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The area's hottest events (July 19-27, 2019)

The area's hottest events (July 19-27, 2019)


Hot Sheet July 19-27, 2019 --

Friday, July 19 --

The Fleeing Artists Theatre group, formed by alumni of UW-Parkside's theater program, is performing Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" as part of their sixth annual Summer Shakespeare Series. Performances are 7:30 tonight and Saturday night and 2 p.m. Sunday (July 19-21) at the Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th St. Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for senior citizens, students, teachers and members of the military. Note: This show is rated R for scenes for violence, rape and murder and runs about two hours.

Spend a few hours with Freddie Mercury and Queen tonight. The movie "Bohemian Rhapsody," charting the band's rise and fall and rise, will be shown tonight at the Petrifying Springs Biergarten, located at the south end of the park near Highway JR (5555 Seventh St.). Admission is free. The movie starts at dusk. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

The Pike Creek Benefit Concert Series hosts Trombone Dave & the Lawn Clippings tonight at Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum, 880 Green Bay Road in Somers. 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10. Food, wine, beer and soda will be available for purchase. No carry-ins are allowed. For more information, call 262-552-8196 or visit

Tribute Island — a three-day music festival on Simmons Island, 50th Street and the lakefront — opens tonight ... hoping for better weather than the rain-shortened 2018 event. The festival is July 19-21 and features five stages hosting 50-plus tribute bands over the three days. For tickets and a schedule of performers, go to

Saturday, July 20 --

Kenosha’s HarborMarket is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at Second Avenue and 56th Street. Each week, the market features live music, in addition to all the produce and other goods for sale. Admission is free.

Play ball! Head to Simmons Field for baseball action tonight when the Kenosha Kingfish host the Kalamazoo Growlers for a 6:35 p.m. game. Stick around for the post-game fireworks. For tickets or more information, call 262-653-0900, go to or stop by the Kingfish office, 7817 Sheridan Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Restoration ecologist Lori Artiomow will host a Wildflower Walk from 10 a.m. to noon at Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum, 880 Green Bay Road. Participants will see what is in bloom in Hawthorn Hollow’s prairies and woodlands and will get to identify unusual flowers. Cost is $9, or $4 for Friends of Hawthorn Hollow members. Register for the walk by emailing or calling 262-552-8196.

There’s nothing more sacred in Wisconsin than a fish fry, and nobody does it better than Port Washington. Port Washington Fish Day is billed as “the World’s Largest One-Day Outdoor Fish Fry” and includes live entertainment on five stages, a carnival, arts and crafts, a classic car show, a parade and fireworks.

Sunday, July 21 --

The Kenosha ArtMarket is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in Union Park, 4600 Seventh Ave. The markets, which are the third Sunday of the month through October, feature original works, nothing "kit-made" or Fair Trade, according to organizers. There will also be live music and other performances and food and drink specials at the Union Park Tavern. Admission is free.

Ho, ho, ho! The Kenosha Kingfish host the Kalamazoo Growlers for a 1:05 p.m. game at Simmons Field. Wear your best Santa hat — it's Christmas in July Day. For tickets or more information, call 262-653-0900, go to or stop by the Kingfish office, 7817 Sheridan Road, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

The Racine Concert Band performs a free concert tonight in the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St. Vocalist Jeanie Hatfield is the guest artist, and Eric Weiss is the trumpet soloist. 7:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. The zoo opens for free admission at 7 p.m. for the concert. 

Monday, July 22 --

Strike a pose in Petrifying Springs Park, which hosts Yoga in the Park from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Admission is free. Meet at Parking Lot No. 4. Limited yoga mats will be provided; please bring your own if you have one. 

Head to the historic Washington Park Velodrome for bike racing tonight. Registration for Stock Bike Racing (open to everyone) starts at 6 p.m., with races starting at 6:30 p.m. To race, bring your bike and a helmet (limited bike rentals are also available)The cost is $5 the first night and $3 each week after that. For more details, go to

“Chess Night in the Park” returns this evening to Lincoln Park, hosted by the Kenosha Chess Association, the Kenosha Parks Alliance and the Kenosha Library System. Members from the Kenosha Chess Association will be available to teach, mentor or challenge players. Here’s the coolest part: A GIANT chess set will be on the grounds. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays in Lincoln Park, 6900 18th Ave., near the Oribiletti Center. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome. New this year: Bring your library card! The Bookmobile will be parked nearby every week.

Tuesday, July 23 --

The Twilight Jazz concert series continues its 2019 season tonight with a performance by the KUSD Jazz All-Stars. The free outdoor concert takes place on Kemper Center's soccer field, 6501 Third Ave. Admission is free. Grounds open at 6 p.m.; the show is 7 to 9 p.m. Concert-goers should bring lawn chairs. No seating is provided. or 262-925-8040.

Continuing tonight on the band shell in Pennoyer Park is “Tuesdays at the Shell,” a free concert series running Tuesdays through Aug. 27. Musicians Assisting Advancing Music is organizing this series. The band Tailspin performs tonight. The free shows are 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays on the band shell, at Seventh Avenue and 35th Street on the lakefront.

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band perform tonight at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Ill. 5 p.m. Tickets are $90 (plus fees) in the Pavilion or $43 (plus fees) for a spot on the lawn.

Wednesday, July 24 --

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band continues its 97th season of free concerts in Pennoyer Park this evening with "The Sound and Joy of Music," a program highlighting novelty songs and audience participation.The free Pops concerts are 7 p.m. Wednesdays on the band shell in Pennoyer Park, at Seventh Avenue and 35th Street along the lakefront. Bench seating is provided. During the concerts, Sandy’s Popper sells popcorn, candy and beverages.

The Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave., is hosting a “Museum Munchkins” program from 9:30 to 10 this morning. The free program is designed to “get preschoolers excited about science and the world around them.” Today’s program focuses on rabbits. This is a free program, open to preschoolers with an adult. 262-653-4140.

The Racine County Fair starts today, featuring the usual county fair fixtures: animal judging, carnival rides on the Midway, lots of fair food, Bingo, auctions and tractor and truck pulls. Through July 28 at the fairgrounds on Highway 11 in Yorkville.

Thursday, July 25 --

The city’s Peanut Butter and Jam Concert Series continues today with two performances by the band Unity. PB&J concerts feature performances on Thursdays through Aug. 29. Shows are twice a day — 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Park, 54th Street and Sixth Avenue. Admission is free. 

I wanna hold your hand tonight at Simmons Field tonight, where the Kenosha Kingfish are hosting "Beatles Tribute Night." There's also a baseball game, at 7:05 p.m. vs. the Battle Creek Bombers. Gates open at 6:05 p.m. For tickets or more information, call 262-653-0900, go to or stop by the Kingfish office, 7817 Sheridan Road.

The Summer Movie Season rolls along tonight with “sneak peeks” of "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood." The movie officially open in theaters on July 26.

Friday, July 26 --

Taste of Wisconsin — showcasing Wisconsin foods and beverages — is back for more fun. The food fest is set up in “Celebration Place,” east of the Kenosha Public Museum and Civil War Museum along Kenosha’s lakefront, at 54th Street and the lake. There’s a long list of food vendors, offering everything from bratwurst and roasted corn to pulled pork sandwiches. There will also be a variety of wines and beers. And here’s your chance to finally try brisket nachos. There will also be cooking demonstrations, a KidZone and musical entertainment on four stages. July 26-28. Admission is free. The festival runs 3 to 11 p.m. today; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. This is a Kiwanis Club of Western Kenosha fundraiser for local charities.

Play ball! Head to Simmons Field for baseball action tonight when the Kenosha Kingfish host the Battle Creek Bombers. The 6:35 p.m. game features post-game fireworks. Gates open today at 5:35 p.m.

German Fest takes over the Summerfest grounds, starting today, for three days of lederhosen, polkas, pilsners and oom-pah-pah bands. July 26-28.

Saturday, July 27 --

A free Aquanut Water Show is 6 p.m. today in Twin Lakes. The water-skiing shows are 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Shows are in Lance Park, 55 Lance Drive in Twin Lakes. Admission and parking are free.

The Southport Light Station Museum and Lighthouse, 5117 Fourth Ave., is open for the season. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays through October. 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

The Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Ill., celebrates Leonard Bernstein tonight. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra — conducted by Marin Alsop — will perform selections from Bernstein's musicals "Candide," "On the Town" and "Mass," with various soloists. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $105 and $125 (plus fees) in the Pavilion or $15 (plus fees) for a spot on the lawn.


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