Put-In-Bay Events

2015 Invitational Mills Trophy Race

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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 Read more…

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Dates:
6/5/15 - 6/7/15

Ohio Bike Week’s “Rally on the Rock”

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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 Read more…

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Dates:
5/29/15 - 6/7/15

Put-in-Bay Pooch Parade

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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.

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Dates:
6/13/15 - 6/13/15

21st Annual Phlocking of the Phaithful

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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. Read more…

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Dates:
6/11/15 - 6/14/15

41st Annual Jose DeRivera Founders Day Celebration

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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 Read more…

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Dates:
6/14/15 - 6/14/15

7th Annual Pyrate Fest Weekend at the Bay

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Pyrates invade Put-in-Bay’s downtown harbor for the 7th 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 Read more…

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Dates:
6/19/15 - 6/22/15

Arts on Erie

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A weeklong arts program for children teaches them various crafts and activities at Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial Visitor Center. The week kicks off with a Family Night Concert at the Perry Memorial Visitor Center at 7:00 PM.

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Dates:
6/21/15 - 6/26/15

Perry’s Victory Triathlon & Family Races at Put-in-Bay

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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 28, 2015 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 Read more…

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Dates:
6/28/15 - 6/28/15

Canada Day

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Celebrate Canada with cake and learn about our partnership with Canada and the long-lasting peace between our countries for almost 200 years at the Perry’s Victory Visitor Center.

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Dates:
7/1/15 - 7/1/15

Fourth of July Fireworks

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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. Read more…

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Dates:
7/4/15 - 7/4/15