2015 Calendar of events, fairs, festivals, concerts, things to do

By Amy Czerniec and Mark Czerniec

Here’s our calendar of events and things to do — July 4th fireworks displays, concerts, music festivals, food festivals, parades, county fairs, bike races, art fairs, church festivals, and so on — around Racine and Kenosha, plus the greater Milwaukee-Chicago area, and elsewhere. It is by no means a complete list, so be sure to check out the other events calendars.

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Wednesday, January 28

Thursday, January 29

Friday, January 30

Saturday, January 31 — Sunday, February 1

Saturday, January 31

Sunday, February 1: Super Bowl Sunday

Monday, February 2: Groundhog Day

Wednesday, February 4

Friday, February 6

Saturday, February 7 — Sunday, February 8

Saturday, February 7

Sunday, February 8

Wednesday, February 11

Thursday, February 12 — Sunday, February 15

Thursday, February 12

Friday, February 13 — Monday, February 16

Friday, February 13 — Sunday, February 15

Friday, February 13

Saturday, February 14 — Sunday, February 22

Saturday, February 14: Valentine's Day

Sunday, February 15

Monday, February 16: Washington's Birthday (federal holiday)

Tuesday, February 17: Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), Pączki Day

Wednesday, February 18: Ash Wednesday, beginning of Lent

Thursday, February 19: Chinese New Year: Year of the Goat

Friday, February 20 — Sunday, February 22

Friday, February 20

Saturday, February 21 — Sunday, March 1

Saturday, February 21

Sunday, February 22

Thursday, February 24

Late February

Thursday, February 26 — Sunday, March 1

Thursday, February 26

Friday, February 27 — Sunday, March 1

Friday, February 27

Saturday, February 28 — Sunday, March 1

Saturday, February 28

Sunday, March 1

Monday, March 2

Wednesday, March 4 — Sunday, March 8

Wednesday, March 4 — Friday, March 6

Wednesday, March 4 — Thursday, March 5: Purim

Thursday, March 5 — Sunday, March 8

Thursday, March 5

Friday, March 6

Saturday, March 7 — Sunday, March 8

Saturday, March 7

Sunday, March 8: International Women's Day

Mid-March

Thursday, March 12

Friday, March 13

Saturday, March 14: Pi Day

Sunday, March 15

Tuesday, March 17: Saint Patrick's Day

Wednesday, March 18

Thursday, March 19: Saint Joseph's Day

Friday, March 20 — Sunday, March 29

Friday, March 20

Saturday, March 21

Sunday, March 22

Wednesday, March 25

Saturday, March 28

Sunday, March 29

Late March

Wednesday, April 1: April Fools' Day

Thursday, April 2: Maundy Thursday

Friday, April 3 — Saturday, April 11: Passover

Friday, April 3: Good Friday

Saturday, April 4

Sunday, April 5: Easter Sunday

Monday, April 6: Dyngus Day

Early April

Friday, April 10 — Sunday, April 12

Friday, April 10

Saturday, April 11

Sunday, April 12

Mid-April

Tuesday, April 14: Milwaukee Day (4/14)

Wednesday, April 15: Tax Day

Thursday, April 16

Friday, April 17

Saturday, April 18

Sunday, April 19

Late April

Monday, April 20: Patriots' Day

Friday, April 24 — Sunday, April 26

Friday, April 24: Arbor Day

Saturday, April 25

Wednesday, April 29

Saturday, May 2

Early May

Friday, May 1 — Sunday, May 3

Sunday, May 3

Monday, May 4: Star Wars Day

Tuesday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo

Friday, May 8 — Saturday, May 9

Saturday, May 9

Sunday, May 10: Mother's Day

Mid-May

Friday, May 15

Saturday, May 16

Sunday, May 17

Friday, May 22

Saturday, May 23

Sunday, May 24

Monday, May 25: Memorial Day (federal holiday)

Thursday, May 28

Friday, May 29

Saturday, May 30 — Sunday, May 31

Saturday, May 30

Sunday, May 31

Late May

Early June

  • Free fishing weekend. Fish anywhere in Wisconsin for free
  • Free Fun for Everyone Wisconsin State Park Open House Weekend: Free admission and special events at Wisconsin's state parks, state forests, and recreation areas.
  • Taste of Wisconsin Dells, starting at 9 a.m. in downtown Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
  • Outta Sight Kite Flight, at Kennedy Park, 4051 5th Ave. on the Kenosha, Wisconsin lakefront.
  • Celebrate Wisconsin Folklife, at Old World Wisconsin, W372 S9727 State Highway 67 in Eagle, Wisconsin.
  • Printers Row Lit Fest at Polk and Dearborn Streets in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Pridefest at Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Ribfest Chicago At the intersection of Lincoln Ave. / Irving Park Rd. / Damen Ave. in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 50th Annual Midsommarfest at Clark St. between Balmoral & Catalpa Ave. in Chicago, Illinois.
  • St. Thomas Country Fair at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, 305 1st St. (Hwy 20) in Waterford, Wisconsin.
  • Wild Ones Native Plant sale Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Seno Woodland Education Center, 3606 Dyer Lake Rd. in Burlington, Wisconsin.
  • Captain Mike's Burger 4 Life Block Party, noon to 10 p.m. at Captain Mike's, 5118 6th Ave. in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • World Environment Day event, 10:30 a.m. at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd. in Glencoe, Illinois.
  • 11th Anniversary Beer Barons' World of Beer Festival, 1 to 5 p.m. at The Schwabenhof Pavilion, N56 W14750 Silver Spring Dr. in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
  • Glow Time 5K run, 8 p.m. at the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave. in Union Grove, Wisconsin.
  • Bay View Gallery Night, 5 to 10 p.m. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Bay View neighborhood.
  • Bay View Jazz Fest, 5 to 10 p.m. at various Bay View neighborhood taverns, pubs, clubs, and lounges.
  • Hope Run Kenosha 5K run/2 mile walk, 6 p.m. at Harbor Park Celebration Place, Ring rd. on the Kenosha, Wisconsin lakefront.
  • UPAF Ride for the Arts, 7 a.m. at Henry Maier Festival Park, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Union Grove Lions Club Chicken Barbecue & Car / Motorcycle Show, 8 a.m. at Racine County Fairgrounds, Union Grove, Wisconsin.
  • Wind Point Lighthouse tower climb, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Wind Point Lighthouse, 4725 Lighthouse Dr. on the Racine, Wisconsin lakefront.
  • Kenosha Art Association 's 40th Annual Good Old Summertime Art Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Civic Center Park, Sheridan Rd. & 56th St. in downtown Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • Picnic with the Peregrines held by Hoy Audubon Society, 12 noon to 1 p.m. at The Racine County Courthouse, 730 Wisconsin Ave. in Racine, Wisconsin.
  • Chill on the Hill (free summer concert series): , 6 p.m. at Humboldt Park 3000 S. Howell Ave. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Bay View neighborhood.
  • Friday, June 5: World Environment Day

    Saturday, June 6: National Donut Day

    Mid-June

    Saturday, June 13

    Sunday, June 14: Flag Day

    Friday, June 19: Juneteenth

    Sunday, June 21: Father's Day

    Late June

    Early July

    Friday, July 3

  • Celebrate America, 4 p.m. at Ring Rd. on the Kenosha, Wisconsin lakefront.
  • Fireworks Kite Festival at Veterans Park, 1300 N Lincoln Memorial Dr. on the Milwaukee, Wisconsin lakefront.
  • Downtown Milwaukee Fireworks : Family Festival activities and entertainment, fireworks about 9:25 p.m. at Veterans Park, 1300 N Lincoln Memorial Dr. on the Milwaukee, Wisconsin lakeshore.
  • Sturtevant Family Fireworks Festival 5 p.m. to midnight (Fireworks 9:30 p.m.) at Fireman's Park, 2801 89th St. in Sturtevant, Wisconsin.
  • Raymond 4th of July Festival annual Barn Dance, starting at 6:00pm at Raymond Elementary School, 2659 76th St. in Raymond, Wisconsin.
  • The Village of Paddock Lake’s Independence Day Fireworks, at dusk over Paddock Lake, Wisconsin.
  • 4th of July Celebration (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts on Thursday; fireworks both nights) at Naval Station Great Lakes, 601 D St. in North Chicago, Illinois.
  • Friday, July 4: Independence Day (federal holiday)

    Monday, July 6: National Fried Chicken Day

    Mid-July

    Sunday, July 26: Parents’ Day

    Early August

  • Pleasant Prairie Junior Triathlon Series #2, 8:30 a.m. at Pleasant Prairie RecPlex, 9900 Terwall Terrace in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.
  • HOPE Safehouse annual doggy wash, 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Chancery Pub and Restaurant, 207 Gaslight Dr. in downtown Racine, Wisconsin.
  • 2014 Back to the past Car Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Union Grove, Wisconsin.
  • American Accents: A Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Willowbrook Park, E. Sumner St. & Ewing Ave. in Hartford, Wisconsin.
  • Palmen Motors Classic Cruise Car Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Palmen Motors, 5431 75th St. in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • 3rd Annual Dog Day of Summer KPD K9 Unit, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 54th St. & 6th Ave. in downtown Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • Southport Lighthouse Climb & Triple Dipper: Ice Cream Music & Fun, 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Southport Lighthouse Museum, 5117 4th Ave. in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • Waukesha BluesFest, at Naga-Waukee Park, 651 State Highway 83 in Hartland, Wisconsin.
  • 17th Annual Pike River Rendezvous at Simmons Island Park, 50th St & 4th Ave in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • Serbian Days Festival, at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, 6108 Braun Rd. in Racine, Wisconsin.
  • The Racine Art Guild 's Starving Artists Outdoor Art Fair, on the campus of Gateway Technical College, 1001 S Main St. in Racine, Wisconsin.
  • Wind Point Lighthouse tower climb, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Wind Point Lighthouse, 4725 Lighthouse Dr. on the Racine, Wisconsin lakefront.
  • Armenian Fest, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (sponsored by St. Mesrob Armenian Church) at Festival Park, 5 5th St. on the Racine, Wisconsin lakefront.
  • St. Peter's Family Festival at St. Peter Parish of Kenosha, 2224 30th Ave. in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • Cudahy Lions Club's Sweet Apple-Wood Festival at Cudahy Park, 3000 East Ramsey Ave. in Cudahy, Wisconsin.
  • Harbor Days 2015, 3 to 10 p.m. at 701 North Point Dr. in Winthrop Harbor, Illinois.
  • Lollapalooza 2015 at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Chardhi Kala 6K Memorial Run & Walk: Scholarship fundraiser for Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, at Oak Creek High School Football Field 340 E Puetz Rd. in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
  • Laps For Literacy 5K Run/Walk: fundraiser for Kenosha Literacy Council, 9:30 a.m. at Navy Memorial Park, 54th St. & 6th Ave. in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • Chair-i-ties’ Main Gallery Auction and Art Sale, 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Monument Square on Main & 6th St. in downtown Racine, Wisconsin.
  • Scooter's Annual Wiener Dog Race and Rescue Fund Raiser, 11 a.m to 2 p.m. at Katie's Canine Klubhouse, 5246 Douglas Ave. in Racine, Wisconsin.
  • Mosquitoe Art and Music Fest 2015, 12 noon to 9 p.m. at The Stiner Pavilion, 201 E. Seahorse Dr. on the Waukegan, Illinois lakefront.
  • Highwood Craft Beer Festival, 12 noon to 5 p.m. at Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave. in Highwood, Illinois.
  • Family Fun Day & Auction, 3 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Chatholic Church, 1704 240th Ave. in Brighton, Wisconsin.
  • Door County Cherry Fest 2015 at Lakeside Park Hwy 57 in Jacksonport, Wisconsin.
  • 22nd Annual Kiltie Klassic Invitational drum & bugle corps contest and alumni celebration, 7:30 p.m. (gates open at 6:30 p.m.) at Horlick Field,1648 N. Memorial Dr. in Racine, Wisconsin.
  • American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Kenosha, at University of Wisconsin-Parkside Outdoor Track, Hwy. E and 39th Ave. in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin State Track Championships at Washington Park Velodrome , 22nd Ave. and Washington Rd. in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • Bikes Boards and Beach Series hosted by Aga Nation at North Beach, 1525 Hoffert Dr. on the Racine, Wisconsin lakefront.
  • 5th Annual Urban Island Beach Party, 4 to 11 p.m. at Lakeshore State Park, 500 North Harbor Dr. on the Milwaukee, Wisconsin lakefront.
  • Summer Sizzle: Historic Third Ward Jazz Festival, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the Historic Third Ward of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (On hiatus for 2013)
  • Saturday, August 1 — Sunday, August 2

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