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, May 31. 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.
Dates:5/27/16 - 6/5/16
This long time island event benefits the Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church. Registration begins at 10:00 AM at the DeRivera Park gazebo, and the parade and contests start almost promptly at 10:30 AM. Prizes are handed out for cutest, smallest, largest, most talented, individual best dressed, group best dressed, and dog that looks most like its owner. Cats are not invited. This is always a great time and a family event shared by many.
Dates:6/11/16 - 6/11/16
This is a great opportunity to get the family all together one last time before the kids go back to school! It will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Put-in-Bay, Ohio (South Bass Island). 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 FUN Run and for the second time a 5k Run.
Dates:6/12/16 - 6/12/16
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.
Dates:6/8/16 - 6/12/16
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. Ed’s Bar & Grille and the Commodore Resort 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.
Dates:6/9/16 - 6/12/16
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.
Dates:6/12/16 - 6/12/16
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 2nd Annual Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration. The Niagara’s visit is sponsored by the Put-in-Bay Jet Express and Put-in-Bay Winery. The Maritime event will take place the third weekend in June each year. This year the Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration will be held June 17-20 and will encompass the visit of the US Brig Niagara as well as Put-in-Bay’s Pyrate Fest VIII, and educational and public service programs. The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 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 Thursday, June 16, weather permitting, and will offer dockside tours on Friday from 11am to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at Fox’s Dock where Niagara is berthed. The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce will be selling tickets for a late afternoon Day Sail aboard Niagara, from 3 to 8pm on Monday, June 20. Tickets are $100 per person for the five-hour sailing experience aboard the square-rigger. This is a hands on sail experience for ages 12 yrs and up. Tickets can be purchased online at visitputinbay.com beginning April 1. Tickets will also be sold for a dockside reception aboard Niagara on Friday evening, June 17. Ticket holders will be treated to appetizers and cold beverages, and will be able to tour Niagara and talk with the brig’s crew.
Dates:6/17/16 - 6/20/16
Pyrates invade Put-in-Bay’s downtown harbor for the 8th year in a row on Friday at 4:00 PM to open the 2015 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! There is a Pyrate marketplace and displays, a kid’s fun fest and black powder firing demonstrations every day during the event. Monday evening wraps up 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! Fireworks delight the whole family on Saturday at dusk.