Catalina Island Annual Events Calendar

Visitors discover an island overflowing — year around — with compelling events, fascinating festivals and inspiring athletic challenges. Epic parties like the Catalina Wine Mixer and Buccaneer Days; great concerts, including JazzTrax and the Catalina Concert Series; and cultural celebrations, such as First Fridays at the Museum and the Catalina Art Festival are just a few of the many must-do events not to be missed. Click here for a listing of Two Harbors Annual Events.

Avalon Events

January

Polar Bear Plunge - January 1
Avalon Benefit 50K/50 Mile Run - This annual run crosses Catalina Island from Avalon to Two Harbors and back.

February

Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup - This is the only time of the year that SCUBA diving is allowed in Avalon Bay. 

March

Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon

April

Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball - This black-tie event includes dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions.
Community Easter Egg Hunt
Spring Fest 
- Community event featuring food, music and games on Crescent Avenue.
Catalina Spring Art Fair & Craft Festival - 3-day art fair featuring local and mainland artists, crafts and entertainment. Easter weekend. 

May

Catalina Island Rugby Festival
The Avalon Ball
- Glimpse the glamour of a bygone era. Dean Mora and the Avalon Ball Orchestra play hits from the 1920s and 30s.
Annual Silent Film Benefit 
Taste Around Avalon

June

Annual Avalon Restaurant Week
Catalina Wine Mixer - Step Brothers-inspired event with live bands, food booths, wine tasting.

July

Annual 4th of July Dinner - USC Marching Band performance, BBQ buffet dinner and fireworks viewing from Descanso Beach Club.
4th of July Parade & Celebration - Live music on Wrigley Stage and golf cart parade along Crescent Ave, fireworks at dark.

August

Ongoing Summer Events:
Descanso Beach Club Beach Party - Saturdays & Sunday from 1-5 pm.
Summer Concert Series - Free family-friendly concerts on Wrigley Stage on Crescent Avenue.
Summer Beach Bingo - Tuesday & Thursday from 6 to 7 pm by the South Beach lifeguard stand. 
Kids Fishing Derby - Wednesdays at 7 am at the Green Pleasure Pier.

September

Annual Catalina Channel Crossing - U.S. Outrigger Championships.
Annual Catalina Festival of Art - Artists from all over exhibit their fine art, sculpture, crafts and photography.
Catalina Island Women’s Forum Wine Festival - Annual Charity Fundraiser.
Catalina Film Festival - Over 100 films screened at multiple venues with awards in up to 10 categories.

October

Catalina Island Chili Cook-Off
Buccaneer Days - Two Harbors
Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival - The annual event takes place over two weekends and features over 30 jazz stars performing at Descanso Beach Club and the Casino Ballroom.
Fall Fest - Community event on Crescent Avenue featuring food, music and games.
Annual Halloween Parade - Grab your costume and join the parade down Crescent Avenue.
Catalina Island Triathlon & Duathlon - Swim, bike and run around Catalina Island.

November

Veterans Day Celebration
Catalina Island Half Marathon & 10 K

December

Annual "Shop Catalina" Night
New Year’s Eve Gala Celebration - Casino Ballroom.