Catalina offers a fun-filled summer season with a summer concert series, celebrations, and more

From water sports and thrilling aerial adventures to beachfront lounging and soaking up incredible scenic views, Catalina is an idyllic retreat for travelers who want to slow down and enjoy life on island time. We are excited to share a multitude of lively events and activities for the summer season.

Independence Day Celebrations: July 4-6USC Marching Band - 4th of July

Catalina Island is host to an Independence Day Celebrations like no other. Join us for a day of fun on July 4 in Avalon that includes the USC Marching Band, Golf Cart Parade, Dinghy Parade and Fireworks Show. Visitors can also enjoy festivities in Two Harbors on July 6 including a Children's Festival and Dinghy Parade, followed by a Fireworks Celebration. View full schedule.

-Two New July 4th Events with USC Trojan Marching Band-

USC Trojan Marching Band at the Catalina Museum

Join us at the Museum for a 4th to remember with the USC Trojan Marching Band!  Doors open at 3:30 pm, with a performance at 4:30 pm. Your ticket includes a classic Americana buffet, plus a live auction for a once-in-a-lifetime Trojan experience. Themed cocktails available for purchase. Book here

USC Marching Band Casino Celebration

Join us as we welcome the Spirt of Troy back to the Wrigley Ballroom. The concert will also give attendees the opportunity to help keep this tradition alive, as $10 of every ticket sold will be donated to cover the USC Band’s travel expenses. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the concert at 7:30pm. Following the concert, guests are invited to stay and enjoy the annual fireworks display at 9 pm from the Casino’s Ocean Promenade. Book here

Avalon Fireworks Harbor Cruise

Enjoy Catalina's historic fireworks show from Avalon Bay. Board the Cyclone power boat and head out on the water for a unique perspective of Catalina’s historic 4th of July fireworks celebration. You’ll be right in the middle of the action, as the rocket's red glare and bombs bursting in air light up the nighttime skies over Avalon Bay. Book here.

July 6

Two Harbors Fireworks

Catch the Two Harbors Fireworks Show on July 6. Guests in Avalon can hop aboard the Cyclone power boat at the Green Pleasure Pier for the Two Harbors Fireworks Voyage Book here or the Bus Experience from Avalon Book here and be in Two Harbors in time for the annual fireworks spectacular. 


Catalina Island Concert Series

July 20, August 10 and September 2Catalina Concerts

In partnership with The Perfect Event, the family-friendly Catalina Island Concert Series returns for another summer of incredible live music at Wrigley Stage. Concerts are held from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a 21+ beer, wine and spirits garden located adjacent to the stage featuring raffle and prize opportunities throughout the evening. This year’s lineup includes:

  • Highwayman (July 20) – A tribute to the timeless music of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson.
  • Taimine (August 10) – Whether delicately finger-picking through Bach or radically ripping through Led Zeppelin, Taimane has the ability to morph genres – from classical to rock to flamenco.
  • Xceptional Tribute to ABBA (September 2) – A fan-favorite performance highlighting the best of ABBA.
DINING:

Lobster Trap

The Lobster Trap reopened mid June after a 5 month renovation that more than doubled the dining space and added a sushi bar. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Sunset Bar & Grill

The Sunset Bar & Grill held their grand opening on May 9. The restaurant is located at the Catalina Canyon Inn and is open 7 days week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The new restaurant operators are Fransico and Veronica Bravo and Miguel Chavolla, all veterans of the restaurant business on Catalina.

NEW TOURS & ACTIVITIES:

Taylored Catalina Charters

Reel in the catch of your life on the stable and comfortable 44′ Pacifica. The spacious cockpit level salon features 360 degree views and is equipped with a large dinette that can accommodate everyone in your party with room to spare. You haven’t sport fished until you’ve done it with Taylored Catalina Charters!

Avalon History Tours

Offering an authentic and immersive experience led by knowledgeable guides who are local residents. The hour-and-a-half-long tour covers approximately one mile of the island's charming and predominantly flat terrain, making it accessible to most guests.

Empress Wellness

Whether you're seeking relief from pain, headaches, seasickness or simply aiming to unwind, our arsenal of ancient remedies-from acupuncture to cupping, ear seeds to energy healing-promises a rejuvenating experience like no other. Located in the back of Metropole Marketplace. Schedule your appointment online today!

SEASONAL TOURS:

Cyclone Power Boat to Two HarborsCatalina Island Things to Do by Sea

Transportation between Avalon and Two Harbors via the Cyclone, a seasonal high-speed power boat has resumed daily services. The 40-minute boat ride is the fastest way to travel between the two locations. The boat departs from the Green Pleasure Pier in Avalon for a cruise along the Catalina coast. Tickets are $33.50 each way and can be purchased online here.

Coastal Tour: Catalina Divers Supply, known for Guided SCUBA, snorkel, and SNUBA adventures, offers a Coastal Wildlife Cruise that explores Catalina’s picturesque waters and shoreline. The tour will give visitors an opportunity for up-close wildlife encounters as they search for whales, dolphins, seals, bald eagles, and various seabirds.

Flying Fish Voyage: Fish really do fly. See the Califorina Flying Fish on this nighttime ocean tour that's only available during summer months.

Catalina Falconry Experience: Experience the thrill and anticipation, as a trained bird of prey—with wings spread and talons extended—swoops toward you and gently lands on your outstretched hand. Catalina Falconry Experience in picturesque Descanso Canyon is one of the few places in Southern California where you can don the glove and “be the falconer.” 

SEASONAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES:

Starting the week of June 17 and ending the week of August 25

Beach Day on South Beach - Mondays

Summer Beach Bingo - Tuesday & Thursdays Bingo

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., families can enjoy a game of bingo right on the sand. Located on South Beach, visitors can bring a beach chair or towel and play for a chance to win fun local prizes. Bingo cards are $1 each.

Kids Fishing Derby - Wednesdays

Every Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., kids can participate in a free fishing derby presented by the City of Avalon and Avalon Audio/Video and Smart Home on the Green Pleasure Pier. Equipment, bait and breakfast are provided through Avalon Audio/Video. Prizes are awarded every week following the derby.

Movies on the Beach - Wednesdays

Presented by the Choices and the City of Avalon. Bring your beach chair, towels and blankets. Snacks and refreshments available for purchase.

Funky Friday Night Dance Party for Kids

A new offering this year. Funky Friday Night Dance party for Kids on the Wrigley Stage from 7-9 pm.

Fitness Fridays

Meet at the Wrigley Stage for a variety of morning fitness classes including Zumba and Stretching.

Art in the Park - Saturdays

Kids, come and let your creative side out. Meet at Avalon Kids Park.

Sunday Wellness at South Beach

Join us every Sunday as we bring a variety of licensed instructors.


Summer Beach Parties

Descanso Beach Club kicks up the summer vibe with a live DJ every Saturday on the beach through the summer. 

Live Music in Two Harbors

Make your way to Two Harbors for a south seas summer vibe featuring bands and solo artists on Saturdays from 2-6 pm and Sundays from 10 am - 2 pm on the patio at Harbor Reef. Local bands include The Iseños and Catalina Eddie, along with Danny Maika, Noise Boys and Good Cop Bad Cop. Enjoy the music of DJ Papa Kirkland Friday and Saturday evenings from 8 pm to 2 am. More info

ARTS & CULTURE:

Avalon Theatre & Catalina CasinoCatalina Island Story Ideas

The Avalon Theatre will mark its two year re-opening annivarsary on June 16. The Theatre features films on Friday and Saturday evenings. The Catalina Casino is open daily for general admission. Visitors are invited to meander through the historic building at their own pace and visit the Avalon Theatre, the mezzanine and marine bar, the iconic ballroom and the ocean air promenade. More info.

Catalina Museum for Art & History

The Museum will host several events this summer like the monthly First Fridays at the Museum: Mixology with Adam Wild featuring speciality cocktails and a chance to visit new exhibits like Rare Air, an exhibition of the work of Philadelphia-based illustrator and designer Sarah Kaizar. As well, a summer Director's Film Series, a four part series, will open on June 21 with the showing of "Some Like It Hot" and they will host a series of Paint & Sip programs. The Museum's Summer Documentary Series will take place July 26, August 23 and September 13 and features videos from the Museum's Catalina Story Project, highlighting the stories of longtime island residents. More info