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2024 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.

Fourth of July Celebrations

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Egg Harbor 4th of July Parade and Celebration: July 3 & 4

Enjoy live music (5-9pm), food & refreshments (4-9pm), and fireworks (dusk) on July 3. On the 4th, the parade runs south along Hwy 42 from the north end of Church Street to CTY T at 1:30. Food and Refreshments all day.

Baileys Harbor Celebrates the 4th: July 4

Celebrate our country’s birthday the Baileys Harbor way! The day starts with a pancake breakfast from 7:30 am – 10 am at 2404 Park Road. The Independence Day Parade starts at 10 am. Stick around for an arts and crafts fair, food, and music all day at Kendall Park. Enjoy fireworks, live music,  beer and food vendors at Anclam Park at dusk to end the fun-filled day!

Sturgeon Bay Independence Day Celebration: July 4

Join the 4th of July fun and festivities at Sunset Park. Food and drinks available beginning at 5 pm along with live music from Cathy Grier and the Troublemakers leading up to a spectacular firework display at dusk!

Gills Rock Celebrates: July 4

Celebrate the 4th with music, food & drink, and fireworks! The celebration begins around 5pm. The boat parade is typically about an hour before sunset and the fireworks begin at dusk.

Door County Plein Air Festival: July 21-27

Watch artists from across the country paint Door County from July 21-27.

Door County Fair: August 14-18

The 151st Door County Fair is an experience the entire family will love, with old-school, small-town fun. Enjoy carnival rides, food stands, 40H animal barns, and grandstand events. Grandstand attractions include stock car races, a demolition derby, and motorcycle racing. Carnival rides, concession stands & exceptional bands fill the fair midway. Hundreds of art, crafts, and animal entries showcase the talents of Door County exhibitors.

Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week: August 2-10

The City of Sturgeon Bay honors its rich maritime heritage.

Attend the Door County Classic & Wooden Boat show August 2-4 at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay.

Celebrate Lake Michigan with the city of Algoma August 9 through 11. Enjoy live music Friday, August 9 from 4pm – 8pm, before the Shanty Days 5k run/walk Saturday, August 10. Enjoy 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 all day Saturday and Sunday.

Sister Bay Marina Fest: Aug. 31-Sept. 1

Highlights of the Sister Bay Marina Fest are a vintage boat show and performance by Jerry Voelker and the Jolly Gents Saturday, September 2 at the Sister Bay Marina. This Labor Day celebration includes live music at the Marina, a kids carnival and boatbuilding, and a food court at the Sister Bay Village hall pavilion.

Sturgeon Bay Harvest Fest & Street Art Auction: September 21

Usher in the spirit of autumn on Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay starting at 8 am. Features include a classic car show, craft show, food booths, in-store specials, the “Tapping of the Firkin” stein holding contest, and live entertainment. Preview the “Bass Around the Bay” Street Art Project at Martin Park before the virtual auction closes at 5 pm.

Baileys Harbor AutumnFest: September 14

Celebrate fall in Baileys Harbor with live music, food and drinks, and and arts and crafts fair. Highlights of Pin-Ups and Pistons day include a Classic Auto and Motorcycle Show. Remember to bring your classic car or motorcycle to when you visit Autumnfest!

Autumn Lighthouse Festival: Oct. 4-6

Discover Door County’s 11 lighthouses by land, air, and boat again this Columbus Day weekend. Visitors will have access to unique excursions and exclusive access to lighthouses that aren’t typically open to the public, including Chambers Island, Plum Island and Sherwood Point lighthouses. A portion of proceeds will go to the Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society.

Egg Harbor Pumpkin Patch Festival: October 11-13

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, magicians, food, refreshments and more at the Kress Pavilion Lawn and Harbor View Park.

Sister Bay Fall Festival: October 18-20

Close out the season with Sister Bay’s annual fall bash! Featuring live music all over the village, a huge arts and crafts fair, games and activities for kids, and food, including the Lion’s Club Fish Boil and Pancake Breakfast. Join the Fall Fest Parade Saturday morning, and don’t miss Sunday’s annual Ping Pong Ball Drop and Derby Race.

Jack O’Lantern Days: October 26

This festival puts the “eek!” in Fish Creek! A true, hometown Halloween festival at Fish Creek’s Top of the Hill Shops,  Jack O’ Lantern Days will entertain little witches and goblins of all ages. Highlights include a festive costume contest, town hall games, town-wide trick-or-treating, a costume parade, live owls, mask making and so much more! This festival is full of surprises and will give your family a Halloween filled with good memories they’ll remember forever.

Thrills and Chills: October 26

A day of festive Halloween fun for the entire family! Start the holiday with a  Costume Parade begins at 10 am from the Old Bell Tower and concludes at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay. Activities include making your own trick-or-treat bags, costume parade, haunted house, pumpkin carving, and trick-or-treating throughout downtown Sturgeon Bay from 10 am-3 pm.

Sturgeon Bay Christmas by the Bay: November 15-16

Unwrap Sturgeon Bay with Christmas by the Bay Weekend presented in partnership with Door County Daily News. Join in the community car parade as Sturgeon Bay stores “unwrap” their festive storefronts to kick off the holiday season followed by the annual tree lighting ceremony near the Old Bell Tower on Third Avenue on Friday, Nov. 15! The fun continues Saturday, with a parade and  meet and greet with Santa.  The weekend comes to a close during brunch with Santa at Stone Harbor Resort on Sunday.

Sister Bay Capture the Spirit Festival: November 29-30

Celebrate the season with a holiday arts and craft fair and cookie decorating at Sister Bay Village Hall, visit with Santa’s elves and reindeer. Watch Santa arrive to turn on the holiday lights and read a wintertime story on Friday, November 29. Create holiday craft projects at Sister Bay Library, Saturday November 30.

Egg Harbor Holly Days: November 29-30

Enjoy an old-fashioned winter weekend with children’s activities, horse-draw wagon rides, caroling, tree-lighting, and more. Meet Santa and Egg Harbor’s Therapy Dogs Friday, November 29 for tree lighting and caroling. Saturday, November 30, meet Santa for breakfast and Bingo with the Egg Harbor Historical Society at Kress Pavillion. Join One Barrel Brewing for a fun run, before an elf-hunt, hot chocolate bar, and photos with Santa, and live music.

Ephraim Christmas in the Village

Celebrate with Santa and his reindeer with holiday crafts and snacks at the Village Hall. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the village and join Santa at Harborside Park with his elves and reindeer to light the Christmas tree. Visit Ephraim business’s open-houses all day.

Baileys Harbor Holiday & Tree Lighting

Meet Santa and his elves and reindeer at Baileys Harbor Town Hall. Enjoy crafts, family activities, and tree lighting all with hot chocolate and cookies.

Christkindlmarkt

Located at the Corner of the Past Museum in Sister Bay, shop local weavers, knitters, potters, photographers, jewelers, painters, woodworkers, glass blowers and more! At Door County’s traditional European Christmas market, enjoy a warm, spicy mug of Glühwein and delicious winter food.

Sister Bay New Year’s Eve Celebration: December 31

Sister Bay celebrates New Year’s Eve with shopping, ice skating, dining specials, fireworks, and a bonfire. The FM 106.9 The Lodge Cherry Drop hosts the evening, with music and fun. Leading up to midnight, watch the giant sparkling cherry cherry drop to welcome the new year!

Door County Festival of Nature

Join the Ridges Sanctuary for the Annual Door County Festival of Nature over Memorial Day Weekend. Discover all Door County’s nature has to offer through guided field trips.

 

Jacksonport Maifest

The weekend kicks off with an art fair and parade Saturday morning, and will feature face-painting, games, and a memorial day ceremony. A performance by the Sevastopol Senior Choir end the day. The festival opens with the 40th annual Maifest 10k run, and continues with more live music, and a horse stunt performance.

Door County Lighthouse Fest

Discover Door County’s 11 lighthouses by land, air, and boat. Visitors will have access to unique excursions and exclusive access to lighthouses that aren’t typically open to the public, including Chambers Island, Plum Island and Sherwood Point lighthouses. A portion of proceeds will go to the Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society.

Roofing of the Goats & Goat Fest

Welcome the famous goats back to the roof of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant with a parade! Watch the goat’s trip down Highway 42 and up onto the roof. This year’s Parade will be followed by the 11th Annual Goat Fest next door at Stabbur with live music and a Swedish Pancake-Eating Contest.

Fyr Bal Festival: June 15

Ephraim Fyr Bal festival is set for June 15. Festivities will include a yoga class at Anderson Dock, a pancake breakfast at Ephraim Village Hall and a pet parade. The highlight of the festival is the chieftain ceremony, fireworks and the lighting of the Fyr Bal pyr.

Door County Beer Festival: June 15

Celebrate father’s day weekend with 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 at the Maxwelton Braes grounds. The Peninsula Century Spring Classic bike ride takes place in conjunction with the festival. Get tickets>>

Door County Wine Fest: June 22

The Door County Wine Fest, located on the grounds of About Thyme Farm in Baileys Harbor, showcases the 10 wineries on the Door County Wine Trail. Tickets include unlimited tasting of up to 58 different kinds of wine. There will be food trucks and live music throughout the event, from 12pm – 4pm. Get Ticktets>>

  • Beer & Wine Tasting, Sheepshead & More Weekend Plans

    You can feel it in the air…the first weekend of spring is nearly upon us! Celebrate the coming season with a traveling theater show, a taste of some regional brews or an afternoon of Sheepshead to support an upcoming tree planting project. Friday, March 18 Dinner & A Murder Mystery Join the actors of Rogue […]

  • Volunteer Voices: Volunteers Always Needed at Door County Festivals

    There is never a shortage of special events going on in Door County. You can fill almost any weekend attending or volunteering at various festivals. I sat down with Paige Funkhouser, the new marketing and promotions director of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center & Convention Bureau, and we talked about what it takes to run […]

  • “The Red Thunder” Voted Best of the 2016 Door County Short Film Fest

    The 2016 Short Film Festival has come and gone. Using the film search site filmfreeway.com, the film festival received 177 submissions from all over the world. The team of film board members watched more than 200 hours of films and whittled it down to 42 films and seven hours. The festival started on Friday night […]

  • Owls, A Story Slam, Cornhole & More Weekend Plans

    The events calendar is getting fuller as spring approaches. Looking for some fun on the peninsula this weekend? From local benefits to a celebration of owls, we’ve got our top picks for the weekend ahead. Friday, March 4 Owl-O-Rama Celebrate the fantastic raptor during The Ridges’ Owl-O-Rama weekend celebration, March 4-5. Highlights include crafts, owl […]

  • Johnny Cash Birthday Fun, Wine Fest & More Weekend Plans

    The final weekend of February 2016 will go out with a bang! Celebrate what would be Johnny Cash’s 84th birthday, help support the Bruemmer Park Zoo, or relax while listening to the beautiful mashup of poets and musicians at DCA’s Words on Fire. Friday, February 26 Johnny Cash Birthday Bash Algoma’s Farm Market Kitchen will […]

  • Slideshow: 2016 Door County Pond Hockey Tournament

    Len Villano got some great shots of the 2016 Door County Pond Hockey Tournament on Kangaroo Lake in Baileys Harbor Feb. 6.

  • Visit Parallel 44’s Snow-Covered Vineyard for Frozen Tundra Wine Fest

    Celebrate Wisconsin’s frozen terrain by attending Parallel 44’s 7th Annual Frozen Tundra Wine Fest, the largest outdoor wine fest in the state. This wintry outdoor event at Parallel 44 Winery is slated for the afternoon of Feb. 27, 12 – 6 pm. The winery is located outside of Kewaunee, between Green Bay and Door County. […]

  • Ice Sculptures, Fire & Ice Dinner Dance Highlight Weekend in Sturgeon Bay

    Carve out some time to visit Sturgeon Bay Feb. 12 and 13 for the 11th annual Sturgeon Bay Fire and Ice weekend. Snow and ice carvers will sculpt masterpieces throughout downtown Sturgeon Bay Friday and Saturday, competing for cash prizes and the recognition of the People’s Choice award (ice carving only). Revelers will dine and dance […]

  • Fire & Ice, Short Film Fest & More Weekend Plans

    Sturgeon Bay will take its turn hosting a winter festival this weekend as they celebrate their annual Fire & Ice Festival. Staying up north this weekend? Between Newport State Park’s winter programs and the Door County Short Film Fest, you’re sure to find something that suits your fancy during Valentine’s Day weekend. Friday, February 12 […]

  • Door County Beer Festival Tickets Now On Sale

    Tickets for Door County’s largest craft beer event of the year went on sale Feb. 1. The Door County Beer Festival returns to Baileys Harbor June 18 with more than 150 craft beers, live music, and local chefs. You’ll want to secure your spot in the tent early, as tickets are limited to just 1,200 […]

  • 41 Films Featured at Door County Short Film Fest

    Come to the seventh annual Door County Short Film Festival (DCSFF) in the Sister Bay Village Hall, Feb. 12 and 13. Film Fest premiere night starts at 7 pm on Feb. 12 and will showcase 10 short films. The festival continues on Feb. 13 with sessions at 9 am, 11 am, 2 pm, 4 pm, […]

  • “All Things Chocolate” at Old Fish Creek Town Hall on Feb. 6

    Can you think of a better way to enjoy a winter day than to have loads of sweet chocolate to choose from? Come by the Old Town Hall in Fish Creek on Feb. 6, 10 am – 3 pm, for the Gibraltar Historical Association’s “All Things Chocolate.” Chocolate covered Oreos, pretzels and cherries, chess pie, […]

  • The Happy Schnapps Combo

    Raise Your Glass with the Happy Schnapps Combo

    For nearly three decades, Fish Creek’s Winter Festival has become the Door County event most known for a hodgepodge of random, hokey events and competitions – an oversized kickball tournament, minnow racing, a bike toss, and a Stumpf Fiddle Contest among them. So it’s only appropriate that the fun and games are accompanied by as […]

  • How Bob Spielman Became the Winter Fest Guy

    It’s about 48 hours before Winter Festival kicks off in Fish Creek and organizer Bob Spielman is wondering how to get the Happy Schnapps Combo van to the stage amidst the beer-drinking bowlers in the main tent. “That’s still kind of a mindblower to me,” said Spielman from his woodworking shop in Fish Creek. “Then […]

  • Join the Stumpf Fiddle Contest at 2016 Winter Fest

    On Feb. 6 at 2:30 pm, music and entertainment enthusiasts of all ages from near and far are invited to partake in a free, one-of-a-kind Stumpf Fiddle Contest at Fish Creek Winter Festival. Gibraltar Schools’ band director Charlie Eckhardt will emcee the contest. No experience with the Stumpf Fiddle is necessary (or expected) for this […]

  • Pond Hockey

    Winter Carnival Brings Icy Fun to Baileys Harbor

    Plan on heading to Baileys Harbor on Feb. 5 – 7 for the third annual Winter Carnival, featuring the Door County Pond Hockey Tournament. Friday night kicks off with live music by Brass Differential at Door County Brewing Co. in the Tap Room at 7 pm. Saturday morning begins with the 8th Annual Great Waffle […]

  • Winter Festivals, Pond Hockey, Super Bowl & More Weekend Plans

    It’s a weekend of celebrating the quiet season in Door County! Head to the lake side to celebrate Baileys Harbor’s Winter Carnival and the 3rd Annual Pond Hockey tournament or head to the bay side for Fish Creek’s 29th annual Winter Festival. No matter where you spend the weekend, you’re sure to stow away some […]

  • Door County Beer Festival Tickets Now On Sale

    The Door County Beer Festival returns to Baileys Harbor Saturday, June 18 with more than 150 craft beers, live music, and local chefs.

  • Winter Wine and Cherry Fest at Orchard Country Winery & Market

    Discover the fun of winter at Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market on Feb. 6, 10 am – 4 pm. The annual Winter Wine and Cherry Fest will include complimentary wine and specialty food product tasting – featuring the popular tart Montmorency cherry in celebration of National Cherry Month; plus an assortment of food and […]

  • Winter Fest is Fish Creek’s Feel-Good Festival

    Fish Creek’s annual Winter Festival turns 29 in 2016. From Feb. 5 – 7, visitors and locals from all walks of life will flock to the large, heated tent at Clark Park in Fish Creek to enjoy family-fun games (both on and off the ice), a chili-cook off, exciting stage events, fireworks, and much more. […]