Watch art made before your eyes, catch an outdoor party, have a laugh and go for a run. You’ll find it all in Racine County this weekend. Come along with Real Racine.
Chainsaws make art. Watch the sawdust fly as artists create incredible sculptures from pine and spruce logs at the 5th Annual Chainsaw Carving and Art Festival this Sunday at River Bend Nature Center, 3600 North Green Bay Road, Caledonia. The chainsaw carvers from all over the Midwest will be hard at work all day Saturday and until 2 p.m. Sunday. The sculptures go up for auction starting at 3 p.m. Sunday with half the proceeds going toward the center’s outdoor education and recreation programs. There is also an art fair, featuring nature-focused handmade works of art from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday plus a silent auction, hand carving and sawmill demonstrations, children’s crafts and canoe/kayak rentals. New this year is a wine and beer tasting hike starting at 12:30 p.m. Tasting event tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Visit www.RiverBendnaturecenterRacine.org
First Friday party time. A terrific evening for a fall party is ahead at First Fridays from 4 to 9 p.m. in Downtown Racine. The Racine Art Museum, 441 Main St., is open all day with free admission and an opportunity for a 7 p.m. guided tour of its “75 at 75: Significant Works from RAM’s Collection” exhibit. The Racine Heritage Museum, 701 Main St., invites the kids in Halloween costumes for a scavenger hunt and to meet the Egyptian mummy from 6 to 8 p.m. You’ll also find music, shopping and food/drink specials all over the Downtown area. Details at www.firstfridaysracine.com
A laugh or two. The Comedy Tonight Series opens its 13th season Saturday with “The Best of Chicago Comedy.” Stand-up comedians Tim Walkoe and Jimmy McHugh are set to keep everybody laughing all evening long. Show time is 8 p.m. on the Racine Theatre Guild stage, 2519 Northwestern Ave. Admission is $18 adults, $16 seniors (age 62+) and $12 students (age 21 and younger). For tickets, call 262-633-4218 or visit www.racinetheatre.org
Kids love George. Every kids knows “Curious George” the famous, trouble-prone storybook monkey. The Racine Children’s Theatre opens its 2017-18 season with George and his friend with the yellow hat in the adventure-musical “Curious George and the Golden Meatball.” This special show is presented by Racine Horlick High School Theater Arts. Performances are at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the Racine Theatre Guild stage, 2519 Northwestern Ave. All seats are $6. For tickets, call 262-633-4218 or visit www.racinetheatre.org
A nice run. One of the season’s prettiest races is coming up Sunday morning. The Root River 5k starts at 9 a.m. from Island Park, 1704 Liberty St. Runners will use the pathway along the tree-lined riverbank. Awards will be presented to the top overall male and female runners as well as top finishers in age groups. All adult participants receive a t-shirt. finisher medal and goodie bag. A portion of the event proceeds will go toward construction of a kayak/canoe launch on the Root in Caledonia. Registration is $30 adults, $10 youth (ages 6 through 15 – no swag) and free for kids ages 5 and younger. Visit www.TheRootRiver.com
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