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
Sturgeon Bay Fire & Ice Festival
February 17-18, 2023
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 6, 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
Enjoy the natural beauty of Door County with the Ridges Sanctuary. Field trips and nature activities for all ages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Baileys Harbor 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 2023
A patriotic parade, live music, great food, arts, and crafts. Fireworks at dusk.
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.
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
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.
Bailey’s Harbor AutumnFest
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.
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.
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.
Jack O’Lantern Days
Make masks, see live owls, compete in a costume contest and trick-or-treat at local businesses.
Thrills and Chills
Paint pumpkins, make slime, venture through a haunted house and walk in a costume parade.
Sturgeon Bay Christmas by the Bay
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
Watch a tree lighting, meet, Santa, his elves and his favorite reindeer, decorate holiday cookies and peruse local art.
Egg Harbor Holly Days
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
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.
Olde Ellison Bay Days Olde Ellison Bay Days, June 23rd – 25th, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Sponsored by the Ellison Bay Men’s Club, this three-day event kicks off with a talent show on Friday night at the North Fire Station. Apart from enjoying the amateur talent, locals show up to see who will […]
An Ode to Fall Fest: Sister Bay’s Homecoming
This column originally appeared in the Oct. 14, 2005 edition of the Peninsula Pulse.
It’s the one weekend of the year when Door County utterly betrays the sedate, relaxed image it has worked
Fyr Bal: 50 Years of Celebration in Ephraim
Each year on the weekend closest to the summer solstice, the Village of Ephraim undergoes a transformation. Normally a tranquil lakeside community, known for its pastoral atmosphere and deep sense of history, during this weekend the village unfolds into a flurry of activity for ‘Fyr Bal’—one of Door County’s best known, if least understood, cultural […]