Put-in-Bay is filled with activities to enjoy every day of the season. But on most weekends, you will find some very special events that you can take part in. Check out our entire list of Put-in-Bay upcoming events for 2020.

From concerts to starlight cruises, sports tournaments to holiday festivities, there’s always something interesting going on at Put-in-Bay!

If you know when you’re joining us in the summer, you can look at those dates to see what’s events you will be able to participate in. If you haven’t yet planned your Put-in-Bay getaway or bachelorette party, these events will help you determine the perfect time to come!

So, visit the Put-in-Bay events calendar to find out the special things going on at the Bay! See below for our Calendar of Events for Put-in-Bay.

Invitational Mills Trophy Race on Lake Erie

6/5/20 - 6/6/20

mills racing sailing cup

***This event has been postponed. Please check back for new date.*** 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. The race was originally configured as a triangle beginning and ending at the Toledo Yacht Club. However, since 1981 the race has begun at the harbor light in Toledo and ended here at Put-in-Bay. That makes...

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Annual Put-in-Bay Music Festival

6/6/20 - 6/6/20

Put-in-Bay Bluegrass festival

***This event has been postponed until June 5, 2021.*** This event is in it's 4th year and is a family friendly Blue Grass Festival at Perry's Victory Monument. Excellent music, entertainment, food, drink, and a cornhole tournament are some of the great activities to look forward to. Check back soon for featured bands as we receive more information! “We are so excited to continue this great event at the National Park,” said Superintendent Barbara Fearon. “We are again collaborating with our partners to make this an event that is fun for the entire family”, she was quoted as saying. The...

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Annual South Bass Island Put-in-Bay Kayak Rendezvous

6/5/20 - 6/7/20

Kayak Rendezvouz

***This Event has been Cancelled for 2020.*** The South Bass Island Put-in-Bay Kayak Rendezvous at Put-in-Bay Ohio is the premier kayaking gathering on Lake Erie. Join more than 100 kayakers from the tri-state area and beyond for a weekend of paddling, camping, socializing and exploring the islands located in the western basin of Lake Erie. Each year on the second weekend after Memorial Day, paddlers have descended upon the South Bass Island State Park for this annual gathering. This paddler organized event brings kayakers together for a fun weekend. Safety is our utmost concern and paddlers are encouraged to plan...

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Annual Phlocking of the Phaithful Comes to an End

6/4/20 - 6/7/20

phlocking of the phaithful

We are sad to say that last year (2019) was the 25th (and final) Phlocking of the Phaithful event at Put-in-Bay, as noted in the news on the official Phlocking website. There is always a chance that things may change and the Phlocking returns for 2020, so we are keeping this event date up in hopes that they return! However, please do not make any plans based on these dates yet. 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...

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Put-in-Bay Pooch Parade

6/13/20 - 6/13/20

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 AM. 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. Even if you don't have a Put-in-Bay pet, you can still enjoy the festivities! This is always a great family event sponsored by Mother of Sorrows church. No cats allowed! This is strictly...

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

6/13/20 - 6/14/20

brig niagara tall ship

***Unfortunately, the Brig Niagara will not be coming in 2020. Check next year.*** 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 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 the third weekend of June and will encompass the visit of the US Brig Niagara as well as Put-in-Bay's Annual Pyrate Fest, and educational and public service programs. The Put-in-Bay...

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Arts on Erie

6/15/20 - 6/19/20

put in bay kids park

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 21st at 6 p.m. at the same location. Arts on Erie is a free hands-on workshop for youth and the young at heart with a different project being offered each day at Put-in-Bay. Area artists conduct the workshops that in the past have included painting,...

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Annual Pyrate Fest Weekend at the Bay

6/26/20 - 6/28/20

put in bay pyrate fest

Pyrates invade Put-in-Bay's downtown harbor for over 10 years in a row on Friday at 4:00 PM to open the Annual 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. Downtown Put-in-Bay is booming! Tuesday evening wraps up the event with the infamous Cardboard Boat...

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Canada Day

7/1/20 - 7/1/20

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. Canada Day is the national day of Canada. A federal statutory holiday, it celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the Constitution Act, 1867 (then called the British North America Act, 1867), which united the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada. Originally called Dominion Day, the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada...

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A Summer Full of Put-in-Bay Events

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Put-in-Bay Ohio is known for filling the summer calendar with great weekend events for its incoming guests. No matter when you’re joining us at the Bay, from April weekends to Oktoberfest, you’re likely to find a lot of fun events. There are plenty of things to do in Put-in-Bay! The holiday party and festivities are famous throughout the Midwest. You won’t regret spending your St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day weekends at South Bass Island.

Bash on the Bay 

For the last 4 years the island has organized its own music festival at the Put-in-Bay airport. The Put-in-Bay music festival called Bash at the Bay caused thousands of people from all over the United States to visit the island. The first one was headlined by Toby Keith in 2017. Rascal Flatts’ Put-in-Bay debut came in 2018, and 2019 saw 21x platinum recording artist and entertainer Kid Rock! The headliners for 2020 will be announced soon!

2019’s Bash on The Bay saw hundreds of boaters dock their boats in the downtown harbor and head to the festival. All of the Put-in-Bay Taxis on the island were running nonstop all day long. Bash on the Bay is the Island’s busiest weekend of the year. As a result, Put-in-Bay lodging books up well in advance so plan ahead!

South Bass Island is also home to local performers who have been playing the island for so long they’ve become famous in their own right. People from all around the country know of Bob Gatewood, Pat Daily, Ray Fogg and Mike “Mad Dog” Adams thanks to their times on the island. Put-in-Bay entertainers often head down south in the winter to play their Put-in-Bay classics in places like Key West!

Put-in-Bay Events You Won’t Want To Miss 

Annual Put-in-Bay events like the  Put-in-Bay Spring Fling, Fall Ball Mardi Gras, Pyrate Fest, Mr. Ed’s Pajama Party, and the Whiskey light at the Round House Bar entrance make the island a popular destination. The events attract visitors from Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago and all over the United States.

The Put-in-Bay Spring Fling serves as the party that kicks off the season on the island. For 21 years, the event has been hosted by The Island Club where their guests can enjoy free food, beer and live entertainment on site. When its time to shut down the island for the cold winter months, The Island Club hosts the Fall Ball serving as the last bash of the season in Put n Bay Ohio!

The fireworks show on the Fourth of July can be best seen from Perry’s Monument as the night sky is lit up with a colorful display. Other good places to see the Put-in-Bay fireworks show include The Boardwalk, The Put-in-Bay winery and DeRivera Park

The best way to get around is to rent a golf cart and cruise around in style. If not there is always a Put-in-Bay taxi to get you around the island for only a $3 per person.


Enjoying Beautiful the Beautiful Lake Erie Islands

We also recommend you get out onto the water while you’re here. We love our beautiful Lake Erie and there’s so many different ways to enjoy it.

There are some Put-in-Bay events that feature the lake, such as the I-LYA Regattas and big-time boat races that take place all over the Great Lakes. History buffs will love the Put-in-Bay historical weekend, which celebrates Commodore Perry’s victory in the War of 1812 and the Battle on Lake Erie.

A Put-in-Bay Event for Everyone!

This is really just scratching the surface of Put-in-Bay upcoming events on offer. There’s so many more, like the Stargazing Cruise, the famous Pig Roast and more. Don’t resort to just picking a weekend and hoping, check out the Put-in-Bay event calendar to see what could be going on during your trip. We bet it’ll be something you want to check out! The sooner you book, the sooner you can get on a Put-in-Bay ferry!

Your Put-in-Bay Event Experience

With so many events taking place throughout the year, you can always make your own event on Put-in-Bay.  Many people head up to the bay and celebrate a bachelor or bachelorette weekend.  Coordinate with you and your group to see when is a good time to come up to the bay and stay awhile.

Island Club Home Rentals and the Put-in-Bay condos offer the best rental homes on the island to enjoy events that last multiple days.  Other notable Put-in-Bay hotels include the Commodore Resort and the Victory Station Hotel.

Should you have any questions or availability inquiries please call 216-898-9951 or click through the lodging tab.

Frequently Asked Put-in-Bay Event Questions

When is the Put-in-Bay Spring Fling?

The Spring Fling On Put-in-Bay will take place May 1st and 2nd of 2020.  The event is held at The Island Club and features of 1700 people celebrating the unofficial start to summer with free beer, food and live entertainment. The party serves as a customer appreciation for regulars who have been staying with us for many years.

When in Bash on The Bay?

2020’s Bash on The Bay will be a two day event beginning Wednesday August 26th and ending Thursday the 27th. Availability for this event is very difficult to find so make sure you call ahead! Call The Island Club Rentals at 216-898-9951 for more info.

Is Pyrate Fest Weekend a Kid-Friendly Weekend?

Pyrate Fest Weekend is a kid-friendly weekend full of fun events for children to partake in. Children and adults alike are expected to participate in the costume contest.  Other fun activities include sword fighting demonstrations, foam swords and more!

What is the Fall Ball?

The Put-in-Bay Fall Ball is the unofficial closing party of the Put-in-Bay season and a customer appreciation event. Similar to the Spring Fling, The Fall Ball is held at The Island Club and features free food, beer and live entertainment. The Fall Ball 2020 will be start October 2nd and end on the 3rd.

How much are Put-in-Bay Oktoberfest tickets?

1-day passes start at just $4 and 2-day passes are $6.  A large tent across the street will be set up across the street from The Boardwalk with live entertainment, German food, and of course German Beer!

Did You Know?

Did you know that Adults who win the costume contest at The Pyrate Fest win a free trip to the Cayman Islands?

NOTE: Event dates, times, and information are subject to change and are based on information provided at the time by island businesses and event coordinators. Always double check to make sure that events have not been relocated or dates/times changed. You can always call the Chamber of Commerce or the Put-in-Bay Reservation Center (216-898-9951) for more information.