Enjoy these Kenosha area events and more this weekend:
Friday (Oct. 4), enjoy First Fridays at the I-94 Visitor Information Center, I-94 and Highway 165. Between noon and 3 p.m., stop by the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s free, fun, informative and tasty Open House. Pick up ideas of things to see and do in Kenosha and throughout Wisconsin this fall. For more information, call 262-857-7164.
Saturday, enjoy a Nature Hike from 10 to 11 a.m. at Pringle Nature Center, 9800 160th Ave. Participants are invited to “get your vitamins D and N (as in “nature”) by exploring different parts of Bristol Woods Park.” The hike will be led by a naturalist and focus on seasonal highlights. This free program is open to all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 262-857-8008.
Also Saturday, enjoy the Wilmot Mountain Fall Fest and 5K at Wilmot Mountain, 11931 Fox River Road. The 5K is at 10 a.m. ($25 pre-registration fee; $30 on race day). Activities follow between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and will include: hayrides, live music, a ski sale, pumpkin painting, bounce houses, a photo booth, a rubber duck game, face painting, scavenger hunt, wine tasting (must be 21 and over) and more. Admission is free. For the times of each activity, go to wilmotmountain.com or call 262-862-2301.
Saturday evening, enjoy the Fall Festival of Speed at Wilmot Raceway at the Kenosha County Fairgrounds, 30820 111th St. Gates open at 5 p.m.; races start at 6:45 p.m. (weather permitting). Wilmot’s schedule comes to a close with the racing of Modifieds, Wingless Sprints, Street Stocks, Lightning Sprints, and Bandit 4-Cylinder Stock Cars. For more information, call 262-862-2090.
Sunday, enjoy the Kemper Center Autumn Grand Tour, 1 to 5 p.m. at Kemper Center, 6501 Third Ave. Guided tours include the entire Kemper Complex: the Convent, Cloister, Chapel, Lakefront Studios, Durkee Mansion and more. There will be tour guides present, along with former students who attended Kemper Hall when it was a boarding school for girls. Entrance fee is $5 a person. For more information, call 262-925-8040.
Robin Ingrouille, Kemper Center’s administrator, said the Grand Tour in April “was a huge success. We were thrilled to see how interested people are in Kemper.”
A key feature of the tours, said Kemper Center Executive Director Ed Kubicki, “is having alumni here from the different decades. They talk to visitors about what it was like to actually live at Kemper.”
During the tour, visitors can also see Kemper’s art studio spaces, which are available to rent. “We have enhanced those spaces,” Kubicki said, “with better Wi-Fi and elevator access.”
For more information about events happening in the Kenosha area, call the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 24-Hour Event line at 262-654-7307, ext. 3, or log on to VisitKenosha.com.
Meridith Jumisko is public relations manager for the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.