The Catalina Wine Mixer was established as an annual event in 2015 after the wildly popular Catalina Wine Mixer scene from Will Ferrell’s movie, Step Brothers (2001). Offering live bands, DJs, entertainment, gourmet food and wine at one of southern California’s most coveted beachside destinations, the Catalina Wine Mixer has become a must-do experience for young people.
One thing that’s important to note about the Catalina Wine Mixer is its distinctions from traditional wine festivals on Catalina Island. Traditional wine festivals, like the ones hosted on Two Harbors and Avalon, feature:
- Tasting extravaganzas featuring the finest local and imported wines
- Unlimited tastings of all participating wineries
- Silent auctions
- Live music
- Guides explaining the history of the wine
- Excellent entrees and desserts
- Family friendly environment
On the other hand, the Catalina Wine Mixer is a unique experience which attracts an abundance of millennials who drink on the beach, dance, and relish life together. It’s less of a proper wine tasting event and more of a fun beach party. This event is best suited for young adults looking to enjoy themselves.
The Catalina Wine Mixer is hosted at Descanso Beach under the sky in 70 to 80-degree weather. Tickets to get into the event are $35, which get you admittance and a souvenir wine glass. You can also upgrade to $100 VIP access, which comes with food and wine tasting. The bands are very well regarded – one is the original band that played in the Catalina Wine Mixer Step Brothers scene. There’s even a viewing of Step Brothers the night before in the Catalina Casino. Each and every year, the mission of the event hosts is to make it better than the one before.
Young singles and couples from all over the world flock to the Catalina Wine Mixer to experience this unique phenomenon. And, why wouldn’t they? The weather is perfect, the food is fantastic, the music is phenomenal, and the location is gorgeous. Many leave feeling like they’ve experienced the best time of their lives.
Visit the Catalina Wine Mixer and begin your dream vacation today by making a reservation to sail on board Catalina Express!