This Weekend in Door: A Festival-Free Fall Weekend

It’s a rare fall weekend in Door County without a fall festival taking place! Which means there’s more time to take it slow, hike, explore and enjoy the changing colors across the peninsula. Here are some events taking place, but be sure to look at our full Events Calendar to see all the daily happenings.

Southern Door Haunted Mansion Opens this Weekend

The Haunted Mansion, located in Brussels at Quietwoods South Camping Resort, returns for its 14th season of terror!​ 2019 Dates:  October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26​

With four attractions, The Haunted Mansion offers heart-pounding, bone-chilling scares- leaving you begging for mercy!​ Ramble through the dark corn maze and haunted trail, where terrifying creatures live.  Be careful not to disturb the walking dead deep in the middle of the dark woods and rancid swamp!  Even more fear awaits you as you journey on our haunted bus ride leading you to our morbid mansion, featuring new scares and double trouble not for the faint of heart.

LEGO Kids’ Club is in Sturgeon Bay

Kids (K-4th grade) are welcome to build creations with thousands of LEGOs. Many of the creations will be on display all month in the children’s area of the library.

“Women’s Work” at Belgian Heritage Center

Barb Chisholm will reprise her reenactment of her great-grandmother to tell the story about surviving the Great Fire in Oct. 1871. There will also be showings of the new oral history video, “Women’s Work,” featuring stories told in English and Walloon about the role of women in the Belgian settlement area in the early days. Belgian pie and coffee will be served

Angel Card Readings at The Pearl

Donna Parkansky will be set up inside The Pearl for 10-minute angel card readings. Angel cards access the energy of angelic beings. Angel messages provide encouragement and positive affirmations for whatever challenges you face.

Art & Galleries

There is a reception and artist talk at James May Gallery for an exhibit showing of Örjan Henriksson’s “Auschwitz KZ I-II” photographs and new minimalist landscape paintings by Kyle McKenzie. This is a dark subject matter and may not be suitable for sensitive viewers/young children. Free and open to the public. And at James May North, there is a reception for an exhibit featuring ceramics by Marshall Maude and textiles by Mary Anne Jordan.

On Saturday, Sister Bay Village Hall is the site of a Wearable Art Show: contemporary, artist-made apparel, accessories and jewelry available in a wide range of styles, sizes, and prices.


George Washington’s Teeth is at Peninsula Players: Enjoy the hilarious exploits of the enterprising women of the New Bunion Historical Society as they scramble to keep their doors open. Dad’s Season Tickets is at the new Northern Sky Gould Theater: read our recent review here. And, Tomfoolery is at Third Avenue Playhouse: A revue of the witty, wicked and thoroughly twisted world of famed satirical songwriter Tom Lehrer. Read our review of Tomfoolery here.

Get Outside!

Join guest astronomers from UW-Madison in Newport State Park for a PowerPoint presentation of Universe in the Park and a chance to view the night skies through a high-powered telescope. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and flashlights or headlamps with a red lens (protects night vision).

Head to Crossroads at Big Creek for a Meditative Walk About in Nature: An hour-and-a-half walkabout with inspirational and intentional readings, sharing and earthing.

Join the Mushroom Foray at Crossroads at Big Creek! Search for and learn about mushrooms with naturalist and mushroom expert Charlotte Lukes. Free, but limited to 15 participants. Sign up by emailing [email protected] 

Or join a docent-led hike from The Clearing in Ellison Bay. The terrain is a bit rugged in places, and sturdy walking shoes are highly recommended. The free 2-hour walks leave from the Jens Jensen Visitor Center.

Live Music

On Friday, Gin Mill Hollow is playing Americana and folk-rock at Carrington Pub and Sideshow, trio playing energetic classic and current rock, is playing at Stone Harbor.

On Saturday, Fiddler’s Farm is hosting Country, Swing & Bluegrass Night where some of the states best musicians come together to perform toe tappin’ classic country, Western swing and bluegrass music the whole family can enjoy.

The Velveetatones are at Mojo Rosa’s, there’s Harmony at the Hitch around the campfire at the Hitching Post, Model Citizens is at Stone Harbor and Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns take the main stage at Door Community Auditorium.

But of course, there is a lot more music happening too, take a look at the Live Music Calendar to plan your weekend.

For the full calendar of all the happenings, click here!