This Weekend in Door County: Cherries, LEGOs and Live Music

 Door County kicks off cherry season with festivals at Lautenbach’s Orchard Winery and Market and Cherry De-Lite Country Ovens. This weekend’s highlights also include Brick Party by the Bay and plenty of live music. 


Stop by the Summer Cherry Harvest Fest at Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery and Market, this Saturday (July 20, 10 am- 5 pm). Enjoy complimentary wine, specialty food tasting, pick-your-own cherries, free guided tours, wagon rides, live music, kids activities and more. Read more>>

Taking place this Saturday (July 20, 10 am-4 pm), the Cherry De-Lite Festival at Country Ovens will offer cooking demos, free samples, pie eating contests, music, kids activities and more. Read more>>

The Door County Plein Air Festival begins this Sunday, July 21 and will run through July 27. Plein-air artists have 6 days to paint Door County. Ticketed and free events will take place throughout the week. Visit for more info. 

Bring the whole family to Brick Party by the Bay (July 20-21) at Sister Bay Village Hall. See amazing LEGO creations, meet the designers, create your own designs and play LEGO inspired games. Read more>>

Outdoor Activities 

The Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament begins on July 19 and continues through July 27. Participating ports include Sturgeon Bay, Baileys Harbor, Washington Island, Algoma and Kewaunee. More than $50,000 will be available in cash and prizes. Read more>>

Pedal for Pancakes on Sunday (July 21, 9 am). A 20-mile round-trip bike ride from Egg Harbor to Baileys Harbor for a pancake breakfast at Thyme Cuisine. Register at

Experience the Universe in Potawatomi State Park, on Friday night (July 19, 8-10 pm). Join the UW-Madison astronomy department for a 20-30 minute presentation, followed by an opportunity to check out the night skies with a telescope. Read more>>

Celebrate the Moon Landing at Peninsula State Park on Saturday (July 20) with Night Sky Art (10am-12 pm) and Universe in the Park on Nicolet Beach (8:30 pm). Read more>>

Take part in Newport Activities at Newport State Park on Saturday (July 20). Join the Herb Hike led by Dave LaLuzerne (10 am), and learn about bats during the Bat County program (8-9:30 pm). Read more>>

Celebrate the debut of the new Nature Center in Sturgeon Bay and meet some resident birds at the Open Door Bird Sanctuary ribbon cutting this Saturday (July 20, 11 am). Read more>>

Art and Literature 

Join Edgewood Orchard Galleries at a reception for artists participating in the gallery’s Exhibit III (July 20, 4-7 pm). The featured artists will speak about their work at 5 pm. Read more>>

Witness a plein air painting demo at Plum Bottom Downtown Gallery (July 19-20, 11 am-3 pm). Read more>>

Take the whole family to Family Drop-in Friday at Peninsula School of Art this Friday (July 19).  Create guided art projects. Read more>>

Dean Strang, author of “Keep the Wretches in Order,” will sign and discuss his books at Novel Bay Booksellers on Friday (July 19, 5 pm). Read more>>

Live Music 

Here are a few of this weekend’s live music highlights. Check out the full live music listings here.

Burning Cow Music Festival

The three-day music festival located just north of Sturgeon Bay is always a rocking good time. Our music writer Celeste has a music preview for you before you go, here. Find out more information and get tickets online here.

Enjoy live music with your meal:   

One Two Many will play bluesy jazz at Gibraltar Grill (July 19, 7:30). Read more>>

Scott Dercks will bring jazz, funk, R&B, blues, Latin, fusion and rock to Boathouse on the Bay, weather dependent. (July 20, 5-9 pm). Read more>>

Vintage Chicago-style blues by Lil’ Davy Max Band will be featured at Mojo Rosa’s (July 20, 7 pm). Read more>>

Enjoy live music with a beverage: 

Bockenplautz will play acoustic power pop at Stabbur Beer Garden (July 19, 7-11 pm). Read more>>

Bella’s Bartok will bring a passionate kaleidoscope of sound to Door County Brewing Co. and Music Hall (July 19, 7-9 pm). Read more>>

Big Mouth Trio will ‘rock on’ at Simon Creek Vineyard and Winery (July 21, 1-4:30 pm). Read more>>

Enjoy live music as the main event: 

Fishstock Concert Series, Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble, July 21 (7 pm). Visit for tickets and more information.

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band will bring their trademark blend of blues, folk and rock to the Door Community Auditorium. Visit for tickets and information.  

Jazz I Concert Series at Birch Creek Music Performance Center. July 19 – “Ellington, Miller and Basie: Vol. 1” (7:30 pm). July 20 – “Swing and the Great American Big Band” (7:30 pm) Read more>>

Enjoy free live music: 

Jeanne Kuhns will bring a fusion of folk, blues and rock to Egg Harbor Farmers Market (July 19, 9 am-1 pm). Read more>>

Pete Thelen will play rock and blues as part of Baileys Harbor Concerts in the Park (July 19, 7-9). Read more>>

Door County singer/songwriter Seth Raddatz will perform with guest musicians at the Settlement Shops in Fish Creek. (July 20, 2:30-4:30 pm). Read more>>


This weekend, experience theater under the stars, at a historic venue, or in the middle of a beautiful state park. 

Friday (July 19)

“The Dig” (7:30 pm) at Third Ave Playhouse

“The Merry Wives of Windsor” (7:30 pm) at Bjorklunden, by Door Shakespeare

“A Girl of the Limberlost” (7:30 pm) at Baileys Harbor Town Hall, by Rogue Theater

“A Murder is Announced” (8 pm) at Peninsula Players Theatre

“Dairy Heirs” (8 pm) at Northern Sky Theater

Saturday (July 20) 

“Henry V” (5 pm) at Bjorklunden, by Door Shakespeare. 

“The Dig” (7:30 pm) at Third Avenue Playhouse. 

“A Girl of the Limberlost” (7:30 pm) at Baileys Harbor Town Hall, by Rogue Theater. 

“We Like It Where?” (8 pm) at Northern Sky Theater. 

“A Murder is Announced” (8 pm) at Peninsula Players Theatre. 

Sunday (July 21) 

“A Girl of the Limberlost” (2 pm) at Baileys Harbor Town Hall, by Rogue Theater. 

“A Murder is Announced” (7:30 pm) at Peninsula Players Theatre.