Why the Washington Island Music Festival is One of the Best Summer Events

With a beautiful rocky shoreline, lush forests, and over 100-miles of roads to explore, Washington Island is a must for your summer itinerary in Door County. Another thing that makes Door County’s largest island a popular destination during the summertime is the annual Washington Island Music Festival. Every year in August, the island comes alive with live music performances by some of the region’s top musicians. Here is everything you need to know about this year’s festival and how to get the most out of your visit to Washington Island.

The Washington Island Music Festival is just one of the many incredible events to look forward to this summer. Request your free copy of our Vacation Guide and you’ll instantly receive a full list of our area’s top annual festivals, dining, shopping, entertainment, and much more.

Experience the Washington Island Music Festival

From July 30th to August 10th, 2018, world-class musicians will be donating their talents for the annual Washington Island Music Festival. They will spend two weeks living and performing on the island while establishing strong ties to the community. In addition to the classical music concerts, visitors will also enjoy open rehearsals, lectures, and children’s programs in the performing arts center. The festival is led by Artistic Director Samantha George, a professional violinist and professor of music at Lawrence University.

History of the Washington Island Music Festival

The roots of the Washington Island Music Festival can be traced back to 1990. When Milwaukee Symphony musicians first visited the island, they found the potential for a wonderful music festival filled with classic performances, music education, and a community/artists partnership. Today, the music festival continues to be the sole support and provider of the Music Education in Washington Island School. The main goal of the festival is to provide vocal and instrumental instruction while fostering a community that appreciates music.

The schedule for the 2018 Washington Island Music Festival has yet to be announced, so check the website regularly for updates!

How to Get to Washington Island

Washington Island can only be reached by ferry, making the journey there half the fun! The ferry operates all year-round and carries passengers, vehicles, and bicycles to the island. Round-trip tickets to and from Door County can be purchased at the Northport Car Ferry booth for $13.50 per adult.

Check the Washington Island Ferry Schedule now to find the time and date that works best for you!

The Summer Vacation of a Lifetime Awaits With The Ashbrooke

Alexander Noble HouseAfter enjoying the exciting Washington Island events, you’re invited to come back and rest your feet with us at The Ashbrooke! Our peaceful and luxurious adults-only hotel is a favorite for couples looking to get away from their day-to-day schedules. The Ashbrooke’s prime location places you just minutes from all the incredible things to see and do!

Guests will also enjoy comfortable rooms and suites adorned with only the best amenities. Our impeccable guest services will ensure that you are enjoying your stay from the moment you arrive. When booking your stay, be sure to ask us about our current specials. We look forward to hosting you here at The Ashbrooke very soon!