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May 2015

Nest with the Birds

May 21 - May 24

Join us in welcoming migrating song birds to this wonderfully quiet 2,800 acre island in the western basin of Lake Erie. Our program includes our monthly potluck meeting on Thursday, guided bird walk on Friday, our monthly bird census, ending on Saturday with our bi-annual bird-banding program at Jones Preserve on Long Point. For information: 419-746-2258

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June 2015

Perch Derby

June 1
Caddy Shack & Buckeye Bar – Venue,
115 Division Street, Kelleys Island, OH 43438 United States
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$10

Ohio Bike Week Dice Run

June 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bag the Moon – Venue,
109 W Lakeshore Dr, Kelleys Island, OH 43438 United States
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Ohio Bike Week comes to Kelleys Island. Tour the island while participating in the annual Ohio Bike Week Dice Run. The Dice Run includes an exciting tour of the island while completing a scavenger hunt and collecting your dice rolls. Participants will have the opportunity to visit and enjoy a variety of local businesses. This is a fun event for the riders as well as the islanders. Participation in the Dice Run is $10; ferry fees are just $5 per bike for this event only! Registration and…

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$20

Annual 5K & 10K Run

June 7 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Memorial Park – Venue,
112 Division Street, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States
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The 33rd Annual Kelleys Island 5K & 10K Run will be hosted by the Kelleys Island Chamber of Commerce and supervised by the Firelands Area Runners Club. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation, as well as the Kelleys Island Chamber of Commerce. The race will begin at 10:45 downtown, near the Memorial Park. Race registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. Pre-registration is also available. Runners will enjoy a scenic route (especially along the lakefront) and will be provided… Find out more »

Bacon Fest

June 12 - June 14
Kelleys Island Wine Co – Venue,
418 Woodford Rd, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States

Kelley’s Island Wine Company’s 3rd annual BACONFEST!!! A whole weekend dedicated to bacon. Spend all weekend enjoying our “Bacon Takeover” menu, as well as bacon related activities and events. Three days of live music and bacon love. Visit Rosie our live pig and bacon mascot. Enjoy a pig roast (don’t worry it’s not Rosie!) and BBQ all day Saturday. Don’t forget to check out our bacon merchandise and games, to take a slice of the bacon home with you!

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$45.00

Island Hopping Trip

June 18
Island Hopping Trip,
PO Box 783, Kelleys Island, OH 43438 United States
Jump on the Jet Express from downtown Sandusky. First stop, beautiful Kelleys Island. Shop, eat lunch, rent a golf cart to explore the island and see the largest exposed glacial grooves in the world, right here in your own backyard. Get a 10% discount coupon good at participating business to eat and shop till your heart is content. Sliding back onto the Jet and heading to Put-In-Bay where you will get a coupon to ride the Tram, stopping at Heinemann's… Find out more »

Make-A-Wish Horseshoe Tournament

June 21
Kelleys Island Wine Co – Venue,
418 Woodford Rd, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States

Play an age old game for a wonderful cause. Come early sign up your team and have a full day of fun and friendship. Food & drink available.

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Music Fest

June 27
Memorial Park – Venue,
112 Division Street, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States

Musicfest, an Island must now, this year will be our 2nd annual Musicfest in downtown Kelleys Island Park, 5 bands 90 minutes each starting at 11:00 Saturday. This year we will add 1/2 Day Sunday as well. Great Lakes Brewing and Sweet Water Brewery Sponsorship and beer sales. Dont miss this new and exciting event!!

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July 2015
$100

Russ Wilson 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

July 11 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ball Field – Venue,
121 Addison Road, Kelleys Island, OH 43438 United States
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The Russ Wilson 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament will be held on July 11th. The 18 and under division starts at 9:00am, older divisions start later depending on the amount of teams. Location is the basketball court near the ball field. Cost is $100 per team. Registration will begin the beginning of June, and this event is sponsored by The Village Pump and Kelleys Island Wine Co. More details coming soon!

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Triathlon & Family Races

July 12 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am
Seaway Marina – Venue,
240 E Lakeshore Dr, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States

​​​​Overview Kelleys Island Triathlon & Family Races will be held this summer on Sunday, July 12, 2015 at the Historic Village of Kelleys Island. This family friendly event has something to offer everyone as event day includes a Sprint Triathlon, Sprint Duathlon, 10k Run/Walk, 5k Run, Kids FUN Run, awards ceremony and a shoreline lunch! The courses for each event have been designed with two things in mind: safety and scenery. Regardless of which event you are competing in you…

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Island Fest

July 17 - July 19
Memorial Park – Venue,
112 Division Street, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States

This years theme is “All for One and One for All.” Echoing Kelleys Island business, families and friends. Starting Friday evening thru Sunday afternoon. Island Fest is a family friendly event. Friday local vendors will be setting up shop in Memorial Park down town for the early bird shoppers who want to get a head start on something unique. Saturday will be filled with fun starting with a Parade at 11am. Games, more unique gifts from local vendors, food all…

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KidStage

July 20
Town Hall – Venue,
130 Division Street, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States
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KidStage® was founded in 1997 with the mission of providing K-12 grade students the opportunity to have their lives enriched through the performing arts. Since 1997, we have served thousands of students and have created adult and Senior Citizen programs. KidStage® is offered all across the nation with classes at local schools, day care centers, senior citizen centers, museums, boys and girls clubs, parks, and any other venues interested in allowing kids the opportunity to grow through the performing arts.…

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Film Fest

July 24 - July 26

Join us for Kelleys Island inside and outdoor Film Fest. Movies shown at the Old Town Hall and at the Kelleys Island Ball Diamond all three nights, Friday, Sat, Sun. A real big event now adays. Fun Family event with the Kelleys Island Fire Department, the Kelleys Island Audubon Society and the Kelleys Island EMS selling treats and beverages for your viewing pleasure.

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August 2015
$10 per hand

Make-A-Wish Benefit Golf Cart Poker Run

August 1
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Dockers Restaurant – Venue,
Kelleys Island, OH 43438 United States

Get your Golf Cart early and enjoy hours of fun, sight seeing and friends. Start from Dockers Restaurant and ending at Kelleys Island Wine Company with music, 50/50, Wine Ring Toss game, Basket Raffles, and more. All proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish and local children having their wishes granted.

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Free

Arts & Crafts Show

August 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Kelleys Island Historical Association – Venue,
224 Division Street, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States
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Visit with local artisans, crafters, artists, and writers at the museum. This show is open to anyone who has a marketable talent, just aching to see the light of day: Music, Jewelry, Pottery, Writing, Painting, Knitting, Sewing, or that category that simply defies description. These talented people offer a perfectly unique shopping experience. While there, tour the museum and gift shop and visit the historic Stone Church, built in 1865. Stop by while you are on the Make-A-Wish Golf Cart…

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Free

Make-A-Wish Benefit Swim

August 1 @ 11:00 am - August 2 @ 1:00 pm
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Always the first Sunday in August.
Portside Marina – Venue,
114 W Lake Shore Dr, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States
Cindra Mielke & Jeni Hammond, our Island Swimmers for over 20 years have been making long distance swims to help local children. From 2 hours to 8 1/2 hours long swims, they have raised over $600,000.00 in 20 years. This event is a heart warming experience you will never forget. Enjoy a party to celebrate their swimming in and meet past and present Wish children and families. Find out more »
$6 - $16

Kelly Miller Circus

August 3 - August 4
Ball Field – Venue,
121 Addison Road, Kelleys Island, OH 43438 United States

Come One, Come All to America’s second-largest big top show. Begin the day watching the elephants raise the big top. Arrive at the show early to enjoy the fun-filled Midway, complete with elephant, camel and pony rides, cotton candy, hot dogs, popcorn and more. The traditional circus show is a great family event, fun for all ages, and features tigers, elephants, acrobats, clowns and other fantastic performances. Be a part of the magic of “Circus Days” on Kelleys Island. All activities take place at…

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Justin Horseshoe Tournament

August 7 @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kelleys Island Wine Co – Venue,
418 Woodford Rd, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States

      We hold this event to celebrate Justin’s life and his love of this sport, to benefit his children, Isis & Mercury, and to have a really great day.         All are welcome, no matter your skill of the game.   There will be a cash prize for 1st place and additional prizes for 2nd & 3rd, however this day is more about having a great time.We would be honored if you could join us!  Visit the “Sign…

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Free

K.I. Historical Assoc. Annual Meeting and Day of Events

August 8 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Kelleys Island Historical Association – Venue,
224 Division Street, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States
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The island’s Historical Association and museum will offer a day of activities, including a free concert, free presentation, and free admission to the museum (details to follow).

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Homecoming

August 15
Ball Field – Venue,
121 Addison Road, Kelleys Island, OH 43438 United States

Homecoming is a time in which those who love this island, return and enjoy a day of fun, food and entertainment. Watch a parade down Lakeshore….better yet, enter the parade.  Anything that rolls is a float!!   Visit our craft fair, eat lunch, and listen to live music in the Pavilion.  Check out Back to the Wild and the amazing work they do with live animals.  Puppets, balloons, face painting and a jump house for the young and young at heart. Bake a pie and enter…

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22nd Annual Poker Run/Dice Roll

August 29 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bag the Moon – Venue,
109 W Lakeshore Dr, Kelleys Island, OH 43438 United States

Grab your bike – golf cart – motorcycle and join in the fun in the 22nd Annual Poker Run/Dice Roll. Take a trip around the Island to gather answers and points from the dice. Sign in is at noon; last bike in 5. Great prizes.

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September 2015

Murder Mystery Weekend

September 11
Kelleys Island Venture Resort,
441 West Lakeshore Drive, Kelleys Island, OH 43438 United States
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Join us  for our annual Murder Mystery Weekend.  Kelleys Island Venture Resort and the Shadow Stalkers invite you to participate in a weekend long hunt to find out, “Who done it?” Everyone needs a little mystery! Be forewarned! This is NOT dinner theater. It’s a nonstop think-on-your-feet mystery designed by those lovable, but devious folks from Shadow Stalkers. Did we mention that our killers will be here too? No? Well, we wouldn’t want to frighten you away now, would we? Please…

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Treasure Island Day

September 12
Kelleys Island – Venue,
Kelleys Island, 43438 United States

Island wide hunt to find the best treasures. Gently used items are sold street side and in garages. You never know what you will find when you look. Get your map at the Chamber office and get ready to explore every road. Sales start at 9am and last as long as you do.

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Free

Butterfly Festival

September 12 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Kelleys Island Historical Association – Venue,
224 Division Street, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States
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Make this one of your stops after sampling the delights of the Island Wide Yard Sale. At 11 a.m., Pat Hayes of our local Audubon Club will present a short program on Monarch Butterflies. He will actually tag butterflies which is so cool to watch. You can even adopt a butterfly and track its migration on the web. Make sure you visit the museum and gift shop and meet local artists, authors and artisans. Sponsored by the Kelleys Island Historical…

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Pig Roast

September 19
West Bay – Venue,
1230 W Lakeshore Dr, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States
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Free

Wine Fest

September 19 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Kelleys Island Wine Co – Venue,
418 Woodford Rd, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States

Winefest is a fun outdoor festival for all ages! Free wine tasting are available as well as hourly raffles filled with wine themed gifts. Live entertainment will be featured on the covered porches. Festival food and vendors set up under the “wine” tent. Food and drink specials all day and lowest wine prices of the year!

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Dahlia Tour

September 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Visit the Inn on Kelleys Island and tour the Victorian Style home while learning about the historical background and features. Next is the beautiful Dahlia garden where you will view numerous varieties and colors of this hardy bloom. Each guest will receive a Dahlia stem of their choice to take home.

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Harvest Festival

September 26
Memorial Park – Venue,
112 Division Street, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States
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The 1st Annual Harvest Festival will take place in the Memorial Park, downtown Kelleys Island. The event will be filled with fun, family activities to kick-off the beginning of the beautiful fall season. This is a community event. Times, attractions and activity schedule coming soon.

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Lobster Fest

September 26
Village Pump – Venue,
103 W Lakeshore Dr, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States

Join The Village Pump for Logsterfest, a Pump Lobster tail dinner or Pump Lobster Roll dinner with all the trimings. from 4-8. Price to be determined. No reservation please, first come first serve.

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Free

Feather and Foliage Bird Festival

September 26 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Enjoy falls splendor at the Jones Preserve on Long Point.  View a variety of migrating birds with our bi-annual Bird Banding.  Join us in a guided beginners bird walk geared to all ages. We are watching the trees for leaves and birds, all day long! Our State Park manager will lead a tree identification walk through the State Park. We will have a guided bird walk at the new North Pond Preserve and Boardwalk. Join us to view a variety of migrating birds…

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Putt-Putt Pig Roast

September 27
Caddy Shack & Buckeye Bar – Venue,
115 Division Street, Kelleys Island, OH 43438 United States
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October 2015

October Fest

October 3 - October 4
Kelleys Island Brewery – Venue,
504 W Lakeshore Dr, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States

OKTOBERFEST October 3 A lot of Octoberfests have ales galore, the Ki Brewery has German food a plenty. Saurkraut Balls, Weinershnitzel, Bratwurst Casserole, fried cabbage and potatoes, red cabbage are all the fixins that make it a sell out every year. Fall beers this year will include our first oak-aged bourbon-infused stout, tentatively named the Devils’ Shadow. Stay tuned. Looking for live entertainment this year. Please e mail Patti at [email protected] Bring your family and your doggie bags, its fun…

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Chili Cookoff

October 10
Kelleys Island Brewery – Venue,
504 W Lakeshore Dr, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States

CHILI COOK OFF October 10 2015 Will be the 17th year for the KI Brewery’s annual chili cook off. People come from All Over to submit their favorite 10 quarts of chili to be judged by the public and by an anonymous team of judges always present for the afternoon of fun. Customers pay $10 to taste 20 chilies and vote for the winner in three categories. Authentic…..Original….vegetarian…… $5 from each ticket sale goes to the local charity of choice.…

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Wine & Art Festival

October 10
Kelleys Island Wine Co – Venue,
418 Woodford Rd, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States

First Annual Wine And Art Fest at The Kelley’s Island Wine Company We will be pairing our Award Winning wines with the latest food trend , “Street Food”  from around the globe. Featuring American, Mexican, Italian, French and Thai. Artist from all walks of life will be displaying their wares for sale. Some will be doing free demos and audience participation. Painters Jewelry Makers Knitters Paper Art Potters Handmade  fashions trends leather  art and more Special Highlights The “Vintage Treasures” tent featuring art…

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Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival

October 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival, a cherished fall tradition, will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 in Lakeside Chautauqua and throughout the Marblehead Peninsula. This free, peninsula-wide event will include a variety of activities for the entire family to enjoy. There will be tours of the Marblehead Lighthouse, live entertainment, children’s crafts, a pumpkin-decorating contest, plein air artists, arts & crafts vendors, a farmers’ market, hayrides, sailboat rides and much more. The Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival is sponsored by the Marblehead Peninsula…

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Zombie Bar Crawl

October 17
Kelleys Island – Venue,
Kelleys Island, 43438 United States

Time to change up to…a Zombie Bar Crawl (but please walk). Bring your dead face or buy a kit at local shops to participate in our first event. Gift certificates will be handed out all night to random “best” Zombies.

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Family Hayride

October 17

More information coming soon!

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Pumkin Carving

October 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Bag the Moon – Venue,
109 W Lakeshore Dr, Kelleys Island, OH 43438 United States

Pumpkin Carving is sponsored by Kelleys Island EMS (Emergency Medical Services) to say “Thank you” to the community for your support. We start at noon and will furnish the pumpkins! Bring your tools, paints and decorations for your pumpkin. Light lunch will be served.

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24th Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner

October 17 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Bag the Moon – Venue,
109 W Lakeshore Dr, Kelleys Island, OH 43438 United States
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Get your appetite ready for Thanksgiving and practice early! A full course meal – turkey – stuffing – mashed potatoes – gravy – sweet potatoes – cranberries – homemade cole slaw – roll – butter and soft drink. If you still have room, there’s pumpkin or pecan pies for a little additional cost. Carry out and delivery is available.

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Adult Halloween

October 23 - October 24
Kelleys Island – Venue,
Kelleys Island, 43438 United States

Immerse yourself in your wildest dreams and dress like it. All bars open, prizes for the best costumes. In the past we have had the Jetson’s and their car, THE Ohio State Band, people riding one of Cedar points Roller Coasters, and lots more creative costumes. Put your thinking caps on, get dressed up and come to Kelleys Island. Get on the Kelleys Island Ferry Boat, the Goodtime Boat or your private boat and get here for the best Halloween…

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November 2015

Owl Festival

November 6 - November 8

Owl banding, songbird banding, and talks by researchers on Ohio owls. All banding is weather-permitting. Guided nature/bird walks as well.

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Annual Half Marathon

November 8 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Memorial Park – Venue,
112 Division Street, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States

The 3rd Annual Half Marathon will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Kelleys Island downtown area. Runners will tour both the shorelines and inland areas of the island. Numerous water and refueling stations are provided along the course. Post-race ceremonies will be held at the Kelleys Island Town Hall. Awards will be designated to the top three runners in each age category and also, an overall male and female. Finishers medals will be awarded. The K.I. Half Marathon is organized and hosted by the…

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Thanksgiving Potluck Village Pump

November 27
Village Pump – Venue,
103 W Lakeshore Dr, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States

Join us and bring your Thanksgiving Leftovers for our annual Thanksgiving Pot Luck. Watch the Park lighing ceremony and Santa’s appearance in the Park and then dinner at the Pump. Turkeys and such provided by The Village Pump. A must for Islanders and end of year fun.

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OSU vs Michigan Tail Gate Village Pump

November 28
Village Pump – Venue,
103 W Lakeshore Dr, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States

You are invited to join us for the annual Village Pump Ohio State vs Michigan tail gate party Starting at 10 inthe morning Saturday after Thanksgiving, $10.00 all you can eat BBQ. Group Pics taken at half time. a Really fun time. watch OSU kick Mich butt at The Village Pump.

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March 2016
Free

Easter Egg Hunt

March 27, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 12:15 pm
Memorial Park – Venue,
112 Division Street, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States
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Bring your children and join us for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt.  The event will be held in Memorial Park, downtown Kelleys Island. The hunt starts at noon!

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April 2016

Early Bird Party

April 16, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Village Pump – Venue,
103 W Lakeshore Dr, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States
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The Village Pump started Early Bird Party in April over 10 years ago. A GOOD reason to come out by boat, ferry, airplane and start the 2016 Season. Live Entertainment , fun, food, games and prizes. A Kelleys Island must!! Pump This!

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Blessing of the Kelleys Island Brewery

April 29, 2016
Kelleys Island Brewery – Venue,
504 W Lakeshore Dr, Kelleys Island , OH 43438 United States

When we begin to imagine our season, we always begin with the Blessing of the Brewery on Saturday April 29, 2016. Our opening weekend starts up the engines and gets our family favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner to be part of your Island weekends fun.   Looking forward to your visit… Doug and Patti

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