First Fridays Racine  

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

First Fridays Racine











First Fridays Specials
  • Join Henry & Wanda’s, 501 6th Street, for First Friday September 2nd featuring the live music of Back to Maryland (Pop Dance R&B). First Friday $7 Martini Special is the Stressed Goddess Cosmo. Dinner served until 10 p.m. on the weekends.  Enjoy live bands every Friday & Saturday from 8 p.m. - Midnight! Weekly dinner specials and trivia every Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m.

  • Funky Hannah’s, 324 Main Street, can help you create fabulous customized jewelry, or pick out designs created by our talented staff!  Stop in for fun demonstrations during First Fridays, see the latest class offerings and enter to win a free class!  Find out about kids birthday parties and more!  

  • Racine Heritage Museum, 701 Main Street, "Beloved Landmark: 701 Main Street” an exhibit celebrating the museum building itself, opens at Racine Heritage Museum on Friday, September 2.  See photos and stories revealing this favorite landmark over time, from Racine’s original Carnegie Library, to its current life as Racine Heritage Museum. Open on First Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Pepi’s Pub and Grill, 618 6th Street. Pepi's will be celebrating the upcoming Fall season with plenty of Octoberfest and Pumpkin Ales for everyone to enjoy! Join in on our raffle to win some free swag! While at Pepi's, try the hand battered Fish Fry 4-10pm! Make Sure to check Pepi's out during Party on the Pavement! Cheers!

  • Artists Gallery, 401 Main Street--Silent Auction:  The gallery's popular annual Silent Auction is up and running. Works by gallery artists and guest artists are available for bidding. Great opportunity to pick up some art at reduced prices--and a great opportunity to start your Christmas Gift Shopping--while you support local artists. Part of the proceeds are used for special events like our annual Student Art show in the spring.

  • Red Moon, 335 Main Street, kick off Labor Day weekend with a Bloody Mary tasting. Stop in and sample our newest Bloody Mary Mix from Preservation & Co. from 6pm-9pm

  • Beaute on the Square, 512 Monument Square asks you to swing by for a tour of downtown Racine's premier salon and day spa. Beaute offers hair, skin and waxing services, body treatments as well as nail services in their spacious and luxurious salon. They also offer Maui teeth whitening, carry Italian Hair Care line DAVINES and have a Rodan & Fields Consultant on staff for exceptional skin care products. Walk in and pick a raffle ticket for a discount or a free service, everyone WINS!!! also stop in for their POP-UP LULAROE CLOTHING BOUTIQUE that night.

  • Ivanhoe Pub & Eatery, 231 Main Street. First Friday is on its way it’s all but natural to think fish fry! With Guinness battered Cod, Walleye, Perch, there Is only one place to be this first Friday, The Ivanhoe! Make it your first stop for First Friday fish fry and lots of fun and drinks.

  • Join Racine Arts Council, 316 6th Street during First Friday festivities to see great local art by Theodore James. His exhibit ‘Too Weird to Live, Too Rare 2 Die’ runs through the end of September. 

  • Hot Shop Glass, 239 Wisconsin Avenue, invites art & food lovers to make a visit to their studio during September First Fridays!  New Hot Shop Glass co-owner Daniel Sviland is also founding manager of Prairie Grass Café in Northbrook and tonight welcomes Chef Sarah Stegner to provide some complementary appetizer samples from 4-8:30pm.  Watermelon & Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho Shooters, Savory “Capriole Farm” Goat Cheese Cake with Black Mission Fig Jam and Balsamic Mini Carrot Cakes.  To go with the Culinary theme, Co-owners Amanda Paffrath and Daniel Sviland will be creating some gorgeous blown glass pieces perfect for entertaining - bowls, platters, pitchers and drinking glasses.  Come watch 2000-degree molten glass become art right before your eyes.

  • Twice Baked Pottery, LLC, 320 Main Street, will continue the “Potter in the Window” demonstrations – will Scott throw bowls, vases, mugs?  Come to Twice Baked Pottery to find out and then shop our gallery for that special hand-made item to take home for yourself or as a gift for someone special!

  • The doors of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 614 Main Street, will be open on First Friday, September 2. Fr. Bob Lambert will give blessings-on-the-go on the church steps from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Church members offer guided tours of the historic Sanctuary from 5:00-7:00. Scott Cincotta of the Union Grove Village Drum Circle will lead a drum circle for all ages from 6:00-6:45 p.m. Drums will be provided! Mark your calendar for the First Presbyterian Church Bell Choir concert at 6:00 on October 7. St. Luke’s Church is located at 7th & Main and is wheelchair-accessible.

  • Copacetic, 409 Main Street, is your go-to place for summer protection from the sun.  They have a wide variety of colorful brims for the ladies and a deep selection of sizes for the men.  Most of the hats are packable for your vacation travels.  For First Fridays only, Copacetic will be offering 50% off all their in-stock Sunday Afternoon long sleeve shirts and blouses.  These shirts offer the maximum protection from the sun and are cooler than cotton.  Look good feel happy.

  • Stop in at Sheepish, 326 Main Street, and check out our new FAIR TRADE Silk Scarves from India! If you are in the mood for a fresh cup of brewed tea, let one of our Friendly Sheepish Faces know, they will happily prepare one for ewe, free of charge.

  • Uncorkt, 240 Main Street, is the place to be on First Friday. Our drink specials begin at 4:00 p.m. with glasses of wine, only $5, and craft beers starting at $2.74 per bottle. Starting at 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. we have classic rock from the Jimmy LeRose band. Uncorkt also has free wine sampling from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., but the music goes until 10:00 p.m. Come see why Uncorkt won the 2015 best wine store in Racine County!

  • Razor Sharp Fitness, 141 Main Street, will be demonstrating a Group Exercise class at Monument Square during Identity Crisis’s intermission. Group Exercise is a fun and social event that is effectively designed to help burn calories and take your fitness to the next level.   All audience members are encouraged to participate in the fun. Hope to see you all there!

  • Carriage House Liquor Co., 220 State Street, First Fridays at Carriage House are always a great time! Between our tap beers and tap wine, specialty cocktails, open spirits and single serve beers and malt beverages we have your thirst at the bar coveted!  Want to take something to go? That is why we are a liquor store. Come on in and check out our selection for your other drink pleasures. We look forward to seeing you at the Carriage House soon.

  • Do you love jigsaw puzzles?  Yeah?  Be sure to stop into Dover Flag & Map, 323 Main Street to check out their lending puzzlery.  There are only two rules to the puzzle exchange - if you take a puzzle you either 1) bring it back or 2) you don't!  Remember, the ladies are VERY strict about upholding these rules!  Make those ladies happy by buying something - save 15% off your entire purchase if you say the secret word "CODDIWOMPLE" (v.) to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination.

  • Once again McAuliffe's on the Square, 213 6th Street, will be doing a Retro Dance night. All the big dance hits of the 70's 80's and 90's. Period dress is strongly encouraged.

  • Support the Food Bank this weekend at AMS! On Friday September 2nd, Art Metals Studio (332 Main Street) will donate 15% of ALL retail purchases to the Racine County Food Bank. Join us for some First Friday fun and shop for a cause!!!

  • Racine Art Museum, 441 Main Street. Time is running out to see Go for Baroque: Opulence and Excess in Contemporary Art for free before it closes Sunday, September 4. Whether a wall installation composed of silver reflective woven strips of paper, polymer works that look like banquet centerpieces, or extravagant, colorful jewelry, the featured artists investigate contemporary cultural, social, and historical ideas.  Enjoy FREE RAM admission and extended hours from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. During RAM’s FREE  Family Hands-On Art Project from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, it’s “Faking It” while you make it. In the Museum Store, with any purchase over $25.00 receive a free Dale Chihuly poster, a $12.00 value. Or, with any purchase over $50.00 receive Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Through the Gates and Beyond, a $19.95 value.

  • envi ultra lounge, 316 Main Street. We will have our outside bar open featuring our Moscow Mules.   An Individual mule will be $8.   For $20 your mule will be in a stainless steel mug which is your to keep and refills will be $5 until 9pm.  If you feel like dancing our DJ will start at 10pm.

  • Seebecks, 402 Main Street, please help us welcome our feature artist for September 2nd’s First Friday . . . Mary Jo Scandin, a Wisconsin native, has been creating with fibers for decades.  Her work is a celebration of color, pattern and design.  She works in batik, hand felted wool and painted silk incorporated on canvas with acrylics and mixed media. Mary Jo and her husband maintained a studio/gallery called Serendipity in Door County for 19 years.  She has illustrated three children’s books, as well as illustrating notecards and posters.  She also enjoys teaching batik yearly at Sievers School of Fiber Arts on Washington Island. Currently working from a studio in her home in Appleton, Wisconsin, Mary Jo shows her work in galleries in Door County, Hudson, and Appleton. Her work represents a sense of design and whimsy.

  • Join us at Northern Lights Gallery, 423 Main Street, for First Friday on September 2nd. Singer and guitarist Macyn Taylor will be back to provide music, don't miss this award winning entertainer! Shop new artisan jewelry, home decor, fashion accessories, and unique gifts. Open 7 days a week.

  • SIP on 6th, 300 6th Street, SIP is excited to let you enjoy life, Sip by Sip with Red and White wine tasting flights and cooking up some specials including Walk- Around- Wontons- teriyaki steak skewers, chicken curry skewers! Everyone loves something on a stick! SIP will have surprise drink cocktails and tall boy cans for $3.

  • Plumb Gold, 322 Main Street, invites you to experience a new and exclusive way to shop for engagement rings! Come in and see the stunning beauty and quality of the Naledi Collection. Have fun with friends while you try on dozens of rings at the interactive jewelry kiosk. Fully customizable designs with a lifetime guarantee . . . and prices that can't be beat!


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Spend an evening with friends and family enjoying downtown . . . the BEST of Racine. Find out about the latest happenings, in store specials and links to your favorite spots downtown here. Mark your calendar for every First Friday through December!

Be sure to thank our merchants for continuing to bring First Fridays to downtown Racine!

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