Sure, we’re past the halfway mark for summer and the sun is setting earlier and earlier — but there’s still plenty going on for us to get out and enjoy before the school busses start rolling again.

The Niña and Pinta visit Racine

523 years ago, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in a ship he called La Capitana, but which everyone else knows as the Santa María. With him on the voyage were two smaller ships, the Niña and the Pinta. Together, they explored what are now the Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic — but they never got anywhere near Lake Michigan. Happily, this oversight is now rectified. The Niña and the Pinta, two fascinating Columbus replica ships, will dock at Racine’s Rooney Pugh Recreational Area for nine days, from this Friday (July 24) through Saturday, August 1. The ships will be open to tour ($8/$7/$6) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Cash is preferred. The Rooney Pugh Recreational Area is south of North Beach Park and south of the Racine Yacht Club at the east end of Reichert Court.

Church festivals

The St. Mary Parish Family Festival is happening Saturday and Sunday at the parish, 7307 40th Ave. in Kenosha. Saturday night features pop country music by Bella Cain  from 8 to 11:30. Sunday evening it’s ’80s cover band Hi Infidelity from 6 to 9 p.m. Festival food includes bombers, brats, corn on the cob, pizza, and cream puffs — and the top raffle prize is $5,000 in cash.

The annual Picnic in Paris at St. John the Baptist parish (1501 172nd Ave. in Paris, Wisconsin) will be held Saturday only from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. There’s entertainment and picnic food all day long, with a chicken dinner from noon ’til 6.

Roma Lodge Italian Festival

Roma Lodge Festival XXXVII runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Festival Park, 5 5th Street on the Racine lakeshore.Mean Jake (rock/blues/rockabilly) and The Boogie Men (disco) perform Friday. On Saturday, it’s The Britins (Beatles tribute), Big Shoes (’80s, ’90s, ’00s covers), and Evolution (also covers). Both Friday and Saturday night feature fireworks shows at 10 p.m., and a karaoke competition runs all three days. Music acts on Sunday include the Las Vegas-style Tom Anthony Group, the Hammered Brass Band (covers with horn section),  and the Rocky Mountain Oyster Band (country covers).

Country Thunder

Wisconsin’s giant country music festival Country Thunder East runs this afternoon through Sunday night at 2305 Lance Dr. in Twin Lakes, with headliners like Dierks Bentley and Blake Shelton.

German Fest

Not only will you find bratwurst, sauerkraut, and potato pancakes — but also currywurst, kuchen, personally signed Hummels, dachshunds, and Volkswagens as Milwaukee’s Henry Maier Festival Park (the Summerfest Grounds) goes Deutsch this weekend for German Fest on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Milwaukee Air & Water Show

More thunder will shake the skies along Milwaukee’s lakefront on Saturday and Sunday as the Milwaukee Air & Water Show celebrates its 7th year showcasing the talents of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the U.S. Army Golden Knights, the Breitling Jet Team, and the Aerostars Formation Aerobatic Team.

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