Fall Fest, the granddaddy of all Door County festivals, hits the streets in Sister Bay this weekend bringing with it a vast offering of live music, great food, drinks, children’s games and fun. But if the thought of large crowds sends you into a tizzy, don’t fret – there are plenty of other things to do on the peninsula this weekend. Below are our top picks for the weekend ahead:
Friday, October 16
Haven’t had the chance to take in a comedy, musical or musical comedy yet this season? This weekend marks the last run for three productions at three different companies on the peninsula: Nunsense at Peninsula Players; Irving Berlin’s I Love A Piano at Third Avenue Playhouse; and Lumberjacks in Love from Northern Sky Theater (now showing at Door Community Auditorium).
Friday is the first day of the three-day festival, which will consume Sister Bay with a parade, arts and crafts fair, food booths, live entertainment, a “goat toss,” pumpkin bowling, a star gazing party and more!
Saturday, October 17
Meet the co-founders of luggage design company Vera Bradley – Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Joan Bradley Reedy – today at Wilkins & Olander. The fundraising event will support Breast Cancer Research. 11 am.
Bring the family to meet bats, owls and snakes created from jack-o-lanterns hiding along the park’s nature trail. The self-guided trail begins across from the nature center and warm cider will be provided. 6 pm.
Get up and groove to the sounds of beloved Door County band WIFEE and the HUZz BAND, a 10-piece old soul, Motown, rockabilly musical fusion led by Ruby James and Stephen Cooper at the Florian II in Baileys Harbor. 9 pm.
Belt out your favorite tunes in the comfort of Peninsula Pub’s “shower,” complete with shower curtain and the encouragement of DJ Hope Reyes during Shower’oke.’ 9 pm.
Sunday, October 18
Support the Go Bo! Foundation on its mission to fund research, support treatment, and help families with children facing life-threatening medical conditions during its annual bake sale, which features beautifully decorated cookies donated by more than 300 cookie artists from across the world.
Lawrence University’s Björklunden will host a free concert featuring the solos and ensembles of the studio, with a special focus on 19th and 20th century works. 1:30 pm.
Take in the fall colors and sights of waterfowl at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay during this one-hour naturalist led ramble through Big Creek Cove. 4:30 pm.