The “dog days of summer” usually mean long, hot, dull weekends. In Racine County, nothing could be further from the truth! This weekend’s dogs are in a dog show. There is also a two-day music festival, a lakeside run, a new play, star gazing and a car show. Real Racine has some great suggestions for you and your family.

Dogs from all over. The Greater Racine Kennel Club presents its annual All Breed Dog Show on Sunday and Monday at Caledonia-Mount Pleasant Memorial Park, 9614 Northwestern Ave. (Hwy. K), Caledonia. This event attracts dogs and their owners from the U.S. and Canada. There will also be many dealers on hand with the latest in pet-related products. Free admission; parking is $5. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday. Visit www.grkc.org

A Saturday run. Real Racine welcomes the Olympian 5k and 10k – a new, all-ages run presented by the Wisconsin Senior Olympics (WSO) organization. It gets under way at 8 a.m. Saturday from Pershing Park, 800 Pershing Drive, and covers a course along the lakefront and Downtown area. Check-in starts at 7 a.m. The local event is supported by the Racine/Kenosha Senior Fitness Coalition. Registration is $25 for the 5k run/walk and $35 for the 10k run. Both the 5k and 10k are $15 for participants ages 50 and older. A toddler dash, set for 9:15 a.m., is free. Register online through Thursday at www.wiseniorolympics.com Registration will also be available at Pershing Park the day of the run.

Songs and stories. Two days of music, storytelling and creativity are in store in Downtown Burlington Friday and Saturday at the 4th Annual Tall Tales Music Festival. More than a dozen national and regional acts will perform outdoors on Chestnut Street and inside The Coffee House at Chestnut & Pine, 492 Pine St. The weekend also includes music-themed drawing demonstrations by Chicago artist Jason Seiler on Saturday afternoon. It’s all free. Festival hours are 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Check out the full lineup at www.talltalesfestival.com

On stage. The Young Haylofters take the stage Thursday through Sunday with “Sally Cotter and The Prisoner of Ala Katraz.” It’s a fun show set at a sorcery school with teen drama and an escaped convict. Show times at the Malt House Theatre, 109 N. Main St., are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. All seats are $8. “Sally” runs weekends through Aug. 21. For tickets, call 262-763-9873 or visit www.thehaylofters.com

Time for star gazing. You’re invited to view the heavens from the Modine-Benstead Observatory telescopes from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Friday at 112 63rd Drive, Yorkville. Racine Astronomical Society members will be on hand to show you the planets, star clusters and the moon. It’s free; donations are welcome. Please call ahead to check on weather conditions: 262-878-2774. Details at www.rasastro.org

Check out the cars. A pair of car show events are on tap for this weekend. The monthly Coffee and Cars Rendevous is 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday at Roma Lodge, 7130 Spring St., Mount Pleasant. It’s free to enter a car and free for spectators. Then, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, it’s the Borzynski’s Farm and Floral Market Summer Car Show at 11600 Washington Ave. (Hwy 20), Mount Pleasant. There are also door prizes, a corn roast, refreshments and music by the Bluegrass All Stars. The entry fee is $7 per vehicle. Free for spectators.

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