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2013 Put-in-Bay Events and Entertainment


Put-in-Bay, Ohio, is preparing for another incredible summer season in 2013!  The excitement is building for everyone as we plan some incredible events and bring in some great Put-in-Bay entertainment. The 2013 Bicentennial celebration is attracting much attention locally, regionally, and even nationally, being featured on Daytime TV as one of the top 10 world travel destinations in 2013!

Entertainment has started to be posted on our official Put-in-Bay Entertainment Calendar, so check out who is playing on what weekend. More bands to be added as we receive their information (Boardwalk and Roundhouse coming soon). You can also check out current promos on our Put-in-Bay Facebook page as well.

There is so much to do on our 2013 Put-in-Bay Calendar of Events, that everyone should be able to find a weekend that fits perfectly for themselves; be it a family reunion, bachelorette party, fishermen group, work retreat, or just a day trip with the kids.

In February, join us in Key West on the 8th and 9th for the annual Put-in-Bay Days at Sloppy Joes Bar. All your favorite Put-in-Bay entertainers will be on hand.

April sees the island start to open for the seasonal tourists, starting with the fishermen who come from as far away as North Dakota. A few lodgings open the first weekend of April including the Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center in downtown and the Island Club Home Rentals. The big events for April are the lighting of the Roundhouse Bar Whiskey Light, Mr. Ed’s Pajama Jam, and the start of bachelor and bachelorette season.

May kicks off with the annual Putinbay.com Spring Fling party and thousands of people attend for the free burgers, dogs, beer, and entertainment. Also in May is Ohio’s largest Cornhole Tournament, Mardi Gras, Victoria Day, and the big Memorial Day weekend bash to officially welcome summer. Some fun videos can be seen on our Put-in-Bay YouTube channel.

June is one of the busiest months on the island and starts off with Ohio Bike Week’s Rally on the Rock. Bikers come from all over to look at each others’ bikes, cruise the carnival-like atmosphere downtown, and take part in a Scavenger Hunt and Pig Roast on Sunday across from the luxurious Put-in-Bay Villas. Other events on following weekends include the Mills Cup Trophy Race, the Pooch Parade, and Founders Day Celebration. June wraps up with the annual Pyrate Fest weekend which is great for all ages.

July starts rocking with the incredible July 4th Fireworks display in the harbor set to music on the Perry’s Monument lawn. Hundreds of people arrive mid-month for the Put-in-Bay Cup Soccer Challenge and then thousands more descend on the island towards the end for our biggest party weekend of the year, Christmas in July. This year, however, it is being extended to cover two weekends due to the popular demand and we are calling it our Put-in-Bay 12 Days of Christmas. Book your rooms early as some establishments sell out by February! Try the Commodore Resort and the new Put-in-Bay Waterfront Condos for great lodging!

August is perhaps the busiest month of the summer with events every week and weekend and families using up the last of their vacation before school starts back up. There are lots of boating events sponsored by I-LYA this month and lots of historical events planned. Fun events include the Roundhouse Bar Bartender Olympics, the big Volleyball Battle, Key West Days at the Bay, and the 5-iron Golf Tournament. The month wraps up with our big Labor Day Bash to close out the busy summer season and ease us in to the fall. Check out some great picture on our Put-in-Bay Pinterest page.

September may start the fall months, but it is no less busy! Historical Weekend this year will be one of our busiest ever, so plan ahead and check out future news articles for all the exciting Bicentennial events planned! Rent your golf cart online early because they sell out fast! Also come to the island for out annual New Years at the Bay weekend, the Road Race reunion, and Half-way to St. Pattys Day party. If you are in to more community related events, we round out the month with our annual 5k Race, the Fire Department Clambake, and the big 5-Alarm Texas Hold-Em Tourney.

October winds down the season and we have our second big Customer Appreciation party of the year, the Putinbay.com Fall Ball, with all the usual free food, beer, and entertainment. Everyone enjoys the Island Wine Festival, the Oktoberfest party (with dancing, singing, and lots of homemade food!!!), the Wake at the Roundhouse, and finally our closing-down weekend with the Halloween Boo Bash.

With so many weekends and events to choose from, why pick just one?!?  Come up a few different times and experience all that Put-in-Bay has to offer! Visit the official Put-in-Bay Visitors and Convention Bureau for more information.

Put-in-Bay is a popular vacation spot just 2 miles offshore of mainland Northwest Ohio in Lake Erie. While "Put-in-Bay" is technically the name of the village on South Bass Island, the name commonly is inadvertently used to refer to the entire island. A summer resort since the mid-1800's, the village can be considered the hub of tourism among the Lake Erie Islands, with its numerous taverns, wineries, restaurants, waterfront condos, rental homes, and hotels.