Last summer some visiting friends invited me to join them in Waterfront Park in Sister Bay for some live music. Looking forward to catching up in a fun atmosphere, I hopped on my bicycle and pedaled into Sister Bay. When I coasted down the hill to the park, I was glad I had chosen to bike, as parking spots were a hot commodity. The lawn in front of the angularly-roofed amphitheater was already dotted with people picnicking and sipping beverages in the late afternoon light. I arrived empty-handed, without even a blanket, but my friends had spread one on the ground, opened their cooler and begun pouring wine. I accepted a glass happily. We waited patiently for the band to get set up. More spectators arrived, gradually filling the lawn. My friends and I caught up and while we talked I waved hello to groups Door County friends as they set up their own blankets. Most seemed in the know like my friends and comfortably situated themselves on lawn chairs and balanced plates of hors d’oeuvres on their laps. Children played on the grass or the nearby playground. The atmosphere was absolutely unrushed and jovial.
The band soon began its twangy zydeco music. Even as the accordion and guitars rose into the first tune, some folks seated near the front rose and danced in pairs. After the first song they introduced themselves as Copper Box, an Americana zydeco and blues band native to Wisconsin. The crowd was soon tapping their feet and a few kids joined the dancers.
In Door County, live music by local and regional musicians is abundant, and an outdoor concert is a relaxing end to a vacation day. No matter when you visit Door County, you can probably catch at least one concert in a park. Just bring your lawn chairs and favorite cold beverage.
On Friday evenings, the town park in Baileys Harbor is host to bands of all genres. The music starts at 5 pm and lasts until about 7, just in time to stroll to a nearby restaurant for some supper. Catch the first show, jazz musician Antonio Salerno, on June 28th.
Distance from the Blacksmith Inn: Walkable in 3 minutes (.1 miles)
Tuesday evenings in Fish Creek are punctuated with strains of jazz, blues and bluegrass. Follow the sweet sounds to Noble Square Park with your blanket or lawn chair. Concerts start at 4 pm from June 25th to August 27th.
Distance from the Blacksmith Inn: Driveable in 14 minutes (8.3 miles)
In Sister Bay you can’t miss on Wednesday evenings. The concerts in the park are popular because the music is great, with favorite bands returning year after year. Arrive early to claim your spot on the lawn for the 6 pm show. Concerts in Waterfront Park begin June 19th and last through September 1st.
Distance from the Blacksmith Inn: Driveable in 12 minutes (8.9 miles)
For relaxing tunes on a Thursday evening, venture into Egg Harbor. Their concerts in Harbor View Park are a mix of local jazz from just down the road at Birch Creek Performance Center to blues and rock. Shows begin June 20th at 5 pm.
Distance from the Blacksmith Inn: Driveable in 13 minutes (9.1 miles)
At the end of an fun and exciting day in Door County, find peace and relaxation in a quiet room at the Blacksmith Inn. Check our availability here.