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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.

Egg Harbor Ale Fest

September 14, 2019
Egg Harbor

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.

Sturgeon Bay Harvest Fest

September 21, 2019
Sturgeon Bay

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.

Fall Harvest Fest

September 21, Fish Creek
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.

Bailey’s Harbor AutumnFest

September 28, Baileys Harbor
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.

AutumnFest’s car show. Photo courtesy of the Baileys Harbor Community Association.

Egg Harbor Pumpkin Patch Festival

October 12-13, Egg Harbor
Egg Harbor celebrates fall with one of the year’s largest festivals. Fall food favorites, carnival rides, arts and crafts vendors, silent auction, live music, scarecrow and pumpkin displays, food, refreshments and more.

Fall Fun Fest and Cider Pressing Party  

October 12-13, Washington Island
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. Hosted by the Washington Island Farm Museum.

Townline Art Fair

October 11-12, Ephraim
Enjoy the display and sale of visual arts and fine crafts featuring over 80 professional juried artists from across the Midwest at Fine Line Designs Gallery in Ephraim.

Seaquist Orchards Apple Festival

October 5, 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.

Autumn Lighthouse Festival

Oct. 12-13, 2019
The Door County Maritime Museum is offering a couple of its most popular tours Columbus Day weekend.

Sister Bay Fall Festival

October 18-20, Sister Bay
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.

2016 Sister Bay Fall Festival. Photo by Len Villano.

Jack O’Lantern Days

October 25-27, 2019

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.

Thrills on Third

October 26, 2019

Watch out for the spooky characters you may come across at the 6th annual Thrills on Third event happening throughout historic Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay on Oct. 28. Enjoy family-friendly activities like pumpkin painting, slime making, the Boys & Girls Club haunted house, and the famous costume parade.

Sturgeon Bay Christmas by the Bay

November 22-24, 2019

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

November 29-30, 2019

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

November 29-30, 2019

An exciting old-fashioned winter weekend including Breakfast with Santa, an elf hunt for children, Mistle Dough shopping contest, tree lighting & caroling, horse-drawn wagon rides, and more.

Ephraim Christmas in the Village

December 7, 2019

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

Harbor Holiday in Baileys Harbor

December 7, 2019

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

Sister Bay New Year’s Eve Celebration

Dec. 31, 2019

Ring in the New Year with Door County’s only fireworks show, an evening skate at the ice rink, and the Cherry Drop.

Egg Harbor New Year’s Day Celebration

Jan. 1, 2020
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.

Fish Creek Winter Festival

2020

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

2020

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

2020

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

May 4, 2019
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.

Door County Festival of Nature

Countywide
May 24 – 26

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 25-26, 2019

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.

Blessing of the Fleet Festival

June 1, 2019

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.

Door County Lighthouse Festival

June 7-9, 2019
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.

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Goat Fest

June 8, 2019
Live music outside by Cardinal Harbor, fun kids games, Swedish pancake eating contest, goat drop contest, food and beverages available.

Photo by Justin Anderson.

Fyr Bal Festival

June 15, 2019
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.

Photo by Len Villano.

Door County Beer Festival

June 15, 2019

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 31st annual Peninsula Century Spring Classic ride that takes place in conjunction with the festival.

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Beer Fest. Photo by Len Villano.

Uncork Summer

June 22, 2019

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.

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Door County Wine Fest

June 22, 2019

Enjoy unlimited tasting of award-winning Door County wines from eight local wineries and live music. This year’s event will be held at Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay. For more information visit doorcountywinefest.com.

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Egg Harbor 4th of July Parade and Celebration

July 3-4, 2019

Annual parade, fireworks, food and beverages on the bay at Harbor View Park. Visit eggharbordorcounty.org for details.

The Main Street Market crew performs “death-defying” stunts at the 2017 Egg Harbor 4th of July parade. Photo by Len Villano.

Baileys Harbor 4th of July Celebration

July 4, 2019

Kick off the fourth in Baileys Harbor with the 4th of July parade, live music, great food, arts, and crafts.

The 4th of July Parade in Baileys Harbor draws thousands. Photo by Myles Dannhausen Jr.

Belgian Days

July 13-14, 2019

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 21-27, 2019

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, 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.

Carlsville Day

July 27, 2019

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

July 31 – August 4, 2019

John Miles County Park, Sturgeon Bay
Old-school, small-town fun at the fair. Carnival rides, food stands, 4-H animal barns, grandstand events, kids and family tents.

Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week

August 3 – 11, 2019
Sturgeon Bay

The City of Sturgeon Bay will once again honor its rich maritime heritage with a diverse collection of entertaining and fun-filled events.

Shanty Days Celebration of the Lake

August 9-11, Algoma

Featuring a parade, car cruise and show, 150+ arts and crafts & street fair vendors, 5k walk/run as part of the Bellin Title Town Series, food, beach volleyball tourney, fireworks, kid’s area, fishing contest, book sale and entertainment for the entire family.

Sister Bay Marina Fest

Aug. 31 – Sept. 1, 2019
Live entertainment and music at the Sister Bay stage next to the beach, food & drinks, wooden boat show, kid’s carnival, and fireworks over the bay (Saturday).

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