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.

Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration with US Brig Niagara
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Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration with US Brig Niagara
Jun 19 - 21

Join locals and visitors of Put-in-Bay as we welcome the US Brig Niagara for the Annual Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration. This historic replica is traditionally at the port in Erie, PA, but it will be OURS for one weekend this summer. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry commanded the original relief vessel and was a key element to the success of the War of 1812. Now, this replica’s use is exhibition and sailing training. Thanks to the Put-in-Bay Jet Express, Lake Erie Shores & Islands and the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce the Niagara’s visit was made possible by their joint sponsorship. Don’t forget...

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Annual Put-in-Bay Pyrate Fest
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Annual Put-in-Bay Pyrate Fest
Jun 25 - 27

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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Annual LEIHS “Auction for History”
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Annual LEIHS “Auction for History”
Aug 04 - 05

The Auction for History is an annual auction on Put-in-Bay Ohio that 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 9, at 4:00 PM. at the auction site. The auction will be held at the auction site which will be announced soon! Check the museum website, leihs.org for more info. We hope you join us for the “Auction for History.”

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Put-in-Bay Ohio Historical Weekend
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Put-in-Bay Ohio Historical Weekend
Sep 10 - 12

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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Historical Grand Parade at Put-in-Bay Ohio
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Historical Grand Parade at Put-in-Bay Ohio
Sep 11

The capstone of the famous Put-in-Bay Ohio Historical Weekend, the Grand Parade wraps things up in style. There will be over 1,000 Boy Scouts marching in the parade, fresh off of their Camporee weekend spent in the shadow of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. There will also be high school marching bands traveling from all over the Midwest to participate. The weekend is full of War of 1812 re-enactments, and the participants will also be marching in the parade. Perhaps the most interesting guest is the the captain of the USS Lake Erie, which is an active service guided-missile...

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OHS Muffins vs Put-in-Bay Mossbacks Baseball Game
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OHS Muffins vs Put-in-Bay Mossbacks Baseball Game
Sep 12

America’s pastime makes its way to Put-in-Bay for one of the most unique events of the summer in Ohio. Put-in-Bay plays host to the Ohio Historical Society Muffins as they take on the Put-in-Bay Mossbacks! You’ll see a game of baseball played by the original rules of the game from the 1800’s and old-timey uniforms to match! It’s like taking a step back in time to the America of yesteryear. This classic clash between Muffins vs. Mossbacks is proudly sponsored by Miller Boat Line. Muffins vs. Mossbacks Info The first pitch for Muffins vs. Mossbacks will be at 2:00 PM....

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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.