Escape to Door County, WI August 2017

Escape to Door County, WI August 2017

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Enjoy the last full month of summer on a coastal paradise. With more than 300 miles of shoreline Door County, WI is a perfect getaway. Visitors can plan their vacation today at or by calling the Door County Visitor Bureau toll free at 800-527-3529.

August Special Events

  • Celebrate the 65th season of The Peninsula Music Festival, August 1-19. Concerts held every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 7:30 PM.
  • Indulge in everything cherry at Cherry Fest, August 5 at Jacksonport’s Lakeside Park.
  • Enjoy an afternoon on Sturgeon Bay’s west side at Maritime on Madison and The Classic and Wooden Boat Show at the Door County Maritime Museum, August 12.
  • Taste award winning BBQ on Washington Island at the Death’s Door BBQ competition, August 26.
  • For the most comprehensive list of events, visit

State and County Park Activities

Door County offers 5 state parks and 19 county parks across the 70-mile-long peninsula. Each park offers a variety of recreational opportunities and scenic beauty.

  • Catch the Perseid meteor shower at Newport State Park, Wisconsin’s first and only International Dark Sky Park, on August 12.
  • Walk along the beach at Whitefish Dunes State Park’s Annual Summer Candlelight Hike, August 19 at 7:30 pm.
  • Explore the Pottawatomie Lighthouse, Wisconsin’s oldest lighthouse located on Rock Island State Park. Free guided tours are available daily from 10-4.
  • Experience the rides, midway events, and carnival food at the annual Door County Fair at John Miles County Park in Sturgeon Bay, August 2-6.

On Going Summer Activities

  • Watch a performance at the Peninsula Players, America’s oldest professional resident summer theater. Enjoy the Bridges of Madison County, July 26-August 13 or Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, August 16-September 3.
  • Rent a boat or step aboard a scenic tour and explore the coastline of Door County.
  • Indulge in an iconic fish boil dinner with local whitefish, potatoes, onions, coleslaw, and lots of drawn butter! Don’t forget the Door County cherry pie for dessert.
  • Discover art galleries and demonstrations throughout the county.
  • Fly over Eagle Harbor in a parachute while para-sailing with Wisconsin Water Wings.
  • Shop at hundreds of boutiques across the peninsula for a unique treasure to bring home.
  • Dine al fresco at one of the many restaurants along the shore while watching the sunset.
  • Learn about the history of Door County villages with a historic walking tour in Sturgeon Bay or Sister Bay.


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