Summer is When We Shine! Shores & Islands July & August Event Highlights
Published July 2022
With the impressive Lake Erie coastline and a remarkable array of seasonal attractions, summer is when Shores & Islands shines! Explore the shore at a number of local beaches where you can relax and unwind or play in the sand. Take to the water for some fun with jet ski, kayak, or paddle board rentals or enjoy the view from above with a parasailing adventure. Boaters and anglers especially appreciate the opportunities this Great Lake location offers, including the best freshwater fishing in the country. Lake cruises and island-hopping ferries abound as visitors to Shores & Islands Ohio enjoy excursions to bucolic islands filled with natural beauty and small-town charm. Tour wineries, hike nature preserves, play mini-golf, shop till you drop, or get your fill of unique and tasty eats at Kelleys Island, Middle Bass Island, and Put-in-Bay. Family fun attractions, such as world-famous Cedar Point Amusement Park, the outdoor water park at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center, Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, and Fast Eddie’s Sports Park, keep all ages entertained and filled with excitement. Visit during the summer for fantastic outdoor concerts, festivals, and events and stick around for the amazing sunsets!
Here are some event highlights for July and August, 2022:
Celebrate KI, Kelleys Island
July 15-17, 2022
Come out and CELEBRATE KI! Parade, Vendors, Street Dance and Fireworks!
Middle Bass Island Music Festival, Middle Bass Island
July 16, 2022
Free, family-friendly, event held at the renovated patio of the former Lonz Winery, filled with the sounds of music by local musicians, food, and more. While on the island, take a moment to tour the winery museum, showcasing the history of Lonz Winery, learn about the Lake Erie Island Conservancy, walk the trails, and enjoy a relaxing family day.
7th Annual Put-in-Bay Jeep Invasion, Put-in-Bay
July 16-17, 2022
The 7th Annual Jeep Invasion welcomes all Jeeps to a weekend of fun on Lake Erie. Antique Jeeps are invited to join in on the antique car parade on Saturday afternoon.
Lakeside Wooden Boat Show, Lakeside Chautauqua
July 17, 2022
Featuring more the 70 wooden boats! Watch Lakeside's waterfront transform into an outdoor showroom of classic wooden boats, as cruisers line the dock and historic Hotel Lakeside lawn! Enjoy live music, Pel Air art sale, Lyman Boats Historical Museum, food, and more!
Kelleys Island Film Fest, Kelleys Island
July 22-24, 2022
Relax outdoors at the Ball Field, off Addison St., to watch popular box office movies, drive-in style, free of charge, in front of a large inflatable screen. The outdoor movies begin with an early movie at dusk and another late night to follow. Not only is the inflatable screen and sound system impressive, snacks and drinks will be for sale during all showtimes. Films include: Field of Dreams, The Sandlot, Spider-Man No Way Home, The Parent Trap, and The Princess Bride.
IRONMAN 70.3 Ohio, Sandusky
July 24, 2022
One of Ohio’s growing destination spots, Sandusky surprises with its beautiful parks, downtown architecture, and wealth of history. Athletes can expect a 1.2-mile swim in Sandusky Bay, a rolling 56-mile bike through scenic Erie County, and a 13.1-mile run along the shoreline of Lake Erie capping off with a thrilling finish in downtown Sandusky.
Cedar Point Nights, Sandusky
July 29, 2022-Augustust 21, 2022
The fun goes up when the sun goes down. Dance the night away on the Cedar Point Beach at the ultimate nighttime glow beach party. If you’re looking to unwind and relax, Cedar Point has you covered with fire pits and lounge chairs. Or, challenge each other with larger-than-life games. There’s something for everyone!
Vermilion Beach Market, Vermilion
August 5-6, 2022
Vintage + Handmade Beachside Market at Sherod Park. Shop by the beach from over 90 vendors for vintage, shabby and chic decor, including furniture, architectural salvage, handmade jewelry, clothing, art and home decor. Food trucks + wine bar.
29th Annual Classic Car Show, Port Clinton
August 6, 2022
Cars, trucks and bikes from virtually every era and every make will be on display on Madison Street in Downtown Port Clinton. Proud owners will be polishing their vehicles and waxing eloquently about the history and renovations of their unique vehicles. DJ will be playing your favorites with 50/50 drawings every hour along with door prizes.
Island Green Week, Middle Bass Island, South Bass Island/Put-in-Bay
August 6-13, 2022
Take a deep breath and enjoy the natural beauty of these Ohio islands in Lake Erie. Activities include Middle Bass Island Poker Kayak Day, Historic Lonz Winery Tour, Middle Bass Island Park Dedication, Wild Tuesdays OSU's Gibraltar Island Tour, Island Preserve Ramble Eco-Tour, Historic South Bass Island Lighthouse Tour, Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center's Annual Pig Roast and Auction, Star Gazing Cruise, and Aquatic Visitors Center tours.
Kelleys Island Homecoming, Kelleys Island
August 12-13, 2022
Homecoming is an event sponsored by the Kelleys Island Landowners Association and serves as a weekend for those who love the island to return and enjoy fun, food, and entertainment.
Peaches and Cream Summer Harvest Festival, Berlin Heights
August 13, 2022
Gather for a celebration of the summer peach harvest at Quarry Hill Orchards! 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.
Big Splash Raffle, Sandusky
August 19-20, 2022
The annual Big Splash Raffle is a fundraising event for the Maritime Museum of Sandusk which offers more than $250,000 in cash and prizes, including cars and motorcycles. The gates open at 5 pm on Friday night for the Bash Before the Splash, a kick-off event with food, beverages, side raffles, 50/50 drawings, and live entertainment. Saturday continues the fun with more side raffles, 50/50s, food trucks and beverages, plus the main event raffle.
Halupki Festival, Marblehead
August 21, 2022
Ethnic festival at the Holy Assumption Orthodox Church with halupki, perogies, kielbasa, home baked goods, Polka music by local performers, tours of Ohio's second-oldest Orthodox Church, as well as art and craft vendors.
Bash on the Bay 5 featuring Brad Paisley and the Zac Brown Band, Put-in-Bay
August 24-25, 2022
Bash on the Bay is a two-day music festival held on the grounds of the Put-in-Bay airport. The biggest names in country music will perform! Wednesday, August 24: Brad Paisley, Jake Owen, Blanco Brown, Paulina Jayne, The Hubie Ashcraft Band. Thursday, August 25: Zac Brown Band, Chris Janson, Morgan Evans, TBD, David Graham & The Eskimo Brothers
Check out our events calendar for details on these events and more! You can search the calendar by date, location, or type of event. Add some fun events to your summer getaway!
Shores & Islands Ohio
One of the Midwest’s hottest vacation spots, the region between Toledo and Cleveland provides an eclectic mix of historically significant sites, family-fun amusements, gorgeous scenery, and outdoor recreation.