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EXHIBIT – PIRATES – SHIP TO SHORE – STURGEON BAY
Dates of Event: Thru 12/31/2014
At the Door County Maritime Museum. This ongoing exhibit explores the life and times of the buccaneers and scalawags that roamed the east coast of North America and the Caribbean Sea during the golden age of piracy. Call for info at 920-743-5958.
KART RACING – STURGEON BAY
Dates of Event: April through September
At Thunderhill Raceway - John Miles County Park, 812 North 14th Avenue, formerly The County Fairgrounds Park. Kart Racing is coming back to the Thunderhill Raceway in Sturgeon Bay. Racing will be Wednesday nights. Gates open at 3 PM, racing starts at 6 PM. Practice on Sundays from 1 PM to 6 PM. Please visit the website for a detailed schedule as there are some dates on which races or practices will not be held. There will be Kid Kart, numerous Junior Classes and Senior Classes. Call 920-743-7052 for additional information or http://www.racethunderhill.com/
DOOR COUNTY TROLLEY TOURS
Dates of Event: 5/2014 – 10/2014
Take an "Old Time" Trolley ride and see breathtaking vistas from Door County 's scenic bluffs overlooking the islands. As we traverse the land, we'll share the legend and lore unique to each area. Don't forget to bring your camera! Learn from the locals the best places to wine, dine, and relax. 3-4 tours daily. Pick up at Orchard Country Winery (1/2 mile south of Fish Creek on Highway 42). Also, there are Lighthouse Tours, Winery Tours and even Ghost Tours! (June – October). You can even rent the trolley for a wedding! Check it out at Door County Trolley and tell them DoorCountyNavigator.com sent you. Info at 920-868-1100.
BLOODY MARYS AND BRUNCH TROLLEY TOUR – FISH CREEK
Dates of Event: 5/11/14 - 10/26/14 (Sundays only)
10:00 AM pick up at Orchard Country Winery in Fish Creek, then embark on 3.5 hour trolley tour which includes brunch and beverages stops at the following places: Coyote Roadhouse, Log Den Restaurant and Alpine Resort. Tour includes chaffuered Trolley Transportation, 3 Bloody Mary's or Mimosa's (may substitute for beer or non alcoholic beverges) and Sunday Brunch is included in tour price. Infohttp://www.doorcountytrolley.com/.
DOOR COUNTY FIREBOAT CRUISES – STURGEON BAY
Dates of Event : Mid May through Early October
Cruise launches from the dock adjacent to the Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N. Madison Ave. Each narrated tour lasts 1-1/2 hours and cruises either through the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal or to Sherwood Point Lighthouse (weather permitting). Snacks and refreshments, including full bar, are available on board for sale during the cruise. Daily cruises during July-August peak season. Info 920-495-6454 orhttp://www.ridethefireboat.com/tourdetails.html
BIRCH CREEK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – EGG HARBOR
Dates of Events: 6/19/14 – 8/9/14
Birch Creek is a nationally renowned summer music school by day and a celebrated concert venue at night. Top national and international artists are featured in more than 35 indoor evening concerts on Birch Creek’s rural campus. Music ranging from symphony to Big Band to percussion and steel band (excellent!) during selected evenings, 8 PM on the Birch Creek campus - beautiful. Tickets: Adults $29 / Young Adults $10 / Children $6. Only 3 miles east of Egg Harbor on County E.
Call 920-868-3763 for specific details. Website: www.birchcreek.org
- June 19 – 21, June 25 – June 28: Percussion and Steel Band
- July 3 – 5, July 10 – 12: Symphony
- July 16– 19, July 23 – July 26: Jazz I
- July 30 – Aug 2, Aug 6 – 9: Jazz II
This is a must - one of the best bargains in Door County! You must check out their schedule, but the place itself is spectacular! The concerts take place in an old barn on what used to be a farm – it is as rustic as it gets, but the acoustics are fine, the experience awesome! After you park your car in the large parking field, you walk over and see the gazebo outside the barn – and some of the musicians are warming up and jamming prior to the actual concert – this alone is worth it! The musicians are students from all over (mostly from the Midwest) who are learning and honing their skills with music teachers who spend the summer at Birch Creek and teach (some come from as far away as upstate New York). Students live there on the grounds for about 2 weeks at a time, and then new students come in. It is truly a wonderful learning experience for the students, and they put on wonderful concerts for us all! At intermission, you can stroll the grounds, buy some popcorn, coffee of pop, a Birch Creek tee shirt or sweat, and stroll through the barn too – back around the left side where the practice rooms are, and where students are busy refining their craft!
On a starry night, it just doesn’t get any better! They have a variety of music throughout the season, so see the schedule here on the Calendar of Events, or visit their website – from percussion, to Caribbean island music to swing! It is an experience you will not forget – and if you bring friends to this, they will think you are the best and know the best places! We have never had a bad experience here, and we have gone for years! We highly recommend this – it is truly wonderful
HANDS ON ART STUDIO ADULT NIGHTS – FISH CREEK
Dates of Event: Year-round
Hands On Adult Nights are from 6:30-10:00 each Friday night all year long attracting a diverse crowd, 21 and older, for food, drink, and do-it-yourself art projects in the relaxed atmosphere of the Art Barn. Selected Adult Nights are Rock N’ Roll Art Nights featuring Live Music. It is a 3 1/2 hour kids-free zone. All the studio spaces are open and ready for you to have a fun evening playing with art. The studio fee for the entire evening is $7 plus the cost of your art project. Feel free to bring your own appetizers and drinks. We have pizza, soft drinks and beer available for purchase. Call 920-868-9311 or visithttp://www.handsonartstudio.com/ for more info and schedule.
THIRD AVENUE PLAYHOUSE, SUMMER FALL SEASON – STURGEON BAY
Dates of Event: 6/19/14 GURU - GANESHA BAND
7/2/14 – 7/25/14 - TALLEY’S FOLLY
7/26/14 - JULIAN HAGEN AND FAMILY
7/30/14 – 8/24/14 - TRICK BOXING
8/26/14 – 8/30-14 - BOOMERAGING: From LSD to OMG
9/4/14 – 9/26/14 - PRIVATE LIVES
10/1/14 – 10/19/14 - THE FANTASTICKS
Third Avenue Playhouse is Door County’s year-round performance center located in historic downtown Sturgeon Bay. Its eclectic programming includes concerts, theatre, classes and community events on the 250-seat Main Stage and the newly-renovated, intimate 84-seat Studio Theatre. TAP is home to the Stage Door Theatre Company. Info and ticket info, call (920) 743-1760
SEGWAY PERSONAL TRANSPORTER TOURS – 7 TOURS
Dates of Event: Through November (call to confirm dates)
- 1 ½ hr tours: Peninsula State Park-Fish Creek, Baileys Harbor Lighthouses, Egg Harbor, Ellison Bluff, Sturgeon Bay, Shipwrecks, Cave Point, Sturgeon Bay Coast Guard and Lighthouse
- 50 min tours: Sturgeon Bay, Sister Bay
- 5 hr. tour: Washington Island
- Seasonal Tours
Looking for a unique way to see the sights of Door County? How about on the two wheels of a Segway Personal Transporter? After 20-40 min. training on the Segway PT, you will glide up and down hills, to scenic and breathtaking overlooks, rustic roads, country neighborhood and Lake Michigan shoreline. Keep your eyes open and bring a camera, as you are likely to spot deer or other wildlife, rare vegetation as well as popular and historic places and buildings. Go to http://glidenew.com/segwaythedoortours.html for more info or call 920-376-0256. Packages available.
AMERICAN FOLKLORE THEATRE - PENINSULA STATE PARK
Dates of Event: 6/11/14 - 8/23/14 Summer Season
Aug 2014 – Oct 2014 Fall Season (dates tba)
Each year devoted patrons enjoy a cozy night of comedy and musical theater under the stars at glorious Peninsula State Park Amphitheater in Fish Creek. Original Musical Comedies to Delight the Whole Family, AFT is a unique and wonder-filled theatre experience. The 2014 Summer Season runs from June 11 until August 23 at the Amphitheater in Peninsula State Park and will feature the world premiere of Strings Attached, in rotating repertory with AFT favorites Packer Fans from Outer Space and Guys on Ice. The Fall Season will debut The Bachelors for the first time at the Door Community Auditorium. Tickets: 920-854-6117 or www.folkloretheatre.com.
MONDAY EVENINGS IN EPHRAIM
Dates of Event: 6/16/14 - 8/25/14
At Harborside Park, 6-8 P.M. Monday Night Celebrations of Local Music and Late-Night Shopping, Dining & Activities with participating businesses open until 8 PM or later. Limited bench seating available. Please bring a chair or blanket and make yourself comfortable on the grass! Enjoy spectacular sunsets over Eagle Harbor! Rain Location: Ephraim Village Hall, 9996 Water Street (Highway 42). Visit www.ephraim-doorcounty.com or call 920-854-4989 for more information.
PENINSULA PLAYERS THEATRE – FISH CREEK
Dates of Event: 6/17/14 - 10/19/14
Its 79th Anniversary, America’s oldest professional resident summer theatre opens its 2014 season on June 17th performing Tuesdays through Sundays. The Peninsula Players Theatre is nestled in a fragrant cedar forest overlooking the waters of Green Bay, where patrons come before curtain to stroll along the shore, enjoy a relaxing picnic, or refreshments while watching the sunset before the exhilaration of a live theatrical performance. For information call: 920-868-3287 or here for the 2014 season lineup and info.
CONCERTS IN THE PARK ON THURSDAYS – EGG HARBOR
Dates of Event: 6/19/14 - 8/28/14
Egg Harbor's Concerts in the Park are FREE, and begin on Thursday evenings at 5pm (unless otherwise noted). Join us at Harbor View Park (7809 Hwy 42, Egg Harbor). Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, and enjoy the terrace setting in the park. Carry-in picnics are welcome. Full schedule here. Info at 920-868-3717
PEG EGAN SUNSET CONCERT SERIES – EGG HARBOR
Dates of Event: 6/22/14 - 8/17/14
At Peg Egan Performing Arts Center – Outdoor amphitheatre on Church St. 7 PM Sunday concert series features the best of folk, blues, pop, jazz and world music from some of the top rated touring artists from around the U.S. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Full concert schedule (click here), or info at 920-493-5979.
CONCERTS IN THE PARK ON THURSDAYS – EGG HARBOR
Dates of Event: 6/27/14 - 8/29/14
Each concert runs from 5-7pm on the Town Hall lawn located at 2392 Cty F. Bring your blankets, chairs, and friends for a great way to spend Friday evening outside. Feel free to bring food or drinks of your choice to make your evening a relaxing one. Worried about what to do with the kids? Kendall Park is right next door so bring the kids and play on the playground. Call 920-839-2366 or visithttp://www.doorcounty.com/baileys-harbor/events-directory/concerts-in-the-park/ for a full schedule.
DOOR SHAKESPEARE – BAILEYS HARBOR
Dates of Event: 7/5/14 – 8/16/14
At the Gardens at Bjorklunden. Tues. & Fri. at 8:00 PM, Sat. at 5:00 and 8:30 PM. Come enjoy an intimate, accessible and thoroughly enjoyable outdoor experience with Shakespeare and other classic plays presented in a beautiful natural setting. Door Shakespeare brings life to classic tales by creating soulful characters and telling their stories in a way that is inviting, charming and engaging to people of all ages. (920) 839-1500 or www.doorshakespeare.com.
FISHSTOCK MUSIC SERIES CONCERT – FISH CREEK
Dates of Events: 7/5/14 – 8/31/14
Season Opener features Unity, The Band from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM; $10 donation. Barn Dance to your favorite Reggae grooves. Concerts are held in a 100-year-old Door County dairy barn, which has been renovated to seat 150 people in our hayloft acoustic area (for solo, duet and trio acts), and 300 in our ground-level big stage area with an additional seating for 300 outside. Fishstock Music Series features a wide variety of musical genres, while our focus has been on folk music since our first concert series began nearly twenty years ago. But whether you are interested in folk, gospel, bluegrass, jazz, flamenco, blues, reggae, or good old rock n’ roll, you will find them all at Fishstock Music Series, at Camp David’s concert barn in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. Info at 920.839.2981. or http://www.fishstockmusic.com
DOOR COUNTY FAIR – STURGEON BAY
Dates of Event: 7/30/14 – 8/3/14
Located at the John Miles County Park (Fairgrounds) on 14th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. Starts at 5 PM Wednesday. Grandstand events include auto races, tractor pull, and Demolition Derby. Many things to see in the Merchant buildings. Carnival rides, food stands, 4-H animal barns, grandstand events, kids and family tents. Info: More info, 920-746-2261 or http://www.doorcountyfair.com/ NOTE: The Fairgrounds are very nicely kept, and this is a fun event especially for kids – there are lots of barns and sheds to see all kinds of interesting things, crafts, animals, and of course rides on the midway! Worth the trip for an old-fashioned county fair! Call to verify times – we arrived 2 hours early on the opening day once!
EANE KUHNS’ WOODWALK CONCERT SERIES – EGG HARBOR
Dates of Event: 8/1/14 - 8/29/14
Featuring a fantastic line up of amazing musicians from all over the country performing in the beautiful Woodwalk Gallery barn! Reserved tickets available, seating open, come early for your favorite seats! Come as early as 5:30 and bring a picnic /wine to enjoy on the back patio. Info at 920-868-2912 or 920-495-2928 or http://www.jeannekuhns.net/#!__woodwalk
20th Annual Cherry Fest - Jacksonport
Date of Event: 8/2/14
Festival location is at Lakeside Park from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Fresh cherry baked goods and historical display. Art & Craft fair, food, music, family fun. For info, call 920-559-0570 or visithttp://www.jacksonport.net/event/20th-annual-cherry-fest/2014-08-02/
SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL WEEKEND – WASHINGTON ISLAND
Dates of Event: 8/2/14 weekend
Friday at 4 PM - Fest Kafee held at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Saturday the Scandinavian Dance with 100 dancers in Scandinavian costume at the outdoor stage by the Community Center at 8 PM. Sunday worship. For information call: 920-847-2179
24th ANNUAL CLASSIC AND WOODEN BOAT SHOW & FESTIVAL – STURGEON BAY
Dates of Event: 8/2/14 - 8/3/14
Saturday 9AM – 5PM, Sunday 10AM – 4PM. Activities take place at the Door County Maritime Museum at the foot of the downtown bridge. Featuring dozens of vintage vessels on display, the popular Sikaflex challenge boat building contest and sea trials, expert demonstrations on sailing, diving, and kayaking. Games and activities for the whole family. Paint the Bay Plein Art event, maritime author sessions and childrens activities. Gates open at 9 AM on Saturday and 10 AM on Sunday. For more information call 920-743-5958 or http://www.dcmm.org/events-activities/special/classic-and-wooden-boat-festival/
22nd ANNUAL WASHINGTON ISLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL – WASHINGTON ISLAND
Dates of Event: 8/4/14 – 8/15/14
Location: Trueblood Performing Arts Center, 870 Main Rd. Every year in August, Washington Island welcomes its Music Festival. World-class musicians donate their talents to the Festival, spending two weeks living and performing on the Island and establishing strong ties to the community. For information and schedules call: 920-847-3434 or visit http://washingtonislandmusicfestival.com/music-festival/.
2nd Annual Peninsula Music Festival - Fish Creek
Dates of Event: 8/5/14 – 8/23/14
Nine different concerts in three weeks at the Door Community Auditorium. The indoor concert hall has amazing acoustics. Air conditioned and comfortable. Concerts on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturday. For schedule, ticket information and concerts call 920-854-4060 or http://www.musicfestival.com/newsite/.
WEST FEST – STURGEON BAY
Date of Event: 8/9/14
From 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. Celebrate a wild west day along Sturgeon Bay’s Madison Avenue with a flea market, craft vendors, chili cook-off, showdown at high noon, live entertainment, food and beverages. For information call: 800-301-6695 or visit www.sturgeonbay.net.
PERSEID METEOR SHOWERS – NEWPORT STATE PARK (ELLISON BAY)
Date of Event: 8/12/14
Meet at the picnic area at dusk to watch one of the most spectacular cosmic events of the year – a truly amazing meteor shower in the darkest part of Door County! Bring a lawn chair or blanket. For info, call 920-854-2500.
This is a once a year phenomenon as the Earth passes through the Perseid meteor belt. It’s always the 11th or 12th of August; this year the 12th. This is truly cosmic and celestial so bring a lawn chair or blanket and some patience. Check out the local Resorter Reporter newspaper (a free, local paper available everywhere) for up to the minute news if you are here at this time
32nd ANNUAL THRESHEREE & ANTIQUE MACHINERY SHOW – VALMY
Dates of Event: 8/15/14 - 8/17/14
Open 6 PM on Friday night, dance starts at 8 PM. Open at 10 AM on Saturday and Sunday. Thresheree with horse & tractor pull entertainment, games for the entire family. Arts & crafts, great music entertainment, food & refreshments. Located at 5005 Country View Rd (off Hwy 57), Valmy. Call for info: 920-743-4859.
14th ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT BEACH WALK - WHITEFISH DUNES STATE PARK
Date of Event: 8/16/14
From 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM . As the sun sets over the dunes, stroll along with family, friends or your sweetheart for this quiet 1-mile candlelight walk at Whitefish Dunes State Park. A beach grid makes part of the trail handicapped accessible. Info: 920-823-2400. Vehicle sticker required to participate.
Washington Island Fair & Parade
Date of Event: 8/16/14
At the Community Center. Gates open at 11 AM. Parade at noon. Craft booths, food booths, exhibits and bingo at the Community Center. Admission $1. Info 920-847-2179, or http://washingtonisland-wi.com/aug-17-island-fair/.
DEATH’S DOOR BARBEQUE – WASHINGTON ISLAND
Dates of Event: 8/22/14 - 8/23/14
At Washington Island Airport in Washington Island. Washington Island Chamber of Commerce and Washingon Island Ferry Line present Death’s Door Barbeque, a Kansas City Barbeque Society Sanctioned Event. $7500 prize money. Public welcome on Saturday, August 23rd 10:00 AM-free admission. Food, great Barbeque and more, vendors, arts, crafts, kids games, live entertainment by the Fatum Brothers big band jazz. Transportation from Island Ferry Dock. Sightseeing boat tours. http://www.deathsdoorbbq.com
WILDNERNESS DAYS – ELLISON BAY
Date of Event: 8/31/14
Location: Newport State Park. A day of hikes and programs to celebrate Wisconsin’s only formally designated wilderness State Park. For information call: 920-854-2500.