Put-in-Bay is rich in Historical Events. All summer long visitors enjoy re-enactments, cannon firings, mock olde-tyme villages, pyrate fests, and even a throwback softball game. Finally, find your Put-in-Bay historical event from the options below.

Annual Jose DeRivera Founder’s Day Celebration
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Annual Jose DeRivera Founder’s Day Celebration
Jun 10

Hop on a Put in Bay ferry to be apart of one of the most heartfelt weekends of the summer is Founder’s Day. Jose DeRivera was a Hispanic merchant who purchased the South Bass, Middle Bass, Sugar, Gibraltar, Ballast, and Starve Islands for the sum of $44,000 in 1854. Then, Jose sold off parcels of the land to the community for a fraction of the price. He sold the school property for $1 and the St. Paul’s church property for $10. Founder’s Day is in place to celebrate the rich history, strong island heritage and the impact DeRivera’s good deeds...

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Annual Put-in-Bay Pyrate Fest
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Annual Put-in-Bay Pyrate Fest
Jun 23 - 25

For over 10 years in a row, pirates be invadin’ Put-in-Bay’s downtown harbor on Friday at 4:00 PM to open the Put-in-Bay Pyrate Fest. Grab your wooden leg and your pet parrot, because you’re going to need them. Saturday will be an exciting day for kids and adults full of fun activities. Make sure you don’t miss the Pirate Parade downtown and the Best Costume Contest this side of Lake Erie. Adults and children are both encouraged to participate in this hot Put-in-Bay Ohio summer weekend. Additionally, the best adult pirate costume wins a trip to the Cayman Islands! Sounds...

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Put-in-Bay Ohio Historical Weekend
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Put-in-Bay Ohio Historical Weekend
Sep 08 - 10

If you love great summer weather and good times, and you’re also a history buff, this is the Put-in-Bay Ohio weekend for you. Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend is a grand occasion where the island remembers its incredible place in American history with reenactments, live entertainment, and art. It’s an excellent opportunity to have fun, learn, and enjoy all the things to do in put in bay. The Battle of Lake Erie The War of 1812 was not going particularly well for the fledgling nation of America prior to September 10, 1813. The British mounted many successful campaigns against America in 1812, including...

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Put-in-Bay Ohio and South Bass Island have a long and storied history. There have been inhabitants on the Bass Islands for the past 2,000 years. The Island’s history as a resort community spans only the last century. The first Europeans to arrive claimed the Island for the Spanish Empire, it was later turned over to England and then to the United States.

Who Made History?

The island has served as a stop for smugglers, wine makers, pirates, hunters, the American Navy and missionaries. In summary, Put-in-Bay Historical Events honor these early peoples.