Beer, fishing, bats and bike rides – it’s every outdoors lover’s dream weekend in Door County! Here are our top picks for the weekend ahead:
Friday, Sept. 18
Washington Island will play host to its third annual Literary Festival this weekend, Sept. 18 – 20, featuring nine national and regional award-winning authors, including keynote speaker Hampton Sides, editor-at-large of Outside magazine whose work has also appeared in National Geographic, The New Yorker, Esquire, Men’s Journal and The Washington Post. The festival will also include author workshops, readings in the Rock Island boathouse, dinner, reception and a nature walk with outdoor poetry readings.
This nature program will cover all things bats in Wisconsin, including the recent threat to their survival, White Nose Syndrome. Following the program, a bat survey will be conducted using an Anabat recording device. Free. 6 pm.
Saturday, Sept. 19
Gear up for a fun day in the saddle during the third annual Peninsula Century Fall Challenge, which takes off from Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park at 7 am. Choose from four routes (25, 50, 62 and 100 miles) that will take you through the county’s rustic roads and breathtaking scenery. Enjoy an awesome after-party back at the Sister Bay waterfront, complete with Door County Brewing Co. beer, Tapuat Kombucha’s mocktails, and seven local restaurants serving up their specialties.
Beer lovers of all tastes are bound to find at least one beer they enjoy from the more than 40 brewers and 120 different craft beers that will be offered during Egg Harbor’s fourth annual AleFest on Saturday. A $40 general admission ticket includes unlimited samples. Food will be available for purchase and the beloved O2M (One Too Many) Band from Milwaukee will be back again, playing from noon until 5 pm.
The Door County Parks Department will offer public tours of Horseshoe Bay Cave every hour on the hour from 9 am until 3 pm on Saturday. Tours last approximately 45 minutes to an hour, and include a brief education presentation along with a question and answer session.
Sunday, Sept. 20
The weekend of the highly anticipated Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship is nearly upon us! Enjoy the festivities at Sawyer Park Boat Launch and CenterPointe Marina with demo boat tours, a farmers’ market, children’s games and the final weigh-in at 3:15 pm. There will also be a variety of events Sept. 17 – 19. For a complete schedule, visit SturgeonBay.net.
This all-singing, all-dancing celebration of America’s most beloved songwriter takes the Third Avenue Playhouse stage at 2 pm. For tickets and more information, check out ThirdAvenuePlayhouse.com.