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.
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. And what better thought than giving her some mellow Put-in-Bay time before the busy season starts at Put-in-Bay!
This annual event is recognized across many boating communities worldwide dating back to ancient times as a way to safeguard the fleet against the coming year’s storms and protect the boats from harm. Local clergy from St Paul’s and Mother of Sorrows churches will be on hand to bless the vessels that service South Bass Island including Coast Guard watercraft and Life Flight helicopters.
Please stop by if you are in town and enjoy some hot coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies on the dock along with friendly camaraderie. The event starts at approximately 11:00 AM.
The Perry’s Victory Visitor Center and Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Stop by and go to the top for the best view of the Lake Erie islands and on a good day, you can even see Canada! This is one of the best photo opportunities on the island.
The Visitors Center offers a free display of artifacts and information about the history behind Perry’s Monument. There is a large glass window the Admiral Perry in front of it to view the Monument from the Visitors Center.
Teachers and schools often bring their students to Put-in-Bay for historical visits. Perry’s Victory Memorial plays a big part in one of the educational experiences of a lifetime for many students. Park Rangers often offer free ranger-led activities for organized school and youth groups. Please contact them for specific information about the programs and to schedule a ranger program (preferably at least two weeks in advance of the planned field trip).
Downtown Put-in-Bay businesses and island residents join together for one gigantic sale on Saturday. Take advantage of great discounts on merchandise and various island treasures. The annual sale starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM. Maps with locations of the garage sales will be distributed the day of the event.
Make sure you stop by the Chamber of Commerce office downtown (next to the Village Bakery, behind the Tour Train and Ferry Buy stop) to pick up a map of locations. They usually also post it on their website and it will be available here when it is ready.
If you are a guest of the Island Club or Put-in-Bay Condos, you can rent a golf cart onsite at either property to get around the island and pick up some hidden gems at these garage sales. If you are staying downtown, check out the Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Depot for hourly or daily rentals. This is a great chance to discover the island, meet some local residents, and go home with one-of-a-kind island memorabilia.
This special weekend is an island celebration that commemorates over 2 centuries of peace between the United States, Canada and Great Britain. In Canada, Victoria Day honors Queen Victoria’s birthday. There will be historical activities in and around the monument, and if you are more adventurous then you can take part in the Annual Victoria Weekend “Put-in-Bay Downtown Scavenger Hunt”.
The Scavenger Hunt takes place from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Saturday and is open to the public. The best part is that it all takes place on golf carts! Be sure to reserve your golf cart online by visiting the new Delaware Cart Rentals golf cart rental website.
One of the most popular weekends of the year at Put-in-Bay, Memorial Day is a three day weekend that many families enjoy as an end of school year and start of summer vacation. Put-in-Bay’s most popular entertainers return to the island this weekend, many with multiple shows!
Make sure to book your hotel, house, and condo reservations early so you don’t miss out on the fun! Many hotels require a 3-night minimum for the holiday weekend. The major home and condo rental locations usually require just 2.
***Insider Hint… Sundays at Put-in-Bay are one of the BEST days to visit and stay on the island! Whether you are adding on a Sunday to a weekend reservation, or starting a nice family midweek stay, Sundays offer usually the same entertainment as the weekend, but at a more mellow pace***
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. A quick trip to the island (Put-in-Bay, Ohio) is a great excursion during this fun week of motorcycle madness!
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 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 all of the public and private docks in downtown Put-in-Bay.
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 National Park will open the festival grounds at 11 AM and the music will begin at 12 noon.