Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week returns August 4-15, 2021, as the City once again honors its rich maritime heritage with entertaining and fun-filled events. In addition to focusing on Sturgeon Bay’s extraordinary maritime history, the week honors the area’s local Coast Guard personnel – past and present – for their service and many contributions to the community. Sturgeon Bay is one of only 29 communities nationwide to be designated a Coast Guard City and is the only one in Wisconsin.
Officially titled “Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week: A Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard,” the celebration will include the Salute to the Coast Guard Picnic, the Mariner Award & Coast Guard Person of the Year Awards Dinner, public tours of the Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay, the Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival and more. Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week coincides with the U.S. Coast Guard’s 231st Birthday on August 4.
Maritime Week gets underway on Thursday, August 5 with the annual Salute to the Coast Guard Golf Outing at Idlewild Golf Course. The festivities continue on Saturday, August 10, with a picnic for all active, reserve, retired and veteran Coast Guard personnel and their families. The picnic is hosted by the City’s Coast Guard Committee and sponsored by the Sturgeon Bay AMVETS Post 51, Green Bay Council of the Navy League, other local veteran groups, merchants and businesses. Festivities begin at 11am at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club.
The annual Mariner & Coast Guard Person of the Year Awards Dinner takes place on Tuesday, August 10 at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. The Mariner Award recognizes individuals, both living and deceased, who’ve had a significant, positive and lasting impact on the Door County maritime community. The Coast Guard Person of the Year Award recognizes a local active duty Coast Guard man or woman who exemplifies the service’s core values of “Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty”.
The 30th annual Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival (https://doorcountyclassicboatfestival.com/) August 14-15 features a remarkable assortment of historic and beautiful vessels proudly displayed by their owners or builders. Registered boaters showcase their boat for the weekend and compete for awards and ribbons. Boats will be displayed on trailers throughout the Door County Maritime Museum parking lot, along the waterfront and on the lawn.
The Festival also includes the popular Sikaflex Build-A-Boat Challenge. Construct a boat on Saturday, add decoration Sunday morning and race for points Sunday afternoon. Sikaflex Challenge building restrictions make for fun and exciting sea trials. Watch as two-person teams work feverishly with limited materials to craft a one-of-a-kind boat that will float…hopefully.
Maritime Week wraps up on Sunday, August 15, with Destination Sturgeon Bay’s Bloody Mary Social, the second day of the Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival and the “sea trials” of the Sikaflex Boat Building competition vessels.
Festival hours are 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday. Shop the Boathouse Sale and Nautical Market, learn from U.S. Coast Guard demonstrations, watch plein air artists create, view beautiful boats and enjoy tasty food and drinks! The Classic & Wooden Boat Festival is a great time for all ages on Sturgeon Bay’s west waterfront.
For more information on Maritime Week or the Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival, visit www.DCMM.com or call (920)743-5958.