Winterfest 2022

Visit Buckeye Lake for the biggest party of the year! Join “Benny the Bass” on Saturday, January 29 to see if he takes the bait and predicts an early spring or refuses breakfast, which means six more weeks of winter. Regardless of the outcome, Buckeye Lake celebrates Winterfest with fireworks, activities around the lake, live music, art shows, food and drink specials, food trucks and more. Winterfest festivities begin at 6:30 a.m. at North Shore Ramp in Buckeye Lake. This page is continually being updated with the latest information; check back to see all the great Winterfest specials!

Winterfest Specials: Enjoy a host of discounts during Winterfest.

Between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., register for a free tour for two people. Between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., get 20% off any tour. Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., book a three-person tour and add a fourth person for free.

A drawing for a free tour will happen at 10:15 a.m. Visitors can come in and register for the giveaway between 8 and 10 a.m. The winner will be notified via text.

Open from 8 a.m. t0 5 p.m.

3XP is Buckeye Lakes’ original bike, boat, and brew tour. Enjoy a scenic bike ride and kayak tour with stops at the most famous restaurants, bars, wineries, and breweries around Buckeye Lake. Choose from the Buckeye Lake East Tour or the Buckeye Lake West Tour– each with unique stops and varying experiences. Click here to learn more about each tour.

Winterfest Special: Enjoy a special Winterfest menu, including a Winterfest survival lunch bag,  and a Benny cup drink special. Matt Sincell will perform from 12 to 3 p.m.; then, enjoy a DJ from 5 to 10 p.m.

Open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Beach House Pub is a real hot spot on Buckeye Lake! Enjoy the summer on their spacious patio where they offer live music and lots of fun. A variety of delicious food is available, and you’ll find great drink specials and Happy Hour offers. This bar and grill is open every day for your enjoyment.

Winterfest Special: All-day drink specials, great food, and live music! The Horns, Fins, and Feathers food truck will be serving up amazing breakfast and brunch food from 6:30 a.m. to noon. Live music will feature David Spires playing 8 a.m. – 11 a.m., Eric Solomon playing 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Tim Owings playing 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., and Big Bad Stache playing 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Lake visitors can find it all right here! This fun tavern offers live entertainment and food trucks. But you’ll also discover that this is the spot to rent a bike or a kayak. Or cool off with an ice cream from Dips on the Lake. You can also come here to arrange for a boat dock rental or store your boat for the winter.

Winterfest Specials: Enjoy canned beer for only $1.50 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Open at 10 a.m.

Come on out if you want to spend time with good friends and enjoy a good drink. Folks love the private outdoor space, too.

Winterfest Special: Coming soon!

Stop by for beer, wine, ice, and snacks at this drive thru located in the village of Buckeye Lake.

Winterfest Special: Winterfest Ale will be on tap and breakfast will be available. The patio will be covered and Benny the Bass will be there!

Open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Local brewery with outdoor seating and a tap room serves draft beer, local wine, and bourbon.

Winterfest Special: Coming soon!

Our beans are roasted locally by One Line Coffee in Heath, Ohio. We work with local suppliers to source ingredients for the freshest, highest quality brews. Stop in for a latte, cappuccino, drip coffee or tasty bites!

3240 Walnut Rd, Buckeye Lake, OH 43008

Winterfest Specials: Enjoy a breakfast buffet from 8 to 11 a.m., then a hot dog bar from 12 to 5 p.m. Additionally, enjoy drink specials from 7 to 11 p.m., and celebrate with a live DJ!

Open to the public.

At the Fraternal Order Of Eagles 2801, meet new friends and get involved in groups that care and make a difference in a carefree and stress-free atmosphere. Enjoy good food and great company!

Winterfest Special: Coming soon!

The largest family owned and operated marina and boat dealer in central Ohio is located in Millersport on the southern shore of Buckeye Lake. Their inventory is full of new and pre owned boats. They are also a full service marina and can handle your boat’s winterization, storage, cleaning, and service needs.

8985 Blackbird Ln Thornville, OH 43076

Winterfest Specials: Coming soon!

Buckeye Lake Moose Lodge 2434 is a family oriented club with more than 1,000 members in the Perry, Fairfield and Licking County area.

Winterfest Special: Sip, shop, and save during Winterfest weekend. Buckeye Lake Place will be open Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and offer mimosas and great deals!

This seasonal unique gift boutique celebrates family and the community of Buckeye Lake. They offer vintage goods, nautical items, antiques, logo wear, and home decor for the lake lover. For unique lakeside-inspired gifts or perfect home decor pieces, visit the carefully curated, high quality selection at Buckeye Lake Place.

We are honored to sponsor this annual event here on the lake and can not wait to continue to make memories and be a part of this every year!

Doors open at 10 a.m.
Live music featuring;
Yours for the Taking 11a-3p
The Jack 7p-11p

Food trucks will be available between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. The lakeside patio will have outside bar services, giant Jenga, and cornhole with a fire pit and patio heaters to keep warm.

Make sure you bring your Benny Cup for beverage discounts and the new Polar Punch and the Cold Brew Mocha Martini from Millersport Coffee!

Due to a kitchen fire, Buckeye Lake Winery is currently utilizing a mobile kitchen; the kitchen will re-open in early spring. Keep up with new menus and specials on Buckeye Lake Winery’s Facebook page.

Located on the southern banks of Buckeye Lake, Buckeye Lake Winery offers a full-service restaurant with outdoor and indoor seating and delicious food. They are committed to producing great wine by bringing the Napa Valley experience home and creating an atmosphere of relaxation.

Winterfest Special: Enjoy a hickory-smoked pulled pork sandwich with beer battered fries and two specialty drinks, The Vax and Shark Water. Bryan Lewis will be playing live music from 12 – 4 p.m.

Open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

This family-friendly pizza place features dough that is made fresh daily. The pub offers 15 beers on tap.

Winterfest Special: Enjoy a special Winterfest menu starting at 6 a.m.!

This casual kitchen is located inside the Buckeye Lake Brewery. They offer a constantly evolving made-from-scratch menu.

6811 National Rd SE, Jacksontown, OH 43030

Winterfest Specials: Enjoy breakfast starting at 6 a.m. till 10 a.m. and a Bloody Mary bar all day. There will be a happy hour on domestic beer all day until 7 p.m. Additionally, enjoy 15″ pizza specials all day.

There will also be live music and corn hole (weather dependent).

Open from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.

When you’re really hungry and looking for some delicious American food, Crossroads Pub and Grub is the place to go. Discover their extensive menu in this fun, family-oriented restaurant and sports bar in Jacksontown, Ohio.

12575 Lancaster St NE, Millersport, OH 43046

Winterfest Specials: Include your pet in the Winterfest celebration by heading to Feeder Creek Veterinary Services for a free pet toy and snacks!

The Feeder Creek Animal hospital is in the small town of Millersport, Ohio. The clinic is conveniently located three minutes off interstate I-70 at exit 126. The small animal vet clinic is within 15 minutes of Lancaster, Newark, Pataskala and Pickerington, Ohio.

Winterfest Special: Enjoy discounts on in-store items.

Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrating more than 100 years in business, Ohio’s oldest pontoon dealer offers some of the best pontoons, tri-toons, fishing boats, and outboards on the water today.

Winterfest Special: Enjoy mermaid drinks in Benny cups, Bloody Mary’s, and food specials. The patio will be open and there will be a DJ in between live music acts.

Open from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.

One of the newest gathering spots on Buckeye Lake serves up live music, a great outdoor tiki bar, good food, and all that the lake-life has to offer.

Winterfest Specials: Enjoy a breakfast sandwich special and various drink specials from 7 to 3 p.m., as well as live entertainment (Tracy Roese) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a Benny the Bass Winterfest photo backdrop.

Open from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Harbor Hills Country Club where golf isn’t just a game, it’s an enjoyable adventure. Nestled within one of many Buckeye Lake’s serene residential communities, Harbor Hills Country Club is open to the public and offers golfers a scenic view of the lake, pristine course conditions, fast greens and a challenge for golfers of all skill levels.

2845 Canal Drive
Millersport, Ohio 43046

Winterfest Special: Drop in to experience complimentary art classes, exercise classes, and your choice of an anti-hangover or an energy drink for the first 50 visitors.

Heart of Buckeye Lake is the perfect space to stop in to rejuvenate and prepare for the a long day and night of Winterfest fun! All drinks and merchandise will be discounted for Winterfest participants.

Heart of Buckeye Lake is a community center in the Buckeye Lake region, which offers a fantastic line of local art, merchandise, and more. This community center often hosts activities for children and adults– offering a space for everyone in the community to get together and participate in fun events!

Visit the Heart of Buckeye Lake website to learn more.




4595 Walnut Rd, Buckeye Lake, OH 43008

Winterfest Specials: The Lisa Stewart team at HER, Realtors put a map together to help you plan your day and get around Winterfest weekend! Stop by HER, Realtors during Winterfest for a printed map. The team is offering a basket giveaway with Benny cups and lots more Winterfest goodies!

Full time, full service Real Estate agency serving the Buckeye Lake regions of Licking, Fairfield
and Perry Counties and all areas in Licking County.

Winterfest Special: Enjoy Hawaiian-inspired food, Hawaiian drinks with little umbrellas, and free leis. Benny cup specials will be only $7.

Heated tents will be around the outdoor, full-service bar. Live entertainment will include Randy Gleason (12 p.m.), Dandelion Killer (3 p.m.),  and Flu’z Acoustic (6 p.m.); then, warm up with hot beverages throughout the day, courtesy of Buckeye Lake Coffee Company.

Open from 10 a.m. to midnight.

Stop by our cocktail bar to enjoy a broad selection of wines, craft brews, bourbons or request one of our talented bartenders to create a lively concoction for you! Once your drink is in hand, stroll out back and relax by the fire in an Adirondack chair

Winterfest Specials: Stop by Lakeside Nutrition during Winterfest to enjoy hydration drinks.

Open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lakeside Nutrition is a smoothie and juice bar. They simply want to give you a healthier choice in your meal decisions. They also offer complimentary workouts that are guaranteed to make you work up a sweat.

New hours, effective October 2021:

Monday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Winterfest Special: Enjoy a baked potato bar, shot specials, bucket beer, and drink specials. There will also be a DJ and karaoke. 

Open at 6 a.m.

Louie’s Corner House was opened in 1976 by Buck and Sue Malott and is still family owned today. Come in for a great time with free wifi, a pool table, juke box, dance floor, large beer garden, low prices, and a great staff!

Winterfest Special: Lucky Lemonade in Benny Cups will be only $4. Also enjoy specialty shots and bucket specials. There will be live music (including a DJ starting at 6 p.m.), giveaways, and a special food menu.

Open from 8 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

One of Thornville’s favorite spots is your go-to on game day! Watch with all your friends while you enjoy a cold drink and plenty of good food. Warm weather brings plenty of live music on the patio.

Winterfest Specials: Enjoy a Bloody Mary bar, mimosa flights, specialty cocktails, homecooked breakfast, and more!

Relax on a huge, heated and enclosed patio with DJ Candice at 10 a.m. and Justin Geisey & The Appalachian Outlaws at 3 p.m. There will also be a costume contest with gift cards and lots of swag to win!

Open from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Mill Dam Corner Grille is the spot to be in Licking County. Mill Dam Corner Grille offers an array of delicious food, specials and drinks. You will find entertainment and special events regularly.

Winterfest Special: Enjoy a $15 Millersport Coffee Tumbler (22 oz.) with a free drink inside!

Open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Located inside The Canal on Buckeye Lake restaurant in downtown Millersport. We will proudly serve coffee from local roaster, Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea. Walk-in service, or you have the option to order ahead for free curbside pick-up using our app.

Winterfest Special: Enjoy food and drink specials all day and an outdoor beer garden. Drew Allen Duo performs from 1-4 pm, Bryan Bragg & Shawn Avery perform from 6-9 pm.

Open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Formerly named the Jack Town Pub, this popular hangout is known for its friendly service and home cooked food. This family owned pub has undergone some renovations and found a new home on Buckeye Lake. Come on down to your new favorite spot!

Winterfest Special: Nomadic Earth will be playing at North Shore Coffee from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. to jumpstart your Winterfest fun! There will be caffeine, great music, and good vibes to kick off the fun weekend.

Locally owned and operated coffee shop that serves locally roasted coffee and sweet treats. Enjoy their beautiful patio!

Winterfest Special: Enjoy head and neck chair massages. Then, enjoy snacks and beverages.

Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This antique store specializes in lamp and lighting rewire and repair. They repair all types of lighting and electrical equipment. Come here for chandelier restoration, vintage outdoor fixtures, table lamps, floor lamps, sandblasting, and brass polishing. They offer pickup and delivery in central Ohio.

Winterfest Special: Bring your Benny cup for a draft beer special, then enjoy a live performance by Barefoot McCoy from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Since 1972 Pizza Cottage has strived, as always, to give you a relaxing, clean atmosphere with fast service and outstanding food.

Winterfest Special: The Port will have BBQ including beef brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, mac ‘n cheese, baked beans, beer bread, salads, sundaes, and turkey legs and more.

Along with the BBQ, there will be free caricature drawings 12 – 4 p.m. and Woody ‘n Paws Wood Carvers, which will be carving all day with numerous displays for sale.

There will also be tents set up with Winterfest shirts, hats, etc. Get your Benny cups here while they last!

Open at 8 a.m.

Dock your boat and come on over for some delicious barbeque. (The side dishes are pretty tasty, too!) The spacious patio hosts live music all summer long. Hang out with your friends and neighbors along the shore of Buckeye Lake.

Winterfest Special: Enjoy a kick-off party Friday night with Hillbilly Deluxe. Then, on Saturday, enjoy $5 Bloody Mary and mimosas along with Benny drink specials all day!

Adios Tacos food truck will be there, and a DJ will be there at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Open at 7 a.m.

This cool sports bar offers great drink specials, along with plenty of live music and DJs, karaoke, and fun times on the patio. Come on out and meet your friends here for a fun evening!

Winterfest Special: From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., enjoy a breakfast pancake special. Then, from 12:30 to 9 p.m., indulge in a Mexican grill fajita special. There will be a taco eating contest and live music too!

Open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“The Canal” has been known for their homemade breakfast for decades. Enjoy all your favorites every Wednesday- Sunday from 7am-12:30pm

At noon each day, the menu changes and Mexican Grill serves up all your favorite Mexican favorites.
Monday – Thursday 12-9pm, Friday 12-10 and Saturday 1-10pm and Sunday 2-8pm.

Boaters can float right up the canal and join their friends on the patio.

(This business is seasonal).

5312 Walnut Rd, Buckeye Lake, OH 43008

Winterfest Specials: Enjoy Schmidt’s food truck, coffee, and donuts. Make sure to stop by and check out some art, including a Benny the Bass mural that would be the perfect photo opportunity!

Open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Harbor Community Center is committed to enhancing the lives of members in the community through a wide range of activities and events. 

Ever since opening their doors to the community in 2018, the center has provided residents of the Buckeye Lake Region the chance to get together and experience what the community is all about. The Harbor Community Center’s mission is to provide a cultural and educational experience for members of the Buckeye Lake community.

Winterfest Special: Breakfast and drink specials, as well as an open jukebox!

Open at 7:30 a.m.

The Island House offers some of the finest food on Buckeye Lake. Downstairs at dock level is their casual bar and grill. Upstairs you will find a dining room with a spectacular view. Situated on Leib’s Island, they’re easy to find and have ample parking and slip space.

9075 Boundaries Road, Thornville, OH 43076

Winterfest Special: Enjoy a sale on Muck boots, Sperry boots, and Oakley.

Open from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Lake’s End is a retail store in Thornville, Ohio selling a selection of Carhartt apparel, Oakley gear, Wolverine boots, Redwing boots, Irish Setter boots, and more! There is something for everyone, including a large selection of safety apparel.

Store Hours:

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Closed Sunday.

12472 Lancaster St Millersport, OH 43046

Winterfest Specials: The Magic Needle’s business location will be closed, but be on the lookout for their official Winterfest merchandise at The Port in Thornville/Thornport.

The Magic Needle offers embroidery, silk screen, vinyl and dye sublimation with your design or one they help you develop. They offer the official merchandise for Buckeye Lake’s Winterfest.

Winterfest Special: The festivities at Waterfront at Buckeye Lake will begin at 8 a.m. with breakfast from 8 – 11 a.m. and pizza from 11 a.m. – closing time. The Jack will be playing from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m and the Devin Henry Band will play from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Heated tents will be available outside to accommodate the large crowd and big groups.

Open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Lakefront sports bar with great food, cold beer & good times!

The Waterfront on Buckeye Lake will close for the season on December 1, 2021.

9293 Thorn Twp Rd 79, Thornville, OH 43076

Winterfest Specials: Enjoy breakfast sandwiches, drink specials, and a soup bar that starts at 12 p.m. Live entertainment will include JD Owen from 12 to 5 p.m., then Katie and the Red Hots from 5 to 10 p.m.

Open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

AMVETS is a veterans service organization open to anyone who is currently serving, or who has honorably served, in the U.S. Armed Forces including the National Guard and Reserves.

9055 Boundaries Road, Thornville, OH 43076

Winterfest Special Coming Soon!

Thornville Hardware & Supply is a full-service hardware store. As proud members of the community, and they feel that helping each other is important. They promise to deliver superb and knowledgeable customer service. The store boasts a massive selection of products for electrical work, plumbing, gardening, and much more. Whether you are looking for supplies for your home, garage, lawn, or garden, they have everything you need!

Store Hours:

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

8010 Lancaster-Newark Road Northeast, Baltimore, Ohio 43105

Winterfest Specials: Enjoy a $4.95 biscuit and gravy special, $5 Bloody Mary and mimosas, a Benny Burger for $8.95, and Benny drink specials all day!

Open at 7 a.m.

Weidner’s Corner is a pub, grill, and drive-thru featuring great home style cooking and delicious breakfast served all day.