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  Join us august 1st for the next "first friday!". . .



First Fridays Specials
  • The Racine Art Museum, 441 Main Street,  Enjoy free RAM admission and extended hours from 10:00 am to 9:00 PM on August 1. At 6:30 PM, go behind-the-scenes with RAM Curator of Exhibitions Lena Vigna and artist Charlotte Kruk. Kruk uses recognizable consumer packaging––such as gum and candy wrappers, sugar and coffee bags, and food tins––to create garments and sculptures that reflect our material culture. With both humor and a serious intent, she has created a series of vignettes for RAM’s Windows on 5th Gallery that explore the dynamics of a “disposable, packaged society.” Feeling inspired? Create your own Sweet Comforts ala Charlotte Kruk during the Free Hands-On Art Activity from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Also, RAM is offering museum quality  jewelry and scarves by well-known, working artists available for purchase in a Special Art Sale. Discover many one-of-a-kind pieces that will look great on anyone.

  • Northern Lights Gallery, at 423 Main Street, welcomes you to the gallery and enjoy the music of Casey Olson, UWM finger style guitarist. Casey was recommended by everyone's favorite Macyn Taylor who will be teaching that evening and unable to be at NLG.  Visit the Gallery 7 days a week and be sure to check out all the new product.

  • Let the creative team at Funky Hannah's, 324 Main Street, show you how easy it to make your own jewelry!  We'll be creating all night.  Check out the great classes offered through August or pick out something special we've created just for you.

  • Visit Racine Heritage Museum’s new Waterways exhibit, opening on First Friday, August 1.  Discover how Racine’s harbor, lakefront and rivers have influenced this area, from the earliest Native Americans to today.  The 21-foot wooden boat that greets the visitor is a unique interactive “theater,” featuring a slide presentation on Racine’s boat manufacturing heritage, underwater archaeology, and a radio drama (produced by the WGTD Radio Players) on the 1845 removal of a massive rock in the harbor. See also the Fresnel lens that illuminated Racine’s Reef Lighthouse when it was built in 1899, canoes produced by the Racine Boat Company about 1920, plus images, maps and charts telling our waterways stories. Racine Heritage Museum, 701 Main Street, is open 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Friday, August 1, and is regularly open Tuesdays through Fridays; 9 – 5, Saturdays; 10 – 3, and Sundays; noon – 4.  Admission is free.

  • Henry & Wanda’s, 501 6th Street,  Join us for First Friday in August featuring Racine’s Favorite dance band DuoSonic.  We are featuring a fabulous Wild Caught Grilled Salmon Dinner served with our homemade smashed potatoes and grilled asparagus, all of which is drizzled with hollandaise sauce.  Our Martini special will be a tangy Summer Lovin’ Martini (Bacardi Razz (Raspberry), lemonade & Raspberry Pucker)!  Great Food - Great Service - Great Music … Henry & Wanda’s.

  • Sweet Flame, 335 Main Street, Tabal Chocolate from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Our favorite chocolatier will be making their second appearance with us this summer on Friday, August 1st. Stop by and discover how chocolate is made and try some delicious samples!

  • Seebecks, 402 Main Street, welcomes Kenosha artist, John Burhani as their August Featured Artist. As a young child, John learned to paint from his grandmother who worked in watercolor. He went on to study art and business at UW-Parkside and found his preferred medium in oil painting.  “I LOVE the lusciousness of oil; the way it smells, the way it flows and feels, and of course the universe of different affects you can create. I paint in a fairly traditional style with multiple layers of paint but some sections are done ala prima.”   John is an avid sailor, windsurfer and kitesurfer, and is happiest when on the water.  He moors his sailboat, Zippitydoda, in the Kenosha harbor and has recently purchased and moved his studio to the 106 year old red lighthouse on Simmons Island.  This love of water inspires John’s paintings, many of which are sailing and water related.  His latest work includes cityscapes and more figurative images of Kenosha and nearby Chicago. He finds himself drawn to images of the “seedy underbelly” of a city. He has been working on a series of paintings of the old AMC Auto Plant in Kenosha where he grew up.   John also does commissions of boats which he calls “Boat Portraits” working from multiple photos and sketches to capture the unique angles and perspectives of each likeness.  John Burhani will be at Seebecks on First Friday, August 1, 5-8 p.m. Stop in to meet the artist during this free event. John’s work will be on display at Seebecks August 1-31.  

  • Copacetic, 409 Main Street, has just what you need for fun on the beach.  They have oversized Life is good beach towels, sun screen, sun glasses, sun protective clothing and of course big brimmed hats. Go in and let them help you find the fashion that fits you best.  

  • Come to Pepi's to get a dose of sanity from Ale Asylum, straight jackets are optional. Pepi's will be featuring an Ale Asylum Tap Takeover with discounted beers from one of Madison's premier breweries!!  Drink Specials:  $3.50 Ale Asylum Taps, $5 Ale Asylum Flights, $4 Bombs featuring Red Bull, $3 Domestic Pint Cans, $5 Bacardi Double Mixers, $5 360 Double Mixers.

  • PLUMB GOLD LTD., 322 Main Street, Will offer special pricing on pearls of all colors and sizes.  Enter to win a lovely strand of pearls!

  • Perfectly Frank, Located on sidewalk at 303 Main Street, Stop by our mobile food cart to enjoy a Nathans all-beef hotdog, Johnsonville brat, or Maxwell Street polish with all the fixins.

  • EYEopenerZ has a vision of Summer we've all been waiting for.   This summer EYEopenerZ has its greatest selection of RX and non RX Sunglasses in stock EVER!!  Oakley, Maui Jim, Ray-Ban, Randolph, Kate Spade and many others!  EYEopenerZ is also excited to be the first SE Wisconsin optical boutique to be part of the relaunch of the Giorgio Armani collections.  Mr. Armani has long complained about his products being "everywhere" and his stature in the fashion business has finally gotten the manufacturers to agree to a new limited availability set-up . . . and EYEopenerZ reputation for upscale collections and years of experience with the Armani brand. (In fact the owner of EYEopenerZ was an Armani frame rep for several years in the mid-west). We are also having great success with Bobbie Brown eye wear collection as well this year.  EYEopenerZ  celebrating its 10th season of success . . . Come and SEE what we are all about! 

  • ​The Ivanhoe Pub & Eatery sure knows great craic! Come check out our fabulous staff sporting their kilts while they serve up traditional American and Irish cuisine. Need something to drink to go along with your meal? No problem, we've got 26 beers on tap and over 110 whiskey varieties, everyone is sure to find something they'd like!

  • envi ultra lounge is the place to be this Friday. Come in early and check out our seasonal dinner menu that features a modern, dynamic cuisine. Dine inside on one of our three floors, or outside on our beautiful rooftop patio. We also have a new summer drink menu that is sure to quench your thirst and keep you cool. Looking for a unique experience? Let us treat you like a real VIP and indulge in a VIP bottle service. At 10pm, get ready to move and groove to our live DJ. If you work up an appetite, don't worry; we have a great late night menu that is perfect for a midnight snack. 

  • Carriage House Liquor co. has everything you'll need this weekend! Stop in and stock up on all your old favorites and even grab something new. Allow our knowledgeable staff to guide you through the shelves until you find the perfect dining or drinking item to compliment your weekend. We house a wide variety of speciality meats and cheeses, Wisconsin spirits, fine cigars, organic wines, craft beer, and other local food product. We're open late this Friday for your shopping convenience!

  • Hot Shop Glass, 239 Wisconsin Avenue, is the hottest place downtown! Studio owners Doug Chaussee & Amanda Paffrath will create blown glass art from 5-8:30pm! Stop in and see the action, shop the lovely gallery and be inspired to take a workshop.

Check out all the happenings at www.firstfridaysracine.com and don’t forget to like us on FACEBOOK too! 

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 firstfridaysracine@yahoo.com.

Special thanks to the Downtown Racine Corporation and Jean's Jazz Series for their 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.


Downtown Racine Corporation presents "Third Fridays" on:

  • Friday, July 18
  • Friday, August 15

Hope to see you there!


3rd Coast Bicycles
Art Metals Studio

Artists Gallery
Asiana Bowl Restaurant
Axis Kitchen and Bath Design Center
Black Hand Tattoo Gallery
Blue Moon Detective Agency
Blue Rock
Casablanca De Mexico Restaurant
Common Scents
Dessert Heaven
Divine Gelato Cafe'
Dover Flag & Map
D.P. Wigley Co.
Edward Jones
Evelyn's Club Main
Funky Hannah's Beads & Art
Green Closet
Henry & Wanda's
Hot Shop Glass
Humble Home
i ov thee dragon tattoo and body
piercing studio

Ivanhoe Pub & Eatery
Jimmy John's
Johnson Outdoors
Lakeview Pharmacy
Main Street General Store
Mcaullif's on the Square
Metamorphosis Arts
Michelson Law Office
My Wicked Way
Northern Lights Gallery
Pepis Deli
Photographic Design Studio & Gallery
Plumb Gold LTD
Racine Art Museum
Racine Heritage Museum
Racine Optical
Reefpoint Marina
RG Natural Babies
Root River Council
Sticky Rice
Sugar Shack Sweet Shoppe
Sweet Flame
Whey Chai