Put-in-Bay Ohio, truly something for everyone of all ages. Browse our current schedule of events and remember to book your reservations early. Weekends in April thru October tend to book very early in the year!
|January 1||New Year's Day 2016||Happy New Year's Day to all our friends from PutInBay.com! The new year is upon us and we officially start placing deposits for your 2016 summer reservations. It may be cold and snowy where you are today, but close your eyes and think ahead to a sunny vacation at Put-in-Bay Ohio! For hotel reservations, please call 888-742-7829. For home rentals, please call 216-898-9951. We look forward to saying hi!|
|February 11-13||12th Annual Put-in-Bay Days in Key West||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 12th - February 14th to celebrate one island's culture to the other. Put-in-Bay's best entertainers perform alongside Key West's most popular performers. Scheduled to perform again this year are the absolute best performers that Put-in-Bay Ohio has to offer: Mike "Mad Dog" Adams, the infamous Bob Gatewood, Pete and Wayne, Ray Fogg, and island legend Patrick Houston Dailey. Take it from us, if you want to go then book your hotel rooms NOW rather than later, because finding last minute accommodations is near impossible (we tried last year)! This event is a great way to put some Put-in-Bay fun into a long winter season and see your island friends that you don't usually see between seasons.|
|March 17||St. Patrick's Day at the Bay!||If you can make it across the ice, then come bring your friends and join the islanders for an Irish themed day at the Bay! There are a couple bars open over the winter and on this special day they both turn green. We may be close to Canada, but everyone here is Irish for a day. The Bay Lodging Resort will be open for guests for this traditional holiday. Book securely online or give us a jingle at 888-742-7829 to inquire.|
|April 1||OPEN FOR THE SEASON!!!||Spring is finally here and the island is officially open to tourists and visitors. It's always a great time of year to break the winter doldrums and head back to Put-in-Bay to enjoy the quiet beauty of the Bay! April weekends are bonus weekends at the Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center, Island Club, Bay Lodging Resort, Edgewater Hotel, Put-in-Bay Villas, and the Put-in-Bay Condos. It is also Fishermen Weekend! For Hotel reservations call 888-742-7829.|
Enjoy great weekend entertainment and if fishing is your sport of choice there is no better Walleye fishing than the waters surrounding Put-in-Bay. Enjoy reduced rates at Put-in-Bay Ohio's most popular hotels which open early to accommodate our early visitors! Just click a link above and book your Spring fun trip today!!
|April 8-9||Bachelor/Bachelorette Weekend #1||One of the most popular weekends for celebrating upcoming nuptials with friends, it is an island season starter with some great hotel rates.|
|April 14||State of the Island||The annual State of the Island will be held on Thursday, April 14, 6pm at the Put-in-Bay Town Hall. All Put-in-Bay Chamber members are welcome to attend to hear government officials, island non-profits and community organizations give an overview of 2015 and future projects.|
|April 15-16||Mr Ed's 10th Annual Island Pajama Party||Ready to start the season at Put-in-Bay? Break out those sexy, funny, or unique PJ's and head to the bay for Mr. Ed's 9th annual pajama party weekend! Great prizes, contests, and entertainment! Hotels offer discounted rates for this fun early season event. There is usually a DJ and a band playing all weekend for your musical entertainment|
|April 17||Whiskey Light at the Roundhouse Bar||The lighting of the Whiskey Light over the Roundhouse Bar entrance is an island tradition that dates back dozens of years. It is an acknowledgement to boaters and islanders alike that "the bar is now open" and the season has begun. The actual lighting usually happens around 2 PM and there is always some unique entertainer playing music and entertaining the crowd to open the season. Visit our entertainment page for additional information and to see who is playing.|
|April 22-23||Bachelor/Bachelorette Weekend #2||The second of two popular weekends to gather with friends and family to celebrate upcoming weddings, groups enjoy early season rates and specials. Be sure to book early!|
|April 30||All Sport FUNdamentals Put-in-Bay 2nd Annual Draft Day 5k FUN Run||All Sport FUNdamentals and the Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers are proud to present the 1st Annual Draft Day 5k! The race will take place on Saturday, May 2 at 9:45am on the historic island of Put-in-Bay, Ohio. Whether you plan to run or walk come race and then celebrate the NFL draft with us! Every participant will receive an Official Draft Day 5k Jersey, free lunch, drink discounts, tickets into a raffle for Cleveland Browns autographed footballs, framed and signed pictures and more! This event will benefit the Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers. Your support of this race is greatly appreciated as all proceeds from the race will go directly to the Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers. For more information and to register please visit All Sports Timing & Race Management website at: www.allsportsraces.com.|
|May 5||Cinco de Mayo||You may not think of Put-in-Bay when you think of Cinco de Mayo, but rest assured, we know how to celebrate! From Rita's Cantina to Big Man's Burrito Stand, and every place in between, the island restaurants and bars open their doors and welcome everyone. Just like St. Patty's Day, today everyone is Mexican on the island! Join us for the festivities!|
|May 6-7||Putinbay.com's 17th Annual Put-in-Bay Spring Fling Customer Appreciation Weekend!||The official start of Put in Bay summer fun is the annual Put-in-Bay Spring Fling. This event has grown in size each year for almost two decades as more and more people hear about it. The party is hosted at the Island Club Rentals subdivision and is exclusively for guests of the Island Club, Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center, Bay Lodging Resort, Victory Station Hotel, Put-in-Bay Villas, Commodore Resort, Put-in-Bay Condos and the Edgewater Hotel only. You must be a registered guest at one of these establishments to attend. No exceptions will be made for liability purposes! Be sure to reserve your hotel room or rental home early as this weekend always books up and sells out quickly!|
What is the Spring Fling? It is a big block party that usually attracts over 1700 people for 2 days of free adult beverages, and a Saturday full of free food and awesome live entertainment to start the season off right! As a bonus for those who will be heading downtown, many island businesses offer great discounts on food and merchandise for party attendees who show their wristbands! Stay tuned for the special guest band --- CHECK BACK SOON!
Remember, book EARLY as this weekend fills fast! For Resort/Villas/Bay Lodging hotel reservations, please call 888-742-7829.
|May 8||Mothers' Day||What better way to surprise Mom than to bring her up to Put-in-Bay for the weekend?!? Mother's Day is always an exciting weekend up on the island as most all of the shops have just opened up and there are sales on brand new 2016 Put-in-Bay gear and clothing all over the island! Plan a Mother's Day trip to Put-in-Bay today, and treat Mom well.|
|May 10||29th Annual Blessing of the Fleet||This annual event is recognized across many boating communities worldwide dating back to ancient times as a way to safeguard the fleet against the coming year's storms and protect the boats from harm. Local clergy from St Paul's and Mother of Sorrows churches will be on hand to bless the vessels that service South Bass Island including Coast Guard watercraft and Life Flight helicopters. Please stop by if you are in town and enjoy some hot coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies on the dock along with friendly camaraderie.|
|May 13-14||Ohio's Largest Corn Hole Tournament!||Compete for cash and prizes in the 5th Annual Best of Ohio Corn Hole Tournament at Put-in-Bay, sponsored by Budweiser. This incredible event takes place at the Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center on their large open pool deck. When staying at one of the sponsor lodging facilities (the Put-in-Bay Resort and the Bay Lodging Resort) entry is FREE!!! There is over $2,000 in cash and prizes including a $500.00 first prize, weekend getaway packages, Jet Express tickets, dinner packages and more! (Please note: entry positions are limited to guests of the above hotels only.)|
Saturday night, after the Kings (or Queens) of Cornhole are crowned, everyone is invited to Mr Ed's Bar & Grille for an all-night party with live entertainment and reduced drink prices!
For additional information, please call 1-888-742-7829 and inquire.
|May 13-14||Put-in-Bay's Mardi Gras Weekend||Break out the beads and your traditional yellow, green and purple for the annual Mardi Gras at the BAY! Bachelor & Bachelorette party weekend! Celebrate this great southern tradition Put-in-Bay Island Style on the north coast! One of the popular weekends for those about to be married to celebrate their upcoming nuptials at Put-in-Bay.|
|May 16||Perry's Victory Visitor Center Opens||The Perry's Victory Visitor Center and Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Stop by and go to the top for the best view of the Lake Erie islands and on a good day, you can even see Canada!|
|May 20-21||Victoria Day Weekend||This special weekend is an island celebration that commemorates over 2 centuries of peace between the United States, Canada and Great Britain. There will be historical activities in and around the monument, and if you are more adventurous then you can take part in the 11th annual Victoria Weekend "Put-in-Bay Downtown Scavenger Hunt". The Scavenger Hunt takes place from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Saturday and is open to the public. The best part is that it all takes place on golf carts! Be sure to reserve your golf cart online by visiting the new Delaware Cart Rentals website.|
There are lots of great prizes including Put-in-Bay mini-vacations for two people (lodging, transportation, meals), attractions and souvenirs. This is by far one of the best kept secrets on South Bass Island if you are looking for fun and large prizes with just a small entry fee. Registration will take place at Delaware Carts located at the Edgewater Hotel on Delaware Ave downtown.
|May 21||Island Wide Garage Sale||Downtown Put-in-Bay businesses and island residents join together for one gigantic sale on Saturday. Take advantage of great discounts on merchandise and various island treasures. The annual sale starts at 8:00 AM, and ends at 5:00 PM. Maps with locations of the garage sales will be distributed the day of the event.|
|May 27-30||Memorial Day Weekend||One of the most popular weekends of the year at Put-in-Bay, this three day weekend is many families end of school year and start of summer vacations. Put-in-Bay's most popular entertainers return to the island this weekend, many with multiple shows! Make sure to book your hotel reservations early so you don't miss out on the fun! Memorial Day Services honoring our Veterans are held at the Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial visitor's center plaza, with a full agenda of events planned for the whole weekend, especially Saturday. On Monday there will be a Memorial Day Parade featuring antique and classic cars, and also the usual Sunday Skip Duggan Car Club's Classic Car Parade at 2:30 PM.|
|May 27-5||Ohio Bike Week's "Rally on the Rock"||Ohio Bike Week began as the North Coast Thunder Rally & Ohio State H.O.G. Rally in 1999 and 2000. In 2006, North Coast Thunder Rally was rebranded as Ohio Bike Week. Since then, Ohio Bike Week has become a 10-day premier event planned around the dates for the AHDRA Ohio Bike Week Nationals. The Rally on the Rock portion of Bike Week started when bikers discovered the fun and entertainment to be had on South Bass Island at Put-in-Bay. Ohio Bike Week offers many days of great activities, entertainment and rides-Many at NO CHARGE. |
Island bikers can enjoy a Hog Roast in DeRivera Park from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM & entertainment from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday, May 29. There are many contests, prizes, and live music. Donations will be accepted for St. Jude's Children's Hospital. The fun continues with the island's second Scavenger Hunt of the season, except this one takes place on bikes! Bikers will begin Sunday at 3:00 PM from the Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center and tour the island on the scavenger hunt which concludes at 5:30 PM at the Blue Marlin Bar & Grill at the PIB Resort. Winners will be announced and prizes handed out.
|June 8-12||2016 Invitational Mills Trophy Race||The Mills Trophy Race is the premier sailing race on Lake Erie and is sponsored by the Toledo Yacht Club. It began in 1907 as a test of navigational skills on Lake Erie. The race has been held nearly every year since then and is unique in that it is raced at night. Although the race was originally configured as a triangle beginning and ending at the Toledo Yacht Club, since 1981 the race has begun at the harbor light and ended here at Put-in-Bay. That makes it a 35 year tradition for the Put-in-Bay Yacht Club being involved. Come visit the island this weekend and see hundreds of sailing ships lining the docks in downtown Put-in-Bay.|
|June 9-12||22nd Annual Phlocking of the Phaithful||This is our annual Jimmy Buffet tribute weekend and most island businesses decorate and hold special events for the "parrot heads" who flock to the island. It's a little known fact, but the "Phlocking of the Phaithful" is the second oldest continuously running Parrot Head and Trop Rock event in the country! Mr. Ed's Bar & Grille and the Commodore Resort is the host location and homebase for the weekend's festivities. To get the full experience, guests need to register at the Phlocking Website where you can find more information about all the goodies you get with your Phlocking registration.|
|June 11||Put-in-Bay Pooch Parade||This long time island event begins with registration at 10:00 AM at the DeRivera Park gazebo, and the parade begins promptly at 10:30. Registration is $10 per dog and entitles your best friend to receive a doggie goodie bag and compete for prizes. Judges will determine the cutest, smallest, largest, most talented, individual best dressed, group best dressed, and dog that look most like its owner. This is always a great family event sponsored by Mother of Sorrows church.|
|June 12||42nd Annual Jose DeRivera Founders Day Celebration||One of the most entertaining and heartfelt weekends of the summer, Founders Day celebrates Hispanic merchant Jose DeRivera who in 1854 purchased South Bass, Middle Bass, Sugar, Gibraltar, Ballast and Starve Islands for a price of $44,000. Throughout the following years, he sold off parcels of the land including the school property for $1 and the St. Paul's church property for $10. This day celebrates the island's heritage and DeRivera's good deeds.|
Founders Day means always great food and lots of fun for the entire family. Most of the events are held in DeRivera Park, aptly named after Jose, downtown from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Island entertainment usually performs a free concert in the afternoon from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM. The Put-in-Bay Hog Roasters often provide a great roast hog picnic lunch for a small donation. Shoppers will be happy to find fantastic bargains at one of the many sale tables and pick up information on one of our non-profit groups that rely on the support of our community and visitors.
|June 12||Perry's Victory Triathlon, Duathalon & Family Races at Put-in-Bay||Perry's Victory Triathlon is a great opportunity to get in shape for the summer and enjoy a day on the beautiful island of Put-in-Bay! The route has been designed to take you on a scenic tour of the historic island of Put-in-Bay with the hub of the race being held on the lawn of the Peace Garden at Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial. This is a great event for first time du/triathletes as well as seasoned veterans. The event will offer a Sprint Triathlon, Sprint Duathlon, Kids & Family FUN Run and a 5k Run/Walk. For more information and to register please visit All Sports Timing & Race Management website: www.allsportsraces.com.|
|June 17-20||Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration with U.S. Brig Niagara||See what makes Put-in-Bay such a fun port of call for the entire family as we welcome the US Brig Niagara for the 2nd Annual Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration. The Niagara's visit is sponsored by the Put-in-Bay Jet Express and Put-in-Bay Winery. The Maritime event will take place the third weekend in June each year. This year the Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration will be held June 17-20 and will encompass the visit of the US Brig Niagara as well as Put-in-Bay's Pyrate Fest VIII, and educational and public service programs. The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event in partnership with the Perry Group, the Lake Erie Islands Historical Museum, and Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial. The Niagara is scheduled to arrive on Thursday, June 16, weather permitting, and will offer dockside tours on Friday from 11am to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at Fox's Dock where Niagara is berthed. The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce will be selling tickets for a late afternoon Day Sail aboard Niagara, from 3 to 8pm on Monday, June 20. Tickets are $100 per person for the five-hour sailing experience aboard the square-rigger. This is a hands on sail experience for ages 12 yrs and up. Tickets can be purchased online at visitputinbay.com beginning April 1. Tickets will also be sold for a dockside reception aboard Niagara on Friday evening, June 17. Ticket holders will be treated to appetizers and cold beverages, and will be able to tour Niagara and talk with the brig's crew.|
|June 17-21||8th Annual Pyrate Fest Weekend at the Bay||Pyrates invade Put-in-Bay's downtown harbor for the 8th year in a row on Friday at 4:00 PM to open the 2016 Put-in-Bay Pirate Fest. Saturday is a fun-packed day for the kids and adults alike with a Pirate Parade wandering around the park downtown and a Costume Contest for both kids and adults. The best adult costume wins a trip to the Cayman Islands! There is a Pyrate marketplace and displays, a kid's fun fest and black powder firing demonstrations every day during the event. Tuesday evening wraps up the event with the infamous Cardboard Boat Races at 6:00 PM in the downtown harbor. Discover many fun pirate events such as reenactors demonstrating sword fighting techniques and the art of skullduggary. Kids can practice with foam swords too!|
|June 20-25||Arts on Erie Week||A weeklong arts program for children teaches various crafts and activities on the back porch at Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial Visitor Center. There will be an art and craft for kids each day from 11 to 3 p.m. There will also be a dance performance presented by SMAG Dance Collective on Thursday, June 25th at 6 p.m. at the same location.|
|June 25-26||The Put-In-Bay Wiffle Ball Classic||The inaugural Put-In-Bay Wiffle Ball Classic will be played on June 25 with a rain date of June 26. This fun & recreational tournament will offer divisions for boys/men's, girls/women's and coed teams of all skill levels. For further details and contact information, check out www.pibwiffleball.com.|
|July 1||Canada Day||Celebrate Canada with cake and learn about our partnership with Canada, and the long-lasting peace between our countries for almost 200 years at the Perry's Victory Visitor Center.|
|July 2||Freedom Concert||Once again, the Central Ohio Symphony will come up to the island to perform at the Freedom Concert. They will play in the open air on the Monument patio at 6:30 PM. Arrive early for best seating. This is truly a wonderful family event to finish off a fun-filled July 4th Weekend at Put-in-Bay.|
|July 4||Fourth of July Fireworks||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. The rockets are launched from a barge towed out into the middle of the Bay and the best viewing locations are always on the Perry's Victory lawn and along the seawall. For a little more creature comfort, find a seat (VERY early!) at the Boardwalk or The Keys. Music from the Perry's Visitor Center accompanies the beautiful display.|
|July 9-10||The Put-in-Bay Cup (Soccer Challenge)||For over a decade, 6v6Soccer.com has been running this soccer party. Played on smaller field, with 6 versus 6 players, there are divisions and skill levels, for men's, women's and coed teams. For further details and contact information, check out www.6v6soccer.com. The Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center, Island Club and the Bay Lodging Resort are recommended hotels for the tournament.|
The Put-in-Bay Cup is a highly anticipated island event. This is truly the essence of a soccer party. The Put-in-Bay Cup offers a great time on and off the field for players and fans alike. Remember to book your rooms early as they fill up fast on this beautiful summer weekend. Players from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia and Canada are expected to compete once again.
|July 15-31||Sailing Regattas||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 to race off the Western Shore. Races can be watched from the shore of Put-in-Bay. Stop by the downtown harbor for a colorful display of sails, and sleek racing craft.|
|July 22-24||Christmas in July||This is by far the biggest and best weekends at Put-in-Bay all summer long! We've even been voted "Best Place for Christmas in July"! The Christmas spirit floods the community and everywhere you look there is an elf or Santa peeking out of a doorway. Island businesses go all out and decorate just like it was the real Christmas. Garland, lights, bells, and Santa hats abound. Holiday drinks are on the menu at most of the local watering holes and island hotels and rental homes are filled to capacity. On Saturday Night, there is a traditional parade of Christmas floats that meanders through the downtown area and on Sunday the Christmas themed car parade excites and delights island visitors young and old. These are by far the busiest weekends of the season so plan ahead accordingly! Hotels and rental homes sell out months in advance, and it is not uncommon for the best hotels and homes to be sold out by February!!! For hotel reservations, please call 888-742-7829. For home rentals, please call 216-898-9951.|
|August 5-6||11th Annual Lake Erie Islands Historical Society's "Auction for History"||This annual auction benefits the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum and begins at 4:00 PM. Viewing of the items for auction begins at 1:00 PM. Bidders can preview live auction items and bid on silent auction items Friday night, August 7, at 4:00 PM. at the Event Center. The auction will be held at the Event Center on Concord. Check the museum website, leihs.org for more info.|
|August 6||JF Walleyes 5K||J.F. Walleye's will kick off the 33rd annual 5k run on Sunday, July 26 2016 on Middle Bass Island. The race will begin between J.F. Walleye's and historic Lonz Winery with views of the Put-in-Bay harbor and Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial. The race will take you across Middle Bass Island and finishes at J.F. Walleye's for a post-race party that includes food and refreshments! For more information and to register please go online to: www.allsportsraces.com. For home rentals or condo reservations, please call 216-898-9951.|
|August 7||4th Annual 3W2 FLY-IN||Put-in-Bay, Ohio, located on Lake Erie, is a popular summer resort. But, it also has a growing pilot population and residents who are enthusiastic about antique cars. Sunday, August 10, 2014, aviation meets stylish automobiles at the 3rd Annual 3W2 Fly-in at from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The island's weekly Sunday antique car parade will conclude at the airport to combine with the fly-in for a good old style pig roast! Join us! Please remember: Airport is closed dusk to dawn. No parking fees for those attending the fly-in (overnight aircraft shall pay the overnight parking fee). Runway 3/21 is an asphalt runway in excellent condition and is 2,870' X 75'. Monitor 122.8 and look for our volunteers who will assist with parking. 25 cent per gallon fuel discounts available at nearby KPCW (Port Clinton) if you attend the 3W2 Fly-in!|
|August 9||Bartender Olympics||Sponsored by the Roundhouse Bar, this popular island event is held both on the main strip of Delaware Avenue and inside the red round bar. This friendly but vigorous competition begins at 7:00 PM with a traditional parade around the park and the lighting of the Olympic torch while the national anthem is recited. Almost all of the local bars and restaurants perform unique skits and zany theatrics as they compete for prestige and honor. Events include the parade skit, keg roll, can carry, bartender song, best drink pour, bartender trivia, and the best drink (using the host liquor company's product, of course!). MC'd by Ray Fogg and "Duff", this event always draws a huge crowd to enjoy the fun and silliness.|
|August 20||Volleyball Battle on Put-In-Bay||For more than 25 years, volleyball players have competed in this day long tournament that 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 6s grass; minimum of 2 women on the court; USAV outdoor rules apply; there will NOT be a girl hit rule. The event is sponsored by Lakeview Beach Volleyball. Hotel reservations should be made early for this large event by calling 888-742-7829 or for home rentals call 216-898-9951.|
|August 21||Senior Citizens Day||This day honors and celebrates our older visitors who enjoy coming to the island year after year. Many are snow birds and enjoy the warm temperate Lake Erie summers before going down to Florida to get some more sun while the island gets all icy. This is a great day to visit the Bay and enjoy all the sights and sounds and maybe even discover a new favorite spot!|
|August 26-28||11th Annual Key West Days at Put-in-Bay||Island entertainers who perform on Put-in-Bay in the summer and in Key West in the winter will participate in the annual "Key West Days at Put-in-Bay." Key West held its first "Put-in-Bay Days" in February of 2005 with a huge turnout of northerners seeking to escape the winter cold. Check our entertainment page for schedules and look for Mike "Mad Dog" Adams, Pete & Wayne, Ray Fogg and Pat Dailey when you visit the island!|
|August 29-31||8th Annual Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion||Classic sports car owners recreate the post WWII road races around the island from 1952-1959 and again in 1963. Put-in-Bay was one of only two places in the U.S. where public roads were closed and lined with bales of hay to provide a sports car racing circuit. Many well-known sports car racers of that era - Chuck Dietrich, Carl Haas and Chuck Stoddard, for example - got their start in racing on the challenging, fast, rough and narrow course at Put-in-Bay. Organizers are pleased to report two significant enhancements in the 2016 race program: the airport course will be expanded from the current .8 mile configuration to approximately 1.2 miles, and also the racing activity will likely be expanded from the present ?Tuesday only? event to a race schedule that would begin early Monday afternoon and run a full day on Tuesday.|
|September 3-6||Annual Labor Day Bash at the Bay Weekend||The end of summer is almost upon us and this is one of the biggest going away parties you will find. Kids are getting ready for classes and this is often the last best chance for families to enjoy a summer vacation to the beautiful island of Put-in-Bay. It's a long weekend so there is lots of time to visit the Monument, see your favorite island entertainer, munch on one of Mr. Ed's famous hamburgers, sip down some lobster bisque, or hang out at the infamous Blue Marlin Saturday pool party. This weekend always fills up, so plan ahead!|
|September 9-11||Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend||Put-in-Bay celebrates the 202nd anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie on this most historical of weekends. This is a celebration of history, art and music and also a celebration of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's naval victory over the British. Since then, there have been two centuries of peace shared by the United States, Canada and Great Britain. A War of 1812 military encampment can be found on the lawn of the Monument Visitors Center all weekend and over 1,000 Boy Scouts camp out in tents on the Memorial's east lawn for their annual camporee on Lake Erie.|
|September 10||Art In The Park||Area and regional arts and craftspeople display and sell their original works in photography, watercolor, acrylic, pottery, silversmithing, glass, stained glass, fabric, wood and paper downtown in an open-air exhibit. Live demonstrations and a silent auction that benefits the Put-in-Bay Arts Council are key activities and enjoyed by the families that attend. This event runs from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM in DeRivera Park.|
|September 10||Grand Parade||Local and regional dignitaries join approximately 1,200 scouts, antique, classic cars and regional high school marching bands, the captain of the USS Lake Erie, area veterans and 1812 re-enactors for the annual Grand Parade at noon.|
|September 11||Muffins vs. Mossbacks Historical Baseball Game||This annual match is played at the softball field on Concord Avenue next to the school and church. The Ohio Historical Society Muffins challenge the Put-in-Bay Mossbacks using the original rules of baseball. This family friendly game begins at 2:00 PM. Refreshments are available with all proceeds benefitting the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum. The event sponsor is the Miller Boat Line.|
|September 16-17||43rd Annual New Year's at the BAY!!||The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to enjoy Monte Carlo casino style gambling on this mock New Years evening. The fun takes place in downtown Put-in-Bay on Delaware Avenue from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Saturday night where they close off the street and set up the tables. The boaters in the Put-in-Bay harbor decorate for this fun festive occasion as this started as a boater tradition. Book your Put-in-Bay hotel or home rental accommodations early as this is one of the year's most popular weekends!|
|September 17||13th Annual Miller Boat Line 5K Race||Join more than 700 runners in the 13th Annual 5K at Put in Bay on Saturday September 17. This is a challenging race around the most picturesque island in Lake Erie. Miller Boat Line sponsors this 5K race and One Mile Family Fun Walk that begins and ends at the Boathouse Restaurant in downtown Put-in-Bay. Winner trophies are very unique and true keepsakes. Race proceeds benefit Mother of Sorrows Church. Visit www.5KatPutinBay.com for registration info. Discounted rooms for participants are offered at the Bay Lodging Resort and may be made by calling 888-742-7829.|
|September 17||41st Annual Put-in-Bay Fire Department Clambake||The 40th annual island style Clam Bake is sponsored by the Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department. The event is held Saturday afternoon from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Fire Station on Concord Avenue behnd the Senior Center. The Clambake "plate" includes a dozen clams, 1/2 chicken, corn, potato, fresh fruit and vegetables. Carry out is available and encouraged! Tickets are only $25.00 per person for a wonderful meal and a great cause. Proceeds are used to update equipment for the Put-in-Bay island fire department. Call 419-285-7805 to place your carryout order or fax your order to 419-285-3709.|
|September 23-24||Half-Way To St. Patty's Day||Come visit us for the 14th annual celebration of the half-way mark to St. Patrick's Day. Join in the fun and festivities and celebrate the Irish with Put-in-Bay businesses promoting Irish food and beverages. There is a traditional Irish parade at 1:45 PM on Saturday that kids and adults enjoy with most dressing up in green or in traditional Irish garb. Hooligan's Irish Pub sponsors a Drum and Bagpipe Marching Band for the parade. Other island establishments turn a bit green and enjoy the celebration as well.|
|September 24||Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Departments 5 Alarm Texas Hold Em Tournament||Island firefighters hold the annual Texas Holdem Tournaments to raise funds for equipment upgrades for the island department. Two tournaments, one at 12:00 PM and the second at 6:00 PM are held at the fire station on Concord Avenue. Refreshments will be available.|
|September 30-1||Putinbay.com's 18th Annual Put-in-Bay Fall Ball Customer Appreciation Weekend!||The unofficial end of Put in Bay summer fun is the annual Put-in-Bay Fall Ball. This event was the original street party which spawned the Spring Fling. It has grown in size each year for almost two decades as more and more people hear about it. The party is hosted at the Island Club Rentals subdivision and is exclusively for guests of the Island Club, Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center, Bay Lodging Resort, Victory Station Hotel, Put-in-Bay Villas, Commodore Resort, Put-in-Bay Condos and the Edgewater Hotel only. You must be a registered guest at one of these establishments to attend. No exceptions will be made for liability purposes! Be sure to reserve your hotel room or rental home early as this weekend always books up and sells out quickly between the Party, the Wine Fest, and the football games!|
What is the Fall Ball? It is a big block party that usually attracts over 1700 people for 2 days of free adult beverages, and a Saturday full of free food and awesome live entertainment to start the season off right! As a bonus for those who will be heading downtown, many island businesses offer great discounts on food and merchandise for party attendees who show their wristbands! Stay tuned for the special guest band --- CHECK BACK SOON!
Remember, book EARLY as this weekend fills fast! For Resort/Villas/Bay Lodging hotel reservations, please call 888-742-7829.
|October 1||12th Annual Island Wine Festival||This fun event is located at the Put-in-Bay Winery downtown just along the street from the Boardwalk. It goes from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM and admission is only $6. With your admission, you get a souvenier wine glass Guests get to sample hundreds of foreign and domestic wines, including island wines from Heineman Winery and Put-in-Bay Winery, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of good food, and excellent wine. Admission is $6 and includes a souvenir wine glass. Sample tickets are $1 and most samples are in the $1-$4 range. Purchase a full bottle to take home. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Put-in-Bay Winery at the Doller Estate on Bay View Avenue downtown. Winery tours and a large silent auction that benefits the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society are some of the activities.|
|October 8-9||23rd Annual Island Oktoberfest||This Put-in-Bay family tradition celebrates Oktoberfest with lots of food, good beer, and live entertainment by the ever-popular Maxx Band. Great family fun is had by all on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM and again on Sunday from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Come join us and enjoy a wide variety of German foods including spatzel, cabbage rolls, brats, sauerbraten, Wiener schnitzel and all your favorite German sweets! And don't forget the German beer! This event is held under a large tent located on Toledo Avenue across from the BoatHouse. The entry fee is $4.00 for a 1-day pass or $6.00 for a 2-day pass. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.|
|October 10||Columbus Day||Most schools are out on Monday to celebrate and honor Christopher Columbus, so why not extend your weekend and stay an extra night? Most hotels that are open in October offer special deals to guests who want to add a Sunday night to their weekend stay. This means you can enjoy Oktoberfest on both Saturday and Sunday and not have to worry about driving home on Sunday night. Spend some quality time with the family on an extended island getaway!|
|October 14-15||The Wake||This longtime Put-in-Bay tradition celebrates the passing of another summer season. Join friends and islanders for a fun filled weekend, one of the last of the season! The main festivities occur at the Roundhouse Bar and Park Hotel on Saturday night. Guests pay a modest entry fee to go through the "haunted" hotel and pay their respects to the 2016 season which is commemorated by a casket before making their way into the bar for fun, drink, and great entertainment. This has been a 34 year tradition that is still going strong.|
|October 15||Zombie Fest||This is a new event on the island and we hope you will join us! Why come up with an awesome Halloween costume and only wear it on one weekend? Wear it twice! Yes, the Zombie Fest and Pub Crawl will be a costume-friendly event and especially for the scary and spooky dressed. This new event gives our weekend revelers a second weekend to enjoy the Halloween season and practice their zombie moves.|
|October 21-22||Halloween Boo Bash at the Bay||What do you get when you mix over 2,000 people in costume, frosty cold adult beverages, and great live entertainment? You get Ohio's largest island Halloween Party and a great time! Costume Contests with numerous prizes cash prizes take place at Mr. Ed's Bar & Grille! Downtown bars and taverns decorate with a haunting theme! Book early as this weekend usually fills up! This is the island's last big weekend of the year and doors close on Sunday at 11:00 AM sharp, so don't miss out on your last chance to party at Put-in-Bay for 2016!|