Welcome to the 2020 Put-in-Bay Events Calendar

The Put-in-Bay upcoming events offers a complete calendar for 2020. In addition to the many annual events that occur year after year, there are some new favorites added to the mix! The Put-in-Bay Ohio schedule of events beings in early April with the fishermen arriving and bachelorette parties invading the island. Then every summer weekend is something new. Remember, we host almost a million visitors annually! That’s a lot of traffic for the Put in Bay ferry service!

Put-in-Bay Cup 6v6 Soccer Challenge

Put-in-Bay Cup 6v6 Soccer Challenge
Jul 11 - 13

Join us for one of the most highly anticipated events in Put-in-Bay Ohio’s summer event line up, The Put-in-Bay Cup. In essence, it’s one huge soccer party. Whether you come to play or to spectate this is sure to be a great time for fans on and off the field. The Put-in-Bay Cup has been organized by 6v6 Soccer for over a decade now and it has grown in popularity and attendance over the past several years. This soccer tournament is played on a much smaller field and only 6 players to a team. There are multiple divisions organized by...

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Annual Put-in-Bay Jeep Invasion

Annual Put-in-Bay Jeep Invasion
Jul 17 - 19

Bring your Jeep up to the Bay for the Annual Put-in-Bay Ohio Jeep Invasion to show it off! There is a scavenger hunt, and the Jeeps will be joining the weekly antique car parade. You’ll get to see some awesome vintage Jeeps and other antique vehicles and have a fantastic weekend getaway at the Bay! Friday July 19th On Friday there will be a light dinner and reception at the shelter house in South Bass Island State Park. It’s here that you’ll pick up your registration packets and t-shirts. Saturday July 20th Saturday at Heineman Winery everyone will get together from...

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J.F. Walleye’s 5K on Middle Bass Island

J.F. Walleye’s 5K on Middle Bass Island
Aug 01

Looking for a reason to make time for a late summer getaway? There are plenty of Put in Bay events, but you will definitely want to join us on Middle Bass Island on the first Sunday of August for the annual J.F. Walleye’s 5K run. The race will start between J.F. Walleye’s and historic Lonz Winery. As you make your way through the scenic course there will be beautiful views of the Put-in-Bay harbor and Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. You will be able to explore Middle Bass Island every step of the way and then complete your stride...

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Annual Pig Roast at The Goat

Annual Pig Roast at The Goat
Aug 05

The Goat menu always has pig on it once a year! The success of the 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! Put in Bay attractions for this event include entertainment provided by Ray Fogg and Drew LaPlante. The auction items...

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Inter-Lake Yachting Association Power Boating Regattas

Inter-Lake Yachting Association Power Boating Regattas
Aug 05 - 09

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 Ohio 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.

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Annual LEIHS “Auction for History”
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Annual LEIHS “Auction for History”
Aug 05 - 06

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. Check the museum website, leihs.org for more info.

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Annual Miller Boatline Stargazing Cruise

Annual Miller Boatline Stargazing Cruise
Aug 06

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. And we had extraordinary clear skies for viewing the stars around Put-in-Bay Ohio! 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...

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Annual Volleyball Battle on Put-In-Bay

Annual Volleyball Battle on Put-In-Bay
Aug 15

For more than 25 years, volleyball players have come to Put-in-Bay Ohio to compete in this day long tournament. It 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 6’s 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. For rental home or waterfront condo rentals, call...

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Put-in-Bay Senior Citizens Day

Put-in-Bay Senior Citizens Day
Aug 21

This day honors and celebrates our older visitors who enjoy coming to Put-in-Bay Ohio year after year. Many are snow birds and enjoy the warm temperate Lake Erie summers on the island before going down to Florida to get some more sun while the island gets all icy. This is a great day to visit Put-in-Bay and enjoy all the sights and sounds and maybe even discover a new favorite spot!

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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.

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 2020 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. Click here to take a look.

The Best Way to See it All is to Stay

So, you have found a great Put-In-Bay Event to attend.  Now what?  To truly experience all Put-In-Bay, Oh 43456 has to offer, staying overnight is key.  There are many popular times to visit and 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.

 

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 palce on June 26-28th and has plenty of family-friendly fun activities for all. The island also hosts Arts on Erie week where local artists hold workshops for the youth in attendance. The Arts on Erie Week begins June 15th and ends on the 20th. 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. 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 a crowd around 15,000 at the Put-in-Bay airport. In the previous years, Put-in-Bay hosted Toby Keith and The Rascal Flatts.  This year’s Bash on the Bay 2020 will take place from August 26-27th 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 and the Fourth of July Celebration.  In reality, there is a great Put-In-Bay Event every weekend throughout the tourist season. In the recent years, the most popular event has been the Bash on the Bay music festival. The Bash on the Bay 2020 will take place August 26th and 27th at the Put-in-Bay airport.

 

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 May 12 for all the sailors who choose to charter the waters of Lake Erie. See our events calendar for more mid-week Put-in-Bay events.

 

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.