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


Polar Bear Plunge - January 1. Join the City of Avalon & the Catalina Swim Club for a New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim at Casino Dive Park
Avalon Benefit 50K/50 Mile Run - This annual run crosses Catalina Island from Avalon to Two Harbors and back.


Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup - This is the only time of the year that SCUBA diving is allowed in Avalon Bay. (Moved to April 1 in 2023 due to sea conditions.)


Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon - This “bucket list” trail marathon is California’s oldest trail marathon and the only one that runs across an island in the Pacific Ocean.


Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball - This black-tie event includes dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions.
Community Easter Egg Hunt - Join us at Descanso Beach Club for a community 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. 


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 BenefitRecognized as one of the world’s longest running annual celebrations of Silent Film.
Taste Around Avalon - Enjoy the most scrumptious tastes of delectable food & beverages at Avalon's finest dining establishments. 


Annual Avalon Restaurant Week - Avalon’s most popular restaurants are ready to dish up mouth-watering food during Avalon Restaurant Week.
Catalina Wine Mixer - Step Brothers-inspired event with live bands, food booths, wine tasting.
Catalina Pride Celebration - Catalina Island invites the LGBTQ+ community and allies throughout Southern California to join in celebrating the annual Catalina Pride.


4th of July Parade & Celebration - Live music on Wrigley Stage and golf cart parade along Crescent Ave, fireworks at dark.


Ongoing Summer Events:
Descanso Beach Club Beach Party - Saturdays & Sunday from 1-5 pm.
Movies on the Beach - Free, family-friendly on South Beach.
Summer Concert Series - Free family-friendly concerts on Wrigley Stage on Crescent Avenue (various dates June through September).
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.


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.


Catalina Island Chili Cook-Off - Sponsored by Rotary Club of Avalon, on South Beach.
Buccaneer Days - 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. 
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.
Bats in the Belfry - An fundraiser for the Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation.


Veterans Day Celebration
Catalina Island Half Marathon & 10 K - Sign up for either 13.1 miles or 10k and run some of the most beautiful, rugged and breathtaking trails you will ever experience!


Annual "Shop Catalina" Night - Support local small businesses, enjoy holiday shopping, receive discounts, enter to win prizes and participate in festive holiday activities!
New Year’s Eve Gala Celebration - Casino Ballroom.

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