Enjoy Catalina this fall with the beautiful weather and avoid the summertime crowds. The island is host to many fun events and holiday festivities this year for you to join as you explore Avalon. There is too much to see and experience to only stay the day, take advantage of the best getaway deals of the year and extend your island time.
Run an Island Marathon
Attention all runners! Catalina welcomes back the marathons that are on the bucket list for runners looking for a unique race. California's ultimate trail marathon, half-marathon, and triathlon will challenge you, change you, and leave you with unforgettable memories that last a lifetime. Experience the most scenic views, epic climbs, fast downhills, gorgeous peaks, beautiful vistas, and much more!
Catalina Island Triathlon, Duathlon & 5K – Saturday, October 30, 2021
Catalina Island Half-Marathon & 10K – Saturday, November 13, 2021
Avalon Benefit 50 Mile / 50K Run – Saturday, January 8, 2022
The spooky season is upon us, but instead of being scared how about a little laughter! With parades of creative costumes, a celebration of Dia de Los Muertos and a little magic thrown in for good measure, this will be a Halloween weekend to be remembered.
Bats in the Belfry – October 29, 2021
Enjoy a live magic performance by master magician, Jonathan Levit, a special magical performance and Q&A with “Thing” (Christopher Hart) from the Addams Family movies and a screening of The Addams Family movie (1991) at the Iconic Catalina Casino.
Annual Halloween Parade – October 31, 2021
Join the ghouls, ghosts, mermaids and firefighters in the Avalon Halloween Parade down Crescent Ave. Parade will include decorated golf carts!
Día de los Muertos Family Festival – November 1, 2021
Join us for a unique celebration at the museum with a lively evening of events highlighting the traditional Mexican cultural celebration of Día de los Muertos. This Avalon tradition brings together Mexican cultural elements, dancing, music and other activities for the entire family to enjoy.
‘Tis the season for cheer and spending time with family and friends. What better way than with an island paradise! Enjoy your Thanksgiving turkey with island flair, send your letter off to Santa and join in on the Catalina holiday festivities.
Thanksgiving "Island Style" at Harbor Reef Restaurant – November 25
Enjoy a traditional family style Thanksgiving dinner complete with all the trimmings in the unique Island setting of Two Harbors. Reservations are required by calling Harbor Reef Restaurant at 310.510.4215.
Letters to Santa – November 22 to December 17, 2021
Drop off your letter to Santa at the Atwater Arcade and see all the holiday cheer around Avalon!
Holiday Open House at Mt. Ada – December 1, 2021
Mark your calendars for the Holiday Open House at Mt Ada. Celebrate the holiday season and raise funds to support local nonprofits, including Avalon Schools. Live music will be performed by the Bierman Brothers and Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be in attendance. There will be multiple raffles and silent auction items.
28th Annual "Shop Catalina" – December 4, 2021
Ditch the crowded mall and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list while exploring this beautiful destination. The Catalina shops open their doors and offer rarely offered discounts on your favorite island jewelry, art, clothing, unique gifts, housewares and more.
Best Vacation Deals
Fall and Winter are the best times to explore the Island with less crowds making it easy to enjoy the Mediterranean climate. It is also the season to find great vacation deals including the Boat and Hotel packages with discounts reaching up to 50%. Many packages include extra perks like discounts on tours or a split of champagne to celebrate your vacation. Experience the Island at your leisure and enjoy the many activities Catalina offers.
If you are looking for a day trip to get away, check out the Ship and Zip package for two. The package includes your boat transportation on Catalina Express and a flight on the Zip Line Eco Tour, which will have you zipping down the Descanso Canyon at speeds approaching 35 mph.
As you make your plans to attend these entertaining events and festivities, remember to reserve your boat ride over early to secure your ideal travel times on Catalina Express.