Put in Bay 2020 Events Calendar

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Fourth of July Fireworks

Fourth of July Fireworks
Jul 04

*** Event Update – The Fireworks Display will not occur this year. Please come back in 2021 *** Enjoy the 4th of July 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. Where to... more information check availability
Put-in-Bay Soccer Cup 6v6

Put-in-Bay Soccer Cup 6v6
Jul 11 - 12

The World Cup Comes to Put-in-Bay July 11-12th! 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
Jeep Invasion on Put-in-Bay

Jeep Invasion on Put-in-Bay
Jul 17 - 19

Jeep Jeep! Bring you Jeep to Put-in-Bay July 17th-19th! 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 July 17th On Friday there will be a light dinner and reception at... 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 05 - 09

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”

Annual Lake Erie Islands Historical Society’s “Auction for History”
Aug 05 - 06

Put-in-Bay’s Historic Auction August 5-6th! 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 9, 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
Annual Pig Roast at The Goat

Annual Pig Roast at The Goat
Aug 05

Pig Roast at The Goat May 8th! The success of the Annual Pig Roast for the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center is a reflection of the increasing dedication and enthusiasm from the volunteers and donors who helped to make the event great. Each year the event is hosted at the Goat Soup and Whiskey. Amy Huston made all of the desserts, Pepsi donated all of the water, and the Put-in-Bay Fire Department provided the tables! The entertainment was... more information check availability
Annual Miller Boatline Stargazing Cruise

Annual Miller Boatline Stargazing Cruise
Aug 06

Your Stargazing Adventure Awaits August 6th! Last year, there was a slight breeze for the Stargazing Cruise, about 75 degrees at sunset, there was a nice lightning show to the south of us. And we had extraordinary clear skies for viewing the stars around Put-in-Bay Ohio! Around 200 people came aboard the Miller Boat Line’s MV South Bass to enjoy the event. Snacks were provided by the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, and wine from Heineman’s Winery. Hosts roamed among the... more information check availability
Annual Volleyball Battle on Put-In-Bay

Annual Volleyball Battle on Put-In-Bay
Aug 15

Test Your Volleyball Skills August 15th 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

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.