Door County – Welcome back, Fall Festivals.
While some people think that Door County essentially shuts down after Labor Day like some other northern tourist hot spots, this is not the case. Instead, the peninsula continues to provide fun and entertainment for residents and visitors in mid-October with an annual series of weekend festivals presented by local community and business associations.
Except last year, when the recommendations against the COVID-19 pandemic and large crowds of people led to the cancellation of all these community festivals. OK, but half of one of them.
But they’re back on schedule this year, and the groups that sponsor the festival are happy they’re back.
“It’s part of our history,” said Alyssa Rasmusson, marketing and event manager for the Egg Harbor Business Association, which sponsors the very popular Pumpkin Patch Weekend festivities on October 9 and 10. “It’s our main event from the community that people look forward to every year. I think everyone’s just hoping for a little bit of normalcy.”
“It’s a lot of fun. It feels like everything is new and fresh after a year off,” said Carly Sarkis, marketing and events director for destination Sturgeon Bay. “Even just seeing people with smiling faces means a lot to us again.”
Door County also hosts other notable fall festivals and events, such as the Door County Maritime Museum’s Fall Lighthouse Festival at lighthouses throughout the county from October 1 to 3. But the festivals listed below are where businesses and members of the community get involved. Before people start flocking down for the holidays, visitors have a variety of entertainment options for all ages.
So, here’s a glimpse into why so many people are flocking to Sturgeon Bay, Belize Harbor, Egg Harbor and Sister Bay for the weekend.
Sturgeon Bay: Harvest Fest, Classic Car Show and ‘Cherry’s Jubilee’ Street Art Auction, Sept. 18
The destination took place last year as part of Sturgeon Bay’s Community Fall Fest—the 20th annual auction of street art that populated Sturgeon Bay’s sidewalks during the summer, which was the real heart of the weekend—and it’s literally keeping it as one. was done instead. Live, in-person events as always.
The auction will also be online this year, with the second straight year of cherries decorated and reimagined by 25 artists – the art project being titled ‘Cherry Jubilee’ – to the highest bidders at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The auction is being conducted through the Handbid app, which provides notifications on bids; A link is available on the Harvest Fest page on the Destination Sturgeon Bay website.
“(Cherry) are a fan favorite,” Sarkis said. “There was a lot of interest from the artists and a lot of interest from the bidders.”
Those who didn’t get a chance to see the Cherry Jubilee on the city’s sidewalks will visit Martin Park at 3 p.m., and the artists who created them are invited to meet with the public and talk about their work. .
And, Third Avenue returns to downtown this year to re-enact Harvest Fest’s other familiar and favorite event, Cherry Arts.
One of the most popular is its 15th annual Harvest Festival car show, organized by the Old Bolts Car Club along South Third Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with prizes for over 100 antique, classic and customized cars. expected to be on hand. Presented at 3 p.m. to enter the car in the show or visit oldboltscarclub.org for more information.
The festival also offers a craft show, food booths, in-store specials, children’s activities, and live entertainment. In the afternoon a firkin of a specialty craft beer from Starboard Brewing will be taped in front of the North Third Avenue brewpub, also to celebrate what was the start of Oktoberfest in Munich (now canceled due to the pandemic in Germany), a The competition to hold a full stein of beer at arm’s length at 1 p.m. with
Harvest Fest runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 18. All are free to participate in the program. For more information, visit Destination Sturgeon Bay, 36 S. Third Avenue; Call 920-743-6246; Or visit surgeonbay.net.
Belize Harbour: Autumnfest/Pin Ups & Pistons, September 25
Also after a year off there is this lakeshore community festival organized by a large car and motorcycle show which is slightly different from other car shows in the area.
This is because, for the fifth time in a row, the Pin Up and Pistons photo shoot is part of the show, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The aim of photo shoots is to recreate artwork seen in old hot rod or vintage car or bike calendars and magazines, with models, often in 1940-1950s clothing and hairstyles, taking pin-up poses for photographs. and around the machines. The photo shoot will take place during the show, and visitors can meet the model.
The awards will be announced at 3 p.m., with the top car or bicycle in each of the 12 classes as well as trophies to the People’s Choice, Emergency Vehicle, Best in Show and Louis Oldenburg Best in Show motorcycle. The cost of admission is $10; Registrations are taken in advance or at the show by 11am.
A different kind of action on the street begins at 8 a.m. with the sixth annual He Hey 5K Run, named after the late local character and favorite saying of “Polka King” Freddy Kodanko. The run begins and ends at Door County Brewing Company, and participants receive an exclusive Door County Brewing Company. Hey Hey 5K pint glass (with the first free fill from the brewery’s tap room) and a Hey Hey 5K shirt.
Runners can register at the brewery from 6 to 9 p.m. or 7 a.m. the day before the event. For more information, visit heyhey5k.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part of Autumnfest is live music from local blues-rock favorite Mighty Mouth that begins at 11 a.m., an arts and crafts show and a food and beverage stand, both lasting until 4 p.m. The Belize Harbor Fire Department has one until 3 p.m. Holds an open house, and local branch of the Door County Library selling vintage books from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The day after tomorrow, September 26, offers regularly scheduled farmers’ markets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Autumnfest is sponsored by the Belize Harbor Community Association. Most events take place in or near Kendall Park and Town Hall, State 57 and County F. For more information, call 920-839-2366 or visit Baileysharbor.doorcounty.com or “Belize Harbor Autumnfest Pin Ups & Pistons Car Show.” Facebook page.
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Egg Harbor: Pumpkin Patch, October 9-10
The entire village turns into a pumpkin patch on this very popular long-standing festival.
The Pumpkin Patch features seasonal pumpkin and scarecrow displays in Egg Harbor on the Saturday and Sunday before Columbus Day. People viewing the display can vote for their favorites online.
This free, family-friendly festival sponsored by the Egg Harbor Business Association offers kids more to do on both days than just checking out pumpkins, carnival rides and activities, inflatable games, face painting and crayons at Egg Harbor Marina. With entertainment in the pavilion. Adults and families can take in music in Harbor View Park and a juried arts and crafts fair at Nicollet Banks.
Its spectacular view over Harbor View Park and the Bay of Green Bay also plays host to a food and drink stand, including a corn roast on the Business Association stand, and a Bucket Raffle on the Saturday of the festival, with prizes donated by association members only. Includes overnight stay, golf package and home furnishings. Drawings start at 3:30 pm and prizes must be received from the Village Welcome Center by 4:30 pm that afternoon or the next day.
Also, for those who don’t want to try to find a parking spot in the village, Horseshoe Bay Farm is sponsoring a free shuttle on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests can park by Frank Murphy Park (7119 Bay Shore Drive) and will be dropped off near Harbor View Park. Shuttle will run every half hour and last run will start at 5:30 PM
For more information about Pumpkin Patch, call 920-868-3717 or visit Eggharbordoorcounty.org.
Sister Bay: 75th Annual Fall Fest, October 15-17
It is the last festival ahead of Halloween time, the oldest (celebrating its 75th edition this year after the cancellation of last year) and the largest, with an estimated 35,000 to 40,000 visitors to the village at some point in its three days of Fall Fest. come to different places. To sponsor Sister Bay Advancement Association.
In addition to its longevity, what distinguishes the “Granddaddy” of Door County community festivals from its Saturday parade; the return of the derby race after several years of absence; And the ping-pong ball drop helps kick off the festivities on Sunday.
Organizers claim the Fall Fest parade is the largest annually in Door County, with marching bands from some local schools and many floats and vehicles. Anyone is welcome to enter the parade, which begins at 11 a.m. and marches along State 42 through downtown, and Advancement Association coordinator Lewis Howson said he hopes and expects most Entries will be themed for the 75th anniversary or at least tribute. For this.
Children ages 7-13 in the Derby Race at 10 a.m. on Sundays run (possibly with the help of parents or adults) down a long hill in Sister Bay in gravity-powered soapbox derby-style racers. It is a double-elimination format in which the winners get trophies. Registration is required by October 1st and racer kits can be ordered from soapboxderby.org.
Ping-Pong Ball Drop is exactly what it sounds like. Several thousand ping-pong balls will be flown into the air from city rooftops and dropped on people’s heads on Sunday afternoon, about 75% of which will be in the name of local business. Those balls can be taken to the designated business and redeemed for prizes.
Other details of the activities are being worked out as of this writing, but family entertainment, children’s games, music and local food will be available as usual, with over 100 artisans on hand at the annual arts and crafts fair. Plus the traditional Sister Bay Lions Club fish boil on Friday nights and a pancake breakfast on Saturdays.
For more information about Fall Fest, call 920-854-2812 or visit sisterbuy.com.
Contact Christopher Claw at 920-741-7952, 920-562-8900 or email@example.com.