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Put-in-Bay 2017 Calendar of Events



JULY 2017


July 1
Canada DayPut-in-Bay is only eight nautical miles from our friendly neighbors to the North, Canada. July 1st is the celebration of the formation of this country in 1867 via the British North America Act. Three colonies were combined to create what was known in the British empire as we know it today, Canada. The high season of Put-in-Bay is in full swing and the island will be abuzz with numerous activities. Stop by Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, a National Monument which commemorates the lasting peace between the United States, Great Britain and Canada. Stop in one of the fine bars of Put-in-Bay and grab and icy cold Labatts or Molson. Nearly every weekend from June through August sells out completely, so booking early is highly recommended. Join us on PIB while we celebrate Dominion Day: Oh, Canada!
July 4
Freedom ConcertWe as Americans enjoy liberties and freedoms that many countries in the developed World could only dream of. These freedoms have been fought for endlessly, with many men and women losing their lives along the way. Still, today we boast a country that is still the sought after refuge for those seeking the freedom to pursue a better life. There will be a concert performed by the Central Ohio Symphony that embodies the spirit of America. This event begins at 6:30 pm and is located on the rear patio of Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial. It is advised to arrive early as seating is purely on a first come first serve basis. Enjoy the Lake Erie breezes while listening to a wonderful live performance on Put-in-Bay at the Freedom Concert.
July 4
Fourth of July FireworksPut-in-Bay is an outstanding location to celebrate the independence of our great nation. With a plethora of Victorian charm, rich history and welcoming atmosphere, Putinbay is as American as apple pie. Lake Erie provides a beautiful backdrop the the annual Fourth of July Fireworks. This show is sponsored in part by many businesses across Put-in-Bay, including the operator of this website. Grab a seat on the break wall or on the lawn of Perry's Monument, and be prepared for a fireworks display you won't soon forget. Show your American pride by bringing flags and dressing in red, white and blue. Be sure to plan ahead as this is a highly sought after event. The Fourth of July Weekend is one of the best of the entire Put-in-Bay season. Let freedom ring at Put-in-Bay this year!
July 8-9
The Put-in-Bay Cup (Soccer Challenge)Use your head and join us for the annual Put-in-Bay Cup soccer tournament. This awesome event is sponsored by the 6v6 soccer tournament organization. The cost to register is $350 per team with the availability of payments to be made on their website. Put-in-Bay is an excellent location to hold such a tournament. Throughout your stay for the weekend you will be surrounded by a plethora of fun shops, restaurants and bars. This event has been popular since its inception, so booking both your home reservations and registering your team early is highly recommended if you wish to participate. Bicycle kick your way into a weekend you won't forget this year at the Put-in-Bay Cup!
July 16-20
ILYA Junior Sailing RegattasStay 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 of sails, and sleek racing craft.
July 21-23
Christmas in JulyChristmas in July at Put-in-Bay is a one of a kind experience. Out of all the great weekends of each Summer season, none have a bigger draw nor have the notoriety of this awesome weekend. Bars, boats and businesses are decked out with lights and displays of Christmas cheer. You are likely to come across Santa Clause himself on vacation from the North Pole wandering around Put-in-Bay. Be sure to grab some of the Christmas themed drinks and dining specials found at many of the local establishments. There is a parade that comes through the downtown Put-in-Bay strip complete with Christmas themed floats. Due to the overwhelming popularity of this weekend it is highly recommended that travel and lodging arrangements are made in advance. Come to Christmas in July at Put-in-Bay, you'll be glad you did! For rental home or waterfront condo rentals, please call 216-898-9951.
July 26
Put-in-Bay Garden Club Home and Garden TourJuly 27th 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 17. Choose your option to reserve and pay for tickets at www.putinbaygardenclub.com
July 31
World Ranger DayCelebration of rangers from around the world working in parks and preserves.


AUGUST 2017


August 3-6
ILYA Senior Sailing RegattasStay 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 of sails, and sleek racing craft.
August 3-5
12th Annual Lake Erie Islands Historical Society's "Auction for History"The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society is hosting their annual auction to raise money to continue their efforts to preserve the history of Put-in-Bay and the neighboring islands. There is a great variety of items offered from island heirlooms to vehicles to boats. Come by and register to bid and do your part in preserving the history of our Great Lake islands. Participants are able to preview the live auction items prior to the start. This event can be incorporated into your plans during your early August trip to Put-in-Bay. There will be more information about this event posted at a later date. Head over to leihs.org closer to the auction date to see featured auction items.
August 5
JF Walleyes 5KJust to the north of Put-in-Bay lies our sister island, Middle Bass. Here, All Sports Fundamentals is hosting the JF Walleyes 5k race. JF Walleyes is a bar and restaurant located a short walk from the Miller Ferry terminal. Enjoy sweeping views of Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial and panoramic vistas of Put-in-Bay from the shores of Middle Bass. The race will begin between the historic Lonz Winery and JF Walleyes. Participants will be taken on a course across the beautiful natural setting of Middle Bass Island, with the race concluding back at JF Walleyes. There will be a post race party complete with food and drinks! Guests staying on Put-in-Bay can opt to scuttle across Lake Erie via the Sonny S, which departs frequently from the Boardwalk Restaurant docks. See you on Middle Bass Island for the 36th Annual 5K!
August 5-12
Island Green WeekIsland 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 5th through the 12th, 2017, 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.
August 8
Bartender OlympicsCANCELLED!!! (please check with management to see if it is rescheduled) Put-in-Bay is home to some of the best bartenders found anywhere. This event showcases them and pits them against one another in feats of their craft. Keg tossing, beer pouring and more are highlights from the challenges presented during the competition. The Master of Ceremony, Duff Spatafore is sure to delight with his zany antics and jokes. A fan favorite from this event is the creative floats that take part in the Bartender Olympic parade. Each stops at the Roundhouse Bar to deliver a fun-filled performance of a skit that relates to their float. A champion is crowned after a careful tally of each event. This is a chance for each establishment to show that they truly have the best bartenders on Put-in-Bay. If you have never attended this event, this is the year to check it out!
August 9-13
ILYA Power Boating RegattasStay 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 of sails, and sleek racing craft.
August 12
Put-In-Bay "Classic" Volleyball TournamentA 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. Hotel reservations should be made early for this large event by calling 888-742-7829 or for home rentals call 216-898-9951.
August 18-20
12th Annual Key West Days at Put-in-BayPut-in-Bay is often referred to as the Key West of the North. In fact, each February, some of the islands best entertainers head south for the annual Put-in-Bay Days in Key West. This event is held at the World Famous Sloppy Joe Bar. Key West Days at Put-in-Bay is the perfect response to the awesome PIB Days. Entertainers such as Pete and Wayne come to the Roundhouse Bar and with them bring some of that Key West flair. Many have argued that Put-in-Bay and Key West have a similar vibe and seem to put those who visit in an easy going mood. The Summer is rapidly coming to an end and the time has come to put an island in your life. Put-in-Bay is close to many, so come on over for Key West Days at PIB!
August 19
Volleyball Battle on Put-In-BayPut-in-Bay is home to one of the areas best volleyball tournaments. Each year hundreds flock to the island to see if their team can match up with some of the tough competition. There are both competitive and fun leagues to satisfy the desires of all. Upon arrival competitors are invited to the Sandbar at Adventure Bay for registration and for a welcoming party. Starting in the morning on Saturday, the best of the best are ready to bump, set and spike their way to victory. Guests are encouraged to make their reservations early as this weekend is wildly popular. The Island Club and the Put-in-Bay Condos are excellent vacation rentals that accommodate your entire team. Test your skills at this years Volleyball Battle on Put-in-Bay! For rental home or waterfront condo rentals call 216-898-9951.
August 21
Senior Citizens DayPut-in-Bay and the surrounding mainland communities rely heavily on tourism. Thus, this has created a large population of Summer residents who flock South in the Winter. "Snow Birds" as they are commonly known make up a sizable portion of the population of the Lake Erie North Coast. August 21st is Senior Citizens Day at Put-in-Bay to honor the more experienced among us. As the Summer nears the end, this day has been set aside to welcome our elders to Put-in-Bay. Be sure to visit before flying South!
August 27
5th Annual 3W2 FLY-INThere couldn't be a more appropriate handle for the airport at Put-in-Bay than 3W2, or 3 Whiskey 2. The logistics of island life have made planes a vital way of transport for many years. From the famed Tri-Motor plane to the machines of today, planes are still quite vital to the Put-in-Bay way of life. This unique event pairs two interesting aspects of Put-in-Bay life: the Antique Car Parade and the island pilot lifestyle. The Antique Car Parade finishes its route at the airport to join the pilots that fly in for a pig roast. Please note that the airport is closed from dusk to dawn. There will be no parking fees for those attending the event, however standard parking rates apply for overnight guests. Jet set your way to Put-in-Bay for the 4th Annual 3W2 Fly-in!
August 27-30
9th Annual Put-in-Bay Road Race ReunionThe Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion pays homage to the races that were held on the island from 1952-1959 and again in 1963. These races, sponsored by the Cleveland Sports Car Club, were held on the roads of Put-in-Bay and consisted of over 100 small bore race cars. The drivers were all amateurs, giving those who wished to try out racing an opportunity to do so. Incredibly, there are no accounts of drivers or spectators being injured during the duration of the races. Now, to bring some of the original adrenaline back into the equation, racers compete on the grounds of the Put-in-Bay Airport. Spectators line the fence surrounding the strip and watch the cars whiz by. The roar of the engines can be heard reverberating across Put-in-Bay. This event is a must attend for the season. The number of cars has grown immensely over the course of the years of the reunion. The checkered flag will be waiving at the 8th Annual Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion, join in on the fun.


SEPTEMBER 2017


September 2-5
Annual Labor Day Bash at the Bay WeekendThe Summer is winding down; have you made a trip to Put-in-Bay yet? Come to PIB for one of the best Labor Day celebrations around. There are great deals on lodging for the duration of the long weekend. Expect some the best Put-in-Bay entertainers during this weekend as bars vow to pull you in over this exciting weekend. Your work hard all year and deserve to treat yourself to a great time over this awesome holiday. The Antique Car Parade will hold its normal Sunday parade and an additional parade on Monday. This unique Put-in-Bay event involves a great number of classic car enthusiasts who come together each week for fellowship and to talk about all things cars. Be sure to catch one of the parades over the weekend and see everything from Model T's to a fleet of Cadillac convertibles. See you at Put-in-Bay over Labor Day Weekend!
September 8-10
Put-in-Bay Historical WeekendPut-in-Bay is teeming with great historical significance. Most notably, the Battle of Lake Erie in which Oliver Hazard Perry commanded a victory over the British fleet. This was pivotal in securing present day Ohio and Michigan to the United States. Historical Weekend celebrates this event, as well as other important events. This weekend also features the annual Boy Scouts of America Camp-o-ree. Over 1,500 Boy Scouts come to the island for a weekend of camping and camaraderie at Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial. There will be a parade on Saturday featuring high school marching bands and the Boy Scout Troops. Come learn something new about Put-in-Bay this year during Historical Weekend.
September 9
Art In The ParkImmerse yourself in the local culture with Art in the Park at Put-in-Bay. Local and regional artists converge on the island to display their works and offer them for sale. Guests can expect a wide range of offerings from handicrafts to paintings. Unique items are to be found that will be an excellent addition to your home. It is never to early to begin shopping for Christmas, and during Art in the Park you'll have the opportunity to purchase that special gift that will be truly unique. There will be live demonstrations throughout the day. The Put-in-Bay Arts council is sponsoring this event. They will be holding a silent auction from 10 am through 5 pm.
September 10
Grand ParadeThe grand finale of Historical Weekend is the Grand Parade on Saturday. This will comprise of over 1,500 Boy Scouts, high school marching bands, twirling groups and more. Come and catch a spot on Delaware Avenue in downtown Put-in-Bay for an excellent vantage point. The island is abuzz with the youth coming across to participate. In addition to the youth, there will also be War of 1812 re enactors and the Captain of the USS Lake Erie in attendance. If you can't make it to stay for the whole weekend, be sure not to miss the Grand Parade. Historical Weekend at Put-in-Bay is a wonderful event with things to do for the entire family.
September 10
Muffins vs. Mossbacks Historical Baseball GameEach year at the Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church field on Put-in-Bay there is this great baseball match. The Muffins are the Ohio Historical Society's historical baseball team. They come to the island to play the home team, the Put-in-Bay Mossbacks. The game is played using the original rules from the game of baseball. Period correct uniforms and equipment are used to give the game the feel it is being played in the 1800s. The Lake Erie Historical Society will be on site offering refreshments for sale to spectators. This conclusion of Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend is proudly sponsored by the Miller Boat Line.
September 15-16
44th Annual New Year's at the BAY!!Put-in-Bay is all buttoned up as the ice surrounds the island in the Winter months. Especially around the time the New Year is set to ring in each year. So, to take some of the energy and excitement of the New Year and inject into the PIB season, New Year's at the Bay was created. Also known as Boater's New Years, this fun weekend is worth experiencing. The downtown Put-in-Bay area transforms into a gaming area complete with Monte Carlo style offerings. This event is one the largest fundraiser of the year for the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce. Bring some friends and ring in the New Year at the 43rd Annual New Year's at the Bay!
September 15-16
Half-Way To St. Patty's DayMuch like Christmas in July and New Years at the Bay, Half Way to St. Patty's Day is our chance to celebrate a holiday that resides outside the normal Put-in-Bay season. Suit yourself up in green and feel the luck of the luck of the Irish on the Emerald Isle of Lake Erie, Put-in-Bay. Hooligan's Irish Pub on Catawba Avenue is the official headquarters for this great event. Stop in for a perfectly pulled Guinness or start your day off with an Irish Car Bomb. There is a festive parade on Saturday, complete with golf carts decked out in all things green. The weekends following Labor Day on Put-in-Bay are always a great choice. They tend to have cheaper rental rates, less crowds and an overall great group of people heading to the island. If you have yet to put an island in your life, try Half-Way to St. Patty's Day at Put-in-Bay this year!
September 16
14th Annual Miller Boat Line 5K RaceThe setting of Put-in-Bay is ideal for a 5K race with the ample shoreline and views spanning across Lake Erie. The Miller Boat Line is proud to host this 13th running of the race. There are over 800 runners who participate each year. Those who join can expect to be treated to special discounts and offers all across Put-in-Bay. The race course takes runners through downtown Put-in-Bay, past the historic Heineman's Winery and along the scenic shoreline of PIB. Those wishing to join can do so before September 14th for $19 via Mail. This is one of the largest races in North Central Ohio. Hop across the Miller Ferry for a great day and a 5K at Put-in-Bay!
September 16
42nd Annual Put-in-Bay Fire Department ClambakeCome out and support the brave Men and Women who protect and serve the residents and visitors to Put-in-Bay. This annual event is designed to raise funds for the Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department in order to update equipment. Dinner include a 1/4 Chicken, Clams and much more. It is highly advised to purchase tickets in advance as this event is known to sellout. This is such a worthy cause that happens to be delicious too! Show your support for the hardworking service members of the Put-in-Bay community during the annual Clambake at the Fire Department. Call 419-285-7805 to place your carryout order or fax your order to 419-285-3709.
September 23
Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Departments 5 Alarm Texas Hold Em TournamentGo all in with your pocket pair this year at the Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Departments Texas Hold Em Card Tournament. This annual event is a fundraiser for the department, with hopes to raise monies for equipment upgrades. Participants are encouraged to arrive for the tournament by 6 pm to take part in the action. One of our very own, Jay Gore, a taxi driver with Island Club taxi, has been in the top 2, for the past two years. Come and take his crown and retain some bragging rights for yourself during the Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Departments 5 Alarm Hold Em Tournament.


OCTOBER 2017


October 6-7
Putinbay.com's 19th Annual Put-in-Bay Fall Ball Customer Appreciation Weekend!We are so happy that you have chosen Put-in-Bay as your preferred destination. So, to show you thanks for your continued support we hold an annual bash at the beginning and end of each season. The Fall Ball is the place to be each year during the first part of October. We bring together over 1000 people, 50 kegs and live entertainment to put on a party like you've never seen. There is even a large cookout on Saturday complete with burger, hot dogs and more. All you have to do to gain entry into the party is stay at one of the participating lodging partners. If you have never joined us for this event, this is the year to do so. We proudly offer discounted rates to all of our guests for this customer appreciation weekend. Hop on over to Put-in-Bay this year for the Fall Ball. You'll be glad you did! The party is hosted at the Island Club Rentals subdivision and is exclusively for guests of the Island Club and Put-in-Bay Condos. Remember, book EARLY as this weekend fills fast! For home rentals & Waterfront Condos, please call 216-898-9951.
October 7
13th Annual Island Wine FestivalThere has been a long standing of history of grape growing and wine production on Put-in-Bay. In fact, the region lies on the same latitude lines as the famed wine making regions in France. Also, because of the temperate environment of being on an island, the growing season is extended. Clearly, Put-in-Bay is the perfect location for a wine festival. The 13th Annual Wine Fest will be held at the Put-in-Bay Winery. Vendors from the Lake Erie Islands and beyond will be present to offer their delicious varietals. Guests can purchase drink tickets with a souvenir wine glass commemorating the event. A silent auction and winery tours round out this fun Fall time activity. Drink island style with some Put-in-Bay wine at the Island Wine Festival!
October 9
Columbus DayThe school year has begun and the daily grind is pressing on. Then, just a month into the struggle a beacon of light shines bright: Columbus Day! This three day weekend is a great chance to make a getaway to Put-in-Bay. Take advantage of the discounted off-season rates and pack up the family for a Lake Erie Island adventure. Incorporate the fun, family friendly event of Oktoberfest and carry it over into Monday for a great time that your family won't soon forget. Start new traditions or form new ones with a Fall trip to the gem of the north coast, Put-in-Bay.
October 14-15
24th Annual Island OktoberfestThe leaves are changing and the temperatures are dropping, but there is still time to make a trip to Put-in-Bay. There is no better time to do so than the fan favorite Oktoberfest Weekend. A large tent is setup in Derivera Park. Many of the islands establishments have food tables with a variety of German specialties. Pretzels, cabbage rolls, bratwurst, sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel and more are sure to delight. There is also a beer truck with local offerings, German favorites and domestic brews. Be sure to grab a commemorative beer stein to remember your great experience. Those attending can purchase an entrance ticket that is good for both days of the event. Polka bands and dancers will be present and putting on a spectacle that cannot be missed. Be sure to check out the hottest beer servers on the island during the 23rd Annual Island Oktoberfest on Put-in-Bay!
October 20-21
The WakeBy this point in the Put-in-Bay season, thousands of revelers have frolicked in all of the fun and folly the island has to offer. The seasons are changing and the end of the tourist season is steadfastly coming to a close. The Wake at Put-in-Bay pays homage to a great season and offers closure to the loss of its bounty. Hosted at the Roundhouse Bar, this event has garnered greater attention over the years. It has grown from a small event, to one that draws in the Put-in-Bay faithful from all over the area. Come and bid farewell as we reflect upon another outstanding year.
October 27-28
Halloween Boo Bash at the BayThe last hurrah before the end of another amazing season on Put-in-Bay. This is by far one of the best kept secrets of the Midwest. Bring together a fantastic island such as PIB with a bunch of adults in crazy costumes and you are bound to have the most memorable experience. The bars in the downtown Put-in-Bay area are decked out in the most ghoulish wares and revelers are expected to dress to impress. A multitude of costume contests can be participated in throughout the island. Come and see if your group can take home a big prize. A Halloween weekend at Put-in-Bay is a rite of passage that you need in your life. Take advantage of the affordable rates and set sail for the Lake Erie Islands!