This weekend there are plenty of opportunities to learn about the various elements that make Door County so special. Explore historic lighthouses, interact with artists, and get up close and personal with the peninsula’s diverse flora and fauna.
Friday, June 10
Kick off the summer music fest scene with the 12th annual Steel Bridge Songfest in Sturgeon Bay through Sunday. Take in freshly created tunes courtesy of more than 100 different musical acts at venues across town, along with a pub crawl and two-day “Take It To the Bridge!” outdoor celebration of original music, food and drink.
Find camaraderie with fellow writers and get inspired by local art. Writers have the opportunity to respond to art pieces at Margaret Lockwood Gallery in Sturgeon Bay using prose, poetry, or any other genre they choose. A Write On, Door County representative will be present for those who want help with their writing. 11:30 am – 1 pm.
Take the rare opportunity to tour all 11 of Door County’s historic lighthouses, including those that are not typically open to the public. Boat excursions and land-based tours will bring you to some of the peninsula’s less frequented lighthouses, including Chambers Island, Plum Island, and Sherwood Point lighthouses.
Saturday, June 11
Head down to Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay for some pig-themed fun. The festival will kick off with the Wild Hog Run, followed by music by local musicians, arts and crafts, and many varieties of side pork.
Newport State Park will host naturalist and conservationist Charlotte Lukes for a presentation about the wildlife and flowers that make Door County their home. Participants will meet at the park’s visitor center at 10 am.
Enjoy hot dogs, brats, hamburgers and other refreshments at this fundraising cookout in Sturgeon Bay’s Sawyer Park. Activities include tours of the Sturgeon Bay Coast Guard ship from 1 – 4 pm, as well as live entertainment by Highland Road. 11 am – 5 pm.
The Baileys Harbor Town Hall will host a free screening of Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Door County. Meet the film’s producer and discuss insights and questions. 7 pm.
Sunday, June 12
Identify flowers and ferns along Hidden Bluff Trail and learn about the peninsula’s geologic history from 9 – 9:45 am. Stop by the nature center at any time during open hours to decorate poster-sized maps of your favorite park.
Make your way to the Open Door Bird Sanctuary in Jacksonport to see birds of prey in a natural environment. The sanctuary hosts an hour-long program that includes encounters with raptors as well as related artifacts. 1 pm.
Catch some new eco-songs and folk tunes from this local group. Small Forest will perform at MacReady Artisan Bread Co. in Egg Harbor. 12:30 – 2:30 pm.