This Weekend in Door County: Harvest Festivals and Very Stinky Cheese

Harvest Fest in Sturgeon Bay

Usher in the spirit of autumn with a bountiful day on Third Avenue. Features include a classic car show, craft show, food booths, in-store specials, children’s activities, and live entertainment. Visit here for the full schedule.

Chalk the Bay will take place during the festival as well. Three professional chalk artists will decorate Third Avenue and Nebraska Street. The sidewalks of the Sturgeon Bay branch of the Door County Library will also be available for individuals of all ages to let their inner artist shine during the free Community Chalking Contest. Held rain or shine. Chalk will be provided with awards announced at 2pm. Registration is required.

Washington Island Literary Festival

The 2019 theme is: Generational. Wisconsin author Jane Hamilton is the keynote speaker. Other featured writers include Rebecca Makkai, Bao Phi, Scott Russell Sanders and Luis Alberto Urrea. For more information visit Registration is still available for Friday’s “Moving Through Generations” workshop and for Saturday’s presentations.

Fall Harvest Fest at Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery

From 10am to 5pm on Saturday, enjoy complimentary wine and specialty food tasting, pick-your-own apples, free guided tours, wagon rides, live music (Last Man Standing & Friends, 12-5pm), kid’s activities, and more. The fun also includes: Apple Donut Eating Contest and Apple Pie Eating Contest. Free admission.

Wisconsin Cheese Masters’ Stinkfest

The fifth annual Stinkfest is being held from 2-4pm at Wisconsin Cheese Masters in Egg Harbor, featuring free samples of the very “aromatic” Wisconsin Limburger and Aged Brick cheeses. Samples are free. Souvenir hats will be available for purchase.

Go Dancing at Institute Saloon’s Barn Dance

A community dance led by the Door County Folk Alliance. Come with or without a partner, singles are welcome. All dances are taught by a caller. No experience necessary. $5 donation appreciated.


“George Washington’s Teeth” is at Peninsula Players, “Tomfoolery” is at Third Avenue Playhouse and “Dad’s Season Tickets” is at Northern Sky’s Gould Theater.

Live Music

Fiddler’s Green on Washington Island is welcoming The Outskirts, an female ensemble, playing bluegrass, Americana, country and original music. Local band The Coves is playing at Mojo Rosa’s in Egg Harbor, performing blues/rock.

Shemekia Copeland and Ranky Tanky are performing at the Door Community Auditorium. Or listen to an Organ Concert at Sheperd of the Bay Lutheran Church.

There’s a Country, Swing & Bluegrass Night at Fiddler’s Farm in Sturgeon Bay 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. 

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

Art & Galleries

Get creative with the whole family at Family Art Day at Peninsula School of Art. For families with children ages 3-17: explore the latest exhibition in the Guenzel Gallery, experiment with new art media, work together as a family, and create a memorable work of art. Free.

Check out a Fiber Show at Turtle Ridge Gallery, a new group exhibit opening reception at Edgewood Orchard Gallery and an artist reception celebrating the new mural at Mojo Rosa’s painted by Sevastopol High School senior Mackenzie Ellefson.

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