One of the most popular weekends of the year at Put-in-Bay, this three day weekend is many families end of school year and start of summer vacations. Put-in-Bay’s most popular entertainers return to the island this weekend, many with multiple shows! Make sure to book your hotel reservations early so you don’t miss out on the fun! Memorial Day Services honoring our Veterans are held at the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial visitor’s center plaza, with a full agenda of events planned for the whole weekend, especially Saturday. On Monday there will be a Memorial Day Parade featuring antique and classic cars, and also the usual Sunday Skip Duggan Car Club’s Classic Car Parade at 2:30 PM.
Ohio Bike Week began as the North Coast Thunder Rally & Ohio State H.O.G. Rally in 1999 and 2000. In 2006, North Coast Thunder Rally was rebranded as Ohio Bike Week. Since then, Ohio Bike Week has become a 10-day premier event planned around the dates for the AHDRA Ohio Bike Week Nationals. The Rally on the Rock portion of Bike Week started when bikers discovered the fun and entertainment to be had on South Bass Island at Put-in-Bay. Ohio Bike Week offers many days of great activities, entertainment and rides-Many at NO CHARGE.
Island bikers can enjoy a Hog Roast in DeRivera Park from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM & entertainment from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Sunday. There are many contests, prizes, and live music. Donations will be accepted for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The fun continues with the island’s second Scavenger Hunt of the season, except this one takes place on bikes! Bikers will begin Sunday at 3:00 PM from the Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center and tour the island on the scavenger hunt which concludes at 5:30 PM at the Blue Marlin Bar & Grill at the PIB Resort. Winners will be announced and prizes handed out.
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.
Family friendly New Blue Grass Festival at Perrys Victory. Excellent music, entertainment, food, drink, and a cornhole tournament. Check back soon for featured bands!
“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.” The National Park will open the festival grounds at 11 am and the music will begin at noon.
Both the food booths and the Beverage Tent will open at 11 am. The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society will operate the festival’s Beverage Tent again this year with the bulk of the proceeds benefiting the historical society museum
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. Eds is the new 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. More information available soon!
The South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous at Put-in-Bay 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 their own water based activities, but join our land based social functions.
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. 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 enforced.
One of the most entertaining and heartfelt weekends of the Put-in-Bay 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.
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 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.
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, clay work and print making. The Park supplies art materials and space on the back porch of the Perry’s Monument Visitor Center for this program that is open to the general public. There are two sessions offered each day. The first is 10 am to noon, and the second is from 1 pm to 3 pm.