Let’s ring out summer with a blast! This three-day holiday weekend includes a Downtown party, a river celebration, an ethnic festival and bacon. Real Racine is here to help you rock your Labor Day weekend.

Starting early. Kick off your holiday weekend with First Friday in Downtown Racine from 4 to 9 p.m. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride from Monument Square or just stroll along Main and Sixth streets for gallery open houses, shopping bargains and food/beverage specials. The Racine Art Museum has free admission and a family hands-on art project. Free live music from Identity Crisis at Monument Square, Paul Kaye at Main Street’s Crosswalk Park and Matthew Haeffel at Paul Harris Plaza on Sixth Street. Visit www.firstfridaysracine.com

Water-ski thrills. All good things must come to an end and the Browns Lake Aquaducks are no exception. The free water-ski show’s final summer performances are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday evening at Fischer Park, 30400 Durand Ave., Burlington. The Thursday junior show starts at 5 p.m. followed by the main show at 6 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the junior show is at 4:30 p.m. and the main show starts at 6 p.m.

Two big days. Serbian Fest promises plenty of authentic Serbian food, music, dancing and family activities. It all takes place at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, 826 State St., Racine. Festival hours are 12 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission.

Running for bacon.  A perfect combination for Saturday’s International Bacon Day – the Bacon 5Kegs run/walk. This 5k includes a run along the Lake Michigan shore capped by a bacon bar featuring Jones Dairy Farm bacon and five kegs of Sprecher Beer. Participants also get a shirt, a medal and goodies. Check in begins at 7 a.m. at the Racine Yacht Club, 1 Barker St. The run/walk starts at 9 a.m. The run fee is $50. The bacon bar only is $25. Visit www.bacon5kegs.com

Celebrating the Root. The Root River Council invites everyone to the free 2016 Root River Festival from 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday at River Bend Nature Center, 3600 N. Green Bay Road, Caledonia. The afternoon includes an interfaith worship service, folk music, storytelling, historical and environmental education, nature activities for kids, food and beverages. Canoes and kayaks may be rented for a lazy paddle on the Root.

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