Seven Can’t-Miss Door County Fall Festivals

Summer does not have a lock on fun. Just when you think it’s all over but the crying, Autumn shows up with its back-to-back, weekend festivals that celebrate fall and the spooky season. It’s one of the busiest times of the year in Door County – and some of the most fun. 

Here’s what’s coming up.

Sturgeon Bay Harvest Fest 

Sept. 16

Usher in the spirit of autumn on 3rd Avenue with a classic car show, arts and crafts, food, a stein-holding contest and live entertainment. It’s also your last chance to check out the Bass around the Bay street-art project at Martin Park before the virtual auction closes.

Baileys Harbor AutumnFest

Sept. 23

Celebrate fall in Baileys Harbor with live music, food, drinks and an arts-and-crafts fair. The morning kicks off with the Hey Hey 5K run, followed by a classic auto and motorcycle show and a pin-up photo shoot in the center of town.

Fall Lighthouse Festival

Sept. 29 – Oct. 1

Discover Door County’s 11 lighthouses by land, air and boat. Visitors have access to unique excursions and exclusive access to lighthouses that aren’t typically open to the public. 

Egg Harbor Pumpkin Patch Festival

Oct. 7-8

Egg Harbor toasts autumn with fall food favorites, carnival rides, arts and crafts, live music, scarecrow and pumpkin displays, magicians and more throughout the village.

Sister Bay Fall Festival

Oct. 13-15

Sister Bay’s annual fall bash is a weekend of frivolity for the whole family. The streets fill with live music, food booths and beverages you won’t find anywhere else. Waterfront Park is filled with games and activities for the kids, as well as a massive arts-and-crafts fair. A Saturday highlight is the Fall Fest parade, and on Sunday, the streets close for the derby race down the hill and the ping-pong ball drop. 

Jack O’Lantern Days

Oct. 28-30

This festival puts the “eek!” in Fish Creek! A true, hometown Halloween festival, Jack O’ Lantern Days will entertain little witches and goblins of all ages. Highlights include a costume parade, kid’s carnival games, town-wide trick-or-treating, a costume contest and so much more! Back for its third year is the Fish Creek Haunted Trail, a hair-raising 1/8-mile walk through the trails and bridges of Fish Creek Park at dusk.

Thrills and Chills

Oct. 28

A day of festive Halloween fun for the entire family! Start the fun with a costume parade, then continue the day with activities include making your own trick-or-treat bags, a haunted house, pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating throughout downtown Sturgeon Bay.