Fish Creek Hosts Annual Winter Festival

The Winter Festival Parade starts at 10:30 am. Photo by Len Villano.

Fish Creek’s annual Winter Festival, Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, welcomes the entire family, locals and visitors to enjoy a wacky, fun-filled weekend of games, music, raffles and delicious food.

“Saturday is the main day of the event and we have a lot in store for everyone,” said Fish Creek Community Association Board President Bob Spielman. “Everyone’s favorite games are back by popular demand. We have some great stage events that only added to the quirky fun – the ‘Stumpf Fiddle Jam, Snowshoe Dance and new to the stage this year is an Ugly Sweater contest!”

Also new to Winter Festival this year is a Snow Kickball Tournament out on the harbor; this will take the place of human foosball. Make sure you get your team signed up, at the visitor center, early as the brackets are filling up fast.

Snowshoe dancing is a Winter Fest favorite for these ladies. Photo by Len Villano.

Saturday’s festivities at the park wrap up with a fireworks display over the frozen bay at 5:30 pm.
Sunday costume wearers will hit the streets of Fish Creek for the “Fruit Loop” fun run/walk, a non-grueling 1/53rd of a marathon (1/2 mile).

All proceeds from Saturday’s games and concessions benefit Door County nonprofit organizations. For more information visit

Winter Festival Calendar of Events

January 31
12–4pm: Blood Drive at Northern Door YMCA
1–4pm: Ice Sculpture Carving at Clark Park
6:30–10pm: Rock & Roll Art Night at Hands on Art Studio

February 1
10am–5pm: Festivities in and around the large heated tent in Clark Park
* Wild Winter Games Outside: Toilet Seat Toss, Ice Bowling, Football Toss, Crazy Golf, Bike Toss, Hockey Shot, Basketball Shot and Wheel of Meat.
* Fun Festive Games Inside: Face Painting, Minnow Racing, Bean Bag Cannon Shoot, Pretend Fishing, Pie Tin Toss, Marshmallow Shoot Out, Wheel of Fortune, Paddle Raffle and Ring Toss.
* Live DJ – fun music and entertaining stage events.
* Food and Drinks: Beer, brats, hot dogs, pork sandwiches, popcorn, s’mores, hot chocolate, hot cider, baked goods, glogg and more.

10am-5pm: Kick Ball Tournament
10am–12pm: Ice Sculpture Carving at Clark Park
10am-5pm: GHA presents “All Things Chocolate” at Old Town Hall
10am– 4pm: Chainsaw carver Dave Bartels at Hide Side Corner Store
10am– 5pm: Winter Wine & Cherry Festival at Orchard Country Winery
10:30am: Winter Festival Parade down Main Street
10:30–11am: Chili Cook-Off participants bring crockpots to the tent
11am–3pm: “SOUP!” Homemade Soup & Bowls at Peninsula School of Art
11am–5pm: Free trolley rides throughout town
12pm: Chili Cook-Off judging at tent with sampling to follow
1pm: Four-person Tandem Ski Race north of tent on the ice
1:30pm: Ugly Sweater Contest
2:30pm: Stumpf Fiddle Contest
3:30pm: Snow Shoe Dance
5:30pm: Fireworks over the bay
5:30–8pm: Candlelight Ski/Hike at Peninsula State Park
9:30pm–12am: Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns perform at Alexander’s

February 2
10:30am: Fruit Loop Fun Run – half-mile costumed run beginning and ending at the tent