Clevelanders, here’s your chance for one more Lake Erie Islands adventure before winter sets in. South Bass Island (better known as Put-in-Bay) is hosting their 18th annual Island Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9 and it is sure to be a crowd pleaser for all ages. It is approximately a 1 hour, 23 minute drive from Cleveland to Port Clinton where you can board boat transportation to the island.
Put-in-Bay Island Oktoberfest An Oktoberfest actually taking place in October, the Put-in-Bay Island Oktoberfest is featuring plenty of German-style festivities, live entertainment for the whole family and of course, lots of food and libations (beer and wine).
The Island Oktoberfest will be located under a huge tent in downtown Put-in-Bay’s DeRivera Park with local restaurants preparing German specialty food for purchase including spatzel, German potato salad, sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel, potato pancakes, red cabbage, bratwurst, cabbage rolls, apple dumplings and German chocolate cake.
There will also be lots of German beer and wine will be provided by Put-in-Bay’s own Heineman WInery .
Live entertainment includes Maxx Band’s Fingers & Sticks German Band (providing polka and German music) and the Leiderkrantz Dancers from Mansfield, Ohio.
Hours for the Put-in-Bay Island Oktoberfest are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday and noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $4 for adults for a one-day pass and $6 for a two-day pass. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Visitors will receive a souvenir Oktoberfest mug with each paid admission.
You can get to Put-in-Bay via the Miller Boat Line or the Jet Express. The Miller Boat Line offers a one way fare of $6.50 for adults, $1.50 for children 6-11 and for cars $15. Children under 6 are free. The Miller Boat Line is located at 5174 East Water St. in Port Clinton. Call 800-500-2121 for boat departure times.
The Jet Express offers a one way fare of $14 for adults and $2 for children 6-12. Children under 6 are free. The Jet Express is located at 3 Monroe St. in Port Clinton. Call 419-732-2800 for Jet Express departure times.
It is 76 miles from Cleveland to Port Clinton (approximately a one hour, 23 minute drive). From there you will need to take a ferry or boat to Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island).