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DOOR COUNTY - The passing of Memorial Day heralds the annual tsunami of visitors approaching Door County, drawn by June's concerts,  and the theater and gallery openings for which the county is known.

Yet, June also brings the return of other popular events — community parties and food and drink festivals.

The festival season starts Memorial weekend with Maifest in Jacksonport and carries on all summer long. To help you get ready, here's a quick look at other special events, celebrations and festivals coming this month.

June 1: Blessing of the Fleet, Baileys Harbor

The tradition of having one's watercraft blessed before the boating season comes to the Baileys Harbor marina on the Lake Michigan shore for a daylong celebration of the county's nautical history each June.

Anyone who can sail or motor may bring their boats into the marina for a blessing at 11 a.m. Visitors can take tours of charter and commercial fishing boats and talk with captains from Hickey Brothers Fisheries, Baileys Harbor Fish Co. and Henriksen Fisheries from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

New this year is a paddle race at 11:30 a.m. Individuals or two-person teams can use the vessel of their choice to race from Harbor View Park to the marina, with prizes for the race winner and best-dressed entry. 

The event also offers an art fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., live music and concessions. An annual part of the day is “Lake to Table,” with five local restaurants serving special dinners featuring locally-sourced fish.

For more information, visit baileysharbor.doorcounty.com.

June 1: Side Pork Fest, Sturgeon Bay

Other types of meat are available at the concessions, but if you're here for Side Pork Fest, why bother?

Martin Park, just off the Maple-Oregon Bridge in the city, hosts a family-friendly celebration of this thick, bacon-like cut of pork that's very popular in the area. For the festival, it's served with a variety of sauces and styles.

To make room for the calories, visitors can take part in the Hog Wild run, which has a 10k, 5k and fun run starting at 8:30 a.m. All runners get a T-shirt. The festival also has a Kid Zone, bands, and art fair and food vendors.

Side Pork Fest runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with side pork servings starting at 11 a.m. Part of the proceeds benefit area nonprofits. For more information, visit the "Side Pork Fest" Facebook page.

June 7-9: Range Lights 150th Anniversary and the Door County Lighthouse Festival

The Upper and Lower Range Lights on the Lake Michigan shore of The Ridges Sanctuary are the only navigational aids of their design still in use.

In conjunction with the opening day of the Door County Lighthouse Festival, a special celebration of the Range Lights will feature speakers, descendants of past light keepers, music and refreshments from 3 to 6 p.m. on June 7. 

For more information, call 920-839-2802 or visit ridgessanctuary.org.

To explore all of the Peninsula's 11 lighthouses, including the iconic Cana Island Lighthouse off Baileys Harbor, take a look at this 26th annual event presented by Door County Maritime Museum.

The festival includes boat and (new this year) kayak excursions and guided land-based tours to all 11 historic Door County lighthouses. Several of the lighthouses are not otherwise open to the public. Reservations are recommended for all tours. 

For tickets or more information, call the museum at 920-743-5958 or visit dcmm.org.

June 8: Roofing of the Goats Parade/Goat Fest, Sister Bay

It's not just the food that brings visitors to Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant on State 42 — it's also the live goats that spend the summer on the sod-covered roof for all to see.

This is the day that the goats make their way up to the roof, at the end a goat parade (and goat-costumed non-goats) through downtown Sister Bay at 10 a.m. Don't bring dogs, though — they scare goats.

After the parade, at about noon, the fun moves to the Stabbur Beer Garden outside the restaurant for Goat Fest with live music, kids games, a Swedish pancake eating contest, a goat drop contest, special food and beverages.

For more information, call 920-854-2626 or visit aljohnsons.com.

June 14-15: Steel Bridge Songfest, Sturgeon Bay

This annual, unique music festival has 36 musicians and songwriters from across the country come to the Holiday Music Motel for a week to write and record new songs in randomly matched groups, then perform them in two different concerts at 7:30 p.m. each night at Third Avenue Playhouse downtown.

Tickets are $25 for each concert. For tickets or more information, visit steelbridgesongfest.org.

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June 15: Fyr Bal, Ephraim

The name is a Norwegian take on "fire ball," and that's the highlight of this 55th annual community festival celebrating the arrival of midsummer.

Following a day of live music, an arts and crafts show, regatta in the harbor and children’s activities, the evening kicks off with children performing Scandinavian dances, after which the new Fyr Bal Chieftain arrives via boat and lights the bonfire that burns the “winter witch” outside Village Hall. More bonfires follow along the shore, and fireworks cap the festivities.

For more information, call 920-854-4989 or visit ephraim-doorcounty.com.

June 15: Door County Beer Festival/Peninsula Century bicycle ride, Baileys Harbor

About 40 craft brewers from across the country are expected to be on hand to offer samples of their beers and ciders from noon to 4 p.m. in Brann Field, 8113 State 57. Local foods will be available. Admission is $40 general admission, $55 VIP (which includes early admission at 11 a.m.), $15 designated driver.

For advance tickets or more information, visit doorcountybeerfestival.com.

In conjunction with the beer fest is the 30th annual Peninsula Century Spring Classic, which has rides of 100, 62, 50 and 25 miles starting between 7 and 8:45 a.m. and heading throughout northern Door County, ending with a post-ride meal by local chefs. The ride does not include beer fest admission.

For fees and more information, visit peninsulacenturyspringclassic.com.

June 22: Uncork Summer, Ellison Bay

More than 20 Door County restaurants offer small-plate, gourmet dishes on the grounds of Wickman House restaurant from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., along with samplings from local markets, breweries, wineries, and distilleries until 4 p.m. Admission is $10 and each food and drink ticket is $5, with a buy-one-get-one on admissions purchased before May 31.

For more information, call 920-854-3305 or visit uncorksummer.com.

June 22: Door County Wine Fest, Sturgeon Bay

The fourth annual event offers unlimited samples from 1 to 4 p.m. in Sunset Park from the eight wineries along the Door County Wine Trail. There also is food and live music. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the gate, $15 designated drivers (VIP tickets sold out); admissions are limited and advance purchases are recommended.

For tickets or more information, visit doorcountywinefest.com.

Contact Christopher Clough at 920-741-7952, 920-562-8900 or cclough@doorcountyadvocate.com.

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