2021 Dates and Times


Saturday, June 5   10:00 - 5:00

Sunday,   June 6   10:00 - 4:00

New for 2021 ...

Also new this year is a collaboration with the Racine Heritage Museum, highlighting Racine’s heritage of innovation with two locally designed and engineered cars. The 1927 Nash “Golfer’s Coupe”, a 67Hp, 6-cylinder, wood-framed coupe, was marketed as a luxury option with upscale interior appointments and a door that opened into the boot where golf clubs could be stowed and retrieved. The 1927 Case Model Y Touring Car will also be on display. Case continued its auto line under the Case brand until 1927. These cars will exemplify Racine’s creativity and innovation and will be the ideal complement to the inventive art being offered at the fair.

2021 Artist Amenities:
Free parking for artists in two parking lots close to the zoo and along city streets

Onsite bathrooms

Onsite “People” Food

Onsite Animal Exhibits
Hospitality Area, light morning and afternoon refreshments
Artists Reception (Saturday June 6th) Presentation of cash awards
Overnight Security
Booth Sitters, areas to relax and enjoy Lake Michigan



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Aerial view of the Racine Zoo on Lake Michigan

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The Racine Arts Council will continue to present one of Wisconsin's oldest and most respected juried fine art fairs, presenting over 60 artists from around the country exhibiting works in a variety of media. The Ballyhoo at the Zoo Fine Art Fair (formerly the Monument Square Art Festival MSAF­), will be held June 5-6, 2021.  Deadline for artists entry is May 1, 2021.


To accommodate new social distancing requirements, but without sacrificing patron attendance or the unique ambiance of the event, we decided to change the location of the event. This year, B@ZFAF will take place at Racine’s premier Main St. location, the Racine Zoo on beautiful Lake Michigan. Not only does the new location give us the additional space we need to present a safer event, it connects the art fair to one of Racine’s most popular and well-visited attractions.


The Racine Zoo offers large grassy areas for booth space with a lovely view of Lake Michigan and wide walkways that allow socially-distanced setup for artists and visiting patrons. The Racine Zoo has a reputation for hosting many prominent events; Bloody Mary Fest, Halloween Glow Drive-Through, Classic Car Shows and other wine and food events. Expanded publicity and marketing for B@ZFAF will be a collaborative effort between Real Racine, the Racine Zoo, The Racine Arts Council and the Racine Heritage Museum. We expect the 2021 B@ZFAF to be one of our most well attended arts festivals in recent history.

About Racine: Conveniently located between Chicago and Milwaukee, the Racine Zoo is just north of historic Downtown Racine along the shores of Lake Michigan and North Beach.  Close by are shops, restaurants, art studios, breathtaking architectural works by Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Racine Art Museum (RAM), which holds the largest and most significant contemporary craft collection in North America.

Ballyhoo at the Zoo, is hosted by Racine Arts Council, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The RAC's mission is to encourage, support and advocate on behalf of emerging and established artists, artistic groups in our community, and young people interested in the arts.


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