Thanks for a Terrific Weekend!
Perfect weather, big crowds, beautiful boats, fine paintings, delicious food, nautical treasures, kids’ activities, seminars, and thrilling Sikaflex boat races! It could not have been better.
Thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers who worked behind the scenes and supported the effort. Thanks to the terrific museum staff. Thanks to all the boaters and Sikaflex contestants, vendors and exhibitors, and the public for making our 30th anniversary a very special Festival.
Mark your calendar now!
The 2022 Classic and Wooden Boat Festival is moving to the first weekend in August!
Join us on August 6th and 7th, 2022.
Watch this site for the latest details!
It has been an exciting weekend.
Held each year at the conclusion of Maritime Week, Sturgeon Bay’s salute to the U.S. Coast Guard, the Door County Classic and Wooden Boat Festival is an event you won’t want to miss. It is a weekend full of family fun.
Saturday, the finale to Sturgeon Bay’s Maritime Week kicks off with the opening of our 30th annual Classic And Wooden Boat Festival. At the museum, festival visitors will walk the grounds viewing terrific classic and wooden boats, talking to their owners and builders, visiting a variety of merchants, and eating the best locally-caught Whitefish sandwiches in Wisconsin. Our annual Boathouse Sale will feature nautical treasures for your home or boat. And there will be plenty of activities for kids, too. They can experience a real Damage Control Simulator, getting wet in the process. They can have fun with crafts and games, and best of all, kids and parents alike will enjoy short but free classic boat rides. For shipwreck fans, the Wisconsin Historical Society is aboard hosting a short series of presentations about Wisconsin’s famous shipwrecks. And speaking of history, don’t forget that everyone can visit the Door County Maritime Museum‘s terrific exhibits, including the tug, John Purves. (admission fee) Make sure to sightsee from the observation deck atop the new Maritime Tower, too. After the festival closes and dusk arrives, Saturday will end with a Sunset Cruise and Classic Boat Parade through Sturgeon Bay’s inner harbor and possibly a classic boat tie-up at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club for a waterside dinner. We’re even encouraging classic boaters to dress in vintage boating attire and light their boats.
Sunday offers the first-ever Bloody Mary Social (tickets required), and the wild conclusion of the Sikaflex Boatbuilding Challenge. After building their plywood boats on Saturday (at the museum), these very brave souls will race them out on the water. Who will finish? Who will sink? Come cheer them on.
This is a terrific way to celebrate Maritime Week in Door County and beautiful Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
And for classic boaters looking for more, don’t forget our annual pre-event on Friday. The popular Bay to Lake Lighthouse Cruise returns for registered skippers and crews. After the 10 mile journey, registered boaters will gather at the museum to enjoy our annual Docktails and Delights, a pizza/cocktail party. To join, register at the Prime Level prior to August 1st.