Fall Events
& Festivals

Feeling Fall in Door County

School has started up and people are back home, but that doesn’t mean the peninsula slows down. Aside from the crisp air and beautiful fall colors, there are a lot of fun events that are great for the whole family. Enjoy one of the many races, festivals, or fall activities that are lined up for Sept. and Oct. in the county!

Fall Stairs

Sister Bay Marina Fest

Throughout Sister Bay

Sept. 1-2

Celebrate in Sister Bay with live entertainment and music, food & drinks, classic boats, fireworks and more! For more information visit sisterbaywi.gov.

Corn Fest

Schopf’s Dairy View Country Store, Carlsville

Sept. 8

Featuring a Corn Maze, children's games, bakery items, food, raffle, silent auction, live music, cornhole tournament, and corn and pie eating contests. Proceeds benefit Sunshine House.

Corn Maze

Door County Century

John Miles County Park, Sturgeon Bay

Sept. 9

Ride offers cyclists 28, 50, 70, 100 mile routes and a Fat Bike cross event. Well-stocked food and fluid stations with a post ride barbeque. Visit doorcountycentury.com for more information and to register.

Washington Island Literary Festival

Trueblood Performing Arts Center, Washington Island

Sept. 13-15

The 2018 theme is “Words on Water,” celebrating, reflecting upon, and generating literature with a focus upon topics, plots, issues and ideas concerning water. Surrounded by water as we are, a world apart yet vitally connected, we are ideally situated for focus upon watery themes. Visit washingtonislandliteraryfestival.org for more information.

Harvest Festival, Car Show & Street Auction

Throughout Sturgeon Bay

Sept. 15

Usher in the spirit of autumn with a bountiful day on Third Avenue. Features include a classic car show, craft show, food booths, in-store specials, children’s activities, and live entertainment. Preview unique street art and attend the live auction at 5:30 pm. Visit sturgeonbay.net for more information.

Water Fest

Crossroads at Big Creek, Sturgeon Bay

Sept. 15

Featuring educational and fun activities for people of all ages, lectures, discussions, videos, demonstrations, projects, a dedication, nature walks, exhibits and booths. For more information visit crossroadsatbigcreek.com.

Ale Fest

Egg Harbor AleFest

Harbor View Park, Egg Harbor

Sept. 15

Enjoy unlimited sampling of more than 100 different craft beers, home brewing demonstrations, live music, and more. Visit eggharboralefest.com to buy tickets and for more information.

Peninsula Century Fall Challenge

Waterfront Park, Sturgeon Bay

Sept. 15

Take on Northern Door County’s challenging hills in a century route, or take on a scenic, but less demanding, 25-mile ride and along the shore. Riders may also choose from 50 and 62-mile options. All routes feature full course support with aid stations stocked with food and beverages. Finish with a post-ride party at Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park featuring food from local chefs, live music and beer from the Door County Brewing Company. Visit peninsulacenturyfallchallenge.com for registration and more information.

Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament

Wave Pointe Marina, Sturgeon Bay

Sept. 15

Live weigh in, kids day, dock dance, drinks, food, and raffle. Visit sbobt.org for more information.

Fall Fishing

Autumnfest & Classic Auto Show

Baileys Harbor Town Hall, Baileys Harbor

Sept. 22

Live music, food & drinks, arts & crafts, classic auto & motorcycle show. Hey Hey 5k Run. Free admission. Visit baileysharbor.com for more information.

Inside/Outside Sale

Throughout Fish Creek

Sept. 28-30

Fish Creek retailers will showcase special sale merchandise both inside and outside of their shops for unbeatable end-of-season sales all weekend long. For those not so fond of walking, free trolley rides will be offered throughout the village on Saturday. Look for the Trolley stop signs to be able to hop on. Visit www.visitfishcreek.com for more information.

Fall Sales

Open House Tour

Throughout Door County

Sept. 29-30

Take a tour of two new, custom-built homes and two remodeled homes. Custom designers will be on-site to answer any design or construction questions you may have about your upcoming project. Gather design ideas and see the latest home building products.

The Epic Door County Treasure Hunt

Throughout Door County

Sept. 29

A day of fun, discovery, prizes and adventure as you explore the middle of Door County. Maps, clues, adventure, prizes and celebration dinner provided. For more information and to register visit doorcountytreasurehunt.com.

Run Wild

Potawatomi State Park, Sturgeon Bay

Oct. 6

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

Art in Ephraim

Throughout Ephraim

Oct. 6-7

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

Pumpkin Patch Festival

Egg Harbor

Oct. 6-7

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

Oct. 6-8

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

Sister Bay Fall Fest

Throughout Sister Bay

Oct. 12-14

Door County’s end-of-season bash. 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.

Fall Fest

Door County Fall 50

Throughout Door County

Oct. 20

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.

Fall Art Crawl

Throughout Ellison Bay

Oct. 20-21

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

Oct. 26 -27

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.

Halloween

Thrills on Third Avenue

Throughout Sturgeon Bay

Oct. 27

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.

Halloween Safe Walk

Throughout Egg Harbor

Oct. 28

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

Oct. 31

Trick or treating in town (5-8pm), with a party in the Town Hall (5:30-7pm). The party features costume contests (6:30pm) and a scavenger hunt, games, and more. Hot dogs, snacks and beverages available.

Halloween Party

Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department, Sister Bay

Oct. 31

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