Who doesn’t like a party? This Saturday promises a big one — Party on the Pavement in Downtown Racine. This weekend, you’ll also find fascinating art, live theater, yo-yos and a chance to visit history. Real Racine has your weekend covered with these ideas.
Come and party! Racine’s largest street festival is here at last. The 12th Annual Party on the Pavement fills Downtown Racine streets with live music, food and fun from noon to 7 p.m. this Saturday. There will be music and entertainment on five stages, a vintage car show on Wisconsin Avenue, arts and crafts on Sixth Street and food/beverages almost everywhere. Be sure and visit the Sports Zone near Third and Main to meet sports team mascots and watch BMX bike demonstrations. Take in the Fun Zone near Sixth and Main for amusement rides and games. Real Racine will be on hand with upcoming events information and prize drawings. Look for our lake-blue tent near Fifth and Main! For the full POTP schedule, visit www.racinedowntown.com
Experience art. See the newest exhibits at the Racine Art Museum (RAM), 441 Main St., for free during Party on the Pavement. Admission includes an opportunity to see RAM’s newest exhibitions. There is “Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby,” a 50-year retrospective of this artist’s work. You can also see “(in)Organic Labs, the use of artificial materials like polymer or organic materials like handmade paper or ceramics. Both of these exhibitions are on display through Jan. 4, 2015. Visit www.ramart.org
Last call for “Duck Hunter.” It’s the final weekend for the Racine Theatre Guild’s comedy “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel.” It’s being described as magical play with a poignant message. Performances are Thursday and Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening and Sunday afternoon on the RTG stage, 2519 Northwestern Ave. For tickets, call 262-633-4218 or visit www.racinetheatre.org
History comes alive. Sunday brings Preservation Racine’s 39th Annual Tour of Historic Places. This self-guided tour of seven sites in the Racine south side historic district and Downtown area runs from noon to 5:30 p.m. The most prominent stop is the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed SC Johnson Research Tower that opened to the public for the first time earlier this year. The tour also includes historic homes, apartment spaces and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church that will house an historical exhibit of Racine’s connections to the clothing industry. Tickets are $15 in advance; $17 on the day of the tour. For ticket information, call 262-634-5748 or visit www.preservationracine.org
Yo-yoing around. This is a fine weekend for yo-yoing in Downtown Burlington. The Spinning Top Museum, 533 Milwaukee Ave., features a special exhibit of 300 yo-yos from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. They’ll show you some classic tricks and help you get started in the gift shop. Admission is $6 per person. Visit www.topmuseum.org The Wisconsin State Yo-Yo Contest is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at The Coffee House at Chestnut and Pine, 492 N. Pine St. Among the competitors is 16-year-old Nehemiah Peterson of Burlington. Admission is free.
Fall is here! You know it’s fall when the corn mazes and pumpkin patches open for business. The 8-acre corn maze at Borzynski’s Farm and Floral Market, 11600 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant, is now open through Nov. 2. This year’s maze, with the theme of “Salute to the American Soldier,” has more than 10,000 feet of paths, riddles to solve and clues to find. Admission is $8.50 for adults; $6.50 for kids ages 4 through 12. At Swan’s Pumpkin Farm, 5930 Highway H, Caledonia, opening day is Saturday. The Tucker 4H Club will be serving breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with all-you-can-eat pumpkin or buttermilk pancakes. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for kids ages 6 through 12. Kids ages 5 and younger eat free. There is also an outdoor craft fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.