2023 Registration Coming Soon!

Plan now to join us in Sturgeon Bay next summer.

August 5th and 6th, 2023

Make your hotel/resort reservations now so you won’t be left out.

For further information contact Paige Funkhouser, Community Engagement Manager for the Door County Maritime Museum at pfunkhouser@dcmm.org

Held each year during Maritime Week, Sturgeon Bay’s salute to the U.S. Coast Guard; the Door County Classic and Wooden Boat Show is an event you won’t want to miss. It is a weekend full of family fun.

Check back soon for news about our 2023 offerings.

Here’s a review of the 2022 lineup of events.

Saturday, festival visitors 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.  Visitors browse our annual Boathouse Sale which features nautical treasures for your home or boat and supports the Museum’s mission.  There are plenty of activities for kids, too.  They can have fun with crafts, games, and boatbuilding. Best of all, kids and parents alike can embark on short but free classic boat rides.   

Everyone can visit the Door County Maritime Museum‘s terrific exhibits, including the tug, John Purves. (admission fee)  A real treat is visiting the Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower with its new exhibits and observation deck.

Saturday ends with three terrific events. The Peninsula Symphonic Band will perform waterside along the Promenade behind the Museum in ”A Salute to The US Coast Guard.” The concert begins at 5PM. Bring a chair! Then, at 6:30 watch a Sunset Cruise and Classic Boat Parade through Sturgeon Bay’s inner harbor followed by Sturgeon Bay’s rain-delayed Fourth of July fireworks over the water at 8:30. Enjoy all that downtown Sturgeon Bay has to offer and a terrific end to the day.

Sunday offers the annual 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 wonderful way to celebrate Maritime Week in Door County and beautiful Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

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.


For information about Sturgeon Bay’s annual salute to the US Coast Guard, click: Maritime Week

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