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Join all the First Friday’s sponsoring downtown merchants as they welcome you to shop local and discover the best Racine has to offer on this First Friday in July. Please support our First Friday Sponsors, listed on our website at http://firstfridaysracine.com/ or recognize them by their festive official Fridays Flag! This year, we are proud announce Porasik & Yde Wealth Management of Raymond James as our Premier Sponsor of the 2019 year of First Fridays.
Enjoy a cool beverage while you visit and enjoy the truly unique shops, galleries, restaurants and clubs that downtown Racine has to offer! Horse-drawn Carriage rides will be available on Monument Square starting at 5 p.m. Free live music will be available at three downtown locations from 6-9 p.m.: Monument Square, sponsored by Mt. Royal Investment Group; Crosswalk Park, sponsored by RAM; and Paul Harris Park. Watch the First Friday’s website for band line-up! Racine Heritage Museum’s, 701 Main Street, newest feature exhibit But Wait…There’s More! will open during August’s First Friday event! Founded by Ron Popeil in 1964, Ronco was well-known for its “must have” products touted by Popeil himself in commercials for over 50 years. Ronco, and its founder, products were true pop culture icons. The exhibit is based on Tim Samuelson’s book of the same title. This exhibit features well known and nostalgic Ronco products from a private collection. The Museum will be open until 8 p.m. on First Friday for the exhibit opening. The exhibit is sponsored in part by generous grants from SC Johnson and the Racine Community Foundation.
August 2nd looks good for First Friday! Uncorkt at 240 Main Street will have $5 glasses of “featured wines” plus the lowest bottle craft beer prices in downtown Racine. Also, starting at 6 p.m. they will have FREE wine tasting at the back of the store. Their musical treat this month is The Gary T. Ricchio band providing 70’s and 80’s cover songs to dance too. They’ll have the door open between them and their new neighbor The Egg Plant Cafe, so you can enjoy some food along with the drinks from Uncorkt. Come see why Uncorkt has won ‘Best Wine Store’ in Racine County 4 years in a row!
Vapemeisters 420 Main Street in Historic Downtown Racine, invited you to enjoy live music and all-day First Friday’s specials including 10% off Starter Kits and 10% off CBD Flower packages and pre-rolls. Don’t forget to check out their full line of CBD Beauty products as well.
Plumb Gold, 322 Main Street, invites you to learn about Spinel (spin-el). One of the most versatile and exotic gemstones, Spinel is now considered one of the birthstones for August! Not sure what they look like? Come in to Plumb Gold during First Friday and let them show you their collection of loose spinels and spinel jewelry! Special pricing of 10% off all loose gemstones. Friday only!
Art Metals Studio, 332 Main Street, is celebrating their 15 Year Anniversary this year! Join the celebration with snacks and refreshments, and shop brand new work from their in-house artists as well and four NEW featured artists. See you downtown!!!
Divino Gelato Café at 245 Main Street will be hosting an Open Jam from 6 – 9 p.m. All invited to either sing, play an instrument or recite self-created poetry, or just listen and enjoy. Come join the exceptional talent that Racine has home grown. All performances must be family friendly.
Wow! Great new Racine logo merchandise now available! Check out the 2020 Racine photo calendars, hats, bags and more just stocked at Lighthouse Gallery & Gifts, 306 Main Street. Local artists have also brought in new items and replenished favorites so stop in and enjoy their unique shop.
First Friday is FOMO Friday at Brickhouse, 316 Main Street! While DuoSonic rocks out, take advantage of $3 Shots of Fireball, Rumplemintz, Dr. McGillicuddy’s (all flavors) $12 Mystery beer buckets (5) and 48oz group fishbowls for $18!!!
Carriage House, 220 State Street, is bringing on summer! Enjoy 128oz mug drinks “Pink Flamingo” and “Mega Mule” for only $30 each this First Friday’s.
Stop on down to Ivanhoe, 231 Main Street, this First Friday’s for Friday fish fry, 26 beers on tap, outside seating & live music.
Come see the Potter do live demonstrations at the wheel this First Friday! This is your chance to see how all of your favorite pottery items available at Twice Baked Pottery,320 Main Street, are made! Whether you’re looking for the perfect mug, soup cup, or bakeware, Twice Baked Pottery is the place for the perfect gift for all occasions!
Hot Shop Glass, 239 Wisconsin Avenue, is the hottest place to be downtown! Watch live glass blowing demonstrations as artists turn 2000º molten glass into cool art right before your eyes! The whole family will have fun at Hot Shop Glass from 4 – 8:30 p.m. Ask questions, interact with the artisans and shop the gallery during this special evening of creative fun.
Photographic Design Gallery & Framing, 411 Sixth Street, will have cellist Nolan Boerner providing music for the evening this August First Friday’s.
First Friday at Pub On Wisconsin, 552 Wisconsin Avenue, will, as always, feature the Best Happy Hour you will find in Downtown Racine from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.! Make sure to also swing through for refreshments during all the live music action out on Monument Square. Then, keep the party rocking with the fantastic sounds of the Ricky Orta II Duo at 9 p.m. with us! See you down at Pub!
Visitors enjoy free RAM, 441 Main Street, admission and extended hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, August 2. The Patio Bar will be open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., selling beer and wine. For the current exhibition, Represent: Exploring Portraits from RAM’s Collection, six articulated paper dolls and nine framed paper dolls from Milwaukee artist Kierston Ghaznavi are juxtaposed with contemporary portrait photography, jewelry, and sculpture. Her work offers a look at personal and social identity with a focus on black pop culture, positive imagery of black women, and self-love. During RAM’s Free Family Hands-On Art Project on August 2, 4 – 8 p.m., artist Ghaznavi and the RAM education team invite visitors to learn how she created the work now on display in Represent. In this rare opportunity, Ghaznavi will lead guests through a demonstration and art lesson during which they can make handcrafted paper dolls inspired by hers. On First Friday’s in the RAM Museum Store, all Hobo Handbags are 40% off, all Saro Scarves are 30% off, and all Origin Jewelry is 20% off. There is a bonanza of other sales in the Store to clear out the old and make way for the new. Shop early because the selection is limited!
Stop by The Nash, 522 Sixth Street, this August First Friday’s to see Touch of Grey bring the
Last call on the Green Dot Sale at Indian Motorcycle, 522 Sixth Street. Buy any two green dot sales items in the store and get your third of lesser or value for free.
Dover Flag, 323 Main Street, will be offering 10% off all Home and Garden Style Toland Flags all day this August First Friday’s and thru Saturday.
Other First Friday’s sponsoring merchants include:
– Blue Rock Lounge (306 Sixth Street)
– Dimple’s Fine Imports (416 Main Street)
– Dewey’s (600 Main Street)
– Eggplant Café (242 Main Street)
– Lornacopia (310 Sixth Street)
– Longshot Vinyl (324 Sixth Street)
– McAuliffe’s Pub on the Square (213 Sixth Street)
– Northern Lights Gallery (423 Main St)
– Ole Madrid (418 Sixth Street)
– Orange Threads Collections (210 3 rd Street)
– Pepi’s Pub and Grill (618 Sixth Street)
– Racine Brewing Company (303 Main Street)
– Red Moon (334 Main Street)
– Reefpoint Marina (2 Christopher Columbus Causeway)
– RG Natural Babies (430 Main Street)
– Sheepish (326 Main Street)
– Sugar Shack Sweet Shop (530 Monument Square Drive)
Spend an evening with friends and family enjoying downtown: the BEST of Racine. Visit our website (FirstFridaysRacine.com) for information about the latest happenings, and links to your favorite spots downtown. First Friday’s® is a Registered Trademark of First Friday’s. LLC. All Rights Reserved.