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 20th annual Island Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 and it is sure to be a crowd pleaser for all ages. It is approximately a one hour, 23 minute drive to Catawba or to Port Clinton where you can board boat transportation to the island.
Put-in-Bay Oktoberfest An Oktoberfest actually taking place in October, the Put-in-Bay Oktoberfest is featuring plenty of German-style activities, live entertainment for the whole family and of course, lots of food and libations (beer and wine).
The Oktoberfest will be located under a huge, white 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, sauerkraut, potato pancakes, bratwurst, cabbage rolls, apple dumplings and German chocolate cake.
There will also be lots of German beer and wine provided by Put-in-Bay's own Heineman Winery (established in 1888).
Visitors will be able to enjoy live polka and German music throughout the Oktoberfest.
Hours for the Put-in-Bay 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 2-day pass. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
You can get to Put-in-Bay via the Miller Boat Line ferry or the Jet Express. The Miller Boat Line offers a one-way fare of $7 for adults, $1.50 for children, $2 for bicycles and $15 for cars. Children 6 and under are free. The Miller ferries leave from Catawba and offer an 18 minute ride to Put-in-Bay. Call 800-500-2421 or get online at www.millerferry.com for more information and for boat schedules., The Miller Boat Line is located at 5174 East Water Street in Port Clinton.
You can also catch a ride on the Jet Express out of Port Clinton. Cost is $14.99 for adults and $2.50 for children (6-12). Call 800-245- 1JET or get online at www.jet-express.com. for more information and boat departure times. The Jet Express is located at 3 Monroe St. in Port Clinton.
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 a boat to Put-in-Bay.