Get ready! One of the BIGGEST weekends of the summer is upon us. You can hit the beach, take a run and catch an entire weekend of great music. And, that’s the just the beginning. Real Racine has you covered.

Starts Friday. In the summer, it’s more than First Friday in Downtown Racine. Third Friday is added for June, July and August. Stop Downtown from 4 to 9 p.m. for shopping and food/beverage specials all evening. Free live music on Monument Square by Fall Hazard. Visit www.firstfridaysracine.com

Hit the beach. North Beach, 100 Kewaunee St., is the place to be for two days of exciting beach volleyball action on Saturday and Sunday. The 2015 EVP Beach Sports Festival, presented by Real Racine, features two-person men’s and women’s volleyball teams competing in pro and amateur divisions. The top men’s and women’s pro teams will each earn $1,000 and a bid to the AVP Next tournament in Grand Haven, Mich. The second-place men’s and women’s teams will each take home $500 and a bid to the Grand Haven tournament. The action gets under way at 8 a.m. Saturday and continues until about 5 to 6 p.m. Also Saturday, enjoy samples of Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Palm Breeze (must be 21 or older). On Sunday, the men’s and women’s pro teams will start at 7:30 a.m. The pro finals get under way at 10 a.m. Spectator admission is FREE to all the volleyball events.

A running tradition. The Lighthouse Run on Saturday has something for every runner. There’s a 10-mile competitive race, a 4-mile competitive run/walk and a fun run. It all gets underway at 7:45 a.m. at the Lakeside Branch YMCA, 725 Lake Ave. Post-race festivities include an awards ceremony, live music by Clique, the Landmark Credit Union Mascot Challenge, the Cree Kids Dash and a bicycle raffle. Register at Racine Family YMCA locations or at www.lighthouserun.com

Kraut AND music. It’s been a long wait — more than a decade — but Kraut Fest is back as the Kraut Music Fest from Thursday through Sunday at Caledonia-Mount Pleasant Memorial Park, 9614 Hwy K in Franksville. The emphasis is on music with more than 30 bands plus food, the Real Racine Kids Zone, carnival rides, a car show, a kraut eating contest and a Kraut Queen and Kraut Princess pageant. Headliners include The BoDeans on Thursday, Skid Row on Friday, Gloriana on Saturday and Bella Cain on Sunday. General admission is $8 per day; main stage shows are $10 to $15. For tickets and the music lineup, visit www.krautmusicfest.com

Fast cars. See the classics – like Chevy Corvettes. The Brew City Corvette Club’s annual show is Saturday and Sunday at Frank Boucher Chevrolet, 8600 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free for spectators.

Evening of plays. The Haylofters theater troupe of Burlington and the Burlington Area Arts Council present an evening of One-Act Plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Malt House Theatre, 109 N. Main St. The plays were selected from original scripts by writers from Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. All seats are just $10. Call 262-763-9873 or visit www.thehaylofters.com

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