Sturgeon Bay Kicks Off Autumn Festivities with Harvest Fest

Friday, Sept. 20

6 pm: Second annual Classic Car Parade, sponsored by the Old Bolts Car Club. The parade will start at Tractor Supply on Egg Harbor Road and end at the Lodge at Leathem Smith. 

Dusk: The City of Sturgeon Bay and the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center will screen Disney’s Hocus Pocus in Martin Park, sponsored by Tadych’s Econo Foods. There will be beverages for all ages, Door County Kettle Corn and s’mores provided by Bayshore Outfitters.

Saturday, Sept. 21

8 am – 4 pm: The Old Bolts Car Club will host its annual Classic Car Show along Third Avenue between Michigan Street and Quincy Street, with an awards ceremony starting at 3 pm. Learn about the hundreds of classic cars that will be flooding the streets. Proceeds from the car show benefit Boys & Girls Club of Door County, Door CANcer and Adopt-a-Soldier.

9am: Harvest Fest kicks off with a wide variety of artisans, crafters and local businesses filling Third Avenue for a fun shopping experience. Look for in-store specials, and enjoy the food and drink offerings as well. Cedar Crossing will host a festive beer garden with food, beer and other beverages.

9 am – 1 pm: Three professional chalk artists – Shelly Heath, John Soukup and Kimberly Wood – will create chalk masterpieces on the Nebraska Street pavement in front of the Door County Library and on Third Avenue in front of Door County Hardware. Children and adults of all ages are invited to participate in the Chalk the Bay community contest. Sign up for the contest, and draw on the sidewalk for a chance to win awards and prizes at the 2 pm awards ceremony at the Door County Library. To learn more and register, visit

11 am – 4 pm: The Milwaukee band Hot Off the Grill will entertain the crowd near Third Avenue Playhouse.

12 pm: Starboard Brewing Company will hold its annual Firkin Tapping. Follow the golden keg and Hot Off the Grill as the group sings “Roll Out the Barrel.” Then watch Mayor David Ward tap the firkin! Starboard will also hold a pin parade, during which the staff will tap additional firkins for visitors to sip and enjoy.

1 pm: Starboard Stein-Holding Contest. For $20, you may compete to take home a commemorative glass stein! 

5 pm: The 19th annual CHAIRries Street Art Auction will begin at Martin Park. Bidding registration will begin at 4 pm at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center’s auction-registration tent in Martin Park. This year’s auction, presented by Associated Bank, features 25 distinctive chairs that have blossomed along Sturgeon Bay’s streets since mid-May. All chairs – on display in Martin Park – will be up for auction. Beer, wine and food from The Dog House will be available.  

Visit to see a full list of Harvest Fest activities. All events are open to the public and free of charge (unless noted).


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