Fall festivals are back and it’s a busy weekend in Door County! Outside of the big events, there’s still a lot on the calendar too, with live music, theater, art galleries, markets and outdoor spaces to explore.
One of the great weekends for family fun in Door County returns Oct. 12 – 13, 2019 with the Egg Harbor Pumpkin Patch Festival. Enjoy live music, carnival rides, arts and crafts vendors, face painting, pumpkin and scarecrow displays great food and fun for the whole family!
Reacting to the popularity of the Lighthouse Festival each June, the Door County Maritime Museum is offering a couple of its most popular tours again this weekend. It’s a rare opportunity to see some of the historic lighthouses up close. Visit dcmm.org for more details.
Apple launching, pumpkin painting, indoor and outdoor mazes, make your own caramel apples, live band, food, and more! Plus, sample over 80 different products from the market, including a variety of fresh apples.
Looking to break a sweat? Run through the Potawatomi State Park in the 1/4 marathon or 5k runs begin. There is also a 1/3 mile Smokey Bear Run for kids ages 2-10. Visit racemine.com or search Facebook for Run Wild to register or more information
Visitors can spend the weekend perusing the various galleries throughout the village, finding art from paintings, pottery, jewelry, furniture, or printmaking and beyond. Also, the 46th Annual Townline Art Fair at Fine Line Designs Gallery will host professional artists from around the Midwest at their event in North Ephraim. Enjoy the crisp, fall air as you explore the outdoor juried art show and art demonstrations.
Along with Art in Ephraim and the Townline Art Fair, there’s also an Art, Craft and Amish Quilt Sale at Mr. G’s in Jacksonport, the Farm and Craft Market in Sturgeon Bay, a Fabric and Yarn Exchange at the Sturgeon Bay Library, a “try it” event at Ellison Bay Pottery and Holiday Show Reception at Artzy Studio – a Holiday Fine Art show featuring 100 new artworks by 10 Wisconsin artists.
This weekend opening include: For “Windows and Doors,” an exhibit of photography by Dennis Connolly at Meadows Art Gallery; a “Wax: Contemporary Methods” exhibition at Peninsula School of Art; and a jewelry showcase at Plum Bottom Road Gallery.
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 and See the Colors!
Go Digging! Adults are invited to participate in an Archeological Dig at The Cove Preserve. Dress for dirt, and bring work gloves if you have them. Free and open to the public.
Learn about ‘Shrooms: Join Charolette Lukes, Door County’s mushroom expert, on a guided tour through the fascinating world of fungi.
Get the Perfect Fall Snapshot: The Liberty Grove Historical Society Museum provides the backdrop of Grand View for fall photo opportunities. Come and wander the beautiful grounds, and be sure to remember your camera.
Walk a Cemetery: Discover Door County history and mysteries on a naturalist-led walk. Tree and fall flower identification featured, too.
Take a Twilight Tour of Eagle Bluff Lighthouse: Delight in the tales of the keepers through story, song, and poetry. The Northern Door Storytellers Guild will be in residence to share tales of the sea, perform traditional music and recite legends in verse
Hike During the Full Moon: Join the park naturalist on this two-mile night hike of the Monarch Trail, watching and listening for the sights and sounds of the night. If needed, bring a flashlight or head lamp with a red lens.
Get in on a Peace Circle: A 90-minute practice cultivating peace within nature under the full moon, using pranayama, mantra and reflection.
But of course, there is a LOT more music happening too, take a look at the Live Music Calendar to plan your weekend.