Wind Down Summer with These Lake Erie Shores & Islands Festivals & Events


LAKE ERIE SHORES & ISLANDS, OHIO, August 8, 2019 --- Even with days getting shorter, nights getting cooler, and school starting soon, there’s no better time to visit Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands. The warm weather is proof that summer isn’t over yet. There are still several weeks and weekends left before the season ends to escape to the coast. Gather the family, grab your crew, or get away with your sweetie, and check out some of these late summer events.

Cedar Point Nights
Continues through August 18, 2019
Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky
When the sun goes down, experience fun in the park and on the beach like never before at Cedar Point Nights! Party in the park with a concert at Lakeside Stage or dance the night away on the beach at the Glow Zone and Silent Disco Zone. If you’re looking to unwind and relax, the Chill Zone has got you covered with fire pits and lounge chairs. Challenge each other with larger-than-life games at the Family Fun Zone. 

Kelleys Island Homecoming
August 9-10, 2019
The Pavilion, Kelleys Island
Homecoming is sponsored by the Kelleys Island Landowners Association and serves as a weekend for those who love this island to enjoy fun, food, and entertainment. It kicks off on Friday night with bands, food trucks, and games for children. On Saturday, the fun begins with a parade down Lakeshore Drive at 11 am. There will also be a craft fair, food trucks, a puppet show, balloons, face painting, a bounce house, and live music. There will also be a silent auction and annual raffle. 

Peaches and Cream
August 10, 2019
Quarry Hill Orchard, Berlin Heights
Gather for a celebration of the summer peach harvest! Crafts, endless orchards to run through, live music, juicy ripe peaches to eat, popcorn, and more will round out a perfect day at the farm.

Brian Regan
August 10, 2019
Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside Chautauqua
Critics, fans, and fellow comedians agree on one simple fact: Brian Regan is one of the most respected comedians in the country. Vanity Fair has called him “the funniest stand-up alive,” and Entertainment Weekly has heralded him as “your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian.” Having built his more than 30-year career on the strength of his material alone, Regan’s non-stop theater tour continuously fills the most beautiful venues across North America. 

August Sky Tour
August 14, 2019
Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, Put-in-Bay
View the night sky from the Observation Deck at Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial and learn how mariners navigated using the constellations and stars. NASA Ambassador, Gene Zajac, will present an astronomy program on the 317-foot tall open-air Observation Deck. 

Tall Ship: Nao Santa Maria
August 15-18, 2019
Jack Daniel’s Barrel House Saloon, Sandusky
The Nao Santa Maria’s replica comes for the very first time to America to commemorate her original journey 527 years ago, in 1492. The ship was built in Spain in 2017 by the Nao Victoria Foundation in collaboration with the Huelva’s Provincial Council. Tour this tall ship, located at a dock beside Jack Daniel’s Barrel House Saloon in downtown Sandusky.

Port Clinton Lighthouse & Maritime Festival
August 17, 2019
Waterworks Park, Port Clinton
More than 25 vendors will feature nautical, maritime, lighthouse, and local-themed items, and food vendors will offer a variety of festival-food menus. Unique and upbeat musical groups will play throughout the day. Lighthouse tours, demonstrations of seaman slip-knot-tying, ham radio hook-ups, and nonprofit organization displays. Historical lectures will be presented at scheduled times as well as storytelling, featuring Port Clinton's local Playmakers in period dress. Children's activities will include a scavenger hunt, face-painting, lighthouse tours, making musical instruments and flags for their parade, and more! 

Sandusky Shores MusicFest
August 17, 2019
Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center, Sandusky
Sandusky Shores MusicFest is back! This second annual event is scheduled to take place at Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center. It will include festival fun for the entire family and LIVE country music acts: Wreck’n, Jessica Hannan, Larry Fleet, Colt Ford, and headliner Montgomery Gentry.

Halupki Fest
August 18, 2019
Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, Marblehead
A celebration of Carpatho-Russian foods and culture, hosted annually by the oldest Orthodox church in Ohio. Foods such as cabbage rolls, pierogies, kolbasi, Old World baked goods, Herman Halupki's craft fest featuring 35+ vendors, historic church tours, bounce house, live polka bands, and more. Held on the third Sunday each August.

Bash on the Bay
August 29, 2019
Put-in-Bay Airport, Put-in-Bay
With hit singles like “Bawitdaba,” “Cowboy,” “Picture,” and “All Summer Long,” Kid Rock has sold more than 26 million albums to date. Other featured performers include Uncle Kracker, Davisson Brothers Band, Brent Lowry and the Drifters, and more. 

Perch, Peach, Pierogi & Polka Festival
August 30-September 1, 2019
Knights of Columbus, Port Clinton
Three-day festival over Labor Day weekend with award-winning Polka bands, excellent food and beverage choices in a friendly atmosphere. Music, food, dance, and fun.

Milan Melon Festival
August 31, 2019 – September 2, 2019
Village Square, Milan
This celebration features rides, games, contests, antique car show, and live musical entertainment. The Grand Parade is on Sunday afternoon. The famous muskmelon ice cream and watermelon sherbet are the must-have treats. 

Spend a few days coasting while summer is winding down. Save on overnight accommodations with lodging packages and save even more with discount offers available through the Shore Savings Card, both available at Plan your visit, grab your savings, and enjoy the rest of your summer!


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Shores & Islands Ohio is the Midwest’s favorite getaway. This coastal destination boasts 152 miles of Lake Erie shoreline, the best fishing on the Great Lakes, welcoming communities, rich history, a wine trail, and an abundance of family-friendly attractions. World-famous Cedar Point Amusement Park calls it home, along with Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, other indoor and outdoor water parks, animal parks, sports venues, and more. Visitors enjoy ferries and cruises to Put-in-Bay, Middle Bass, and Kelleys Island. One of the country’s best areas for spring and fall bird migration, the area is overflowing with natural beauty and opportunities for outdoor recreation. More at

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