Memorial day Weekend is the traditional start of the summer season, and this year, it’s actually supposed to feel like summer this weekend.

Looking for two sure signs of summer in Kenosha County? The Petrifying Springs Biergarten and the two public beaches in Silver Lake and Paddock Lake will open for the summer season.

The grand opening of the Biergarten starts at 4 p.m. Friday (May 24). The event includes the “Blessing of the Maibock” at 5:30 p.m. by the Rev. Brit Windel of Day Break Church and the ceremonial keg tapping by County Executive Jim Kreuser.

The Grand Opening Weekend continues with a stein hosting competition at 3 p.m. Saturday and live music at 6 p.m. by The Squeezettes, performing their own brand of “modern polka.”

On Sunday, the Biergarten opens at noon and will feature a Bounce House and face painting, with live music at 6 p.m. by Alpine Blast.

To close out the holiday weekend, the venue opens at noon on Monday, again with a Bounce House. Live music on Monday features The Brothers Quinn, starting at 3 p.m.

The Biergarten, which operates under a lease agreement with Kenosha County Parks, is opening for its third season.

The Biergarten is located at Shelter No. 1, near the southern entrance to Petrifying Springs Park, 5555 Seventh St., and features indoor and outdoor seating, German-style food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage options. For more details about hours, menu selections or activity schedules, visit www.petsbiergarten.com or the Biergarten’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/petsbiergarten.

County beaches opening

Silver Lake Beach in Silver Lake Park and Paddock Lake Beach in Old Settlers Park will be open from Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day. Both beaches are open to the public and offer various amenities for park visitors.

Silver Lake Beach lifeguards will be on duty when the beach officially opens at 10 a.m. Saturday (May 25). Other park amenities include a playground, shelter, bathhouse, picnic areas, concessions and watercraft rentals. Entrance fees are collected from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. More information can be found at parks.kenoshacounty.org. Silver Lake Park is located at 27000 85th St.

The Paddock Lake Beach offers grills, picnic tables, restrooms and changing facilities, and a playground. There is no lifeguard. Note: The entrance fee is charged only on weekends. Old Settlers Park is located at 24100 75th St. A dog park is next to the beach area.

The entrance fees at both beaches are $5 per car for Kenosha County Residents and $10 per car for non-residents.

For more information about park activities, visit the Kenosha County Parks’ website at http://parks.kenoshacounty.org, call 262-857-1869, or go to www.facebook.com/kenoshacountyparks.