Door County is a peninsula of festivals! From the fun of the Egg Harbor New Year’s Day Parade to the discovery of the Festival of Nature, and on to the joys of the holidays, there are Door County festivals to enjoy almost every week of the year.
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.
April 8 – June 4
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>>
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. Details>>
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>>
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>>
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.
June 9-11, 2017
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.
June 10, 2017
Live music outside by Cardinal Harbor, fun kids games, Swedish pancake eating contest, goat drop contest, food and beverages available.
June 17-18, 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.
June 17, 2017
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.
June 17, 2017
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.
June 23-25, 2017
Parade, children’s activities, art demonstrations, arts & crafts, food, and fun for the whole family. Call or visit www.doorcountynorth.org for more information.
June 24, 2017
Featuring wine tasting from all eight award-winning local wineries. There will also be wine pairings, demonstrations, food and a variety of live music.
June 24, 2017
Beach party with live music, food, volleyball, and fireworks over the water. Take a yoga class or try out kayaks & SUPs at Paddlefest. Visit www.cometosisterbay.com for more information.
July 1, 2017
6 pm. Big Mouth will heat up the stage. 8:45 pm. A lighted Dinghy/Boat parade will take over our harbor. 10pm. Fireworks will be on display. Food and beer will be available for purchase all evening long. Come join us for a great, all-ages night of entertainment, good company and incredible fireworks!
July 2, 3, 4, 2017
Baileys Harbor turns out for the 4th with Egg Harbor’s biggest parade, live music, brats and food vendors, fireworks, and fun for the whole family.
July 4, 2017
5pm. Food & refreshments. 6-9pm. Music by River City Six. 7pm. Boat regatta. Dusk. Fireworks over beautiful Gills Rock.
July 4, 2017
Join the 4th of July fun and festivities! Food will be available beginning at 5pm along with live music leading up to a spectacular fireworks display at dusk.
Live music, fireworks on Monday and parade on Tuesday.
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.
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.
Parade, craft fair, music, food, pie eating contest, doggie contest, cherry stomp, free waterslides, pet psychic readings and more fun for the whole family.
Aug. 2 – 6, 2017
Carnival rides, food stands, 4-H animal barns, grandstand events, kids and family tents.
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).
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.
Schopf’s Dairy View Country Store
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oct. 7-8, 2017
Carnival rides, arts and crafts vendors, silent auction, live music, scarecrow and pumpkin displays, food, refreshments and more.
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.
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.
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.
Oct. 7-8, 2017
The Door County Maritime Museum is offering a couple of its most popular tours Columbus Day weekend.
Oct. 13 – 15, 20167
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Featuring fun family crafts, soup and chili, and a meet-and-greet with Santa and his sled dogs.
Join us for a great community event including a Christmas parade, arts & crafts and a tree lighting ceremony!
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.
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!
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!
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.