Have you ever been up in Sister Bay for any of the fun festivals that go on from spring through fall? If not, this is the year to enjoy any of the fun festivals that begin in early June. The best thing is there is no driving involved. Every festival event is just a short walk from Birchwood Lodge.

Join Sven the Goat for the 5th Annual Roofing of the Goats Parade on Saturday, June 9th, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.! Parade begins at the corner of Mill Road and Highway 42 in downtown Sister Bay, and goes a trot, kick and a leap down the road to Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant. The parade culminates with the roofing of the first goats of the season at Al Johnson’s (weather permitting – the goats don’t go on the roof in rain or snow).  The Goat Parade will be followed by Al Johnson’s 3rd Annual Goat Fest, located at Stabbur Beer Garden (next to the restaurant). Goat Fest will feature all day festivities including: live music, kid’s games, various beverages, great food, and a Swedish Pancake Eating contest.  Other businesses throughout town will also be celebrating with specials.

Sister Bay’s first festival of the year on June 23, 2018 heralds the beginning of summer and provides an opportunity for everyone to get outside, enjoy life, check out our beautiful public beach, and all that’s new in the village.  Our annual Paddlefest event and Sister Bay’s is a great way to unplug & play! Everyone from old pros to the curious have the chance to check out the latest kayaks and stand-up paddleboards at Sister Bay Beach. Discover your inner-athlete and start your morning with stand-up paddleboard Yoga, SUP lessons or kayak and SUP tryouts. Experienced staff from Bay Shore Outfitters will be on the shore and in the water to ensure your safety and enjoyment. Sign up early for SUP Yoga as space is limited.

Door County Festival of the Arts-this unique festival – August 11, 2018 , 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Waterfront Park, south of the Sister Bay Village Hall, features Door County’s finest artisans demonstrating their skills and selling their fine pieces of craftsmanship and creativity. The day will showcase live music, hands-on activities for the young and the young at heart, and a chance to meet Miss Door County! Join us for a day of fun on the cool shore in Sister Bay’s beautiful Waterfront Park. This festival is free and open to the general public.

If you’re a boater, or enjoy a day on the water, spend Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend at Marina Fest. Kids are encouraged to make and race their own boats, the library hosts a HUGE used book sale, and the smell of food and sounds of music fill the air. All kinds of water related activities take place at Waterfront Park, including a lighted boat parade, waterski show, fireworks, amusement rides for kids and entertainment at the pavillion.

The “Granddaddy” of all Door County festivals, 2018 will mark the 74th annual Fall Fest in Sister Bay the weekend of October 12-14.. What began as a celebration and reward for the Door County tourist workers after a busy summer season has evolved into one of the largest weekend celebrations on the peninsula! A parade, arts & crafts fair, food booths, live entertainment, and children’s activities make this a “must-do” weekend.

Warm up your holiday spirit, tune up your caroling voice, bundle up the kids and join the festivities at Sister Bay’s Capture the Spirit event, November 23-25!  Friday beginning at 4:30 p.m. the village lights will glow brightly with the lighting of luminaries around downtown and the Village Christmas tree and decorations at the corner of Mill Road and N. Bay Shore Dr. (Hwy. 42). Light refreshments will be served, donations appreciated.
Santa Claus
will bring good tidings and merriment to all with his arrival and as he leads the children to the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library for storytelling and crafts, after the tree lighting. When you join us for our tree lighting on Friday at 4:30 p.m. bring new or gently used warm winter clothing items like hats, scarves, mittens, sweaters and coats. Saturday from 3-5 p.m. bring your sweet tooth, creativity and children to the Holiday Cookie decorating at the Sister Bay Fire Station. Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Shop locally for gifts for your family and friends at the annual Friends of Gibraltar Arts & Crafts Show inside the Sister Bay Village Hall. Lunch served 11:30am-2:30pm.

Pencil these festivals on your calendar and make your reservations for these fun-filled events by calling us at 866-854-7195, or, schedule on-line at www.birchwoodlodge.com.