Middle Bass Island Music Festival

2020 Middle Bass Music Fest July 18th


MARK YOUR CALENDARS for July 18th, 2020!

The fish and joint will be jumping again!


2019 Middle Bass Island Music Festival


Thanks to everyone who came out
to the 2019 music festival.
We had a blast!


Presented by the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy


2019 Middle Bass Island Music Festival



On the beautiful Lonz Patio

At the Middle Bass Island State Park



Benny on Bass


Bring the family and friends for a great day of music, food and drink!


This year’s bands include:


Zydeco-based “Party-Gras” band:

Mo Mojo


NE Ohio’s premier Honky-tonk and Roots music ensemble:

Hillbilly Idol


Sing, dance, listen and enjoy:

North Coast Goats


And rounding out the line-up:

The Riley Brothers Band


Here are the approximate times that the bands are scheduled to play:

The Riley Brothers Band – 12 noon to 12:50
North Coast Goats – 1:15 to 2:30
Hillbilly Idol – 3:00 to 4:45
Mo’ Mojo – 5:15 to 7:00





Lonz Winery is happening again!




Presented by the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy


Sponsored by:

Middle Bass Dock Company

and the good folks at:

Ohio Arts Council Logo

Supported in part by public funds via the Ohio Arts Council. Please call your local legislators and tell them you want more support of the arts in Ohio. Thanks to OAC for their contribution to the music festival and bringing high-quality arts education and art programming to Ohio communities including Middle Bass Island.


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Visit Lake Erie Shores & Islands for information about everything happening on and around Lake Erie.


Where is Middle Bass Island?

Middle Bass is an island in Lake Erie near Port Clinton, Ohio. Visit MiddleBass.Org

How do you get there?

Please Note, the Ohio State Park Marina is now fully booked up the day of the festival.


Here are the options for getting to Middle Bass Island that do not require your own boat:


Sonny S from Put-in-Bay to Middle Bass Island.

Sonny S is a frequent water taxi service between the two islands. Once the show is over the crew will be running the shuttle back and forth until everyone who is waiting in line gets back to Put-in-Bay.

Sonny S Website


Miller Ferry from Catawba Island to Middle Bass.

This is a great way to the festival from the mainland. However, the last Miller Ferry back on Saturday is at 5:15 pm. So this won’t work if you want to stay until 7:00 pm and the end of the show. The solution for getting back is to catch the Sonny S to Put-in-Bay. Once there, take a short taxi car ride to the Miller Ferry dock on the other side of South Bass Island. The Miller Ferry runs later night services from South Bass back to Catawba Island.

The taxi car ride is about $3. Phone 419-285-6161 or book online

Miller Ferry Website


Jet Express from Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay.

This is another great option from the mainland. To get to the show, first, take the Jet Express to Put-in-Bay. From there, get the Sonny S to Middle Bass Island. When returning this route also works well because the Jet Express runs boats back to Port Clinton late into the night.

Jet Express Website


Check the boat company websites for more details.

Hope you on Middle Bass Island. It’s going to be a fun day!

Where to Stay:

St. Hazards
Check out middlebass.org
Ohio State Park Camp Ground
Visit Put-in-Bay website

What and who to bring to the festival:

This is a family-friendly event. Children and adults are all invited!
Invite your friends.
Bring your appetite.
Bring chairs or blankets for sitting on the grass.
Bring dancing shoes.
Frisbees, footballs, hacky sack or your fav festival game.
No Coolers Please.

What else is there to do on Middle Bass?

Explore the park and walk the trails and state park beach.
Games and children’s events sponsored by ODNR and LEIC.
Tour the Lonz Winery Museum.
Visit the pool bar at St. Hazards.
Visit the Blue Lagoon at JF Walleyes.


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Here are some photos from past festivals:


The Riley Brothers Band, 2019


North Coast Goats, 2019


Festival Goers, 2019


Hillbilly Idol, 2019


Mo’ Mojo, 2019

Lonz Winery

The beautiful Lonz Winery outdoor patio venue.

100 Mile Haul Band

100 Mile Haul performing at the 2017 Middle Bass Island Music Festival.

Music Fest Goers

2017 Middle Bass Music Festival Goers.