Put in Bay 2020 Events Calendar

During the Covid-19 re-opening, most Put-in-Bay businesses and public spaces are open and welcoming guests. Please check availability of your event before visiting!

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May June
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 02 - 03

** CANCELLED for 2020, plan ahead for next year! ** Put-in-Bay Fall Ball: October 2nd and 3rd 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... more information check availability
Put-in-Bay Island Wine Festival

Put-in-Bay Island Wine Festival
Oct 03

The Put-in-Bay Wine Festival Comes to Town October 3rd! *** The “traditional” WineFest has been Cancelled until 2021 *** UPDATE: This year, due to the State of Ohio and Governor’s orders regarding public festivals, social distancing, and masking, you will find local businesses celebrating inside their own bars and restaurants and shops instead of at the park with the usual mass gathering. But don’t worry! This will still be a great weekend, so please come visit and enjoy! One of... more information check availability
Put-in-Bay Island Traditional Oktoberfest
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Put-in-Bay Island Traditional Oktoberfest
Oct 10 - 11

Put-in-Bay Oktoberfest: From October 10-11th *** The “traditional” Oktoberfest has been Cancelled until 2021 *** UPDATE: This year, due to the State of Ohio and Governor’s orders regarding public festivals, social distancing, and masking, you will find local businesses celebrating inside their own bars and restaurants and shops instead of at the park with the usual mass gathering. But don’t worry! This will still be a great weekend, so please come visit and enjoy! Oktoberfest in Germany is one of... more information check availability
NFL Draft Day 5K at the Bay

NFL Draft Day 5K at the Bay
Oct 11

Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers Draft Day 5K & Kids FUN Run (formerly April 25th)! ***Reschedule Date Announced*** The 6th Annual Draft Day 5k was originally to take place on April 25 but due to Covid, has been moved to October 11, 2020 on the historic island of Put-in-Bay, Ohio, sponsored by the Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers. At the original date/time, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they postponed the race until another time this season was available and October... more information check availability
The Wake

The Wake
Oct 16 - 17

Join Us as We Reminisce All The Good Times October 16-17th! 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 23 - 24

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
Island Mardi Gras Weekend

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 Mardi Gras-style celebrations.... 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
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

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!

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 & the 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
    • 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 the Bay Lodging Resort and 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.