Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival

 Saturday, October 12, 2019 
Lakeside & Village of Marblehead (map)

The 24th Annual Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival, held on the second Saturday in October, will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

This free event includes fun for the whole family, with live entertainment, children's games, a pumpkin-decorating contest, arts & crafts vendors, farmers' market, hayrides and much more in Lakeside and Marblehead. We've also added a Clambake Dinner following the day's festivities. View the menu and make your reservation today!

Admission and parking are free. View directions to Lakeside. For Lakeside activities, park in the South Gate parking lot off Route 163, the Bradley Temple parking lot on Cedar Ave., Fountain Inn and Hotel Lakeside parking lots, as well as along streets that don't have designated parking. Complimentary golf cart shuttles will be available from the South Gate parking lot near the Welcome Center and throughout the Lakeside grounds.

The Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival is organized by Lakeside Chautauqua and the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

Live Entertainment

Musician Gary Cover
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Outside Hoover Auditorium/Third Street Tent

Gary Cover's set list includes more than 400 songs, ranging from classic rock to country, and folk to current hit songs. His extensive variety of mu­sic allows him to take song requests during performances and tailor the music to every crowd.

Comedy Juggler Matt Jergens
2-2:50 p.m., Orchestra Hall

Matt Jergens returns to Lakeside for a non-stop, entertaining show. His favorite tricks include balancing a basket of eggs on a 20-foot pole, juggling razor-sharp knives and riding around on a tall unicycle. The audience will be left on the edge of their seats as Jergens appears to defy gravity in his unique way.

Musician Lance Horwedel
2-3:30 p.m., Outside Hoover Auditorium/Third Street Tent

A noted sound engineer and musician, Lance Horwedel, plays acoustic rock music from the 1960s, 1970s and today. He's been playing music in North Central Ohio for 25 years and is a Lakeside favorite.

Festival Activities & Events

Important note: the Marblehead Lighthouse is undergoing exterior renovations at this time; therefore, it will be closed during the festival. However, the Wolcott House (Keeper's House), the Life Saving Station Museum and the gift shop will be open, as well as various activities in Lakeside.

Lakeside Heritage Society: “Lakeside Lore” Popup History
9 a.m.-12 p.m., Tent on Walnut Ave.

View treasures of Lakeside and Marblehead’s past, including photographs, stereographic prints, maps and artifacts dating to the late 19 century.

Arts & Crafts Vendors
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wesley Lodge, Wo-Ho-Mis Lodge & South Auditorium in Lakeside

Organized by the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, more than 100 arts & crafts vendors will display quality collectibles.

Farmers' Market
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Walnut Ave. (between Second & Third St.) in Lakeside

Local farmers will sell fresh produce, honey, herbs, spices, flowers, seasonal fruit, homemade pies, jams, artisan breads and homemade baked goods.

Free Golf Cart Shuttle Service
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Lakeside
Complimentary golf cart shuttles will be provided throughout Lakeside. The shuttle stops at the Welcome Center, Wo-Ho-Mis Lodge, Third Street/Central Avenue, Orchestra Hall, Hotel Lakeside and Fifth Street/Walnut Avenue.

Lakeside Administration Office Open
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Lakeside Administration Office (236 Walnut Ave.)

The office will be open for questions and comments. Stop by the tent outside to purchase Wooden Boat Ride tickets and Lakeside T-shirts.

Pumpkin-Decorating Contest Drop Off
9:30-11 a.m., Hoover Auditorium Lobby in Lakeside

Enter an already carved, painted or decorated pumpkin to receive a 2020 (one-game) Lakeside Miniature-Golf Pass. Prizes will be awarded to Best Child Design (age 8 & under), Best Youth Design (ages 9-12), Best Teen Design (ages 13-17), Best Painted Design, Best Lakeside-Inspired Design, Best Design Using Pumpkin/Natural Materials and Best Use of Props. The Most Creative Design Overall will be chosen from the above categories.

Free Family Games
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Walnut Ave. (between Third & Fourth St.) in Lakeside
Corn Hole, outdoor Jenga and Connect Four will be set up for all to play.

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Departs from Hotel Lakeside ($2/person)

Hayrides throughout Lakeside will be provided by the Bergman family of Bergman Orchards, a local farmers' market vendor.

Free Miniature Golf & Shuffleboard
10 a.m.-4 p.m.,
Bettinger Park
in Lakeside
Enjoy a free game of miniature golf at the lakefront course or play a game of shuffleboard.

Free Wolcott House Tours
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wolcott House (Keeper's House) in Marblehead
The Ottawa County Historical Society will offer free tours on the day of the festival, as well as have Ohio 14th Volunteer Infantry (OVI) re-enactors and the 73rd OVI Regiment Band onsite. The Wolcott House is one of the oldest surviving homes in Ottawa County and a home to the first three Marblehead Lighthouse keepers.

Wooden Boat Rides
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Administration Office Tent & Dock in Lakeside
($15/person, age 4 & older)
These 50-minute wooden boat rides, provided by the Lakeside Wooden Boat Society, begin at 10 a.m. with the last ride departing at 3:10 p.m. Children age of 3 & under are not permitted. Proceeds benefit the Lakeside Wooden Boat Society. Tickets will be sold under the tent outside the Lakeside Administration Office, and rides will be from the dock.

Heritage Hall Museum Open
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Heritage Hall Museum (238 Maple Ave.)
in Lakeside
The unique history of Lakeside and Marblehead is preserved and exhibited in the museum. Displays include photographs, memorabilia and antiques. Scavenger hunts for children of all ages are available, followed by a stop at the treasure chest. The museum gift shop will also be open.

Children's Games
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Walnut Ave. (between Third & Fourth St.) in Lakeside
($5/child – all ages)

Children will have the opportunity to participate in several fall-themed games.

Open House: Pavilion Upper Room
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Pavilion Upper Room in Lakeside
The Pavilion is an iconic Lakeside landmark. Only receiving minor repairs over the last 32 years, your support on #GivingTuesday (Dec. 3) will help raise money to update the Pavilion. Attend the Open House to view the Pavilion Upper Room.

Pumpkin-Decorating Contest Awards
1-1:30 p.m., Outside Hoover Auditorium/Third Street Tent in Lakeside

The child and youth winners will each receive two Orchestra Hall Movie Passes. Winners of the other categories will receive two 2020 (one-day) Daily Chautauqua Passes to Lakeside, including auto. The Most Creative Design Overall winner will receive four 2020 (one-day) Daily Chautauqua Passes to Lakeside, including auto. All pumpkin entries will be displayed in front of Hoover Auditorium starting at 12:30 p.m.

Family Movie: "The Angry Birds Movie 2" (PG)
4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Orchestra Hall
in Lakeside
($7/adult, $3/youth – under age 12)

"The Angry Birds Movie 2" is an animated comedy starring Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones and more. After saving Bird Island from a green-pig invasion in "The Angry Birds Movie," the isle's always cranky local hero, Red (Jason Sudeikis), still finds himself battling with Pig Island. Red, Bomb (Danny McBride), Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage), Chuck (Josh Gad), and his brilliant sister, Silver (Rachel Bloom), have to join forces with Leonard's mighty team to thwart Zeta's bold schemes for world domination. (97 mins.)

Shopping & Dining

Businesses will be open throughout Lakeside and Marblehead, offering sales and specials. In addition to local restaurants being open, food will be served at the following locations:

Lakeside United Methodist Church
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

The church will once again be offering homemade soups (cream of broccoli, ham & bean and chicken & rice) and apple dumplings. Dumplings are sold in packages of two and can be pre-ordered by contacting or (419) 798-5119. Pre-ordered dumplings can be picked up beginning Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Lakeside United Methodist Men
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Walnut Ave. (between Second & Third St.)

Enjoy brats, pulled pork, hot dogs, chips, cookies and soft drinks. Proceeds benefit the Lakeside United Methodist Church mission projects.

Avery's Cafe & Catering in Lakeside
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Wesley Lodge in Lakeside

Feast on hot dogs, chili dogs, shredded chicken, sloppy joes, seafood bisque, corn chowder, chips, desserts and soft drinks provided by Avery's Café & Catering and sponsored by the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

Clambake Dinner
5 p.m., Wellness Center Drackett Hall in Lakeside

The Clambake Dinner will take place after the day’s festivities. The tasty menu includes one dozen clams (per person), honey roasted chicken, baked sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, clam chowder and bourbon bread pudding, with water and iced tea. Register online for the Clambake Dinner.

Calling All Volunteers

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the day of the festival. Volunteer opportunities include set-up, children's games, shuttle service and cleanup. Volunteers are not required to work the entire day, as shifts will be available. To volunteer, contact, or call (419) 798-4461, ext. 248.

Fall Weekend Getaway Special

Pack your favorite Lakeside sweatshirt, and plan a fall getaway! Stay one night at the Fountain Inn and receive 50% off your second night, available Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12. Quantities are limited, and rates are subject to availability. Rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi and continental breakfast.

Book online and use promocode: FALLFEST19, or call the reservations line at (419) 798-4461, ext. 230. Please note that the promotional code must be mentioned over the phone.



Lakeside & Village of Marblehead
236 Walnut Ave
Lakeside Marblehead, OH 43440

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