30th annual Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival
August 13 – August 15, 2021

Wooden boats on trailers in parking of, amphicar

Bring your crew, friends and family for boating and fun on Sturgeon Bay’s historic working waterfront. On display at the Festival are beautiful boats to admire, some professionally built and maintained, others the work of talented amateurs. Vessels range from historic canoes to kayaks, sailboats, fiberglass classics, and glorious mahogany runabouts.

New for 2021: Maritime Week Parade, and Bloody Mary Sunday Social! 
Sikaflex Boat Building Challenge
returns for another exciting and challenging contest on Sunday. Who’s creation will float and who will tip and swim? Read on for details, and to Register YOUR Team!
While you’re here, tour the museum’s signature vessel, the century-old tugboat John Purves.

Make reservations for your crew today to join the fleet and fun at the festival!

Friday 8/13Classic wooden boat, with white boards on bow, varnished wood on deck top, and blue Classic & Wooden Boat Festival flag flying from the bowpole

Registered Boaters ONLY:

  • Bay-to-Lake Cruise Registrants cruise ten miles on a Bay-to-Lake Lighthouse Cruise, cruising by two lighthouses, past one of the largest working shipyards on the Great Lakes, and through the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal;
  • Docktails & Delights – Cocktail Party after the cruise, enjoy a reception on the Festival/Maritime Museum grounds

Saturday 8/14



  • Boat Show Hours: 10am-5pm
  • Maritime Week Parade, 10am: NEW for 2021! Sturgeon Bay is one of 28 U.S. Coast Guard Cities, and we’re celebrating our historic and active USCG. Hosted by Destination Sturgeon Bay.
  • Sikaflex Build-A-Boat Challenge: Construction & Decoration day. Teams of amateurs construct and decorate plywood boats.
  • Enjoy food and drinks, maritime crafts for kids of all ages, Boathouse Sale, Museum tours, education with members of the USCG, and more!
  • Take a ride on a classic boat;
  • Sunset Cruise & Parade, Dusk: Decorate your boat and your crew with costumes and lights for a new take on a Sturgeon Bay tradition. (Registered Boaters only)

Sunday 8/15

  • Boat Show Hours: 10am-4pm
  • Bloody Mary Sunday Social at Sonny’s Pizzeria, 10am-1pm. Start the day with Bloody Mary samples, food & live music. Presented by Destination Sturgeon Bay, Bridge Up Brewing Co., and Sonny’s Pizzeria. More information and tickets available at: SturgeonBay.net.
  • Sikaflex Build-A-Boat Sea Trial Races Teams finish their plywood boats and compete in a hilarious race on the water! Cheer them on! Sea Trial Races @ 1pm.
  • Cast your vote for your favorite Sikaflex boat
  • Awards ceremony at 3pm

Want to join the Festival fun and display your own vessel?

navy blue ribbon with Click here to register to display your classic or wooden boat at the festival.

For more Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival information, photos and blog, check out DoorCountyClassicBoatFestival.com

Sikaflex Build-A-Boat Challenge…What’s a Sikaflex?

The Sikaflex Build-A-Boat Challenge is wonderfully competitive and creative fun! The challenge is sponsored by the Sika Corporation, makers of Sikaflex polyurethane sealants, which are used in the challenge.
Construct a boat with your team on Saturday, add decoration on Sunday morning, and race for points Sunday afternoon! Official Sikaflex Challenge building restrictions make for fun and exciting sea trials. Register early to participate – the Sikaflex Challenge is limited to 12, two-person teams!
navy blue ribbbon with Click here to register for Sikaflex Build-a-Boat Challenge

Sell your wares – join us as a Vendor!

Do you sell maritime, or nautical-themed goods, or create accessories appealing to boaters? Do you provide a service or have a business related to boating or fresh water sports? Are you a non-profit organization related to Wisconsin or maritime history, Great Lakes research, or fresh water sports (paddling, fishing, diving, etc)?
If you are, you’re going to want to attend this Festival! Click the Registration hand below for all the details and registration form.
Questions? Contact Paige: 920-743-5958 or pfunkhouser@dcmm.org.

Button for boat festival vendor registration


Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival Sponsors

Your sponsorship is needed to make this event a fun and memorable success! Please contact the DC Maritime Museum staff about sponsoring the event, and we’ll talk with you about benefits of sponsorship.

Thank You to our 2021 festival sponsors:

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  J&M Fisheries

United States Coast Guard & United States Coast Guard Auxiliary