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 2015. 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 2015

Annual Labor Day Bash at the Bay Weekend


September 4th - September 7th
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 11th - September 13th
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.

Historical Weekend Grand Parade


September 12th - September 12th
Local and regional dignitaries join over 1,000 Boy Scouts, classic cars, four or more high school marching bands, the captain of the USS Lake Erie, area veterans and 1812 re-enactors for this annual Grand Parade which takes place at 2:15 PM. The parade starts at the school and winds around DeRivera Park to the delight of everyone enjoying a fun historical afternoon. Military members join in and ride with the parade cars.

Art In The Park


September 12th - September 12th
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.

Muffins vs. Mossbacks Historical Baseball Game


September 13th - September 13th
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.

42nd Annual New Year's at the BAY!!


September 18th - September 19th
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!

12th Annual Miller Boat Line 5K Race


September 19th - September 19th
Join more than 600 runners in a challenging race around the island. Come root for your favorite runner or walker. Proceeds benefit Mother of Sorrows Church. The 5K will begin and end at the Boathouse Bar & Grill again this year. Hermes Sports of Cleveland is taking pre-registrations. The One Mile Family Fun Walk begins 9:15 AM at the Boathouse Restaurant, Downtown Put-in-Bay. Discounted rooms for participants are offered at the Bay Lodging Resort and may be made by calling 888-742-7829.

40th Annual Put-in-Bay Fire Department Clambake


September 19th - September 19th
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.

Half-Way To St. Patty's Day


September 25th - September 26th
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.

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


September 26th - September 26th
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 17th Annual Put-in-Bay Fall Ball Customer Appreciation Weekend!


October 2nd - October 3rd
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 hotel reservations, please call 888-742-7829. For home rentals, please call 216-898-9951.

11th Annual Island Wine Festival


October 3rd - October 3rd
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.

22nd Annual Island Oktoberfest


October 10th - October 11th
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.

Columbus Day


October 12th - October 12th
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!

The Wake


October 16th - October 17th
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 2015 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.

Zombie Fest


October 17th - October 17th
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.

Halloween Boo Bash at the Bay


October 24th - October 24th
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 2015!