Top six things to do this weekend

That's right, we tricked you again. There's so much going on that we had to give you six top picks, with events ranging from family-friendly to adult. For the kids, we've got lots of animals and fun festival activities. Adults can enjoy an evening of jazz or make one last jaunt to Kelleys Island for their traditional end-of-season meal. Read on for more!
Ashley Bethard
Oct 11, 2011

That’s right, we tricked you again. There’s so much going on that we had to give you six top picks, with events ranging from family-friendly to adult. For the kids, we’ve got lots of animals and fun festival activities. Adults can enjoy an evening of jazz or make one last jaunt to Kelleys Island for their traditional end-of-season meal. Read on for more!

  1.)   Jazz @ Eight
Why you should go: This popular series is back, and this week, the Michael Shirtz Quartet will be doing a tribute to Duke Ellington. A perfect date night for a perfect price. WHEN: 8 p.m. Oct. 14 WHERE: Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky      COST: $12/person INFO: 419-626-1950 or sanduskystate.com   2.)   Great Lakes Pirate Festival
Why you should go: Love pirates? Then don’t miss the annual Great Lakes Pirate Fest in Vermilion. There will be free live music and entertainment, treasure hunts, magic and pirate shows, river rides, raffles, Grub & Grog, photo opportunities and more. Come and enjoy some festive family fun on the lake! WHEN: Oct. 15 (all day) WHERE: Downtown Vermilion COST: Free INFO: greatlakespiratefest.com   3.)   48th Annual Open House Why you should go: Ahh, fall. The perfect way to celebrate the season is at Burnham Orchards’ 48th annual Open House. Family-friendly activities include an antique car show, pony rides, a visit from the Basket Queen, live music and more. Oh, and did we mention that there will be a petting zoo?   WHEN: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15-16 WHERE: Burnham Orchards, 8019 St. Rt. 113, Berlin Heights COST: Free INFO: 419-588-2138   4.)   Food & Wine Why you should go: The Firelands Winery will be hosting a special event featuring food trucks JiBaro and StrEAT Bistro from Cleveland. For a great price, you’ll get two food samples from each truck and four wine samples from the winery. Live entertainment will be provided by Bradley Hoffman, and additional food and wine will be for sale. WHEN: 3 -8 p.m. Oct. 14 WHERE: Firelands Winery, 917 Bardshar Road, Sandusky                      COST: $20/person INFO: 419-625-5474   5.)   Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner Why you should go: At Bag the Moon, you can enjoy a full-course Thanksgiving dinner a little early at this annual tradition, which is now in its 14th year. What can it hurt? WHEN: 5 p.m. Oct. 15 WHERE: Bag the Moon, 109 W. Lakeshore Dr., Kelleys Island   COST: Call for info. INFO: 419-746-2365   6.)   Bugle Days Why you should go: Enjoy a drive out to the country, then ride a wagon to see a hard-antlered bull elk and hand-feed friendly elk cows and their calves in a picturesque pasture. Witness all nature has to offer and take in the natural beauty of the countryside. Lastly, come back to the barn for a sample of elk venison and enjoy free cider. The gift and venison shops will be open. Free parking. WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15-16 & 22-23 WHERE: Bonnie Brae Farm, 27717 Quarry Road, Wellington   COST: $7/adult, $5/children under 10; parking is free INFO: 440-647-4593 or theelkfarm.com