Events

Mark your calendar for a variety of exciting events taking place from May through September. Here, you'll discover some of the best ways to meet and mingle with the people and places that make Lake Erie the most desirable destination for your next day trip, weekend getaway or entire summer vacation.

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MAY EVENTS

3rd Thursday | May 19
Vermilion, Ohio
Explore downtown Vermilion as it is turned into a Norman Rockwell setting reminiscent of a New England town nestled into the coast of Lake Erie. Enjoy an exciting array of free musical entertainment, from country, jazz and rock to island, Russian folk, Irish, pop and much more while browsing the shops, boutiques and restaurants of this quaint historic area. https://www.vermilionohio.com/3rd-thursdays/

16th Annual North American Sea Glass Festival | May 21-22
Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center, Toledo, Ohio
Celebrate the treasures of Lake Erie during this year’s pirate-themed event, hosted by the North American Sea Glass Association (NASGA), a group of professional sea glass collectors, authors, artisans and retailers dedicated to establishing a community of informed collectors and sellers of sea glass. Shop merchandise sold by NASGA members, as well as enjoy a variety of lectures and exhibitors. Presentation topics include a history of piracy on the Great Lakes, American-made toy marbles, history of passenger travel on the Great Lakes and more. https://seaglassassociation.org/festival/

41st Annual Walleye Festival | May 26-30
Port Clinton, Ohio
Grab a mouthwatering walleye sandwich and spend the weekend browsing the wares of more than 130 vendors from around the nation set to the backdrop of the picturesque Waterworks Park, located on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie. Don't miss the array of free live concerts, Kids Fishing Derby, Grande Parade, educational programs and activities, carnival rides and more. https://www.portclintonchamber.com/walleye-festival.html

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JUNE EVENTS

Art in the Park | June 4-5
Windsor, Ontario
Explore one of Ontario's largest outdoor arts and crafts shows while strolling the 15.5 acres of gated grounds surrounding the beautiful and historic Willistead Manor in Walkerville (Windsor). While you browse the wares of talented artists, sip on local beer and wine, enjoy live entertainment and visit the Spirit Tent to taste the dishes of high-end local restaurants. https://rotary1918.com/page/art-in-the-park 

Windsor Ribfest | June 3-5
Presented by Northern Heat Rib Series, check out North America's largest rib and beer tour. Enjoy a weekend filled with food, fun and entertainment, including live music, giant yard games, kids zone with bounce houses and classic carnival eats and treats. https://northernheatribseries.ca/windsor/ 

CoasterMania! | June 3
Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
Thrill seekers will appreciate this event dedicated to those who can't get enough ride time on Cedar Point's roller coasters. Enjoy exclusive ride times on several rides in the early morning before the park opens, a fantastic lunch, special events and more after the park closes. https://www.cedarpoint.com/events/coastermania

Pride in the CLE | June 4
Cleveland, Ohio
Having the largest Pride event on record, with 30,000 attendees, the return of this in-person festival is sure to be a memorable event. Kick off the celebration with the Pride in the CLE March, hear from members of the community at the Speak Out Stage and enjoy live entertainment at the Main Stage. https://lgbtcleveland.org/pride/

LaSalle Strawberry Festival | June 9-12
LaSalle, Ontario
Enjoy the sweet taste of one of summer's favorite flavors, from freshly picked strawberries to strawberry ice cream and so much more. This family oriented event features rides, vendors, live entertainment, a parade, fireworks and many other attractions. https://www.lasalle.ca/en/things-to-do/strawberry-festival.aspx#Parking

OSU Alumni Band | June 11
Lakeside Marblehead, Ohio
Sport your favorite Ohio State gear for the return of The Ohio State University Alumni Band to Lakeside. The largest all-brass and percussion college alumni band in the U.S. is composed of OSU graduates ranging in age from their early 20s to their late 80s. Fan favorites, such as "Buckey Battlecry" and "Hang on Sloopy" will blast from the stage of Hoover Auditorium, along with jazz, marches, contemporary music and big band hits. https://lakesideohio.com/events/the-ohio-state-university-alumni-band/ 

Taste of Lakewood | June 12
Lakewood, Ohio
Celebrate the city's reputation as a spectacular lakefront dining destination. Taste the flavors of dozens of local restaurants while sipping on craft beer, wine and other refreshments and enjoying live entertainment, local shopping and more.
https://www.lakewoodchamber.org/

3rd Thursday | June 16
Vermilion, Ohio
Explore downtown Vermilion as it is turned into a Norman Rockwell setting reminiscent of a New England town nestled into the coast of Lake Erie. Enjoy an exciting array of free musical entertainment, from country, jazz and rock to island, Russian folk, Irish, pop and much more while browsing the shops, boutiques and restaurants of this quaint historic area. https://www.vermilionohio.com/3rd-thursdays/

Duck Tape Festival | June 16-18
Avon, Ohio
This three-day event celebrates duct tape, its enthusiasts and its wacky and fun uses. The festival also honors the history and heritage of Avon, the city that is proclaimed the "Duck Tape Capital of the World" and the home of the Duck brand duct tape. https://www.duckbrand.com/duck-tape-festival

Taste of Tecumseh | June 17-18
This two-day event features delectable tastes and unique talents, all at a beautiful waterfront setting nestled on Lake St. Clair in Tecumseh. Sample culinary delights, taste a variety of distinctive award-winning wines, get hoppy with craft beer and enjoy live entertainment from talented performers. http://www.tasteoftecumseh.ca/ 

Put-in-Bay Pyrate Fest XIII | June 24-28
Put-in-Bay, Lake Erie Islands
https://www.visitputinbay.com/events/put-in-bay-pyrate-fest-xiii-2022/

Woofa~Roo Pet Fest | June 25-26
Amherstburg, Ontario
Woofa~Roo Pet Fest is a fun filled festival for "pets and their people" featuring live presentations, such as dock diving, dog agility, lure coursing, and dog races, as well as specialty vendors, charity contests and more. There's something for everyone at Essex County's only pet- and family-friendly festival. http://www.woofaroo.com/ 

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JULY EVENTS

Arts @ the Marina | July 2-3
Leamington, Ontario
The South Essex Arts Association/Leamington Arts Centre proudly present this annual arts and rafts show. The two-day event held Canada Day weekend at the scenic lakeside Leamington Municipal Marina and Rick Atkin Park, features dozens of artisans, live local music, children's activities, food and refreshments. https://leamingtonartscentre.com/?page_id=79

Light Up the Point | July 4
Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
Celebrate Independence day with one of the largest fireworks shows on the Great Lakes. https://www.cedarpoint.com/events/light-up-the-point 

2022 Cleveland Tall Ships Festival | July 7-10
Cleveland, Ohio
This four-day maritime celebration welcomes visitors to step aboard (and even set sail) on the 2022 fleet of tall ships. Spend the weekend marveling at these magnificent vessels while dining on delicious festival food, sipping on craft beers, browsing the marketplace and enjoying live entertainment, including street performers. https://tallshipscle.com/

Simone Jardim's Nike Pickleball Camp | July 14-16
Lakeside Marblehead, Ohio
Join Simone Jardim, the No. 1 ranked female player in the Professional Pickleball Association standings, for a three-day Nike Pickleball Camp at the Hubbard Pickleball Center. This adult camp (for ages 18+) is designed to address your specific needs, increase your knowledge of the game and help you improve in a fun and friendly environment. Highlights include instruction from Jardim and her professional staff, 12 hours of court time, low camper to staff ratio and much more. https://lakesideohio.com/events/nike-pickleball-camp-with-simone-jardim/ 

Lakewood Summer Meltdown | July 16
Lakewood, Ohio
Don't miss one of the region's most highly anticipated street parties that draws nearly 15,000 attendees from across Northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood. The event includes a 5K, 1-mile family fun run and walk, as well as a street festival complete with outdoor activities, games, food vendors, a beer garden, live music and more. https://www.lakewoodalive.org/event/lakewood-summer-meltdown/

19th Annual Lakeside Wooden Boat Show | July 17
Lakeside Marblehead, Ohio
Lakeside’s waterfront will transform into an outdoor showroom of classic wooden boats. As one of Lake Erie’s largest wooden boat exhibits, more than 80 cruisers will line the dock and lawn of Hotel Lakeside for an up-close view. In addition to the boat displays on land and water, the Lyman Boat Works Historical Museum is onsite all weekend long to tell the story of boatbuilding on the Great Lakes with a walk-thru display, replicas and boats from each decade, hands-on activities for children and more. https://lakesideohio.com/events/wooden-boat-show/?occurrence=2022-07-17 

3rd Thursday | July 21
Vermilion, Ohio
Explore downtown Vermilion as it is turned into a Norman Rockwell setting reminiscent of a New England town nestled into the coast of Lake Erie. Enjoy an exciting array of free musical entertainment, from country, jazz and rock to island, Russian folk, Irish, pop and much more while browsing the shops, boutiques and restaurants of this quaint historic area. https://www.vermilionohio.com/3rd-thursdays/

Summer Market | July 22-23
Black River Landing, Lorain, Ohio
Soak up some sunshine and fresh breezes at this spacious riverside park as you browse the work of more than 125 curated artists, makers, pickers, collectors, growers and foodies selling furniture, architectural salvages, vintage wares, art, jewelry, coastal décor, fresh produce and more. In between strolls around the beautiful grounds, dine on dishes from featured restaurants and food trucks, sip on a cocktail by the water or grab a blanket to set on the grass and rock along to the sounds of live music. The Summer Market is a fundraising effort for Girls Give Back, a nonprofit dedicated to helping those in need through random acts of kindness. https://thesummermarket.com/

Blazing Paddles Paddlefest | July 23
Cleveland, Ohio
http://sharetheriver.com/blazing-paddles

Cedar Point Nights | July 29-Aug. 21
Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
https://www.cedarpoint.com/

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AUGUST EVENTS

Columbus Zoo 'Animal Ambassadors' | Aug. 3
Lakeside Marblehead, Ohio
Fun for all ages, join us for a unique educational experience with animal ambassadors from the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. Meet the animals as they're presented one by one from the steps of the Steele Memorial Bandstand. Zoo staff will discuss the animals’ habitats, status in their native range, conservation issues and more. You’ll walk away learning about different wildlife species and where they come from, what they eat and what makes these incredible animals so special. https://lakesideohio.com/events/columbus-zoo-animal-ambassadors/ 

Vermilion Beach Market | Aug. 5-6
Vermilion, Ohio
https://www.vermilionbeachmarket.com/

Lakewood Arts Festival | Aug. 6
Lakewood, Ohio
http://lakewoodartsfest.org/

Erie County Fair | Aug. 10-21
Hamburg, New York
https://www.ecfair.org/ 

Barefoot at the Beach | Aug. 14
Toledo, Ohio
https://www.barefootatthebeach.org/

3rd Thursday | Aug. 18
Vermilion, Ohio
Explore downtown Vermilion as it is turned into a Norman Rockwell setting reminiscent of a New England town nestled into the coast of Lake Erie. Enjoy an exciting array of free musical entertainment, from country, jazz and rock to island, Russian folk, Irish, pop and much more while browsing the shops, boutiques and restaurants of this quaint historic area. https://www.vermilionohio.com/3rd-thursdays/

Bash on the Bay | Aug. 24-25
Put-in-Bay, Lake Erie Islands
http://bashonthebay.com/

2022 Tall Ships Erie | Aug. 25-28
Erie, Pennsylvania
https://www.tallshipserie.org/

56th Annual German-American Festival | Aug. 26-18
Toledo, Ohio
https://germanamericanfestival.net/

6th Great Lakes Beach Glass & Coastal Arts Festival | Oct. 8-9
Bayfront Convention Center, Erie, Pennsylvania
It’s the beach glass event you’ve been waiting to attend! Relish is proud to present the return of the Great Lakes Beach Glass & Coastal Arts Festival, featuring more than 80 juried coastal artists from across the U.S. and Canada in a variety of mediums, from handmade jewelry, art and home goods to décor, clothing and much more. Additional highlights of this year’s show include a fun and informative lecture series, live music, a collector area, bottle/shared ID exhibit and antique bottle collection, as well as a display of the largest piece of sea glass to be found in Lake Erie. It weighs more than 275 pounds and was found on Oct. 4, 2017, in Ashtabula County. https://www.relishinc.com/pages/beach-glass-festival.html

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SEPTEMBER EVENTS

50th Annual Greek American Festival | Sept. 9-11
Toledo, Ohio
https://www.toledogreekfest.com/

18th Annual Toledo Lighthouse Waterfront Festival | Sept. 10-11
Maumee Bay State Park, Toledo, Ohio
http://www.toledolighthousefestival.com/

Amherstburg Uncommon Festival | Sept. 16-18
Amherstburg, Ontario
Come dressed in your favorite wizardry or steampunk cosplay and enjoy the exciting and unexpected sights that fill this three-day event, including Dr. Vol Houligan's Traveling Variety Show, interactive performances and workshops by the Vaudevillians. https://visitamherstburg.ca/events/amherstburg-uncommon/ 

3rd Thursday | Sept. 15
Vermilion, Ohio
Explore downtown Vermilion as it is turned into a Norman Rockwell setting reminiscent of a New England town nestled into the coast of Lake Erie. Enjoy an exciting array of free musical entertainment, from country, jazz and rock to island, Russian folk, Irish, pop and much more while browsing the shops, boutiques and restaurants of this quaint historic area. https://www.vermilionohio.com/3rd-thursdays/