Move outdoors for this final weekend of May – and hopefully usher in summer! One of the area’s best juried art fairs, a popular running fund-raiser and a picnic in the park are all on tap for this weekend in Racine County. There is plenty to see and do, just stick with Real Racine.

Art on the square. One of Wisconsin’s oldest and most respected juried art fairs – the Monument Square Art Festival – is Saturday and Sunday. You’ll see the works of 85 artists from around the country exhibiting painting, photography, jewelry, textiles, sculptures, ceramics and mixed media. Festival organizers have worked hard to make it a community event with art-themed activities for kids, live entertainment by area musicians, half-price admission at the Racine Art Museum all weekend and a silent auction benefiting the Racine Arts Council. Foodies take note! New this year is a Food Truck Pavilion where you’ll find Mediterranean, Asian, Filipino and many more menu items. Free admission. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Visit

A run for a cause. The 6th Annual Cree Cruise is a family-fun activity that benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Racine and Kenosha. This 5k gets under way at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Cree Inc., 9201 Washington Ave., Sturtevant. Packet pick up starts at 7 a.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers. There is also a Kid’s Cruise – a 400-yard race for kids ages 10 and younger — plus bouncy houses, face painting, cookie decorating and crafts. Registration is $25 for adults; $15 for kids. Details at:

For the dogs. Bring your dog to the very first Bark in the Park on Saturday at Union Grove’s Dog Park located at American Legion Memorial Park, Main Street at Seventh Avenue. The event runs from 10 noon. There are raffles for doggie prizes and, at 11 a.m., the dogs present will be encouraged to participate in a “big bark.” Leadership Union Grove Class of 2015 is the sponsor. The class raised funds to replace the existing park sign and put up a new sign for the Dog Park. For more Dog Park information, call 262-878-1818.

Beautiful banners. You’ll want to look up to see the 2015 Downtown Racine Community Art Project. Using the theme “Celebrate Racine”, the project is more than 40 banners that will be installed on light poles from early June through October. Judges reviewed 81 submissions from dozens of artists. The works of the 33 selected artists will debut at the Downtown Racine Corp. 14th Annual Preview Party “Whiskey and Cigars Under the Stars.” The reception, featuring gourmet food, music by The Sentinels and a raffle, is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, 33 E. Four Mile Road, Wind Point. Tickets are $75. Call 262-634-6002 for reservations.

Ready for some football? The Racine area’s two semi-pro football teams start their 2015 seasons this weekend. The Racine Threat host the Wisconsin Wolfpack in preseason, non-conference game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Union Grove High School, 3433 S. Colony Ave. The Racine Raiders are on the road Saturday for a non-conference game in Des Moines, Iowa.

Picnic in the park. The Waterford Lions Club invites families to its annual Picnic in the Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Waterford Town Park, Hwy 164 and Jensen Road., The day includes a free cookout, petting zoo, public safety vehicles and information, a rock climbing wall, obstacle course and bounce houses.


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