Mandolin Orange, Harvest and Ale Fests, & More Weekend Plans

Cooler weather and shorter days have done little to slow the onslaught of entertaining events on the Door Peninsula! Take in a variety of thought-provoking and downright fun music, get crafty with Mother Nature’s bountiful mushrooms, or hop on your bike for a scenic ride through the county.

Friday, September 16

Chasing Ice

Join Crossroads at Big Creek for a free film screening of Chasing Ice, a documentary that explores climate change using time-lapse cameras over several years to record glacier calving in the Arctic. 2pm.

Get Crafty with Mushrooms

Join Ridges naturalist and mushroom expert Shannon Pump for a late afternoon of creating mushroom etchings and other art. 4 – 7pm.

Piano-Violin Duo

Enjoy a glass of wine and the soothing sounds of piano-violin duo Kim Larson and Mary Bondeson as they perform songs spanning from classical and romantic to jazz and folk rock. 7 pm.

Saturday, September 17

Hit the Road

Join cycling enthusiasts for the annual Peninsula Century Fall Challenge, taking participants across Northern Door’s challenging hills and scenic routes with four offerings: 25, 50, 62 or 100 miles. Enjoy delectable snacks at stops along the way and finish out the day with a post-ride party filled with local grub and music at Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park.

Celebrate the Harvest

Usher in the spirit of autumn with a day full of family-friendly activities throughout Sturgeon Bay. Take in the sights of classic cars, stock up on fall crafts, enjoy some delicious food and stick around for great live entertainment. Don’t forget to place a bid for this year’s unique street art project, Benches by the Bay. 9 am – 6 pm.

Fascinating World of Fungi

Join knowledgeable mushroom enthusiast Charlotte Lukes for a free guided mushroom hike through the woods of Whitefish Dunes State Park. 9:30 am.

Drink Up

Egg Harbor will once again host its annual AleFest, featuring 120 different craft beers from 40 different brewers. There will also be free trolley rides to the festival and live music from beloved “new vintage” rockers WiFEE and the HUZz BAND. 1 – 5pm.

Quartet Concert

Enjoy the sounds of the world’s oldest continuously performing string quartet with the UW-Madison Pro Art Quartet. 7 pm.

Sunday, September 18

Artist Demo

Join artist Donna Brown, of White Barn Gallery, as she demonstrates the monotype printmaking process, a type of printmaking made by drawing on a smooth surface and transferring it onto a sheet of paper using a printing press. 11 am.

Transcendental Folk

Colorado folk quintet Elephant Revival returns to the Door Community Auditorium for an evening repertoire of original folk, traditional ballads, Celtic fiddle tunes, psychedelic country, indie rock and powerful reggae grooves. They are joined by North Carolina bluegrass duo Mandolin Orange and its harmonies, fiddle, mandolin and acoustic guitar. 7 pm.

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