October & November Events

Fall is in full swing with the leaf colors slowly growing more vivid every day and the seasonal harvest flooding the markets and stores. Apple season is here and orchards are hosting their fall festivals and every weekend is jammed packed with something for the whole family. Then soon enough, November will kick off the holiday celebrations with tree lightings, festivals, fun runs, and more.

Run Wild

Potawatomi State Park, Sturgeon Bay
Oct. 12

9:30am. 1/4 marathon and 5k runs begin. 10:45am. 1/3 mile Smokey Bear Run for kids ages 2-10. Visit racemine.com or search Facebook for Run Wild to register or more information.


Fall Lighthouse Festival

Throughout Door County
Oct. 12-13

Reacting to the popularity of the Lighthouse Festival each June, the Door County Maritime Museum is offering a couple of its most popular tours. Visit dcmm.org for more details.

Fall Fun Fest & Cider Pressing Party

Washington Island Farm Museum, Washington Island
Oct. 12-13

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.


Pumpkin Patch Festival

Harbor View Park, Egg Harbor
Oct. 12-13

Featuring carnival rides, arts and crafts vendors, silent auction, live music, scarecrow and pumpkin displays, food, refreshments and more. Visit eggharbordoorcounty.org for more information.

Sister Bay Fall Fest

Throughout Sister Bay
Oct. 18-20

Door County’s epic end-of-season bash. Sister Bay Fall fest features a ping pong ball drop, parade, live music throughout town, street food, arts and crafts fair, 50/50 raffle, classic auto show, children’s activities, and more. Visit cometosisterbay.com for more information.

Jack O’ Lantern Days

Throughout Fish Creek
Oct. 25-27

Halloween family fun! 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

Throughout Sturgeon Bay
Oct. 26

Enjoy a day of festive Halloween fun for the entire family! Activities include pumpkin painting, a haunted house with carnival games, a costume parade, costume contest, and trick-or-treating in downtown Sturgeon Bay. Visit sturgeonbay.net for more information.


Door County Fall 50

Throughout Door County
Oct. 26

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 fall50.com for more information and to register.


Fall Art Crawl

Throughout Ellison Bay
Oct. 26 -27

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.


Halloween Safe Walk

Throughout Egg Harbor
Oct. 29

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
Oct. 31

5-8pm. Trick or treating in town. 5:30-7pm. Party in Town Hall. Costume contests (6:30pm) and a scavenger hunt, games, and more. Hot dogs, snacks and beverages available.

Turkey Trot

Sevastopol Town Park, Institute
Nov. 2

4-, 2-, 1- and 0.5-mile run. Visit sevastopol.k12.wi.us for more information.


Tug Lighting

Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay
Nov. 8

Celebrate the holidays with hot cocoa and carols for the opening of the Merry-Time Festival of Trees and lighting of the tug John Purves.


Merry-Time Festival of Trees

Door County Maritime Museum, Sturgeon Bay
Nov. 8-30

Joyously celebrate the holidays by enjoying dozens of beautifully decorated Christmas trees scattered throughout the Museum’s galleries. Explore the museum and stroll through a sparkling forest of holiday trees, wreaths, and holiday items donated by our community for raffle and auction. Visit dcmm.org for more details.


Christmas by the Bay

Throughout Sturgeon Bay
Nov. 22-24

Kickoff the holiday season during the annual tree lighting ceremony near the clock tower on Third Ave. The fun continues with the Holiday Parade, a meet and greet with Santa, and more holiday themed activities. Visit sturgeonbay.net for more information.

Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl

Throughout Sturgeon Bay
Nov. 22-24

Offering the public an opportunity to learn about the creative working process at 24 unique sites, with artists opening their studio and gallery doors. For more information and a map of participating locations, visit Sturgeon Bay Holiday Art Crawl on Facebook or sturgeonbaystudios.com.


Christmas Tree Lighting and Chili Supper

Throughout Ellison Bay
Nov. 24

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
Nov. 28

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


Holly Days

Throughout Egg Harbor
Nov. 29

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. Visit eggharbordoorcounty.org for more information.


Capture the Spirit

Throughout Sister Bay
Nov. 29-30

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