Put-in-Bay, Ohio located on South Bass Island is full of fun family things to do and fun-filled attractions. Whether you’re visiting our tiny village for a themed weekend, family vacation, holiday weekend, or one of our many festivals, there’s always something to enjoy on the island for all ages.

Put-in-Bay is unique in that virtually all of the many attractions are within 10 minutes of each other and can be reached by renting a Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rental! You spend more time seeing and enjoying than standing in line and driving to and from. Some say it’s the best Ohio Vacation for the money!

Visitors have the chance to bond with nature, participate in an island-wide downtown block party, or discover about the area’s rich history during an assortment of annual Put-in-Bay events from Music Festivals to our annual Put-in-Bay Pirate Fest!  Our annual Bash On The Bay event held in August of each year attracts big-name performers such as Kid Rock, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, and more!  You won’t want to overlook the experiences on South Bass Island so reserve a place to stay today!

The wide variety of Put-in-Bay Events offers visitors a chance to enjoy some of the best entertainment alternatives every year. The spectrum of activities spans enjoying the natural preserves, hiking, and biking trails to a festive vibrant nightlife with some of the area’s best entertainment at our local Put-in-Bay Restaurants & Bars.

Early season weekends have offerings include the Put-in-Bay Spring Fling held each year at the Put-in-Bay Resort and Bachelorette Weekends, both great choices for your Batchelor or bachelorette party.

Many previous guests return to the island for their favorite annual celebration. Start the summer season the right way at Put-in-Bay’s Official Spring Fling Party. This famous weekend event features two days of free food and entertainment.

More ways to enjoy South Bass Island include observing Put-in-Bay’s remarkable history at the Perry’s Victory And International Peace Memorial or watching vintage road racing machines compete each year at the Put-in-Bay Airport. Whenever you visit, there’s always a thrilling way to enjoy your Lake Erie Island break.

Uncover our complete list of Put-in-Bay’s most popular events below. Make sure also to Download our Put-in-Bay Island Guide for reference while visiting!

Loading Events

Arts On Erie! Be An Artist For the Day September 10th

Art In The Park is a wonderful affair in downtown Put-in-Bay taking place during the annual Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend. Held in DeRivera Park, the event includes dozens of craftspeople and artisans to convey their love of art to the community.

You can visit the park and enjoy the artist’s exhibits and work in progress. There will also be pieces available for purchase that can act as the ideal souvenir to take with you, either for yourself or as a present for the family.

Arts On Erie In DeRivera Park will also feature a silent auction to raise funds for local charities!

There will be opportunities for all to participate in activities. The art community thrives at Put-in-Bay thanks to this event. With the natural beauty of South Bass Island as inspiration, you’ll feel the island spirit in all of these works. Many pieces of local island artwork will be available in the auction, which aids the Put-in-Bay Arts Council. It’s a wonderful way to get an excellent Put-in-Bay keepsake while also supporting a cause worth supporting.

However, the best part of Arts On Erie The Park may be the live demonstrations!

Bring the entire family and discover how to perform various types of art in hands-on demonstrations by island artists. It runs from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM in lovely DeRivera Park, right in the middle of the downtown Put-in-Bay area. Entry is free, and you can come and go as you wish to appreciate the great shopping and many fabulous restaurants in downtown Put-in-Bay! A complete event schedule will be available nearer to the event.

Arts On Erie & Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend

Art In The Park is part of the Put-in-Bay Ohio Historical Weekend. This weekend is one of the best weekends of the year to bring the entire family up to the island. Many unique all-ages events and activities are going on all over the island. The Grand Parade on Sunday is one of the highlights of the weekend. There will be 1812 historical re-enactments and a massive Boy Scouts camping event at the Parry Peace Memorial. If you’d like to join us for this great family-friendly weekend, you can get information on Put-in-Bay Hotels Here!

Attractions to See After Arts on Erie

After the kids have gotten their craft fix, be sure to check out some of the island’s attractions. Kimberly’s Carousel is a Put-in-Bay Classic for kids! The turn-of-the-century preserved carousel is one of the last of its kind. Your whole family can ride together on the restored horses as well. This attraction is really close to several other Put-in-Bay favorites, located right in the middle of downtown. Try the kid’s choice for the most popular bar, The Candy Bar! Located next door. Some of the must-try items are:

  • All sorts of hard candies found today like Nerds
  • Candy brands from yesteryear like Mallow Cups
  • Old-fashioned taffy
  • Homemade chocolates and Delicious fudge
    A Variety of Ice Cream Flavors

After you indulge, join your friends and family for a little cardio at Perry’s Family Fun Center. There are countless attractions to see here that are sure to inspire and entertain every kid and kid at heart. You can race through a gigantic maze, then stroll through their butterfly house, and go prospecting at their gemstone mining. Your group will enjoy for hours

Get around the island in the preferred mode of transport, a Golf Cart Rental!  See all of the great Arts on Erie events. There is no better time to visit Put-in-Bay, Ohio, than now. With so much to see and do, there are memories just waiting to be made. For more information about booking your stay at Put-in-Bay, head over to our lodging page, and book your visit!

Family Events Equals Island Fun!


Are you ready for some fun and adventure during your upcoming trip to Put-in-Bay? Our complete Island Guide is all you need to plan the perfect vacation. Look no further to find your comprehensive resource for the best outdoor entertainment, local Put-in-Bay restaurants, and live entertainment at Put-in-Bay’s lively pubs.


For numerous guests, the annual experiences keep them coming back to visit the island every year. Some, like the Soccer & Volleyball Tournaments, see many of the same teams year after year. For families, popular times to visit are always Sundays thru Thursdays, with weekends taking on a Key West vibe.


Put-in-Bay Event Spotlight | Bird Watching!


Bird Watching Put-in-Bay? Put-in-Bay is home to so many great parks. Here, birds have utilized these great nature preserves to live and prosper and as a migratory stopover point. Visitors can observe various bird species, catch glimpses of the surrounding islands in the USA & Canada and enjoy time with fellow birders at this favorite annual event. Each year, bird enthusiasts gather on the island for the annual event..


So, be sure to check when for ideal times and locations to get your chance to view an assortment of species. Usually, the best times are April and October, when the extensive annual migrations occur. But occasionally, there are special birding tours and dates, so look through the Calendar. Make sure to rent a Put-in-Bay Golf Cart to get to the different parks when you visit Put-in-Bay. Early season lodging options include the Put-in-Bay Resort and the Put-in-Bay Villas.


Put-in-Bay Events Calendar Something For Everyone!


The comprehensive selection of fun activities at Put-in-Bay includes things for the entire family. For those wanting an exciting weekend full of live entertainment and good times, there is an entertainment schedule just for you! If it’s a party you seek, you’ll indeed find it here with our vibrant nightlife, where you can dance the night away!

 Regardless, the variety of options gives visitors many reasons to head to South Bass Island. Throughout the season, different organizations are responsible for hosting events. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial hosts many of the amazing things to do in Put-in-Bay. Also, the Put-in-Bay Visitors And Convention Bureau are responsible for other notable events like the annual Put-in-Bay Fall Ball.

Many visitors come from a six-state area several times a year to enjoy our upcoming events and entertainment. Staying at the Put-in-Bay Resort Hotel or the Bay Lodging Resort places you in the heart of the attractions, restaurants & shopping.


So, the question isn’t if it is, when are you planning your trip? Fortunately, this Put-in-Bay Information website is full of great info to design a trip to the island. Moreover, each year, guests can expect exceptional entertainment prospects with a complete event calendar.


Check the Put-in-Bay Event Calendar


With so many diverse events to pick from, perhaps more than one journey to the island is the answer! The most significant choices will be where to stay for your getaway. Groups favor villa rental homes, families at the Put-in-Bay Resort, or boaters on their boats. With many attractions being entirely free, the choice becomes even more accessible.


So, hop on a Put-in-Bay Ferry Boat to South Bass Island, pick a fun event that you and yours will enjoy, and make memories together! It’s never a bad time to put an island in your life. See you at the Bay!