Events

Put-in-Bay is filled with activities to enjoy every day of the season. But on most weekends you will also find some very special events that you can take part in. 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 2019, you can take a look at those dates to see what’s happening. And if you haven’t yet planned your Put-in-Bay getaway, these events will help you determine the perfect time to come! So visit the Put-in-Bay events calendar below to find out the special things going on at the Bay!

Perry’s Victory Triathlon & Family Races at Put-in-Bay

8/25/19 - 8/25/19

put in bay triathlon

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED AT THE SPONSOR'S REQUEST   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...

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Annual Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion

8/24/19 - 8/27/19

put-in-bay raceway

Classic sports car owners recreate the post WWII road races around the island from 1952-1959 and again in 1963. Put-in-Bay Ohio 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. The cars that competed in those races were small sports cars with under 2,000cc of displacement and sports...

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Put-in-Bay, OH, United States
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Bash on the Bay – Featuring Kid Rock

8/29/19 - 8/29/19

Kid Rock

Less than 8 hours passed after the announcement of the 2019 Put-in-Bay headliner, Kid Rock, which sparked a flurry of interest, before ALL Put-in-Bay island lodging was sold out! Island Club Rentals indicates that almost 99% of their inventory of vacation rental homes and waterfront condos are already sold for next year’s concert dates! They urge guests to submit their reservation and wait list requests via their website at https://www.islandclub.com to book a rental for next year. It is guaranteed that the dates will sell out before January deposits are due. Etix released the concert tickets and over 10,000 tickets were sold...

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Annual Labor Day Bash at the Bay Weekend

8/30/19 - 9/2/19

labor day putinbay

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 entertainers, munch on one of Mr. Ed's new Cameo pizzas, sip down some lobster bisque at the Boardwalk, or hang out at the infamous MIST Saturday pool party in a luxury cabana. This weekend...

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Art In The Park

9/7/19 - 9/7/19

island art gallery

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 in downtown Put-in-Bay. 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.

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Put-in-Bay, OH, United States
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Annual Put-in-Bay 3W2 FLY-IN

9/8/19 - 9/8/19

put in bay airport 3w2

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. On the second Sunday of August, aviation meets stylish automobiles at the 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...

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Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend

9/6/19 - 9/8/19

historical weekend at put-in-bay

Put-in-Bay Ohio celebrates the Annual 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 in the War of 1812. Since then, there have been over 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...

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Muffins vs. Mossbacks Historical Baseball Game

9/8/19 - 9/8/19

putinbay softball field

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. The local Mossbacks dress in white shirts, blue ribbon ties and blue and white ball caps from Abner Doubleday's era and play the game without mitts. It's a gentleman's game with no griping, arguing or "cussin'" allowed. The Old Tyme Baseball games are sponsored by Miller Boat Line. Miller's also purchases hot dogs and soft drinks for the Lake...

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Put-in-Bay, OH, United States
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Historical Weekend Grand Parade

9/8/19 - 9/8/19

perrys victory visitor center

Local and regional dignitaries gather on Put-in-Bay to 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.

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A Summer Full of Put-in-Bay Events

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 to October, you’re likely to find some great entertainment going on for you and the rest of your group. There are plenty of things to do in Put-in-Bay! The holiday party and festivities are famous throughout the Midwest, and you won’t regret spending your Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day weekends at South Bass Island.

Headlining Music Acts

Put-in-Bay is also home to some headlining music acts. Put-in-Bay hosts an annual concert called Bash at the Bay. The first one was headlined by Toby Keith. Rascal Flatts Put-in-Bay debut came in 2018, and 2019 brings 21x platinum recording artist Kid Rock! 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 and Ray Fogg and Mike “Mad Dog” Adams thanks to their times on the island, and these acts often head down south in the winter to play their Put-in-Bay classics in places like Key West!

Year-Round Entertainment

In between all these thrilling events, you’ll also find the any time attractions that have made Put-in-Bay the must-visit destination in the Midwest. They may not be the yellow sandy things you have in mind, but there are some great Put-in-Bay beaches to check out. The coasts of our stone island provide access to fishing docks and swimming areas as well as boat launches. The main Put-in-Bay campground has access to one of these beaches.

Enjoying Beautiful Lake Erie

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. Paddleboard, jet-ski, get on a fishing charter and land some Walleye, the possibilities are endless. There are also some Put-in-Bay events that feature the lake, such as the I-LYA Regattas, 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 right in these very waters.

Run, Jump, Swim and Kick!

Sports fans and athletes will find plenty to do on the island as well. Put-in-Bay hosts not one, but two volleyball tournaments each summer. There’s also a huge 6v6 soccer tournament that draws hundreds of teams from all over the region. Multiple 5k’s happen on both South Bass and Middle Bass Island. There are softball tournaments, historical recreations of early 1900’s baseball and more.

A Put-in-Bay Event For Everyone!

This is really just scratching the surface of Put-in-Bay events on offer. There’s so many more, like the Stargazing Cruise, the famous Pig Roast and more. So 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!