Friday, Aug. 30 --
This is the final weekend for Summer Shakespeare's production of Shakespeare's comedy "The Taming of the Shrew" at the flower gardens in Lincoln Park, 7001 22nd Ave. Performances are 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. The show runs about 90 minutes, including a 10-minute intermission. Note: Benches are provided at the park. Audience members may also bring lawn chairs, pillows, and/or blankets.
The Milwaukee County Zoo is hosting a Senior Celebration. Everyone age 55 and older gets in FREE today. Special exhibits include health and wellness exhibitors, dancing to “oldies” and a one-mile walk through the zoo grounds. Parking, however, is still $12. www.milwaukeezoo.org.
This is also the final weekend to see “Brick Dinos,” the Milwaukee County Zoo's summer exhibit. Zoo visitors will see dinosaurs constructed from Lego bricks. Thousands and thousands of Lego bricks. There are also interactive features in the exhibit. The exhibit is open through Sept. 2. The cost is $3 per person, in addition to regular zoo admission. www.milwaukeezoo.org.
The Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Ill., welcomes the band O.A.R. tonight. The group, which has sold more than 2 million albums since forming more than 20 years ago, is touring to support its latest album, "The Mighty." 6:30 p.m. Reserved seats in the Pavilion are $85 and $95 (plus fees); a spot on the lawn is $33 in advance or $38 the day of the show (plus fees) at www.ravinia.org.
Saturday, Aug. 31 --
The 16th annual Kenosha Classic Cruise-In car show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Kenosha. This show is free and open to all makes and models of vehicles. There will also be plenty of food available. Dash plaques will be given to the first 200 entries. Show cars should enter at 56th Street and Seventh Avenue. For more information, call the Kenosha Classic Street Machines at 262-818-6410. Rain date: Sept. 7. Note: The downtown streetcars will be FREE this day.
If you’ve been meaning to get out to Twin Lakes to see a free Aquanuts Water Show, get going. The water-skiing team performs its FINAL free show of the season today! The shows start at 6 p.m. in Lance Park (on Lake Mary). Admission and parking are free. www.aquanutwatershows.com.
Go star gazing this evening at Hawthorn Hollow. The nature sanctuary and arboretum, 880 Green Bay Road, is hosting star gazing and telescope viewing during an Observatory Open House from 7 to 11 p.m. A variety of telescopes will be on hand with volunteers to guide in seeing the night’s brightest objects. Visitors are also invited to bring their own binoculars or telescopes. Admission is free. The observatory features a Meade LX200 – ACF 16-inch telescope in an automated dome as well as two mounts for smaller telescopes outside the dome.
Sunday, Sept. 1 --
The Southern Wisconsin All Airborne Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association is hosting a car show to benefit wounded warriors from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today on Simmons Island. Admission is free. There will also be a 50-50 raffle, door prizes, personal military displays, military vehicles and music. There will be a noon ceremony to honor troops. 262-620-4301.
Cheese-A-Palooza — a free downtown lakefront festival — wraps up today with live music and eating contests. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Admission is free. The festival is along Kenosha's harbor on 54th Street.
Monday, Sept. 3 --
Today is your final chance to yell “huzzah!” at passers-by and wear head-to-toe chain mail (at least in public). The Bristol Renaissance Faire wraps up its 32nd season today, with its usual mix of strolling jesters, jugglers, stilt-walkers and mud eaters. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. www.renfair.com.
If you haven’t had your fill of cotton candy, corn dogs and deep-fried treats, you still have one final chance to catch a county fair. Neighboring Walworth County’s fair runs through today at the fairgrounds in Elkhorn. Admission is $5-$10. Parking is free. www.walworthcountyfair.com.
Tuesday, Sept. 3 --
The Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave., is hosting a new exhibit. “The Rivers: A Celebration of Life and Work on America's Waterways” features paintings by artist Daven Anderson. The exhibit runs through Oct. 6. Admission is free. (An opening reception is 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 14.) The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. (Closed holidays.) For more information, call 262-653-4140.
Have you been neglecting Kenosha's best (and biggest) attraction? Now that the summer season is fading, grab some of the best weather in Wisconsin and walk, bike, rollerblade, or just sit and relax along the Lake Michigan shore. Kenosha has five beaches along Lake Michigan. We love to stroll down the boardwalk on Simmons Island Beach and head for the North Pier lighthouse. Go out and discover your own favorite spot.
Wednesday, Sept. 4 --
The Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave., is hosting a “Museum Munchkins” program from 9:30 to 10 this morning. Today's theme is the great horned owl. Find out why it's so great! This is a free program, open to preschoolers with an adult. 262-653-4140.
It’s another Chess Night at the Southwest Library with the Kenosha Chess Association. 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Southwest Library, 7979 38th Ave. Bring your set or use one from the library’s collection. Admission is free. www.kenoshachess.org.
Who says the outdoor concert season is over? Not us! Celebrate ZZ Top's 50th Anniversary Bash tonight at Milwaukee's BMO Harris Pavilion at the Summerfest grounds. Special guest Cheap Trick (still the pride of Rockford, Ill.) is also performing. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $95-$320 (plus fees) at www.Ticketmaster.com.
Thursday, Sept. 5 --
The Thursday Afternoon Movie Series continues today at the Southwest Library, 7979 38th Ave. The library shows newly released DVDs , with an emphasis on well-reviewed movies, every other Thursday. 12:30 to 3 p.m. Admission is free. For for more information, call 262-564-6130.
Also at the Southwest Library today, Intro to eSports is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This program will introduce participants to eSports, which are organized and skillful competitions of multi-player online games that are quickly growing in popularity all over the world. This program will give an overview of eSports and tell people how to get involved. Admission is free.
Friday, Sept. 6 --
Kenosha's Public Libraries are hosting FREE Friday Fun Days:
- From 1 to 3 p.m., the Simmons Library, 711 59th Place, hosts students on early release Fridays. "Shake off the school week and have fun with crafts, construction and some of our favorite toys." Note: This is in the downstairs children's area and requires the use of a spiral staircase. Admission is free.
- Also from 1 to 3 p.m., the Northside Library, 1500 27th Ave., hosts a Friday Fun Day for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The library will have games, crafts, building toys and tech. You know, fun stuff! Admission is free.
Stop by the I-94 Visitor Information Center for its First Friday celebration from noon to 3 p.m. today. The Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s open house features food samples, displays and prizes from local businesses and attractions. The I-94 Visitor Center is located at the southeast corner of I-94 and Highway 165.
There’s also a First Friday celebration in downtown Racine. Shops, restaurants and galleries are hosting live music and other special events from 4 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 7 --
Head to the downtown area today to celebrate the seventh annual Kenosha Streetcar Day! The free event is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature tours of the "streetcar barn" at 724 54th St., interactive displays, food, vendors, Lego displays, trivia and all our streetcars, of course. For more details, go to www.kenoshastreetcarsociety.org.
If it’s early September, it must be time for the Hawthorn Hollow “Walk in the Woods” Art Fair. The show combines a beautiful wooded setting with live music, food and artwork from more than 60 artists. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 880 Green Bay Road (on Highway 31 between county highways A & JR). Admission is $5 per vehicle. www.hawthornhollow.org.
The Southport Light Station Museum and Lighthouse, 5117 Fourth Ave., is open for tours. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays (through Oct. 27). Admission is free; donations are accepted. It costs $10 to climb the lighthouse ($5 for children ages 8-12). You must be at least 8 years old to climb). For more details, go to www.kenoshahistorycenter.org.