On July 6th, Enjoy the downtown festivities and celebrate freedom from cookie-cutter big-box stores this First Friday’s® in Downtown Racine on July 6, 2018 from 4-9PM.

On July 6th, join Racine’s downtown merchants and thousands of your neighbors for another First Friday of the 2018 summer. We will have Decibel Fix performing at Monument Square and The Smith Nelsen Project at Crosswalk Park, both from 6-9 PM. We continue the horse-drawn Carriage rides from Monument Square from 5-9 PM, weather permitting.

Bring your friends to Downtown Racine this year for the holiday! It’s a great place to spend a Friday browsing Racine’s unique shops, galleries and eateries while scoring some great First Friday deals like:

The creative team at Funky Hannah’s, 324 Main Street, is ready to wow you with all the cool jewelry YOU can make in our inspiring workshops!  Stop in during First Fridays for a fun $10 make & take!  Bring in your favorite piece of beach glass or stone and learn to drill it and create a sweet necklace or key chain with it! Check out all the beautiful jewelry you can make in summer workshops.

Hot Shop Glass, 239 Wisconsin Ave, is a must stop during your First Friday explorations!  This state of the art glass blowing facility allows visitors an up-close experience watching artists turn molten 2000º degree glass into beautiful functional blown glass forms or garden art.  Stop in and be mesmerized.  An ever-changing selection of locally made glass art is available in the gallery.  Learn about the latest wedding crazy – unity glass!  Come see the action at Hot Shop Glass.

Visitors enjoy free RAM, admission and extended hours from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on Friday, July 6th, at 441 Main Street. All of RAM’s galleries will be dedicated to artwork given by collector Karen Johnson Boyd (1924-2016) to honor her lifelong commitment to supporting the arts. Mrs. Boyd has been the largest single beneficiary to the Racine Art Museum.  Over four decades, she gifted a significant number of ceramics, textiles, glass, metals, and works on paper to the museum. In recognition of her core gift of over 1,700 works, RAM’s galleries were named in her honor.  A series of four individually titled exhibitions highlight her interests and accomplishments. Beer and wine will be available for purchase during evening hours. Celebrate Mrs. Boyd’s generosity and support by creating art during the free family hands-on art project, 4:00 – 8:00 pm.

Enhance your shopping experience by listening to soft rock rhythm and blues and timeless favorites by solo singer guitarist Bob Treml 6 to 9 p.m. From necklaces to rings to bracelets, you can cross off everything on your jewelry list at Dimples Fine Imports, 416 Main Street.

Join us at the ALL NEW RESTAURANT in downtown Racine – Legacy on Main at 240 Main Street! Check out the full menu and enjoy their specials for the July 6th First Friday – 40% off the Cod Fish & Chips dinner or have a Rail Mix Drink for only $3.50. From 6-10 PM you’ll be able to enjoy the music of Duo Sonic through the open door of our neighbor Uncorkt!

July 6th First Friday at Uncorkt, 240 Main Street will be nothing but spectacular! Specials at Uncorkt for this First Friday: $5 glasses of featured wines; FREE samples of wine in the back of the store from 6-8pm; NO CORKING FEES on bottles of wine; plus bottles of beer will be available at the bar at special prices. This First Friday we have “Racine’s Favorite Dance Band” Duo Sonic at Uncorkt from 6-10pm! Come see why Uncorkt is the “Best Wine Store” in Racine County!

Dewey’s located at 600 Main Street, is the perfect place to grab a drink, some food, and enjoy all the outdoor activities First Friday has to offer. Happy Hour begins at 2 pm until 6 pm and includes $1 off beer and cocktails, $3 glasses of wine, and $5 appetizers. Friday Fish Fry served all day: $10.95 Cod, $12.95 Perch, Walleye, or Bluegill.

Happy 4th of July! We at Vapemeisters encourage you to find your independence from smoking. Join the Vape Revolution. Enjoy 10% off Mods and Starter Kits on July 6th all Day. (In-store Only). We are located at 420 Main St Downtown Racine. You can also visit us at Vapemeisters.com or download our App: Samsung: Vapemeisters, on iPhone v-meisters. Have a wonderful, safe 4th of July Celebration. ALL VETERANS AND MILITARY PERSONNEL RECEIVE 10% OFF ALL PURCHASES,” and everyone at Vapemeisters want to “Thank you for your service!”

Join us at Northern Lights Gallery, 423 Main Street for First Friday on July 6th. We will welcome a young performer, Rachael Parrott, who will provide live piano music! She is just 14 years old but has been playing for 8 years. Enjoy this young talent while you shop our new jewelry, home decor, boutique fashions, and more. We’re known for our friendly and welcoming atmosphere and we’d love to see your smiling faces!

Art Metals Studio, 332 Main Street, is Racine’s favorite spot for truly unique one-of-a-kind jewelry. Stop in on First Friday, July 6th, for a chance to win a $50 Downtown Racine Gift Certificate! Looking to treat yourself to something beautiful this summer? In addition to their in-house original jewelry collection, AMS will also be showcasing their stock of natural loose gemstones for custom jewelry (including July’s fabulous birthstone- the RUBY!). See you Downtown!!!

red moon, 334 Main Street, stop by and check out the progress on the construction of our new building facade! We will be featuring a Smoked Bloody Mary Mix tasting from 6pm-9pm.

Make sure to stop by and check out the new kid on the block, Pub on Wisconsin, located at 525 Wisconsin Ave. Enjoy 8 taps featuring all Wisconsin Brews & an Old-Fashioned menu with 8 unique offerings. We have entrance access from Monument Square right next to the Valid Kixxx shoe store, look for our sign leading the way! On Wisconsin!

Picnic season is here, or as we in the business call it: gatherings! Stop in at Main Street General Store, 302 Main Street and see our new collections and selections of summer settings and those ready for the Fourth of July! We enjoy having you, your friends, family and children take advantage of both the environments inside and outside of our 1800’s building! Come view our 20 ft. ceilings, vintage lighting, exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and take in the ambiance of another time and place, still the same on Main Street, Downtown Racine. We’re still celebrating our 40 years in the original location and have lots to share in visuals that respect the past and delight in new merchandise! We love you, Racine!

Other First Friday’s sponsoring merchants include:

  • Artists Gallery (401 Main Street)
  • Asiana Asian Restaurant (423 Sixth Street)
  • Blue Rock Lounge (306 Sixth Street)
  • Brickhouse (316 Main Street)
  • Divino Gelato Café (245 Main Street)
  • Dover Flag and Map (323 Main Street)
  • Focus 21 Studios (345 Main Street)
  • Indian Motorcycle of Racine (522 Sixth Street)
  • Ivanhoe’s Pub and Eatery (231 Main Street)
  • Lighthouse Gallery & Gifts (306 Main Street)
  • Little Glass Bird Artful Objects (232 Main Street)
  • Lornacopia (310 Sixth Street)
  • McAuliffe’s on the Square (216 Sixth Street)
  • Betty’s Kitchen (327 Main Street)
  • The Nash Restaurant (522 Sixth Street)
  • Pepi’s Pub and Grill (618 Sixth Street)
  • Photographic Design Gallery & Framing (411 Sixth Street)
  • Plumb Gold (322 Main Street)
  • Racine Arts Council (406 Sixth Street)
  • Racine Heritage Museum (701 Main Street)
  • Reefpoint Marina (2 Christopher Columbus Causeway)
  • RG Natural Babies (430 Main Street)
  • Sheepish (326 Main Street)
  • Sugar Shack (530 Monument Square)
  • Tangles Salon Studio (304 Main Street)
  • Twice Baked Pottery (320 Main Street)

Spend an evening with friends and family enjoying downtown: the BEST of Racine. Visit our website (FirstFridaysRacine.com)www.firstfridaysracine.com for information about the latest happenings, and links to your favorite spots downtown.

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Tony Bigonia