Port Clinton Ohio
is host to two of the most unusual and fun-filled events in the area. Usually held in May, Port Clinton's annual "Walleye Fest" offers free admission and entertainment for the whole family. For kids, there's a small fry contest and fishing derby. Enjoy rides, a parade, great food, the crowning of the Walleye Princess and Walleye Queen and much more. Then on December 31, a large crowd gathers for the New Year’s Eve Midnight Madness Walleye Drop in downtown Port Clinton. Yes – just like the ball on Times Square, a large ceramic walleye fish is dropped at the stroke of midnight to welcome in the New Year. Just a short drive south of Port Clinton on Route 24 is historic AuGlaize Village. Open June through August, this historically accurate recreated village offers visitors a glimpse of life the way it was like a century ago. Throughout the season, the village hosts a variety of “Special Events Days”, such as the Johnny Appleseed Festival. The islands of Lake Erie hold many other special events throughout the season, such as fishing tournaments, nature programs, guided nature walks and and golf outings. Many of the small towns that dot the area surrounding Port Clinton hold their own annual festivals; such as the Oak Ridge Festival, usually held in July, in the tiny town of Attica, or nearby Tiffin's Heritage "Living History" Village held each September. The following is a list of other special events found in the Port Clinton area.
Open House at the On-Site Keeper's House – June, every Monday and Friday. Marblehead Lighthouse State Park 1pm-5pm Free admission. While visiting the home of past lighthouse keepers and their families, you will have the opportunity to learn about their lives, shipwrecks in the area, history of Marblehead, and much more.
Waterfront Arts and Craft Show in downtown Port Clinton, usually held in June.
An original arts and crafts show featuring approximately 60 vendors and sponsored by the Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce.
Founder’s Day - Put-in-Bay. Held at DeRivera Park in the month of June. A celebration of the founding of the island village by Jose DeRivera. A fun-filled family event including an ox roast luncheon, entertainment, children's games and prizes, vendors, summer food fare, clowns and magicians.
Junior Olympic Sailing Regatta - Port Clinton Yacht Club
The North Coast Junior Regatta is hosted annually by the Port Clinton Yacht Club. Junior sailors will compete in six classes of boats over a three-day period.
Annual Arts in the Park - held in August at Lakeview Park, Port Clinton. 10am-5pm Free admission. Over 165 quality arts and crafts people sell their original works.
Green Island Races – Held in September at the Port Clinton Yacht Club.
The race is held annually on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend. More than 100 boats race the mouth of the Portage River, North of Green Island, to the Starve Island buoy and back to the start/finish line at the Portage River.