Put in Bay 2020 Events Calendar

Put-in-Bay, Ohio, United States, is full of things to do and love. 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!

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Annual Put-In-Bay Music Festival in Key West

Annual Put-In-Bay Music Festival in Key West
Feb 05 - 08

Sloppy Joe’s Bar has bottled up a bit of Lake Erie’s summer and will open it up in Key West Florida from February 9-11 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 absolute best performers that Put-in-Bay Ohio has to offer: Just Allie, Westside Steve, island rock god Ray Fogg, and Pat Sheppard. Take it from us,... more information
St. Patrick’s Day at Put-in-Bay Ohio

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

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 full-time residents! With that said, our tourist... more information
Put-in-Bay Ohio – Open for the Season

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

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 said, visitors that plan their... more information
Ohio Bachelor Weekend #1

Ohio Bachelor Weekend #1
Apr 03 - 04

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 so there are... more information
Put-in-Bay Bachelorette Weekend #2

Put-in-Bay Bachelorette Weekend #2
Apr 17 - 18

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 Resort, Island Club Home Rentals and the... more information
Mr. Ed’s Classic Pajama Party

Mr. Ed’s Classic Pajama Party
Apr 18

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 alive! If you’re coming to Put-in-Bay be... more information
Whiskey Light Lighting at the Round House

Whiskey Light Lighting at the Round House
Apr 19

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 of rich history, the Round House Bar has become an... more information
NFL Draft Day 5K at the Bay

NFL Draft Day 5K at the Bay
Apr 25

Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers Draft Day 5K & Kids FUN Run! The 6th Annual Draft Day 5k will take place on April 25, 2020 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... more information
Spring Fling Put-in-Bay: The Island Club Customer Party
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Spring Fling Put-in-Bay: The Island Club Customer Party
May 01 - 02

What is the Spring Fling? 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 also offer great discounts on food and merchandise.  This... more information
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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, former 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.

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.