First Fridays Racine  

Celebrate a Summer Night during Downtown Racine’s First Friday September 2nd from 4-9pm!

First Fridays Racine











Come Visit Us Downtown

First Fridays Racine

Celebrate a Summer Night during Downtown Racine’s First Friday September 2nd from 4-9pm!

Socialize with friends and neighbors as you enjoy shopping, cool drinks and live music on Monument Square at Main & 6th Streets. Join 50 independent downtown business owners as they welcome you to shop local, dine & discover the best of Racine . . . Downtown!

Take a horse drawn carriage ride or stroll throughout the historic city streets and listen to the sounds of Identity Crisis at Monument Square and singer Paul Kaye stomping the blues and ragtime too at Main Street’s Crosswalk Park between 3rd & 4th Streets.  Wander to the west end of 6th Street and you’ll find Matthew Haeffel performing at Paul Harris Plaza, near the roundabout! 

Come early & stay late! Downtown Racine has been a shopping destination since 1860 . . . Downtown Racine is the place to see, the place to be!

If you value a big event in a historic downtown, First Fridays is worth the drive!  First Fridays is a group of small business owners of boutique shops, restuarants, art galleries and museums who have worked together to put this event on nine times a year for 12 years. We all stay open late, put live music outdoors in 3 parks, have horse & carriage rides and an outdoor beer garden.  The art galleries will offer an artist's demonstration, the restaurants will offer a special and the boutiques will introduce a new or a favorite product line. The sidewalks are filled with people and downtown is alive and vibrant.  

In addition to First Fridays, downtown Racine is on the shores of Lake Michigan next to our beautiful, filled almost to capacity marina, near the beach, zoo, Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and SC Johnson sites.  

We invite you to take the drive.  Most of the shops are run by the owners.  No one cares more about the customer than a business owner. You are assured good service from the businesses and to be surrounded by happy people enjoying a great Wisconsin summer evening!

Click here for a highlight of special features for our upcoming First Friday.














Looking for more weekend ideas?  Visit the Real Racine website ( for an events calendar and to sign up for their e-newsletter.

For more information contact Mary Osterman at Copacetic, 262-634-4287 or email

Special Thanks to the In-Kind contributions for their volunteer support of this event. Remember to thank  and support the merchants that bring you Racine's best series of events continuing through the end of the year.

Added entertainment as weather permits provided by:

  • Live outdoor music at:
    Paul Harris Plaza (near the round about by City Hall), 
    Monument Square (corner of 6th & Main Streets), &
    Crosswalk Park (300 block of Main St)
  • Black Tie Carriage Service




Next First Fridays is Sept. 2 -- A great way to kick off the Labor Day holiday weekend!


Art Metals Studio
Asiana Bowl Restaurant
Beaute on the Square
Blue Rock Lounge
Carriage House Liquor Co.
Casablanca de Mexico
Deweys Restaurant & Sports Bar
Divino Gelato Cafe'
Dover Flag & Map
envi ultra lounge
Funky Hannah's Beads & Art
The Furniture Store
Henry & Wanda's
Hot Shop Glass
Humble Home
Indian Motorcycle of Racine
The Ivanhoe Pub & Eatery
Johnson Outdoor
Lakeview Pharmacy
Main Street General Store
McAuliffe's on the Square
Northern Lights Gallery
Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church
Pepis Pub & Grill
Photographic Design Gallery & Framing
Plumb Gold LTD
Racine Arts Council
Racine Art Museum
Racine Heritage Museum
Razor Sharp Fitness
Reefpoint Marina
RG Natural Babies
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Scooter Greens
Shogun Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi
SIP on 6th
Sticky Rice
Sugar Shack Sweet Shoppe
Sweet Flame
Twice Baked Pottery
Top Dog Hot Dog
Vero International Cuisine