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Door County Festivals

Door County festivals offer great opportunities to sample food from the area’s amazing restaurants, find beautiful arts and crafts, pick up fine artwork from more than 100 galleries, or just enjoy a day strolling with friends in the sun.

Ellison Bay Days

June 24-25, 2017
Hang out around the Ellison Bay Community Park for the 51st Annual Ellison Bay Days this weekend. Festivities include a grand parade Saturday at 11 am, along with a fine art and craft fair, face painting, children’s games, food and raffles. A “Spirit Walk” will guide visitors through the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery from 1:30-3 pm. On Sunday enjoy a pancake breakfast from 8-11 am and the Bestminster Dog Show at 11:30 am. Music at Ellison Bay Days will be provided by Copper Box, The Bittorfs, Julian Hagen and the Cowboy Church Band. Special guests are Mad Dog and Merrill. A free shuttle bus will transport visitors from the Liberty Grove Historical Society and Shepherd of the Bay Church to the festivities. For more information visit doorcountynorth.org.

Uncork Summer

Saturday, June 24, 10 am – 4 pm
Celebrate the county’s great selection of food, wine, beer, cider and music at the fourth annual Uncork Summer, taking place at the Wickman House in Ellison Bay. The festival will host a food talk with Kyle Cherek, host of Wisconsin Foodie. Get “a taste of Door County” from one of the many food and drink vendors and enjoy music from Erin Krebs and local musicians Katie Lott and George Sawyn.

A free shuttle bus will transport visitors from the Liberty Grove Historical Society and Shepherd of the Bay Church to the festivities. For more information visit uncorksummer.com.

The Door County Wine Fest returns to Egg Harbor on June 24, 2017. Photo by Len Villano.

Door County Wine Fest

Saturday, June 24, 1 – 5 pm

Back in Egg Harbor for the second year is the Door County Wine Fest, celebrating “Made in Door County” wine products. Enjoy an afternoon sampling world-class wines from eight Door County wineries and celebrate the wine-making expertise of the members of the Door County Wine Trail. Live music and sumptuous food round out this event. Shuttle service to and from Door County Wine Fest is available from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm.

For more information visit doorcountywinefest.com.

Sister Bay Sports Day & Paddle Fest

Saturday, June 24, 8:30 am – dusk
Sister Bay’s Sports Day heralds the beginning of summer and provides everyone an opportunity to get outside and enjoy activities on and around the water. Yoga on the Pier, Paddlefest, Disc Golf Tournament, and pick-up volleyball provide a great way for the whole family to unplug and play in Sister Bay. The day begins with yoga practice on the Sister Bay swimming pier at 8:30 am. Bay Shore Outfitters’ annual Paddlefest event at the Sister Bay Beach is from 9 am – 1 pm. Everyone from old pros to curious beginners has a chance to check out the latest kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Come out for SUP Yoga in the morning, kayak demonstrations, and paddleboard lessons. Discover Sister Bay’s new disc golf course by participating in Door Disc Golf Club’s tournament. Registration will be throughout the day at Waterfront Park. The tournament is family friendly and has a flexible start with playtime from 9 am – 4 pm. For even more fun, kick off your shoes and hit the court with free volleyball at Waterfront Park all day. For more information visit cometosisterbay.com.

Door County Renaissance Faire

Saturday, June 24 – Sunday, June 25
Saturday, July 1-Sunday, July 2
Step back into Olde Worlde Europe for the opening weekend of the Door County Renaissance Faire. Shop, eat and revel with a cast of colorfully costumed, exotic and intriguing characters in a re-creation of an early 16th century European country market faire. Feast on hearty food and drink, and let street performances, jousts and musicians entertain you. Demonstrations throughout the day will have artists explain their crafts. The festival takes place on Monument Point Road in Carlsville.

For more information visit dcrenfair.com.

The Door County Renaissance Faire transforms the forests of Carlsville into a lively display of 16th century Europe during two weekends. Photo by Len Villano.

Egg Harbor 4th of July Parade and Celebration

All activities take place in Harbor View Park, 7809 Hwy. 42

Monday, July 3

4 – 10 pm: Food and refreshments

5 – 9:30 pm: Modern Day Drifters perform

Dusk: Fireworks

Tuesday, July 4

1:30 pm: Independence Day Parade on Hwy. 42, runs south from north end of Church Street to County T

After parade: UW Marching Band performs 5th Quarter

Baileys Harbor 4th of July Celebration

Monday, July 3

9am – 5 pm: Arts & Crafts Fair at town hall

Tuesday, July 4

7:30 am – 10 am: Baileys Harbor Fire Department Pancake Breakfast at fire station

8:30 am – 4:30 pm: Door County Trolley Rides pre-parade and post-parade to Baileys Harbor Rec Park, 2623 Summit Rd.

9 am: Baileys Harbor Women’s Club Strawberry Fest in town hall

9 am – 5 pm: Arts & Crafts Fair at town hall

9 am – 2 pm: Horse/pony rides by Thumbs Up Riders at Brann Field behind Lakeshore Adventures

10am: Parade through downtown (starts at The Ridges and heads south)

10 am – 5 pm: Food court and beer stand at town hall

11 am – 3 pm: Live music at town hall

Dusk: Fireworks

Fish Creek Summerfest Concert and Fireworks

All events take place in Clark Park

Saturday, July 1

8 am: Hairpin 5K Run/Walk (more information at hairpinrun.com)

4 pm: Concessions, beer stand and corn roast

4 pm: Raffles

6 – 10 pm: Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns perform

8:45 pm: Dinghy Parade

10 pm: Fireworks

Celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, food, drinks and parades. Photo by Len Villano.

Gills Rock Celebrates the 4th

Tuesday, July 4

5 pm: Food and refreshments

6 – 9 pm: Music

7 pm: Boat Regatta

Dusk: Fireworks

Sturgeon Bay 4th of July Celebration

All events take place in Sunset Park

Tuesday, July 4

5 pm: Food, refreshments, and ice cream social

6 pm: Unity the Band performs

Dusk: Fireworks

Maplewood Fireworks

Best viewed from Baumann Ball Park, adjacent to Forestville Town Hall, 7705 County H

Monday, July 3

Rain date: Tuesday, July 4

Dusk: Fireworks

Washington Island Independence Day Celebration

Saturday, July 1

All day: American Legion Post 402 Fish Boil

11 am – 3 pm: Friends of Rock Island Annual Cookout

Tuesday, July 4

7 – 10 am: Fire Department Pancake Breakfast at firehouse

Dusk: Fireworks

Belgian Days

Brussels
July 8-9, 2017
Excitement and fun for all ages. Big Dogs baseball tournament, coed volleyball tournament, Cooyah Card tournament, live music, parade, food & beverages, and 1, 2, and 4 mile walk/run. $2 raffle ticket to enter grounds. All profits go to charitable causes.

Door County Plein Air Festival

July 23 – 29, Countywide

Free events throughout the week at various Door County locations provide attendees the opportunity to meet featured artists at their easels; this includes the Featured Artists’ Quick Paint on Saturday July 29, followed by a live auction at noon of the festival artists’ freshly created work. Among ticketed events are the Collector’s Preview and Gala Auction, which offer the first rights of purchase of paintings on July 29.

Carlsville Day

July 29

Parade, craft fair, music, food, pie eating contest, doggie contest, cherry stomp, free waterslides, pet psychic readings and more fun for the whole family.

Door County Fair

Sturgeon Bay
Aug. 2 – 6, 2017
Carnival rides, food stands, 4-H animal barns, grandstand events, kids and family tents.

Sister Bay Marina Fest

Sept. 2 – 3, 2017
Live entertainment and music at the Sister Bay stage next to the beach, food & drinks, wooden boat show, kid’s carnival, water ski show by Waterboard Warriors (Sunday), and fireworks over the bay (Saturday).

A rather unique boat at Sister Bay Marina Fest in 2013. Photo by Len Villano.

A rather unique boat at Sister Bay Marina Fest in 2013. Photo by Len Villano.

Ephraim Vintage Festival Hill Climb and Concours’ D’elegance

This challenging course winds its way through the picturesque village streets and traverses the steep Niagara Escarpment on Saturday. Sunday will find the vehicles lined up along the beautiful Eagle Harbor for judging and viewing by the public.

Corn Fest  

Schopf’s Dairy View Country Store
Sept.  2017
Bring the family to check out a 20-acre Corn Maze, children’s games, bakery items, food, raffle, silent auction, plus corn and pie eating contests. Proceeds benefit Sunshine House.

Sturgeon Bay Harvest Fest

Sept. 16, 2017
Usher in the spirit of autumn with a bountiful day on Third Avenue. Features include a classic car show, craft show, food booths, in-store specials, children’s activities, and live entertainment. Preview unique street art and attend the live auction at 5:30pm.

Egg Harbor Ale Fest

Sept. 16, 2017
A beer lover’s escape in Egg Harbor! Enjoy unlimited sampling of more than 40 brewers and 120 different craft beers, live music, with free trolley shuttle service.

Baileys Harbor Autumnfest

Sept. 23, 2017
Baileys Harbor celebrates the fall with live music, food and drinks, arts and crafts, a Classic Auto and Motorcycle Show, plus the Hey Hey 5k Run at Door County Brewing Co. on Saturday morning. Check out the farm market on Sunday from 9am-1pm.

Jesse Kelstrom from Meadow Lane Farms shows off the pumkins grown on his farm at the Baileys Harbor Harvest Fest. Photo by Len Villano.

Jesse Kelstrom from Meadow Lane Farms shows off the pumpkins grown on his farm at the Baileys Harbor Harvest Fest. Photo by Len Villano.

Fall Harvest Fest

Sept. 23, 2017
Orchard Country Winery and Market, Fish Creek
A great combo with Inside Outside Sales! Enjoy complimentary wine and specialty food tasting, pick-your-own apples, free guided tours, wagon rides,live music, kid’s activities, and more! The fun also includes: Apple Donut Eating Contest and Apple Pie Eating Contest. Free admission.

Egg Harbor Pumpkin Patch Festival

Oct. 7-8, 2017
Carnival rides, arts and crafts vendors, silent auction, live music, scarecrow and pumpkin displays, food, refreshments and more.

Modern Day Drifters. are a fan favorite at Pumpkin Patch festival each October in Egg Harbor. Photo by Len Villano.

Modern Day Drifters. are a fan favorite at Pumpkin Patch festival each October in Egg Harbor. Photo by Len Villano.

Fall Fun Fest and Cider Pressing Party  

Oct. 7, 2017
Washington Island Farm Museum
Bring your own apples or buy a bucket to press into a gallon of cider. Live entertainment, wagon rides, dip your own caramel apples on the spot, brats, chili, hot and cold fresh pressed cider. Kids old fashioned games on Saturday at 1pm.

Townline Art Fair

Oct. 7, 2017
Fine Line Designs Gallery, Ephraim
Enjoy the display and sale of visual arts and fine crafts featuring over 80 professional juried artists from across the Midwest.

Apple Festival

Oct. 7, 2017
Seaquist Orchards, Sister Bay
Apple launching, pumpkin painting, indoor and outdoor mazes, make your own caramel apples, live band, brats, soup and fun at the home of Door County’s largest orchards.

Door County Lighthouse Tours

Oct. 7-8, 2017
County-wide
The Door County Maritime Museum is offering a couple of its most popular tours Columbus Day weekend.

Sister Bay Fall Festival

Oct. 13 – 15, 2017
Sister Bay’s annual end-of-season bash features live music all over the village, a huge arts and crafts fair, games and activities for kids, amazing street food and beverages, and new this year – a 50/50 raffle!

Thousands fill the streets at Sister Bay's Fall Festival celebration in October. Photo by Len Villano.

Thousands fill the streets at Sister Bay’s Fall Festival celebration in October. Photo by Len Villano.

Jack O’Lantern Days

Oct. 27 – 29, 2017

Both visitors and locals look forward to Fish Creek’s annual Jack O’Lantern Days every year. Enjoy family mask-making, live owls, a costume contest and parade, and trick-or-treating.

Sturgeon Bay Christmas by the Bay

Join Sturgeon Bay as they usher in the holiday season during the annual Christmas by the Bay Celebration! This holiday celebration includes a tree lighting ceremony on historic Third Avenue, horse drawn wagon rides, a festive holiday parade and breakfast with Santa.

Sister Bay Capture the Spirit Festival

Warm up your holiday spirit, tune up your caroling voice, bundle up the kids and join the festivities at the Sister Bay Capture the Spirit event! The downtown will glow with luminaries as you and your family enjoy the Village Christmas tree lighting, storytelling and crafts with Santa, holiday cookie decorating and a holiday arts and crafts show.

Egg Harbor Holly Days

An exciting old-fashioned winter weekend including Breakfast with Santa (8:30-10:30am Friday), an elf hunt for children, Mistle Dough shopping contest, tree lighting & caroling (4:30-5:30pm Saturday), horse-drawn wagon rides, and more. Visit www.eggharbordoorcounty.org for more information.

Ephraim Christmas in the Village

Featuring fun family crafts, soup and chili, and a meet-and-greet with Santa and his sled dogs.

Horsedrawn carriage rides are part of the festivities in Ephraim on Saturday, Dec. 3. Photo by Len Villano.

Horsedrawn carriage rides are part of the festivities in Ephraim on Saturday, Dec. 3. Photo by Len Villano.

Harbor Holiday in Baileys Harbor

Join us for a great community event including a Christmas parade, arts & crafts and a tree lighting ceremony!

Egg Harbor New Year’s Day Celebration

Jan. 1, 2018
Enjoy the fantastically goofy New Year’s Day Parade down Main Street and warm up with a beverage and great food to kick off the new year.

Winter Rally on the ‘Roo

Fish Creek Winter Festival

In its 30th year, Fish Creek Winter Festival continues to entertain locals and visitors the first weekend in February. Enjoy family-friendly games, music, food and a festive atmosphere under the large heated tent overlooking the frozen waters of Green Bay. Partake in the Kickball tournament on the harbor, the chili cook-off, minnow racing, a bike toss, candlelight skiing, a Stumpf Fiddle Contest, Fruit Loop fun run and more!

Celebrating Winter on Washington Island

Take part in a week long celebration of ice and snow with food, fun, adventure and entertainment at the biggest of the winter Door County festivals. Sample chili entries for $5 at the annual Chili Cook Off, enter a photo contest, or register with the Lions Club to participate in the Fishing Derby and more! Don’t forget the local food specials, bake sales, live music, Island Players performances, and a “surprize” event!

Sturgeon Bay Fire & Ice Festival

Stroll around town or climb aboard the Door County Trolley for a complimentary tour of the community.  Witness novice, intermediate, advanced and professional carvers transform blocks of snow and ice into works of art.  On Saturday evening, join us for the annual Fire & Ice Dinner, Dance and Auction at Stone Harbor Resort with live music.

Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tours

Sturgeon Bay

Your one chance every year to tour Bay Shipbuilding and CenterPointe Yacht Services with guided and semi-guided walking tours. See the massive lakers up close in one of the most active shipyards on the Great Lakes.

Blessing of the Fleet Festival

May 20 – 21, 2017

Celebrate the Blessing of the Fleet on two days packed with activities in Baileys Harbor. Tour the Baileys Harbor Range Lights, enjoy an arts and crafts fair, stock up at the farmer’s market, and enjoy the annual Scottie Dog Rally through town.

The blessing of the fleet ceremony takes place at the marina at noon, followed by music and food throughout the afternoon! Learn about the fisheries with presentations from longtime fishermen Dennis Hickey and Charlie Henriksen, plus author Trygvie Jensen. Details>>

Season of Blossoms

Countywide
Spring, 2018

A celebration of spring in Door County. As the peninsula’s natural splendor comes to life, so do local lodging establishments, galleries, and restaurants with special packages to welcome you back to the Door. Special events include self-guided tours, community celebrations with arts and crafts, food and music. Get a guide to spring blossoms here>>

Door County Festival of Nature

Countywide
May 25 – 28

Learn about the flora and fauna of the Door with several days of tours, paddles, hikes, lectures, and educational sessions from local and regional experts. Visit some of the peninsula’s most revered landscapes. More info>>

Jacksonport Maifest

May 27-28, 2017

The first of the summer Door County festivals includes a parade Saturday morning with Flag Ceremony honoring our servicemen and women to follow, plus children’s activities, live music, horsepull, 10K and 2 mile fun run, a variety of food and beverages, and of course, the Art Fair.

Roping with Chewy at the Jacksonport Maifest.

Roping with Chewy at the Jacksonport Maifest.

Door County Lighthouse Festival

June 2018
Boat excursions and guided land-based tours to all 11 historic Door County lighthouses giving visitors access to lighthouses that aren’t typically open to the public, including Chambers Island, Plum Island and Sherwood Point lighthouses.

Goat Fest

June 2018
Live music outside by Cardinal Harbor, fun kids games, Swedish pancake eating contest, goat drop contest, food and beverages available.

Fyr Bal Festival

June 17, 2017
Artists, food, musical entertainment and family activities along the picturesque shoreline of Eagle Harbor welcome the arrival of summer. Hop on the trolley or stroll through the village and visit Ephraim’s iconic landmarks, shops, galleries and restaurants. Visit ephraim-doorcounty.com for more information.

Door County Beer Festival

June 2018
A celebration of craft beer, culinary artisans, and live music on the shores of Baileys Harbor. Meet Wisconsin’s leading brewers, Door County’s top chefs, and expand your ale horizons. Sample from more than 150 beers from dozens of Door County, Wisconsin, Michigan and Midwest breweries, enjoy food from some of the best restaurants on the peninsula, and enjoy live music. Cyclists can join the fun in the morning at the 28th annual Peninsula Century Spring Classic ride that takes place in conjunction with the festival.

Jefferson Street Celebration of Summer

June 2018
Shop, learn about and experience the district of boutiques inside beautifully restored historic buildings and homes. Variety of activities and live music to enhance your strolling and shopping experience.

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