Like a diagonal wipe turning the scene from late summer to fall, the front that crossed our area Tuesday transitioned us to much cooler weather. Now, according to the script, it’s suddenly October, and our instincts tell us to weatherproof, store provisions, and get ready to hibernate until April. Accordingly, the events schedule for this weekend is somewhat windblown, but not exactly desolate.

First Fridays in Downtown Racine

You would think that after last weekend’s biggest-ever Party on the Pavement, downtown Racine would be all festivaled out — and you’d be mistaken. The new month brings yet another of the popular First Fridays events, in which stores, bars, restaurants, and even churches up and down Main and 6th Streets and the adjacent blocks offer special food, entertainment, and other events. Tomorrow evening’s festivities include a 5 p.m. “Love Your Canines Parade,” and, as always on First Fridays, admission to the Racine Art Museum (441 Main St.) is free.

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival

The Milwaukee Film Festival began last Thursday, so this is its second weekend, but there are still plenty of movies remaining on the festival’s calendar. One of them is Peace Officer, showing Saturday night at 7 at the Oriental Theatre (2230 n. Farwell Ave.). Billed as an “Oscar-worthy exposé” concerning the militarization of police forces, the screening will include the film’s subject, former Utah sheriff William “Dub” Lawrence, as a special guest. Also at the Oriental on Saturday, there’s a much happier film at 11 — the Talking Heads concert movie Stop Making Sense returns to the festival for the 4th annual year as the centerpiece of a dance party that used to happen here every Friday night.

Oktoberfest at Kemper Center

Essen! Trinken! Singen! Tanzen! This is the agenda for Oktoberfest at Kemper Center (122 66th St. in Kenosha) where, beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday (gates open at 3), you can enjoy German food and beer, a full cash bar, and dance to the music of Dorf Kapelle.

Haunted houses

Some of our neighbors have had their Halloween decorations up for over a week already, and haunted house season is already well underway. A couple of the bigger, commercial haunted attractions would be Racine’s Factory of Fear (615 Marquette St.), situated in an old, abandoned warehouse in the city’s industrial center, and the Abandoned Haunted House Complex along I-94 near Highway 11 (2825 SE Frontage Rd.) — the former Vance’s Bar where acts like Roy Orbison and Rick Nelson once played.

For a longer list of things going on this weekend, this month, and all year long, check out our Events Page. Bookmark it, share it with your social media pals — we’re grateful for your support.

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