Official Put-in-Bay Island, Ohio: Vacation & Travel Guide

Put-in-Bay Calendar of Events

There is a lot happening at Put-in-Bay so check us out.

Welcome to Put-in-Bay Ohio Summer season 2017. Review the schedule of events where every weekend at Put in Bay is a new reason to have fun! Special events at Put in Bay start in April and run thru late October on the island.

Put-in-Bay Events for the Summer of 2017

Christmas in July


July 21st - July 23rd
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 or 419-285-3101. For rental home or waterfront condo rentals, please call 216-898-9951.

Environmental Adventure Camp II for age 11-14


July 24th - July 27th
4 DAYS FOR 120 MIN. - 10:00 TO 12:00. Last year, the first day was spent at Scheeff East Point Preserve to band birds. We banded golden finches, tree swallows, and a yellow warbler! The second day we enjoyed a kayaking adventure from Kayak the Bay; with a pre-trip talk about safety, gear, parts of the boat, paddling, and what happens if we fall out of our kayak. The third and fourth days EAC II camped out on Middle Bass Island at the State Park.

Wild Tuesdays


July 25th - July 25th
The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.

Put-in-Bay Garden Club Home and Garden Tour


July 26th - July 26th
July 27th meet at the Crews Nest Pavilion at 9:45am for check-in to see six beautiful properties featured on the PIB Garden Club Home & Garden Tour, including the Benson Ford Ship House. $35 for the Tour and Lunch. Limited space available. Reservation deadline is July 17. Choose your option to reserve and pay for tickets at www.putinbaygardenclub.com

World Ranger Day


July 31st - July 31st
Celebration of rangers from around the world working in parks and preserves.

Wild Tuesdays


August 1st - August 1st
The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.

12th Annual Lake Erie Islands Historical Society's "Auction for History"


August 3rd - August 5th
This annual auction 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 3, 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.

ILYA Senior Sailing Regattas


August 3rd - August 6th
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.

JF Walleyes 5K


August 5th - August 5th
J.F. Walleye's will kick off the 35th annual 5k run on Sunday, August 4 2017 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.

Island Green Week


August 5th - August 12th
Island Green Week on Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Islands this summer will make you remember what you loved most about the islands as a kid ? water, rocks, cliffs, caves, kayaking, meteor showers, moss, moonlit nights, beach bonfires, cozy camping, swimming, beach combing, cottaging with your family, ferry rides, staying the night at the lake and nature. Lets do it all over again during Island Green Week, August 5th through the 12th, 2017, on Middle Bass Island and Put-in-Bay in Lake Erie, Ohio. Three of the biggest organizations and proponents of nature on the Erie Isles have teamed together to bring you some great activities during this week-long event. Experience a taste of the unique wine culture, an island-style pig roast, kayaking a Great Lake, and a dedication of the newest lakefront nature preserve on Put-in-Bay. See wildlife, flora and fauna. Sail on a meteor shower cruise, and by special invitation explore, tour and hike island places people would not normally see. Island Green Week includes activities for adults, families and children. Special pricing and coupons for events, restaurants, transportation and entrance fees will be available for Green Week participants.

Bartender Olympics


August 8th - August 8th
CANCELLED! (please contact management to see if this has been rescheduled) 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.

Wild Tuesdays


August 8th - August 8th
The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.

5th Annual Pig Roast


August 9th - August 9th
The success of the 4th 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 provided by Ray Fogg and Drew LaPlante. The auction items that we had donated were very nice!

ILYA Power Boating Regattas


August 9th - August 13th
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.

5th Annual Stargazing Cruise


August 10th - August 10th
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 but we had extraordinary clear skies for viewing the stars! 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 passengers to answer questions and tell stories about the constellations, moon, and stars. We were able to see twelve of the Lake Erie Islands during the cruise. A special thanks to Miller Boat Line.

Put-In-Bay "Classic" Volleyball Tournament


August 12th - August 12th
A truly "classic" Volleyball tournament on the island. 30+ teams play a one day co-ed tournament on the Urge Family field across from PitStop Gas Station. To register go to volleyballassociates.com. Hotel reservations should be made early for this large event by calling 888-742-7829 or for home rentals call 216-898-9951.

Wild Tuesdays


August 15th - August 15th
The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.

12th Annual Key West Days at Put-in-Bay


August 18th - August 20th
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!

Volleyball Battle on Put-In-Bay


August 19th - August 19th
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 419-285-3101. For rental home or waterfront condo rentals call 216-898-9951.

Senior Citizens Day


August 21st - August 21st
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!

5th Annual 3W2 FLY-IN


August 27th - August 27th
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 27, 2014, aviation meets stylish automobiles at the 5th Annual 3W2 Fly-in at from 12:00 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!

9th Annual Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion


August 27th - August 30th
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 2017 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.

Annual Labor Day Bash at the Bay Weekend


September 2nd - September 5th
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!

Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend


September 8th - September 10th
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.

Art In The Park


September 9th - September 9th
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.

Grand Parade


September 10th - September 10th
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.

Muffins vs. Mossbacks Historical Baseball Game


September 10th - September 10th
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.

44th Annual New Year's at the BAY!!


September 15th - September 16th
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!

Half-Way To St. Patty's Day


September 15th - September 16th
Come visit us for the 15th 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.

14th Annual Miller Boat Line 5K Race


September 16th - September 16th
Join more than 700 runners in the 14th Annual 5K at Put in Bay on Saturday September 16. 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.

42nd Annual Put-in-Bay Fire Department Clambake


September 23rd - September 23rd
The 42nd 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.

Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Departments 5 Alarm Texas Hold Em Tournament


September 23rd - September 23rd
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.

Putinbay.com's 19th Annual Put-in-Bay Fall Ball Customer Appreciation Weekend!


October 6th - October 7th
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, Victory Station Hotel, Put-in-Bay Condos, Put-in-Bay Villas, Commodore Resort, Bay Lodging Resort, 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. For Commodore & Victory Station hotel reservations, please call 419-285-3101. For home rentals & Waterfront Condos, please call 216-898-9951.

13th Annual Island Wine Festival


October 7th - October 7th
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.

Columbus Day


October 9th - October 9th
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!

24th Annual Island Oktoberfest


October 14th - October 15th
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.

The Wake


October 20th - October 21st
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 2017 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.

Halloween Boo Bash at the Bay


October 27th - October 28th
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 2017!