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
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. 


Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon


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. 


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


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


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.


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.


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
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.


Veterans Day Celebration
Catalina Island Half Marathon & 10 K


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