Community Events and Information 

Upcoming Community Events

The Origins of Hip Hop event will return to Racine’s lakefront on Saturday, Aug. 18, and everyone is welcome to come share this exploration of the culture of hip-hop, from 4 to 10 p.m. at Smoke’d on the Water, 3 Fifth St. Origins of Hip Hop aims to highlight the five primary elements of hip-hop culture: DJ-ing, emceeing, graffiti art, breakdancing/all-styles hip-hop dancing and knowledge. Attendees will also have opportunities to get involved in the action. Anyone interested in trying their hand at graffiti art can do so on special panels provided at the event. And area hip-hop DJs, emcees, dancers and more are invited to enter competitions in their categories, with a chance to win cash prizes. Registration for competitions is available at the event, but must be done prior to the start of each competition.
Come celebrate our amazing Root River at the free Root River Festival at Racine’s Lincoln Park on Sunday, August 26th from noon to 5 pm.The day includes live music, storytelling, canoeing, kayaking, environmental education, An interface invocation, kids activities, food trucks, and craft beer. BONK! will be there selling T-shirts and stickers so come out and see us.
Coming Together Racine along with BONK!, Racine Public Library, and the YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin are hosting a free community event called Race to End Racism on Saturday, September 29th, 2018 at 8:30 am until 1 pm. Race to End Racism is the inaugural event of a coalition of greater Racine area organizations focused on racial justice. The half-day event will focus on guiding table discussions on topics such as implicit bias, mass incarceration, and race and education by bringing in expert speakers and providing space to discuss the implications for the Racine area and explore solutions.
An award ceremony recognizing Guest of Honor Daniel Scheidell’s use of poetry to overcome an extraordinary ordeal and help others discover poetry’s power.
You are cordially invited to join us at 7pm on Friday, November 30th at the Rhode Theater in downtown Kenosha for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a moving evening of poetic fellowship. Semi-formal attire optional.
Dan was wrongly convicted in Racine and incarcerated for two decades before being exonerated with the help of the Wisconsin Innocence Project. During that time, he used poetry as a lifeline to keep his hope alive. Learn more here and chip in:


Reoccurring Events

Grassroots Open Mic
6-8:30 pm every second and fourth Wednesday
Robert’s Roost
600 Sixth St Racine, WI 53403

Divino Open Mic
6-9 pm every Friday (Except First Fridays)
Divino Gelato
245 Main Street Racine, WI 53403