Now, you may have read our September fall festival column and assumed that is all Door County has going on this season. But keep in mind this is the most colorful time of the year in Door County. So, there is a lot more festival fun to be had.
In fact, we hope you can still get a hotel room (tip: try the cool new Find Me A Room option on DoorCountyNavigator.com for help) during the Pumpkin Patch Festival weekend, set for Oct. 6 and 7 in Egg Harbor.
This is possibly one of the few weekends of the year when all Peninsula hotels post “sorry, no vacancy” signs. The extremely popular event started in 1983 to celebrate autumn and protect the harvest.
People continue to flock to it because the leaves are nearly at peak color, the kids have Columbus Day off and so do many workers. And Egg Harbor also throws a pretty good party.
Decorated scarecrows and pumpkins are attractions throughout Egg Harbor during the festival and on days preceding the event as well. View them on foot, by car, and make certain to travel throughout the village. But in recent years the festival has grown to include more activities—especially for kids. Included this year are carnival rides, face painting, a roaming magician and a storyteller.
The festival offers music (Mango Brothers Jimmy Buffet tribute, Mighty Mouth rock and blues and Big Mouth & the Power Tools rock and blues). Also, look for a juried art and crafts at Baylake Bank, a silent auction and more, according to organizers. Street vendors plan to sell brats. roasted sweet corn, caramel apple sundaes, chili, turkey legs and more.
Also, go to Sister Bay for the annual Fall Festival Oct. 12 to 14. This is a favorite event of the locals, so expect to see many of them in the crowd. Some say that the event actually began as a party attended by locals celebrating the end of the busy summer season.
In Sister Bay, they close Hwy. 42 to traffic, and turn it into a pedestrian walkway—like the kind you see everyday in many European cities.
The street is lined with food booths as well as outdoor stages and musicians. Proceeds from sales of food and beverages benefit Door County nonprofit organizations.
Another festival attraction is the arts and crafts fair, which takes place on Mill Street.
There’s a Saturday morning parade. But you really don’t want to miss the ping pong ball shoot (formerly a drop) on Sunday afternoon, when thousands of balls are released into the crowd. Many balls are imprinted with marketing offers—like 15 percent off or free coffee—and spectators have a good chance to win something, organizers enthuse.
Also part of this beloved event in Sister Bay are children’s activities. Come to the festivals and have a great Fall in Door County!