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September Milwaukee events preview: Night Market, reggae and more

September Milwaukee events preview: Night Market, reggae and more

September 21 will be the final Milwaukee Night Market of 2022.

“We have seen tremendous crowds this summer, estimating 30,000 people attending each night during the 5-hour event,” said Megan Kujaw, Westown Association Marketing & Events Director. 

Kujaw said the goal of the event “is to create a unique, fun and safe place for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to experience Milwaukee, as well as promote and support small businesses and local entrepreneurs.” She added that her favorite part of the event is “the positive energy and diversity of the event. From the vendors and food, to the performances and the attendees, it really is a place for people of all ages, places and backgrounds to come and celebrate our city. I also really love seeing everyone dancing at the main intersection throughout the night. One minute the whole crowd is learning how to do the Cupid Shuffle and the next you have young kids in the middle of a dance circle just having the best time with everyone cheering them on.”

The event, held once a month from June through September, features nearly 100 vendors of food, beverage, apparel, art, jewelry and more, as well as entertainment. The event runs from 5 to 10 pm Wednesday, September 21 on West Wisconsin Avenue between Second Street and Vel R. Phillips Avenue.

The final event of 2022 is also College Night, with special activities for new and prospective students at Milwaukee’s colleges and universities.

The Night Market  was first created in 2014 by NEWaukee, a marketing agency that specializes in community engagement.  The Westown Association took over the event in 2021.

September Milwaukee events

The Great Riverwest Fall Rummage Sale & Flea Market | 9 am – 5 pm, Saturday, September 10 | 722 E. Burleigh St Milwaukee WI 53212

Comedian Coca Brown | Saturday, September 10 |  The Northern Lights Theater- Milwaukee

King Solomon’s Reggae Reunion show at TosaFest | 8:30 pm, Saturday, September 10 |7617 W State Street, Wauwatosa

Milwaukee Night Market | 5-10 pm, Wednesday, September 21, 2022 | 275 W. Wisconsin Ave. 

YOGA by a Black man for Black men | 6-7 pm, various dates in August through November | Everyday Studio MKE, 2625 S. Greeley St., Unit 335


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The ROM Is Bringing Back Its Boozy Night Parties With Korean Tea Tastings & Spooky Events

The ROM Is Bringing Back Its Boozy Night Parties With Korean Tea Tastings & Spooky Events

You don’t have to be Ben Stiller in order to spend a night at the museum. The Royal Ontario Museum is bringing back its evening parties, and you can sip boozy drinks and enjoy themed food.

ROM After Dark is a monthly, adults-only event that celebrates different cultures and holidays. The social is re-launching on September 16 with a K-pop themed evening.

RAD: K-Culture will feature the band P1Harmony as well as Korean arts such as calligraphy, music, fashion, and dance. You can get groovy with Toronto’s RPM Dance Crew, sing your heart at out Korean Karaoke, and enjoy animation shorts. Other activities include Korean tea tasting and photo ops at the Hanbok selfie station.

In October, you can enjoy a “Halloween spooktacular” at the RAD: Fantastic Beasts event, which includes admission to the enchanting wizarding exhibit. There will also be a New Year’s Eve bash in December and a romantic evening in February.

Each event offers bar drinks and food from themed pop-ups, so you’ll want to bring your appetite. You’ll also have access to some galleries, so you can explore the museum after dark.

The events are for ages 19 and older, and tickets for the first social are already available online for $30 per person.

If you’re looking for more fun things to check out at the ROM, you can take a trip to the wizarding world by visiting the Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature exhibit, which features real props from the films.

ROM After Dark

Price: $30 per person

When: Monthly starting September 16, 2022

Address: 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Experience the museum at night with the return of these boozy events.


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Inaugural Bike the Night event coming to Barrie next month

Inaugural Bike the Night event coming to Barrie next month

Guided cycling tour Sept. 17 will follow festival featuring food, music, bike tune-ups




Barrie residents and visitors are invited to the active transportation and sustainability committee’s first-ever Bike the Night event, modelled after other similar events worldwide, on Sept. 17.

This event is a free, community-guided bicycle ride.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 17

Time: 5 to 8 p.m.

Location: Meridian Place, 30 Simcoe St., Barrie

A 30-minute bike ride is scheduled to begin at dusk (around 7 p.m.). Participants are invited to dress up in costume, decorate their bikes with lights, and cycle leisurely through the streets of downtown Barrie and along the lakeshore path as part of a guided ride.

The event will include a pre-ride festival with music, food trucks, free bike tune-ups, games, giveaways, prizes, and Barrie Transit bike rack demonstrations.

This event is being planned and led by the active transportation and sustainability committee and Living Green Barrie, with support from the City of Barrie, Downtown Barrie BIA, Cycle Barrie, Barrie Transit, Barrie Public Library, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Tourism Barrie, and Firebird Community Cycle.

To learn more about active transportation in Barrie, visit

For more information about the Bike the Night event, visit the Facebook event page. To participate in this free event, please register on Eventbrite. Registering in advance is strongly encouraged so that the committee can track the number of attendees.


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Dunkirk, Fredonia host National Night Out events

Dunkirk, Fredonia host National Night Out events

Dunkirk Police Officer Ryan Thompson hands out balls to members of the community.

Not all interactions with police or first responders have to take place in times of conflict or danger. On a warm, clear Tuesday night in early August, residents of Dunkirk and Fredonia had a great opportunity to see that for themselves.

“It’s a beautiful day, the sun is shining, it seemed like a lot of people wanted to come out and have a good time,” said Fredonia Police Officer Ben Kravitz on Tuesday evening.

Dunkirk and Fredonia each hosted a National Night Out celebration, an event held by police departments and first responders across the country to promote positive engagement between local departments and their communities.

“The focal point of an event like this is to get the police involved with the community so that young kids can realize we are their friends, we’re not the bad guys. We’re here to help them if they ever need us,” Kravitz said.

Fredonia’s event, which began at 5 p.m. at Russell Joy Park, featured many amenities for a crowd that grew as the night went on.

Fredonia police officer Ben Kravitz dances with a child during the National Night Out event on Tuesday at Russell Joy Park.

“We had a lot of fun things to do here — some bounce houses for the kids, a DJ, free food — pizza, doughnuts … and then a bunch of cool cops,” Kravitz said with a smile.

The event was the second of its kind for Fredonia since its return a year ago. Fredonia Mayor Douglas Essek stressed the importance of the event.

“We look to make sure the community understands that our first responders are part of the community. They can trust and talk to them and rely on them,” he said. “I look forward to many more years of this continued success.”

Dunkirk’s event followed Fredonia’s at 6:30 p.m. at Washington Park. Tuesday marked the 29th consecutive year for the event in the city of Dunkirk since its inception.

“It is the 29th consecutive year for the city of Dunkirk hosting this event here in the city. That’s something to be proud of, because not all communities have been doing it that long consecutively,” said Dunkirk Mayor Wilfred Rosas.

Six-year-old Piper Kane gets her face painted at the National Night Out event on Tuesday in Fredonia.

Like Mayor Rosas, Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano is proud of the event and what it represents for the community his department serves.

“The partnership we have with the community that we serve is outstanding,” Ortolano said. “This is a night when our police officers, our firefighters, we can interact with the community in a 100 percent positive way. Usually when you see a police officer, it’s not something good, but this is a night where we can interact positively with everyone from our little kids to our senior citizens here tonight.”

Dunkirk’s event featured live music — including an appearance by Mayor Rosas playing the bongo drums — as well as a movie at dusk, free food and drinks, bounce houses for the kids to play in and police officers handing out balls to play with.

“This is a very important event for our community because it provides them with the opportunity to interact with our police officers, as well as our firemen, in another environment. They can interact and meet each other and get to know each other,” Rosas said. “This is a family-friendly affair here, not just for kids but we encourage parents to be here, as well, so they can all interact together. … We’re all here together. We’re one community and it’s good to see everyone enjoying themselves together.”

One highlight the two events shared was an appearance from Mo Sumbundu, a representative from Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office, who delivered an official proclamation from the State of New York signed by Hochul recognizing the efforts by local law enforcement and their engagement within their communities.

Five-year-old twins Cora English and Jacob English, along with their mother, Elizabeth English pose for a photo with Sparky in Fredonia.

“This year we have been blessed with having a representative from the governor’s office, Mo Sumbundu, here with us. I think that’s important, to know that the governor and the state level in Albany know we are hosting this event. For (Gov. Hochul) to send a representative to read a proclamation shows that they are paying attention,” said Mayor Rosas.

While the governor’s office was paying attention to the good work of the local police and first responders, so were the members of the communities in attendance.

“It’s a good community event. I think having the police department here to support the community and create a safe environment helps a lot. It’s good for children to be around,” said Elizabeth English, a mother who brought her five-year-old twins, Cora and Jacob, to Fredonia’s National Night Out event. “I think it’s important for my children to grow up respecting and feeling comfortable with the law, because you never know when they may need (the police) and I want them to feel comfortable with getting the help that they need.”

Tuesday night for Kravitz — who played a big part in organizing Fredonia’s event — was one of the best nights on the job.

“I’d much rather be doing stuff like this than out writing tickets. I’d rather see those smiles on the face, it’s nice seeing all the kids having a good time and their parents enjoying it,” said Kravitz. “I’m thankful for having a wonderful community to live in and work in. It’s definitely a blessing to work in a small community like this. It makes the job so much more enjoyable.”

Officer Emily Foy of the Dunkirk Police hands out balls to children at Dunkirk’s National Night Out event at Washington Park on Tuesday.

Essek, Rosas and Ortolano all praised the efforts of their local departments, volunteers and sponsors who helped make the event such a success in each community.

“It’s just a good night for the community to come together and think about public safety and think about what it takes to make that happen. We are very lucky that we have the community we do that stands behind us,” Ortolano said. “They support us 100 percent, and in turn we give 100 percent back to them for public safety.”

Pictured are the attendees from the Dunkirk community at the National Night Out event on Tuesday at Washington Park.

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Salisbury combines Community Resource Fair, National Night Out events to celebrate community, neighborhood partnerships

Salisbury combines Community Resource Fair, National Night Out events to celebrate community, neighborhood partnerships

SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) – Salisbury will celebrate local community agencies, neighborhoods and law enforcement partnerships at a combined Back-to-School Community Resource Fair and National Night Out event, Tuesday, Aug. 2, beginning at 6 p.m. at Bell Tower Green Park.

Each summer and winter the Community Resource Fair brings together local agencies specializing in health, addiction, education and family support in one place to help local families as students head back to school. Information on senior services is available also. As in previous years, students will receive backpacks with a selection of school supplies. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Backpacks will be provided while supplies last.

Founded in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch, National Night Out is an annual campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and builds neighborhood camaraderie. The nighttime event, typically held on the first Tuesday in August, also increases awareness of local law enforcement programs such as neighborhood watch and anti-crime initiatives.

“The Community Resource Fair and National Night Out are two of our community’s most popular, signature events of the year,” said Salisbury City Manager Jim Greene. “The timing and camaraderie of both events make sense to combine them as one, with a more efficient use of staff resources. We’re looking forward to this one-stop occasion for providing much-needed resources and safety information to Salisbury and Rowan County residents.”

This year, the Salisbury City Council meeting will be held on the same date, however, at an earlier 3 p.m. start time so Council members can join in the information sharing after the meeting. The Human Relations Council, an official city commission focused on inclusion, acceptance and appreciation, is a lead partner in this bi-annual event.

Participants attending evening activities are encouraged to post photographs on social media platforms using the hashtag #SalisburyNightOut.

For more information, please contact Anne Little, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at, or call (704) 638-5218.

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Event: Harvest Kenora Open Mic Night

Event: Harvest Kenora Open Mic Night

As the flowers are blooming and the strawberries are ripening we sure are feeling that sense of abundance while enjoying the stunning beauty in the garden!
In collaboration with the KACL Arts Hub we look forward to sharing this special space with you on Thursday July 21st at Open Mic Night!
This fundraiser will run from 7pm-9pm and entry is by donation. Come out to connect with the community, take in some local melodies, and share your gifts with us!
Performers can register in advance by contacting Laura Cotton at 807-407-7449
The Market Stand will have fresh garden produce by donation and Merch for sale!
Open Mic Night
Jul. 21st 7pm-9pm
Homerun Gardens
Entry by donation
We look forward to seeing you in Keewatin!

Contact Info

Name Laura C
Phone (807) 407-7449
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Penticton Speedway packs stands on Saturday night with return of destruction events, King of the Hill competition – Penticton News

Penticton Speedway packs stands on Saturday night with return of destruction events, King of the Hill competition - Penticton News

Casey Richardson

The Penticton Speedway had crowds pilled into the stands for their return of some smashing events on Saturday, with the Eve of Destruction and Hit-2-Pass show.

“Our night of destruction, what a great show those guys put on. I mean, we got trailers and garbage laying all over the racetrack. The fans are going nuts. It was awesome,” Speedway co-owner Trevor Seibert said.

“The kids, you could just see them up against the fence cheering the whole time screaming their little heads off. So it’s fantastic. That’s what we want. And it’s good family entertainment.”

Thanks to Penticton Kia, I got to take to the track and try out my racing chops in King of the Hill, which opens up the racetrack to give everyone a chance to race.

“That’s for people that come out to the grandstand that have always wanted to be a race car driver or just think they have a hotter car than their buddy. Come on here and put a lap in and see if you can beat him,” Seiber added.

In the 2008 Ford Escape I was equipped with, I was able to take the lead and win my first race against a Volkswagen Beetle. That changed when I faced off against a Corvette.

Seibert said the key to competing in King of the Hill is to have a positive attitude and have fun.

“We had a Corvette win tonight, we had people out there with a Chevy Chevette from the 80s, we have everything and anything under the sun….There’s a good chance you might not win because you don’t have the same car the other person has, but you can put on a great show.”

Future plans for the open races are to continue building them, hopefully growing to 35 or 40 competitors.

“Don’t be shy to be part of it and bring whatever you go. ‘Run what you brung’ we call it. Enter the thing and see how you do,” Seibert added.

The contest includes a cash prize, which the winning driver this weekend generously split with all the other drivers as a sign of sportsmanship.

Seibert said the action-packed weekend overall was the sign of a great return to racing.

“Last year, we, of course, had to deal with restrictions still. We were down to 50 people in the grandstand and it was just ridiculous, pretty hard to survive like that. A lot of business out there in the same boat, we just managed to make our way through it and kept the races going. Had to keep everybody enthused, you know, the drivers and the teams.”

The new owners also used the time to work on the track, which has been around since 1969.

“We’re trying to show ourselves to the community that we want to create new fans, we want to show the older fans that maybe haven’t been in a while there’s something new here for them to come on out to. We’re getting a lot of great compliments.

“We’re just having a lot of fun taking it over from the Aantjes family and they’ve helped us a lot, given us a lot of advice on what to do.”

Next weekend the track will be hosting the Avion RS1 Superseal Cup Featuring Avion RS1’s and Avion Sprints.

Rising stars in racing will be taking on seasoned veterans, looking to gain points and put themselves in a position to ultimately win the Avion Motorsports RS1 Challenge Cup Championship. Seibert himself will be back on the track for the event.

“We’ve got a big, deep field of very talented drivers showing up for that.”

For more information or to grab tickets, click here.