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Please note all events are subject to change , please visit the Catalina Island Visitors Bureau's website

May 2014

 

Thru-9/1 Scavenger Hunt, Urban Adventure Quest Challenge
See March for full description. Sign up to play online at: www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com

 

5/3 21st Annual Catalina Island Rugby Festival
A one day Rugby Festival for players 40 years of age and older. Over 50’s match begins at noon. This is a charity event raising funds for the Cancer Support Community of Redondo Beach. Teams from the West Coast, Texas, Virginia and England. Catalina Island Rugby Festival. 310-798-5445, tomhendrix5@aol.com

5/3 Kentucky Derby Days at El Galleon
Celebrate the race from 2pm-6pm, (post time 3:24pm) with mint juleps, hats, happy hour and early bird dinner specials. Contest for best men & women’s hats. 1st prize - Steak & Lobster Dinner! View the race on 11 large flat screen TVs and stay for the karaoke party after the race. El Galleon Restaurant, 411 Crescent. 310-510-1188, www.catalinahotspots.com

 

5/3-5/4 Riviera Catalina Island Classic
The 3rd Annual Catalina Island Classic, a weekend-long Island skate invasion! Downhill skateboarding, ramp ripping and live music! www.catalinaislandclassic.com


5/5 Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Mi Casita
All day celebration in the upstairs patio at Mi Casita Mexican Restaurant. Enjoy food & drink specials and Mexican karaoke. Mi Casita Mexican Restaurant, 111 Claressa Ave. 310-510-1772, www.catalinahotspots.com

5/10 Aero Club Social Fly-In (2nd Sat. of the month, weather permitting)
Fly-in or take the Wildlands Express from the Avalon Plaza to the Airport in the Sky. From 10am to 2pm. Visit with pilots from around the region and viewing amazing airplanes. 310-510-0954. www.CatalinaConservancy.org

 

5/17 27th Annual Silent Film Benefit
Once a year moviegoers make a pilgrimage to Catalina Island and transport themselves back to the silent film era of the 1920’s. The Catalina Island Museum’s Silent Film Benefit presents the early cinema the way it was intended to be enjoyed: in one of the grandest movie palaces of the day, on a big screen with live accompaniment. 1pm to 3:30pm. Catalina Island Museum. 310-510-2414, www.catalinamuseum.org

5/17 12th Annual Avalon Ball
The 12th Annual Avalon Ball will allow you a glimpse of a glamorous bygone era. Enjoy the ocean breezes high above the moonlit waves, admire the sea-themed medallions set into rose-colored walls under an arching fifty-foot ceiling studded with Tiffany chandeliers, or join the dancers on a 10,000 square foot circular floor as Dean Mora and his Avalon Ball Orchestra play hits from the 1920s and 30s. Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. 310- 659-3326, www.adsla.org, artdecola@sbcglobal.net

5/17 Catalina Island Gran Fondo
It's back and it's going to be bigger than ever. The 3rd Annual Catalina MTB Gran Fondo is a must attend event on any cyclists calendar. Breathtaking views, challenging climbs and lots of fun to be had after the ride! Three distinct routes will offer something for cyclists of all levels and abilities. For more information visit www.uscup.net

5/29 10th Annual Taste Around of Avalon
Kick-off to the Annual Flying Fish Festival! Enjoy the most scrumptious tastes of delectable food or beverages from some of Avalon’s finest dining establishments. Vote for your favorite “tastes” of food, drink and dessert as the Best Taste of the Year! Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. 310-510-1520, www.CatalinaChamber.com

 

5/29-6/1 7th Annual Flying Fish Festival
Join us for the 7th Annual Flying Fish Festival, a four day event to celebrate the return of the incomparable Catalina Flying Fish with a variety of family fun themed activities. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce., 310-510-1520, www.flyingfishfestival.com

 

5/30-6/5 2nd Annual Avalon Restaurant Week
Avalon’s most popular restaurants are ready to dish up mouth-watering food at fantastic prices during the 2nd Annual Avalon Restaurant Week. This foodie celebration provides locals and visitors alike the opportunity to indulge in a variety of specially created prix fixe menus at some of Avalon’s finest establishments. Come out and Taste More of Avalon. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. 310-510-1520, www.CatalinaChamber.com

 

June 2014

 

5/29-6/1 7th Annual Flying Fish Festival
Join us for the 7th Annual Flying Fish Festival, a four day event to celebrate the return of the incomparable Catalina Flying Fish with a variety of family fun themed activities. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce., 310-510-1520, www.flyingfishfestival.com

 

5/30-6/5 2nd Annual Avalon Restaurant Week
Avalon’s most popular restaurants are ready to dish up mouth-watering food at fantastic prices during the 2nd Annual Avalon Restaurant Week. This foodie celebration provides locals and visitors alike the opportunity to indulge in a variety of specially created prix fixe menus at some of Avalon’s finest establishments. Come out and Taste More of Avalon. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. 310-510-1520, www.CatalinaChamber.com


6/14 Aero Club Social Fly-In (2nd Sat. of the month, weather permitting)
Fly-in or take the Wildlands Express from the Avalon Plaza to the Airport in the Sky. From 10am to 2pm. Visit with pilots from around the region and viewing amazing airplanes. 310-510-0954. www.CatalinaConservancy.org

6/11 Catalina Film Society (2nd Wednesday, every other month)
An opportunity for film enthusiasts to enjoy, discuss and celebrate brand new unreleased independent films on a monthly basis. Suggested donation of $10 for non-members, or become a member and support the effort to celebrate and educate the art of independent films. Participation benefits the Catalina Island Conservancy and their work to keep Catalina’s wildlands wild. 818-787-1946, www.CatalinaFF.org


6/24-8/28 Summer Beach Bingo (each Tuesday & Thursday)
Bring your beach chair and some friends to the South Beach Lifeguard stand every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00-7:00pm. Bingo cards are $1 each and participants can win fun local prizes. City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310-510-1987, www.CityofAvalon.com

6/25-8/27 Kid’s Fishing Derby (each Wednesday)
Meet at the Green Pier at 7am. City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310-510-1987, www.CityofAvalon.com


July 2014

 

Thru-8/27 Kid’s Fishing Derby (each Wednesday)
See June for full description. City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310-510-1987, www.CityofAvalon.com

 

Thru-8/28 Summer Beach Bingo (each Tuesday & Thursday)
See June for full description. City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310-510-1987,
www.CityofAvalon.com

Thru-9/1 Scavenger Hunt, Urban Adventure Quest Challenge
See March for full description. Sign up to play online at: www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com

 

7/4 Annual 4th of July Parade, Dinner at the Casino Ballroom, Fireworks Display
The golf cart parade down Crescent Avenue begins at 1pm. Enjoy a BBQ buffet dinner & music of the USC Marching Band in the Casino Ballroom with premium balcony viewing for the fireworks display over Avalon. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. 310-510-1520, www.CatalinaChamber.com

7/4 4th of July Music Festival on Casino Point
Join the Catalina Island Museum from 3-10pm for its annual celebration of the 4th of July on Casino Point. This year's event will feature live music and great food during the afternoon. The fun continues in the evening with a concert and watching the fireworks over Avalon Harbor. Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets in advance. Catalina Island Museum. 310-510-2414, www.catalinamuseum.org

7/4 4th of July Mardi Gras Party at El Galleon

Visit El Galleon Restaurant before and after the 4th of July Parade. Featuring music from the Hyperion Dixieland Band and folk singer Trevor Jones on guitar. Live Karaoke from 9pm to 1am. Choose from over 20,000 song titles! El Galleon Restaurant. 310-510-1188, www.CatalinaHotSpots.com


7/12 Aero Club Social Fly-In (2nd Sat. of the month, weather permitting)
Fly-in or take the Wildlands Express from the Avalon Plaza to the Airport in the Sky. From 10am-2pm. Visit with pilots from around the region and viewing amazing airplanes. 2nd Saturday of the month. 310-510-0954. www.CatalinaConservancy.org

 

7/19 1st Annual Gold Star Dive
Scuba divers search for gold stars in Casino Point Underwater Park. This event is a fundraiser for the LA County Sheriff’s Community Programs and the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. ASCSA Avalon Station Community Services Association. 310-510-0174


August 2014

 

Thru-8/27 Kid’s Fishing Derby (each Wednesday)
See June for full description. City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310-510-1987, www.CityofAvalon.com

 

Thru-8/28 Summer Beach Bingo (each Tuesday & Thursday)
See July for full description. Sponsored by City of Avalon and Catalina Kid Ventures, 310-510-1704.

 

Thru-9/1 Urban Adventure Quest Summer Challenge – see June for full description
See June for full description. www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com


8/9 Aero Club Social Fly-In (2nd Sat. of the month, weather permitting)
Fly-in or take the Wildlands Express from the Avalon Plaza to the Airport in the Sky. From 10am-2pm. Visit with pilots from around the region and viewing amazing airplanes. 2nd Saturday of the month. 310-510-0954. www.CatalinaConservancy.org

8/13 Catalina Film Society, (2nd Wednesday, every other month)
An opportunity for film enthusiasts to enjoy, discuss and celebrate brand new unreleased independent films on a monthly basis. Suggested donation of $10 for non-members, or become a member and support the effort to celebrate and educate the art of independent films. Participation benefits the Catalina Island Conservancy and their work to keep Catalina’s wildlands wild. 818-787-1946, www.CatalinaFF.org


September 2014

 

9/6-9/7 55th Annual Catalina Channel Crossing – US Outrigger Championships
Longest Polynesian canoe race in the continental U.S., 26 miles from Newport Beach to Avalon. Women race over to Catalina on Saturday; Men race back to the mainland on Sunday. Enjoy Hawaiian festivities, music and beer garden in Avalon’s center of town on Saturday. Proceeds go to support local charities. Southern California Outrigger Racing Association. 858-442-2536, www.catalinacrossing.org

 

9/13 Catalina Island Women’s Forum Wine Festival
This 19th annual fundraiser features over 80 wineries, delectable hors d’oeuvres and smooth jazz. Net proceeds help support mentoring and scholarship programs. Tickets available at the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. 310 510-1520, www.theciwf.org


9/13 Aero Club Social Fly-In (2nd Sat. of the month, weather permitting)
Fly-in or take the Wildlands Express from the Avalon Plaza to the Airport in the Sky. From 10am-2pm. Visit with pilots from around the region and viewing amazing airplanes. 2nd Saturday of the month. 310-510-0954. www.CatalinaConservancy.org

 

9/24-9/28 Catalina Film Festival
Annual celebration of Catalina’s rich film history features approximately 100 films screened at multiple venues around the island plus nightly events and entertainment. The festival is competitive with awards in up to 10 categories, including our festival partners’ prestigious awards; the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation’s “Great Communicator” Award, the Chaplin Family’s Charlie Chaplin ICON Award, and the ISLA Earth Award - an honor presented by the Festival’s beneficiary, the Catalina Island Conservancy. Catalina Film Festival. 818-787-1946, www.CatalinaFilm.org

9/19-9/21 56th Annual Catalina Festival of Art
Longest running annual event on Catalina Island. Artists from all over the country exhibit along Crescent Avenue and sell their works of fine art, sculpture, fine crafts & photography. Highlights include charity art auction and kids art show. Catalina Art Association. 310-510-2788, www.catalinaartassociation.org

 

9/27 National Museum Day
Discover Avalon’s sole institution dedicated to art, culture and the history of Santa Catalina Island with FREE admission to the Catalina Island Museum in celebration of National Museum Day. Open from 10am to 5pm. Catalina Island Museum. 310-510-2414, www.catalinamuseum.org

 

October 2014


10/4-5 3rd Annual Catalina Air Show
Celebrate the history of avaition on Catalina Island. Air show is held off the Avalon Bay breakwater and at teh Airport in the Sky. Aviation events include aerobatic aircrat performances, displays and concessions. Catalina Air Show, 888-798-1118.
www.catalinaairshow.com

10/9-10/12, 10/16 -10/19 The Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival
Features the newest and best talent in the smooth jazz genre. This annual weekend event features 30 different smooth jazz stars performing “Unplugged at Descanso Beach Club” on Thursday evening and in the historic Casino Ballroom, Friday, Saturday and Sundays. 1st two weekends in Oct. 866-872-9849, www.jazztrax.com

10/10-10/12 JazzTrax Festival Weekend at the "M" by Zest Catering & Events
Celebrate the first weekend of JazzTrax at the "M" Restaurant. 310-510-8404, www.zestcateringcatalina.com

 

10/31 Annual Halloween Parade
Don your favorite costume and join island school kids and residents for the Annual Halloween Parade down Crescent Avenue starting at 4pm Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. 310-510-1520, www.CatalinaChamber.com

 

November 2014

 

11/1 30th Annual Catalina Island Triathlon
Swim it, Bike it, Run it, Tri it! Experience the beauty of Catalina Island and the city of Avalon with the perfect end of season sprint triathlon. Come for the weekend or for the day and experience all that Catalina has to offer. Spectrum Sports Management. 909-399-3553, www.CatalinaIslandTriathlon.com

 

11/8 8th Annual Catalina Island Eco-Marathon / 10K
Named "Best Island Run" in 2012 by Runners World Magazine. Event attracts many of the elite ultra-runners. Run 26 miles of single track trails and ridgelines with views of the Pacific Ocean on both sides of the island. Run through a variety of eco-systems, each with unique plant and animal life. Spectrum Sports Management. 909-399-3553, www.CatalinaEcoMarathon.com

11/28-11/30 Catalina Film Institute
Students and industry professionals immerse themselves in a workshop setting surrounded by the spectacular beauty of Catalina Island. Take advantage of different programs and be creatively inspired by the enchanting scenery of historic and beautiful Catalina Island. Participation in this event supports the Catalina Island Conservancy and their work to keep Catalina’s wildlands wild. Catalina Film Institute. 818-787-1946, www.CatalinaFF.org

 

December 2014


12/6 21st Annual “Shop At Home” Night
A one-night shopping extravaganza with holiday discounts, strolling carolers and prize drawings. Shop At Home Night kicks off with a holiday tree lighting ceremony on Wrigley Stage at 5pm. Have your picture taken with Santa at El Galleon from 6-8:30pm. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. 310-510-1520, www.CatalinaChamber.com

12/13 Catalina Island Museum Holiday Open House & Concert
This community tradition features free Catalina Island Museum admission, discounts in the museum store, holiday cheer and a tasting in the museum’s Harbor Room and a Holiday Concert performed by a visiting orchestra. Catalina Island Museum. 310-510-2414, www.CatalinaMuseum.org

 

12/31 Annual New Year’s Eve Parties at El Galleon & Antonio’s
Dual Party - tickets good for both restaurants! 8:30pm to 1am. For tickets and dinner reservations call El Galleon. 310-510-1188, www.CatalinaHotSpots.com


12/31 42nd Annual New Year's Eve Celebration, Casino Ballroom

Celebrate the New Year at this elegant black-tie optional dinner and dancing event in the world famous Casino Ballroom. Reservations go on sale July 2014. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. 310-510-1520, www.CatalinaChamber.com/nye

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