Carnival season traditionally begins on January 6th after Twelve Night and runs through Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, which ends at midnight before Ash Wednesday. Called Carnivale in Latin countries, this is a season of merriment, dancing, and feasting preceding the Catholic fasting season of Lent—hence the translation of “Carne — Vale!” to “Meat — farewell!”
One unique feature of this cool Carnival is that it wraps up with a Winter Farmers’ Market at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. Two Winter Farmers’ Markets have already come and gone, and previous vendors have included Pat’s Patch (organic produce), Design Door County (fresh and silk floral arrangements), Door County Kraut, and many other local artisans, offering items like handmade oven mitts, jewelry, folk art, cards, Door County Sauces, and hats and scarves. Shopping can work up an appetite, and whether or not you will be giving up meat (or anything else) for for Lent, you’ll be looking for delicious meals to fuel your Winter Carnival activities. Find what you’re hungry for: Download the free Door County Chefs APP to search and find menus, directions, and click-to-call phone numbers for Door County restaurants!
Though the toasty temperatures you’d experience at the world famous Rio de Janeiro Carnaval are unlikely in Baileys Harbor this February, this Winter Carnival offers Door County residents and visitors a great way to beat cabin fever! Book your stay now: in town at Nelson Lakeview Suites & Motel, or just south of Baileys Harbor at Scofield North, or at Maxwelton Braes Lodge to be where the band is playing! Check out the blogs at DoorCountyLodging.com for great winter specials and rates at lodgings throughout Door County.
Friday Night, Feb. 7th – Bonfire at Baileys Harbor Rec Park
Saturday, Feb. 8th – Winter Games throughout Baileys Harbor & Live Music at The Max
On Saturday participate in or watch winter games all day! Play in a pick up game of pond hockey on Kangaroo Lake or snowmobile Baileys Harbor’s time trials and radar runs. Enjoy a walk on the Ridge Sanctuary’s snowy trails, or build snow-castles at the beach. After dinner saturday evening head to Maxwelton Braes Lodge for live music by Unity at 6:30pm in celebration of Bob Marley’s birthday weekend! And, get out your shiniest sequins and fluffiest feathers, because Best Carnival Costume at the Unity show wins a prize package, courtesy of the BHCA. Be outrageous! Book a room so you can stay warm and keep the party going all night!
Sunday, Feb. 9th – Farmers’ Market in the Baileys Harbor Town Hall
Sunday you’ll want to head back into town to the Town Hall and check out great local items brought to you by Door County’s FIRST Year Round Farmers’ Market! Booths will be set up in the Auditorium from 10am-2pm. For more information on the market or to become a vendor, call 920.839.2366920.839.2366.