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Fall on the Islands

Fall on the Islands

Autumn is a unique and appealing time to visit the popular Lake Erie islands, including Put-in-Bay and Kelleys Island. Fall weather is mild, as temperate lake breezes wash over both islanders and visitors driving golf carts or riding bicycles through the charming streets. There is less hustle and bustle in the villages, but businesses are open and welcoming to guests. Colors are changing in the trees above the wooded hiking trails and coastal overlooks, making for breathtaking views. While many consider the islands a summer retreat, there are more than two dozen fall events to entice you to make a trip over this season. And, with increased lodging availability and lower room rates (as compared to summer), we can’t think of a reason you wouldn’t plan visit!

*Events at Put-in-Bay are marked (PIB), while events at Kelleys Island are marked (KI).


  • (PIB) Half-way to St. Patrick's Day at the Bay

Sep 21, 2019

Celebrate the half-way mark to St. Patrick's Day. Hooligan's Irish Pub sponsors a Drum and Bagpipe Marching Band. Dress up your golf cart and join in the parade that begins at 1:45 pm. Island restaurants serve Irish-themed food and beverages.

  • (KI) Feathers and Foliage Festival

Sep 21, 2019

Get out and enjoy the fall splendor by going bird banding with Master Bird Bander Tom Bartlett at Jones Preserve. Participants can also take a guided bird walk with Pat Hayes of Kelleys Island Audubon Society or a tree walk with Chris Ashley, Kelleys Island State Park Manager.

  • (PIB) Put-in-Bay Vintage Sports Car Races

Sep 24 - 27, 2019

This event celebrates and recreates sports car races held on the streets of Put-in-Bay from 1952 to 1959 and in 1963. Racers and non-racers alike are engaged in an event that reaches back in time to capture the atmosphere of sports car racing of that era in a uniquely beautiful setting.

  • (PIB) Historic Village Walk

Sep 24, 2019

Take a step back into the past and enjoy a walk through the island's history. Group meets in front of The Boardwalk restaurant 10 minutes prior to the start of each tour, offered at 1 pm and 4 pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • (PIB) Island Wine Festival

Oct 5, 2019

Sample foreign and domestic wines, including island wines, on the lawn of the Put-in-Bay Winery at the Doller Estate. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of good food, wine, winery tours, and a large silent auction that benefits the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society.

  • (KI) Owl Fest

Nov 1-2, 2019
Owls are among species of migratory birds that Kelleys Island welcomes each year! The Owl Fest is quickly becoming one of the most favored fall events on Kelleys Island. Come and enjoy crisp fall evenings with saw-whet owl banding at Scheele Preserve. Be sure to wake up early, mornings bring songbird surprises with bird banding at Jones Preserve. This is a great opportunity to learn about these wonderful species on Kelleys Island. Banding is weather permitting. Bird programs Saturday, 1-4 at the Kelleys Island School.


  • (PIB) Miller Boat Line 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk

Sep 21, 2019

Island-style, family fun race along the Lake Erie shoreline at Put-in-Bay.

  • (PIB) International Day of Peace

Sep 21, 2019

Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial, Put-in-Bay

In observance of World Peace Day, established in 1981 by the United Nations, Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial will present a mini-series of peace topics in the Visitor Center at 1 pm and 3 pm, which include audience discussion. The Park's International Flag Collection will circle the three flag poles and create a large peace symbol visible from the Observation Deck.

  • (PIB) Public Lands Day

Sep 25, 2019

In celebration of Public Lands Day, Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial will offer free access to the Memorial's Observation Deck.

  • (PIB) South Bass Island Lighthouse Tour

Oct 12, 2019

Tour the South Bass Island Lighthouse and learn about its history, and climb the stairs to take in a great view of Put-in-Bay from the top of the tower, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • (KI) Family Halloween

Oct 19, 2019

Start off the day at Noon with Pumpkin Carving hosted by Peeper’s. Head over to Kelley’s Island Wine Co. at 1:30 pm for Halloween crafts and a costume party. From 3-5 pm, all are invited to Kelleys Island 4-H Camp for a family hayride, crafts, snacks, and games, hosted by Kelleys Island Landowners Association.  Kelleys Island EMS is sponsoring the third annual Terror at the Town Hall from 5-7 pm featuring games, decor, movies, and snacks for young children. Also, from 5-8 pm, visit the Island House and Seaway Marina parking lots for Trunk-or-Treat, where kids can trick-or-treat from car trunks decorated for the holiday.


  • (PIB) Haunted Put-in-Bay Ghost Walks

Sep 20, 2019; Sep 27, 2019

Visit the spooky side of Put-in-Bay, with guided walks based on the book "Haunted Put-in-Bay" by William G. Krejci. Group meets in front of The Boardwalk restaurant at 7:20 pm. The tour will begin at 7:30 pm.

  • (KI) Murder Mystery Weekend

Oct 18 - 20, 2019

This weekend-long mystery adventure, hosted by Kelleys Island Venture Resort, will take detective teams all across the island searching for clues.

  • (PIB) Halloween at the Bay

Oct 26, 2019

Downtown taverns decorate with a theme for Halloween. Hundreds of people in costume can be spotted around the island. Some establishments have costume contests and give cash prizes. This is the island's last big weekend of the season.

  • (KI) Adult Halloween

Oct 26, 2019

Immerse yourself in your wildest dreams and dress like it. All bars are open, with prizes for the best costumes. Put your thinking caps on, get dressed up, and come to Kelleys Island.

  • (KI) Day of the Dead Celebration

Oct 26, 2019

On Halloween, the party at KI Cantina, located at the Kelley’s Island Wine Company, is just coming to life! To die for food and drink specials, costume contest, corky craft for children and adults, giveaways, raffles, and more surprise scares as the sun goes down!


  • (PIB) Oktgoaterfest

Sep 21, 2019

Featuring German-themed food & drink at the Goat Soup & Whiskey’s outdoor Biergarten with live entertainment from the Phil Yahn Band.

  • (KI) Lobster Fest

Sep 28, 2019

This annual event at The Village Pump includes dinners with lobster tails, potato, roll, a variety of sides, and dessert. Dinners are served from 4-8 pm or until the event is SOLD OUT! Arrive early to ensure seating and avoid the crowd.

  • (KI) Oktoberfest

Oct 5-7 2019

2nd annual Oktoberfest will be at West Bay Inn this year with food specials, music, and games.

  • (PIB) Oktoberfest

Oct 12 - 13, 2019

The 27th Annual German-style festival at DeRivera Park features German food, hot spiced wine, and cold beer. Fantastic food including brats, potato pancakes, apple dumplings, pierogi, cabbage and noodles, chicken paprikash, and wonderful desserts provided by Put-in-Bay Chamber member restaurants. Live polka and German-style music entertain both days. Souvenir apparel and beer glasses will be for sale as well as many great raffle items.

  • (KI) Casino Clambake

Oct 12, 2019

The Casino hosts this annual clambake. Dinners include: two dozen clams, broth, chowder, baked chicken, corn, and potato. Option to add lobster for an additional fee.

  • (KI) Annual Chili Cook-off

Oct 12, 2019

An island favorite event! Come taste all the entrees at Peeper’s in three categories: Authentic, Original, and Vegetarian. Vote for your favorite and win some prizes as you donate to a great cause.


  • (PIB) Tailgate Weekend

Sep 28 - 29, 2019

Dress in your favorite team's colors, jerseys, and gear for Tailgate Weekend at the Bay. You'll find your favorite team playing on one of the many big screens on the island. Join the Lake Erie Islands Brown Backers at their annual tailgate.

  • (PIB) Annual Fall Ball Customer Appreciation Party

Oct 4 - 5, 2019

Join over 1,500 people for two-days of free food and frosty cold adult beverages, live entertainment, and great family fun. This event is for guests staying at Island Club Rentals.

  • (PIB) Rock the Lake

Oct 17 - 20, 2019

The inaugural charity event at Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille, presented by Rock by the Sea, is a three-night music festival that also includes a corn hole tournament, euchre tournament, golf tournament, and these amazing artists: Blessid Union of Souls, The Accidentals, Steve Everett and Keith Kane of Vertical Horizon, The Locke Boys, Oval Opus, Paul Pfau, Preachervan, Rude Music, Trailer Park Ninjas, and more!

  • (PIB) Buckeye Island Hop

Oct 18 - 20, 2019

This annual event gives alumni and friends of The Ohio State University a chance to check out Gibraltar and South Bass islands and Stone Lab, take part in an outdoor volunteer project, and meet new people.

  • (PIB) "The Wake" at the Round House

Oct 19, 2019

Come mourn the passing of another fun season at Put-in-Bay at the Round House Bar's annual "Wake." Be prepared to dress in black if you want in to attend the festivities.

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