Welcome to the 2021 Put-in-Bay Events Calendar

The Put-in-Bay upcoming events offers a complete calendar for 2021. In addition to the many annual events that occur year after year, there are always some new favorites added to the mix!  Find a place to stay!

*** Please Note: Some event dates are tentative at this time. Please contact the event host for full details. ***

Mother’s Day at Put-in-Bay
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Mother’s Day at Put-in-Bay
May 09

Where would we be without our Moms? Step back from the daily grind and sneak your Mom away for a surprise Put-in-Bay Ohio weekend. Mother’s Day weekend is one of the most anticipated weekends on the island. You will find that most of all of the Put-in-Bay establishments are open for the season and great deals are everywhere. Shops begin the season by offering special promotions and discounts on brand new Put-in-Bay gear and clothing also. Enjoy all the Put-in-Bay fun, food, and scenery while celebrating the woman that brought you into this wonderful world. Shops to Explore on Mother’s...

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Traditional Blessing of the Fleet

Traditional Blessing of the Fleet
May 11

*** To Be Live Streamed on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/putinbayislandguide *** Seafarers from across generations have all taken part in a Blessing of the Fleet ceremony since days gone by. There is something mystifying about the time-honored traditions passed down from generation to generation within the seaport communities. Put-in-Bay Ohio locals and visitors alike join together to offer a blessing to the various seafaring vessels among the island’s fleet. This tradition is in place to safeguard the vessels against the coming year’s storms and protect the fleet, the passengers, and the crew from harm. Put-in-Bay’s local clergy from St Paul’s Church...

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Perry’s Victory Visitor Center Season Opener
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Perry’s Victory Visitor Center Season Opener
May 15

There is one attraction on the island of Put-in-Bay Ohio you can’t leave without checking out and that is the Perry’s Victory Visitor Center. This is the only National Park Service monument celebrating peace between the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. The monument is over 352-foot tall and was originally designed to commemorate all who fought for freedom in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. During your visit, to the Visitor Center, you will learn more about the history of this battle, view the memorial from multiple vantage points and spend time at the waterfront...

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South Bass Island Garage Sale

South Bass Island Garage Sale
May 15

How far are you willing to go for a great bargain? Are you willing to come to Put-in-Bay for one? We sure hope so because we are having an island-wide garage sale on Saturday, May 19th. In a nutshell, it’s the biggest treasure hunt of the year! Put-in-Bay store owners and residents come together on this one day each year to buy and sell their unwanted goodies. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? There will be plenty of great bargains on Put-in-Bay Ohio merchandise and other island treasures. The sale officially begins at 8 AM and ends at...

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Queen Victoria Day at the Bay

Queen Victoria Day at the Bay
May 21 - 24

For the past 200 years, there has been peace between The United States, Great Britain, and Canada. There is no better way to honor Victoria Day than with a weekend getaway at Put-in-Bay Ohio! Visit Perry’s Monument and join all the other visitors in educational activities about the history of this holiday. Once you’ve gained new knowledge, take a shot at the annual Victoria Weekend “Put-in-Bay Downtown Scavenger Hunt”. From 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, on Saturday, the scavenger hunt will be underway. This isn’t the standard scavenger hunt, either, we compete on golf carts! Make sure to book your...

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Memorial Day at the Bay Weekend
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Memorial Day at the Bay Weekend
May 28 - 31

All across the country, families look forward to Memorial Day weekend as a launching point for summer vacations! Put-in-Bay looks forward to this highly anticipated three-day weekend also. In fact, it’s one of the most popular times to visit South Bass Island. During Memorial Day weekend some of Put-in-Bay’s favorite entertainers return to the island ready to entertain the crowds with multiple shows. You will also find Memorial Day Services honoring our Veterans are held at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Visitor’s Center Plaza. The event will take place near the Memorial column’s rotunda, the sacred place where three...

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Phlocking of the Phaithful Gathering
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Phlocking of the Phaithful Gathering
Jun 03 - 06

Do you happen to be craving a Cheeseburger in Paradise? Well you’re in luck because we have just the thing to fix you up! Join us at Put-in-Bay for Phlocking of the Phaithful, the annual Jimmy Buffet tribute weekend. Find yourself ‘wasting away again in Margaritaville’ and join other Parrot Heads guaranteed to have a great time! This is one of the most fun weekends on the Put-in-Bay calendar of events, so don’t miss out. Even the local businesses join in on the fun and decorate their storefronts for the occasion. Some even offer special promotions and events for those...

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Invitational Mills Trophy Sailing Race

Invitational Mills Trophy Sailing Race
Jun 11 - 12

The Invitational Mills Trophy Race, sponsored by the Toledo Yacht Club, is known as ‘THE’ sailing race of the Lake Erie islands. Dating back to 1907 the original intention of the event was to merely test the navigational skills of the Lake Erie locals. Since then the race has been honored nearly every year ever since. What makes this race unique is that you compete at night. Put-in-Bay became more involved in the race in 1981 because it began at the harbor light and ended here at Put-in-Bay. Nearly 35+ years later the tradition still stands and the Put-in-Bay Yacht...

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Annual Jose DeRivera Founder’s Day Celebration
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Annual Jose DeRivera Founder’s Day Celebration
Jun 12

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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The Put-in-Bay Ohio schedule of events begins in early April with the fishermen arriving and bachelorette parties invading the island. Then every summer weekend is something new.

Put-in-Bay Events for Every Visitor

With musical and adventure-filled events during the day – not to mention the local beaches – and a hoppin’ nightlife after the sun goes down, Put-in-Bay is the perfect place for a group to bond and take in the summer. We offer the Island Club Taxi to safely get you around after dark, just $3/pp. Remember, we host almost a million visitors annually! That’s a lot of traffic for the Put in Bay ferry service!

There are even plenty of events families can enjoy together, like the Put-in-Bay Pooch Parade, Arts on Erie Week downtown and Perry’s Victory Triathlon, Duathalon & Family Races starting at the Perry’s Monument. The little ones will also enjoy Nature Camp and Junior Sailing Regattas, and don’t forget Pyrate Fest!

Put-In-Bay Events often highlight some the best entertainers on the island.  Come and enjoy live entertainment while the Roundhouse Bar turns on the Whiskey Light.  This famous light is situated right above the Roundhouse Bar Entrance.  Each year the friends of the bay gather as a symbolic opening of the tourist season.  Congratulate the brides to be during our April Weekends, which are known as bachelorette weekends.

Live up the New Orleans Spirt with a stop during our Mardi Gras Celebration.  Catch the Labor Day Antique Car Parade and see over 100 classic cars.  Grab a mug of beer and enjoy a bratwurst at the Annual Put in Bay Oktoberfest.   Listen to island music at the Put-In-Bay Music Festival.

What are You Waiting For?

There is truly so much to do on the island.  From the wildly popular Bash on the Bay Concerts to the fun had at the Put-In-Bay Spring Fling. We would like to add that Bash on the Bay 2021 will be a two-day event! No matter the event, odds are you and yours will have fun.  The memories made will be held and cherished for years to come. Your Put-in-Bay experience awaits!

Get to the Event with A Golf Cart Rental

There is no better way to see Put-In-Bay then by golf cart rental.  Imagine feeling the breeze, while zipping around our Lake Erie Island.  The island overall has limited parking.  However, there is much more available parking for golf carts on South Bass Island.

To learn more about Golf Carts for the next time you visitputinbay, Bounce Over to the Put-In-Bay Golf Cart Depot.

Put-in-Bay Events Season

The Put-in-Bay events season officially kicks off in April with the lighting of the Whiskey sign at the Round House Bar. For those who just can’t wait, the island throws a mean St. Patrick’s Day celebration in March. The fun continues with pajama parties, spring flings, and Cinco de Mayo. Star-studded performances (like Kid Rock!) grace our stages and 5Ks and sporting events cover our park lands throughout the summer.

There is literally something for everyone on our calendar of events. For instance, you may be coming for a bachelor or bachelorette party, or maybe a family reunion. Whatever the cause, this calendar will help you find the perfect Put-in-Bay events to fill your stay with. Every weekend is filled with great events!

But that means lodging in Put-in-Bay fills up fast – especially for our most popular events. Everything from the Put in Bay resort to the hotels and event the cabins and cottages are hot commodities. So book early (and book often!). Put-in-Bay Ohio is your one-stop website for comparing, viewing 3D virtual tours and booking your Put-in-Bay hotel, house or group stay. We’ve narrowed down your search to only the most prime and perfectly priced lodging options on Put In Bay. There are so many amazing options for lodging!

The Best Way to See it All is to Stay On Island

So, you have found a great Put-In-Bay Event to attend.  Now what?  To truly experience all that Put-In-Bay, OH 43456 has to offer, staying overnight is key.  There are many popular times to visit and many great lodging providers on the island.  First, Island Club Home Rentals is the go-to agency for places to stay on Put-In-Bay. They manage most of the Island Club and Put-In-Bay Condos.  The Island Club is a great place for groups, with comfortable rental homes. The PIB Condos offer waterfront lodging for groups up to 12 people.

The best Put-In-Bay Hotels include the Commodore Resort and the Victory Station Hotel.  Both bay lodging resorts offer free wifi, swimming pool and near great restaurants like the Boardwalk.  Guests will feel like they’ve transported to Key West with the wet and wild Mist pool bar.

Plan Your Next Getaway now and Attend a Great Put-In-Bay Event.

For Home Rentals, head over to the Island Club Rentals.

For Put-In-Bay Hotels, research options with the Commodore Resort.

The Most Popular Put-in-Bay Events

Bash on the Bay

Bash on the Bay is the Island’s most popular event. The country music festival is usually hosted in late August. In recent years, some of country music’s biggest stars have performed. Previous years saw the likes of Rascal Flatts, Kid Rock, and Toby Keith as headlining acts.

Island Club Home Rentals’ Annual Spring Fling Party

Hosted by the Island Club and Putinbay.com, the annual Spring Fling Customer Appreciation Party is a great private event to kick off the summer season. The event is typically hosted on the first weekend of May and is ALWAYS hosted at the Island Club (don’t be fooled by any other look-alike events downtown). It is open to guests staying at the Island Club properties, Commodore Resort properties, and the Bird’s Nest Resort. Event participants can enjoy free beer, free food, free live entertainment, raffles & giveaways, shopping discounts, and more.

Lighting of the Whiskey Light

The lighting of the Whiskey Light at the Round House Bar symbolizes the starts of a brand new season. This event is held by the island locals who are celebrating an end to a cold and lonely winter.

Island Club Home Rentals’ Annual Fall Ball Party

Similar in almost all respects to the Spring Fling except for the dates, the Fall Ball serves as a customer appreciation party to close out the summer season. The Fall Ball Party also includes free beer, food and live entertainment. Both the Spring and Fall Ball are two highly recommended events that we suggest attending!

Put-In-Bay Events Questions

Are Put-in-Bay events kid-friendly?

There are many kid-friendly events on the island each year.  This is especially true for many of the great programs held at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. Pyrates Fest takes place at the end of June and has plenty of family-friendly fun activities for all. And don’t forget, kids always enjoy riding on a golf cart!

The island also hosts Arts on Erie week where local artists hold workshops for the youth in attendance. The Arts on Erie Week begins and ends Mid-June. In addition, kids love the weekly antique car parade on Sundays where dozens of old fashioned cars cruise through the island and hand out candy to those waving from the side of the road!

Do bands play on the island?

Put-In-Bay is well known to be a great destination for live music.  In the peak season, guests can find a variety of local and regional acts.  Many great musicians have played on South Bass Island. Bars and restaurants host entertainers and bands playing popular music. The new Put-in-Bay Music Fest features mostly folk and indie style music.

For four years running, the island has been hosting Bash on the Bay — the island’s largest music festival. In 2019, Kid Rock performed in front of a crowd around 15,000 strong at the Put-in-Bay airport. In the previous years, Put-in-Bay hosted Toby Keith and Rascal Flatts.  This year’s Bash on the Bay will take place again at the end of August before Labor Day weekend and will be, for the first time, a two-day event.

What are the most popular events at Put-in-Bay?

The most popular events include Memorial Day Weekend, Pyrate Fest, Historical Weekend, and the Fourth of July Celebration.  In reality, there is a great Put-In-Bay Event every weekend throughout the tourist season. In recent years, the most popular event has become the Bash on the Bay music festival. The Bash on the Bay takes place at the Put-in-Bay airport and the musical line-up is announced early in the year. Eating pizza is something almost everyone does at Put-in-Bay, so make sure to try the new Swipe Right Pizza!

What events does Put-in-Bay have midweek?

During the midweek, the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center plays host to plenty of family-friendly activities.  They often include information about the local flora and fauna of Put-In-Bay. The blessing of the fleet ceremony takes place around May 12 for all the sailors, boaters, fishermen, and local first responders who choose to navigate the waters around our Lake Erie Islands. See our events calendar for more mid-week Put-in-Bay events such as Wild Tuesdays.

What is there to do in Put-In-Bay?

Things to Do on Put-In-Bay include a variety of watersports including jet ski rentals and kayaks, two caves to explore, great shopping and a lovely selection of parks and outdoor spaces. Visitors love to tour the island on a golf cart rental and feel the island breeze as they ride around. The observation deck from the top of Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial is another popular island excursion. As you build up an appetite, head to The Boardwalk and try their famous, award winning lobster bisque.

Fun Fact

Heineman’s Winery and Crystal Cave is home to the World’s Largest Geode. The largest specimen measures an astonishing 35 meters across and made from near pure Celestite. This geode is located on South Bass Island, Ohio, where the Village of Put-In-Bay is located.