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Annual Summertime Events You Can’t Miss

Summertime and all the high-energy, high-thrill events and festivals that it brings are just about here!

In addition to ongoing event series like local farmers markets, live music and concerts, and plays and theatrical performances, Door County hosts some of Wisconsin’s most popular events and favorite festivals.

The dates and details of each year’s events may vary, but these classic, must-do, simply-can’t-miss summertime events in Door County are held annually and make great centerpieces for a trip of any style or length. Just find the one that calls to you or choose a weekend with multiple events and do some fest-hopping.

June Events

Lighthouse Festival (June 10-12, 2022)
This twice-a-year festival allows travelers to tour Door County’s 11 lighthouses, including many not generally open to the public. Enjoy a walking or hiking tour or take it to the next level with a boat or airplane tour.

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Sól Grass Music Festival (June 17-18, 2022)
Washington Island’s bluegrass festival hosts both big-name bands and local singer-songwriters for two days of music, outdoor exploration, camping, and local food and drink.

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Door County Beer Festival (June 18, 2022)
Fest-goers will have the chance to sample more than 150 beers from 45 Midwestern breweries. The festival also offers live music and food from local restaurants and vendors.

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A groups watches a massive beach bonfire in awe at the Fyr Bal Festival.

Fyr Bal (June 18, 2022)
Fyr Bal (pronounced “fear ball”) is a celebration of Scandinavian heritage and the transition from spring to summer. The festival offers music, dancing, food, arts and crafts for sale, fireworks, and the iconic beach bonfire that represents the burning of the “Winter Witch.”

Crossroads Trail Run (June 18, 2022)
Participate in a 2k, 5k, or 10k run or walk at the Crossroads at Big Creek Nature Preserve. Proceeds benefit the learning center and the preserve.

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Peninsula Century Spring Classic Bike Race (June 18, 2022)

The annual bike race offers riders the chance to compete in a 25, 50, 62, or 100-mile race that weaves throughout the upper peninsula.

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Northern Door Pride Celebration (June 21, 2022)
Northern Door County’s pride celebration takes place in Sister Bay this year and offers a “pride walk,” music and DJs, a raffle, and more. The Tuesday night event is a great prelude to Open Door Pride’s event the following Saturday.

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Open Door Pride (June 25, 2022)

Keep the pride going at the peninsula-wide Open Door Pride festival this summer. The event celebrates diversity in the Door County community and will have live music, family and kids activities, art, and local vendors.

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Door County Wine Fest (June 25, 2022)

Sample wines from eight local wineries, enjoy top-notch food from local vendors, and listen to live music in a beautiful setting in Baileys Harbor.

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July Events

Independence Day Celebrations (July 2-5)
Independence Day celebrations can be found across the peninsula and islands this year, including Fish Creek, Rock Island, Egg Harbor, Baileys Harbor, Gills Rock, Sturgeon Bay, and Washington Island. Expect fireworks, parades, food and drink, kids’ activities, and plenty of patriotic merriment.

Hairpin Run/Walk (July 4, 2022)

For more than 40 years, the Hairpin Run/Walk has been a fundraiser for the local school district. The 5k is open to runners and walkers of all ages and experience levels and takes place in Fish Creek.

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Door County Sea Kayak Symposium (July 8-10, 2022)
Each year, Rowleys Bay Resort and Rutabaga Paddlesports host kayakers from all around Wisconsin and the Midwest for a weekend of paddling, skills development, kayak tours, and community building.

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A dozen kayakers practice their skills on Lake Michigan, with Rowleys Bay Resort in the background.

Door County Triathlon (July 16-17, 2022)
Run, swim, and bike your way across Door County—or maybe just come and marvel at the athletic prowess of the racers from behind the barriers. The event also has a Half Iron, kids’ events, awards, and plenty of triathlon-community camaraderie.

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Door County Plein Air Festival (July 24-30, 2022)
This painting and arts festival is a celebration of outdoor and landscape painting. More than 30 artists will set up their canvases and paints and paint, live and outdoors, for fest-goers to observe the artistic process.

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August Events

Cherry Fest (August 6, 2022)
Celebrate Door County’s favorite export at Jacksonport’s annual Cherry Fest, complete with historical displays, arts and crafts, live music, car show, and of course plenty of cherry-filled food and drink.

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Door County Fair (August 10-14, 2022)
The county fair is timeless, old-fashioned American fun. Enjoy classic fair rides, stock car races, carnival concessions, local vendors, special exhibits, and live music in Sturgeon Bay.

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A beautifully painted cherry statue outside a downtown gallery.

Door County Festival of Fine Arts (August 13, 2022)
Head to Sister Bay for the only art festival exclusively featuring local Door County artists. Wander the town to find artist demos, activities, and art for sale.

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Washington Island Fair (August 13, 2022)
For a fair with island vibes, check out the Washington Island Fair, which has food and drink, exhibits, a parade, activities and games, bingo, and a raffle.

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Belgian Kermiss (August 21, 2022)
Celebrate the coming harvest season with Belgian food, beer, music, and festivities at the Belgian Heritage Center. Check out the center’s historical exhibits, see a demonstration of antique farming equipment, and tour the grounds.

Death's Door BBQ (August 27, 2022)
Close out the summer season with the local favorite Death’s Door BBQ on Washington Island. Enjoy live music, kids activities, food vendors, and all the barbecued meats you can handle during this late-summer event.

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Summer Theater Events

Door County is known for its small-yet-mighty theater scene and has four well-known theater groups. Each offers multiple shows this summer with plenty of performances so that no matter when the theater bug hits you, you’ll have plenty of options.

Peninsula Players
This summer, the Peninsula Players will perform The Rainmaker, Write Me a Murder, Ripcord, I and You, and Murder for Two.

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Northern Sky Theater
Northern Sky Theater’s iconic outdoor theater will play host to Fishing for the Moon and Love Stings this summer, and the indoor Gould Theater will be home to Dad’s Season Tickets.

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An audience watches a play at an outdoor theater in the forest.

Third Avenue PlayWorks
TAP’s 2022 season includes three summer shows—Slow Food, The Book Club Play, and The Last Five Years—as well as additional shows in fall and winter.

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Door Shakespeare
Door County’s own Shakespearean theater group is putting on two shows this summer: The Tempest and The Three Musketeers.

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Headed to Door County this summer? Now’s a good time to brush up on outdoor etiquette and the Door County Leave No Trace 7 Principles.

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