April 2019 4.6 | 24TH ANNUAL CATALINA ISLAND CONSERVANCY BALL Celebrate Catalina Island Conservancy’s anniversary and help raise funds for its conservation, education and recreation programs by attending the annual party in the Casino Ballroom. Catalina Island Conservency 562.437.8555, ext. 1239 CatalinaConservancy.org May 2019 5.4 | 26TH ANNUAL ISLAND RUGBY FESTIVAL Join the team for the Old Boys/ Masters Rugby Festival (40 year of age plus). 310.798.5445 CatalinaRugby.org 5.18 | 17TH ANNUAL AVALON BALL 2019 Take a journey back into Hollywood’s golden era at this party with music from the 1920s and ’30s performed by the Dean Mora Dance Orchestra. Art Deco Society of Los Angeles 310.659.3326 | ADSLA.org 5.25 | 4TH ANNUAL CATALINA ISLAND CHILI COOK-OFF Join Avalon for chili and salsa tasting, live music, beer garden and more at this family-friendly event. Avalon Rotary Club Foundation Facebook.com/AvalonRotary 5.30 | 15TH ANNUAL TASTE AROUND OF AVALON Attention foodies! Try favorite dishes or beverages from some of Avalon’s finest restaurants and vote for the Best Taste of the Year. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau 310.510.1520 CatalinaChamber.com May–September DESCANSO BEACH CLUB BEACH PARTIES Descanso Beach Club kicks off the summer season with afternoon beach parties. Music, food and fun at these Saturday afternoon events. Catalina Island Company VisitCatalinaIsland.com June 2019 5.31–6.6 | AVALON RESTAURANT WEEK Experience the Island’s unique food and wine culture with specially created prix fixe menus. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau 310.510.1520 CatalinaChamber.com/ RestaurantWeek 6.18–8.29 | SUMMER BEACH BINGO Grab a beach chair and gather at the South Beach Lifeguard stand every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 6pm. Bingo cards are $1 each. City of Avalon Recreation Department 310.510.0220 ext. 231 CityofAvalon.com 6.19–21 | KIDS’ FISHING DERBY Bring a rod and reel or dropline from the Green Pier every Wednesday from 7–9am. Free. City of Avalon Recreation Department 310.510.0220 ext. 231 CityofAvalon.com July 2019 7.4 | INDEPENDENCE DAY Celebrate the Fourth of July with a golf cart parade, the USC Marching Band and fireworks display over Avalon. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau 310.510.1520 CatalinaChamber.com September 2019 9.6–8 | CATALINA WINE MIXER Raise a toast to the Original Catalina Wine Mixer from Step Brothers. The Descanso Beach Club event includes entertainment, music and more. Catalina Island Company VisitCatalinaIsland.com 9.7–8 | 60TH ANNUAL CHANNEL CROSSING Longest Polynesian canoe races in the continental U.S. (26 miles from Newport Beach to Avalon) feature female racers Saturday and men Sunday. Southern California Outrigger Racing Association 858.442.2536 CatalinaCrossing.org 9.21–22 | CATALINA FESTIVAL OF ART One of the longest-running art festivals in California; fine art, sculpture, crafts and photography. Also, art auction and kids’ art show. Catalina Art Association 310.510.2788 CatalinaArtAssociation.org 9.21 | CATALINA ISLAND WOMEN’S FORUM WINE FESTIV AL This fundraiser features more than 70 wineries, food and smooth jazz. Proceeds support mentoring and scholarship programs. Tickets available online or at the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. Catalina Island Women’s Forum 323.686.2493 CatalinaWineFestival.com 9.25–29 | CATALINA FILM FESTIVAL Star-studded celebration of Catalina’s rich film history features approximately 100 films screened at venues around the Island plus music stage, VIP parties and entertainment. Catalina Film Institute 818.787.1946 | CatalinaFilm.org October 2019 10.10–13 & 10.17–20 CATALINA ISLAND JAZZTRAX FESTIVAL The longest-running Smooth Jazz festival includes “Unplugged” at Descanso Beach Club” on Thursday night and performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Casino Ballroom. Catalina Island JazzTrax 866.872.9849 | JazzTrax.com 10.17 | FALL FEST Live music, food, games, hay rides, pumpkin patch on the beach and more. City of Avalon Recreation Department 310.510.0220, ext. 231 CityofAvalon.com 10.31 | HALLOWEEN PARADE Get creative and dress up for the annual Halloween Parade down Crescent Avenue. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce &Visitors Bureau 310.510.1520 CatalinaChamber.com November 2019 11.2 | CATALINA ISLAND TRIATHLON & DUATHLON Catalina Island Triathlon & Duathlon attracts tri-athletes who are looking for one of the last races of the season. Renegade Race Series 949.975.1812 CatalinaIslandTriathlon.com 11.16 | CATALINA HALF MARATHON AND 10K Eco-marathon, half-marathon, 10K and kids’ run. Spectrum Sports Management 909.399.3553 | RunCatalina.com December 2019 12.5 | HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT MT. ADA Annual tour opens the hilltop mansion, former home of William Wrigley Jr., to the public. 310.427.2450 CatalinaIslandFoundation.org 12.7 | 26TH ANNUAL “SHOP CATALINA NIGHT” Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony, music, pictures with Santa, prize drawings and holiday discounts in Avalon shops. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau 310.510.1520 CatalinaChamber.com 12.31 | 47TH ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION, CASINO BALLROOM Dance in the New Year at this black-tie optional event. Includes buffet dinner, dancing, champagne and party favors. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau 310.510.1520 CatalinaChamber.com/nye CATALINAEXPRESS.COM 65