Mark your calendar now for August 14th and 15th 2021.
This year’s festival features Sturgeon Bay’s newly redeveloped west-side waterfront and, best of all, the Museum’s new Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower.
It truly will be one terrific festival! Join us.
It’s our 30th anniversary festival!
We have new and exciting plans for August.
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 festival kicks off with the first-ever Maritime Week Parade hosted by Destination Sturgeon Bay from downtown to the festival grounds. Everyone loves a parade! 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. And 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, live music on the west-side waterfront and a dockside market filled with local merchants. 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.
Make your plans now to attend the 30th Anniversary Festival next August 14 and 15, 2021!