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. ***

I-LYA Power Boating Regattas

I-LYA Power Boating Regattas
Aug 04 - 08

Stay tuned for more details about the I-LYA Power Boating Regattas event. 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...

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

J.F. Walleye’s 5K on Middle Bass Island
Aug 07

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 Saturday 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 Key West Days at Put-in-Bay

Annual Key West Days at Put-in-Bay
Aug 13 - 15

Island entertainers who perform on Put-in-Bay in the summer and in Key West in the winter will participate in the annual “Key West Days at Put-in-Bay.” Key West held its first “Put-in-Bay Days” in February of 2005 with a huge turnout of northerners seeking to escape the winter cold. Check our entertainment page for schedules and look for Mike “Mad Dog” Adams, Pete & Wayne, Ray Fogg, and Bob Gatewood when you visit the island! This is the perfect weekend for those who enjoy live entertainment and are looking for a summer getaway. Enjoy the Key West of the Midwest...

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Put-In-Bay “Classic” Volleyball Tournament

Put-In-Bay “Classic” Volleyball Tournament
Aug 14

A truly “classic” Volleyball tournament on Put-in-Bay island. The island hosts 30+ teams play a one-day co-ed tournament on the Urge Family field across from PitStop Gas Station. After the exciting tournament, teams enjoy a fun night at the Put-in-Bays famous bars! This is a great weekend to experience all that the island has to offer. There are countless options for Put-in-Bay lodging. Reservations should be made early to ensure your spot! To register for this annual tournament go to volleyballassociates.com.

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Annual Volleyball Battle on Put-In-Bay

Annual Volleyball Battle on Put-In-Bay
Aug 14

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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Tour the Benson Ford Ship House

Tour the Benson Ford Ship House
Aug 15

Tickets are now available! To purchase, visit our Eventbrite page here! On August 15th, from 2 P.M. to 5 P.M., visitors to Put-in-Bay will have the opportunity to check out the interior of an amazing PIB landmark and one of America’s most unique homes. The Benson Ford Ship House, once a freighter owned by Henry Ford, cut in half and converted into a home on the shore of South Bass Island, is a history buff’s dream. And for one afternoon, tours will be available for $30, with the proceeds raising funds for a couple of charitable island causes. You cannot...

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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 snowbirds 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! Come enjoy a relaxing day at DeRivera Park or rent a golf cart to cruise around the island! Join us for this celebration.

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Annual 3W2 Fly-In and Car Parade

Annual 3W2 Fly-In and Car Parade
Aug 22

If you know anything about Put-in-Bay Ohio, you probably know that it’s a popular Lake Erie weekend getaway. People drive to Port Clinton or Sandusky from all over the Midwest and hop onto a Put in Bay ferry like the Jet Express to get across the lake for a weekend of fun. But, Put-in-Bay and the Lake Erie islands also have a growing pilot population. Put-in-Bay is also full of residents who are enthusiastic about antique cars. These two communities join together for a spectacular afternoon in August. On this Sunday, vintage automobile fans and aviation enthusiasts get together at the...

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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.