Put-in-Bay Ohio Events

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Events


JUNE 2017


June 4

43rd Annual Jose DeRivera Founders Day Celebration

One of the most entertaining and heartfelt weekends of the summer, Founders Day celebrates Hispanic merchant Jose DeRivera who in 1854 purchased South Bass, Middle Bass, Sugar, Gibraltar, Ballast and Starve Islands for a price of $44,000. Throughout the following years, he sold off parcels of the land including the school property for $1 and the St. Paul's church property for $10. This day celebrates the island's heritage and DeRivera's good deeds.

Founders Day means always great food and lots of fun for the entire family. Most of the events are held in DeRivera Park, aptly named after Jose, downtown from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Island entertainment usually performs a free concert in the afternoon from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM. The Put-in-Bay Hog Roasters often provide a great roast hog picnic lunch for a small donation. Shoppers will be happy to find 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.

June 8-11

23rd Annual Phlocking of the Phaithful

This is our annual Jimmy Buffet tribute weekend and most island businesses decorate and hold special events for the "parrot heads" who flock to the island. It's a little known fact, but the "Phlocking of the Phaithful" is the second oldest continuously running Parrot Head and Trop Rock event in the country! Mr. Ed's Bar & Grille and the Commodore Resort is the host location and homebase for the weekend's festivities. To get the full experience, guests need to register at the Phlocking Website where you can find more information about all the goodies you get with your Phlocking registration.

June 9

2017 Invitational Mills Trophy Race

The Mills Trophy Race is the premier sailing race on Lake Erie and is sponsored by the Toledo Yacht Club. It began in 1907 as a test of navigational skills on Lake Erie. The race has been held nearly every year since then and is unique in that it is raced at night. Although the race was originally configured as a triangle beginning and ending at the Toledo Yacht Club, since 1981 the race has begun at the harbor light and ended here at Put-in-Bay. That makes it a 35+ year tradition for the Put-in-Bay Yacht Club being involved. Come visit the island this weekend and see hundreds of sailing ships lining the docks in downtown Put-in-Bay.

June 10

GRASS at The Bay Music FESTIVAL

Family friendly New Blue Grass Festival at Perrys Victory.

June 13

Wild Tuesdays

The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.

June 16-18

Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration with U.S. Brig Niagara

See what makes Put-in-Bay such a fun port of call for the entire family as we welcome the US Brig Niagara for the 2nd Annual Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration. The Niagara's visit is sponsored by the Put-in-Bay Jet Express, Lake Erie Shores & Islands and the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce. This year the Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration will be held June 16-18 and will encompass the visit of the US Brig Niagara as well as Put-in-Bay's Pyrate Fest IX, and educational and public service programs. The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Maritime event in partnership with the Perry Group, the Lake Erie Islands Historical Museum, and Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial.

The Niagara is scheduled to arrive on Friday, June 17, weather permitting, and will offer dockside tours on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at Foxs Dock where Niagara is berthed. Tickets are available for a Day Sail aboard Niagara, from 1 to 5pm on Monday, June 19. Tickets are $100 per person. This is a hands on sail experience for ages 12 yrs and up.

June 17

Put-in-Bay Pooch Parade

This long time island event begins with registration at 10:00 AM at the DeRivera Park gazebo, and the parade begins promptly at 10:30. Registration is $10 per dog and entitles your best friend to receive a doggie goodie bag and compete for prizes. Judges will determine the cutest, smallest, largest, most talented, individual best dressed, group best dressed, and dog that look most like its owner. This is always a great family event sponsored by Mother of Sorrows church. No cats allowed.

June 17-18

The Put-In-Bay Wiffle Ball Classic

The 2nd annual Put-In-Bay Wiffle Ball Classic will be played on June 24 with a rain date of June 25. This fun & recreational tournament will offer divisions for boys/men's, girls/women's and coed teams of all skill levels. For further details and contact information, check out www.pibwiffleball.com.

June 19-24

Arts on Erie Week

A weeklong arts program for children teaches various crafts and activities on the back porch at Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial Visitor Center. There will be an art and craft for kids each day from 11 to 3 p.m. There will also be a dance performance presented by SMAG Dance Collective on Thursday, June 24th at 6 p.m. at the same location.

June 20

Wild Tuesdays

The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.

June 22-25

9th Annual Pyrate Fest Weekend at the Bay

Pyrates invade Put-in-Bay's downtown harbor for the 9th year in a row on Friday at 4:00 PM to open the 2017 Put-in-Bay Pirate Fest. Saturday is a fun-packed day for the kids and adults alike with a Pirate Parade wandering around the park downtown and a Costume Contest for both kids and adults. The best adult costume wins a trip to the Cayman Islands! There is a Pyrate marketplace and displays, a kid's fun fest and black powder firing demonstrations every day during the event. Tuesday evening wraps up the event with the infamous Cardboard Boat Races at 6:00 PM in the downtown harbor. Discover many fun pirate events such as reenactors demonstrating sword fighting techniques and the art of skullduggary. Kids can practice with foam swords too!

June 25

Perry's Victory Triathlon, Duathalon & Family Races at Put-in-Bay

Perry's Victory Triathlon is a great opportunity to get in shape for the summer and enjoy a day on the beautiful island of Put-in-Bay! The route has been designed to take you on a scenic tour of the historic island of Put-in-Bay with the hub of the race being held on the lawn of the Peace Garden at Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial. This is a great event for first time du/triathletes as well as seasoned veterans. The event will offer a Sprint Triathlon, Sprint Duathlon, Kids & Family FUN Run and a 5k Run/Walk. For more information and to register please visit All Sports Timing & Race Management website: www.allsportsraces.com.

June 27

Wild Tuesdays

The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.


JULY 2017


July 1

Canada Day

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.

July 4

Fourth of July Fireworks

Special holidays are made even more special up at Put-in-Bay. On this, our national day of independence, the island's businesses and partners come together to sponsor one of the best fireworks displays on all of Lake Erie. Traditionally, it is always held on the exact date of July 4th, rain or shine. The rockets are launched from a barge towed out into the middle of the Bay and the best viewing locations are always on the Perry's Victory lawn and along the seawall. For a little more creature comfort, find a seat (VERY early!) at the Boardwalk or The Keys. Music from the Perry's Visitor Center accompanies the beautiful display.

July 4

Freedom Concert

Again this year, the Flyin Jays will come up to the island to perform at the Freedom Concert. They will play in the open air on the Monument patio at 4:30 PM. Arrive early for best seating. This is truly a wonderful family event to finish off a fun-filled July 4th Weekend at Put-in-Bay.

July 4

Wild Tuesdays

The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.

July 8-9

The Put-in-Bay Cup (Soccer Challenge)

For over a decade, 6v6Soccer.com has been running this soccer party. Played on smaller field, with 6 versus 6 players, there are divisions and skill levels, for men's, women's and coed teams. For further details and contact information, check out www.6v6soccer.com. The Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center, Island Club and the Bay Lodging Resort are recommended hotels for the tournament.

The Put-in-Bay Cup is a highly anticipated island event. This is truly the essence of a soccer party. The Put-in-Bay Cup offers a great time on and off the field for players and fans alike. Remember to book your rooms early as they fill up fast on this beautiful summer weekend. Players from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia and Canada are expected to compete once again.

July 10-12

Intro to Nature Camp for age 4

3 DAYS FOR 60 MIN. - 9:00 TO 10:00. The Nature Camp mission is to encourage children's natural curiosity of the outdoors by engaging them in fun and educational activities. The Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center has successfully been doing this since 2003. Topics we have covered over the years have been bats, snakes, turtles, fish, butterflies and moths, slugs, caves, and much more. Last year Nature Camp learned all about trees and birds!

July 10-12

My 1st Nature Camp for age 5-6

3 DAYS FOR 90 MIN. - GRP 1: 10:30 TO 12:00, GRP 2: 1:30 TO 3:00. Last year, on the first two days camp was at the Wildlife Center. Lester Peyton and Kate Zimmerman from the Black Swamp Bird Observatory came and did programs on owls and showed the kids different nest types. Our campers had the opportunity to touch the different nests and feel the different nesting materials birds use. On the third day of camp Ranger Kathy Holbrook hosted camp at Perry's Monument. She had a variety of activities for the kids so they could learn more about trees and the benefits they provide for us and wildlife.

July 11

Wild Tuesdays

The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.

July 16-20

ILYA Junior Sailing Regattas

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 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.

July 17-20

Environmental Adventure Camp I for age 9-10

4 DAYS FOR 120 MIN. - 1:30 TO 3:30. Last year, the first day was spent at Scheeff East Point Preserve to band birds. We banded golden finches, tree swallows, and a yellow warbler! The second day we enjoyed a kayaking adventure from Kayak the Bay; with a pre-trip talk about safety, gear, parts of the boat, paddling, and what happens if we fall out of our kayak. The third and fourth days EAC I camped out at the State Park.

July 17-20

Nature Camp for age 7-8

4 DAYS FOR 90 MIN. - GRP 1: 9:00 TO 10:30, GRP 2: 11:00 TO 12:30. Last year, Nature Campers discovered nature at the State Park, South Bass Island Lighthouse, Perry's Monument, and Jane Coates Wildflower Trail. All of the campers received Rite-in-the-Rain field notebooks so they could draw, sketch, and write what they observed each day at camp. The last day of camp was at Perry's Monument with Ranger Kathy Holbrook, who had activities on owls.

July 18

Wild Tuesdays

The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.

July 21-23

Christmas in July

This is by far the biggest and best weekends at Put-in-Bay all summer long! We've even been voted "Best Place for Christmas in July"! The Christmas spirit floods the community and everywhere you look there is an elf or Santa peeking out of a doorway. Island businesses go all out and decorate just like it was the real Christmas. Garland, lights, bells, and Santa hats abound. Holiday drinks are on the menu at most of the local watering holes and island hotels and rental homes are filled to capacity. On Saturday Night, there is a traditional parade of Christmas floats that meanders through the downtown area and on Sunday the Christmas themed car parade excites and delights island visitors young and old. These are by far the busiest weekends of the season so plan ahead accordingly! Hotels and rental homes sell out months in advance, and it is not uncommon for the best hotels and homes to be sold out by February!!! For hotel reservations, please call 888-742-7829 or 419-285-3101. For rental home or waterfront condo rentals, please call 216-898-9951.

July 24-27

Environmental Adventure Camp II for age 11-14

4 DAYS FOR 120 MIN. - 10:00 TO 12:00. Last year, the first day was spent at Scheeff East Point Preserve to band birds. We banded golden finches, tree swallows, and a yellow warbler! The second day we enjoyed a kayaking adventure from Kayak the Bay; with a pre-trip talk about safety, gear, parts of the boat, paddling, and what happens if we fall out of our kayak. The third and fourth days EAC II camped out on Middle Bass Island at the State Park.

July 25

Wild Tuesdays

The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.

July 26

Put-in-Bay Garden Club Home and Garden Tour

July 27th meet at the Crews Nest Pavilion at 9:45am for check-in to see six beautiful properties featured on the PIB Garden Club Home & Garden Tour, including the Benson Ford Ship House. $35 for the Tour and Lunch. Limited space available. Reservation deadline is July 17. Choose your option to reserve and pay for tickets at www.putinbaygardenclub.com

July 31

World Ranger Day

Celebration of rangers from around the world working in parks and preserves.


AUGUST 2017


August 1

Wild Tuesdays

The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.

August 3-5

12th Annual Lake Erie Islands Historical Society's "Auction for History"

This annual auction 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 3, at 4:00 PM. at the Event Center. The auction will be held at the Event Center on Concord. Check the museum website, leihs.org for more info.

August 3-6

ILYA Senior Sailing Regattas

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 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.

August 5

JF Walleyes 5K

J.F. Walleye's will kick off the 35th annual 5k run on Sunday, August 4 2017 on Middle Bass Island. The race will begin between J.F. Walleye's and historic Lonz Winery with views of the Put-in-Bay harbor and Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial. The race will take you across Middle Bass Island and finishes at J.F. Walleye's for a post-race party that includes food and refreshments! For more information and to register please go online to: www.allsportsraces.com. For home rentals or condo reservations, please call 216-898-9951.

August 5-12

Island Green Week

Island Green Week on Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Islands this summer will make you remember what you loved most about the islands as a kid ? water, rocks, cliffs, caves, kayaking, meteor showers, moss, moonlit nights, beach bonfires, cozy camping, swimming, beach combing, cottaging with your family, ferry rides, staying the night at the lake and nature. Lets do it all over again during Island Green Week, August 5th through the 12th, 2017, on Middle Bass Island and Put-in-Bay in Lake Erie, Ohio. Three of the biggest organizations and proponents of nature on the Erie Isles have teamed together to bring you some great activities during this week-long event. Experience a taste of the unique wine culture, an island-style pig roast, kayaking a Great Lake, and a dedication of the newest lakefront nature preserve on Put-in-Bay. See wildlife, flora and fauna. Sail on a meteor shower cruise, and by special invitation explore, tour and hike island places people would not normally see. Island Green Week includes activities for adults, families and children. Special pricing and coupons for events, restaurants, transportation and entrance fees will be available for Green Week participants.

August 8

Bartender Olympics

CANCELLED! (please contact management to see if this has been rescheduled) Sponsored by the Roundhouse Bar, this popular island event is held both on the main strip of Delaware Avenue and inside the red round bar. This friendly but vigorous competition begins at 7:00 PM with a traditional parade around the park and the lighting of the Olympic torch while the national anthem is recited. Almost all of the local bars and restaurants perform unique skits and zany theatrics as they compete for prestige and honor. Events include the parade skit, keg roll, can carry, bartender song, best drink pour, bartender trivia, and the best drink (using the host liquor company's product, of course!). MC'd by Ray Fogg and "Duff", this event always draws a huge crowd to enjoy the fun and silliness.

August 8

Wild Tuesdays

The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.

August 9

5th Annual Pig Roast

The success of the 4th 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! The entertainment was provided by Ray Fogg and Drew LaPlante. The auction items that we had donated were very nice!

August 9-13

ILYA Power Boating Regattas

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 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.

August 10

5th Annual Stargazing Cruise

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 but we had extraordinary clear skies for viewing the stars! 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 cruise. A special thanks to Miller Boat Line.

August 12

Put-In-Bay "Classic" Volleyball Tournament

A truly "classic" Volleyball tournament on the island. 30+ teams play a one day co-ed tournament on the Urge Family field across from PitStop Gas Station. To register go to volleyballassociates.com. Hotel reservations should be made early for this large event by calling 888-742-7829 or for home rentals call 216-898-9951.

August 15

Wild Tuesdays

The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.

August 18-20

12th Annual Key West Days at Put-in-Bay

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 Pat Dailey when you visit the island!

August 19

Volleyball Battle on Put-In-Bay

For more than 25 years, volleyball players have competed in this day long tournament that 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 6s 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. Hotel reservations should be made early for this large event by calling 888-742-7829 or 419-285-3101. For rental home or waterfront condo rentals call 216-898-9951.

August 21

Senior Citizens Day

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

August 27

5th Annual 3W2 FLY-IN

Put-in-Bay, Ohio, located on Lake Erie, is a popular summer resort. But, it also has a growing pilot population and residents who are enthusiastic about antique cars. Sunday, August 27, 2014, aviation meets stylish automobiles at the 5th Annual 3W2 Fly-in at from 12:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The island's weekly Sunday antique car parade will conclude at the airport to combine with the fly-in for a good old style pig roast! Join us! Please remember: Airport is closed dusk to dawn. No parking fees for those attending the fly-in (overnight aircraft shall pay the overnight parking fee). Runway 3/21 is an asphalt runway in excellent condition and is 2,870' X 75'. Monitor 122.8 and look for our volunteers who will assist with parking. 25 cent per gallon fuel discounts available at nearby KPCW (Port Clinton) if you attend the 3W2 Fly-in!

August 27-30

9th Annual Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion

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. Many well-known sports car racers of that era - Chuck Dietrich, Carl Haas and Chuck Stoddard, for example - got their start in racing on the challenging, fast, rough and narrow course at Put-in-Bay. Organizers are pleased to report two significant enhancements in the 2017 race program: the airport course will be expanded from the current .8 mile configuration to approximately 1.2 miles, and also the racing activity will likely be expanded from the present "Tuesday only" event to a race schedule that would begin early Monday afternoon and run a full day on Tuesday.


SEPTEMBER 2017


September 2-5

Annual Labor Day Bash at the Bay Weekend

The end of summer is almost upon us and this is one of the biggest going away parties you will find. Kids are getting ready for classes and this is often the last best chance for families to enjoy a summer vacation to the beautiful island of Put-in-Bay. It's a long weekend so there is lots of time to visit the Monument, see your favorite island entertainer, munch on one of Mr. Ed's famous hamburgers, sip down some lobster bisque, or hang out at the infamous Blue Marlin Saturday pool party. This weekend always fills up, so plan ahead!

September 8-10

Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend

Put-in-Bay celebrates the 202nd anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie on this most historical of weekends. This is a celebration of history, art and music and also a celebration of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's naval victory over the British. Since then, there have been two centuries of peace shared by the United States, Canada and Great Britain. A War of 1812 military encampment can be found on the lawn of the Monument Visitors Center all weekend and over 1,000 Boy Scouts camp out in tents on the Memorial's east lawn for their annual camporee on Lake Erie.

September 9

Art In The Park

Area and regional arts and craftspeople display and sell their original works in photography, watercolor, acrylic, pottery, silversmithing, glass, stained glass, fabric, wood and paper downtown in an open-air exhibit. Live demonstrations and a silent auction that benefits the Put-in-Bay Arts Council are key activities and enjoyed by the families that attend. This event runs from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM in DeRivera Park.

September 10

Grand Parade

Local and regional dignitaries join approximately 1,200 scouts, antique, classic cars and regional high school marching bands, the captain of the USS Lake Erie, area veterans and 1812 re-enactors for the annual Grand Parade at noon.

September 10

Muffins vs. Mossbacks Historical Baseball Game

This annual match is played at the softball field on Concord Avenue next to the school and church. The Ohio Historical Society Muffins challenge the Put-in-Bay Mossbacks using the original rules of baseball. This family friendly game begins at 2:00 PM. Refreshments are available with all proceeds benefitting the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum. The event sponsor is the Miller Boat Line.

September 15-16

44th Annual New Year's at the BAY!!

The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to enjoy Monte Carlo casino style gambling on this mock New Years evening. The fun takes place in downtown Put-in-Bay on Delaware Avenue from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Saturday night where they close off the street and set up the tables. The boaters in the Put-in-Bay harbor decorate for this fun festive occasion as this started as a boater tradition. Book your Put-in-Bay hotel or home rental accommodations early as this is one of the year's most popular weekends!

September 15-16

Half-Way To St. Patty's Day

Come visit us for the 15th 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. There is a traditional Irish parade at 1:45 PM on Saturday that kids and adults enjoy with most dressing up in green or in traditional Irish garb. Hooligan's Irish Pub sponsors a Drum and Bagpipe Marching Band for the parade. Other island establishments turn a bit green and enjoy the celebration as well.

September 16

14th Annual Miller Boat Line 5K Race

Join more than 700 runners in the 14th Annual 5K at Put in Bay on Saturday September 16. This is a challenging race around the most picturesque island in Lake Erie. Miller Boat Line sponsors this 5K race and One Mile Family Fun Walk that begins and ends at the Boathouse Restaurant in downtown Put-in-Bay. Winner trophies are very unique and true keepsakes. Race proceeds benefit Mother of Sorrows Church. Visit www.5KatPutinBay.com for registration info. Discounted rooms for participants are offered at the Bay Lodging Resort and may be made by calling 888-742-7829.

September 23

42nd Annual Put-in-Bay Fire Department Clambake

The 42nd annual island style Clam Bake is sponsored by the Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department. The event is held Saturday afternoon from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Fire Station on Concord Avenue behnd the Senior Center. The Clambake "plate" includes a dozen clams, 1/2 chicken, corn, potato, fresh fruit and vegetables. Carry out is available and encouraged! Tickets are only $25.00 per person for a wonderful meal and a great cause. 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.

September 23

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

Island firefighters hold the annual Texas Holdem Tournaments to raise funds for equipment upgrades for the island department. Two tournaments, one at 12:00 PM and the second at 6:00 PM are held at the fire station on Concord Avenue. Refreshments will be available.


OCTOBER 2017


October 6-7

Putinbay.com's 19th Annual Put-in-Bay Fall Ball Customer Appreciation Weekend!

The unofficial end of Put in Bay summer fun is the annual Put-in-Bay Fall Ball. This event was the original street party which spawned the Spring Fling. It has grown in size each year for almost two decades as more and more people hear about it. The party is hosted at the Island Club Rentals subdivision and is exclusively for guests of the Island Club, Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center, Victory Station Hotel, Put-in-Bay Condos, Put-in-Bay Villas, Commodore Resort, Bay Lodging Resort, and the Edgewater Hotel only. You must be a registered guest at one of these establishments to attend. No exceptions will be made for liability purposes! Be sure to reserve your hotel room or rental home early as this weekend always books up and sells out quickly between the Party, the Wine Fest, and the football games!

What is the Fall Ball? It is a big block party that usually attracts over 1700 people for 2 days of free adult beverages, and a Saturday full of free food and awesome live entertainment to start the season off right! As a bonus for those who will be heading downtown, many island businesses offer great discounts on food and merchandise for party attendees who show their wristbands! Stay tuned for the special guest band --- CHECK BACK SOON!

Remember, book EARLY as this weekend fills fast! For Resort/Villas/Bay Lodging hotel reservations, please call 888-742-7829. For Commodore & Victory Station hotel reservations, please call 419-285-3101. For home rentals & Waterfront Condos, please call 216-898-9951.

October 7

13th Annual Island Wine Festival

This fun event is located at the Put-in-Bay Winery downtown just along the street from the Boardwalk. It goes from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM and admission is only $6. With your admission, you get a souvenier wine glass Guests get to sample hundreds of 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. Admission is $6 and includes a souvenir wine glass. 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 Put-in-Bay Winery at the Doller Estate on Bay View Avenue downtown. Winery tours and a large silent auction that benefits the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society are some of the activities.

October 9

Columbus Day

Most schools are out on Monday to celebrate and honor Christopher Columbus, so why not extend your weekend and stay an extra night? Most hotels that are open in October offer special deals to guests who want to add a Sunday night to their weekend stay. This means you can enjoy Oktoberfest on both Saturday and Sunday and not have to worry about driving home on Sunday night. Spend some quality time with the family on an extended island getaway!

October 14-15

24th Annual Island Oktoberfest

This Put-in-Bay family tradition celebrates Oktoberfest with lots of food, good beer, and live entertainment by the ever-popular Maxx Band. Great family fun is had by all on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM and again on Sunday from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Come join us and enjoy a wide variety of German foods including spatzel, cabbage rolls, brats, sauerbraten, Wiener schnitzel and all your favorite German sweets! And don't forget the German beer! This event is held under a large tent located on Toledo Avenue across from the BoatHouse. The entry fee is $4.00 for a 1-day pass or $6.00 for a 2-day pass. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

October 20-21

The Wake

This longtime 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! The main festivities occur at the Roundhouse Bar and Park Hotel on Saturday night. Guests pay a modest entry fee to go through the "haunted" hotel and pay their respects to the 2017 season which is commemorated by a casket before making their way into the bar for fun, drink, and great entertainment. This has been a 34 year tradition that is still going strong.

October 27-28

Halloween Boo Bash at the Bay

What do you get when you mix over 2,000 people in costume, frosty cold adult beverages, and great live entertainment? You get Ohio's largest island Halloween Party and a great time! Costume Contests with numerous prizes cash prizes take place at Mr. Ed's Bar & Grille! Downtown bars and taverns decorate with a haunting theme! Book early as this weekend usually fills up! This is the island's last big weekend of the year and doors close on Sunday at 11:00 AM sharp, so don't miss out on your last chance to party at Put-in-Bay for 2017!