2014 Calendar of events, fairs, festivals, 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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Monday, April 14 — Tuesday, April 22: Passover

Monday, April 21 — Friday, April 25

Tuesday, April 22

Friday, April 25 — Saturday, April 26

Friday, April 25: Arbor Day

Wednesday, June 11

Friday, June 13 — Sunday, June 15

Saturday, June 14: Flag Day

Sunday, June 15: Father's Day

Mid-June

Wednesday, June 18

Thursday, June 19: Juneteenth

Friday, June 20

  • Third Fridays over shopping, free museum exploration, art exhibits, dining and live music with over 40 businesses participating, 4 to 9 p.m. in downtown Racine, Wisconsin.

Saturday, June 21

Wednesday, June 25

Friday, June 27 — Sunday, June 29

Saturday, June 28

Late June

Early July

Wednesday, July 2

Thursday, July 3

  • First Fridays over shopping, free museum exploration, art exhibits, dining and live music with over 40 businesses participating, 4 to 9 p.m. in downtown Racine, Wisconsin.
  • 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 at Fireman's Park, 2801 89th St. in Sturtevant, Wisconsin.
  • Raymond 4th of July Festival 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.
  • Friday, July 4: Independence Day ( federal holiday)

    Saturday, July 5

    Mid-July

  • Waterford Hot Air Balloon Festival at 817 W. Main St. in Waterford, Wisconsin.
  • Sunday, July 14: Bastille Day

    Friday, July 18

    • Third Fridays over shopping, free museum exploration, art exhibits, dining and live music with over 40 businesses participating, 4 to 9 p.m. in downtown Racine, Wisconsin.

    Late July

    Tuesday, July 22 — Saturday, July 26

    Friday, July 25 — Saturday, July 26

    Thursday, July 31 — Sunday, August 10

    Saturday, August 2

    Tuesday, August 5: National Night Out

    Early August

    Mid-August

    Friday, August 15

    • Third Fridays over shopping, free museum exploration, art exhibits, dining and live music with over 40 businesses participating, 4 to 9 p.m. in downtown Racine, Wisconsin.

    Late August

  • Kenosha Classic Cruise-In free car show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Kenosha, Wisconsin, presented by the Midwest Street Machine Association of Kenosha.
  • Serbian Picnic, 12 noon to 10 p.m. at St George Serbian Orthodox Church, 826 State St. in Racine, Wisconsin.
  • Third Ward Art Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Historic Third Ward district, N. Broadway & E. Chicago St. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • 2014 Dairyland Surf Classic surfing competition at Deland Park, 715 Broughton Dr. in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
  • The Wisconsin Highland Games at the Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Rd. in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
  • Wilhelm Tell Festival at the Wilhelm Tell Grounds, one mile east of New Glarus, Wisconsin on County Highway W.
  • 50th annual St. Francis Days at Milt Vretenar Municipal Park, S. Packard Ave. & E. Denton Ave. in St. Francis, Wisconsin.
  • Harley Davidson 111th Anniversary Celebration at Summerfest Grounds, 200 N. Harbor Dr. on the Milwaukee, Wisconsin lakefront.
  • Chicago Jazz Festival 2014 at Millennium Park and Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Hot Bike Power Tour 2014 at Pershing Park 11th St. and Pershing park rd. on the lakefront in Racine, Wisconsin.
  • St. Matthias Parish Festival at 9306 W. Beloit Rd. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Mexican Fiesta at Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Port Washington Maritime Heritage Festival at N. Franklin St. & E. Grand Ave. in Port Washington, Wisconsin.
  • 28th annual West Bend Germanfest at the corner of S. Main St. & Walnut St. in West Bend, Wisconsin.
  • 8th Annual Dover - Kansasville Hometown Picnic, 12 noon to 9 p.m. at Eagle Lake Park, Church Rd. in Kansasville, Wisconsin.
  • 4th Annual Artbeat in the Heat, 12 noon to 10 p.m. at The Hide House, 2625 South Greeley St. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Bay View neighborhood.
  • WIIL ROCK Fest one-day music festival at Shadow Hill Ranch, 2305 Lance Drive in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.
  • Grill Games BBQ Competition & Lakefront Festival at HarborPark's Celebration Place, 54th St. & Ring Rd., just south of Kenosha, Wisconsin's harbor.
  • Musik off Main, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the corner of S. Main St. & Walnut St. in West Bend, Wisconsin.
  • Kenosha County Fair at Kenosha County Fairgrounds, 111th St. & 308th Ave., Wilmot, Wisconsin.
  • 51st annual Venetian Festival at Flat Iron Park, Seminary Park, and Library Park in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
  • Milwaukee Irish Fest at Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 3722 S 58th St. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Sweet Corn Festival 2014 at Angell Park Speedway, 315 Park St. in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a la Carte at the Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Blue Mound Rd. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Early September

    Monday, September 1: Labor Day (federal holiday)

    Mid-September

    Late September

    Friday, September 19 — Sunday, September 21

    Wednesday, September 24 — Friday, September 26: Rosh Hashanah

    Thursday, November 27: Thanksgiving Day (federal holiday)

    Friday, November 28: Black Friday

    Saturday, November 29: Small Business Saturday, St. Andrew's Day

    Sunday, November 30: Advent

    Early December

    Monday, December 1: World AIDS Day, First day of winter, Cyber Monday

    Tuesday, December 2: #GivingTuesday

    Friday, December 5: Krampusnacht (Krampus Night)

    Saturday, December 6: Saint Nicholas Day

    Sunday, December 7: National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

    Monday, December 8: Immaculate Conception

    Wednesday, December 10: Human Rights Day

    Tuesday, December 16 — Wednesday, December 24: Hanukkah

    Mid-December

    Late December

    Sunday, December 21: Winter Solstice

    Tuesday, December 23: Festivus

    Wednesday, December 24: Christmas Eve

    Thursday, December 25: Christmas Day (federal holiday)

    Friday, December 26 — Thursday, January 1: Kwanzaa

    Wednesday, December 31: New Year's Eve

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

    Thursday, January 1: New Year's Day (federal holiday), Solemnity of Mary

    Monday, January 5: Twelfth Night

    Tuesday, January 6: Epiphany

    Mid-January

    Friday, January 16 — Saturday, January 17

    Monday, January 19: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (federal holiday)

    Late January

    Sunday, February 1: Super Bowl Sunday

    Monday, February 2: Groundhog Day

    Early February

  • 2015 Lunar New Year Parade (celebrating the Year of the Goat) steps off at 1 p.m. in Chicago Chinatown, marching up S. Wentworth Ave. from 24th St. to W. Cermak Rd. in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Band-O-Rama, presented by Kenosha Unifed School District No. 1 at Indian Trail High School & Academy, 6800 60th St. in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • Mid-February