Put-in-Bay Calendar of Events

9th Annual Put-in-Bay Days in Key West at Sloppy Joes - February 8-9

Key West Florida welcomes their friends from the north for Put-in-Bay Days at Sloppy Joes! Put-in-Bay's best entertainers perform alongside Key West's most popular performers. Scheduled to perform this year are Mike "Mad Dog" Adams, the infamous Bob Gatewood, Pete and Wayne, Ray Fogg, the Killer Flamingos and Patrick Houston Dailey. Be sure to book your Key West hotel reservations early as rooms are hard to find! This event is a great way to put some Put-in-Bay fun into a long winter season.

St. Patrick's Day at the Bay! - March 17

Join your friends and islanders for a Irish themed day at the Bay! Enjoy an Irish brew (or two!) and Irish folk music. The Bay Lodging Resort will be open for guests for this traditional holiday.

Whiskey Light at the Roundhouse Bar - April 14

Join friends and islanders in the long time tradition of the Lighting of the Whiskey light welcoming in the 2013 Season. The Fun starts at 2:00 p.m.

Mr Ed's 7th annual Island Pajama Party - April 19-20

Ready to start the season at Put-in-Bay? Break out those sexy, funny, or unique PJ'S and head to the bay for Mr. Ed's 7th annual pajama party weekend! Great prizes, contests, and entertainment! Hotels offer discounted rates.

Need to get a hotel reservation or want more information? Check out Commodore Resort website or give them a call at 419-285-3101.

Bachelor/Bachelorette Weekend #1 - April 19-20

One of the most popular weekends for celebrating upcoming nuptials with friends. The Put-in-Bay downtown pools are open and heated!

Perry's Victory Visitor Center - April 20

Opens Daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Earth Day and Junior Ranger Jamboree - April 26

Activities and programs celebrating the annual Earth Day begin at 9 a.m. at Perry's Victory Visitor Center. Sponsored by the National Park Service and the Lake Erie Islands Chapter of the Black Swamp Conservancy. Junior Ranger Jamboree gives kids an opportunity to find out the different jobs and duties of National Park Rangers across the United States. Activities for the kids. All activities at the park are free and open to the public.

Bachelor/Bachelorette Weekend #2 - April 26-27

The second of two popular weekends to gather with friends and family to celebrate upcoming weddings. Be sure to book early!

Putinbay.com's 14th annual Put-in-Bay Spring Fling Customer Appreciation weekend! - May 3-4

The kickoff to the Put in Bay summer season is the annual Spring Fling. This event is hosted for guests of the Island Club, Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center, Bay Lodging Resort, Put-in-Bay Villas, Commodore Resort and the Edgewater Hotel only. You must be a registered guest at on of these establishments to attend. No exceptions will be made! Be sure to reserve early as this weekend books up fast!

Join over 1700 people for 2 days of free food and adult beverages, live entertainment and start the season off right! Many island businesses offer great discounts for party attendees! Book EARLY as this weekend fills fast!

Blessing of the Fleet - May 7

Join us in celebrating the 26th annual gathering of boats and aircraft that service the island to be blessed for the 2013 season. The ceremony starts at the Jet Express Dock located in downtown Put in Bay at 11:00 a.m. Pastors from all three island churches will be participating. Hot Chocolate, coffee, cookies and donuts will be served.

Ohio's largest Corn Hole Tournament! - May 10-11

Compete for cash and prizes in the third annual Best of Ohio Corn hole Tournament at Put-in-Bay. Sponsored by the Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center and Bay Lodging Resort. When staying at one of the above lodging facilities entry is FREE and we have over $2000 in cash and prizes including a $500.00 first prize, weekend getaway packages, Jet Express tickets,dinner packages and more!  Please note entry positions are limited to guests of the above hotels only.

Saturday night after the Kings (or Queens) of Corn hole are crowned, Everyone is invited to Mr Ed's Bar & Grill for an all night party with live entertainment and reduced drink prices!

Put-in-Bay's Mardi Gras Weekend - May 10-11

Break out the beads and your traditional yellow, green and purple for the annual Mardi Gras at the BAY! Bachelor & Bachelorette party weekend! Celebrate this great southern tradition Put-in-Bay Island Style on the north coast!. One of the popular weekends for those about to be married to celebrate their upcoming nuptials at Put-in-Bay.

Victoria Day Weekend - May 17-18

Join us for the 9th annual Victoria Weekend "Put-in-Bay Downtown Scavenger Hunt". Scavenger Hunt from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday. All taking place on golf carts! Be sure to reserve your golf cart on line.

Lots of great prizes including Put-in-Bay mini-vacations for two people, including lodging, transportation, meals, attractions and souvenirs. One of the best kept secrets on the island for fun and large prizes compared to the small entry fee. Registration will take place at Delaware Carts located at the Edgewater Hotel on Delaware Ave downtown.

Island Wide Garage Sale - May 18

Downtown Put-in-Bay businesses and island residents join together for one gigantic sale on Saturday. Take advantage of great discounts on merchandise and various island treasures. The annual sale starts at 10 am and ends at 5 pm. Maps with locations of the garage sales will be distributed the day of the event.

Annual Memorial Day weekend Bash at the BAY! - May 24-28

One of the most popular weekends of the year at Put-in-Bay, this three day weekend features Put-in-Bay's most popular entertainers, many with multiple shows! Book your hotel reservations early! Memorial Day Services honoring our Veterans to be held at Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial visitors center plaza. There will also be a Memorial Day Parade featuring antique and classic cars.

Perry Memorial opens daily and offers kids programs daily at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Rangers give evening programs every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Musket firing demonstrations every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitor Center summer hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 10. A.m. to 5 p.m. April 20-May 24 and September 3-October 28.

Ohio Bike weeks 3rd annual Rally on the Rock - June 1-2

Bikers participating in the 2013 Ohio Bike Week's North Coast Thunder Rally will enjoy a chance to tour Put-in-Bay and participate in a scavenger hunt, vendors show, along with many contests and live entertainment. More than 500 bikes are expected to make the trip to the island. For additional information on Put-in-Bay Ohio's Rally on the Rock call 888-742-7829.

The Scavenger hunt will begin Sunday at 3:00 pm from the Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center and conclude at 5:30.

The 19th annual Phlocking of the Phaithful - June 6-9

The Annual Phlocking of the Phaithful Jimmy Buffet Parrot head weekend at Put-in-Bay. This event is hosted by the Commodore Resort and is an island tradition. Join in with over 1500 Jimmy Buffet fans for three days and nights of fun food and festivities. Entertainment all day and night! You must be registered at the Phlocking website.

The 106th Mills Cup Trophy Race - June 7-9

More than 1500 sailors are expected to participate in this race that originates from the Toledo Yacht Club via an Invitational Sailing race from Toledo to Put in Bay.

Put-in-Bay Pooch Parade - June 15

Put-in-Bay Pooch Parade to benefit Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at the DeRivera Park gazebo, parade & contest starts at 10:30. Prizes for cutest, smallest, largest, most talented, individual best dressed, group best dressed, dog that looks most like its owner. Cats are not invited. Always a great time.

Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers Rib Burn-Off - June 15

The Rib Burn-Off returns on June 15 from 11:00am to 4:00pm at the Sand Bar. Price to attend the event is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for kids 6-10 at the gate or they can be purchased ahead of time through PayPal and club officers to help everyone have an idea on attendance for only $4.50 for adults and $2.50 for children 6-10. Ribs, side dishes, and beverages sold separately. We will be having a Silent Auction of Cleveland Brown items and a 50/50 raffle.

The 39th Annual Jose DeRivera Founders Day Celebration - June 16

A celebration of the founding of the island village of Put in Bay by Jose DeRivera. Founder's Day means great food and lots of fun for the entire family. Held in DeRivera Park downtown from 11 am to 5 pm.

Island entertainment will perform a free concert from 12:30 to 2 pm. The Put-in-Bay Hog Roasters will provide a roast beef picnic lunch.

Shop for fantastic bargains at one of the many sale tables and pick up information on one of our non-profit groups that rely on the support of our community and visitors.

Arts on Erie - June 23-28

A Week-long arts programs for Children learning various crafts and activities at Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial Visitor Center. Week kicks off with a Family Night Concert at the Perry Memorial visitor center at 7p.m.

The 5th Annual Pyrate Fest weekend at the Bay - June 28 - July 1

Pyrates invade Put-in-Bay's downtown harbor Friday at 4 p.m. to open the 2013 Put-in-Bay Pirate Fest. Saturday has a Pirate Parade and Costume Contest for kids and adults, Pyrate marketplace and displays, A Kids fun fest and black powder firing demonstrations. Monday is the infamous Cardboard Boat Races at 6 p.m. in the downtown harbor. Reenactors demonstrate sword fighting techniques and the art of skullduggary. Fireworks Saturday at dark.

Official Lodging headquarters are the Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center, Island Club, and the Bay Lodging Resort for reservations call 1-888-742-7829

Canada Day - July 1

Celebrate Canada with cake and learn about our partnership with Canada and the long-lasting peace between our countries for almost 200 years at the Perry's Victory Visitor Center.

Fourth of July Fireworks - July 4

The island business owners and friends of the Bay will sponsor a spectacular fireworks program at dark (10pm). Fireworks will be over the downtown harbor. Enjoy a great view from the memorial and surrounding lawn. Bring a chair or a blanket.

United States Army Band Concert - July 4

This free concert is at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public. The United States Army Band will perform at Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial as part of the Centennial observance of the laying of the cornerstone of the Perry Memorial.

Freedom Concert - July 6

The Central Ohio Symphony will perform at 6:30 p.m. on the porch at Perry's Victory Visitor Center. The concert is free and open to the general public. The symphony's performance is part of Put-in-Bay's Community Independence Day Celebration and is co-sponsored by the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce, and the Put-in-Bay Arts Council.

Put-in-Bay Cup Soccer Challenge - July 12-14

For over 10 years running, Put-in-Bay's "6v6 Adult Soccer Challenge" will be held at McCann Fields near downtown. Players from all over the US and Canada are expected to compete. There are multiple men's, women's and coed divisions for experienced and recreational players. For additional details including rules and registration information, please visit www.soccertourney.com.

Players from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia and Canada are expected to compete. Divisions include men's open, B, 30+ & 40+; women's open, B & 30+; coed open & recreational. Coed teams are required to have two female players on the field at all times. Tournament weekends include a three-game guarantee. For more information, contact Jeff Foster at 614-439-4285.

Put-in-Bay's 12 Days of Christmas in July - July 18-29

Island businesses decorate for the 12 days of Christmas! Food and beverage specials in a Christmas theme are featured throughout the island. Family oriented activites Sunday thru Thursday. This event is one of the busiest periods of the year so be sure to make your Put in Bay hotel reservations early! Great live entertainment and nearly the entire downtown area is decorated for Christmas. The Jet Express offers late night ferry service.

I-LYA Junior Sail Regatta - July 21-25

Junior Sailors compete for points towards national competition in various racing classes. Activities are based at the Put-in-Bay Yacht Club.

Deep Water Sailing Races - August 1-2

An island tradition, the deep water sailing races compete by classes at Put-in-Bay

I-LYA Senior Sailing Races - August 1-2

For over 100 years races have gathered at Put-in-Bay to race of 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.

Power Boat Regatta - August 7-11

Put-in-Bay welcomes the annual I-LYA Power Boat Regatta. Four days of activities based at Put-in-Bay Yacht Club

Barber Shop Quartets Concert at Put-in-Bay - August 9-10

The annual performance on the island by the Barber shoppers will take place at 7 pm at Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial plaza in the downtown area on Friday and the Middle bass Town Hall on Saturday. Over 20 quartets performing are expected to perform.

The 8th Annual Lake Erie Islands Historical Society's island "Auction for History" - August 10

Annual auction benefiting the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum, 4 p.m. Viewing begins at 1 p.m. Preview live auction items and bid on silent auction items Friday night, August 9, at 4 p.m. at the Event Center. The auction will be held at the Event Center on Concord. Check the museum website, leihs.org for more info.

Roundhouse Bars Bartender Olympics! - August 13

Sponsored by the Roundhouse Bar, this popular island event is held on the main strip Delaware Avenue and inside the red round bar. Competition begins at 7 pm with a parade and the lighting of the Olympic torch. Local bars and restaurants perform unique skits and zany theatrics.

VOLLEYBALL BATTLE ON PUT-in-BAY - August 17-18

For more than 25 years volleyball players have competed in this day long tournament held the last few years at McCann Field on Toledo Avenue near downtown Put-in-Bay. Over 2500 players compete in numerous divisions. Hotel reservations should be made early for this large event by calling 888-742-7829 or for home rentals call 216-898-9951.

Key West Days at Put-in-Bay - August 23-24

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, the infamous Bob Gatewood and island legend... Pat Houston Dailey!

The 20th Annual 5-iron Classic Golf Tournament - August 25

Take home $10,000 in cash if you sink a hole-in-one or one of three other great prizes! Plus prize packages for each of the nine holes at the 19th Annual 5-Iron Classic sponsored by E-Z-GO Golf Carts. Four-player teams are permitted to use just a 5-iron and a putter to compete for more than $25,000 in prizes, including a new golf cart, golf bags, clubs and more. Also great raffle prizes, a picnic lunch, beverages and greens fees. Everything is included in $120 fee per team.

Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion - August 27-29

Classic sports car owners recreate the post WWII road races around the island from 1952-1959 and again in 1963. Put-in-Bay was one of only two places in the U.S. where public roads were closed and lined with bales of hay to provide a sports car racing circuit. Joe's Bar is hosting the evening dinner, so look for the "Turn 4" corner marker and you've found Joe's! For more information, visit pibroadrace.com.

Annual Labor Day Bash at the Bay weekend - August 30 - September 2

Invite your friends and family for this three day weekend at Put-in-Bay! Many of the islands most popular entertainers appear for multiple venues and be sure to book your lodging early as this weekend books fast! Stay for Monday nights "White Spider Night" the annual "waving off" of the last ferry of the day but not the season complete with fireworks and live entertainment.

Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Celebration - August 29 - September 2

The Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Celebration in late August through September 10, 2013 will bring together hundreds of thousands of people from the U.S., Canada and abroad. The two-week Celebration will include a large fleet of Tall Ships in an historic reenactment of the Battle of Lake Erie, a grand Parade of Sail and Port Festivals in waterfront cities in the U.S. and Canada. Visitors will be able to tour the Ships, enlist as Crew Members in the reenactment, or be part of the Bicentennial Fleet or Militia.
Along with Tall Ships activities, surrounding days will include a series of exciting events to commemorate the Bicentennial, including: National Speakers, Marching bands, Fireworks, Concerts, Parade of Boaters, International Freedom Celebration, Food, Entertainment, Arts & Crafts, Solemn ceremonies to honor the fallen, and Historical Activities. Official invitees will include representatives from the U.S., British and Canadian governments as well as Native American Indian groups.
It will be an epic Celebration for Ohio, the Great Lakes region and our nation. Plan to join us for the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Celebration.
Main Events include: Tall Ships Arrive in port; Tall Ships Festival with entertainment, re-enactors, arts, crafts food & beverage; Parade of Boaters; and the highlight: Battle of Lake Erie Re-creation.

Historical Weekend - September 6-8

This family oriented weekend offers a wide variety of family activities including the Grand Parade on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. with antique and classic cars, numerous area bands and dignitaries. Boy Scout Camp-O-Ree at the Perry Memorial. Musket & Cannon firing demonstrations. Art in the Park featuring regional artists, photographers, potters, painters, silversmiths, and displays, downtown DeRivera Park on Saturday.

Art in the Park Downtown DeRivera Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a wide variety of area and regional artist displaying and selling their work. The Grand Parade starts at 2:15 pm on the main street in downtown Put-in-Bay.

The Toledo Symphony's first concert of the 2013 season will commence at 6:30 pm on the lawn behind the Perry's Victory Visitors Center.

Historical Weekend Grand Parade - September 7

Local and regional dignitaries join 1200 scouts, classic cars, four high school marching bands, the captain of the USS Lake Erie, area veterans and 1812 re-enactors for the annual Grand Parade at 2:15 p.m.

Art in the Park - September 7-8

Area and regional arts and craftspeople display and sell their original works in photography, watercolor, acrylic, pottery, silver smithing, glass, stained glass, fabric, wood and paper. Live demonstrations and silent auction that benefits the Put-in-Bay Arts Council. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in DeRivera Park.

Muffins vs. Mossbacks Historical Baseball Game - September 8

Annual match played at the ball field on Concord Avenue. The Ohio Historical Society Muffins challenge the Put-in-Bay Mossbacks using the original rules of baseball. Game begins at 2 p.m. Refreshments available with all proceeds benefitting the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum. Sponsored by Miller Boat Line.

The 40th Annual new Years at the BAY!! - September 13-14

Put-in-Bay welcomes you to enjoy holiday festivities including the very popular Monte Carlo casino style gambling downtown Put-in-Bay on Delaware Avenue from 6 pm to 11 pm on Saturday night. The boats in the Put-in-Bay harbor decorate for this fun festive occasion. Book your Put-in-Bay hotel or home rental accommodations early as this is one of the year's most popular weekends!

Half-Way to St. Patty's Day! - September 20-22

12th annual celebration of the half-way mark to St. Patrick's Day. Join in the fun and festivities and celebrate the Irish with Put-in-Bay Businesses promoting Irish food and beverages. A great weekend to enjoy the fall colors at Put-in-Bay Ohio.

10th Annual Miller Boat Line 5K Race - September 21

Join more than 700 runners for one of the largest 5K runs and 1-mile Walk in Northern Ohio. The course winds its way past the school, churches and winery then over to the West Shore past cottages and views of Green and Rattlesnake Islands and finishes along the waterfront filled with hundreds of boats at anchor. Hermes Sports of Cleveland is taking pre-registrations. Click the link above to register. One Mile Family Fun Walk begins 9:15 and the 5K begins at 9:30 A.M. The Boathouse Restaurant downtown is race headquarters. Proceeds benefit Mother of Sorrows church. Discounted rooms for participants are once again offered at the Bay Lodging Resort.

The 38th Annual Put-in-Bay Fire Department Clambake - September 21

38th annual island style Clam Bake sponsored by the Put-in-Bay Volunteer fire department. The event is held Saturday afternoon from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Fire Station on Concord Avenue. Bake includes a dozen clams, 1/2 chicken, and corn. Potato, fresh fruit and vegetables. Carry out is available! Tickets are $25.00 per person. Proceeds are used to update equipment for the Put-in-Bay island fire department. Call 419-285-7805 to place your carryout order or fax your order to 419-285-3709

Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Departments 5 Alarm Texas Hold Em Tournament - September 27-28

Island firefighters hold the annual Texas Holdem Tournaments to raise funds for equipment upgrades for the island department. Two tournaments, one at noon and the second at 6 p.m. held at the fire station on Concord Avenue. Refreshments available.

Tailgate Weekend - September 28

The Browns Backers second event of the year, "Tailgate Weekend"! Different businesses on the island will have their establishment decorated with their favorite team colors and theme. Many locations during the day will be selling food, special event t-shirts, 50/50 raffle and game board squares.

Putinbay.com's 15th annual Put in Bay Fall Ball Customer Appreciation Weekend! - October 4-5

This annual 2 day event is the biggest event of the fall season! This event is for the guest's of the Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center, Commodore Resort, Put-in-Bay Villas, Island Club, Bay Lodging Resort and the Edgewater Hotel.

This annual bash is the beginning of the end to the Put in Bay fall season. You must be a registered guest at one of these establishments to attend. No exceptions can be made! Be sure to book your reservations early as this weekend books up fast!

Join over 1800 people for 2 days of free food and frosty cold adult beverages, live entertainment and great family fun. Many island businesses offer great discounts for party attendees! Book EARLY as this weekend fills fast!

The 10th annual Island Wine Festival - October 5

Sample more than 350 foreign and domestic wines, including island wines from Heineman Winery and Put-in-Bay Winery, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of good food, and excellent wine. Sample tickets are $1 and most samples are in the $1-$4 range. Purchase a full bottle to take home. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dollar House winery downtown.

33rd Annual Fall Bay Regatta - October TBA

Enjoy the stunning Fall Bay Colors and watch these colorful boats race to Put-in-Bay. 32rd season of sailing vessels arriving on the island.

The 19th annual Island Oktoberfest - October 11-13

This Put-in-Bay family tradition celebrates Oktoberfest with lots of food and live entertainment by the Maxx Band. Great family fun Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Enjoy a wide variety of German foods including spatzel, cabbage rolls, brats, sauerbraten, Wiener schnitzel and all your favorite German sweets! This event is held under a large tent located on Toledo Avenue near the downtown depot. Entry is $4.00 or $6.00 for a 2 day pass. Children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

The Wake at the Roundhouse Bar - October 18-19

This long time Put-in-Bay tradition celebrates the passing of another summer season. Join friends and islanders for a fun filled weekend, one of the last of the season! A 32 year tradition.

Halloween Boo Bash at the BAY!! - October 25-26

What do you get when you mix over 2000 people in costume, frosty cold adult beverages, and great live entertainment? Ohio's largest island Halloween Party and a great time! Costume Contest's with numerous prizes cash prizes! Downtown bars and taverns decorate with a haunting theme!. Book early! The islands last big weekend of the year!