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I am certainly not alone in saying that one of my favorite things about Door County is that, no matter where you are, you are never far from a beach or water view. In fact, Door County has 53 Lake Michigan and Green Bay public swimming beaches and around 6.5 total miles of sandy shoreline for public enjoyment. Combine that with 5 state parks, 19 county parks and numerous local parks, Door County is an outdoor-lovers haven!
So if you are looking to combine your love for the shoreline with live music, Door County is a prime location for doing so. Many of the popular parks host a free concert series throughout the busy season, from June to September. Click to see the latest schedule.
My family and I chose to spend an evening enjoying the live music offering at the newly renovated Sister Bay Waterfront Park, which features a spectacular music pavilion facing a large grassy lawn situated next to a sprawling length of sandy beach perfect for wading, swimming and watching the sunset.
We packed our bag with a lawn blanket, refreshments and snacks, and arrived to the park just before 6 PM when the performance was set to begin. The lawn was beginning to fill with lawn chairs and picnickers taking full advantage of the blue skies and 75-degree weather. The popcorn and beer vendor had a consistent flow of customers getting ready to enjoy the show. And beachgoers, all tanned and giddy, were still soaking in the late afternoon rays.
The band, Trout Steak Revival, traveled to the peninsula from Colorado but have roots in both Michigan and Wisconsin. They are a five-piece bluegrass band with rousing tunes that make for easy-listening – especially on a sunny summer afternoon. It didn’t take long for the younger ones in the crowd to start some toe-tapping and dancing!
Music played until 9PM, with a short break between sets, which meant we were able to witness the slow setting of the sun. Being located on the West side of “the thumb” certainly has its benefits when it comes to gorgeous sunset views. Swimmers and festive sparklers really set the scene for a sweet moment in time before the sun went down. As the music wrapped up, we realized we were ready for a real dinner.
Luckily, the newly opened location of Wild Tomato is adjacent to the pavilion. We wandered over and were able to be seated on the outdoor patio to enjoy cold tapped beer and their oh-so-delicious pizza. If you are looking for something a little different, a collection of mailboxes next to the park offer local menus for you to explore when deciding on a restaurant. With so many tasty options, sometimes this can be a real challenge! For us, pizza and bluegrass made for the perfect evening out together.
Check the events calendar at www.DoorCounty.com for all the live music performance on the peninsula.
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