Events

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.

Easter Sunday

4/12/20 - 4/12/20

Easter Sunday

Easter, also called Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. Most Christians refer to the week before Easter as "Holy Week" - it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday, commemorating the Maundy and Last Supper, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the...

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Whiskey Light at the Roundhouse Bar

4/18/20 - 4/18/20

whiskey light party

The lighting of the Whiskey Light over the Roundhouse Bar entrance is an island tradition that dates back dozens of years. It is an acknowledgement to boaters and islanders alike that "the bar is now open" and the season has begun. The actual lighting usually happens around 2 PM and there is always some unique entertainer playing music and entertaining the crowd to open the season. Visit our entertainment page for additional information and to see who is playing. (please contact management to see if this event has been rescheduled)

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The Roundhouse, Delaware Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH, United States
216-898-9951

Mr Ed’s Annual Island Pajama Party

4/18/20 - 4/18/20

mr eds put-in-bay pajama party

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 Annual pajama party weekend! Great prizes, contests, and entertainment! Hotels offer discounted rates for this fun early season event. There is usually a DJ and a band playing all weekend for your musical entertainment. Book your room now at Commodore Resort or by calling 419-285-3101.

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Commodore Resort Hotel, Delaware Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH, United States
216-898-9951

All Sport FUNdamentals Put-in-Bay Draft Day 5k FUN Run

4/25/20 - 4/25/20

put in bay triathlon

All Sport FUNdamentals and the Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers are proud to present the Annual Draft Day 5k! The race will take place on the last Saturday in April at 9:45am on the historic island of Put-in-Bay, Ohio. Whether you plan to run or walk come race and then celebrate the NFL draft with us! Every participant will receive an Official Draft Day 5k Jersey, free lunch, drink discounts, tickets into a raffle for Cleveland Browns autographed footballs, framed and signed pictures and more! This event will benefit the Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers. Your support of this race...

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Put-in-Bay, OH, United States
216-898-9951

Bachelor/Bachelorette Weekend #2

4/24/20 - 4/26/20

bachelorettes at island club

The second of two popular weekends to gather with friends and family to celebrate upcoming weddings, groups enjoy early season rates and specials. Be sure to book early!

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Put-in-Bay, OH, United States
216-898-9951

Official Original Put-in-Bay Spring Fling 2020 at the Island Club!

5/1/20 - 5/2/20

put-in-bay fall ball party

The season is afoot with the welcoming of the Put in Bay Spring Fling Customer Appreciation Party at the Island Club.  This annual event has steadfastly become the Official start to the tourist season on the island.  For over 20 years, friends have come together on the first weekend in May for a weekend of live entertainment, cold drinks and great times. Put in Bay Spring Fling 2020 Hot Take Official Spring Fling held at the Island Club Exclusive Access for Put-In-Bay Hotels and Put-In-Bay Homes Affiliates Live Music from at least 2 Acts Icy Cold Beer Great American Cookout...

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Island Club Home Rentals, Put-In-Bay Road, Put-in-Bay, OH, United States
216-898-9951

Cinco de Mayo

5/5/20 - 5/5/20

Cinco De Mayo

You may not think of Put-in-Bay when you think of Cinco de Mayo, but rest assured, we know how to celebrate! From Rita's Cantina to Big Man's Burrito Stand, and every place in between, the island restaurants and bars open their doors and welcome everyone. Just like St. Patrick's Day when everyone is Irish, today everyone is Mexican on the island! Join us for the festivities!

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Put-in-Bay, OH, United States
216-898-9951

Put-in-Bay’s Mardi Gras Weekend

5/8/20 - 5/9/20

putinbay mardi gras party

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 most popular weekends for those about to be married to celebrate their upcoming nuptials at Put-in-Bay.

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Put-in-Bay, OH, United States
216-898-9951

Mother’s Day

5/10/20 - 5/10/20

mother of sorrows put-in-bay catholic church

What better way to surprise Mom than to bring her up to Put-in-Bay for the weekend?!? Mother's Day is always an exciting weekend up on the island as most all of the shops have just opened up and there are sales on brand new Put-in-Bay gear and clothing all over the island! Plan a Mother's Day trip to Put-in-Bay today, and treat Mom well. She will appreciate the thought and more importantly she will enjoy the time with her family on a nice little staycation close to home. Mother's Day doesn't have to be expensive, it needs to be thoughtful....

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Put-in-Bay, OH, United States
216-898-9951

A Summer Full of Put-in-Bay Events

Put in Bay Sunset

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.