Fall Events : Catalina Express

Fall Events

Woman toasting with wine

Miss running a marathon, dressing up as a pirate, appreciating a glass of wine or listening to Smooth Jazz? Catalina Island is welcoming long celebrated events back this year. Please plan early as these events have always been popular with visitors and locals.

Please note, organizers are working closely with public health officials to provide an enjoyable and safe experience.

Catalina Wine Mixer

September 10 – 11

The Original Catalina Wine Mixer at beautiful Descanso Beach Club is one of SoCal’s most unique and entertaining wine and music events. Join your fellow wine lovers, foodies and Step Brothers fanatics at the Annual Catalina Wine Mixer. Buy your tickets now by visiting CatalinaWineMixer.com.

Pirate Flag on beach

Buccaneer Days

September 30 – October 2

Aargh, mateys! Come celebrate the 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 information available at VisitCatalinaIsland.com.


43rd Annual Catalina Island Marathon

October 9

This will be the 43rd Annual running of the Catalina Island Marathon, the oldest trail marathon in California.  This is a true bucket list run that traverses the entire island with scenes of both sides of the island; beaches, 4000 feet of elevation, dramatic downhills, valleys, and hopefully some bison.  You will start the marathon in Two Harbors and finish in downtown Avalon, having experienced 26.2 miles of pristine beauty. Register today at RunCatalina.com.

Jazz musician playing
Photo Credit: Pat Benter

Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

October 14 – 17 and October 21 – 24

Longest running Smooth Jazz festival in the World...since 1987. Each JazzTrax Weekend opens with Thursdays Unplugged Under the Stars (outdoors) at Descanso Beach Club.  Each JazzTrax Weekend then continues Friday Through Sunday inside the 1929 Casino Ballroom. Buy your tickets now by visiting JazzTrax.com or call 866-872-9849.

Woman running
Photo Credit: Scott Stolarz

Catalina Island Triathlon & Duathlon

October 30

This traditional end-of-the-year triathlon is set up perfectly for the experienced triathlete and the novice alike. A safe, one-half mile swim in Avalon Bay; three laps around Mt. Ada; and a gradual out and back run to the Wrigley Memorial will find you finishing in downtown Avalon for a cool beverage of your choice and plenty of stories. Registration for this event will be available shortly at RunCatalina.com.


This is just a small sampling of all the fun events you can experience on Catalina Island. Visit LoveCatalina.com to learn more about events on the Island.

Note: All events are scheduled following the current event protocols. The schedule may change if the State or LA County changes the existing regulations.

Daily Boat Trips To Catalina Island

Discover paradise on Catalina Island with daily ferry trips to and from the island. More than one million travelers choose Catalina Island as their getaway each year and Catalina Express' large fleet of boats make the trip in about an hour, operating every day, year round from three mainland ports - Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point.

Escape To Catalina Island

Leave the hustle and bustle of the "mainland" behind. Catalina Island is the perfect place to take a break from the demands of daily life. With so many activities to choose from, your visit to Catalina Island can be adventure-packed or filled with rest and relaxation. With its year round Mediterranean climate, it's the ideal place to enjoy ocean air and sunshine.