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Downtown Racine has been a shopping destination since 1860 . . . Downtown Racine is the place to see, the place to be!

If you value a big event in a historic downtown, First Fridays is worth the drive!  First Fridays is a group of small business owners of boutique shops, restaurants, art galleries and museums who have worked together to put this event on nine times a year for 12 years. We all stay open late, put live music outdoors in 3 parks, have horse & carriage rides and an outdoor beer garden.  The art galleries will offer an artist’s demonstration, the restaurants will offer a special and the boutiques will introduce a new or a favorite product line. The sidewalks are filled with people and downtown is alive and vibrant.

In addition to First Fridays, downtown Racine is on the shores of Lake Michigan next to our beautiful, filled almost to capacity marina, near the beach, zoo, Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and SC Johnson sites.

We invite you to take the drive.  Most of the shops are run by the owners.  No one cares more about the customer than a business owner. You are assured good service from the businesses and to be surrounded by happy people enjoying a great Wisconsin summer evening!