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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.

2022 Door County Festivals

Egg Harbor Pumpkin Patch Festival

October 8-9, 2022, 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.

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Townline Art Fair

October 8-9, 2022, Ephraim

A juried art fair exhibiting the work of more than 75 professional artists from across the Midwest at Fine Line Designs Gallery in Ephraim. Featuring glass, pottery, metal sculpture, paintings, photography, fiber art, and woodworking.

Sister Bay Fall Festival

October 14-16, 2022, 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.

Full schedule>>

2016 Sister Bay Fall Festival. Photo by Len Villano.

Jack O’Lantern Days

October 28 – 30, 2022

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 and Chills

October 29, 2022

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. 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 19, 2022

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

Photo by Len Villano.

November 25, 2022

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, his elves and his favorite reindeer, holiday cookie decorating and a holiday arts and crafts show.

Egg Harbor Holly Days

Photo by Len Villano.

November 25 – 26, 2022

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 3, 2022

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

Harbor Holiday & Tree Lighting in Baileys Harbor

December 3, 2022

Christkindlmarkt

TBD November – December 2022

Sister Bay Historical Society welcomes Advent with Door County’s first Christkindlmarkt.

The event will be held at Corner of the Past Museum, 10310 Fieldcrest Road in Sister Bay, as a re-creation of a pioneer homestead during the late 19th century. Vendors will include weavers, knitters, potters, photographers, jewelers, painters, woodworkers, glass blowers, and makers of maps, clothing, furniture, candles, leather goods, puzzles, health products and more. A wide range of Door County food vendors will also occupy the “food court” inside the property’s large Koessl Barn. 

Sister Bay New Year’s Eve Celebration

Dec. 31, 2022

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, 2023
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

Feb. 3-5, 2023

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

TBD 2023

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

TBD 2023

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, 2023

For one day each year, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and CenterPointe Yacht Services open their doors to the public for tours of the shipbuilding industry.

Door County Festival of Nature

May 27-29, 2022 (with additional programs all season long)

Join the 20th Annual Door County Festival of Nature! For two decades, The Ridges Sanctuary and community partners have engaged thousands of people to revel in the natural beauty of the Door Peninsula. New this year, celebrate at the Memorial Day Weekend Festival Event plus additional programming all summer long.

Jacksonport Maifest

May, 2023

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, 2023

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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Roofing of the Goats & Goat Fest

June, 2023
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, 2023

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, 2023

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.

Door County Wine Fest

June, 2023

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.

Egg Harbor 4th of July Parade and Celebration

July 3-4, 2023

Parade at 1:30 pm on July 4, fireworks July 3, and fun and food throughout the village all day. 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, 2023

Kick off the fourth in Baileys Harbor with the 4th of July parade, live music, great food, arts, and crafts. Parade at 10 am July 4. Fireworks at dusk.

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

Sturgeon Bay Celebrates the 4th

Sturgeon Bay Celebrates presented with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding —Join the 4th of July fun and festivities at Sunset Park! Food and drinks available beginning at 5pm along with live music by Unity leading up to a spectacular firework display at dusk! Details>>

Door County Plein Air Festival

July, 2023

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 2023

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

August, 2023

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, 2023

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

August, 2023

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, September, 2023

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).

Sturgeon Bay Harvest Fest

September, 2023, 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.

Bailey’s Harbor AutumnFest

September 24, 2022 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.

Autumn Lighthouse Festival

Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2022

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

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    Baileys Harbor Hosts Fourth of July Celebrations

    Baileys Harbor is a top spot for Fourth of July fun in Door County. Start out the day at the Baileys Harbor Fire Department’s Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 to 10 am on July 4. Local firemen will serve breakfast at this annual fundraiser that helps support the volunteer fire department. The parade starts at 10 […]

  • Kreutzer/Dvořák Program at Midsummer Music Festival

    As Door County’s Midsummer’s Music Festival continues its 2016 season with a program featuring music by Conradin Kreutzer and Antonín Dvořák. Kreutzer studied under one of Beethoven’s teachers and was highly thought of during his day for his chamber music pieces, including the Septet for Winds and Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 62. He was, […]

  • Uncork Summer Returns to Wickman House June 25

    The grounds of the Wickman House in Ellison Bay will transform into a foodie’s paradise when it hosts the Uncork Summer Food, Wine and Musical Festival on Saturday, June 25. In its third year, Uncork celebrates Door County’s growing reputation as a culinary destination by showcasing the county’s top chefs in a single location. This […]

  • Beer Fest 2016: Homebrew Championship Winners Announced

    After a one-year hiatus, the Door County Homebrewing Championships returned as part of the Door County Beer Festival in 2016. More than 95 beers were entered in the contest, organized by brewing enthusiast Justin Minikel. “The focus of this competition is to provide good feedback to all entrants and reward talented brewers making great beer,” […]

  • Volunteers Needed for Cherry Fest

    Volunteers are needed for vendor coordination and kolache baking at Jacksonport’s Cherry Fest. “The volunteers make Cherry Fest work,” states Vicki Bley as the Jacksonport Historical Society (JHS) prepares for their 22nd annual fundraising event to be held Aug. 6 in Lakeside Park and the Erskine Rest Area on Hwy. 57. Bley adds that one […]

  • Belgian Days Festival Held July 9 & 10

    Belgian Days, a festival sponsored by the Brussels Lions Club, will be held July 9 & 10 at the Brussels Town Park in southern Door County. Belgian pies, Belgian trippe, Belgian jutt, booyah and burgers will be served both days. Other events include: youth baseball tournament on both days; a coed volleyball tournament on Saturday […]

  • Mama Digdown’s Brass Band

    Mama Digdown’s Brass Band Brings NOLA Sound to Beer Fest

    Patrons of the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge clap their hands to the beat as the ensemble of trumpets, trombones, percussion, saxophone and sousaphone make their way through the crowd from the stage to the street. They spill out of the nightclub’s entrance, continuing to play their entrancing rhythms, drawing out a dancing audience behind them. […]

  • Beers and Bikes in Baileys Harbor June 18

    Baileys Harbor will be a mecca for bike and beer lovers Saturday, June 18, as the Door County Beer Festival and Peninsula Century Spring Classic bike ride come to town. More than 800 cyclists are expected to take part in routes of 25, 50, 62, and 100 miles, starting and ending at the Cornerstone Pub. […]

  • 2016 Fyr Bal Schedule of Events

    Ephraim celebrates its 52nd Annual Fyr Bal Festival on Saturday, June 18. Steeped in Scandinavian tradition, Fyr Bal (pronounced fear ball) is Norwegian for bonfire. The festival re-creates customs of early Scandinavian settlers celebrating the Summer Solstice. Friday, June 17 10:30am: Free Historic Walking Tour, depart Anderson Barn 11am-4pm: Ephraim Culture Day (Bethany Lutheran Church, […]

  • Heritage Village Hosts Germanfest and Demonstrations

    The Door County Historical Society’s interpretive site, Heritage Village at Big Creek, begins its season on June 18 with a salute to German Heritage at Germanfest. Guests will “Prost” (toast) everything German. Wear your dirndl or lederhosen or come and learn what they are. The festival will be held from 11 am – 2 pm, […]

  • Peninsula Century Spring Classic, Beer Fest & More Weekend Plans

    This weekend offers chances to get active and enjoy the county’s natural beauty. Hike through the woods by Clark Lake, hop on your bike, or walk through the peninsula’s storied past. Friday, June 17 Ephraim Heritage Day See into Ephraim’s past with free walking tours and free admission into Ephraim’s cultural sites, including Bethany Lutheran […]

  • Trotting Into Goat Fest

    The Door Peninsula grows bright green in May and June, signaling the start of another summer. In the Town of Sister Bay, the return of green grass – particularly that found on the roof of a particular Swedish restaurant – means it’s time for one of the county’s most unique festivals. On June 11, Al […]

  • Framed: Kids at Maifest

    Children decorate a Maypole at Maifest in Jacksonport last month. Photo by Sue Jarosh.

  • Uncork Summer Showcases Food, Wine, and Music

    Door County North, the business association for far northern Door County, has announced that the third annual Uncork Summer Food, Wine & Music Festival is scheduled for June 25, 10 am – 5 pm, on the outdoor grounds of Wickman House. The event will feature 20 food vendor booths, plus wines, local ciders, craft beers […]

  • Sister Bay Kicks Off Summer with Beach Bash

    The Village of Sister Bay has undergone a dramatic transformation and can’t wait to show it off with Beach Bash, a community-wide celebration on June 25. Experience Paddlefest, the first annual co-ed volleyball tournament, music at the Waterfront Park Performance Pavilion, and fireworks over the bay. Sister Bay has plenty to celebrate this summer. The […]

  • 2016 Festivities at Olde Ellison Bay Days

    The 2016 Olde Ellison Bay Days festival will feature attractions for folks of all ages and interests. The weekend will begin officially on June 23 with an olde-fashioned fish boil, 4 – 8 pm, at the Viking Grill. The fish boil will be hosted by Dan Peterson and Wendy Smith, 2016 Co-Marshals of the Grande […]

  • Festival Tours Showcase Peninsula’s Lighthouses

    The Door County Lighthouse Festival will take place June 10-12, and tickets remain for a variety of the land-based and boat excursion offerings. This year marks the 23rd annual event in which the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) spotlights perhaps the heaviest concentration of lighthouses in the country. Two different daylong, land-based tours visit the […]

  • Steel Bridge Songfest, Pork Fest & More Weekend Plans

    This weekend there are plenty of opportunities to learn about the various elements that make Door County so special. Explore historic lighthouses, interact with artists, and get up close and personal with the peninsula’s diverse flora and fauna. Friday, June 10 Steel Bridge Songfest Kick off the summer music fest scene with the 12th annual […]

  • JEM Grants Awarded to Door County Wine Fest, Uncork Summer, and Maritime Museum

    Three events in Door County are expanding their marketing efforts with the help of Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grants from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. The Egg Harbor Business Association is receiving a $20,000 grant for the inaugural Door County Wine Fest, Door County North is receiving an $8,000 grant for Uncork Summer/Door County Food, […]

  • Run, Recite And Remember This Memorial Day Weekend

    This busy weekend offers opportunities to explore and learn about the artists, history, and natural beauty that make Door County unique. Friday, May 27 Poetry Slam The 6th grade students at Gibraltar Schools have put together an afternoon of poetry and friendly competition. Matt Burress will perform live music for the event. Admission is five […]