Love Catalina, the official Catalina Island Tourism Authority, is pleased to share upcoming events for visitors to enjoy now through winter on Catalina Island. From a New Year’s Eve Gala to free seaside concerts and an array of athletic events, there is no shortage of reasons to visit and enjoy the Island. Located just 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, Catalina provides visitors with an island escape year around with recreational activities, outdoor events and more.
THEMED DINING EVENTS
Summer BBQ Under the Starts at Airport in the Sky - August 19, August 21, September 1
Hawaiian Style Luau at Descanso Beach Club - September 2
Free Catalina Island Concert Series featuring The Highwayman Show - August 20
Presented as part of the Catalina Island Concert Series and in partnership with The Xceptional Music Company, music lovers will enjoy a tribute to the timeless music of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. Concert-goers will also delight in a beer garden adjacent to Wrigley Stage along with opportunities to win raffle prizes throughout the concert. More information can be found here.
Free Catalina Island Concert Series featuring Xceptional Tribute to ABBA - September 3
Presented as part of the Catalina Island Concert Series and in partnership with The Xceptional Music Company, ABBA lovers will love this fan favorite concert. Concert-goers will also delight in a beer garden adjacent to Wrigley Stage along with opportunities to win raffle prizes throughout the concert. More information can be found here.
Catalina Comedy Island - September 9-10
Experience an incredible weekend of world-class stand-up comedy in one of the nation’s most unique venues, the Casino Theatre on Catalina Island. With just over one thousand seats in this internationally famed Art Deco locale, it is a truly intimate way to experience some of the biggest names in comedy, Jeff Ross, Dave Attell, Michelle Wolf, and Dana Carvey & Sons. All tickets are sold as a Two Night Pass (Friday & Saturday) with a choice of Early or Late Shows. Tickets can be purchased here.
Catalina Festival of Art - September 16-18
Art lovers will flock to the island as the Catalina Festival of Art showcases an array of art from both locals and visitors. Taking place in the heart of Avalon, booths line Crescent Avenue and the beach, allowing attendees to pick their favorite pieces in a picturesque setting. Free admission. More information on the festival can be found here.
Catalina Island Women's Forum Wine Festival - September 17
Island Style Wine Tasting and Silent Auction Fundraiser - Presented by the Catalina Island Women's Forum. Enjoy wine tasting, appetizers and soothing live music at M Restaurant & Events. Come prepared to shop, there will be a silent auction featuring art, jewelry, hospitality packages and more! More info.
Catalina Film Festival, September 21-25
Taking place Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 25, The Catalina Film Festival honors the island’s unique film history, beauty and conservation efforts. Presented by the Catalina Film Institute, the festival will showcase an array of selected features with the goal of fostering the growth of upcoming filmmakers. More information and tickets can be found here.
Annual Catalina Island Chili Cook-Off - October 1
The Sixth Annual Catalina Island Chili Cook-Off will entice and feed the souls of spicy food lovers with a selection of the best chili the island has to offer. Presented by the Rotary Club of Avalon, the Chili Cook-Off will take place from 1 - 4 p.m. on the South Beach in Avalon. More information can be found here.
Buccaneer's Weekend - October 6-8
Aargh, mateys! Celebrate the 32nd Annual Buccaneer’s Weekend. Don your best pirate attire and set sail for Two Harbors for a weekend of treasure hunts, costume contests, great food, live music and a lot of fun. More info.
JazzTrax - October 13 - 16, October 20- 23
Jazz lovers will rejoice as the two-weekend JazzTrax festival ascends on Catalina this October. Taking place in the historic Catalina Casino Ballroom and Descanso Beach, attendees have the opportunity to listen to some of their favorite artists all weekend long. More information, schedules and tickets can be found here.
Avalon Fall Carnival - October 20
Enjoy live music, games, hayrides, a pumpkin patch on the beach and more. Join the Avalon community from 5 - 9 p.m. along Crescent Avenue (Front Street) as they raise money for local charities and kick off the Fall season.
Catalina Island Triathlon & Duathlon & 5K - October 29
Celebrating its 45th anniversary, the Catalina Island Triathlon & Duathlon will be held Saturday, October 29. Starting at the Green Pleasure Pier in Avalon, participants will swim, bike and run throughout Catalina Island on a 10K and 5K course. Proceeds benefit Love Catalina. More information can be found here.
Two Harbors Micro Brew Festival - November 5
Enjoy live music and a huge selection of microbrews at the 20th Annual Micro Brew Fest on the beach in Two Harbors. Tickets are on sale now! This event sells out, so advance purchase is strongly recommended.
Catalina Island Half Marathon & 10K - November 12
Proceeds benefit the Catalina Island Conservancy. More information can be found here.
29th Annual Shop Catalina - December 3
Kick off the holidays with seasonal activities, entertainment, shopping and exclusive savings during the 29th annual Shop Catalina. The island shops will open their doors with rarely offered exclusive savings on jewelry, art, clothing, unique gifts, housewares and more. More info.
New Year’s Eve Gala - December 31
The 49th annual New Year’s Eve Gala celebration will return this year in the world-famous Casino Ballroom. Guests will enjoy a gourmet buffet, live music from The Perfect Event's Christien Anthony Band, a champagne toast and more. Reservations are priced at $199 per person and are available for purchase here.
To stay up to date on events on the island visit https://www.lovecatalina.com/events/