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Summer is here and vacations have started. With the busy season upon us, the county has geared up for the influx of people by offering an extensive list of fun activities for all interests. Hit up one of the many festivals, try your hand at a race, or meander around a sidewalk sale with the family. The possibilities are endless and Door County is here to provide fun for everyone.
Door Community Auditorium, Fish Creek
Jill Heinerth, cave diver and explorer in residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, will give a keynote address as part of the 2019 Celebrate Water Summit. The address is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated.
Throughout Door County
Boat excursions and guided land-based tours to all 11 historic Door County lighthouses giving visitors access to lighthouses that aren’t typically open to the public, including Chambers Island, Plum Island and Sherwood Point lighthouses. Call or visit dcmm.org for tickets or more information.
Al Johnson’s, Sister Bay
Live music outside by Cardinal Harbor, fun kids games, Swedish pancake eating contest, goat drop contest, food and beverages available.
Throughout Sturgeon Bay
100+ original artists converge upon Sturgeon Bay for performances celebrating original music and collaborative songwriting. Visit steelbridgesongfest.org for more information.
Brann Field, Baileys Harbor
A celebration of craft beer, culinary artisans, and live music on the shores of Baileys Harbor. Meet Wisconsin’s leading brewers, Door County’s top chefs, and enjoy beers from more than 50 different Midwest breweries. Visit doorcountybeerfestival.com for more information. $55/VIP tickets. $40/general admission. $15/designated driver.
Throughout Baileys Harbor
Tour the scenic back roads of Door County and take in breathtaking views of Lake Michigan in this ride partnered with Give Door County. Enjoy a post-ride meal from local chefs, live music, and Door County Brewing Co. brews at the finish. Ride finishes at the Door County Beer Festival. 25, 50, 62, and 100-mile route options. Visit peninsulacenturyspringclassic.com for registration and more information. $40/25-mile. $45/50-mile. $45/metric century. $45/100-mile. $20/ages 14 & under.
Artists, food, musical entertainment and family activities along the picturesque shoreline of Eagle Harbor welcome the arrival of summer. Stroll through the village and visit Ephraim's iconic landmarks, shops, galleries and restaurants. Visit ephraim-doorcounty.com for more information.
Crossroads at Big Creek, Sturgeon Bay
The 10th annual Crossroads Trail Run/walk, 10K, 5K, and 2K Fun run. This chip-timed event is for all ages, levels of runners and walkers, and a great family event. Come as a solo participant or bring your whole family. Visit crossroadsrun.com for more information and to register.
Wickman House, Ellison Bay
Enjoy small-plate, gourmet dishes from restaurants throughout Door County, as well as samplings from local markets, wineries, and distilleries. Well-known local acoustic musicians perform live throughout the day. Visit uncorksummer.com for more information.
Sunset Park, Sturgeon Bay
12pm. VIP event begins with access to general tasting area at 12:30pm. 1pm. General admission begins. New location, different weekend, better layout, lots of fun. Enjoy unlimited tasting of award-winning wines and relaxing music. Food available for purchase. Limited tickets available. Early purchase recommended. $40/ticket, in advance. $50/ticket, at the gate. $75/VIP ticket. $15/designated driver.
Martin Park, Sturgeon Bay
Celebrating the LGBTQ+ community in Door County. Featuring live music, vendors, food, and beverages. Family friendly. For more information visit opendoorpride.org. Free and open to all in the community.
Waterfront Park, Sister Bay
Check out the newest kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Demonstrations and free use of kayaks and paddleboards provided by Bay Shore Outfitters. With SUP yoga (9:15-10am), group kayak paddle (9-10am). Learn how to play disc golf or participate in the tournament. Some fees and reservations required for paddle events.
Wave Pointe Marina & Resort, Sturgeon Bay
Featuring a motor show with awards, a Vendor Expo, live music, and food and beverages.
July 3-4 in Egg Harbor: Their first day of celebrating includes live music, food and refreshments, and fireworks (dusk). Day two features a parade (1:30pm), live music, the UW-Madison marching band, and more.
July 4 in Baileys Harbor: Celebrate independence in Baileys Harbor with a parade (10am), art and craft vendors, live music, fireworks (dusk), and more.
July 4 in Sturgeon Bay: Enjoy food, refreshments, and an ice cream social (5pm), along with live music (6pm) leading up to a spectacular fireworks display at dusk. Fireworks rain date is July 5.
July 4 in Fish Creek: Celebrate Independence Day with the annual Hairpin Run, a 5k walk/run.
July 4 in Gills Rock: Travel north for an evening of food and refreshments (5pm), live music (6-9pm), a boat regatta (7pm), and fireworks (dusk).
July 4 on Washington Island: Enjoy the annual Fire Department pancake breakfast (7-10am) with fireworks at dusk.
July 4 in Maplewood: Drive down to the Baumann Ball Park and grab a spot for fireworks at dusk. Refreshments will be for sale.
July 6 on Rock Island: Friends of Rock Island State Park host their annual cookout. Food, merchandise, and a silent auction will be held to help raise funds for park projects.
July 13 in Sister Bay: Featuring a brat fry with the Sister Bay Lions Club, a bungy trampoline, inflatables, walk-on water balls, refreshments, and more. Fireworks start at dusk. For more information visit cometosisterbay.com.
Throughout Northern Door County
Celebrating ethnic folk dancing and music from many countries. Dance and music workshops, parties, concerts, children’s program, a fish boil dinner and much more.
Rowleys Bay Resort, Ellison Bay
On-water classes for all skill levels, on-land workshops, brown bag lunch seminars, paddle tours, naturalist-led paddles and youth programs. Visit everyonepaddles.com for more information.
Brussels Town Park
July 13 -14
Excitement and fun for all ages. Featuring Big Dawg baseball tournament, coed volleyball tournament, Cooyah Card tournament, live music, parade, food & beverages, and 1, 2, and 4 mile walk/run. All profits go to charitable causes.
Frank Murphy County Park, Egg Harbor
Test your endurance with a Sprint Race, Half Iron, and Youth Triathlon.
Throughout Door and Kewaunee Counties
Participating ports include Sturgeon Bay, Baileys Harbor, Washington Island, Algoma and Kewaunee. More than $50,000 in cash and prizes.
Throughout Door County
A combination of free and ticketed events. Artists have 6 days to paint Door County. With a Collector’s preview party and Gala Auction. Visit peninsulaschoolofart.com for more information.
Downtown Sturgeon Bay
Take advantage of great bargains and discover unique finds including art, textiles, and more during this citywide event! Third Avenue will be closed to traffic. Stop by for food, beverages, and entertainment. Visit sturgeonbay.net for more information.
Parade, craft fair, music, food, pie eating contest, doggie contest, grape/cherry stomp, free waterslides, pet psychic readings and more fun for the whole family.
Trueblood Performing Arts Center, Washington Island
July 29-Aug. 9
World class symphony orchestra musicians perform a series of concerts. Chamber music concerts, open rehearsals, lectures and children’s programs complement the main performances.
Door County Fairgrounds, Sturgeon Bay
July 31-Aug. 4
Carnival rides, food stands, 4-H animal barns, grandstand events, kids and family tents. Visit doorcountyfair.com for more information. $7/daily passes. $18/booster buttons include entry, rides, grandstand events, music, and special entertainments on ground.
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