September is a wonderful month to visit Racine County. The crowds are smaller, the days are cooler and fresh apples are ready for picking. The month includes music, celebrations, live theater and a visit to 10 historic places. Come and take a look!
Labor of Love Music Festival celebrates military veterans and their contributions to the American workforce on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7 at Racine's Festival Park. The new, one-day event stars MCA Nashville recording artist Kip Moore and regional country music bands. Presented by Case Construction Equipment, includes a tribute to veterans, a construction equipment display, local food vendors, retailers, a raffle and silent auction. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. Gates open at 12 noon. Admission is $14 for adults; kids ages 10 and younger free. Visit www.casece.com/laboroflove
It's not just Saturday, it's Super Saturday in Union Grove on Sept. 12. The day starts with the Superhero Fun Run, a 5k run/walk at 8 a.m. Continuous entertainment, including a scavenger hunt, dance performances, zoo animal presentation, a doggy fashion show, crafters and vendors, will be downtown starting at 9 a.m. The day wraps up with the Kiwanis annual street dance at Village Square Park from 6 p.m. to midnight. Visit www.uniongrovechamber.org
Get fit and be inspired at The Biggest Loser RunWalk Half-Marathon and 5k on Sunday, Sept. 13 starting at 7:30 a.m. Racine's North Beach Park, 100 Kewaunee St., is the start and finish line as well as the site for the Health and Wellness Expo from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. Runners can meet past participants from the NBC-TV reality series both days. Register online at www.biggestloserrunwak.com by Sept. 9.
Great beer and good cheer awaits you at the Great Lakes Brew Festival on Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St. The event, from 3 to 7 p.m. features unlimited sampling of more than 400 beers and ciders from some of the best craft brewers in the country. There is also live music and food plus a special performance by the Kilties drum and bugle corps. Brew Fest is expected to sell out so don't delay. Ticket information at www.greatlakesbrewfest.com
Farming turns back the clock at the 24th Annual Fall Harvest Days at the Racine County Fairgrounds in Union Grove, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 18-20. This year's theme is lawn and garden with a tractor pull on Friday, lawn mower races on Saturday and garden tractor pulls on Sunday. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is $7 for adults; kids ages 12 and younger get in free. Visit www.fallharvestdays.com
A pair of live theater comedies will be staged in the Racine area this month. The Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave. presents "Calendar Girls" on weekends from Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 27. Visit www.racinetheatre.org for tickets and show times. Over Our Head Players opens its 2015-16 season with "5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche" at the Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth St., Racine. Performances are on weekends from Friday, Sept. 18 through Sunday, Oct. 4. Tickets and show times at www.overourheadplayers.org
The Racine area's biggest street festival, Party on the Pavement, is back for a day of fun on Saturday, Sept. 26. This party brings thousands of people to Downtown Racine for a full day of live music, food, drinks, a car show, art exhibits, games and entertainment. Visit www.racinedowntown.com for the lineup.
Racine's ties to Lake Michigan are celebrated at the 40th Annual Tour of Historic Places on Sunday, Sept. 27 from 12 to 5:30 p.m. The tour, presented by Preservation Racine, features four public sites, including the Wind Point Lighthouse keepers living quarters, the Racine Water Utilities building and six private residences. Visitors can tour the sites at their own pace. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 on the day of the tour. Advance tickets and details at www.preservationracine.org