayed and on sale at the Racine Arts Council’s ArtSpace Gallery, 409 Sixth St. Visit www.monumentsquareartfest.com
Music debut. Music & More, a free, indoor summertime concert series returns from 12 to 1 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., Racine This week’s artists are classical guitarist Naeim Rahmani and the Belle Ensemble vocalists. Donations are welcome and will go to the Health Care Network, Faith Hope & Love and Our Harmony Club. Music & More concerts are scheduled for Thursdays, over the noon hour, through Aug. 10.
More free tunes. The B-Town Sounds free concert series opens its 2017 season at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Echo Park, 589 Milwaukee St., Burlington. This year, you can hear a variety of terrific music and try a featured craft beer at each concert. Altered Five perform the blues. Shorts Brewing is the selected concert brew. B-Town Sounds continues every other Thursday evening through Aug. 31.
Loving the lake. Downtown Racine Corp. invites you to “Life on the Like,” a 30th anniversary celebration of ReefPoint Marina and Festival Hall from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Paul P. Harris Rotary Park, 5 Fifth St. It’s a preview of the 25 decorated boats that are this year’s Downtown Racine Public Art Project. There’s music by surf tribute band, Catch a Wave, cash bar and food for purchase from Downtown restaurants. Admission is $20 and includes one drink ticket a raffle entry for a dinner cruise. Visit www.racinedowntown.com
Festival season kickoff. Get your kolache (a sweet, fruit pastry) and lots of other goodies at Bohemian Fest, Friday through Sunday at St. John Nepomuk Church, 1903 Green St., Racine. This popular event kicks off the area ethnic festival season. There’s also live music, kids’ activities, a craft and bake sale and raffles. Festival hours are 5 to 11 p.m., Friday; 12 to 11 p.m., Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission.
Make it brassy. Swingin’ Brass in Concert – the annual Belle City Brassworks concert – is at 3 p.m. Sunday at Union Grove High School Performance Center, 3433 S. Colony Ave. It’s a free show but tickets are required. Pick yours up at Roger Palmen Chevrolet, Union Grove Piggly Wiggly or Community State Bank. Ticket holders will be seated starting at 2:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the concert to meet the band. www.bellecitybrassworks.com
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