The days are a little crisper and the nights start a little earlier. It's definitely fall party time in Racine County. Come along with Real Racine for these family fun activities.
The big party is Downtown.. The wait is almost over for Downtown Racine's biggest party of the year! The 11th Annual Party on the Pavement is 12-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. One street just can't hold it all! There are five stages of live music at Monument Square and on Sixth Street, Main Street and Wisconsin Avenue. You can bid on Summer Block Party works of art or see local art on display along Sixth Street. The antique vehicle show is back and bigger than ever with 140 vehicles expected along Wisconsin Avenue. You can also see vintage Nash autos presented by the Racine Heritage Museum at the Sam Johnson Parkway. The new Sports Zone in the 300 block of Main Street will include skateboard and Roller Derby demonstrations and appearances by Caron Butler of the Milwaukee Bucks, Green Bay Packers great Leroy Butler and many of your favorite team mascots. We almost forgot the food — chocolate dipped bacon on a stick, deep fried candy bars, cheese curds, gelato, pizza, meatball bombers and more. The Downtown Racine Corp. website has all the details at: www.racinedowntown.com/pavement
Celebrating fall in Waterford. This Sunday is a great day to celebrate fall in the country. The Village of Waterford's Fall Harvest Fest starts at 10 a.m. at Whitford and Ten Club parks. The fest includes a craft fair, chili cook off, a tractorcade and the Waterford Lions famous BBQ chicken dinners. You can take a free trolley ride between the parks or make the trip via canoe. Kids activities ($10 for ages 3 and older; $5 for ages 2 and younger) include pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling, scarecrow making, face painting, a rock climbing wall, bouncy houses and crafts. Visit www.waterford-wi.org
Don't forget Quilting Weekend. The 2013 Lighthouse Legacies Quilt Show, presented by the Lighthouse Quilters Guild, is Saturday and Sunday at Fountain Banquet Hall, 8505 Durand Ave,. Sturtevant. The organization has received a "Quilting Weekend in Racine County" designation for this show of more than 200 quilts. There is also the Lighthouse Guild Challenge quilting competition, workshops, a charity auction benefiting the All Saints Foundation, a raffle and a shopping boutique. Admission is $5 for adults; children ages 8 and younger are free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Visiting history. A history buff's big day is Sunday for the 38th Annual Preservation Racine Tour of Historic Places. From 12-5:30 p.m., tour as many as seven historically significant properties. One of the star attractions is the Thomas P. Hardy House an early Frank Lloyd Wright design. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the tour. A limited number of VIP tickets are available at $40. Tickets can be picked up at 14th and Main on Sunday afternoon. Call 262-634-5748 or visit www.preservationracine.org for details.
Last chance and first chance for comedy plays. The Racine Theatre Guild's comedy "Suite Surrender" wraps up its run this weekend. Performances are Thursday through Sunday at 2519 Northwestern Ave. Visit www.racinetheatre.org for tickets and details. Meanwhile, Over Our Head Players' "Short Attention Span Theatre," a collection of four, short plays opens Friday at the Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth St. The performances are on weekends through Oct. 11. Call 262-632-6802 or visit www.overourheadplayers.org for details.
Pumpkins and pancakes. The Tucker 4-H Club's annual pancake breakfast and pumpkin harvest craft fair is 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Swan's Pumpkin Farm, 4930 Highway H, Caledonia. The club serves up all-you-can-eat buttermilk or pumpkin pancakes. Your invited to visit the outdoor craft fair.