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... more informationcheck availability
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 informationcheck availability
Ohio Bachelor Weekend 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 season starter... more informationcheck availability
Bachelorette Weekend at The Bay – 2nd weekend of April 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... more informationcheck availability
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 informationcheck availability
Pajama Party With Mr. Ed and friends!! 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 informationcheck availability
Join Us at the Round House for Whiskey and the Lighting of the Whiskey Sign! 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... more informationcheck availability
Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers Draft Day 5K (and Kids FUN Run)! The Annual Draft Day 5k will take place the first weekend of May 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 bag, free lunch,... more informationcheck availability
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. Interested in... more informationcheck availability
If You Want To Attend Spring Fling, You Need To Be Staying At One Of These Lodging Choices: 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 Official Annual Put-in-Bay Spring Fling, Hosted By The Island Club It’s never too early to start thinking ahead, especially when it comes to one of the best events of the year at Put-in-Bay! The... more informationcheck availability
*** To Be Live Streamed on Facebook *** Bless The Fleet on May 9th! 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 informationcheck availability
Mardi Gras Invades the Bay in May! 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 informationcheck availability
The Island Wide Garage Sale! 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,... more informationcheck availability
Celebrate Mother’s Day, in May, at the Bay! 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... more informationcheck availability
Queen Victoria Day Celebrations From May 20th-21st 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 informationcheck availability
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 informationcheck availability
South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous 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... more informationcheck availability
Celebrate Jose DeRivera June 10th! 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 informationcheck availability
BENSON FORD SHIP HOUSE TOURS RETURN ON JUNE 11TH AND AUGUST 27TH, 2023! We’re extremely excited to tell you about your chance to tour one of the most unique houses in America, right on South Bass Island! Put-in-Bay’s famous Benson Ford Ship House will be open to the public for tours on Sunday, June 11th, 2023. The cost of the tour is $40, and all proceeds will be going to various island promotional and charitable causes. THE SHIP HOUSE IS... more informationcheck availability
Aye Aye Captain! Be a Pirate From June 23rd-25th! 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. Adults and children are both encouraged to participate in this... more informationcheck availability
The World Cup Comes to Put-in-Bay July 8th-9th! 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 informationcheck availability
Jeep Jeep! Bring you Jeep to Put-in-Bay July 14th-16th! 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! Until We’ve Got A 2023 Itinerary, We’ve Left 2022’s Below To Give You An Idea Of What... more informationcheck availability
HEEEEERE THEY COME! Annual Put-in-Bay “Amphicar Days” Hosted by the Put-in-Bay Island Guide Monday July 31 & Tuesday August 1 (addt’l days likely Thurs, Fri, Sat Aug 3,4,5) For more info & latest appearance locations – call 203-910-7903 A summer favorite since 1999! Join us as we welcome the annual Amphicar Reunion to Put In Bay. A gathering of these rare and amazing 1960’s “swimming sportscars” will be here at Put in Bay on Monday and Tuesday, with extra visits... more informationcheck availability
Test Your Volleyball Skills on August 12th For more than 40 years, volleyball players have come to Put-in-Bay, Ohio to compete in this day long tournament. Over,1,000 players participate in a coed sixes day long volleyball tournament hosted by Lakeview Volleyball. The night before the tournament a pre-registration players party is held at The Sand Bar at Adventure Bay. On the day of the tournament, players check in from 8-9 AM and competition begins at 9 AM on McCann field,... more informationcheck availability
When it’s time to book for Bash on the Bay 2023, contact our favorite lodging partners! 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 Luke Bryan and Pitbull will be headlining the 2023 Bash On The Bay You can read the news here! It’s going to be a massive event in 2023 as this year’s Bash On The Bay is... more informationcheck availability
BENSON FORD SHIP HOUSE TOURS RETURN ON JUNE 11TH AND AUGUST 27TH, 2023! We’re extremely excited to tell you about your chance to tour one of the most unique houses in America, right on South Bass Island! Put-in-Bay’s famous Benson Ford Ship House will be open to the public for tours on Sunday, August 27th, 2023. The cost of the tour is $40, and all proceeds will be going to various island promotional and charitable causes. THE SHIP HOUSE IS... more informationcheck availability
Put-in-Bay Makes For The Perfect Labor Day Getaway September 1st-4th! 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 informationcheck availability
Enjoy Historical Weekend September 8th-10th! 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 informationcheck availability
Become An Artist For the Day September 9th! 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 informationcheck availability
The Island’s Music Festival Comes to Town September 16th 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 informationcheck availability
Put-in-Bay’s 5k September 16th! 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 informationcheck availability
The 2nd Closest Thing to St. Patrick’s Day September 17th! 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 informationcheck availability
Join Us For The Vintage Road Races September 20th-23rd! 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. Interested... more informationcheck availability
Join Us For The Firefighter’s Clambake September 23rd! 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 in September, make your way over to the fire station... more informationcheck availability
Celebrate Boater’s New Years September 23rd 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 informationcheck availability
The Put-in-Bay Wine Festival Comes to Town Sept. 30th 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 informationcheck availability
READY TO BOOK? THESE LODGING OPTIONS GET YOU ACCESS TO FALL BALL! Island Club Rentals – https://www.islandclub.com/ – 216-898-9951 Commodore Resort – https://www.commodoreresort.com/ – 419-285-3101 Put-in-Bay Condos – https://www.putinbaycondos.com/ – 216-898-1105 Victory Station Hotel – https://www.putinbayvictorystation.com/ – 419-285-0120 Bird’s Nest Resort – https://www.birdsnestresort.com/ – 419-285-6119 Fall Ball Is October 6th-7th, 2023 While we’re never happy about the end of the summer season at Put-in-Bay, it does herald the arrival of one of our favorite Put-in-Bay events. Fall Ball is just... more informationcheck availability
Put-in-Bay Oktoberfest: October 7th 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 it... more informationcheck availability
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 informationcheck availability
Join Us For Spook Times at Put-in-Bay October 20th-21st 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 informationcheck 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.
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
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.