2021 Lakeside Marblehead Lighthouse Festival

 Saturday, October 9, 2021 
Lakeside & Marblehead Peninsula (map)

The 25th Annual Lakeside Marblehead Lighthouse Festival will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9.

This peninsula-wide event includes a variety of activities for the entire family: tours of the Marblehead Lighthouse, live entertainment, children's games and crafts, a pumpkin-decorating contest, over 100 arts & crafts vendors, a farmers market, hayrides and much more in Lakeside Chautauqua and Marblehead.

Admission and parking for the festival in Lakeside are free. View directions. For Lakeside activities, guests are encouraged to park in Lakeside's South Gate parking lot off Route 163, the Bradley Temple parking lot on Cedar Avenue, Fountain Inn and Hotel Lakeside parking lots, as well as along streets that do not 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.

Click here to download a printable schedule and map.

Pumpkin-Decorating Contest

Pumpkin Drop Off

9:30-11 a.m., Hoover Auditorium Lobby Enter an already carved, painted or decorated pumpkin for a chance to win creative awards.


  • 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
  • Most Creative Design Overall will be chosen from the above categories.


  • All entrants will receive a $5 Slack House Historic Cafe gift card
  • Child & youth award recipients will receive four (4) mini-golf coupons
  • All other category winners will receive one (1) 2022 one-day gate pass
  • Most Creative Overall will receive two (2) 2022 one-day gate passes

Awards Presentation
1-1:30 p.m.,
Outside Hoover Auditorium/Third Street Tent

Festival Activities & Events in Lakeside

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

Celebrate the arts at this one-day event featuring over 100 art and craft artists in both outdoor and indoor marketplaces. Organized by the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

Farmers Market
9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Lakeside Schoolhouse

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

Wooden Boat Rides
11 a.m.-4 p.m. |
Lakeside Pavilion |$20/person, age 4 & older
These 50-minute wooden boat rides, provided by the Lakeside Wooden Boat Society, will begin at 11 a.m. with the last ride departing at 3 p.m. Children age of 3 and under are not permitted.

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

Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office Open
9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 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.

Fountain Inn Open House
9 a.m.-4 p.m |
Maple Ave.
Enjoy refreshments in the lobby, visit the Art Gallery and tour a room.

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

10 a.m.-4 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.

Heritage Hall Museum Open
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.| 238 Maple Ave.

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 & Crafts
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m | Hoover Auditorium Lawn on Walnut Avenue | $5/child – all ages
Children will have the opportunity to participate in several fall-themed games and crafts and win prizes.

Live Music: The Native Heart 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Hoover Auditorium Porch Jonathan and Julie Torrence bring to your ears the worlds of soulful Pop, Americana, and Rock, all with a jazz influence.

Wooden Boat Rides 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Lakeside Pavilion |$20/person, ages 4 & older These 45-minute wooden boat rides, provided by the Lakeside Wooden Boat Society, will begin at 11 a.m. with the last ride departing at 3 p.m. Children ages 3 and under are not permitted.

Live Music: Lance Horwedel 1:30-3:30 p.m., Hoover Auditorium Porch A noted sound engineer and musician, Lance Horwedel, will play acoustic rock music from the 1960s, 1970s and today. He has been playing music in North Central Ohio for over 25 years and is a Lakeside favorite.

Lakeside Heritage Society Presents: An 1890 One-Room Schoolhouse Experience
2 -3 p.m. | Green Gables 161 Walnut Ave. | For Students in 2nd - 6th Grades

Gretchen Curtis, the school mistress for the program, will host an imaginary journey with students to visit an 1890 school where they learn what the exterior and interior of a schoolhouse looked like, the activities of a school day, the games played at recess, and practice lessons in reading, writing and math. The students, garbed in simple aprons and shirts (provided), will sit in rows of chairs at the front of the room. If parents want to observe, they will sit at the back of the room. The program will be supplemented with photos of actual late 19th century schools, including the Lakeside elementary school.

Live Music: Chip Richter & the Munks 2:30-4 p.m., Steele Memorial Bandstand Award winning, Singer-Songwriter Chip Richter serves up stories, songs, and smiles “Family Style." Chip's solo music has been compared to James Taylor and Phil Keaggy and indeed offers a tranquil, folk appeal. But there’s also a whole “Rockin” side to his sound when Chip is joined by The Munks.

Slack House Historic Cafe Fire Pits
4 -7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8 & 9 | Walnut Plaza

The Slack House will have S'mores and hot dog roasting kits available for purchase.

Family Movie: "The House with a Clock in Its Walls" (PG)
7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8 & 9 | Orchestra Hall | FREE

This magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro), who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town's sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches. Based on the beloved children's classic book. (1 hr. 45 mins)

Marblehead Events: Marblehead Lighthouse & Wolcott Keeper's House

Wolcott Keeper's House Tours & Civil War Encampment | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Keeper's House | 9999 Bayshore Rd., Danbury The Ottawa County Historical Society presents a Civil War era camp, presented by members of the 14th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. The 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment Band will give hourly performances of period military music.

Docents will provide tours of the historic house that once belonged to Benajah Wolcott, first keeper of the Lighthouse. Period fare, including hot bean soup and cornbread, will be available as well as hearth-cooking demonstrations.

History narrations by History Speaks, Nancy Dunham’s story-telling group, will begin at 12:30 p.m. presenting four different performers in costume with Ohio-oriented tales from the Civil War, including events surrounding the conspiracy to free Confederate prisoners on Johnson’s Island.

Marblehead Lighthouse Tours | Noon - 4 p.m., Marblehead Lighthouse State Park | 110 Lighthouse Dr. | ($3/person, 5 & under free) Tours of the lighthouse will be given on the day of the festival. Built in 1821, the Marblehead Lighthouse is the second oldest on the Great Lakes and the oldest one in continuous operation on the Great Lakes. A total of 15 keepers have tended the light. The tower's history boasts the first female lighthouse keeper in the U.S.

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 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. by Ward Catering. Please click here to see the Ward Catering Festival menu including a Shrimp Boil offered from 12-4 p.m.

Lakeside Dining Options: Coffee & Cream, Ooh La La, Patio Donuts, Slack House Historic Cafe, Sloopy's

Lakeside Shopping Options: Kite Shop, Marilyn's 1 & 2, Miss Mercedes, The Fine Print, Wise Woman Boutique, World Next Door as well as the Art Gallery in the Fountain Inn.

Fall Weekend Getaway Special

Pack your favorite Lakeside sweatshirt, and plan a fall getaway to Lakeside! Book a stay at the Fountain Inn on Oct. 8 or 9 and receive a $25 Gift Card to the Slack House (per room/per stay) to Slack House Historic Cafe and two (2) free s’mores kits (per room/per stay).
Friday and Saturday evenings enjoy fire pits in front of the hotel to roast your s'mores and hot dogs. Guests also receive a warm breakfast served daily and access to the fitness room in the Wellness Center.

Book online and select "Lighthouse Festival" under Rate Options on the menu, or call the reservations line at (419) 798-4461, ext. 230. Please note that the promotional code must be mentioned over the phone.



Lakeside & Marblehead Peninsula
236 Walnut Ave
Lakeside Marblehead, OH 43440

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October 2021