Well, it can’t be avoided any longer. The overflowing schedule of gigantic summer festivals and activities has pretty much passed, and the delayed Labor Day this year leaves us with a comparatively quiet weekend. Still, there are a few items that might interest you in addition to the softly soloing crickets and the anxious-looking leaves.

Grill Games

Kenosha’s biggest BBQ festival happens Friday and Saturday at HarborPark on Kenosha’s lakeshore. The smell of smoke and slowly roasting meat will fill the air, along with the sounds of nine bands on two stages. The main barbeque contest (chicken, pork ribs, pork, and beef brisket) is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) and features 50 teams competing for a $7,000 prize. If you want to do some judging yourself, you can buy a tasting card for $10. There will also be food vendors selling cheese curds, shaved ice, brats, Polish sausage, ribeye sandwiches, burgers, fries, nachos, beans, and corn on the cob — as well as BBQ plates and sandwiches. Admission is free.

Racine Symphony Orchestra Summer Pops Concert

Singer and songwriter Zachary Scot Johnson is the special guest at Friday evening’s concert at Festival Hall, 5 5th Street on Racine’s lakefront. He’ll perform both with the orchestra and by himself. The Pops Potpourri program also features  Chase’s The Muppet Medley, A Tribute to Lerner and Loewe, Anderson’s Belle of the Ball, Suppe’s Light Calvary Overture and Stevie Wonder’s Stevie Wonder Sounds.

Fromm Petfest

Sure, humans get to enjoy Milwaukee’s Henry Maier Festival Park (the Summerfest Grounds) all summer long, but what about their doggies? Dog and cat food producer Fromm Family Foods sponsors Saturday’s festival featuring a dog agility course, dock diving, and so on. Cats are welcome too, and presumably they can show off their aloofness. Plus, there will be live music, kids activities, and food vendors — and admission & parking are free.

Free Water Ski Shows

Have you been out to enjoy the Brown’s Lake Aquaducks in Burlington (at Fischer Park, 30326 Durand Ave.) or the Aquanut Watershows at Twin Lakes (at Lance Park, 55 Lance Dr. ) yet this summer? Both troupes have shows on Saturday evening at 6, so take your pick and drive out to see some classic Wisconsin entertainment before the lakes freeze over.

So there are a few of the events happening around here this weekend. For more, see our Events Calendar and the other resources at our website. Thanks for subscribing — and for liking and following and spreading the word!


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