Perhaps nothing says autumn in Door County better than a fall festival.
These outdoor events are rich with seasonal food, performing and visual arts and activities taking place in the crisp, fresh air.
Mark your calendar for two major festivals that will kick off autumn. The 32nd Autumnfest takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in Baileys Harbor. Just one week later on Saturday, Sept. 22, is Harvest Festival in Sturgeon Bay. This is actually a day-into-evening affair with the day-long festival, evening Harvest Moon Celebration and Street Art Auction.
In Baileys Harbor, Autumnfest activities are corralled near the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. The Classic Car/Truck and Motorcycle Show is back this year with three categories of judging for each type of vehicle including modified-custom, antique-classic and special interest-imports. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place, and there will be a People’s Choice award for the car-truck and motorcycle categories.
Other Autumnfest activities include music by live bands. Also, brat sandwiches and beverages are sold. And arts and crafts exhibitors display their wares in Kendall Park outside the Town Hall building.
A week later, in Sturgeon Bay, the day-long Harvest Festival takes place on Third Avenue between Michigan Street and Jefferson Street. About 40 arts and craft exhibitors, food vendors (many benefiting local nonprofit organizations) and band stands line the historic avenue.
Shops have wonderful sales and displays.
Also, a car show is staged, and children’s activities take place. Organizers are encouraging people to preview the decorated sturgeon art sculptures before they are auctioned at 6 p.m. The auction’s proceeds benefit nonprofit organizations and support the artists, who have designed and embellished the sturgeon-shaped sculptures now decorating streets in Sturgeon Bay.
Festivities Sept. 22 conclude with the Harvest Moon Celebration which will feature a live band playing in front of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center on Third Avenue.
Learn more about Baileys Harbor’s Autumn Fest by calling 920/839-2366, or Sturgeon Bay’s Harvest Festival at 800/301-6695.