Shanty Days

SHANTY DAYS: AUGUST 14-15-16, 2015

Shanty Days “Celebration of the Lake” is a three-day, fun-filled family festival that takes place on the Lake Michigan shore in Algoma, Wisconsin.  Huge parade, juried arts and crafts fair, food, music, 5K, street fair, fireworks, beach volleyball, book sale, fishing contest and more! Your perfect summer weekend!

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2015-shanty-days-parade-route-and-grounds-map-thmnDownload your 2015 Shanty Days parade route, 5K route and event grounds map here.

Congratulations to the 2015 Shanty Days Photo Contest Winners!  Click here for the list of winners.  View the photographs in the window of the Community Improvement of Algoma’s Main Street Program office at 308 Steele Street in Algoma.


2015 Shanty Days buttons and event t-shirts are available at the Chamber’s trailer located at near the northwest gate of the main grounds.

Wristbands are $10 (after 3:00pm on Friday) for anyone 13 and older and are available at each entrance gate of the Main Grounds.

Shanty Days ScheduleDownload and print this handy Shanty Days Schedule!

 Event Hours And Fees

Main Grounds Hours and Fees:
Friday, August 14, 3pm – Midnight
Saturday, August 15, 11am*-Midnight
*Parade special: No main grounds entrance fee on Saturday, 11am-3pm.
Sunday, August 16, 11am-9pm

Arts and Crafts Fair and Street Vendor Fair Hours –  FREE!  No Wristband required.
Saturday,  August  15, 10am – 5pm
Sunday, August 16, 10am – 4pm

The Juried Arts and Crafts Fair is located on the lawns of the Algoma Public Library and Algoma Elementary School (corner of Fremont and 4th Streets).  Fremont St. is closed off for two blocks west of 4th Street (Route 42) for leisurely browsing of all the wonderful items available for sale.

The Street Fair is located across 4th Street from the Arts and Crafts Fair on Fremont where you will be able to peruse stands selling everything from spices to t-shirts.  Fremont St. east to 2nd St. (County S)  toward the Main Grounds is also closed for your convenience.

Parking is free throughout town and all the venues are within walking distance of each other.  Please observe parking zone and traffic rules.  There will be a lot of pedestrians in the area.  Law enforcement will be directing traffic at peak times.  Thanks!

Car Cruise and Show ~~ Saturday, August 15, 2015

Car Cruise starts at Olson Fabrication on Perry Street at 11:30, where you will see all your favorite classic and souped up cars drive through town hitting the parade route right before the parade starts.

Car Show: The cars will be on display behind the Youth Club (just east of the Shanty Days grounds) where you can browse until 3:00pm and even get to chat with some of the owners.

At 3:00 pm the cars will leave the Youth Club Parking lot to start their 2nd cruise through town then back to Olson Fabrication. FREE

Online Car Cruise Application

One of the Area’s Largest Parades!  ~~ Noon on Saturday


One of Wisconsin’s largest parades begins with a spectacular car cruise. Enjoy floats, entertainment, clowns, candy and more! Great fun for the whole family! Get your seat early and enjoy the sites and sounds of great family fun!  FREE

Download your 2015 Shanty Days parade route map here.

Parade Theme for 2015 is: Hooked on Shanty Days!  Parade application deadline is 4pm on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.  No fee to participate in the parade.  Awards announced shortly after parade has finished.

Download Parade Info and Rules Online Parade Application

Live Music All Weekend!

A wristband is required to enter the Main Grounds for guests 13 and up.*
*Parade special: No main grounds entrance fee on Saturday, 11am-3pm.

Main Grounds

Annie Rose Band 4-8pm
Vic Ferrari  8pm – 12am
The Del Rays  1-4pm
Geoff Landon & the Wolf Pack 4 – 8pm
Star Six Nine 8pm – 12am
Logan Dier 11am – 12:30pm
Red Clover 12:30-4:30pm
Spice 4:30 – 8:30pm

Algoma Elementary School Lawn 
- Near Arts N Crafts Fair (Bring your own lawn chair) FREE
Noon:  Algoma Community Band
2-3pm:  Algoma High School Jazz Project

Fireworks over Lake Michigan ~~ Dusk on Sunday

The weekend festival ends on Sunday at dusk with a glorious Fireworks display over the lake.  Are fireworks some of your favorite childhood memories?  Grab your lawn chair or blanket and head to the beach. Be wowed by the beautiful display while making some new memories with your family and friends. FREE


Stop by the Main Grounds and satisfy your every food craving!  From gyros to fried dough to corn on the cob, grilled burgers and jambalaya – you won’t leave hungry!  A wide variety of beverage options are also available.

In the Arts and Crafts area you can stop by the Optimist Booth for the popular foot-long hot dog.  You will also find fresh squeezed lemonade and a fan-favorite: roasted almonds and pecans.

In the Street Fair area, you can’t pass by the kettle corn booth without having a taste!

craftsmall Arts N Crafts Exhibits/ Street Fair Vendors ~ Sat: 10am-5pm,  Sun: 10am-4pm Enjoy the leisurely stroll of shopping over 150+ vendors for unique and fun wares and handcrafted one of a kind juried art show items. Something for everyone on your shopping list, including yourself.  FREE – no wristband required to browse the Street Fair and Arts N Crafts areas.

Vendor Welcome, Feedback Form & 2016 Early RegistrationDownload Purchase Award Form2015 Arts & Crafts Fair Exhibitor Application 2015 Street Fair Vendor Application

Shanty Days More on the Shore 5K Walk/ Run as part of the Titletown Wellness Series ~~ Sat 8am

The Algoma Shanty Days 5K starts and finishes at the Algoma Farm Market Kitchen with a view of the river and Lake Michigan.  Race through town past historic Von Stiehl Winery, catch a glimpse of the last 2 remaining shanties and by traveling downhill along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline to the finish! View the race map here.

The race includes a t-shirt, chip-timing, post race refreshments, and same day race results.

The Algoma Shanty Days Kids Superhero Fun Run is a non chip-timed event for children ages 9 and under. The route circles around the Algoma Shanty Days grounds, with a start and finish at the Farm Market Kitchen. Each registered participant gets a t-shirt and a participation ribbon. Superheroes join the race and the kids have a Super-Fun time! Bring your camera!

A portion of the proceeds of the 2015 Algoma Shanty Days 5K, will be used to purchase a racing wheelchair for My Team Triumph practices and events. The racing wheelchair will be kept in the Algoma Community to support individuals with disabilities.

Race packet pick-up is FRIDAY from 3-6 pm at the ALGOMA YOUTH CLUB. And SATURDAY FROM 6:30-7:30 a.m. at the race start area (Farm Market Kitchen). Online registration closes Weds at 11:59 pm. Race day registration will be available on Saturday from 6:30-7:30 a.m$

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booksmall Book Sale ~~ Fri. 8am-4pm Get a bargain on 100’s of books, CDs, DVDs and more for sale by the Algoma Library Friends. On the Library lawn on the corner of Fremont and 4th St. FREE.  Books are priced to sell.  
kidsmallKid’s Area ~~ Open during Main Grounds Hours Located on the north side of the main grounds, kids will enjoy bouncy houses, face painting, ice cream and more.

Entertainment will also be happening in the Kid’s Area!  Saturday from 2-3 will be Jim Lenz and Sunday from 12-1 will be Randy Peterson.

There is an additional charge for a bouncy house wristband:  $10 for unlimited time for the entire weekend.  Payable in the Kids Area on the grounds. $ 

Sunday Ecumenical Service Grab your lawn chair and come enjoy the tranquility by the lake as you join us for an Ecumenical church service Sunday morning, 7a.m. at Heritage Park. All are welcome! FREE  
volleyballBattle on the Beach Volleyball Tournament The Second Annual Shanty Days Battle on the Beach Co-Ed Beach Volleyball Tournament is scheduled for Saturday August 15, 2015 during the three-day celebration of the lakeshore in Algoma, WI.

This Round Robin/Elimination Tournament starts at 1:30 pm.  The first eight teams to send in their team information and payment will be registered.  All games will be played on Crescent Beach on beautiful Lake Michigan.  Free to watch, fee to enter.

Prizes paid for first, second, and third place. If you have questions, please contact  Levi Zeitler at (920) 493-0355.  Download Volleyball Tournament Rules and Signup Info

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Fishing Contest!


What would a Shanty Days event be without fishing!  The 2015 contest begins  Thursday morning, August 13 and ends Sunday, August 16 at 10 a.m., with awards/draw prizes at 10:30 a.m. at the Algoma Marina pavilion. Weigh-ins are 9-10 a.m. and 8:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Algoma Marina fish cleaning station and 9-10 a.m. Sunday at the Algoma Marina pavilion.

Tickets will be available beginning this weekend August 8  at Algoma BP, Algoma Marina and Capt. K’s.

Cost: $10 for age 18 and up, $5 for age 16-17 and $3 for age 15 and under.

Five categories of salmon and trout for the lake, and kids bring in panfish and bullheads. Prizes include cash, gas cards and tackle, and are based upon participation. We have categories for men, women, boys and girls.  Random draw prizes after the awards among all ticket-buyers.

Thursday – Friday – Saturday WEIGH-INS:
9-10:00 a.m. and 8:30-9:00 p.m. at Algoma Marina Fish Cleaning Station

Sunday WEIGH-IN:
9:30-10:00 a.m. at Algoma Marina Pavilion

All entrants will be included in a random drawing; no need to register a fish, but anglers must be present or have a designated representative to claim random draw prizes. All prizes awarded beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Open Division (age 18 and over, $10; ages 16-17, $5):
Cash and prizes will be awarded in men’s and women’s divisions for chinook salmon, coho salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout and lake trout; boat or pier.

Youth Division (15 & Under, Boat and Shore categories, $3 each):
Boat division is for salmon and trout reeled in by the youth; shore division is for panfish and bullheads caught by the youth.

All anglers in the boat must have tickets (exception: charter captains and first mates don’t need tickets unless they want to weigh their own “fun-run” fish). $


Your Opportunity To Help Is Here

Please consider supporting Shanty Days with a monetary donation. Remember that the committee gives back to the community as part of our endowment program. Any donation is welcome including volunteering to help us put on this grand weekend celebration. Please send your check or inquiry to the Chamber 1226 Lake Street, Algoma, WI 54201. Please join us in thanking the Shanty Days Event Sponsors!

Our Current 2015 Sponsors Include:









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Future Dates!

Make your plans now for the upcoming Shanty Days dates!

August 12-14, 2016:  Celebrate 30 years of Shanty Days!
August 11-13, 2017
August 10-12, 2018
August 9-11, 2019



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