Fall Events in
Door County

While the fall seems to slow down in comparison to the summer months, Door County stays alive and full of activities for families to enjoy. Celebrate the colors and harvests of fall with festivals, sporting events, art, and more. This is the best time of year to pack up your car and drive around the peninsula, enjoying the vibrant fall colors.

Check out these annual events for a taste of fall fun and visit the events' websites for yearly dates.

Fall Drive

Run Wild

Potawatomi State Park, Sturgeon Bay

A fall run featuring 1/4 marathon and 5k runs, and a Smokey Bear Run for kids ages 2-10. Search Facebook for Run Wild to register or for more information.

Art in Ephraim

Throughout Ephraim

Visitors can spend the weekend perusing the various galleries throughout the village. The galleries welcome visitors to view their stunning works of art, from paintings, pottery, jewelry, furniture, or printmaking and beyond. For more information visit ephraim-doorcounty.com.

Pumpkin Patch Festival

Pumpkin Patch Festival

Egg Harbor

Pumpkin Patch Festival marks one of the biggest weekends in Door County. The temperatures have cooled and the fall colors are peaking. The county once again fills with visitors, everyone trying to get a peek at the fleeting brilliant colors. Pumpkin Patch is the perfect highlight for your fall fun weekend. The festival features carnival rides, arts and crafts vendors, a silent auction, live music throughout the weekend, scarecrow and pumpkin displays, food, refreshments and more. Visit eggharbordoorcounty.org for more information.

Fall Fun Fest & Cider Pressing Party

Washington Island Farm Museum

Bring your own apples or buy a bucket to press into a gallon of cider. There will be entertainment, wagon rides, dip your own caramel apples on the spot, brats, chili, hot and cold fresh pressed cider, and kids old fashioned games. Visit washingtonisland-wi.com for more information

Fall Apples

Sister Bay Fall Fest

Throughout Sister Bay

Door County’s end-of-season bash, this annual festival brings in thousands of people all milling about the closed off highway. Sister Bay Fall fest features a parade, great live music throughout town, street food, arts and crafts fair, 50/50 raffle, classic auto show, children’s activities, and much more. Visit cometosisterbay.com for more information.

Door County Fall 50

Throughout Door County

A point-to-point 50-mile run that offers a challenge to solo or run in teams of 2-5, which showcases the western shoreline of Door County during peak fall color and ends with a party at sunset. Visit www.fall50.com for more information and to register.

Pumpkin Display

Fall Art Crawl

Throughout Ellison Bay

Explore one-of-a-kind art galleries, shops, and nature trails. Enjoy refreshments and demonstrations while browsing this unique event. Maps are available at all member galleries. Visit facebook.com/EllisonBayArts for more information.

Jack O’ Lantern Days

Throughout Fish Creek

Mask making for kids, pumpkin carving, a haunting Halloween parade, trick-or-treating, costume parties for kids, adults, and dogs, and more. Visit visitfishcreek.com for more information.

Thrills on Third Avenue

Throughout Sturgeon Bay

A day of festive Halloween fun for the entire family! Activities include pumpkin painting (9-11am), a haunted house with carnival games (10am-1pm), a costume parade, costume contest, and trick-or-treating (1-3pm) in downtown Sturgeon Bay. Visit sturgeonbay.net for more information.

Dark Songs

Third Avenue Playhouse, Sturgeon Bay

Songwriters perform after a full week of writing and recording new original collaborative material in the spirit of the “dark” holidays of late autumn. For more information and a complete list of performers visit holidaymusicmotel.com.

Fall Music

Halloween Safe Walk

Throughout Egg Harbor

Trick-or-Treat through the streets of Egg Harbor. Look for bright orange signs in the windows of participating businesses. Visit eggharbordoorcounty.org for a list of locations.

Halloween in the Harbor

Baileys Harbor Town Hall, Baileys Harbor

A Halloween extravaganza featuring trick or treating in town, and a party in the Town Hall. The party features costume contests, a scavenger hunt, games, and more. Hot dogs, snacks and beverages are available.

Halloween Party

Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department, Sister Bay

A night featuring games and prizes. Parents are welcome. Sponsored by the Sister Bay Lions Club.

Turkey Trot

Sevastopol Town Park, Institute

Celebrate the month of the turkey and food induced mid-afternoon naps, with a 4, 2, 1 and 0.5 mile run. Visit sevastopol.k12.wi.us for more information.

Merry-Time Festival of Trees

Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay

Joyously celebrate the holidays by enjoying dozens of beautifully decorated Christmas trees scattered throughout the Museum’s galleries. Lovingly decorated by local businesses and organizations, each of these extraordinary trees is adorned with beautiful ornaments and special surprises. Best of all, every tree will go home with a lucky winner in our Merry-Time Festival of Trees raffle. Enjoy a live auction, a silent auction, the tree raffle drawing and a score of heavy hors d’oeuvres at the event’s final gala, “Jingle, Jingle, Mix & Mingle”. Create a new holiday tradition for your family and friends by joining in this wonderful festive event. Visit dcmm.org for more details.

Sturgeon Bay Christmas by the Bay

Throughout Sturgeon Bay

Kickoff the holiday season during the annual tree lighting ceremony near the clock tower on Third Ave. (Friday, 6-8pm). The fun continues with the Holiday Parade (Saturday, 10am) followed by a meet and greet with Santa, and horse-drawn carriage rides (Friday & Saturday). The weekend comes to a close during brunch with Santa at Stone Harbor Resort (Sunday, 9-11am). Visit sturgeonbay.net for more information.

Santa Sturgeon Bay

Christmas Tree Lighting & Chili Supper

Throughout Ellison Bay

Join in the spirit of the season and gather around the tree for the lighting, to sing carols, and enjoy a warm bowl of chili. Sponsored by the Ellison Bay Service Club. Visit doorcountynorth.com for more information. Free to all in the community, donations of canned goods for area food pantries encouraged.

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Lakeside Park, Jacksonport

Eclectic floats and characters mixed with traditional color guard, a Jacksonport fire truck, some horses and maybe a camel, and Santa. Money collected for Jacksonport native Marsha Wilson. Visit jacksonport.net for more information.

Holiday Shopping

Capture the Spirit

Throughout Sister Bay

The village lights up for the holidays with special decorations, caroling, Santa Claus, refreshments, extended shopping hours, art fair and cookie decorating for kids.

Holly Days

Throughout Egg Harbor

An exciting old-fashioned winter weekend including Breakfast with Santa, an elf hunt for children, Mistle Dough shopping contest, tree lighting, caroling, horse-drawn wagon rides and more. Plus, run the One Barrel 2.62 Fun Run on Saturday. Visit eggharbordoorcounty.org for more information.