Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival lights up family fun

Oct 11, 2023 | Featured, Entertainment | 0 comments

Hayrides throughout Lakeside are one of the popular family events of the Marblehead Lighthouse Festival on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.n. to 4 p.m. The hayrides provided by the Bergman family of Bergman Orchards depart from Hotel Lakeside.

The 27th Annual Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival will have plenty to do for families visiting the Marblehead Peninsula on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The free, peninsula-wide event includes fun for the whole family: tours of the Marblehead Lighthouse and the Wolcott Keeper’s House, live entertainment, children’s games and crafts, a pumpkin-decorating contest, over 100 arts and crafts vendors, a farmers’ market, hayrides and much more in Lakeside Chautauqua and the Village of Marblehead.

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

Marblehead, Lakeside open for business

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

Lakeside United Methodist Church Lunch

10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Lakeside UMC (450 Central Ave.). The Lakeside United Methodist Church is bringing back its hot soup lunch during the Lighthouse Festival. Soup is $6 per bowl, an apple dumpling with ice cream is $5.

Lakeside United Methodist Church Dumplings

The church will once again be selling apple dumplings during the Lighthouse Festival. Dumplings can be picked up Wednesday, Oct. 11-Friday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Order forms are available in the church lobby and will be accepted through Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.

Marblehead Lighthouse Festival, Events

Marblehead Lighthouse Tours

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Marblehead Lighthouse State Park (110 Lighthouse Dr., Marblehead). The onsite Keeper’s House, Lifesaving Station, Gift Shop and Marblehead Lighthouse will be open during the festival. Tours of the 200-year-old Marblehead Lighthouse are available 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for $3. The Marblehead Lighthouse is the second oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes and the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the Great Lakes.

Wolcott Keeper’s House Tours & Civil War Encampment

11 a.m.-4 p.m., Keeper’s House (999 E. Bayshore Rd., Marblehead). 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, the first keeper of the Lighthouse. Period fare, including hot bean soup and cornbread, will be available as well as hearth-cooking demonstrations. The Wolcott House is one of the oldest surviving homes in Ottawa County and a home to the first three Marblehead Lighthouse keepers. The Ottawa County Historical Society will offer free docent-guided 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 gift shop and museum will be open.

Lakeside Lighthouse Festival, Activities

Admission and parking for the festival in Lakeside are free. Guests are encouraged to park in the South Gate Parking Lot off Route 163, near the Lakeside Schoolhouse along Seventh Street, the Bradley Temple parking lot on Cedar Avenue, and 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.

An amazing image taken by Denny Betts of Bowling Green was overall winner of the 2018 Ohio States Park Photo Contest. Shores & Islands Ohio tourism officials have documented that year after year, the Marblehead Lighthouse is the most photographed tourism attraction in the Buckeye State.

The popular attractions during Saturday’s Lighthouse Festival in Lakeside include:

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Pumpkin Drop Off, 9:30-11 a.m., Hoover Auditorium Lobby. Free. Enter an already carved, painted or decorated pumpkin. Prizes will be awarded. View the Pumpkin-Decorating Contest entries displayed in front of Hoover Auditorium starting at 12:45 p.m. The winners will be announced at 1 p.m. Rain location: Hoover Auditorium.


8 a.m.-dusk, Hubbard Pickleball Center, Free. The Hubbard Pickleball Center is open for play 8 a.m. until dusk, weather permitting. Tennis, 8 a.m.-dusk, Williams Tennis Campus. Free. The Williams Tennis Campus is open for play 8 a.m. until dusk, weather permitting.

Community Forum

9 a.m., Orchestra Hall (corner of Second St. and Walnut Ave.). Stay informed and join Lakeside staff, Task Force members and the Board of Directors for a Community Forum. All are invited.

Arts & Crafts Vendors

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Wesley Lodge, Wo-Ho-Mis Lodge and South Auditorium. Celebrate the arts at a one-day event featuring more than 100 arts and craft vendors in both indoor and outdoor marketplaces. Organized by the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

Farmers’ Market

9 a.m.-4 p.m., Lakeside Schoolhouse (near Seventh St. and Walnut Ave.). Local farmers and bakers will sell fresh produce, honey, herbs, spices, flowers, seasonal fruit, homemade pies, jams, artisan breads and homemade baked goods.

Family Yoga

10-10:45 a.m., Hotel Lakeside Lawn, Free. Bring a sibling, parent or friend and join us for some fun, interactive yoga poses and movements for all ages. Mats will be provided. Rain location: Pavilion Upper Room.

Chair Yoga

10-11 a.m., Wellness Center Drackett Hall. Join instructor Linda Green for a gentle form of yoga where all exercises are performed seated in a chair or standing using the chair to aid with support and balance. Sign up at the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office,236 Walnut Ave., or pay a $10 drop-in fee to the instructor at the start of the class.

Family Lawn Games

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bettinger Park, Free. All ages are welcome to participate in yard games, such as cornhole, croquet and checkers.

Archives & Heritage Hall Museum Open

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Archives, 210 Walnut Ave., Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Heritage Hall Museum, 238 Maple Ave., Free. The unique history of Lakeside and Marblehead is preserved and exhibited in the museum.

Popcorn and Lakeside history books

The Lakeside Heritage Society will be selling popcorn at the corner of Walnut Ave. and Third St. from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Copies of the 150th Anniversary book on Lakeside’s history and the Lakeside-Opoly game may be purchased at the Museum and Archives.


10 a.m.-4 p.m., Departs from Hotel Lakeside. Hayrides throughout Lakeside will be provided by the Bergman family of Bergman Orchards, a local farmers’ market vendor.

Miniature Golf and Shuffleboard

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Bettinger Park, $4/Mini Golf Game (ages 5 and under are free); Free Shuffleboard. Enjoy a game of miniature golf ($4/game; ages 5 and under are free) at our lakefront course or play a free game of shuffleboard in Bettinger Park.

RW Magic Show

11 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Third Street tent in front of Hoover Auditorium. Free

Wooden Boat Rides on Amazing Grace

11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Lakeside Dock, $25/adult, $15/youth (ages 4-12). These 50-minute wooden boat rides, provided by the Lakeside Wooden Boat Society, begin at 11 a.m. with the last ride departing at 3 p.m., weather permitting.

Children’s Arts & Crafts (ages 3-10, but all welcome)

12-2 p.m. , Hoover Auditorium West Lawn (along Walnut Avenue), $5. Children will have the opportunity to create three different arts and crafts projects for a $5 fee. Rain location: Hoover Auditorium. Create art using sidewalk chalk.

Live Music: Lance Horwedel

1:30-3 p.m., Third Street tent in front of Hoover Auditorium. Lance Horwedel will play acoustic rock music from the 1960s, 1970s and today. Rain location: Hoover Auditorium.

Dance Jam

3-3:45 p.m., Hoover Auditorium Porch, Free. Let loose, groove to the beat and meet new friends. There will be a variety of repetitive, choreographed movements from various music genres led by Hannah Fidler.

Movie: “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 3”

7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 & 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Orchestra Hall (corner of Second St. and Walnut Ave.) Free. Orchestra Hall will feature the movie “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3” over the weekend. This movie is free.

Community Worship Service

10:30 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 15, Lakeside United Methodist Church (450 Central Ave.)

Led by the Rev. Karen Graham and organized by the Lakeside United Methodist Church (UMC), this service offers a vibrant style of worship using inspirational song and motivational words. All are invited to attend. Rain Location: Lakeside UMC).

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