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.

2023 Door County Festivals

Door County Festival of Nature

May 2023

Enjoy the natural beauty of Door County with the Ridges Sanctuary. Field trips and nature activities for all ages.

Jacksonport Maifest

May 27-28, 2023

Enjoy children’s activities, live music, food, an art fair, a horse pull, a 10K and a 2-mile fun run.

Roping with Chewy at the Jacksonport Maifest.

Roping with Chewy at the Jacksonport Maifest.

Door County Lighthouse Festival

June 9-11, 2023

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

Roofing of the Goats & Goat Fest

June 10, 2023

Live music, kids games, a Swedish pancake eating contest, a goat drop contest and a goat parade.

Photo by Justin Anderson.

Fyr Bal Festival

June 17, 2023

Welcome summer with art, food, music & family activities along the picturesque shoreline of Eagle Harbor. A bonfire & fireworks wrap up the festival.

Photo by Len Villano.

Door County Beer Festival

June 17, 2023

A celebration of craft beer, culinary artisans, and live music on the shores of Baileys Harbor. Sample over 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. The Peninsula Century Spring Classic  takes place in conjunction with the festival.

Photo by Brett Kosmider.

Door County Wine Fest

June 24, 2023

Enjoy unlimited tasting of award-winning Door County wines from eight local wineries and live music.

Egg Harbor 4th of July Parade and Celebration

July 3-4, 2023

Fun and food throughout the village all day.

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

A patriotic parade, live music, great food, arts, and crafts. Fireworks at dusk.

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

Sturgeon Bay Celebrates the 4th

July 4, 2023

Food, live music & fireworks.

Door County Plein Air Festival

July 23-29, 2023

Free events throughout the week at various Door County locations. Watch featured artists working at their easels.

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 9-13, 2023

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 honors its rich maritime heritage.

August 11-13, 2023

Featuring a parade, car cruise and show, 150+ arts and crafts & street fair vendors, a beach volleyball tourney, fireworks, kid’s area, fishing contest, book sale and entertainment for the entire family.

Sister Bay Marina Fest

September 2-4, 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.

Sturgeon Bay Harvest Fest

September 16, 2023

Enjoy a classic car show, craft show, food booths, in-store specials, street art, a live auction, children’s activities, and live entertainment.

Bailey’s Harbor AutumnFest

September 2023

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.

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

Autumn Lighthouse Festival

September 29 – October 1, 2022

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

Egg Harbor Pumpkin Patch Festival

October 2023

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.

Townline Art Fair

October 2023

A juried art fair exhibiting the work of professional artists from across the Midwest. Featuring glass, pottery, metal sculpture, paintings, photography, fiber art, and woodworking.

Sister Bay Fall Festival

October 13-15, 2023

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, and street food.

2016 Sister Bay Fall Festival. Photo by Len Villano.

Jack O’Lantern Days

October 2023

Make masks, see live owls, compete in a costume contest and trick-or-treat at local businesses.

Thrills and Chills

October 2023

Paint pumpkins, make slime, venture through a haunted house and walk in a costume parade.

Sturgeon Bay Christmas by the Bay

November 2023

Watch a tree lighting, take a horse drawn wagon rides, watch a festive holiday parade and eat breakfast with Santa.

Sister Bay Capture the Spirit Festival

Photo by Len Villano.

November 2023

Watch a tree lighting, meet, Santa, his elves and his favorite reindeer, decorate holiday cookies and peruse local art.

Egg Harbor Holly Days

Photo by Len Villano.

November 2023

Enjoy an old-fashioned winter weekend including Breakfast with Santa, an elf hunt, tree lighting, caroling & more.

Ephraim Christmas in the Village

December 2, 2023

Celebrate with Santa and his reindeer at the Village Hall. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the village and join Santa at Harborside Park to light the Christmas tree.

Harbor Holiday & Tree Lighting in Baileys Harbor

December 2023

Meet Santa, his elves & reindeer. Then, do holiday crafts, enjoy treats & watch the tree lighting.


November – December 2023

Local weavers, knitters, potters, photographers, jewelers, painters, woodworkers, glass blowers and more sell their work. Traditional European eats available.

Sister Bay New Year’s Eve Celebration

Dec. 31, 2023

Ring in the New Year with a fireworks show & the Cherry Drop.

Sturgeon Bay Fire & Ice Festival

February, 2024

Stroll around town or climb aboard the Door County Trolley for a complimentary tour of the community.  Watch novice and professional carvers transform blocks of snow and ice into works of art.  On Saturday evening, head to the Fire & Ice Gala at Stone Harbor Resort.

Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tours

May 4, 2024

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

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