This Weekend in Door County: Barbeque and the Blues

Although the end of August is in sight, summertime fun in Door County is showing no signs of slowing down. This weekend, there’s an event for everyone. Enjoy celebrated blues performances, taste award-winning barbeque, browse local art and spend some time in the great outdoors. 

Festivals and Celebrations 

Death’s Door BBQ, Aug. 24

A Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned competition with 100-percent certified judges and thousands in prize money will take place Saturday at Washington Island Airport from 10 am – 5 pm. The event features vendors, a Kid’s Que competition (2pm), live music by Genevieve Hayward and the Alex Wilson Band, children’s games, raffles and plenty of great barbecue and refreshments. New this year is the Steak Cook-off. Admission and parking are free. Visit for more information. 

Blues on the Bay, Aug. 24

Bring a lawn chair or blanket to Ellison Bay Community Park from 3 pm – 9 pm this Saturday for the fifth annual Blues on the Bay. Featuring a lineup of noteworthy blues artists, the event will take place rain or shine. Admission is free but all donations are much appreciated and will support Door County Secret Santa, a Door County nonprofit that helps families who struggle to pay home heating costs. Read more>>

Egg Harbor Sidewalk Sales, Aug. 24

Stroll the historic streets of Egg Harbor, shop award-winning boutiques and enjoy great deals throughout the day. For more information visit

Door County Wearable Art Show, Aug. 24-25

Contemporary, artist-made apparel, accessories and jewelry in a wide range of styles, sizes, and prices will be available at the Sister Bay Village Hall from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and from 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Free and open to the public. Read more>>

Vintage Home & Garden Fair, Aug. 24

The Vintage Home & Garden Fair (9 am – 3 pm), hosted by Lazy L. Ranch, will feature epicycles, furniture, vintage decor, garden art, birdhouses, a food truck, live music, and a beverage bar. For more information call 920.743.2869.  Read more>>

Community Honey Harvest, Aug. 24

This fun, family event at Crossroads at Big Creek will feature educational programs, demonstrations, and interactive activities for all ages (9 am – 12 pm). See how honey is harvested and try samples! Read more>>

Peninsula Music Festival, Aug. 24

“Festival Finale” (7:30 pm) will conclude the Peninsula Music Festival. Held at the Door Community Auditorium and featuring Stewart Goodyear on piano, the program will include pieces by Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. $35-$75/ticket. $10/students and children. Read more>>

Outdoor Activities 

Movie in the Park, Aug. 23

Bring your kids, blankets, lawn chairs and snacks to Martin Park at dusk (around 8:30 pm) for a showing of “Hotel Transylvania 3.” Free.  Read more>>

Potawatomi Programs, Aug. 23

Drop by Potawatomi State Park’s Nature Center to make a mammal mask, build a debris hut, or play a game with camouflage from 3 pm to 4:30 pm. At the community campfire from 7 to 8 pm, the park naturalist will supply stories, songs and fire. You supply the s’mores! Read more>>

What’s the Buzz about Bees? Aug. 23

Join Bill Meyer from the Door County Beekeepers Club at Newport State Park as he speaks about beekeeping (10 am). He will bring an observation hive for a good look at what goes on in a hive. Meet at the picnic area, Lot 3. Read more>>

Whitefish Dunes Activities, Aug. 24

Hike to the top of Wisconsin’s Tallest Sand Dune, Old Baldy, on a 1.5 mile, naturalist led hike from 10 am to 12 pm. Read more>>

Navigation Skills Program, Aug. 24

Join search and rescue volunteer and fire science instructor Ken Foszcz at Newport State Park (2 pm – 3:30 pm) as he shares his vast knowledge of navigation and orienteering. Learn outdoor skills, how to read a topographical map and how to correctly use a compass. Read more>>

Live Music 

This weekend, live music is available indoors, outdoors, while enjoying a meal or while sipping on a drink. Get your groove on across the peninsula! Listed below are just a few live music highlights to look out for. To view the full schedule of this weekend’s live music, check out the live music listings here. 

Midsummer’s Music, Aug. 25

“Profound Piano Quartets” at the Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion will feature music by Brahms, Schubert, and Kahn (3 pm). A Write On poet will read a poem inspired by the music. $29/adults. $10/students. Read more>>

Jimmy Davis, Aug. 25 

Five-time Memphis Male Vocalist of the Year, Jimmy Davis, will play a mix of folk, blues and country as part of the Fishstock Concert Series (7 pm). $15/general admission. $20/reserved seating. Read more>>

House of Hamill, Aug. 23 

House of Hamill will play Celtic folk rock at Woodwalk Gallery at 7 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm). Picnics are welcome. Call 920.495.2928 or 920.629.4877 for ticket and picnic table reservations. $20/person, cash. Read more>>

Baileys Harbor Concerts in the Park, Aug. 23

Sit back and enjoy the music of Seth and Mark Raddatz (5 pm – 7 pm). Bring a chair or blanket. Read more>>