June 2021 Gazette – Upcoming Events in June

2021 events are subject to change or may be rescheduled. Please contact the event organizer directly.


Rudy & The Island Girl Live – June 4th

Stop by the Goat Biergarten on Friday, June 4th, at 6 p.m. to see Rudy Cooks and Christie Ontko broadcast their popular WPIB Digital Radio show. This is a rescheduled date from the original date in May.

Kayak Rendezvous – June 11th to 13th

The South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous is the premier kayaking gathering on Lake Erie. Join more than 100 kayakers from the tri-state area and beyond for a weekend of paddling, camping, socializing and exploring the islands located in the western basin of Lake Erie.

Each year on the second weekend after Memorial Day, paddlers have descended upon the South Bass Island State Park for this annual gathering. This paddler organized event brings kayakers together for a fun weekend. Safety is our utmost concern and paddlers are encouraged to plan their own water based activities, but join our land based social functions.

Pooch Parade – June 12th

The Island Pooch Parade will be held Saturday, June 12th, in DeRivera Park. Dogs of all kinds and sizes are encouraged to participate. Registration for this amusing, fun event will open in the Gazebo at 9:30 a.m., followed by the children led traditional doggie stroll around the Park at 10:30 a.m. Judging will immediately follow the parade. This is always an enjoyable and entertaining event for the entire island and particularly the children. Cats are NOT invited.

Founder’s Day – June 12th

The annual Founders Day Celebration at Put-in-Bay will be held in the center of the village at DeRivera Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 12th. This free, family focused island event is hosted by the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce, and celebrates the founding of Put-in-Bay by Hispanic merchant Jose DeRivera. Founder’s Day will feature live entertainment, playing popular tunes in a fair-type atmosphere. Children’s games will be available from noon to 2 p.m. There will also be local crafters and jewelry makers selling their wares. Pick up a vintage Put-in-Bay souvenir, handcrafted items, tee-shirts, jewelry and more.

Carronade Weekend – June 12th & 13th

Park Rangers and volunteers at Perry’s Monument will demonstrate firing Historic Firearms and the Park’s carronade from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 12th and Sunday, June 13th. Ranger programs will cover the nuances of the 1812 military uniform, the proper handling of black powder and the steps to firing a musket. The carronade, a small short-barrel gun like those used in the Battle of Lake Erie, will be fired by the Park’s Gun Crew. The carronade program will discuss the proper steps in firing the short range gun and its limitations during the Battle of Lake Erie. Historic Firearms demonstrations will take place at 11 a.m., 3 and 5 p.m. Carronade demonstrations will be given at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. There will be a Junior Ranger program: “Join the Army” at 1 p.m.

Perry’s Monument Opening – June 13th

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial will open to celebrate its 105th year in operation. The 25-acre Park and Visitor Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. This is a rescheduled date from the original date in May.

Island Vaccination Clinic – June 22nd

The Ottawa County Health Department will be offering a vaccination clinic at the Put-in-Bay Fire Station on June 22nd. The shots will be administered by appointment only and participants must register at http://www.ottawahealth.org. This is a follow up vaccination clinic for those people who received their first vaccination shot on May 25th. No first vaccination shots will be given at this clinic. Ottawa County Health Department is currently only using the Moderna vaccine, which is only approved for ages 18 and over.

Pyrate Fest – June 25th to 27th

The 12th Annual Pyrate Festival will take place from June 25th to 27th in the downtown park. Scallywags, Pirates, Buccaneers, Mermaids, Corsairs, Wenches, and all common folk are invited to this fun-filled event.

Put-in-Bay’s annual Pyrate Fest sees the return of the Pyrate King to find his stolen treasure. Fun for the whole family with costume contests for kids and adults, watch Pyrates invade the Put-in-Bay Harbor, a Pyrate Village, Faire Winds Circus, historic displays, re-enactors and so much more!

Don’t forget to dress like a Pyrate and Save $1 OFF your round trip passenger fare for Put-in-Bay on the Miller Ferry, any time during Pyrate Fest.

Kasper Ship House Tours – June 27th

The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce, putinbay.com and Bryan Kasper, of the Benson Ford Ship House, will be conducting tours of this iconic Put-in-Bay landmark home on Sunday, June 27th, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tours will cost $25, and are open to the public. All proceeds will go to the community-funded Put-in-Bay sign. Please check putinbay.com and visitputinbay.com and for more details about the tours as the date approaches.


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