Put in Bay 2021 Events Calendar

Put-in-Bay Upcoming Events run from April through October. Almost every summer weekend has some unique event or theme. Book Now for 2021!

*** Please Note: Some event dates are tentative at this time. Please contact the event host for full details. ***

Annual Put-In-Bay Music Festival in Key West

Annual Put-In-Bay Music Festival in Key West
Feb 03 - 06

The Key West of the North Migrates South in February! ***THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED FOR 2021 AT THE SPONSOR’S REQUEST. Please check back in 2022.*** Sloppy Joe’s Bar has bottled up a bit of Lake Erie’s summer and will open it up in Key West Florida in early February to celebrate one island’s culture to the other. Put-in-Bay’s best entertainers perform alongside Key West’s most popular performers at the Put-In-Bay Music Festival. Scheduled to perform again this year are the... more information check availability
Burning Snowman

Burning Snowman
Feb 27

The Burning Snowman Party! Friday February 27th *** CANCELLED *** The big Port Clinton Ohio winter event was set to return this February. This all day festival usually features local food vendors, craft beers, and Live Bands! From 12 noon through 8 PM, guests enjoy the festivities with their friends for a good cause. The event closes the night with the Burning of a 25ft.+ Snowman, to say goodbye to those Winter Blues! This climax is the burning of a... more information check availability
St. Patrick’s Day at Put-in-Bay Ohio

St. Patrick’s Day at Put-in-Bay Ohio
Mar 17

Be Irish For a Day: March 17th Cross the Lake Erie ice this St. Patrick’s Day and have some pre-season fun at Put-in-Bay Ohio! Join the island locals for an Irish inspired day of partying. Wear your four-leaf clovers, grab your green goodies, and get ready to celebrate the Luck O’ The Irish with a pinch of island inspiration. Canada might be closest but on St. Patrick’s Day we are all Irish! Did you know? Put-in-Bay actually has over 480... more information check availability
Put-in-Bay Ohio – Open for the Season

Put-in-Bay Ohio – Open for the Season
Apr 01

Put-in-Bay’s Season Opener April 1st Spring has arrived and Put-in-Bay Ohio is officially open for business! The ice is melting, the sun is out, and now it’s time to for wish winter farewell and make an island getaway. That’s right, we are open for season! We’re so excited to welcome so many new and returning guests to Put-in-Bay this season. You can expect to experience some much-needed relaxation as you enjoy all that Put-in-Bay Ohio has to offer. With that... more information check availability
Ohio Bachelor Weekend #1

Ohio Bachelor Weekend #1
Apr 02 - 03

Ohio Bachelor Weekend April 2nd-3rd! At the beginning of each new season engaged ladies and gentlemen bring their wedding parties to Put-in-Bay. This is one of the wildest weekends on the island! The first and third weekend in April is known to be one of the most popular times to visit Put-in-Bay bars, nightclubs, and party hubs. Bachelor(ette)s bring their bridesmaids and/or groomsmen for one last adventure before they tie the knot. With that said, April is also the island’s... more information check availability
Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday
Apr 04

Residents and a few visitors pack the two local churches for this religious holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. As described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day after his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a 40-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. Celebrations on this day include church services, festive... more information check availability
Put-in-Bay Bachelorette Weekend #2

Put-in-Bay Bachelorette Weekend #2
Apr 09 - 10

Bachelorette Weekend at The Bay April 9th-10th Spring has arrived and love is blooming! During the first and third weekends in April, Put-in-Bay Ohio welcomes thousands of Bachelor and Bachelorette Party celebrations. Soon-To-Be’s, Bridesmaids, and Groomsmen fill the streets for a weekend long celebration at some of the most hopping Put-in-Bay bars, pubs, and nightclubs on the island. April is also the island’s season starter so there is a fantastic opportunity to save big with hotel/rental home early-bird rates. Commodore... more information check availability
Mr. Ed’s Classic Pajama Party

Mr. Ed’s Classic Pajama Party
Apr 17

Pajama Party With Mr. Ed April 17th! Break out those sexy and fun pajamas and head on over to Put-in-Bay Ohio for the Annual Mr. Ed’s Pajama Party weekend. The start of the season is here and Put-in-Bay is ready to celebrate. Dust off those silly, or silky pajamas you’ve had packed away all winter and come ready to party. DJ’s will be pumping out the jams and local entertainers will be performing all weekend long to keep the party... more information check availability
Whiskey Light Lighting at the Round House

Whiskey Light Lighting at the Round House
Apr 18

Join Us at the Round House for Whiskey April 18th! The ‘Whiskey’ light, hanging over the Round House Bar entrance, is one of the most symbolic treasures of Put-in-Bay. When the Whiskey light is turned on it lets all of the local islanders, boaters, and visitors know that ‘the bar is officially open’ and the season has officially begun. This tradition dates by several decades and is one of the most anticipated weekends of the year. With over 140 years... more information check availability
Earth Day at the Bay

Earth Day at the Bay
Apr 22

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events in more than 193 countries. Earth Day at the Bay is Put-in-Bay’s local twist and homage to the event. Celebratory activities are centered around five components: citizen science, volunteering, community engagement, education, and the role of art in furthering the cause. The Lake Erie Islands Chapter of the Black Swamp Conservancy and Perry’s... more information check availability
NFL Draft Day 5K at the Bay

NFL Draft Day 5K at the Bay
Apr 24

Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers Draft Day 5K & Kids FUN Run on April 24th! The Annual Draft Day 5k will take place on April 24, 2021 on the historic island of Put-in-Bay, Ohio, sponsored by the Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers. Whether you like to run or walk, make plans to enter one of the races and then celebrate the NFL draft with us! Every participant will receive an Official Draft Day 5k Jersey, Draft Day 5k reusable tote... more information check availability
Spring Fling Put-in-Bay: The Island Club Customer Party – Friday
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Spring Fling Put-in-Bay: The Island Club Customer Party – Friday
Apr 30

The Official Original Put-in-Bay Island Club Spring Fling: Friday April 30th – May 1st The Spring Fling is a big block party that usually attracts over 1700 people for 2 days of free adult beverages. Plus, Saturday is full of free food and awesome live entertainment to start the season off right! As a result, this is the unofficial start of Put-in-Bay summer fun on the island. As a bonus for those who will be heading downtown, many island businesses... more information check availability
Spring Fling Put-in-Bay: The Island Club Customer Party – Saturday
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Spring Fling Put-in-Bay: The Island Club Customer Party – Saturday
May 01

The Official Original Put-in-Bay Island Club Spring Fling: April 30th – Saturday May 1st The Spring Fling is a big block party that usually attracts over 1700 people for 2 days of free adult beverages. Plus, Saturday is full of free food and awesome live entertainment to start the season off right! As a result, this is the unofficial start of Put-in-Bay summer fun on the island. As a bonus for those who will be heading downtown, many island businesses... more information check availability
Put-in-Bay Ohio Cinco de Mayo Party

Put-in-Bay Ohio Cinco de Mayo Party
May 05

Margaritas, Tacos and More for Cinco de Mayo May 5th Break out the tequila and cut up the limes, because Cinco de Mayo is here! Similar to St. Patrick’s Day when everyone is Irish, on Cinco de Mayo everyone on the island is Mexican! Join us for a weekend full of Put-in-Bay Ohio fiesta fun. You will find a selection of bars and restaurants ready to serve you all the Mexican food and drinks Put-in-Bay has to offer. Put-in-Bay Cinco... more information check availability
Island Mardi Gras Weekend
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Island Mardi Gras Weekend
May 07 - 08

Mardi Gras Invades the Bay May 7-8th! Did you miss Mardi Gras week in New Orleans? Don’t fret, we will bring Mardi Gras to Put-in-Bay Ohio instead! You know we are a bunch of suckers for a good party. Put-in-Bay will be celebrating an island-wide Mardi Gras weekend in early May. Get ready to collect some beads, because things are about to get crazy. Join your friends and head out to some of Put-in-Bay’s Best Bars for a New Orleans... more information check availability
Mother’s Day at Put-in-Bay
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Mother’s Day at Put-in-Bay
May 09

Celebrate Mother’s Day May 9th! Where would we be without our Moms? Step back from the daily grind and sneak your Mom away for a surprise Put-in-Bay Ohio weekend. Mother’s Day weekend is one of the most anticipated weekends on the island. You will find that most of all of Put-in-Bay establishments are open for the season and great deals are everywhere. Shops begin the season by offering special promotions and discounts on brand new Put-in-Bay gear and clothing also.... more information check availability
Traditional Blessing of the Fleet

Traditional Blessing of the Fleet
May 11

*** To Be Live Streamed on Facebook *** Bless The Fleet on May 11th! The Blessing of Fleet ceremony has seen Seafarers from across generations have all taken part in it. There is something mystifying about the time-honored traditions passed down from generation to generation within the seaport communities. Put-in-Bay Ohio locals and visitors alike join together to offer a blessing to the various seafaring vessels among the island’s fleet. This tradition is in place to safeguard the vessels against... more information check availability
Queen Victoria Day Weekend at the Bay

Queen Victoria Day Weekend at the Bay
May 14 - 15

Queen Victoria Day Celebrations From May 14th-15th at Put-in-Bay For the past 200 years there has been peace between The United States, Great Britain, and Canada. There is no better way to honor Victoria Day than with a weekend getaway at Put-in-Bay Ohio! Visit Perry’s Monument and join all the other visitors in education activities about the history of this holiday. Once you’ve gained new knowledge, take a shot at the annual Victoria Weekend “Put-in-Bay Downtown Scavenger Hunt”. From 1:00... more information check availability
South Bass Island Garage Sale

South Bass Island Garage Sale
May 15

How far are you willing to go for a great bargain? Are you willing to come to Put-in-Bay for one? We sure hope so because we are having an island wide garage sale on South Bass Island. In a nutshell, it’s the biggest treasure hunt of the year! Put-in-Bay store owners and residents come together on this one day each year to buy and sell their unwanted goodies. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? There will be plenty... more information check availability
Perrys Victory Visitor Center Season Opener
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Perrys Victory Visitor Center Season Opener
May 22

Perry’s Season Opener May 22nd! Perrys Victory Visitor Center is a must stop while on island. This is the only National Park Service monument celebrating peace between the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. The monument is over 352-foot tall.  Moreover, it was originally designed to commemorate all who fought for freedom in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. During your visit, to the Visitor Center, you will learn more about the history of this battle. ... more information check availability
Memorial Day at the Bay Weekend
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Memorial Day at the Bay Weekend
May 28 - 31

All across the country, families look forward to Memorial Day weekend. Put-in-Bay looks forward to this highly anticipated three-day weekend also. In fact, it’s one of the most popular times to visit South Bass Island. During Memorial Day weekend some of Put-in-Bay’s favorite entertainers return.  Here, they are ready to entertain the crowds with multiple shows. You will also find Memorial Day Services honoring our Veterans at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Visitor’s Center Plaza. The event will take... more information check availability
Phlocking of the Phaithful Gathering
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Phlocking of the Phaithful Gathering
Jun 03 - 06

*** Event Update – 2019 was the end of the Phlocking. There is no event this year *** Do you have a hunger for a Cheeseburger in Paradise? Well you’re in luck because we have just the thing to fix you up! Join us at Put-in-Bay for Phlocking of the Phaithful, the annual Jimmy Buffet tribute weekend… A Party With a Purpose! Find yourself ‘wasting away again in margaritaville’ and join your fellow Parrot Heads who are all having a... more information check availability
Put-in-Bay Music Festival – Peace through Music
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Put-in-Bay Music Festival – Peace through Music
Jun 05

The Island’s Music Festival Comes to Town June 5th Put-in-Bay Music Festival is the latest great upcoming event.  Nothing ignites the spirit greater than the strumming strings of a banjo, right? If you agree, then join us for a weekend full of blue-grassy music at the Put-in-Bay Ohio Music Festival. This will be a weekend full of talented full bluegrass entertainment to keep your foot tapping and your hands clapping. The main event will be hosted at Perry’s Victory, the... more information check availability
Annual South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous

Annual South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous
Jun 11 - 13

The South Bass Island Put-in-Bay Kayak Rendezvous at Put-in-Bay Ohio is the premier kayaking gathering on Lake Erie. Join more than 100 kayakers from the tri-state area and beyond for a weekend of paddling, camping, socializing and exploring the islands located in the western basin of Lake Erie. Each year on the second weekend after Memorial Day, paddlers have descended upon the South Bass Island State Park for this annual gathering. This paddler organized event brings kayakers together for a... more information check availability
Invitational Mills Trophy Sailing Race

Invitational Mills Trophy Sailing Race
Jun 11 - 12

Sail Away at the Bay June 11-12th! The Invitational Mills Trophy Race is sponsored by the Toledo Yacht Club. This is known as ‘THE’ sailing race of the Lake Erie islands. The race Dates back to 1907. The original intention of the event was to merely test the navigational skills of the Lake Erie locals. Since then, the race has been honored nearly every year. What makes this race unique is that you compete at night. Put-in-Bay became more involved... more information check availability
Founder’s Day Jose DeRivera Celebration
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Founder’s Day Jose DeRivera Celebration
Jun 12

Celebrate Jose DeRivera June 12th! One of the most heartfelt weekends of the summer is Founder’s Day. Jose DeRivera was a Hispanic merchant who purchased the South Bass, Middle Bass, Sugar, Gibraltar, Ballast, and Starve Islands for the sum of $44,000 in 1854. Then, Jose sold off parcels of the land to the community for a fraction of the price. He sold the school property for $1 and the St. Paul’s church property for $10. Founder’s Day is in place... more information check availability
Put-in-Bay Pooch Parade
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Put-in-Bay Pooch Parade
Jun 12

Bring Your Furry Friend to Put-in-Bay June 13th! Put-In-Bay Pooch Parade is always a hit! There is no better feeling than bringing your fur-baby along for a little adventure. Join us for our annual Put-in-Bay Ohio Pooch Parade. Registration begins at 10 am at the DeRivera Park gazebo and this long-standing island event promptly starts 10:30 am. Your dog can enter the parade for a nominal $10 entry fee. Registration includes a doggie goodie bag and you can compete for prizes... more information check availability
Arts on Erie Week
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Arts on Erie Week
Jun 14 - 18

Bring the Artist Side of You June 14-18th! Put-in-Bay offers a week-long arts program for children of all ages each summer called Arts on Erie. The children meet on the back porch at Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial Visitor Center and participate in various crafts and art-based activities. Each day the child will create a craft during the week. There are two sessions available. The first session will be from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The second session will... more information check availability
Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration with US Brig Niagara
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Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration with US Brig Niagara
Jun 19 - 21

The Tall Ship Brig Niagara Visits Put-in-Bay June 19th to 21st! Join locals and visitors of Put-in-Bay as we welcome the US Brig Niagara for the Annual Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration. This historic replica is traditionally at the port in Erie, PA, but we it will be OURS for one weekend this summer. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry commanded the original relief vessel and was a key element to the success of the War of 1812. Now, this replica’s use is exhibition... more information check availability
Perrys Victory Triathlon & Family Fun Run

Perrys Victory Triathlon & Family Fun Run
Jun 19

Jog the Virtual Put-in-Bay Island in June! The Perry’s Victory Triathon & Family Races is back as a virtual event. Below is some information about the new updated event as well as the event website and details. The event itself is free for participants to “run” in as many races as they would like but if participants want to receive some awesome race swag, there are 2 options for them. For $30, a package containing a race shirt (participants choice... more information check availability
Pyrate Fest Put-in-Bay
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Pyrate Fest Put-in-Bay
Jun 25 - 28

Aye Aye Captain! Be a Pirate From June 25-28th! For over 10 years in a row pirates be invadin’ Put-in-Bay’s downtown harbor on Friday at 4:00 PM to open the Put-in-Bay Pyrate Fest. Grab your wooden leg and your pet parrot, because you’re going to need them. Saturday will be an exciting day for kids and adult full of fun activities. Make sure you don’t miss the Pirate Parade downtown and the best Costume Contest this side of Lake Erie.... more information check availability
Canada Day Celebration
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Canada Day Celebration
Jul 01

Celebrate Canada With us July 1st! Canada, Oh, Canada! How we love you so! Join us as we celebrate Canada Day at Put-in-Bay. We hope you like cake because we are ready to party. Come to South Bass Island on Canada Day weekend and explore the partnership with Canada and the United States. Make sure to visit Perry’s Victory Visitor Center during your trip and pay your respects to those that fought against each other in the War of 1812. This is... more information check availability
Fourth of July Fireworks

Fourth of July Fireworks
Jul 04

Enjoy the 4th of July Fireworks Like Never Before! Special holidays are made even more special up at Put-in-Bay. On this, our national day of independence, the island’s businesses and partners come together to sponsor one of the best fireworks displays on all of Lake Erie. Traditionally, it is always held on the exact date of July 4th, rain or shine. Watch the colorful display from the lakeside deck of your Put-in-Bay Condo, or grab a seat somewhere downtown. Where... more information check availability
Put-in-Bay Soccer Cup 6v6

Put-in-Bay Soccer Cup 6v6
Jul 10 - 11

The World Cup Comes to Put-in-Bay July 10th-11th! Join us for one of the most highly anticipated events in Put-in-Bay Ohio’s summer event line up, The Put-in-Bay Soccer Cup. In essence, it’s one huge soccer party. Whether you come to play or to spectate this is sure to be a great time for fans on and off the field. The Put-In-Bay Soccer Cup has been organized by 6v6 Soccer for over a decade now and it has grown in popularity... more information check availability
Put-in-Bay Jeep Invasion

Put-in-Bay Jeep Invasion
Jul 16 - 18

Jeep Jeep! Bring you Jeep to Put-in-Bay July 16th-18th! Bring your Jeep up to the Bay for the Annual Put-in-Bay Ohio Jeep Invasion to show it off! There is a scavenger hunt, and the Jeeps will be joining the weekly antique car parade. You’ll get to see some awesome vintage Jeeps and other antique vehicles and have a fantastic weekend getaway at the Bay! Jeep Invasion Schedule Friday On Friday there will be a light dinner and reception at the shelter... more information check availability
Inter-Lake Yachting Association Bay Week Sail Regatta

Inter-Lake Yachting Association Bay Week Sail Regatta
Jul 30 - Aug 02

ILYA Bay Week Sail Regatta on Put-in-Bay July 30th-August 2nd The Bay Week Sail Regatta is the oldest and one of the most prestigious sailing competitions on the Great Lakes, celebrating over 100 years. The Regatta Week has long been a proving ground for the most able and skilled sailors and the fastest of boats from the cradle of America sailing history. The highlight of the season, the Sailing Regatta offers exciting racing for sailors of all classes, plus on-shore... more information check availability
JF Walleyes 5K on Middle Bass Island

JF Walleyes 5K on Middle Bass Island
Aug 01

JF Walleyes 5k Race on Middle Bass August 1st Looking for a reason to make time for a late summer getaway? Join us on Middle Bass Island on the first Sunday of August for the annual Jf Walleyes 5K run. The race will start between J.F. Walleye’s and historic Lonz Winery. As you make your way through the scenic course there will be beautiful views of the Put-in-Bay harbor and Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. You will be able... more information check availability
Inter-Lake Yachting Association Power Boating Regattas

Inter-Lake Yachting Association Power Boating Regattas
Aug 04 - 08

Power Boat Regattas on Put-in-Bay August 5-9th Stay tuned for more details as we receive them. This time of year we see the I-LYA Junior Sail Regatta where Junior Sailors compete for points towards national competition in various racing classes. There is also the Deep Water Sailing Races where skippers compete by classes at Put-in-Bay. Finally there is the I-LYA Senior Sailing Races which have been held for over 100 years with racers gathering at Put-in-Bay Ohio to race off... more information check availability
Annual Lake Erie Islands Historical Society’s “Auction for History”
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Annual Lake Erie Islands Historical Society’s “Auction for History”
Aug 04 - 05

Put-in-Bay’s Historic Auction August 4th-5th! The Auction for History is an annual auction on Put-in-Bay Ohio that benefits the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum and begins at 6:30 PM. Viewing of the items for auction begins at 4:00 PM. Bidders can preview live auction items and bid on silent auction items Thursday night, August 5, at 4:00 PM at the auction site. The auction will be held at the auction site. Check the museum website, leihs.org for more info. more information check availability
Put-in-Bay Senior Citizens Day

Put-in-Bay Senior Citizens Day
Aug 21

Enjoy Senior Citizens Day at Put-in-Bay August 21st! This day honors and celebrates our older visitors who enjoy coming to Put-in-Bay Ohio year after year. Many are snow birds and enjoy the warm temperate Lake Erie summers on the island before going down to Florida to get some more sun while the island gets all icy. This is a great day to visit Put-in-Bay and enjoy all the sights and sounds and maybe even discover a new favorite spot! Many... more information check availability
Annual Volleyball Battle on Put-In-Bay

Annual Volleyball Battle on Put-In-Bay
Aug 21

Test Your Volleyball Skills August 21st For more than 25 years, volleyball players have come to Put-in-Bay Ohio to compete in this day long tournament. It is so big, it is held both at McCann Field on Toledo Avenue near downtown Put-in-Bay and over on the high school softball field. Over 2,500 players compete in numerous divisions including Open, A, BB, B, C, “Rec”reational. The rules are simple: Co-ed 6’s grass; minimum of 2 women on the court; USAV outdoor... more information check availability
Annual 3W2 Fly-In and Car Parade

Annual 3W2 Fly-In and Car Parade
Aug 22

Fly Into Put-in-Bay August 22nd! If you know anything about Put-in-Bay Ohio, you probably know that it’s a popular Lake Erie weekend getaway. People drive to Port Clinton or Sandusky from all over the Midwest and hop onto ferries to get across the lake for a weekend of fun. But, Put-in-Bay and the Lake Erie islands also have a growing pilot population. Put-in-Bay is also full of residents who are enthusiastic about antique cars. These two communities join together for... more information check availability
2021 Put-in-Bay Bash on the Bay 5

2021 Put-in-Bay Bash on the Bay 5
Aug 25 - 26

For Bash on the Bay Lodging, contact our favorite lodging partners, who are starting waitlists! (Online booking not yet available for the event) Island Club Rentals (islandclub.com) – 216-898-9951 Put-in-Bay Condos (putinbaycondos.com) – 216-898-1105 Commodore Resort (commodoreresort.com) – 419-285-3101 Victory Station Hotel (putinbayvictorystation.com) – 419-285-0120 Bird’s Nest Resort (birdsnestresort.com) – 419-285-6119 The 5th Annual Bash on the Bay is NOW CONFIRMED for 2021!! The wait is over! We finally know the dates for the 2021 “Put-in-Bay Bash On The Bay... more information check availability
Annual Labor Day Bash at the Bay Weekend
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Annual Labor Day Bash at the Bay Weekend
Sep 03 - 06

Put-in-Bay Makes For The Perfect Labor Day Getaway September 3rd-6th! Labor Day weekend is the last long weekend of the summer. It’s typically the last opportunity for a warm-weather getaway. So as you can imagine, Labor Day weekend is HUGE at Put-in-Bay Ohio. Book a hotel room or rent a condo and join us for one of the summer’s best parties during the Labor Day Bash at the Bay! The bars and restaurants of Put-in-Bay are always prepared for this... more information check availability
Put-in-Bay Ohio Historical Weekend
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Put-in-Bay Ohio Historical Weekend
Sep 10 - 12

Enjoy Historical Weekend September 11th-12th! If you love great summer weather and good times, and you’re also a history buff, this is the Put-in-Bay Ohio weekend for you. Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend is a grand occasion where the island remembers its incredible place in American history with reenactments, live entertainment, and art. It’s an excellent opportunity to have fun, learn, and enjoy Put-in-Bay for a weekend. Book your lodging early! The Battle of Lake Erie The War of 1812 was not... more information check availability
Downtown Art In The Park
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Downtown Art In The Park
Sep 11

Become An Artist For the Day September 11th! Art In The Park is an excellent event in downtown Put-in-Bay Ohio during the Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend. DeRivera Park welcomes dozens of artisans and craftspeople to share their love of art with the community. You can come to the park and just enjoy their work and exhibits. There will also be works available for purchase that can act as the perfect souvenir to take home with you, either for yourself or as... more information check availability
Historical Grand Parade at Put-in-Bay Ohio
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Historical Grand Parade at Put-in-Bay Ohio
Sep 12

Put-in-Bay Island Historical Parade Will Take Place September 12th The capstone of the famous Put-in-Bay Ohio Historical Weekend, the Grand Parade wraps things up in style. There will be over 1,000 Boy Scouts marching in the parade, fresh off of their Camporee weekend spent in the shadow of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. There will also be high school marching bands traveling from all over the Midwest to participate. The weekend is full of War of 1812 re-enactments, and... more information check availability
OHS Muffins vs Put-in-Bay Mossbacks Base Ball Game
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OHS Muffins vs Put-in-Bay Mossbacks Base Ball Game
Sep 12

The World Series Comes to Put-in-Bay September 12th! America’s pastime makes its way to Put-in-Bay for one of the most unique events of the summer in Ohio. Put-in-Bay plays host to the Ohio Historical Society Muffins as they take on the Put-in-Bay Mossbacks! You’ll see a game of “base ball” played by the original rules of the game from the 1800’s and old-timey uniforms to match! It’s like taking a step back in time to the America of yesteryear. This... more information check availability
Miller Boat Line 5K Race

Miller Boat Line 5K Race
Sep 18

Put-in-Bay’s 5k September 18th! The Miller Boat Line 5K is a great annual race.  Love to run? Join over 800 other runners in a scenic race to the finish in front of the beautiful Put-In-Bay Harbor. This picturesque race course weaves through the scenic roads of South Bass Island. Breathe in the fresh island air and enjoy the scenery as you count the miles! Challenge yourself to break your personal record on this stunning course. Not about the speed? Enjoy... more information check availability
Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day
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Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day
Sep 18

The 2nd Closest Thing to St. Patrick’s Day September 18th! St. Patrick’s Day is a beloved party day all over America. Don’t you wish it came more than once a year? Well at Put-in-Bay Ohio it does! Reserve a house or condo and join us the third weekend of September for Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day! There is a parade with a marching band and bagpipes, everyone dresses in green, it’s just like the original St. Patrick’s day in March,... more information check availability
Boaters’ New Years at the Bay
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Boaters’ New Years at the Bay
Sep 18

Celebrate Boater’s New Years September 18th There’s a whole new way to ring in the New Year – during the mock New Year’s at the Bay! It may feel like summer break, but the spirit of New Year’s is in full swing at Put-in-Bay Ohio! This mock New Year’s Eve celebration is one of the most festive times of the season. New Year’s at the Bay is celebrated with Monte Carlo style casino gambling live on the streets. This boaters tradition... more information check availability
Put-in-Bay Ohio Road Race Reunion
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Put-in-Bay Ohio Road Race Reunion
Sep 22 - 24

Join Us For The Vintage Road Races September 22nd-24th! Wind the clock back to the 1950’s with the Put-in-Bay Ohio Road Race Reunion, as you watch historic cars zipping around the streets of Put-in-Bay on the public roads in road races just like the old days. In fact, the island actually closes off the main roads and lines them with bales of hay, just like they did in the 50’s, for a totally authentic and unique midweek Put-in-Bay experience. Guidelines... more information check availability
Football Tailgate Weekend
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Football Tailgate Weekend
Sep 26 - 27

Football Tailgates on the Island – September 26-27 Fall means football. You can smell it in the air, you can see it when the leaves begin to change. Put-in-Bay Ohio will always have the football games available at the bars and restaurants downtown, but the island also hosts a special weekend all about football, the Tailgate Weekend! The Tailgate Weekend comes courtesy of the Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers, in an effort to fundraise for great causes all over the... more information check availability
Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department Clambake
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Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department Clambake
Sep 26

Join Us For The Firefighter’s Clambake September 26th! Most foods that you love are available pretty much all the time. If you want a pizza or a burger, there’s no shortage of places to call. But for certain things, you have to have them when they’re available. There’s not a pig roast everywhere everyday for example. Same with a clambake. So if you’re lucky enough to be at Put-in-Bay Ohio on September, make your way over to the fire station... more information check availability
B1G Game Weekend at the Bay

B1G Game Weekend at the Bay
Oct 01 - 02

There may be no live Big 10 football this fall, but you can still enjoy the Ohio State/Michigan rivalry in a new way and in a fun place with the B1G Game Weekend at the Bay! This weekend is jam packed with events including the Fall Ball and Put-in-Bay Wine Fest. Make sure you get your hotel or home rental booked early because the island usually fills to capacity. The businesses at Put-in-Bay, Ohio are teaming together to give you... more information check availability
Fall Ball Put-in-Bay Island Club Customer Appreciation Party
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Fall Ball Put-in-Bay Island Club Customer Appreciation Party
Oct 01 - 02

Put-in-Bay Fall Ball: October 1st and 2nd The Fall Ball is a big block party that usually attracts over 1700 people for 2 days of free adult beverages. Plus, Saturday is full of free food and awesome live entertainment to end the season right! As a result, this is the unofficial end of Put-in-Bay summer fun. As a bonus for those who will be heading downtown, many island businesses offer great discounts on food and merchandise for party attendees who... more information check availability
Put-in-Bay Island Wine Festival
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Put-in-Bay Island Wine Festival
Oct 02

The Put-in-Bay Wine Festival Comes to Town October 2nd! One of the things that Put-in-Bay is famous for is wine. The island has a rich winemaking history that Heineman Winery and the Put-in-Bay Winery continue to this day. These wineries are two of the most popular destinations on the island. If you love wine, Put-in-Bay also has an awesome event for you, the Island Wine Festival! Book a room and enjoy the weekend. The Island Wine Festival is hosted by... more information check availability
Put-in-Bay Island Traditional Oktoberfest
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Put-in-Bay Island Traditional Oktoberfest
Oct 09 - 10

Put-in-Bay Oktoberfest: From October 10-11th Held in downtown Put-in-Bay under the big tent in DeRivera Park. This is one of the few events that everyone enjoys on a Sunday. Many island hotels and rental homes offer super special discounts for those staying the extra night after a long day of German food and beer. Oktoberfest in Germany is one of the world’s most famous parties. If you’re lucky enough to have an opportunity to head across the pond and check... more information check availability
The Wake
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The Wake
Oct 15 - 16

Join Us as We Reminisce All The Good Times in October! The tradition of The Wake, dating back over 35 years, continues again this year at Put-in-Bay. The Wake is a special event, commemorating the end of another successful Put-in-Bay summer season. The Round House Bar and the Park Hotel are the hosts of the events of The Wake. The Park Hotel turns into a Haunted Hotel. Enjoy your trip though the hotel, coming across a casket for this season... more information check availability
Halloween Boo Bash at the Bay

Halloween Boo Bash at the Bay
Oct 22 - 23

Join Us For Spook Times at Put-in-Bay October 23-24th Hopefully by the end of October you’ve made it up to Put-in-Bay at least once this year. But if you haven’t, you’re pretty much out of time. Sorry to rush you, but you had better grab your favorite get-up and head to Put-in-Bay for the Halloween Boo Bash, one of the last events on the Put-in-Bay calendar! You can expect frosty beverages, great live entertainment, and over 2,000 revelers in costume.... more information check availability

Put-in-Bay, Ohio, United States, is full of things to do and lovely events. Whether you’re in town for a holiday weekend or a themed festival, there’s always something to celebrate on the island. Guests have the opportunity to connect with nature, join in an island-wide block party, and learn about the area’s rich history during a variety of annual Put-in-Bay events from Mardi Gras to Pyrate Fest to Kid Rock. You won’t want to miss the best experiences on South Bass Island so book a place to stay today!

Put-in-Bay Events offer visitors a chance to enjoy some of the best entertainment options every year.  The range of activities span from enjoying the peace and nature to a party atmosphere at an exhilarating rock concert. Early season April weekends have offerings include the Put-in-Bay Spring Fling and Bachelorette Weekend, both ideal for your bachelorette party.

Every year, previous guests return to the island for their favorite annual festivities. Kick off the summer season the right way at Put-in-Bay’s Official Spring Fling Party. This popular weekend event features two days of free food and live entertainment. More ways to celebrate on South Bass Island include commemorating Put-in-Bay’s history at the Perry’s Victory Memorial or signing up for a road race around the island. No matter when you visit, there’s always an exciting way to enjoy your Lake Erie Island vacation. Discover our complete list of Put-in-Bay’s best events below. Make sure also to Download a Put-in-Bay Island Guide and bring it with you!

Eventful Island Fun

Are you ready to have some fun during your upcoming trip to Put-in-Bay? Our exclusive Destination Island Guide is all you need to plan the ultimate vacation. Look no further to find your all-in-one resource for the best outdoor recreation, Put-in-Bay restaurants, and entertainment on the island.

For many guests, the annual happenings is what keeps them coming back to the island year after year.  Some, like the Volleyball and Soccer Tournaments see a lot of the same faces. Popular times to visit are always on weekends with a Key West vibe.

Popular Event Calendar Choices

  • April
    • Mr. Ed’s Pajama Party
    • Whiskey Light at the Round House Bar
  •  May
    • Spring Fling at the Island Club
  • June
    • Put-in-Bay Pirate Fest
  • July
    • Independence Day Celebration
  • August
    • Bash on the Bay
  • September
    • Labor Day Weekend
  • October
    • Island Club’s Fall Ball Party
    • Oktoberfest in DeRivera Park

Put-in-Bay Event Calendar Spotlight | Bird Watching

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Bird Watching Put-in-Bay

Each year, bird lovers flock to the island for the annual event calendar listing.  Put-in-Bay is home to so many great parks.  Here, birds have utilized these great nature preserves to live and prosper.  Visitors can observe a variety of bird species, catch glimpses of islands of Canada and enjoy time with fellow birders at this favorite event calendar listing.

So, be sure to check when for ideal times and location to get your chance to view a variety of species. The best times are usually April and October when the big annual migrations occur.  But some years there are special birding times and dates, so look through the Calendar. Make sure to rent a golf cart to get to the different parks when you visitputinbay. Early season lodging options include one of the Resorts and the Island Club Home Rentals.

Put-in-Bay Calendar of Events for All

The wide selection of fun activities on the island includes things for the whole family.  For a person wanting an exciting weekend full of entertainment and a good time, there is an event for you.  If a party time filled with hitting a club and dancing the night away, there is an event on the calendar for that.  Regardless, the diversity of options gives many reasons to head to South Bass Island.

Throughout the season, different organizations are responsible for hosting events.  Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is home to many of the great things to do in Put-in-Bay.  Also, the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce is responsible for other notable events like Oktoberfest. Many of our visitors come from Cleveland to enjoy our upcoming events and entertainers. Staying at a Put-in-Bay Resort like the Waterfront Condos or in one of our Put in Bay hotels like the Commodore Resort is an ideal option.

So, the question isn’t if, it is when are you going to plan your trip? Fortunately, this website is full of great information to plan a trip to Put-in-Bay.  Moreover, with a full event calendar each season, guests can expect exceptional entertainment options every year.

Check the Put-in-Bay Event Calendar

With so many different events to choose from, perhaps more than one trip to the island is the answer.  Furthermore, with many offers being entirely free, the choice becomes even easier. The biggest choices will be where to stay for your getaway… groups in a rental home, families in the Put-in-Bay Condos, or boaters on their own boats.

So, Set sail on a Put-in-Bay Ferry Boat to an island in the sun.  Then, pick a fun event that you and yours will enjoy and make fond memories together.  There is never a bad time to put an island in your life.  See you at the Bay!

Top 10 Put-in-Bay Event Questions

Are Put-in-Bay events kid-friendly?

Yes! Almost every event held on South Bass Island is kid-friendly and also family-friendly. Many Put-in-Bay events are even made specifically for kids, such as the Boy Scout Jamboree on Historical Weekend and the Pyrate Fest held each June.

Do bands play on the island?

Yes! The live entertainment schedule in Put-in-Bay bars and restaurants is full every summer. From country to pop, and jazz to rock, you will find it on the island. There are even special events such as the Bash on the Bay and the Put-in-Bay Music Fest to enrich the experience.

How much are Put-in-Bay Tickets?

The best part of a Put-in-Bay experience is that there are no tickets, it is a completely free visit if you want it to be! There are different fees for private businesses and attractions on the island, but that is only if you decide to partake of them. Ferry service costs a few bucks, but bringing your own boat over is free! Going to the top of the Perry's Monument has a fee, but walking the park grounds and visiting the Visitors Center is free!

How much do Put-in-Bay events cost?

The main events themselves are free of charge. "Events" at Put-in-Bay generally are themes for a particular week or weekend. Enjoying the re-enactments, displays, music, and vendor booths for each events generally costs nothing.

Is Put-in-Bay for families?

Yes! Families enjoy visits to Put-in-Bay all summer long. Rental homes and waterfront condos are available for groups who want to stay overnight on the island as well as hotel rooms for shorter stays and smaller groups or couples. Families have a plethora of attractions to visit and kids to enjoy, such as the Perry's Family Fun Center.

What are the most popular events at Put-in-Bay?

The most popular events at Put-in-Bay are the ones that YOU enjoy attending! Everyone is different but on average, the most popular events are:

  • Official Spring Fling Season Opener Party at the Island Club
  • Pyrate Fest in June
  • July 4th Fireworks and Concert in July
  • Historical Weekend in September
  • Oktoberfest in October
What events does Put-in-Bay have midweek?

Most events in Put-in-Bay are held on weekends when most people have time off work to visit the island. Midweek is more tame and allows for more exploration of the island. However, there is always something to do. Some midweek events include:

  • Arts in the Park
  • Wild Tuesdays
  • Nature Camp
What is happening on Put-in-Bay today?

Our Put-in-Bay Event Calendar is always kept up to date so just check it out to find an event happening today. You can also find an upcoming event for your next visit!

What is there to do in Put-in-Bay?

The real question is what is there NOT to do! We have everything from on-island to on-water and even mid-air attractions! You can rent a jet ski or power boat. You can go down into a cave or up onto the Monument. You can even parasail and take a Biplane ride!

Who is playing at the big Put-in-Bay concert this year?

So far, the Bash on the Bay acts have been kept sealed and have not been announced. We will be the first to let you know when this year's musical entertainers are released. Last year it was Kid Rock with special guest Uncle Kracker.