Shanty Days

SHANTY DAYS: August 12-14, 2016: Celebrate 30 Years of Shanty Days!

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!

Click here for the full archive of events for Shanty Days 2015.

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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 still available at the Visitors Center, 1226 Lake Street in Algoma.

Anticipated 2016 EVENT Information:

All events, hours and fees are subject to change for 2016

 Event Hours And Fees

Information posted here is in anticipation of the 2016 event based on the 2015 event. All hours, fees, performers and events are subject to change. Please check back as Shanty Days 2016 gets closer for the most up to date information. We look forward to seeing you at the 30th Anniversary of the Celebration of the Lake!

Anticipated 2016 Main Grounds Hours and Fees (subject to change):
Friday, August 12, 2016,  3pm – Midnight
Saturday, August 13, 2016, 11am*-Midnight
*Parade special: No main grounds entrance fee on Saturday, 11am-3pm.
Sunday, August 14, 2016, 11am-9pm

Arts and Crafts Fair and Street Vendor Fair Hours –  FREE!  No Wristband required.
Saturday,  August  13, 2016, 10am – 5pm
Sunday, August 14, 2016, 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 13, 2016

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

Car show registration will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

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 the  Shanty Days parade route map here.

Parade Registration:  Parade registration deadline is 4pm on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.  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 Entertainment for 2015 included:

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 Form2016 Arts & Crafts Fair Exhibitor Application 2016 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.

Check back for registration details as the event draws closer $

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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 ~~ Main Grounds Located on the north side of the main grounds, kids will enjoy bouncy houses, face painting, ice cream and more.

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 was held Saturday August 15, 2015 during the three-day celebration of the lakeshore in Algoma, WI.

Check back for sign-up information. 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.

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Fishing Contest!


What would a Shanty Days event be without fishing!  The 2015 contest began  Thursday morning, August 13 and ended Sunday, August 16 with awards/draw prizes.

Tickets become available beginning the weekend before.  Check back for full details.

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 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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