Door County Fall Festivals 2023

Welcome to Door County, Wisconsin, where the crisp autumn air ushers in a season of vibrant festivities. As summer gracefully transitions into Fall, this charming peninsula comes alive with an array of captivating fall festivals that showcase the region’s rich cultural heritage, natural beauty, and bountiful harvest. From apple picking to pumpkin carving, these festivals offer a delightful medley of flavors, colors, and traditions. Indulge your senses with warm apple cider, savor delicious homemade pies, and immerse yourself in the contagious energy of live music and art exhibitions. Join us as we embark on a journey to discover the enchantment of Fall festivals in Door County.

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Lodging for Door County Fall Festivals

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Door County Fall Festivals 2023

These are my favorite fall festivals in Door County. So grab a pumpkin spice latte, don your favorite fleece jacket or wool sweater, and head on out to one of these annual celebrations of Autumn.

Sister Bay Marina Fest: September 2-4

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Celebrate Labor Day weekend at this boat-themed festival in Sister Bay. Events and activities include:

  • Pancake breakfast
  • Vintage boat show
  • Used book sale
  • Arts and crafts market
  • Farmers’ Market
  • Kids’ boat building
  • Pedal Tractor Pull
  • Food Court
  • Music performances
  • Fireworks

Sturgeon Bay Harvest Fest and Street Art Festival: September 16

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An annual tradition in Sturgeon Bay, this festival features:

  • Classic car show
  • Arts and crafts
  • Food vendors
  • Beer stein holding contest
  • Street art auction

Baileys Harbor Autumnfest: September 23

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This annual celebration of Autumn in Baileys Harbor includes:

  • Music performances
  • Fireworks
  • Food stands
  • Arts and crafts
  • Classic Auto and Motorcycle show

Learn more about the Baileys Harbor Autumnfest.

Fall Lighthouse Festival: September 29-October 1

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This festival gives access to all eleven Door County lighthouses plus three others in the region through air-, land-, and water-based adventures. Lighthouses included those that are not normally open to the public, including the Chambers Island, Plum Island, and Sherwood Point Lighthouses.

More information.

Egg Harbor Pumpkin Patch Festival: October 7-8

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This extremely popular festival in Egg Harbor has made this weekend one of the busiest in Door County each year.

Activities include:

  • Music performances
  • Carnival rides
  • Arts and crafts
  • Face painting
  • Scare crow displays
  • Food vendors

The fall colors are usually in full display this time of year, and this festival is a blast for the whole family.

Check out our post on the Egg Harbor Pumpkin Patch Festival to learn more.

Sister Bay Fall Fest: October 13-15

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Sister Bay‘s annual fall festival offers all the classic festival attractions and adds a few quirky “extras” as well.

Activities include:

  • Lion’s Club Fish Boil
  • Parade
  • Pancake breakfast
  • Kids’ Games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Food vendors
  • Boxcar derby race
  • Ping Pong Ball Drop

For more information, check out our post on the Sister Bay Fall Fest.

Sturgeon Bay Thrills and Chills: October 28

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A day of festive Halloween fun for the entire family in Sturgeon Bay!

The Costume Parade begins at 10 am from the Old Bell Tower and concludes at Martin Park. Activities include making your own trick-or-treat bags, costume parade, haunted house, pumpkin carving, and trick-or-treating throughout downtown Sturgeon Bay from 10 am-3 pm.

Check out our post on Sturgeon Bay Thrills & Chills to learn more about this fun event.

Fish Creek Jack O’Lantern Days: October 27-28

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It’s a hometown Halloween celebration at Fish Creek’s annual Jack-O-Lantern Days. This family-friendly weekend highlights mask making for kids; a “haunting” Halloween costume parade and party, trick-or-treating and more!

Check out our post on Fish Creek Jack O’ Lantern Days to learn more.

Visiting Door County in the Fall

Visiting Door County in the Fall is an enchanting experience that captures the essence of this picturesque destination. As the summer crowds fade away, Door County reveals its hidden charm, offering a more serene atmosphere to explore. While summer is bustling, Fall brings its own allure. The air is crisp, and the landscape transforms into a vibrant canvas of red, orange, and gold hues. Sip on warm apple cider while meandering through quaint towns, savoring the flavors of freshly picked apples. Immerse yourself in lively fall festivals, celebrating harvest and local traditions. Door County in the Fall is a sensory delight for all who venture here.

About the author
Mark Stoneman
Hi! My name is Mark! I have been a resident of Door County for almost ten years now, and I'm glad to help you say "Hello" to Door County. I believe that travel helps to change lives, and because of that, I want to help you improve your life through travel.

2 thoughts on “Door County Fall Festivals 2023”

  1. Thanks You! What is the most enjoyable event in door county…..cities that are full of action and fun. Would love to visit this fall. Thanks!


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