Spring comes to Door County with Jacksonport’s Maifest on Memorial Day Weekend.

Maifest includes a juried art fair; midway activities for children; concession stands selling funnel cakes, kolaches, brats and hot dogs, and beverages.  Enjoy live music both days. The Maifest parade is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, a 10K run and 2-mile fun run at Lakeside Park on Sunday at 9 a.m.; the 4-H Horse and Pony Drill Team and Frontier Farmers horse pull at the ball field beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Website: www.jacksonportwi.gov/maifest/

Cherry Fest


Cherry Fest is sponsored by the Jacksonport Historical Society, Inc.  A fantastic art fair featuring unique handmade items from many of your returning favorite artists as well as many amazing first timers, all things cherry—pie, ice cream, pie fillings, fresh cherries, cherry brats, cherry hamburgers and many other delicious food items. There’s a penny hunt on the beach for the younger set, a horse drawn wagon rides and a variety of musical performances ongoing all day. A booth features books published by the historical society about local families. Be sure to take a tour of a restored root cellar at the Erskine Rest Area, across from Lakeside Park, site of Cherry Fest.

Website: www.jacksonporthistoricalsociety.org

Thanksgiving Day Parade


Now in its 19th year, the annual Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade is a fun-loving, eclectic parade — a labor of love put in motion by residents and built upon the theme of neighbors helping neighbors.

The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Jacksonport Town Hall, takes a right on Wisconsin 57 to Mike’s Port Pub where it turns around and heads back to JJ’s of Jacksonport.

In 2015, students from the Sevastopol High School Student Council and Gibraltar DECA students worked together to plan the parade.

Contact: Lindsay de Young, 743-6282, ext. 1120, or [email protected]

Polar Bear Plunge


The Jacksonport Polar Bear Club invites you to join them in Jacksonport each New Year's Day at noon sharp (Central time) for a refreshing dip in the icy water of Lake Michigan. The event began in 1986 and now draws hundreds of participants and a thousands more who just want to watch the spectacle. Most of the club members survived, and you can too!

There is no cost to participate in the swim. If you are planning to be a Polar Bear and take the plunge, be sure to check out the club’s website for important instructions and helpful hints.

Website: www.jacksonportpolarclub.com