Chamber Plans Mardi Gras Fish Fest Celebration

The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce and the Festival of the Fish Committee are busy working to bring you a flavor of Bourbon Street from New Orleans for the 54th Annual Festival of the Fish June 19th to June 21st, 2020. Celebrate Mardi Gras in downtown Vermilion, Ohio at Victory Park, 687 Main Street. An amazing entertainment line-up will be offered. Start planning for a Mardi Gras theme for the Fish Fest Sand Castle Contest, Crazy Craft Race, Parade and Lighted Boat Parade.

The Festival of the Fish offers free entertainment with no admission fee, free parking, a midway full of food vendors, kids games and much much more. A beer cabana will be located by the Main Stage with ice cold beer and beverages and live entertainment. Festival hours are Friday and Saturday 12 pm to 11 pm, Sunday 12 pm to 6 pm.

On Friday young girls vie for the coveted title of guppy, princess, little miss and queen in one of the largest festival pageants in the county. Kids games take place at the gazebo. At noon the Midway opens with delicious foods and spectacular craft vendors. Don't miss the princess pageant and the Queens Pageant.

Festival of the Fish Fireworks will take place on Friday, June 19, 2020 at dusk (approximately 9:45 pm). The best place to watch is on Festival grounds by Victory Park or Main Street Beach. Fireworks will be launched off the detached break wall.

On Saturday the day kicks off with a 5 K run and 1 – mile walk sponsored by the YMCA, and a Sand Castle Contest at Main Street Beach. Crazy Craft Races and an Antique Wooden Boat Parade take place on the Vermilion River. The annual Lighted Boat Parade sails at dusk on the Vermilion River.

Tyler Reid is live on Friday, June 19th from 6 pm to 11 pm.

Disco Inferno is live Friday, June 19th from 7 pm to 11 pm.

Ace Molar Band, with Fox 8 Todd Meany, takes the stage Saturday, June 20th from 3 pm to 6 pm.

E5C4P3-Journey Tribute Band performs at the 2020 Festival of the Fish on Saturday, June 20th from 8 pm to 11 pm on the Main Stage in Victory Park, 687 Main Street.

The Roadhouse Band performs Saturday, June 20th from 6 pm to 11 pm in the main beverage tent on the Midway.

On Sunday, the annual Father’s Day Parade steps off in downtown Vermilion. Don’t miss the wet and wild firefighters water fight immediately following the parade.

Festival Of The Fish Highlights

  • Festival of the Fish Fireworks
  • Lighted Boat Parade  
  • Crazy Craft Race
  • Antique Wooden Boat Parade
  • Queen’s Pageant
  • Princess Pageant
  • Guppy Pageant
  • Little Miss Pageant
  • Vermilion YMCA 5K Run
  • Sand Castle Contest
  • Vendors, Entertainment, Food
  • Exchange Park Market Place Crafts and Collectibles
  • Father’s Day Parade
  • Firefighters Water Fight

Brought to you by the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call (440) 967-4477, or visit