This Weekend in Door County: Maifest & Memorial Day Events

Kick off the summer season with a long weekend full of events in Door County.

Maifest Parade
Photo by Len Villano.


The 47th annual celebration of Jacksonport Maifest is taking place on May 25-26. Since 1973 it has been considered Door County’s unofficial summer kick-off. Festivities take place at Lakeside Park, located at the intersection of County V and Highway 57 in Jacksonport. Highlights include the Maifest parade at 10:30am, Maifest run, live music, fest favorite concessions and a Maypole dance. See Full Event Schedule Here >

Art Openings, Fine Art Fair & Car Show

Art openings and receptions abound! Galleries, studios and art schools are all opening their doors for season-starting events. Find them all here >

The main attraction this weekend in Sturgeon Bay is the annual Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair. Head over to the waterfront Sunset Park to browse a variety of mediums including pottery, painting, jewelry, printmaking, metal, wood, and so much more! Over 90 artists from around the nation are participating in the Fine Art Fair. See the Schedule Here >

Car Show & Brat Sale at Country Walk Shops is from 9am-3pm, benefitting the Sister Bay Lions Club. Featuring a brat fry and beer, 50/50 raffle for cash and prizes, and a kids race car model making.

Live Music

There is plenty of music to be enjoyed all weekend in Door County. Headliners include Gin Strings, Glas Hamr, A Little Too Short to Be Stormtroopers, A.J. Croce, Unity, The Del Rays, Modern Day Drifters, Whiskey Ditch, Sundae And Mr. Goessl, and more. See Live Music Schedule Here >

Farmers Markets Begin

Egg Harbor Farmers Market is Friday, May 24 from 9am-1pm at Harbor View Park, in Sister Bay the farmers market is Saturday, May 25, from 8am-12pm at the Corner of the Past and Sunday, May 26, from 9am-1pm is the Bailey’s Harbor Farmers Market.

Cold Climate Farms stand in 2018. Photo by Aleah Kidd.

Get Outside!

Enjoy the milder weather this weekend by getting outdoors! You can meet Smokey the Bear at Peninsula State Park, stock up on your seasonal plants at the Settlement Shops Plant Sale or join a variety of hikes and classes at Newport State Park. All weekend is the Door County Festival of Nature at Ridges Sanctuary. Or participate in hikes at The Clearing and Crossroads at Big Creek. See Full Event Schedule Here >


“The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” is showing at the Third Avenue Playhouse.

Photo by Len Villano.