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.

Freedom Concert

7/4/20 - 7/4/20

july 4th fireworks

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. The concert usually lasts about 90 minutes and is very family friendly. Bring a blanket and a folding chair and enjoy Put-in-Bay!

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

Fourth of July Fireworks

7/4/20 - 7/4/20

july 4th at put in bay

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....

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

The Put-in-Bay Cup (Soccer Challenge)

7/11/20 - 7/12/20

6x6 soccer tourney

For over a decade, 6v6Soccer.com has been running this soccer party at Put-in-Bay. 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 Commodore 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...

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

Put-in-Bay Annual Jeep Invasion

7/18/20 - 7/19/20

Jeep Invasion

FRIDAY: Get on the Ferry early! 4PM drone photo at 1351 Langram Rd, Put In Bay, OH 43456 Meet & Greet 5-8 PM light dinner will be served as you pick up pre-ordered T-shirts and goodie bags. Shelter House 1 at the campground. South Bass Island State Park. 4 grills available if you want to cook something else too. SATURDAY: 10:00am-12:30 Show N Shine at Heinemans Winery. Trophies given immediately after. Take group photos, pick up T-shirts and goodie bags. Prizes from our sponsors and remaining T-shirts will be given out starting 7pm at Joe's Bar right by the campground. They...

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Put-in-Bay Garden Club Home and Garden Tour

7/22/20 - 7/22/20

Put-in-Bay garden club

Every other year, some lucky visitors get to see six beautiful properties featured on the Put-in-Bay Garden Club Home & Garden Tour, including the Benson Ford Ship House. The next one will take place in 2020. Find more info and next year's dates at www.putinbaygardenclub.com The Put-in-Bay Garden Club, organized in 2009, is proud of our island and seeks to continually enhance its natural beauty.  Our efforts are enjoyed by island residents and the many summer visitors who boat, ferry, or fly to the island.  Recognizing the uniqueness of the community and its surroundings, the PIB Garden Club came into existence to help ensure...

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

ILYA Junior Sailing Regattas

7/19/20 - 7/23/20

blessing of the fleet

***Cancelled - Please Check for 2021 Dates*** 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...

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

World Ranger Day

7/31/20 - 7/31/20

junior ranger DAY

Around the globe, park rangers are on the front line in the fight to protect our natural heritage. World Ranger Day offers a chance to support their vital work, which ranges from environmental campaigning to education. The day is also an opportunity to pay tribute to rangers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. It’s estimated there are more than 100,000 reserves, parks and protected areas around the world, with the oldest national park being Yellowstone in the US. World Ranger Day is organised by the International Ranger Federation and was first held in 2007. At Put-in-Bay,...

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

JF Walleyes 5K

8/2/20 - 8/2/20

jf walleyes 5k

J.F. Walleye's will kick off the Annual 5k run on the first Sunday of August 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.

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

Annual Miller Boatline Stargazing Cruise

8/3/20 - 8/3/20

stargazing cruise

This annual event occurs on the first Monday in August at 8pm. The cost: Adults - $20, Kids - $10. The ferry cruise will leave from the downtown Miller Boat Line dock on Put-in-Bay at sunset. The stars will light up the sky as Cleveland State University instructor and astronomer, Jay Reynolds, will engage with the guests sharing information about the night sky, planets, and stars. Passengers will have an amazing opportunity to enjoy the show from outer space as the ferry boat travels around the Lake Erie Islands. Heineman Winery is donating wine. Delicious hors d’oeuvres will be donated...

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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.