Baileys Harbor Hosts Blessing of the Fleet Festival, May 21-22

Baileys Harbor is celebrating its maritime heritage with a weekend of historic programs, maritime tours, and culinary specialties at the very first Blessing of the Fleet Festival, May 21 – 22.

The maritime industry has thrived on Lake Michigan since the mid-1800s, and was central in the growth of Baileys Harbor, a lakeside town located halfway between Sturgeon Bay and the infamous Death’s Door. The harbor offers crystal clear waters, world class salmon and trout fishing, and some of the best winds for kite and windsurfing on Lake Michigan.

The Blessing of the Fleet Festival includes the Door County Scottie Rally’s Parade of Scots, a traditional Blessing Ceremony over CB Radio to all vessels, regardless of denomination, vessel type, or homeport.

After the blessing, the town hosts live music by the Tommy Bentz Band, arts and crafts, food and drinks, and programs celebrating a rich maritime tradition. The local sport and commercial fishing boats will be docked at the Town Marina so festivalgoers can meet local captains to ask questions and hear firsthand stories.

Browse the rare model ship silent auction from Door County Maritime Museum on the Midway. The Ridges Sanctuary will celebrate the grand re-opening of the Baileys Harbor Range Lights featuring guided tours. The Fire Department will conduct fire boat cold water rescue demonstrations just offshore. For more information about the festival visit or call 920.839.2366.


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