Where to Find Live Music this Summer
Summer is when Door County’s music scene comes alive.
Between festivals, events, outdoor concerts, orchestral and symphonic performances, and even farmers markets, there’s a venue or musical style for everyone, on just about any night of the week.
So whether Beethoven and Bach or country and garage rock are more your thing, here’s a sampling of annual concerts and other music events to check out when you’re in Door County in the summertime.
There are too many individual concerts taking place at festivals and events to list here, so be sure to check out the Events calendar or return to this page in 2023 for ongoing updates on summer concert schedules, performers, and other details.
Peg Egan Sunset Concert Series (Egg Harbor)
Concert-goers can enjoy live music under the stars at this weekly concert series in Egg Harbor. Shows are free to attend. Attendees are welcome to bring chairs, blankets, and carry-ins to enhance the show.
Fishstock Concert Series (Fish Creek)
This popular series offers live concerts in a beautifully renovated, 100-year-old barn in Fish Creek and features a wide variety of musical styles.
Midsummer’s Music (Sister Bay)
Midsummer’s Music is an organization dedicated to bringing chamber music and world-class musicians to the Door County region. In addition to regular performances from the Griffon String Quartet, the group puts on high-quality concerts throughout the summer. The full summer schedule is typically released in June.
Birch Creek Music Performance Center Series (Egg Harbor)
Birch Creek is Door County’s destination for high-quality orchestral performances and shows.
The Fiddler’s Farm (Sturgeon Bay)
Nearly every weekend, this unique venue features Branson, Missouri-style music shows with artists playing bluegrass, classic country, and western swing music. The shows are family friendly and take place in a restored 118-year-old barn in the Sturgeon Bay countryside.
Concerts in the Park
Several communities offer free live music in public parks each summer. Each community takes a different night of the week, so any weeknight you’re yearning for some live music, you can get your fix. Several communities offer free live music in public parks each summer. Each community takes a different night of the week, so any weeknight you’re yearning for some live music, you can get your fix.
Concerts in the Park are held on weeknights in:
Ephraim: Mondays, 6–8 p.m.
Fish Creek: Tuesdays, 4–6 p.m.
Sister Bay: Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
Sturgeon Bay: Wednesdays, 7–9 p.m.
Egg Harbor: Thursdays, 4 p.m.
Baileys Harbor: Fridays, 5–7 p.m.
You can also check out a wide variety of concerts, series, and genres at these performance-dedicated venues. Summer schedules are typically announced in May or June.
- Door County Auditorium (Fish Creek)
- Southern Door Community Auditorium (Brussels)
- Trueblood Performing Arts Center (Washington Island)
Peninsula Music Festival
Catch performances from renowned conductors and mega-talented musicians such as pianists, violinists, and flutists as they take on classic works from Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and more.
Sól Grass Music Festival (Washington Island)
This bluegrass music festival is a low-key way to hear and play some great music, connect with fellow bluegrass fans, explore Washington Island, and spend a weekend outdoors.
A few of Door County’s farmers markets host live music each week, typically folk, soft rock, and other easy-listening jams to complement the laid-back atmosphere of the markets.
Enjoy music while you shop for fresh produce, flowers, crafts, and other artisan goods at the Sister Bay, Jacksonport, and Fish Creek markets.
Bars, Breweries, & Wineries
Just about any night of the week, you can find live music at a bar, pub, brewery, winery, or coffee house.
In fact, if you’re walking down main street in some of the bigger communities in mid-summer, it may be hard not to hear music and revelry pouring from these businesses’ front doors and patios. Just follow the music that sings to you the loudest.
In addition to professional touring bands, many of Door County’s bars and restaurants hold open mic nights, so you can catch some up-and-coming musicians before they make it big—or step up to the mic and give it a try for yourself.
More on the Door County Music Scene
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