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

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

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 several weeks and weekends left before the season ends to escape to the coast.

Late summer is an ideal time to visit Cedar Point. Open daily through Labor Day, September 2, crowds are lighter and wait times are shorter for some of the park’s most popular rides like Steel Vengeance, Valravn, and Millennium Force.

Contrary to popular belief, the islands are still open as well and there are also a lot of events happening. Kelleys Island, Put-in-Bay, and Middle Bass Island businesses are eager to welcome late season guests. If you’re looking for a quiet island getaway, even for a day trip, a mid-week visit is perfect. You’ll encounter plenty of golf cart and bicycle rentals available to tour these lovely island destinations. Be sure to check out the Put-in-Bay Foodie Trail and eat your way through some of the region’s best restaurants.

Other popular area attractions such as African Safari Wildlife Park, Liberty Aviation Museum, and Marblehead Lighthouse are fantastic late-summer visits as well. There are two full weeks left in Lakeside Chautauqua’s programming season. Enjoy a show, take a class, or attend a lecture to enrich your mind, body, and spirit.

Late summer getaways also include affordable lodging options for overnight getaways, along with plenty of campsites for those who enjoy the great outdoors and a crackling summer evening fire. Gather the family, grab your crew, or get away with your sweetie, and check out some of these events while you’re here.

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!

Tall Ship: Nao Santa Maria
August 14-20, 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. Lighthouse tours, demonstrations, historical lectures, story-telling, children’s activities, and more!

Sandusky Shores MusicFest
August 17, 2019
Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center, Sandusky
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.

Lakeside Antique Show
August 24, 2019
Lakeside Chautauqua
More than 85 antique vendors in three Lakeside locations will display china, furniture, quilts, jewelry, sports memorabilia, books, postcards, area souvenirs, linens, sterling, and more.

Cedar Point Boat Show & Demo
August 22-25, 2019
Cedar Point, Sandusky
There’s a reason thousands of boaters flock to the Cedar Point Boat Show – it’s the oldest and largest in-water boat show held annually on the Great Lakes. Located at America’s number one amusement park, this show will ensure a wild ride! Whether you like fishing, sailing, cruising, skiing, wakeboarding, or just going really, really fast, the boat show will have something for you!

Free Summer Pops Concert
August 25, 2019
McBride Arboretum, BGSU Firelands, Huron
This free outdoor concert will feature the full Firelands Symphony Orchestra and guest artist, Byron Stripling, trumpet.

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!