The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce and the Festival of the Fish Committee bring you the Annual Festival of the Fish June 17th to June 19th, 2022. Celebrate the sea in downtown Vermilion, Ohio at Victory Park, 687 Main Street. An amazing entertainment line-up will be offered. Start planning for the Fish Fest Sand Castle Contest, Crazy Craft Race, Parade and Lighted Boat Parade. This year's theme is “Alice in Wonderland”.

The Festival of the Fish offers free entertainment with no admission fee, free parking, a midway full of food vendors, kids games and much more. A beer cabana will feature ice cold beer and beverages. Festival hours are Friday and Saturday 12 pm to 11 pm, Sunday 12 pm to 3 pm.

The Festival of the Fish Fireworks launch off the detached break wall at the mouth of the Vermilion River on Friday, June 17, 2022. Fireworks are set to go off at dusk, around 9:45 pm. The best places to watch is the festival grounds and Main Street Beach.

The Festival of the Fish Sandcastle Contest will take place on Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 9 am to 11:30 am. This year's theme is "Alice In Wonderland" but contestants can build any sandcastle of their choice. Register for the Festival of the Fish Sandcastle contest online.

Run down the rabbit hole at the Festival of the Fish as Blind Dog Gym & the Vermilion Chamber Foundation present The Mad Hatter 5k Fun Run on Saturday, June 18, 2022. The theme is "Alice in Wonderland". Starting line will be at the Blind Dog Gym: 1607 State Route 60 Building E, Suite 52, in Vermilion. Check-in is 8 am; race begins at 9 am. Pre register by June 5, 2022 for $30. $35 registration fee after June 5th. All ages are welcome. The race is pet friendly with animals on leashes. Best Alice in Wonderland costume prizes awarded to humans and animals. Every human that registers gets a t-Shirt and an official 5K medallion. Water and snacks will be provided.

The Festival of the Fish Crazy Craft Regatta takes place Saturday, June 18, 2022. This year features an “Alice in Wonderland” theme. Think outside of the box! Make it crazy fun! As the Mad Matter said, "Have I gone mad?", and Alice replied, "I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are." $2200 in cash prizes will be awarded.

The 2022 Festival of the Fish Lighted Boat Parade takes place on Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 9 pm to 10:30 pm. Follow the Mad Hatter down the rabbit hole and enter this year’s theme, “Alice in Wonderland.” $2200 in cash prizes will be awarded.

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.

On Saturday the day kicks off with a 5 K run and a Sand Castle Contest at Main Street Beach. Crazy Craft Races take place on the Vermilion River. The annual Lighted Boat Parade sails at dusk on the Vermilion River.

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
  • Queen’s Pageant
  • Princess Pageant
  • Guppy Pageant
  • Little Miss Pageant
  • Vermilion 5K Run
  • Sand Castle Contest
  • Vendors, Entertainment, Food
  • Father’s Day Parade
  • Firefighters Water Fight

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