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 Celebrate a Summer Night during Downtown Racine’s First Friday August 7th from 4-9pm!

First Fridays Racine











First Fridays Specials
  • Henry & Wanda’s, 501 6th Street, featuring Live Music from the DuoSonic Duo (Racine’s premier Dance Band).  Enjoy Dinner Specials and this week's $7 Martini Special is our Pear Martini   (Wanda’s Favorite).  Enjoy an upscale interpretation of classic American dishes served in an elegant relaxed atmosphere.  Dinner served until 10 p.m. on the weekends.  Enjoy live bands every Friday & Saturday from 8 p.m. - Midnight! 

  • Let the gals at Funky Hannah’s, 324 Main Street, show you how easy it is to make your own designer jewelry!  Demonstrations from 4-9pm. See our featured projects and enter to win a free class!

  • Sweet Flame, 335 Main Street, The Real Dill Pickle and Bloody Mary tasting from 6pm-9pm. Stop in and try the finest hand-crafted artisan pickle products this side of the Rockies!

  • 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!

  • Come join us at Twice Baked Pottery, LLC, 320 Main Street, as we unveil new and exciting products:  Yarn Bowls, French Butter Keeps, Stemless Wine Glasses, Pitchers, and much more!  We look forward to seeing you for First Friday!

  • The doors of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 614 Main Street, will be open on First Friday, August 7. Fr. Bob Lambert will give blessings-on-the-go to businesses and people in the downtown area from 5:00-5:30. Church members will offer guided tours of the historic Sanctuary from 5:00-7:00. A “scavenger hunt” is new this month!  Enjoy good old-fashioned fun in the courtyard from 5:00-7:00--hula hoops, jump ropes, bean bag toss, bubbles, and sidewalk chalk. At 6:00, the Racine Public Library will demonstrate their 3-D printer and the types of items it can make. A craft project will also be provided. Prayers for the needs of the world will be offered at 7:00. Donations for the Racine County Food Bank will be gratefully accepted. Mark your calendars for a Pet Blessing on September 4! St. Luke’s Church is located at 7th & Main and is wheelchair-accessible.

  • Come in to Vero International Cuisine, 211 6th Street, on First Friday for an evening of fine food, great wines, and outstanding desserts in a serene and intimate setting.  They will be offering $1.00 off all beer and wine and $2.00 off all small plates during First Fridays from 5-7 p.m.

  • 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.

  • Visit the historic Olympia Brown Unitarian Church, 625 College Avenue (corner of 7th Street and College Avenue), while visiting downtown for First Friday. The lifetime artwork of the late Mary Jo Kaiserlian will be on display thanks to the generosity of the Kaiserlian family. Celtic music will be performed by the ever popular Wylde Thyme. Come and enjoy dessert while viewing Mary Jo's art and listening to a group of talented musicians.  Doors open at 6:30.

  • Visit Photographic Design Gallery & Framing, 411 Sixth Street, on First Fridays to see the beautiful glasswork of Connor O’Brian. Connor has studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, among other places, and does outstanding work that you will certainly want to see. Connor’s work will be on display until August 31st. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m.

  • Art Metals Studio, 332 Main Street, is brightening up your First Friday with PERIDOT (August’s Birthstone). Stop in and see this beautiful bright green “Gem of the Sun” for yourself! They’ll be showcasing handmade Peridot Jewelry along with their collection of gemstones. And of course, because it’s First Friday, there will be refreshments and desserts available for sampling. See you there!

  • At RAM, enjoy free museum admission and extended hours on First Friday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. See the newest exhibitions: Contemporary Glass at RAM: The Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser Collection, which celebrates a gift of 65 glass pieces donated to the museum by Los Angeles collectors, and Joan Backes: Falling Leaves and Painted Branches, opening in RAM's Windows on Fifth Gallery. Meet the artist Joan Backes at 6:30 pm. Also at RAM,  A Whole Other World: Sub-Culture Craftpresents art influenced by the science fiction and fantasy-based themes of Doctor WhoStar Wars, steampunk, and superheroes.  Catch Steampunk Fever with  RAM's Free Family Hands-On Art Activity 4:00 - 8:00 pm. And, don't miss RAM's Awesome Art Sale from 10:00 am to 8:45 pm, offering one-of-a-kind, museum quality pieces donated by well-known, working artists available at very affordable prices. Guests are encouraged to dress in Steampunk gear on First Friday, August 7. 

  • Seebecks, 402 Main Street, welcomes metal artist Jody Emery as their August Artist of the Month with an opening reception on First Friday. In her work, she explores using metal scrap, to compose ideas of opposing states from moving together to moving apart. One of the recurring shapes in her designs is the spiral. She uses it to express the shape and feel of forces in nature. Join us for this free event and see her eye catching 2-Dimensional work in person. Jody’s work will be on display at Seebecks August 7-31.

  • Artists Gallery, 401 Main Street, kicks off its popular 10x10 Silent Auction. Artist members create original works (that fit in a 10"x10" space). Stop by to make your bid then return often to see if someone out bid you. The auction ends October 2nd at 9pm. Also in the gallery this month are works of Gyotaku [fish(gyo) rubbings(taku)] by artist of the month Craig Miller. Want to see what an artist can create by rubbing a fish? Stop by to see the results. And if you're a lighthouse fan, you'll have to see our collection of works on paper or canvas of lighthouses created by our members.

  • RG Natural Babies, 430 Main Street, has great Toys for all ages!  Stop by and take advantage of our SUMMER SAVINGS sales - Beach Toys, Swim Gear and Summer Clothes are all marked down for the season!  Plus, get a Free Gift with every purchase over $50 for First Friday's!

  • Plumb Gold Ltd, 322 Main Street, is featuring beautiful NEW DESIGNS by Maevona. Inspired by nature, Maeve Gillies has created a sophisticated collection of jewelry that is original with a nod to tradition. Come in and see these inspiring and innovative (not to mention award winning) works of jewelry art this First Friday!

  • The folks at Dover Flag & Map, 323 Main Street, want to tell you to GO FLY A KITE!  There is a great selection of kites in stock, from small easy flyers to two-line stunt kites.  Stop in to see the fun and colorful designs.  Want to spiff up your outdoor living areas?  Be sure to check out all the windsocks, yard spinners and decorative banners.  Make a point to show off your best Silly Walk as you visit this exciting shop.

  • This First Friday the Ivanhoe Pub and Eatery is the place you will want to be.  As usual the Ivanhoe will be serving their wonderful fish fry which includes our normal Guinness fish 'n chips but also includes a nice perch or walleye entree.  Also, they have teamed up with Carriage House Liquor Co. and ENVI Ultralounge and will be giving out Bermuda Ice Cards.  These are punch cards that if you stop in all three establishments you'll receive an reward at the final destination.  Be there to enjoy the atmosphere.


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 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:


See you August 7th for the next First Friday!


Art Metals Studio
Artists Gallery
Asiana Bowl Restaurant
Axis Kitchen and Bath Design Center
Blue Moon Detective Agency
Blue Rock Lounge
Carriage House Liquor Co.
Casablanca De Mexico Restaurant
Deweys Restaurant & Sports Bar
Divino Gelato Cafe'
Dover Flag & Map
D.P. Wigley Co.
Envi Ultralounge
Evelyn's Club Main
Funky Hannah's Beads & Art
The Furniture Store
The Green Closet
Henry & Wanda's
Hot Shop Glass
Humble Home
Indian Motorcycle of Racine
The Ivanhoe Pub & Eatery
Jimmy John's
Johnson Outdoors
Lakeview Pharmacy
Main Street General Store
McAuliffe's on the Square
Michelson Law Office
My Soule'
Northern Lights Gallery
Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church
Pepis Pub & Grill
Perfectly Frank
Photographic Design Gallery & Framing
Plumb Gold LTD
Racine Antique Mall
Racine Art Museum
Racine Heritage Museum
Racine Optical
Reefpoint Marina
RG Natural Babies
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Shogun Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi
Sticky Rice
Sugar Shack Sweet Shoppe
Sweet Flame
Twice Baked Pottery
Vero International Cuisine
Warren Eye Care
Whey Chai