Enjoy a summer afternoon among beautiful gardens. This weekend, in Racine County, you can also party down, learn some history and put away a few flapjacks. Real Racine has lots of ideas for you and your family.

Enjoying the garden. The 2018 Summer Magic Garden Tour presents a look at seven beautiful local gardens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The tour includes a variety of themes, including formal European, native wildflower and Japanese Zen. Visitors will also see a ravine filled with hostas, roses, medicinal herbs and abundance or perennials and annuals. Garden owners will be on hand to answer questions. Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 day of tour. Proceeds go toward horticulture scholarships and supporting civic projects. For ticket locations and details, visit www.racinegardenclub.org

It’s First Friday. A mid-summer First Friday is upon us in Downtown Racine. The many shops, galleries and nightspots invite you to drop by from 4 to 9 p.m. for specials and entertainment. Decibel Fix performs at Monument Square and The Smith Nelsen Project is at Main Street’s Crosswalk Park from 6 to 9 p.m. Carriage rides will be available from Monument Square all evening. The Racine Art Museum, 441 Main St., is open all day with free admission and has a free family hands-on art project from 4 to 8 p.m. Visit www.firstfridaysracine.com

An educational walk. You’ll have an opportunity to learn a lot about Racine’s history at a Heritage Walking Tour of Downtown Racine. The tours start at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. from the Racine Heritage Museum, 701 Main St. Each tour runs about an hour and 40 minutes. The knowledgeable guides will share details of the area’s rich industrial and maritime history, explain the significance of some architectural gems and tell of notable residents. Admission is $10 and participants must be at least 12 years old. Please reserve your spot at least 48 hours in advance by visiting www.racineheritagemusum.org or call 262-636-3926. The Heritage Walking Tours will be offered every Saturday through Sept. 8.

Pig out. The Racine Theater Alumni have a fun night planned. They’re hosting a pig roast and dance from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Dickie’s Tavern, 1537 Durand Ave., Mount Pleasant. A $15 ticket at the door buys an all-you-can-eat pig roast with tap beer. Time Warp presents tunes from the ’50s through the ’90s. Proceeds will help support facility needs of theater programs in the Racine Unified School District.

Pancakes and more. The whole family is welcome at Pancake & Safety Day hosted by Kansasville Fire & Rescue, 23730 Durand Ave. (Hwy.11),They’ll be serving a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday along with fire equipment displays, EMS/fire demonstrations, Flight for Life display, bounce house and face painting. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 5 through 12. Children age 4 and younger eat free.

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