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Category: 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.

RESCHEDULED – Door County Festival of Nature

May 22-24 2020 – RESCHEDULED to September 3-6

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>>

CANCELLED – Jacksonport Maifest

May 23-24 2020

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.

CANCELLED – Blessing of the Fleet Festival

June 6 2020

Celebrate the Blessing of the Fleet 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 12-14 2020

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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RESCHEDULED [date TBD] – Roofing of the Goats & Goat Fest

June 13, 2020
Live music outside by Cardinal Harbor, fun kids games, Swedish pancake eating contest, goat drop contest, food and beverages available.

Photo by Justin Anderson.

CANCELLED- Fyr Bal Festival

June 20, 2020
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 20, 2020

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.

CANCELLED – Uncork Summer

June 27, 2020

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 27, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020 

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

Algoma Shanty Days Celebration of the Lake

August 2020

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

Labor Day Weekend
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).

Egg Harbor Ale Fest

September 2020
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 2020
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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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. 2020, 2019
The Door County Maritime Museum is offering a couple of its most popular tours Columbus Day weekend.

Sister Bay Fall Festival

October 2020, 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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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

Harbor Holiday in Baileys Harbor

December 2020

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 FM 106.9 The Lodge Cherry Drop.

Egg Harbor New Year’s Day Celebration

Jan. 1, 2021
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

2021

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

2021

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

2021

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 2021

The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay presents the 27th Annual Shipyard Tour on Saturday, May 2, 2020. For one day each year, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and CenterPointe Yacht Services open their doors to the public for tours of the shipbuilding industry.

  • St. Patrick’s Day Festivities 2020

    It’s time for some spring fun, right? Wear your best green finery when you check out these festivities in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.  March 14 Sturgeon Bay CANCELLED: 11 am: The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin in Sawyer Park. Participation is free. 12 pm: The Door County Folk Alliance will present LibraryLIVE, […]

  • Saturday in Sturgeon Bay: Fire & Ice

    Visit downtown Sturgeon Bay to watch snow and ice carvers turn blocks of snow and ice into works of art beginning at 9 am on Feb. 15! This citywide snow- and ice-carving competition welcomes novice, intermediate, advanced and professional winter artists from all over the Midwest. Carvers will create their masterpieces in front of Sturgeon […]

  • Ellison Bay Groundhog Day Parade on Feb. 2

    The ninth annual Ellison Bay Groundhog Day Parade will roll again on Feb. 2, 2 pm. To participate, just show up at the Nicolet Bank and Ellison Bay Post Office parking areas at 1:15 pm, and parade organizers will help you line up. The theme for the 2020 parade is football and the Super Bowl, […]

  • Winterfest Weekend Is Here

    The 33rd annual Fish Creek Winterfest is happening this weekend, Feb. 1-2, on the shore of Green Bay in Fish Creek. It’s a chance to get outside, get goofy and enjoy some great food, family fun and fireworks! Then keep the good times rolling with the Fruit Loop Run on Sunday morning. SCHEDULE Saturday, Feb. […]

  • Fish Creek’s Winterfest Offers Plenty of Fun

    Celebrate winter in Fish Creek during Winterfest, Feb. 1-2. It has all the great things people love about festivals: live music, food, beverages, fun, fireworks and more. This long-standing festival tradition also offers some quirky activities that make it a can’t-miss winter event on the peninsula. The first day’s festivities feature trolley rides, game booths, […]

  • 2020 Door County Short Film Fest

    The 11th annual Door County Short Film Fest will take place Feb. 14-15 in the Sister Bay Village Hall, and for the first time, a limited number of advance tickets will be available at doorcountytickets.com. Submitted short films from around the world will be screened Feb. 14, 7-8:30 pm; doors will open at 6:30 pm. […]

  • Ice Carvers Needed for 2020 Fire and Ice Fest

    Express your creativity in a unique medium – ice! Challenge yourself during Destination Sturgeon Bay’s Fire and Ice event on Feb. 15 and carve an ice sculpture. Destination Sturgeon Bay is seeking beginner, intermediate and advanced ice carvers for the 2020 ice carving competition, 9 am – 2 pm. Individuals and teams of all ages and skill […]

  • Beer Fest Tickets On Sale Now

    Get your pass to Door County’s largest beer event of the year. Tickets for the June 20, 2020 Door County Beer Festival are on sale now.  Sample from more than 150 beers, meet the brewers of many of the best breweries in the state, enjoy live music and great street food on the grounds all […]

  • 2020 Door County Runs and Rides

    We’ve made your planning easy with this guide to getting active with 2020 Door County runs and rides to check out. If you want plan to take on many runs, consider signing up for the Run the Door race series. Door County has become a hotbed for silent sports competition and experiences. Whether you want […]

  • New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Events

    Ring in 2020 with celebratory events throughout Door County! With live music, polar bear plunges, nature hikes and more, there are many and various ways to welcome the new year on the peninsula. Home for the Holidays 2019 Northern Sky’s Gould Theater, Fish Creek Reunite with Northern Sky favorites Eric Lewis, Katie Dahl and Rich […]

  • Jacksonport Tree Lighting Dec. 7

    The Jacksonport Advancement Corporation and the Jacksonport Women’s Club invite one and all to the annual Christmas-tree lighting Dec. 7, 5:45 pm, at Lakeside Park in Jacksonport. After singing carols around the tree, head to the Jacksonport Town Hall, 3365 Cty V, for a Christmas party featuring food, fun and friends at 6 pm. Admission […]

  • Rotary Club’s Holiday Fair: Dec. 7 during Harbor Holiday

    The Rotary Club of Door County North will kick off the season with its annual holiday fair Dec. 7, 10 am – 2 pm, at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. This year the event will be bigger than ever, with more than 20 vendors; Bearded Heart Coffee will be selling coffee and pastries; and Lampert […]

  • Baileys Harbor’s Harbor Holiday on Dec. 7

    Join the Baileys Harbor Community Association on Dec. 7 for Harbor Holiday. Stroll through downtown before the parade to check out all the trees that local businesses and families have decorated. Then walk along the Highway 57 parade route, following Santa on a fire truck, and visit him at the town hall. The Baileys Harbor […]

  • DCMM’s Merry-Time Festival of Trees

    Create a new holiday tradition! Visit the eighth annual Merry-Time Festival of Trees at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, where decorated trees and wreaths donated by businesses and individuals will grace the museum’s galleries. Visitors can also purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win one of the beautifully decorated trees. Kids […]

  • Noble Square Tree Lighting Dec. 7

    Head to Noble Square in Fish Creek on Dec. 7, 5 pm, to watch the snowflakes fall from the sky (maybe), sing carols by candlelight and ring in the spirit of the holiday season with “O Tannenbaum” when the Gibraltar Historical Association continues its tradition of inviting the community to its tree-lighting celebration. Once again, […]

  • Old-Fashioned Christmas at Eagle Harbor Inn Nov. 30

    Eagle Harbor Inn, 9914 Water St. in Ephraim, welcomes all families, friends and neighbors to start off the holiday season at its old-fashioned Christmas gathering on Nov. 30, 1-4 pm. Warm up with hot cocoa that pairs perfectly with a smorgasbord of holiday treats and goodies; craft a mistletoe garland; and write a letter to […]

  • 2019 Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade Benefits Door County Secret Santa

    The annual Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day parade and benefit on Nov. 28 will start at the Jacksonport Fire Station at 10:30 am. Now in its 23rd year, this fun-loving, eclectic parade continues its mission of neighbors helping neighbors through support for the Door County Secret Santa Project and Feed My People, Clothe My People.  The Secret […]

  • Kick Ash to the Holidays Nov. 30

    Kick off the holidays in Ellison Bay with Kick Ash to the Holidays! On Nov. 30, 9 am – 4 pm, shop Kick Ash Coffee’s collection of locally crafted items; celebrate 20 years with the Liberty Grove Historical Society (LGHS) by purchasing commemorative apparel or ordering a brick; and make your holiday tree selection at […]

  • 2019 Holiday Festivals and Tree Lightings

    The merry-making season is here! Starting the weekend before Thanksgiving and extending into mid-December, you’ll find lots of holiday happenings throughout the county. Whether you’d like to sing carols with hot cocoa, take a horse-drawn carriage ride or spot the jolly man in the red suit, Door County has ample opportunities for all ages to […]

  • Cherry Will Drop New Year’s Eve in Sister Bay

    The third annual FM 106.9 the Lodge Cherry Drop will return to Sister Bay during an evening of celebration to greet the new year. Think of the ball drop in New York’s Times Square, but then imagine a roughly 300-pound cherry with red lights, a stem and leaves that’s hoisted more than 150 feet above […]