Happy New Year's Day to all our friends from PutInBay.com! The new year is upon us and we officially start placing deposits for your 2018 summer reservations. It may be cold and snowy where you are today, but close your eyes and think ahead to a sunny vacation at Put-in-Bay Ohio! For home rentals, please call 216-898-9951. For waterfront condo rentals, please call 216-898-1105. For hotel reservations, please call 888-742-7829 or 419-285-3101. We look forward to saying hi!
History: Groundhog Day is a popular observance in many parts of the United States. Although some states have in some cases adopted their own groundhogs, the official groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, lives at Gobbler's Knob near Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The town has attracted thousands of visitors over the years to experience various Groundhog Day events and activities on February 2. The movie "Groundhog Day" from 1993, starring comedian Bill Murray, made Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania famous worldwide.
14th Annual Put-in-Bay Days in Key West
Sloppy Joe's Bar has bottled up a bit of Lake Erie's summer and will open it up in Key West Florida from February 8th - February 10th to celebrate one island's culture to the other. Put-in-Bay's best entertainers perform alongside Key West's most popular performers. Scheduled to perform again this year are the absolute best performers that Put-in-Bay Ohio has to offer: the infamous Pat Dailey, Pete and Wayne, Ray Fogg, and island legend Bob Gatewood. Take it from us, if you want to go then book your hotel rooms NOW rather than later, because finding last minute accommodations is near impossible (we tried last year)! This event is a great way to put some Put-in-Bay fun into a long winter season and see your island friends that you don't usually see between seasons.
Valentines Day is a time to celebrate romance and love and kissy-face fealty. But the origins of this festival of candy and cupids are actually dark, bloody - and a bit muddled. The ancient Romans may be responsible for the name of our modern day of love. Emperor Claudius II executed two men - both named Valentine - on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentines Day. Today, the holiday is big business... Valentines Day sales are expected to total $18.6 billion.
Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival as it?s been called since the 20th century, remains the most important social and economic holiday in China. Originally tied to the lunar-solar Chinese calendar, the holiday was a time to honor household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors. It was also a time to bring family together for feasting. With the popular adoption in China of the Western calendar in 1912, the Chinese joined in celebrating January 1 as New Year's Day. China, however, continues to celebrate the traditional Chinese New Year, although in a shorter version with a new name?the Spring Festival. 2018 is the Year of the Dog, for all you Chinese Restaurant placemat observers.
Burning Snowman Festival 2018
This new Winter Festival will happen at Docks Beach House in Port Clinton Ohio. The date is FEBRUARY 24TH. For any questions or concerns, please contact us at https://www.facebook.com/BurningSnowman/. Call for Hotel Rooms, starting at $119.95+tax, at 419-732-2645. For any other questions or concerns, please call Chassey at 419-357-6247 or email us at email@example.com. You can view/print a flyer for the event here: BURNING SNOWMAN FLYER
Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of setting the clocks forward 1 hour from standard time during the summer months, and back again in the fall, in order to make better use of natural daylight. "Spring forward, fall back" is one of the little sayings used to remember which way to set your watch.
St. Patrick's Day at the Bay!
If you can make it across the ice, then come bring your friends and join the islanders for an Irish themed day at the Bay! There are a couple bars open over the winter and on this special day they both turn green. We may be close to Canada, but everyone here is Irish for a day. There will be a few Put-in-Bay lodging choices open for guests for this traditional holiday. Book securely online or give us a jingle at 216-898-9951 to inquire.
Put-in-Bay 2018 Season
Put-in-Bay Ohio is a seasonal vacation destination in the Lake Erie Islands. Close to Ohio, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Indian, Illinois, West Virginia, and Kentucky but also drawing Spring fishermen from Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa for the excellent Walleye fishing. Each weekend at Put-in-Bay is a different themes event, so check our full Calendar of Events for options from Christmas in July to Pyrate Fest to the infamous Spring Fling Customer Appreciation Party. Visit Put-in-Bay Ohio in 2018 for a great staycation!
April Fools Day
Put-in-Bay will be closed for renovations until early October this year. Just kidding, April Fools! :)
Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his cruxifixion. Easter is the fulfilled prophecy of the Messiah who would be persecuted, die for our sins, and rise on the third day. (Isaiah 53). Remembering the resurrection of Jesus is a way to renew daily hope that we have victory over sin and is celebrated at both island churches in fine form, Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church and St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Please join us!
Enjoy great weekend entertainment and if fishing is your sport of choice there is no better Walleye fishing than the waters surrounding Put-in-Bay. Enjoy reduced fishermen rates at Put-in-Bay Ohio's most popular lodgings such as the Island Club Home Rentals which open early to accommodate our early visitors! Just click a link above and book your Early Spring fun trip today!!
Bachelor/Bachelorette Weekend #1
One of the most popular weekends for celebrating upcoming nuptials with friends. April has lower rates and is a perfect time to visit and enjoy some quality time with your best men and women. It is an island season starter with some great hotel and rental home rates.
Whiskey Light at the Roundhouse Bar
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.
Tax History: In 1913 Tax Day, or the filing deadline, was fixed on March 1. However, it was moved to March 15 in 1918 and April 15 in 1955, where it has remained since then. If April 15 falls on a Saturday (like it does this year), Sunday or a civil holiday, such as Patriot's Day, the deadline is extended to the next working day.
Mr Ed's 13th Annual Island 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 13th 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.
Bachelor/Bachelorette Weekend #2
The second of two popular early season weekends to gather with friends and family to celebrate upcoming weddings. This weekend sees lots of various bachelor and bachelorette groups enjoying the island as businesses start to open. Our groups enjoy early season rates and specials during this time. Be sure to book early as this popular weekend fills up!
There have been many ways to celebrate this special day and give back to Mother Earth. In 2015, the Lake Erie Islands Chapter of the Black Swamp Conservancy held a work day at the Jane Coates Wildflower Trail on Put-in-Bay Road. In 2012, Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial hosted Earth-friendly activities including a Junior Ranger Jamboree, garlic mustard pull and more.
All Sport FUNdamentals Put-in-Bay 4th Annual Draft Day 5k FUN Run
All Sport FUNdamentals and the Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers are proud to present the 4th Annual Draft Day 5k! The race will take place on Saturday, April 28th 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 is greatly appreciated as all proceeds from the race will go directly to the Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers. For more information and to register please visit All Sports Timing & Race Management website at: www.allsportsraces.com.
Part of the 338th US Army Command Reserve Band will be playing in the park from 8 AM to 12 PM while the Draft Day 5k is taking place.
What is the Spring Fling? It is a big block party that usually attracts over 1700 people for 2 days of free adult beverages, and a Saturday full of free food and awesome live entertainment to start the season off right! As a bonus for those who will be heading downtown, many island businesses offer great discounts on food and merchandise for party attendees who show their wristbands! Stay tuned for the special guest band --- CHECK BACK SOON!
Remember, book EARLY as this weekend fills fast! For home rentals right at the party & Waterfront Condos, please call 216-898-9951. For Commodore & Victory Station hotel reservations downtown, please call 419-285-3101.For PIB Resort/Bay Lodging hotel reservations, please call 888-742-7829.
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 in style for this Mexican-themed holiday! 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. Patty's Day, today everyone is Mexican on the island! Join us for the festivities and don't forget to enjoy the tequila!
31st Annual Blessing of the Fleet
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 the Miller Ferry, Jet Express, 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.
Put-in-Bay Resort's Corn Hole Tournament!
Compete for cash and prizes in the 7th Annual Put-in-Bay Resort Corn Hole Tournament at Put-in-Bay, sponsored by Budweiser. This incredible event takes place at the Put-in-Bay Resort on their large open pool deck. When staying at one of the sponsor lodging facilities (the Put-in-Bay Resort and the Bay Lodging Resort) entry is FREE!!! There is over $2,000 in cash and prizes including a $500.00 first prize, weekend getaway packages, Jet Express tickets, dinner packages and more! (Please note: entry positions are limited to guests of the above hotels only.)
Saturday night, after the Kings (or Queens) of Cornhole are crowned, everyone is invited to Mr Ed''s Bar & Grille for an all-night party with live entertainment and reduced drink prices!
For additional information, please call 1-888-742-7829 and inquire.
Put-in-Bay's Mardi Gras Weekend
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 Ohio.
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 2018 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.
Victoria Day Weekend
This special weekend is an island celebration that commemorates over 2 centuries of peace between the United States, Canada and Great Britain. There will be historical activities in and around the monument. This is by far one of the best kept secrets on South Bass Island if you are looking for fun. Victoria Day is also a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday preceding May 25, in honor of Queen Victoria's birthday.
Perry's Victory Visitor Center Opens
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! Renovation work from 2017 is now completed and the monument is back open for tours and visitation.
Island Wide Garage Sale
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 10:00 AM, and ends at 4:00 PM. Maps with locations of the garage sales will be distributed the day of the event. Don't miss the big bargains at the Heritage Resale Shop at the Historical Museum.
Memorial Day Weekend
One of the most popular holiday weekends of the year at Put-in-Bay, this three day weekend is many family's 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 home rental and motel 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 afternoon Skip Duggan Car Club Classic Car Parade at 2:30 PM.
24th Annual Phlocking of the Phaithful
*Please stay tuned for event updates* 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! The Reel Bar is the 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.
2018 Invitational Mills Trophy Race
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.
14th Annual South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous
This will be year number 14 celebrating the South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous as 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. For beginners there are paddling opportunities within the Put-in-Bay Harbor, for intermediate paddlers, there are miles of island coastline to paddle and for experienced paddlers there are dozens of open water crossings between islands to explore.
Put in Bay Music Festival
Put-in-Bay Ohio is bringing some new and exciting musical talent to the island this summer. They include bluegrass, new grass, folk, zydeco and rhythm & blues. Island visitors will get to experience all this for free this summer as the island kicks off 2018 with the first Put-in-Bay Music Festival on Saturday, June 9th, at Perry?s Victory & International Peace Memorial here on South Bass Island. There is also a huge corn hole "tournament" held on the grass lawn in front of the Monument.
Wild Tuesdays Week 1
The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. Week 1 features a whale of a topic: Plankton! Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.
Speaker: Professor of Biology, Defiance College- Dr. Doug Kane
44th Annual Jose DeRivera Founders Day Celebration
One of the most entertaining and heartfelt weekends of the 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.
Put-in-Bay Pooch Parade
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. This is always a great family event sponsored by Mother of Sorrows church. No cats allowed.
History: Father's Day was not celebrated in the US, outside Catholic traditions, until the 20th century. As a civic celebration in the US, it was inaugurated in the early 20th century to complement Mother's Day by celebrating fathers and male parenting. Tthe first observance of a "Father's Day" was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia, in the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, mourning the loss in December 1907 of the Monongah Mining Disaster in West Virginia which killed 361 men, 250 of them fathers, leaving around a thousand fatherless children.
Arts on Erie Week
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 24th at 6 p.m. at the same location.
Wild Tuesdays Week 2
The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. Week 2: The birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees... well, at least Bees! Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.
Speaker: Owner of BeeOlogy - Dave Duncan
Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration with U.S. Brig Niagara
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 3rd 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 June 22-24 and will encompass the visit of the US Brig Niagara as well as Put-in-Bay's 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.
The Niagara is scheduled to arrive on Friday, June 22, weather permitting, and will offer dockside tours on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at Foxs Dock where Niagara is berthed. Tickets are available for a Day Sail aboard Niagara. Tickets are $100 per person. This is a hands on sail experience for ages 12 yrs and up.
10th Annual Pyrate Fest Weekend at the Bay
Pyrates invade Put-in-Bay's downtown harbor for the 10th year in a row on Friday at 4:00 PM to open the 2018 Put-in-Bay Pirate Fest. Saturday is a fun-packed day for the kids and adults alike with a Pirate Parade wandering around the park downtown and a Costume Contest for both kids and adults. The best adult costume wins a trip to the Cayman Islands! Sunday is the third annual 5K Pyrate Run & Fun Walk benefiting Stein Hospice. There is a Pyrate marketplace and displays, a kid's fun fest and black powder firing demonstrations every day during the event. Thursday evening kicks off the event with the infamous Cardboard Boat Races at 6:00 PM in the downtown harbor. Discover many fun pirate events such as reenactors demonstrating sword fighting techniques and the art of skullduggary. Kids can practice with foam swords too!
Wild Tuesdays Week 3
The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. Everyone says that the Bird is the word, so that's our topic of the week! Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.
Speaker: Ohio Bluebird Society's Madame Wing-Nut- Paula Ziebarth
Canada Day is the national day of Canada. A federal statutory holiday, it celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the Constitution Act, which united the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada. Originally called Dominion Day, the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed.
Wild Tuesdays Week 4
The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. Don't get freaked out, but our topic this week is SPIDERS!!! Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.
Speaker: Ohio State University- Dr. Richard Bradley
Fourth of July Fireworks
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. Music from the Perry's Visitor Center accompanies the beautiful display.
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. A perfect opportunity to share the island life with kids and family reunions.
Wild Tuesdays Week 5
The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. Ever wonder why Dragonflies have 4 wings? They are our weekly topic. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.
Speaker: Lake Erie Islands Conservancy- Lisa Brohl
Topic: Dragon and Damselflies
The Put-in-Bay Cup (Soccer Challenge)
For over a decade, 6v6Soccer.com has been running this soccer party. 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 Bay Lodging 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 rooms early as they fill up fast on this beautiful summer weekend. Players from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia and Canada are expected to compete once again.
ILYA Junior Sailing Regattas
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. ILYA Junior Sailing Regatta is a great event for the kids. 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 of sails, and sleek racing craft.
Intro to Nature Camp for age 4-6
3 DAYS FOR 60 MIN. - 9:00 TO 10:00. The Nature Camp mission is to encourage children's natural curiosity of the outdoors by engaging them in fun and educational activities. The Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center has successfully been doing this since 2003. Topics we have covered over the years have been bats, snakes, turtles, fish, butterflies and moths, slugs, caves, and much more. Last year Nature Camp learned all about trees and birds!
My 1st Nature Camp for age 4-6
3 DAYS FOR 90 MIN. - GRP 1: 10:30 TO 12:00, GRP 2: 1:30 TO 3:00. Last year, on the first two days camp was at the Wildlife Center. Lester Peyton and Kate Zimmerman from the Black Swamp Bird Observatory came and did programs on owls and showed the kids different nest types. Our campers had the opportunity to touch the different nests and feel the different nesting materials birds use. On the third day of camp Ranger Kathy Holbrook hosted camp at Perry's Monument. She had a variety of activities for the kids so they could learn more about trees and the benefits they provide for us and wildlife.
Wild Tuesdays Week 6
The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. Sunshine makes everyone happy and helps make our plants grow, and it is our topic this week! Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.
Speaker: Cleveland State University- Jay Reynolds
Christmas in July
This is by far the biggest and best weekends at Put-in-Bay all summer long! We've even been voted "Best Place for Christmas in July"! The Christmas spirit floods the community and everywhere you look there is an elf or Santa peeking out of a doorway. Island businesses go all out and decorate just like it was the real Christmas. Garland, lights, bells, and Santa hats abound. Holiday drinks are on the menu at most of the local watering holes and island hotels and rental homes are filled to capacity. On Sunday the Christmas themed car parade excites and delights island visitors young and old. These are by far the busiest weekends of the season so plan ahead accordingly! Hotels and rental homes sell out months in advance, and it is not uncommon for the best hotels and homes to be sold out by February!!! For rental home or waterfront condo rentals, please call 216-898-9951. For hotel reservations, please call 419-285-3101 or 419-285-7427.
Environmental Adventure Camp I for age 7-10
4 DAYS FOR 120 MIN. - 1:30 TO 3:30. Environmental Adventure Camp I for age 7-10. Last year, the 1st day was spent at Scheeff East Point Preserve to band birds. We banded golden finches, tree swallows, and a yellow warbler! The 2nd day we enjoyed a kayaking adventure from Kayak the Bay; with a pre-trip talk about safety, gear, parts of the boat, paddling, and what happens if we fall out of our kayak. The 3rd and 4th days EAC I camped out at the State Park.
Wild Tuesdays Week 7
The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. Week 7 features reptiles and amphibians, so get your slithering ready! Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.
Speaker: Maumee Bay State Park Naturalist
Topic: Reptiles and Amphibians
Put-in-Bay Garden Club Home and Garden Tour
On July 25th, meet at the Crews Nest Pavilion at 9:45am for check-in to see six beautiful properties featured on the PIB Garden Club Home & Garden Tour, including the Benson Ford Ship House. $35 for the Tour and Lunch. Limited space available. Reservation deadline is July 16. Choose your option to reserve and pay for tickets at www.putinbaygardenclub.com
3rd Annual Put-in-Bay Jeep Invasion
2018 Put-in-Bay Jeep Bash!
FRIDAY: Get on the Ferry early! Meet & Greet 5-8 PM light dinner will be served as you pick up T-shirts and registration packets. Shelter House 1 at the campground. South Bass Island State Park. 4 grills available if you want to cook something else too.
SATURDAY: 10 AM-12:30 PM Show N Shine at Heinemans Winery. Prizes given immediately after. Take group photos, pick up T-shirts, stickers and scavenger hunt sheets. Scavenger hunt ends at 5 PM. Scavenger hunt prizes and leftover T-shirts handed out 7 PM at T&J's Smokehouse.
SUNDAY: Island Car Parade 1 PM Twine Shanty (just North of the Miller Ferry dock). Jeeps joining existing weekly parade. Parade departs at 2 PM.
Environmental Adventure Camp II for age 11-14
4 DAYS FOR 120 MIN. - 10:00 TO 12:00. Environmental Adventure Camp II for age 11-14. Last year, the first day was spent at Scheeff East Point Preserve to band birds. We banded golden finches, tree swallows, and a yellow warbler! What a great time for the kids! The second day we enjoyed a kayaking adventure from Kayak the Bay; with a pre-trip talk about safety, gear, parts of the boat, paddling, and what happens if we fall out of our kayak. The third and fourth days EAC II camped out on Middle Bass Island at the State Park.
World Ranger Day
Celebration of rangers from around the world working in parks and preserves. World Ranger Day both commemorates Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and celebrates the critical work Rangers do to protect the world's natural and cultural treasures. The first World Ranger Day was observed in 2007 on the 15th anniversary of the founding of the IRF.
Wild Tuesdays Week 8
The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. If you are excited about Caves, then this is your week! Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.
Speaker: Author of The Caves of Put-in-Bay - Amy Huston
Topic: Caves of Put-in-Bay
ILYA Senior Sailing Regattas
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. The Seniors really rock this regatta weekend! 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 of sails, and sleek racing craft.
JF Walleyes 5K
J.F. Walleye's will kick off the 35th annual 5k run on Sunday, August 4 2018 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.
Island Green Week
Island Green Week on Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Islands this summer will make you remember what you loved most about the islands as a kid - water, rocks, cliffs, caves, kayaking, meteor showers, moss, moonlit nights, beach bonfires, cozy camping, swimming, beach combing, cottaging with your family, ferry rides, staying the night at the lake and nature. Lets do it all over again during Island Green Week, August 4th through the 11th, 2018, on Middle Bass Island and Put-in-Bay in Lake Erie, Ohio. Three of the biggest organizations and proponents of nature on the Erie Isles have teamed together to bring you some great activities during this week-long event. Experience a taste of the unique wine culture, an island-style pig roast, kayaking a Great Lake, and a dedication of the newest lakefront nature preserve on Put-in-Bay. See wildlife, flora and fauna. Sail on a meteor shower cruise, and by special invitation explore, tour and hike island places people would not normally see. Island Green Week includes activities for adults, families and children. Special pricing and coupons for events, restaurants, transportation and entrance fees will be available for Green Week participants.
Traditionally sponsored by the Roundhouse Bar, this popular island event is held both on the main strip of Delaware Avenue and inside the red round bar. This friendly but vigorous competition begins at 7:00 PM with a traditional parade around the park and the lighting of the Olympic torch while the national anthem is recited. Almost all of the local bars and restaurants perform unique skits and zany theatrics as they compete for prestige and honor. Events include the parade skit, keg roll, can carry, bartender song, best drink pour, bartender trivia, and the best drink (using the host liquor company's product, of course!). MC'd by Ray Fogg and "Duff", this event always draws a huge crowd to enjoy the fun and silliness. POSSIBLY CANCELLED! (please contact Roundhouse Bar management to see if this event has been rescheduled)
Wild Tuesdays Week 9
The purpose is to educate visitors on Ohio's native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience. There is always an amazing group of speakers who come out for each individual topic. This is week 9 and we feature Snakes. Weekly topics last year included: Salamanders, Invasive Species, Snakes, Sunny Days, Birds, Bats, Fish, and Dragonflies. These programs are sponsored by: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, and Miller Boat Line.
Speaker: OSU's Stone Laboratory
13th Annual Lake Erie Islands Historical Society's "Auction for History"
This annual auction benefits the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum and begins at 6:30 PM. Viewing of the items for auction begins at 4:00 PM. Bidders can preview live auction items and bid on silent auction items Thursday night, August 9, at 4:00 PM. at the auction site. The auction will be held at the auction site. Check the museum website, leihs.org for more info.
6th Annual Pig Roast
The success of the 5th Annual Pig Roast for the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center is a reflection of the increasing dedication and enthusiasm from the volunteers and donors who helped to make the event great. Each year the event is hosted at the Goat Soup and Whiskey. Amy Huston made all of the desserts, Pepsi donated all of the water, and the Put-in-Bay Fire Department provided the tables! The entertainment was provided by Ray Fogg and Drew LaPlante. The auction items that we had donated were very nice!
ILYA Power Boating Regattas
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. If you have a power boat and you have the time, join ILYA and race the lakes! 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 of sails, and sleek racing craft.
6th Annual Stargazing Cruise
Last year, there was a slight breeze for the Stargazing Cruise, about 75 degrees at sunset, there was a nice lightning show to the south of us but we had extraordinary clear skies for viewing the stars! Around 200 people came aboard the Miller Boat Line's MV South Bass to enjoy the event. Snacks were provided by the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, and wine from Heineman's Winery. Hosts roamed among the passengers to answer questions and tell stories about the constellations, moon, and stars. We were able to see twelve of the Lake Erie Islands during the cruise. A special thanks to Miller Boat Line.
Put-In-Bay "Classic" Volleyball Tournament
A truly "classic" Volleyball tournament on the island. 30+ teams play a one day co-ed tournament on the Urge Family field across from PitStop Gas Station. To register go to volleyballassociates.com. House rental reservations should be made early for this large event by calling 216-898-9951.
13th Annual Key West Days at Put-in-Bay
Island entertainers who perform on Put-in-Bay in the summer and in Key West in the winter will participate in the annual "Key West Days at Put-in-Bay." Key West held its first "Put-in-Bay Days" in February of 2005 with a huge turnout of northerners seeking to escape the winter cold. Check our entertainment page for schedules and look for Mike "Mad Dog" Adams, Pete & Wayne, Ray Fogg and Bob Gatewood when you visit the island!
Volleyball Battle on Put-In-Bay
For more than 25 years, volleyball players have competed in this day long tournament that is so big, it is held both at McCann Field on Toledo Avenue near downtown Put-in-Bay and over on the high school softball field. Over 2,500 players compete in numerous divisions including Open, A, BB, B, C, "Rec"reational. The rules are simple: Co-ed 6s grass; minimum of 2 women on the court; USAV outdoor rules apply; there will NOT be a girl hit rule. The event is sponsored by Lakeview Beach Volleyball. For rental home or waterfront condo rentals call 216-898-9951. Hotel reservations can be made early for this large event by calling 419-285-3101 or 419-285-7427.
Senior Citizens Day
This day honors and celebrates our older visitors who enjoy coming to the island year after year. Many are snow birds and enjoy the warm temperate Lake Erie summers before going down to Florida to get some more sun while the island gets all icy. This is a great day to visit the Bay and enjoy all the sights and sounds and maybe even discover a new favorite spot!
Perry's Victory Triathlon, Duathalon & Family Races at Put-in-Bay
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 Run and a 5k Run/Walk. For more information and to register please visit All Sports Timing & Race Management website: www.allsportsraces.com.
6th Annual 3W2 FLY-IN
*Please stay tuned for event updates* 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. Aviation meets stylish automobiles at the 6th 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 3/21 is an asphalt runway in excellent condition and is 2,870' X 75'. Monitor 122.8 and look for our volunteers who will assist with parking. 25 cent per gallon fuel discounts available at nearby KPCW (Port Clinton) if you attend the 3W2 Fly-in!
Annual Labor Day Bash at the Bay Weekend
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 entertainer, munch on one of Mr. Ed's famous hamburgers, sip down some lobster bisque, or hang out at the infamous MIST Saturday pool party. This weekend always fills up, so plan ahead!
Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend
Put-in-Bay celebrates the 203rd 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. Since then, there have been 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 annual camporee on Lake Erie.
Art In The Park
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. 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.
Local and regional dignitaries 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.
Muffins vs. Mossbacks Historical Baseball Game
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. Refreshments are available with all proceeds benefitting the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum. The event sponsor is the Miller Boat Line.
45th Annual New Year's at the BAY!!
The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to enjoy Monte Carlo casino style gambling on this mock New Years evening. The fun takes place in downtown Put-in-Bay on Delaware Avenue from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Saturday night where they close off the street and set up the tables. The boaters in the Put-in-Bay harbor decorate for this fun festive occasion as this started as a boater tradition. Book your Put-in-Bay hotel or home rental accommodations early as this is one of the year's most popular weekends!
15th Annual Miller Boat Line 5K Race
Join more than 700 runners in the 14th Annual 5K at Put in Bay on Saturday September 15. This is a challenging race around the most picturesque island in Lake Erie. Miller Boat Line sponsors this 5K race and One Mile Family Fun Walk that begins and ends at the Boathouse Restaurant in downtown Put-in-Bay. Winner trophies are very unique and true keepsakes. Race proceeds benefit Mother of Sorrows Church. Visit www.5KatPutinBay.com for registration info. Discounted rooms for participants are offered at the Bay Lodging Resort.
43rd Annual Put-in-Bay Fire Department Clambake
The 43rd annual island style Clam Bake is sponsored by the Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department. The event is held Saturday afternoon from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Fire Station on Concord Avenue behnd the Senior Center. The Clambake "plate" includes a dozen clams, 1/2 chicken, corn, potato, fresh fruit and vegetables. Carry out is available and encouraged! Tickets are only $25.00 per person for a wonderful meal and a great cause. Proceeds are used to update equipment for the Put-in-Bay island fire department. Call 419-285-7805 to place your carryout order or fax your order to 419-285-3709.
Half-Way To St. Patty's Day
Come visit us for the 16th annual celebration of the half-way mark to St. Patrick's Day. Join in the fun and festivities and celebrate the Irish with Put-in-Bay businesses promoting Irish food and beverages. There is a traditional Irish parade at 1:45 PM on Saturday that kids and adults enjoy with most dressing up in green or in traditional Irish garb. Hooligan's Irish Pub sponsors a Drum and Bagpipe Marching Band for the parade. Other island establishments turn a bit green and enjoy the celebration as well.
Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Departments 5 Alarm Texas Hold Em Tournament
Island firefighters hold the annual Texas Holdem Tournaments to raise funds for equipment upgrades for the island department. Two tournaments, one at 12:00 PM and the second at 6:00 PM are held at the fire station on Concord Avenue. Refreshments will be available.
10th Annual Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion
Classic sports car owners recreate the post WWII road races around the island from 1952-1959 and again in 1963. Put-in-Bay 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. Organizers are pleased to report two significant enhancements in the 2018 race program: the airport course will be expanded from the current .8 mile configuration to approximately 1.2 miles, and also the racing activity will likely be expanded from the present "Tuesday only" event to a race schedule that would begin early Monday afternoon and run a full day on Tuesday.
Dress in your favorite team's colors, jerseys and gear and join us for Tailgate Weekend at the Bay. You'll find your favorite team playing on one of the many big screens on the island. Join the Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers at their annual tailgate party and help raise money for various local causes. Good fun is had by all!
The unofficial end of Put in Bay summer fun is the annual Put-in-Bay Fall Ball. Thsi year marks the 20th Anniversary of this incredible event! This event was the original street party which spawned the Spring Fling. It has grown in size each year for almost two decades as more and more people hear about it. The party is hosted at the Island Club Rentals subdivision and is exclusively for guests of the Island Club, Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center, Victory Station Hotel, Put-in-Bay Condos, Commodore Resort, Bay Lodging Resort, and the Edgewater Hotel only. You must be a registered guest at one of these establishments to attend. No exceptions will be made for liability purposes! Be sure to reserve your hotel room or rental home early as this weekend always books up and sells out quickly between the Party, the Wine Fest, and the football games!
What is the Fall Ball? It is a big block party that usually attracts over 1700 people for 2 days of free adult beverages, and a Saturday full of free food and awesome live entertainment to start the season off right! As a bonus for those who will be heading downtown, many island businesses offer great discounts on food and merchandise for party attendees who show their wristbands! Stay tuned for the special guest band --- CHECK BACK SOON!
Remember, book EARLY as this weekend fills fast! For home rentals & Waterfront Condos, please call 216-898-9951. For Commodore & Victory Station hotel reservations, please call 419-285-3101. For Resort/Bay Lodging hotel reservations, please call 888-742-7829.
14th Annual Island Wine Festival
This fun event is located at the Put-in-Bay Winery downtown just along the street from the Boardwalk. It goes from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM and admission is only $6. With your admission, you get a souvenier wine glass Guests get to sample hundreds of foreign and domestic wines, including island wines from Heineman Winery and Put-in-Bay Winery, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of good food, and excellent wine. Admission is $6 and includes a souvenir wine glass. Sample tickets are $1 and most samples are in the $1-$4 range. Purchase a full bottle to take home. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Put-in-Bay Winery at the Doller Estate on Bay View Avenue downtown. Winery tours and a large silent auction that benefits the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society are some of the activities.
Most schools are out on Monday to celebrate and honor Christopher Columbus, so why not extend your weekend and stay an extra night? Most hotels that are open in October offer special deals to guests who want to add a Sunday night to their weekend stay. This means you can enjoy Fall Ball and Winefest on both Saturday and Sunday and not have to worry about driving home on Sunday night. Spend some quality time with the family on an extended island getaway!
25th Annual Island Oktoberfest
This Put-in-Bay family tradition celebrates Oktoberfest with lots of food, good beer, and live entertainment by the ever-popular Maxx Band. Great family fun is had by all on Saturday from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM and again on Sunday from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Come join us and enjoy a wide variety of German foods including spatzel, cabbage rolls, brats, sauerbraten, Wiener schnitzel and all your favorite German sweets! And don't forget the German beer! This event is held under a large tent located on Toledo Avenue across from the BoatHouse. The entry fee is $4.00 for a 1-day pass or $6.00 for a 2-day pass. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
This longtime Put-in-Bay tradition celebrates the passing of another summer season. Join friends and islanders for a fun filled weekend, one of the last of the season! The main festivities occur at the Roundhouse Bar and Park Hotel on Saturday night. Guests pay a modest entry fee to go through the "haunted" hotel and pay their respects to the 2018 season which is commemorated by a casket before making their way into the bar for fun, drink, and great entertainment. This has been a 35+ year tradition that is still going strong.
On Homecoming weekend, we welcome back old friends and co-workers from past years for a bar crawl competition and mourn the end of another great season here at Put-in-Bay on October 20th. This is a recent event that has exploded in popularity with our seasonal workers.
Halloween Boo Bash at the Bay
What do you get when you mix over 2,000 people in costume, frosty cold adult beverages, and great live entertainment? You get Ohio's largest island Halloween Party and a great time! Costume Contests with numerous prizes cash prizes take place at Mr. Ed's Bar & Grille! Downtown bars and taverns decorate with a haunting theme! Book early as this weekend usually fills up! This is the island's last big weekend of the year and doors close on Sunday at 11:00 AM sharp, so don't miss out on your last chance to party at Put-in-Bay for 2018!