Welcome to August. The county is alive and bursting with music and festivals. From the Door County Fair, which begins Aug. 2, to local bands playing at all the best spots, there is almost too much to do it all.
Friday, August 4
The tradition has lived on, once again. Six Door County’s best-known musicians have gotten together for this Bob Dylan tribute concert series for many years. Friday will be the last day of the three-day festival at Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor. Stop by starting at 5:30 to set up your picnic spread and enjoy the music, starting at 7 pm.
Door County’s own folk duo came together over the murder ballads of Old Crow Medicine Show and Gillian Welch. Enjoy their old-timey guitar and banjo paired with spotless vocal harmonies at Al Johnson’s outdoor beer garden in Sister Bay. Show runs 6 – 9 pm.
The sixth annual fiddle fest features legendary Celtic Fiddler Liz Carroll and Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Victor Skrede. Björklunden is nestled into the woods on the shores of Lake Michigan just south of downtown Baileys Harbor. Seating is limited so call in advance for reservations. Show begins at 7 pm with a reception afterward.
Saturday, August 5
Washington Island comes alive for this island-wide event. With open houses at the Stavkirke and the Scandinavian Kaffe and Scandinavian brunch at Bethel church to complement the dancing, it’s sure to be a great day on the Island.
Kewaunee County gets serious about their kolaches. Starting Saturday and running through Sunday, you can enjoy Czech food and traditions for two full days. Call for more information.
“Pickin,’ lickin,’ flickin,’ and stickin.'” This six-piece Bohemian folk group has great energy and plays to crowds like it was nothin.’ Stop by Baileys Harbor’s own Door County Brewing Company for great beer and great music. Show is 7 pm – 9 pm. No cover.
Sunday, August 6
Sunday is the last day of the Door County Fair, but they’ve saved the best for last. Or the loudest, at least. Starting at 1:30 pm at the Sturgeon Bay fairgrounds, the O’Reilly Auto Parts Demolition Derby will turn the Budweiser Grandstand into a raucous arena of twisted metal.
Vintage blues from Sheboygan will complement the Baileys Harbor town farmer’s market this week. Water Street Hotshots is a household name in Door County, with the five-piece band playing acoustic sets of blues and roots music. Show starts at 11 am at Kendall Park and runs until 1 pm.
Sturgeon Bay kicks off a week of festivities honoring U.S. Coast Guard service members this weekend, offering food and live music to the public. The first big show is Sunday, with Copper Box and Last Man Standing playing at Martin Park complemented by BBQ, a raffle, and a silent auction. If you wake up hungry, you can head over to the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department for an $8 all-you-can-eat breakfast, 7 am – 11 am, before the show starts at 11:30 am. Park activities run until 5:30 pm.