It’s nearly Labor Day weekend in Door County and as always, a cause for celebration on the peninsula. Here’s the best of the weekend ahead!
Friday, Sept. 4
Quilt Show at Harbor Ridge Winery: Check out more than 200 unique quilts. All local quilters. Free admission. 10 am – 5 pm.
Opening Reception at The Hardy: Head to the historic Anderson Dock gallery, get your iconic Door County photo, and check out the “Exquisite Corpse: Head To Toe & End-To-End” exhibit’s opening reception. 5:30 pm.
Saturday, Sept. 5
Marina Fest in Sister Bay: Sister Bay is hopping for Labor Day at the annual Marina Fest celebration. Grab a pancake breakfast, enjoy children’s games and activities, a fantastic waterski show, dinghy and cardboard boat races, and an awesome classic and wooden boat show. You’ll also find food off the grill, beer and beverages, maritime displays, and live music. 8 am to dusk.
Northern YMCA Labor Day Weekend Run and Duathlon: Support the Y and get a great workout to start your Labor Day Saturday. This is a great event if you’re thinking about a triathlon as well. Do a 2 mile run/12 mile bike/2 mile run, 5k run and 0.5 mile youth fun run, all on the roads near the Northern Door Program Center in Fish Creek. 8 am.
Nature Program Hike at Newport State Park: If you want to avoid the crowds on the holiday, you’ll love taking a drive up to Newport State Park. This peaceful wilderness park is the setting for park naturalists who lead this informative hike as they search the woods for wild edible fruits, nuts, or mushrooms. 10 am.
Gills Rock ArtFest: More than 15 artists will display their works and many will demonstrate their techniques up in the beauty of Gills Rock. Enjoy Gills Rock Coffee and live music as well. 10 am.
Sunday, Sept. 6
Camp David’s End of Summer Bash: For a quarter century, Labor Day Sunday in Door County has had the county’s service industry workers pining for Camp David’s Fishstock end of summer bash. For much of that time, Eric Lewis has been on center stage, where he returns again this year in the final show of founder Dave Ellman’s amazing run putting on concerts in the barn. It’s sure to be an amazing party, and you won’t find a show in a cooler venue. Do this.
Historical Society Program at Heritage Village at Big Creek: The Door County Historical Society will be hosting an Antique Auto Show at Crossroads’ Heritage Village. Check out the beautiful autos of yesteryear in Sturgeon Bay! The Cherryland A’s will have their restored cars on display. 1:30 pm.
End of Summer Party at Gibraltar Grill: Soak in the breeze at the outdoor patio and bar and enjoy three great bands: 12-3 p.m. Cookee, timeless music; 3-6 p.m. One 2 Many, R&B band; 6-10 p.m. Big Mouth & The Power Tool Horns, Door County music icons.
Monday, Sept. 7
Grab a stool and savor the quiet. What, that doesn’t sound exciting? Well, the crazy season is over, and if you want to experience Door County like a true Door County local, then crawl out of the house the Monday afternoon or evening after Labor Day, make your way to a barstool, and order a beer. Then just sit and soak in the place all to yourself, or likely with a few beleagured industry vets doing the same. Watch the smiles wash over their faces, the relief untense their shoulders, and their heads nod as that annual rite of fall sets in – the county is theirs again.