Shanty Days

Shanty Days Endowment Recipients Sought

Each year the committee donates money from Shanty Days’ profits including those generated by gate admissions, food sales, etc. Previously, the Shanty Days committee has supplied funding for the Friends of the Ahnapee Trail, Algoma Community Band, Kewaunee County Food Pantry, Algoma H.S. music program, and others as a way of giving back to the community that so generously supports us!

If you are part of an organization or project that would like to be considered for the Endowment Fund, please submit your request on or before February 4, 2018.   You do not have to be a member of the Chamber to request an award.

SHANTY DAYS 2018: August 10-12, 2018

Information will be continuously posted as soon as we know the details for the 2018 Celebration of the Lake!

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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Event Information
Wristbands, Shirts, and Buttons
Arts and Crafts Fair Application
Parade Information
Car Cruise
Music Schedule
5K Run/Walk
Library Book Sale
Kid’s Entertainment
BYOBand Teen Stage
Volleyball Tournament
Pool Tournament
Fishing Contest
Shanty Days 2017 Map

Shanty Days Event Sponsors



All events, hours and fees are subject to change.

Note:  Dogs are not allowed either on the Main Grounds or Crescent Beach.  While leashed dogs are permitted in all other public areas during Shanty Days, please be mindful of the large crowds and the affect that the heat can have on your pooches.  We wish everyone to be safe and have an enjoyable weekend.


 2017 Main Grounds Hours and Fees (subject to change):
*Wristband required for ages 12 and up.  At the Gate:  $10  Valid Friday – Sunday
Sunday only:  $5 at the gate only

Main Grounds Hours:
Friday, August 11, 2017,  3pm – Midnight
Saturday, August 12, 2017, 11am*-Midnight
*Parade special: No main grounds entrance fee on Saturday, 11am-3pm.
Stay as long as you want on the grounds but if you leave and wish to re-enter, a wristband is required for entry or re-entry after 3:00pm on Saturday.
Sunday, August 13, 2016, 11am-9pm

Wristbands,Shirts, and Buttons

2017 Algoma Shanty Days Shirts, Buttons and Wristbands On SalePresale wristbands, $8 each for ages 12 and up, are now available at the Algoma Visitor Center, 1226 Lake St., Craig’s Piggly Wiggly, 2025 Lake St. Algoma, and   Bank of Luxemburg, both Algoma locations, 510 2nd St. / 514 5th St. 

Shirts and buttons are available at the Algoma Visitor Center.

Shirts: Gold or gold tie -dyed come in youth sizes S – L for $10 each, and adult sizes S – 4XL for $14 each.

Commemorative buttons are $1 each.



Arts and Crafts Fair and Street Vendor Fair Hours –  FREE!  No Wristband required.
Saturday,  August  12, 2017, 10am – 5pm
Sunday, August 13, 2017, 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!


The 2018 Arts N’ Crafts Fair/Street Fair Vendor application is now available!

Click here to complete online Arts N’ Crafts Fair/Street Fair vendor application.

Applications are accepted until show date or spots are filled.

2017 Purchase Award Signup Form


Car Cruise and Show 

Car show information and registration can be found here:

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

Parade Registration:  Parade registration deadline will be NOON on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.  No fee to participate in the parade but registration is required.

To register for the 2017 Shanty Days parade, please complete the online registration form here.

Parade Rules: Shanty Days Parade Rules

Live Music All Weekend!

A wristband is required to enter the Main Grounds for guests 12 and up.
*Parade special: No main grounds entrance fee on Saturday, 11am-3pm.
A wristband is required for entry or re-entry after 3:00 p.m. Saturday.

Main Grounds Entertainment for 2017:

4-8 p.m. Modern Day Drifters
8 p.m. – 12am Led West
1-4 p.m. Blind Ambition
4 – 8 p.m. Branded
8 p.m.-12 a.m. Spicy Tie Band
11 a.m. -12:30  p.m. Sugarbush Boys
12:30-4:30 p.m. Spitfire Rodeo
4:30-8:30 p.m. Spice

Algoma Elementary School Lawn 
– Near Arts N Crafts Fair (Bring your own lawn chair) FREE

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!

A Shanty Days weekend favorite breakfast destination is the Algoma Fire and Rescue Porkie Pancake breakfast!

Stop down to the Algoma Fire Station, 400 3rd Street in Algoma from 7:00 a.m. – Noon, Sunday, August 13, 2017. It is delicious and always a lot of fun!

Shanty Days More on the Shore 5K Walk/ Run is part of the Titletown Wellness Series ~~ Sat 8 a.m.

Race packet pick-up and on-site registrations will be Friday, August 11, 2017, from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Algoma Youth Club, 620 Lake Street and Saturday, AUgust 12, 2017 prior to the race form 6:30 – 7:30 at the race start.

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 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!

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New for 2017!  Shanty Days Pool Tournaments sponsored by CTI Hospitality, Inc.

Shanty Days Pool TournamentsFriday, August 11, 2017,  9 Ball / Singles  Start: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. $30 fee

Saturday, August 12, 2017, 8 Ball /Partners /Last Pocket /Algoma Tavern League Rules Start: 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.  $40 fee

100% payout for 1 – 4 places.  Entry fee does NOT include Main Grounds admission.

Download the Pool Tournament rules and entry form here.


booksmall Book Sale ~~ Congratulations to the Algoma Library Friends on opening a year round bookstore, The Book Corner!  Same great deals will be available at their location 401 Third Street Friday, Saturday Sundays 11-3PM. Get a bargain on 100’s of books, CDs, DVDs and more.  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 a separate charge for the Kid’s Area wristband:  $10 for unlimited time for the entire weekend.  This is payable at the Kids Area on the Main Grounds. The Kid’s Area is scheduled to be open Friday, 4:00pm-8:00pm, Saturday, 1:00pm – 8:00pm and Sunday, 1:00pm – 5:00pm.  $

BYOB Teen Stage
New for 2017 is the BYOB Teen Stage!  This area is for youth ages 13 – 20 and will feature five bands beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Heritage Park (by the Algoma Marina).  Entry is free!
3 p.m. Registration for the Cornhole Tournament and Bed Races!
3 p.m. Mocktail Bar Opens
3:30 p.m. Cornhole Tournament begins
4 p.m. Bed Races begin
5 p.m.-10 p.m. LIVE MUSIC!!
5:15-6 p.m.: Stevie Stark
6:15-7:15 p.m.: Breaking Point
7:30-8:30 p.m.: Good & Gracious
8:45-9:45 p.m.: Wiz Bang

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  

Battle on the Beach Volleyball Tournament Check back for 2017 tournament information.

Sponsorship Info:Volleyball Sponsorship

Free to watch, fee to enter.

If you have questions, please contact  Levi Zeitler at (920) 493-0355.

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What would a Shanty Days event be without fishing!

Shanty Days Fishing Tournament: August 10-13, 2017

Tickets will be available starting this weekend (August 5) at Algoma BP, Algoma Marina and Capt. K’s Marina. More than $1,000 in cash and prizes on the line in this kid-friendly contest (adults can “play” too).

Thursday weigh-ins:
9-10 a.m. and 8:30-9:00 p.m. at Algoma Marina Fish Cleaning Station

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

Sunday weigh-in at Marina Pavilion:
9:00-10:00 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 prizes, which will be awarded at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the marina

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

Youth Division (15 & Under, Boat and Shore categories, $3 each):
Boat division is for salmon and trout; shore division is for panfish and
bullheads caught in local waters open to the public.

All anglers in the boat must have tickets (charter captains and first mates
don’t need tickets unless they want to fish and weigh fish).

Questions? Call Kevin @ (920) 883-9792

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 2017 Sponsors Include:









Future Dates!

Make your plans now for the upcoming Shanty Days dates!

August 10-12, 2018
August 9-11, 2019

Shanty Days 2016 information can be retrieved here.

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