30th Annual Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival
August 14, 2021 – August 15, 2021
(postponed to 2021)


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, Nautical Market and S.S. Bloody Mary Sunday Social Party! 
Sikaflex Boat Building Challenge
returns for another exciting and challenging contest on Sunday. Who’s creation will float and who will tip? 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 8/13

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 2020! 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 Boatbuilding Contest 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 jazz by Kevin Van Ness & the Talk of the Town from 11:30am-3:30pm.
  • Take a ride on a classic boat and paddleboats.
  • 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
  • S. Bloody Mary Sunday Social party at Sonny’s Pizzeria, 10am-1pm.
    Start the day with Bloody Mary samples, food & live music. More information and tickets available at: SturgeonBay.net.
  • Sikaflex Boatbuilding Race Teams finish their plywood boats and compete in a hilarious race on the water! Cheer them on! Race @ 1pm.
  • Cast your vote for your favorite Sikaflex boat
  • Awards ceremony @ 3pm

Want to join the Festival fun and display your own vessel?
Find out how and Register at:
Door County Classic Boat Festival.com

Sikaflex Challenge…What’s a Sikaflex?

The Sikaflex Challenge boat building competition is wonderfully challenging 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!


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 past festival sponsors:

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United States Coast Guard & United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
MMG Foundation, Inc.
Tim Meyer
Mark Weborg