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7th Annual Flying Fish Festival 2014

In celebration of the annual return of Catalina Island's famous flying fish, Catalina announces the 7th Annual Flying Fish Festival, May 29th through June 1st, a four day festival of family fun.

From late May to September every year, Catalina Island welcomes the famed flying fish. This spectacular fish soars out of the water at heights of up to 30 feet and glides for distances as long as a mile. The flying fish visit the Island for only a few months a year and best shows itself at night when lured with lights. It is only fitting that Catalina celebrates their arrival by honoring them as special guests with a four day long weekend of festivities.*

The Flying Fish Festival kicks off on Thursday, May 29th, with the Taste Around of Avalon from 5-9pm. It's a chance to explore some of Avalon's finest eateries and taste their most delectable menu items, all in one night! On Friday, continue on with the culinary experience as we celebrate our 2nd annual Avalon Restaurant Week, from May 30th - June 5th. Enjoy prix fixe menus at some of Avalon's favorite restaurants.

Festival activities are plentiful throughout the rest of the weekend as the events and entertainment roll out to celebrate the fantastic flying fish.

Flying Fish Festival event highlights include evening Flying Fish boat tours, professional sand sculpture creation and classes, boat building competition and regatta, kayak races, free Movie on the Beach, the Flying Fish Street Fair along the waterfront, a free ukulele concert featuring Taimane from Hawaii on the waterfront stage, Wrigley Garden tours, theatrical entertainment, live touch tanks, kids Fishing Derby, Beach Bingo, various flying fish and ocean craft activities for kids, Gil, the Flying Fish and Much More!

 

Event Highlights


Activities

Remember to hashtag all of your Flying Fish Festival Fun! #flyingfishfestival2014


Thursday, May 29

5pm-9pm: Flying Fish Festival Kick-off, the 10th Annual Taste Around of Avalon event. Come out and taste a bit of Avalon and vote for your best food, drink and dessert!

7pm: Avalon High School Theater Department Play: Once Upon A Mattress

8:45pm: Flying Fish Tour, Santa Catalina Island Company. (310) 510-TOUR (8687)


Friday, May 30

Through June 5th: 2nd Annual Avalon Restaurant Week

Throughout the day: "Gil" the Flying Fish strolls through town

9am-5pm: Sand Sculpture creation at Wrigley Stage

12noon-4pm: USC Marine Touch Tanks at the Tuna Club

3:45pm-5pm: Family Kayak Relay Race, Descanso Beach, free activity - Must sign up in advance to participate.

7pm: Avalon High School Theater Department Play: Once Upon A Mattress

7:30pm: Afishinados Famous Flying Fish Tour Afishinados Charters (310) 510-2440.

8:30pm: Movie on the Beach- The Little Mermaid

8:45pm: Flying Fish Tour, Santa Catalina Island Company. (310) 510-TOUR (8687)


Saturday, May 31

Through June 5th: 2nd Annual Avalon Restaurant Week

Throughout the day: "Gil" the Flying Fish strolls through town

8am-10am: Kids Fishing Derby at the Mole, bring your own fishing gear and bait. Prizes awarded to the winners!

9am-5pm: Sand Sculpture at Wrigley Stage.

10am-2pm: Cardboard Boat Regatta

10am-4pm: USC Marine Touch Tanks at the Tuna Club

10am-4pm: Street Theater Charles Frederick Holder and his boatman

10am-5pm: Gill the Flying Fish welcomes visitors/strolls through town

10am-5pm: Flying Fish Street Fair, Crescent Ave.

11am-2pm: Hands-On Science Activity for kids, Crescent Ave.

11am-3pm: Exploring Art History Craft for kids, Crescent Ave.

1:45pm: Cardboard Boat Building Races at South Beach

2:30pm: Guided tour of the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden with Blanche Trask (free) (Trolley from Tour Plaza at 2pm -$)

6pm-7pm: Beach Bingo on South Beach, Catalina Kid Ventures

7pm: Avalon High School Theater Department Play

7pm: Beer Garden Opens by Wrigley Stage

7:30pm: Afishinados Famous Flying Fish Tour Afishinados Charters (310) 510-2440.

8:00pm-10:00pm: Free Concert & Street Dance. Xceptional Music Productions presents Taimane Gardner, Wrigley Stage, Crescent Ave.

8:45pm: Flying Fish Tour, Santa Catalina Island Company. (310) 510-TOUR (8687)


Sunday, June 1

Through June 5th: 2nd Annual Avalon Restaurant Week

Throughout the day: "Gil" the Flying Fish strolls through town

9am-10am Kid's Flying Fish Fun Run

9am-12noon: Sand Sculpture completed at Wrigley Stage.

10am-4pm: USC Marine Touch Tanks at the Tuna Club

10am-4pm: Flying Fish Street Fair, Crescent Ave.

11am-2pm: Hands-On Science Activity for kids, Crescent Ave.

11am-3pm: Exploring Art History Craft for kids, Crescent Ave.

2:30pm: Guided tour of the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Gardens with Blanche Trask (free) (Trolley from Tour Plaza at 2pm - $)

3pm: Golf Ball Drop (Rotary) Tickets $5 each

7:30pm: Afishinados Famous Flying Fish Tour Afishinados Charters (310) 510-2440.

8:45pm & 9:30pm: Flying Fish Tour, Santa Catalina Island Company. (310) 510-TOUR (8687)


 

Scheduled events are subject to change. Check back regularly for updates!

* Flying Fish are, of course, wild, and do not necessarily perform on cue! While the fish are usually in Catalina Island waters between May and September each year, there are no guarantees that the fish will be seen on any given Flying Fish Trip.

For more information about this event, or for info about
transportation and/or lodging contact the Catalina Island Chamber
of Commerce at 1-866-772-9592.

 

The Chicago Cubs trained on Catalina Island from 1921 to 1951.