Annual Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration

Join locals and visitors of Put-in-Bay as we welcome the US Brig Niagara for the Annual Put-in-Bay Maritime Celebration. This historic replica is traditionally at the port in Erie, PA, but we it will be OURS for one weekend this summer. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry commanded the original relief vessel and was a key element to the success of the War of 1812. Now, this replica’s use is exhibition and sailing training. Thanks to the Put-in-Bay Jet Express, Lake Erie Shores & Islands and the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce the…

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Annual Jose DeRivera Founder’s Day Celebration

One of the most heartfelt weekends of the summer is Founder’s Day. Jose DeRivera was a Hispanic merchant who purchased the South Bass, Middle Bass, Sugar, Gibraltar, Ballast, and Starve Islands for the sum of $44,000 in 1854. Then, Jose sold off parcels of the land to the community for a fraction of the price. He sold the school property for $1 and the St. Paul’s church property for $10. Founder’s Day is in place to celebrate the rich history, strong island heritage and the impact DeRivera’s good deeds had…

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Annual Pyrate Fest

For over 10 years in a row pirates be invadin’ Put-in-Bay’s downtown harbor on Friday at 4:00 PM to open the Annual Put-in-Bay Pyrate Fest. Grab your wooden leg and your pet parrot, because you’re going to need them. Saturday will be an exciting day for kids and adult full of fun activities. Make sure you don’t miss the Pirate Parade downtown and the best Costume Contest this side of Lake Erie. Adults and children are both encouraged to participate. Additionally, the best adult pirate costume wins a trip to…

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Arts on Erie

Put-in-Bay offers a week-long arts program for children of all ages each summer called Arts on Erie. The children meet on the back porch at Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial Visitor Center and participate in various crafts and art-based activities. Each day the child will create a craft during the week. There are two sessions available. The first session will be from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The second session will be from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Local artists are kind enough to come teach the program and…

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Put-in-Bay Pooch Parade

There is no better feeling than bringing your fur-baby along for a little adventure. Join us for our annual Put-in-Bay Pooch Parade. Registration begins at 10 am at the DeRivera Park gazebo and this long-standing island event promptly starts 10:30 am. Your dog can enter the parade for a nominal $10 entry fee. Registration includes a doggie goodie bag and you can compete for prizes as well. Looking for a way to show everyone that your dog is the best? We are sure your pup will find a way into the…

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Mother’s Day

Where would we be without our moms? Step back from the daily grind and sneak your Mom away for a surprise Put-in-Bay weekend. Mother’s Day weekend is one of the most anticipated weekends on the island. You will find that most of all of Put-in-Bay establishments are open for the season and great deals are everywhere. Shops begin the season by offering special promotions and discounts on brand new Put-in-Bay gear and clothing also. Enjoy all the Put-in-Bay fun, food, and scenery while celebrating the woman that brought you into…

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Annual Lake Erie Islands Historical Society’s “Auction for History”

The Auction for History is an opportunity to take home some amazing historical souvenirs of the Lake Erie islands while supporting a great cause. Your money will go towards helping the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society pursue their mission of preserving the history of the Lake Erie islands. There will be a live auction as well as a silent auction. More detailed information about the Auction for History location and times will become available as the date draws nearer. Check the museum website here for more info on this excellent Put-in-Bay…

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Annual Stargazing Cruise

The Annual Stargazing Cruise is hosted by the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center and the Miller Boat Line. Representatives from the Wildlife Center will be moving about the boat, pointing out constellations and talking about the history and geography of the Lake Erie Islands. The cruise is approximately 2 and a half hours long. Tickets for adults will be $20, and a children’s ticket will be $10. Proceeds will go to the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center Building Addition Fund. The Stargazing Cruise is part of…

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Wild Tuesdays

Get up close and personal with nature on Tuesdays thanks to the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center on Wild Tuesdays! The Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center hosts these events during summer Tuesdays to educate, entertain and inform people of all ages on unique flora and fauna of our lake. Past topics of discussion on Wild Tuesdays included salamanders, invasive species and bats among others. Wild Tuesday’s mission is to entertain as well as inform about wildlife native to Ohio with its exhibits, which get up close…

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