12 Months of Fun Around Lake Erie
Discover ways to celebrate our Great Lake during any season.
Get a jump on the season at the annual Cleveland Boat Show at the I-X Center in Cleveland. clevelandboatshow.com
Check out ice sculptures — and see them being carved — at Ice A Fair in Vermilion, Ohio. Bundle up and stay to enjoy the food and entertainment. mainstreetvermilion.org/ice
Head to Buffalo — where 11% of the population is Irish — to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with two parades, plenty of Irish pubs and classic foods like Beef on Weck. visitbuffaloniagara.com
Enjoy classics like “Saturday in the Park” when Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chicago takes the stage April 7 at Caesars Windsor in Ontario. The next morning, enjoy a walk along the Detroit River. caesers.com
Take flight with Festival of the Birds (May 12-14) at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania, where more than 320 species of birds have been recorded. presqueisleaudubon.org
Join the pirates in downtown Put-in-Bay for live entertainment, a parade, reenactments and more at the annual —and family-friendly — Pyrate Fest (June 23-25). Costumes are encouraged. pyratefest.org
Head to Kelleys Island in Ohio for Island Fest (July 14-16) to enjoy family entertainment, a parade, fireworks, crafters, street dances, games, great food and a beer tent.
Laugh at the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival (Aug. 2-6) featuring more than 50 events and 30 artists in Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, New York. comedycenter.org
Celebrate the harvest at Grape Jamboree (Sept. 23-24) in Geneva, Ohio, with a grape-stomping contest, a parade, rides, great food, entertainment, grape juice and local wine. grapejamboree.com
Embrace fall at the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival (Oct. 14), where you’ll find pumpkin-decorating, a pie contest, live music, hayrides and tours of the iconic Ohio lighthouse. lakesideohio.com
Join hunters from all over the world to participate in the Pelee Island Pheasant Hunt, which has been happening on this 10,000-acre island in Ontario for more than 90 years. pelee.org/pheasant-hunts
Marvel at more than a million twinkling lights at the Toledo Zoo and Aquarium’s annual Lights Before Christmas, which has been voted best zoo lights by USA Today. toledozoo.org/lights