It’s time to seize these summer days before they start slipping away! Before you pack up the swimsuit, here is your end of summer bucket list to help alleviate those end of summer blues.

1.) Grab a pint with some friends.

Grab a cold one at one of our local breweries.  Public Brewery located just off 7thand 58th is known for their laid-back taproom, cask of the week, and live music. Plus, you can even take home a growler full of your favorite beer.  Next, stop by the Rustic RoadGrand ReopeningCelebrationlocated on 6thavenue August 31-September 1, 2018 to enjoy beer samples, free food, live music and even a tour.  Cheers to summer!

2.) Enjoy a good read.

Step inside one of Kenosha’s historic treasures, The Simmons Neighborhood Library to find your next “summer must read”. Need some inspiration?  Check out the new summer titles.  Just for fun, on September 8 at 2:30pm there will be a Behind the ScenesTour of the library.  What a great way to find out more on this historic treasure.

3.) Go shopping!

The downtown shops have something for everyone. For the foodie, enjoy tasty treats from Marva’s Greek Oil, Elsie Mae’s Bakery & Cannery, and Robin’s Nest.  For the gift giver, find the perfect gift at Authentique,Peacetree Originals, or Lulu Birds. For the trendsetter, enjoy unique pieces from Mike Bjorn’s Fine Clothing & Museum, SJ Crystals, and Embellished Heart.  For the collector, find your next hidden gem at Inner Child Collectibles & Comics, Re:VisionArt Gallery, or Hazel Grace Vintage.  Still wanting more? Check out the complete shopping guide here.

 4.) Watch the sunrise.

With miles of beaches and lakefront, pick your favorite spot and start your day with break taking views of the sunrise over Lake Michigan.  Don’t forget to bring along your camera and a cup of coffee.

5.) Have an outdoor picnic.

Picnics are a great opportunity to have a little family time, watch the waves, or even fly a kite. Grab your picnic basket or stop by any of our local restaurants for your picnic snacks.  With so many beaches and parks to pick from, it is hard to choose. 

6.) Scope out a car show.
Car shows are iconic in Kenosha.  Here is a list of shows coming up to help rev up your summer:

Art of the Car – Car Show: Located at the Anderson Art Center on August 25 from 9am-3pm;

Kenosha Classic Cruise-In Car Show: Located downtown on 7thAve. on September 1 from 9am-4pm; and

16thAnnual Car Show to Benefit Our Wounded Veterans: Located at Simmons Island on September 2 from 8am-4pm.

7.) Make a splash.

Mark your calendars, August 31-September 2 will be the Kenosha Creative Space Beach Bash at Simmons Island.  With music, art, food beer and wine garden, and family fun, this will not be an event you will want to miss.

8.) Sign up for a race.

Get moving with the 21stAnnual Harvest Moon 5k Run/Walk & Kids Race presented by the Kenosha Running Club.  The race will be along Kenosha’s Lakefront on September 19, 5k Run/Walk 6:30 p.m. and 1/4 Mile Kids Race 6:00 p.m.  This event is fun for the whole family. To register, click here.

9.) Be a tourist for a day.

Start your day at the famous Franks Diner, it is a “must-try” and is known for their gigantic pancakes and to-die-for garbage plate.  Burn off some of that breakfast with a stroll through the streets of downtown and enjoy unique shops, art galleries, coffee shops and more.  Take a break from the sunshine and tour one of Kenosha’s many museums.  The Dinosaur Discovery Museum is a huge hit with the kiddos.  Continue your sightseeing as you walk the Kenosha Sculpture Walk that features over a dozen works of art.  Plus, check out the Southport Light Station Museum, see a show at the Rhode Center for the Arts, or check out what’s new at Kenosha’s fully functional independent modern pharmacy, Modern Apothecary.  As the day sets in, stop and relax for a bite to eat or a sweet treat from one of the many restaurants located in the heart of downtown. 

10.) Wake up and go! Sure, the tans will fade but the memories will last a lifetime.

Natalie Rugg
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Natalie Rugg is a Wife, Mother, and a Kenosha Native. Natalie has lived in Kenosha for 29 years with a short gap while she worked in LA, Washington D.C., and Houston, TX. Currently, Natalie works as a support specialist at Froedtert South by day and a server by night at Wine Knot. When Natalie is not on the clock, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, gardening, and has become a coffee enthusiast over the years. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and love Kenosha.