Celebrate Water
in Door County

Celebrate Water in Door County

If you love Door County, you almost certainly have a great affinity for the waters that surround it.

The waters provide a fertile fishery that ranks among the best in the nation, a destination for sailors and kite surfers, and a hot spot for recreational boating. This May, the county kicks off two events to celebrate those waters.

On May 19, Baileys Harbor hosts the kickoff to the summer boating season with the Blessing of the Fleet festival. The festival celebrates all things maritime with a weekend of lectures, music, food, and historical presentations. Tour commercial fishing boats and the Baileys Harbor Range Lights, meet local fishermen and hear their tales, and enjoy fish specialties at local restaurants.

But before the Blessing of the Fleet, Door County will kick off a new year-long series of events to celebrate the waters that make the peninsula so special.


Celebrate Water Door County hosts a kickoff event May 5 for a year of bringing attention to the issues that impact this important resource. When journalist and author Dan Egan released his critically acclaimed book, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, in 2017, his mother Anne was inspired to turn the book into a movement. Soon, Celebrate Water Door County was born.

“The response throughout the community has been amazing and has really evoked the pride we all have in what makes the Door County peninsula so unique—the water that surrounds us,” Egan said.

The Celebrate Water project will include performances, art exhibits, educational lectures, and a wide range of additional opportunities to learn about and experience the waters around us.

The year of water will culminate in a Water Summit that will bring experts, politicians, journalists, and citizens together to discuss the health and threats to our water in June of 2019.

Celebrate Water Door County Events

May 4: Art of Water II Opening Reception at James May Gallery, 5:30pm.
Art exhibit uses water as inspiration.

May 5: Celebrate Water Kickoff at Sawyer Park, 1-2pm.
Speakers, food, music, and more. Learn about Celebrate Water, meet the team, and get involved.

May 16: The Science, Economics, & Politics of Water Management
Donald & Carol Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St, Egg Harbor

Presentation, talk, and Q&A with Bob Martini. Martini talks about surface water contamination affecting the Bay of Green Bay and other bodies of water and presents data on how water pollution has economically impacted other areas of the state.

May 26-31: Exhibit: Mystical Waters
Woodwalk Gallery, 6746 County Rd G, Egg Harbor
Art exhibit featuring Brian Sullivan, Nikki Kaftan, Gary Hanks, and Barbara Ottum reflecting the many mystical aspects of water in various mediums.

May 26: Exhibit: Celebrate Water Benefit Show, Reception, 4-7pm
Edgewood Orchard Galleries, 4140 Peninsula Players Rd, Fish Creek
Group show features artwork that celebrates the beauty and importance of water. Meet the artists.

May 27-May 31: Exhibit: Water Paintings Show & Opening Reception (May 27), 2-5pm
Margaret Lockwood Gallery, 7 S 2nd Ave., Sturgeon Bay
The walls of the gallery will be covered with paintings of water in varied color and light. Rolf Olson reads poems about water.