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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 coming First Friday’s. Please support our First Friday’s Sponsors, listed on our website 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.
Mark your calendars for the spooktacular family event, ‘Mind Your Mummy’; Friday, October 4 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Racine Heritage Museum, 701 Main Street. Kids can come dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes and enjoy games, activities and of course, lots of candy! When else do you get to hang out with a mummy, toss turkeys, or roll a pumpkin? This fun, family-friendly event is free to the public and is a great chance for kids to show off their costumes with no worries about the weather. You won’t want to miss it!
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.
Vapemeisters, 420 Main Street, will be featuring Ghost in the Gravel from 6– 9 p.m. this Frist Friday’s. They will be offering 10% off CBD Flower!
Stop by Dewey’s, 600 Main Street, this First Friday’s for a Friday Fish Fry! Perch, walleye and Blue gill plate for $13, beer battered cod for $11 and domestic buckets of beer for $10! Don’t forget happy hour! Glasses of wine will be $3 from 2 – 6 p.m.
Plumb Gold, 322 Main Street, invites you to learn about October’s birthstones…Opal and Pink Tourmaline! Come in and see the incredible variety both of these gems offer. Enjoy special pricing on all opal and tourmaline loose gems and jewelry. Start thinking about your holiday custom projects! Place an order* on First Friday and receive a $50 gift certificate to Sebastian’s Restaurant. (*Orders must be over $1,000)
Lighthouse Gallery & Gifts, 306 Main Street, is featuring new photography by Scott D. Olsen, MyEyes Photography; new fused glass artwork by Countryside Designs; new Fall décor from Sherry Lou Art; new Beach Glass jewelry by Beckie; and fresh Sherwood’s Fabulous Fudge! As always, they have a great selection of unique items from local artists and in-house produced creations!
October 4th looks good for First Friday’s at Uncorkt, 240 Main Street! They’ll have $5 glasses of ‘featured wine’ 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. The musical treat this month is The Gary T. Ricchio band, providing 70’s and 80’s cover songs to dance too. They will 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!
It’s not too early to start your Christmas and holiday shopping! This First Friday’s get a jump on all of your gift buying at Twice Baked Pottery, 320 Main Street. Whether it’s a mug for Mom, soup cups for the college kids, or the baconator for dad, there is something for everyone at Twice Baked Pottery!
Art Metals Studio, 332 Main Street, is celebrating their 15 Year Anniversary this year and will be showcasing an in-house retrospective of their handmade original and custom jewelry. Stop in to see a sampling of jewelry through the years including interactive inspiration displays, story collections, and more behind-the-scenes sneak peeks. See you Downtown!
Hot Shop Glass, 239 Wisconsin Ave, promised their soon to be new neighbors at Littleport Brewery 100 glasses – one for each member in their founders club. As they get closer to opening, Hot Shop realized they have to get cracking (no pun intended) on these glasses! So why not join in this venture? They’ll be making beer glasses all night long and could use YOUR help in coming up with color combos. Stop in and add your creativity to the mix and watch them create with 2000º molten glass! Demonstrations are fun for the whole family from 4 – 8:30 p.m.
Stop on in at RG Natural Babies, 430 Main Street, and start your holiday shopping for the whole family! Take 20% off all Melissa and Doug Toys, 20-50% off purses, wallets and more. Plus, we have a wide selection of new toys for all ages!
October First Friday’s, Pub On Wisconsin, 525 Wisconsin Avenue, is the place to be! As always, the best Happy Hour starts right when the doors open at 3:00 pm & runs until 6 p.m. That will be followed up by TGIF specials which run all night long! Make sure to swing through at some point in the night for your chance to win two spots on our annual Badger Football Bus Trip, taking place October 12th! Ask your bartender for details! See ya down at Pub!
Visitors enjoy free RAM, 441 Main Street, admission and extended hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, October 4th. Families are invited to create a piece of Art Jewelry, inspired by Arline Fisch, during RAM’s free family hands-on art project from 4 – 8 p.m. Currently featured at RAM are two recently-installed exhibitions in the museum’s fall OBJECTS REDUX series, OBJECTS REDUX: 50 Years After OBJECTS: USA Defined American Craft and OBJECTS REDUX: Clay, Glass, and Metal, 1960–1985.
First Friday is FOMO Friday at Brickhouse, 316 Main Street! While Dupsonic rocks out, take advantage of $3 Shots of Fireball, Rumplemintz, Dr. McGillicuddy’s (all flavors), Golgschlager and Black Haus, BOGO taps, $3 Smirnoff bombs and $22 White Claw Fishbowls.
Carriage House, 220 State Street, invites you to indulge in $2 shot specials (bartenders pick), $3 rail drinks, and 128oz mule drinks – Plink Flaming and Mega Mule – for $30 each.
Stop on down to Ivanhoe, 231 Main Street, this First Friday’s for Friday fish fry and 26 beers on tap!
Stop by The Nash, 522 Sixth Street, this September First Friday’s to see Midnight Rider, starting at 7 p.m.
Indian Motorcycle, 522 Sixth Street, is offering 25% off all regular priced apparel and accessories and 50% off all clearance priced apparel.
Other First Friday’s sponsoring merchants include:
– Blue Rock Lounge (306 Sixth Street)
– Dimple’s Fine Imports (416 Main Street)
– Dover Flag and Map (320 Main Street)
– Eggplant Café (242 Main Street)
– Hot Shop Glass (239 Wisconsin Avenue)
– 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)
– Photographic Design (411 6 th Street)
– Racine Brewing Company (303 Main Street)
– Red Moon (334 Main Street)
– Reefpoint Marina (2 Christopher Columbus Causeway)
– 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.