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Special Events at Two Harbors




January 2014

Thru 3/31/14 - Avalon:  100 Years of Bizarre, Fascinating and Colorful History Exhibition at the Catalina Island Museum
To mark Avalon`s centennial in 2013, the Catalina Island Museum will host an exhibition devoted to the colorful, strange and often shocking history of Catalina Island. The exhibition will highlight people, events and moments that shaped the unique culture of Avalon.  Open Daily 10am-5pm. Located in the Casino Building. Catalina Island Museum 310-510-2414, www.CatalinaMuseum.org
 
1/1  
Pajama Breakfast Party at Antonio's Cabaret
Bathrobes, slippers and flannels are encouraged attire at Antonio’s Pizzeria & Cabaret's annual Pajama Breakfast Party from 8:00 am – noon on New Year’s Day. The breakfast event features the "Good Morning Avalon!" breakfast menu, live music, dancing and prizes for the best pajamas! Antonio’s Pizzeria & Cabaret. 310-510-0008, www.catalinahotspots.com
 
1/1   New Year's Day Brunch at the "M" by Zest Catering & Events
Celebrate New Year's Day with brunch reservations from 10am to 2pm. 310-510-8404, www.zestcateringcatalina.com
 
1/11   Aero Club Social Fly-In  (2nd Sat. of the month, weather permitting)
Fly-in or take the Wildlands Express from the Avalon Plaza to the Airport in the Sky.  From 10am to 2pm. Visit with pilots from around the region and viewing amazing airplanes. 310-510-0954. www.CatalinaConservancy.org
 
1/11   Avalon Benefit 50 Mile Run
The 33rd annual run crosses Catalina Island from Avalon to Two Harbors and back! Run where the buffalo roam through the island’s interior and see both sides of the island. Proceeds from the run benefit local island charities. Spectrum Sports Management. 909-399-3553; www.RunCatalina.com

1/20-1/26   Avalon Restaurant Week
An encore to the succesful first edition of Avalon Restaurant Week, some of Catalina Island's most popular restaurants are ready to dish up mouth-watering food during Avalon's Restaurant Week this winter. Join us from Monday, January 20 through Sunday, January 26 to indulge in a variety of specially created prix fixe menus. Come out and Taste More of Avalon during California Restaurant Month!  For menus and prices catalinachamber.com/restaurantweek


Thru 3/31/14 - Avalon:  100 Years of Bizarre, Fascinating and Colorful History Exhibition at the Catalina Island Museum
To mark Avalon`s centennial in 2013, the Catalina Island Museum will host an exhibition devoted to the colorful, strange and often shocking history of Catalina Island. The exhibition will highlight people, events and moments that shaped the unique culture of Avalon.  Open Daily 10am-5pm. Located in the Casino Building. Catalina Island Museum 310-510-2414, www.CatalinaMuseum.org
 
2/8  Aero Club Social Fly-In 
(2nd Sat. of the month, weather permitting)
Fly-in or take the Wildlands Express from the Avalon Plaza to the Airport in the Sky.  From 10am to 2pm. Visit with pilots from around the region and view amazing airplanes. 310-510-0954. www.CatalinaConservancy.org
 
2/12  Catalina Film Society (2nd Wednesday, every other month)
An opportunity for film enthusiasts to enjoy, discuss and celebrate brand new unreleased independent films on a monthly basis. Suggested donation of $10 for non-members, or become a member and support the effort to celebrate and educate the art of independent films.  818-787-1946, www.CatalinaFF.org
 
2/14-2/16   Valentine's Weekend at the "M" by Zest Catering & Events
Celebrate Valentine's Day with classic food pairings for a date night or any special occasion. 310-510-8404, www.zestcateringcatalina.com
 
2/22   33rd Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup
This is the only time scuba diving is allowed in Avalon Bay, with 500+ expected volunteer divers collecting trash and debris. Awards ceremony follows on Wrigley Stage with prizes & giveaways. Proceeds benefit the USC Hyperbaric Chamber and the Robert E. Given Fund for Ocean Conservation & Educational Research.  310-510-2595 ext. 123; www.CatalinaConservancy.org, avalonharborcleanup@gmail.com

2/23   Avalon Goes...Annual Fundraiser, Auction & Theater Performance
Join Avalon Goes...for this annual fundraising event in the world-famous Casino Building. 1:30pm VIP Reception & Cocktail party at the Catalina Island Museum. Includes tray passed appetizers, beverage and first chance at the silent auction. Upstairs in the Avalon Theatre at 3:00pm, enjoy a live performance of Judy Pulls the Curtain, a farce about making it big in Hollywood. Old Hollywood/30's & 40's hats and attire are encouraged. Tickets: VIP Reception & Performance - $30 adults, $20 students; must be pre-purchased. Call Elizabeth Wenger 310-510-1745 or Mr. Sean 310-595-6714 for tickets. Show-only tickets will be available at the door the day of the event, doors for the general public will be open at 2:30pm. 
 
March 2014

Thru 3/31/14 - Avalon:  100 Years of Bizarre, Fascinating and Colorful History Exhibition at the Catalina Island Museum
To mark Avalon`s centennial in 2013, the Catalina Island Museum will host an exhibition devoted to the colorful, strange and often shocking history of Catalina Island. The exhibition will highlight people, events and moments that shaped the unique culture of Avalon.  Open Daily 10am-5pm. Located in the Casino Building. Catalina Island Museum 310-510-2414, www.CatalinaMuseum.org
 
3/1-9/1   Scavenger Hunt, Urban Adventure Quest Challenge
Part game, part tour, solve clues and challenges around Avalon, and be entered into a team competition for a free Quest awarded each month. Free Quest can be used in any of 25 Quest cities. Team size is 2 to 5 people. You MUST use promo code: CATCHALLENGE to be entered into the competition and to receive 15% off. Good for the Catalina walking tour only. Must have a smart phone to play. Sign up online at: www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com

3/2   An Evening with Oscar 
Celebrate the Academy Awards in style at An Evening with Oscar. Decadent food, dancing and the Oscar telecast will complement live and silent auctions at this black tie optional gala in the Casino Ballroom. An Evening with Oscar benefits the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation. For ticket information contact Foundation Chair Carol Reynolds at 818-203-7715.
 
3/8   Aero Club Social Fly-In  (2nd Sat. of the month, weather permitting)
Fly-in or take the Wildlands Express from the Avalon Plaza to the Airport in the Sky.  From 10am to 2pm. Visit with pilots from around the region and view amazing airplanes. 310-510-0954. www.CatalinaConservancy.org
 
3/8-3/9   DUI Dry Suit Demo Days at Casino Point
Sample top of the line diving dry suits. Dry suit certification and weekend special, visit http://www.scubaluv.com/dui-demo.html for more information. Scuba Luv, 310-510-2350.
 
3/15   Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon  10K/5K/Kids Run
This event features rugged terrain, spectacular vistas and special challenges on the exciting and historic marathon course run on Catalina Conservancy's lands. Spectrum Sports Management. 909-399-3553, www.RunCatalina.com
 
3/17   St. Patrick’s Karaoke Party
Celebrate the luck of the Irish all day long from noon to midnight with Happy Hour drink specials, a hearty selection of Irish lunch and dinner specials and live Karaoke featuring you all-time favorite Irish songs. El Galleon Restaurant. 310-510-1188, www.CatalinaHotSpots.com 

3/17   St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at the "M" Restaurant by Zest Catering & Events
5:30pm and 7:30pm dinner seating. Raffles! Advance ticket purchase recommended. Tickets just $15 adults; $8 children. Proceeds to benefit Catalina Kid Ventures, a non-profit Avalon preschool. Catalina Kid Ventures. 310-510-1704.    
 
3/23   Riedel Wine Class at the "M" by Zest Catering & Events
An educational and entertaining afternoon that will forever change your appreciation of wine. 310-510-8404, www.zestcateringcatalina.com

April 2014

Thru-9/1   Scavenger Hunt, Urban Adventure Quest Challenge
See March for full description. Sign up to play online at www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com

4/5  19th Annual Conservancy Ball 

Co-sponsored by the Conservancy Marineros, this year’s Conservancy Ball will be a fun-filled elegant evening! The black tie event includes dinner and dancing with silent and live auctions. Register early – tickets do sell out. Catalina Island Conservancy. 310-510-2595 ext.140, www.CatalinaConservancy.org, ball@CatalinaConservancy.org
 
4/4-4/6   Welcome Spring at the "M" by Zest Catering & Events
Spring has sprung with a new array of seasonal ingredients. 310-510-8404, www.zestcateringcatalina.com

4/6   Annual Rubber Ducky Derby
Annual fundraising event to support the local children’s theatre company “Kids At Play”. The derby begins at noon on South Beach. Adoption of ducks: Solo Ducks for 5 bucks; 5 Quackers for 20 smackers; 30 Racing Thrills for two 50 dollar bills. Corporate sponsorships are $100 (extra large duck). Kids At Play, 310-510-0288.

4/9   Catalina Film Society,
(2nd Wednesday, every other month)
An opportunity for film enthusiasts to enjoy, discuss and celebrate brand new unreleased independent films on a monthly basis. Suggested donation of $10 for non-members, or become a member and support the effort to celebrate and educate the art of independent films.  818-787-1946, www.CatalinaFF.org
 
4/11 - 4/13   Shipwreck Weekend  Celebrate spring break island style at our 2nd annual Shipwreck Weekend, complete with live entertainment & shipwreck themed events. 310.510.4249, www.visitcatalinaisland.com

4/12   Aero Club Social Fly-In (2nd Sat. of the month, weather permitting)

Fly-in or take the Wildlands Express from the Avalon Plaza to the Airport in the Sky.  From 10am-2pm. Visit with pilots from around the region and view amazing airplanes. 2nd Saturday of the month. 310-510-0954. www.CatalinaConservancy.org
 
4/16   Easter Egg Dyeing
Meet in People’s Park between 2-5pm to get in the spring spirit! FREE event! We supply the dye and other art supplies; you bring the eggs!  Limited eggs also available for purchase ($.25 ea.). City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310-510-1987, www.CityofAvalon.com
 
4/16 thru 9/28   Chaplin and Goddard: A Secret Love Affair Exhibit at the Catalina Island Museum
She was an aspiring actress. He was an acknowledged genius. They shared a secret love... A love that could never be revealed. They had only one escape... An island, 26 miles off the coast of Los Angeles.  Catalina Island Museum, 310-510-2414, www.catalinaislandmuseum.org
 
4/16  Opening Reception - Chaplin and Goddard: A Secret Love Affair Exhibit at the Catalina Island Museum
The Catalina Island Museum invites you to the opening reception for Chaplin and Goddard: A Secret Love Affair on Wednesday, April 16 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Tickets are free for members of the museum and $5.00 for the general public. The opening reception coincides with the 125th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's birth. Catalina Island Museum, 310-510-2414, www.catalinaislandmuseum.org

4/17   Spring Fest
Food, Music & Games! Join the community on Front Street – fun for the whole family. City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310-510-1987, www.CityofAvalon.com
 

4/18-4/19   Easter Weekend at the "M" by Zest Catering & Events
Breakfast for dinner: What happens when dinner gets' scrambled? 310-510-8404, www.zestcateringcatalina.com

4/18-4/20   5th Annual Catalina Art Fair and Exhibition  (CAFÉ)
Easter Weekend.  Located on Crescent Avenue, along the waterfront, this three day art fair features local and mainland artists, crafts, entertainment and more.  Catalina Art Association. 310-510-2788, www.catalinaartassociation.org

4/19   Community Easter Egg Hunt
Hop on over to the old Pitch & Putt (between the Sandtrap & Avalon Schools - Enter by AHS Auditorium) for the annual Community Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 9am.    FREE and open to all children 3rd grade and under.  Bring your camera as the Easter Bunny is sure to stop by! City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310-510-1987, www.CityofAvalon.com
 

4/20   Easter Brunch at the "M" by Zest Catering & Events
Join us for an Easter buffet featuring classics with a twist. 310-510-8404, www.zestcateringcatalina.com

 

Thru 9/28   Chaplin and Goddard: A Secret Love Affair Exhibit at the Catalina Island Museum
She was an aspiring actress. He was an acknowledged genius. They shared a secret love... A love that could never be revealed. They had only one escape... An island, 26 miles off the coast of Los Angeles.  Catalina Island Museum, 310-510-2414, www.catalinaislandmuseum.org
 
Thru-9/1   Scavenger Hunt, Urban Adventure Quest Challenge
See March for full description. Sign up to play online at: www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com

5/3   21st Annual Catalina Island Rugby Festival 
A one day Rugby Festival for players 40 years of age and older. Over 50’s match begins at noon. This is a charity event raising funds for the Cancer Support Community of Redondo Beach. Teams from the West Coast, Texas, Virginia and England. Catalina Island Rugby Festival. 310-798-5445, tomhendrix5@aol.com, www.catalinarugby.org
 
5/3   Kentucky Derby Days at El Galleon
Celebrate the race from 2pm-6pm, (post time 3:24pm) with mint juleps, hats, happy hour and early bird dinner specials. Contest for best men & women’s hats.  1st prize - Steak & Lobster Dinner! View the race on 11 large flat screen TVs and stay for the karaoke party after the race. El Galleon Restaurant, 411 Crescent. 310-510-1188, www.catalinahotspots.com

5/3-5/4   Riviera Catalina Island Classic
The 3rd Annual Catalina Island Classic,  a weekend-long Island skate invasion! 124 of the world's top downhill skateboard racers are invited to participate in the downhill skateboarding race on Avalon’s hilly streets.  www.catalinaislandclassic.com
 
5/5   Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Mi Casita
All day celebration in the upstairs patio at Mi Casita Mexican Restaurant. Enjoy food & drink specials and Mexican karaoke. Mi Casita Mexican Restaurant, 111 Claressa Ave. 310-510-1772, www.catalinahotspots.com
 
5/9-5/10   Mother's Day Weekend at the "M" by Zest Catering & Events
We celebrate our mothers' and the family recipes we cherish. 310-510-8404, www.zestcateringcatalina.com
 
5/10   Aero Club Social Fly-In (2nd Sat. of the month, weather permitting)
Fly-in or take the Wildlands Express from the Avalon Plaza to the Airport in the Sky.  From 10am to 2pm. Visit with pilots from around the region and view amazing airplanes. 310-510-0954. www.CatalinaConservancy.org
 
5/11   Mother's Day Brunch at the "M" by Zest Catering & Events
Come celebrate with the special women in your life. 310-510-8404, www.zestcateringcatalina.com

5/17 Catalina: The Wild Side Salon featuring plein air artist John Budicin
Nationally acclaimed plein air artist, John Budicin, will be featured at our first Catalina: The Wild Side Salon. The 2-5pm afternoon event will include a selection of John's paintings available for purchase, as well as a discussion period with the artist. Light appetizers and drinks, plus the beautiful views from Castillo del Mar in Avalon, will cap off the event. Registration will be limited. Catalina Island Conservancy, 310-510-2595, www.catalinaconservancy.org

5/17   27th Annual Silent Film Benefit
Once a year moviegoers make a pilgrimage to Catalina Island and transport themselves back to the silent film era of the 1920’s. The Catalina Island Museum will present Charlie Chaplin’s acclaimed silent masterpiece City Lights during its 27th Silent Film Benefit. The film will be presented in the famed Avalon Casino Theater, one of the grandest movie palaces of the 1920s. For the first time in the Silent Film Benefit’s history, the film will be accompanied by a live symphony orchestra. Grammy Award-winning conductor Richard Kaufman will conduct a 39-piece orchestra performing the original score composed by Charlie Chaplin himself. 1pm to 3:30pm. Tickets are available now! Catalina Island Museum. 310-510-2414, www.catalinamuseum.org
 
5/17   12th Annual Avalon Ball
The 12th Annual Avalon Ball will allow you a glimpse of a glamorous bygone era. Enjoy the ocean breezes high above the moonlit waves, admire the sea-themed medallions set into rose-colored walls under an arching fifty-foot ceiling studded with Tiffany chandeliers, or join the dancers on a 10,000 square foot circular floor as Dean Mora and his Avalon Ball Orchestra play hits from the 1920s and 30s. Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. 310- 659-3326, www.adsla.org, artdecola@sbcglobal.net
 
5/17   Catalina Island Gran Fondo
It's back and it's going to be bigger than ever. The 3rd Annual Catalina MTB Gran Fondo is a must attend event on any cyclists calendar. Breathtaking views, challenging climbs and lots of fun to be had after the ride!  Three distinct routes will offer something for cyclists of all levels and abilities. For more information visit www.uscup.net 
 
5/22 Catalina Island Medical Center Health Fest
After nearly two decades of using the Casino ballroom, Catalina Island Medical Center will offer a festival event on Front Street on May 22, 2014 from 9 am - 3 pm.
Crescent Avenue between Catalina Avenue and Metropole will transform for community healthcare consultations and low-cost medical tests.
www.catalinaislandmedicalcenter.org
 
5/23-5/25   Memorial Weekend at the "M" by Zest Catering & Events
Island Style: Featuring foods from islands around the world. 310-510-8404, www.zestcateringcatalina.com
 
5/25  FREE Family Friendly Concert on Wrigley Plaza Stage: The Xceptional Tribute to Cars
The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Xceptional Music Company are pleased to present this free, family friendly Summer Concert Series, next to the Bay on Wrigley Plaza Stage. Concerts are from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. A Beer & Wine Garden will be available at all concerts.
 
5/29   10th Annual Taste Around of Avalon
Kick-off to the Annual Flying Fish Festival! Enjoy the most scrumptious tastes of delectable food or beverages from 5-9pm at some of Avalon’s finest dining establishments. Vote for your favorite “tastes” of food, drink and dessert as the Best Taste of the Year! Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. 310-510-1520.  Click here for Taste Around information.

5/29-6/1   7th Annual Flying Fish Festival 
Join us for the 7th Annual Flying Fish Festival, a four day event to celebrate the return of the incomparable Catalina Flying Fish with a variety of family fun themed activities. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce., 310-510-1520, www.flyingfishfestival.com

5/30-6/5   2nd Annual Avalon Restaurant Week
Avalon’s most popular restaurants are ready to dish up mouth-watering food at fantastic prices during the 2nd Annual Avalon Restaurant Week. This foodie celebration provides locals and visitors alike the opportunity to indulge in a variety of specially created prix fixe menus at some of Avalon’s finest establishments. Come out and Taste More of Avalon. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. 310-510-1520, www.avalonrestaurantweek.com
 
5/31 FREE Family Friendly Concert on Wrigley Plaza Stage: Xceptional Ukulele Featuring Taimane Gardner
The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Xceptional Music Company are pleased to present this free, family friendly Summer Concert Series, next to the Bay on Wrigley Plaza Stage.  Concerts are from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. A Beer & Wine Garden will be available at all concerts.
 

  June 2014

 
Thru 9/28   Chaplin and Goddard: A Secret Love Affair Exhibit at the Catalina Island Museum
She was an aspiring actress. He was an acknowledged genius. They shared a secret love... A love that could never be revealed. They had only one escape... An island, 26 miles off the coast of Los Angeles.  Catalina Island Museum, 310-510-2414, www.catalinaislandmuseum.org
 
5/29-6/1   7th Annual Flying Fish Festival 
Join us for the 7th Annual Flying Fish Festival, a four day event to celebrate the return of the incomparable Catalina Flying Fish with a variety of family fun themed activities. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce., 310-510-1520, www.flyingfishfestival.com

5/30-6/5  2nd Annual Avalon Restaurant Week
Avalon’s most popular restaurants are ready to dish up mouth-watering food at fantastic prices during the 2nd Annual Avalon Restaurant Week. This foodie celebration provides locals and visitors alike the opportunity to indulge in a variety of specially created prix fixe menus at some of Avalon’s finest establishments. Come out and Taste More of Avalon. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. 310-510-1520, www.avalonrestaurantweek.com
 
6/13-6/15   Father's Day Weekend at the "M" by Zest Catering & Events
Grillin' and Chillin': Kick off the summer season- a menu created with Dad in mind. 310-510-8404, www.zestcateringcatalina.com

6/14   Aero Club Social Fly-In (2nd Sat. of the month, weather permitting)
Fly-in or take the Wildlands Express from the Avalon Plaza to the Airport in the Sky.  From 10am to 2pm. Visit with pilots from around the region and view amazing airplanes. 310-510-0954. www.CatalinaConservancy.org
 

6/11   Catalina Film Society  (2nd Wednesday, every other month)
An opportunity for film enthusiasts to enjoy, discuss and celebrate brand new unreleased independent films on a monthly basis. Suggested donation of $10 for non-members, or become a member and support the effort to celebrate and educate the art of independent films.  818-787-1946, www.CatalinaFF.org
 
6/14   FREE Family Friendly Concert on Wrigley Plaza Stage: The Xceptional Tribute to ABBA
The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Xceptional Music Company are pleased to present this free, family friendly Summer Concert Series, next to the Bay on Wrigley Plaza Stage.  Concerts are from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. A Beer & Wine Garden will be available at all concerts.

6/24-8/28   Summer Beach Bingo (each Tuesday & Thursday)       
Bring your beach chair and some friends to the South Beach Lifeguard stand every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00-7:00pm. Bingo cards are $1 each and participants can win fun local prizes. City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310-510-1987, www.CityofAvalon.com
 
6/25-8/27   Kid’s Fishing Derby (each Wednesday) 
Meet at the Green Pier at 7am. City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310-510-1987, www.CityofAvalon.com  
 
6/26    FREE Family Friendly Concert on Wrigley Plaza Stage: The Catalina All-Stars
The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Xceptional Music Company are pleased to present this free, family friendly Summer Concert Series, next to the Bay on Wrigley Plaza Stage.  Concerts are from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. A Beer & Wine Garden will be available at all concerts.
 
 
 
Thru 9/28   Chaplin and Goddard: A Secret Love Affair Exhibit at the Catalina Island Museum
She was an aspiring actress. He was an acknowledged genius. They shared a secret love... A love that could never be revealed. They had only one escape... An island, 26 miles off the coast of Los Angeles.  Catalina Island Museum, 310-510-2414, www.catalinaislandmuseum.org
 
Thru-8/27   Kid’s Fishing Derby (each Wednesday) 
See June for full description. City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310-510-1987, www.CityofAvalon.com

Thru-8/28   Summer Beach Bingo (each Tuesday & Thursday)   
See June for full description. City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310-510-1987,
www.CityofAvalon.com
 
Thru-9/1   Scavenger Hunt, Urban Adventure Quest Challenge
See March for full description. Sign up to play online at: www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com

7/4   Annual 4th of July Parade, Dinner at the Casino Ballroom, Fireworks Display
Enjoy the annual golf cart parade down crescent avenue at 1pm thanks to the City of Avalon Recreation Department.  This year's theme is "Salute to Honored Veterans, Heroes in our Hearts"
Then enjoy a BBQ Buffet dinner & the music of USC Marching Band in the Casino Ballroom with premium balcony viewing for the fireworks display over Avalon. Call 310.510.1520 for more information on these events.
                                                           
7/4   4th of July Music Festival on Casino Point
Join the Catalina Island Museum from 3-10pm for its annual celebration of the 4th of July on Casino Point. This year's event will feature a special appearance by Pattie Boyd, best-selling author and one of the most celebrated women to witness the 1960's, live music and great food during the afternoon. The fun continues in the evening with a concert and watching the fireworks over Avalon Harbor. Visit our website for more information and to purchase tickets in advance. Catalina Island Museum. 310-510-2414, www.catalinamuseum.org
 
7/4   4th of July Mardi Gras Party at El Galleon
Visit El Galleon Restaurant before and after the 4th of July Parade. Featuring music from the Hyperion Dixieland Band and folk singer Trevor Jones on guitar. Live Karaoke from 9pm to 1am. Choose from over 20,000 song titles! El Galleon Restaurant. 310-510-1188, www.CatalinaHotSpots.com

7/4-7/6   Independence Weekend at the "M" by Zest Catering & Events

Take a culinary journey across America featuring regional dishes. 310-510-8404, www.zestcateringcatalina.com
 
7/5  FREE Family Friendly Concert on Wrigley Plaza Stage: Nashville Sensation Rainey Qualley
The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Xceptional Music Company are pleased to present this free, family friendly Summer Concert Series, next to the Bay on Wrigley Plaza Stage.  Concerts are from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. A Beer & Wine Garden will be available at all concerts.
 
7/6  A Hard Day's Night with Special Guest Pattie Boyd
 
The year 1964 was one of the busiest and most creative in the history of the Beatles. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the London premiere of A Hard Day's Night, the Catalina Island Museum will have a screening of the film in the Avalon Theatre at 7:00pm. Pattie Boyd has agreed to a live interview just after the film, in which she will discuss her memories of the Beatles, including meeting her husband on the set. Tickets are $8.00 for members of the museum and $10.00 for the general public. Catalina Island Museum, 310-510-2414, www.catalinaislandmuseum.org

7/12   Aero Club Social Fly-In (2nd Sat. of the month, weather permitting)

Fly-in or take the Wildlands Express from the Avalon Plaza to the Airport in the Sky.  From 10am-2pm. Visit with pilots from around the region and view amazing airplanes. 2nd Saturday of the month. 310-510-0954. www.CatalinaConservancy.org
 
7/19  FREE Family Friendly Concert on Wrigley Plaza Stage: Xceptional Blues Featuring Billy Thompson
The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Xceptional Music Company are pleased to present this free, family friendly Summer Concert Series, next to the Bay on Wrigley Plaza Stage.  Concerts are from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. A Beer & Wine Garden will be available at all concerts.

7/19   1st Annual Gold Star Dive
Scuba divers search for gold stars in Casino Point Underwater Park. This event is a fundraiser for the LA County Sheriff’s Community Programs and the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. ASCSA Avalon Station Community Services Association. 310-510-0174
Thru 9/28   Chaplin and Goddard: A Secret Love Affair Exhibit at the Catalina Island Museum
She was an aspiring actress. He was an acknowledged genius. They shared a secret love... A love that could never be revealed. They had only one escape... An island, 26 miles off the coast of Los Angeles.  Catalina Island Museum, 310-510-2414, www.catalinaislandmuseum.org
 
Thru-8/27   Kid’s Fishing Derby (each Wednesday) 
See June for full description. City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310-510-1987, www.CityofAvalon.com

Thru-8/28   Summer Beach Bingo (each Tuesday & Thursday)       
See July for full description. Sponsored by City of Avalon and Catalina Kid Ventures, 310-510-1704.

Thru-9/1   Urban Adventure Quest Summer Challenge – see June for full description
See June for full description. www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com   
 
8/1-8/2   Afishinados Gallery presents Sea Change Benefit Art Show & Sale
Featuring Environmental Folk Artist Rodney "Rodrigo" McCoubrey. Reception August 1st, 6pm to 8pm, Art Sale August 2nd, 10-4pm. Both held at Overlook Hall, 209 E. Whittley, Avalon. 50% of proceeds will go to the Catalina Island Foundation. 888-613-7770, www.afishinados.com.
 
8/2    FREE Family Friendly Concerts on Wrigley Plaza Stage
The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Xceptional Music Company are pleased to present this free, family friendly Summer Concert Series, next to the Bay on Wrigley Plaza Stage.  Concerts are from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. A Beer & Wine Garden will be available at all concerts.

8/9   Aero Club Social Fly-In (2nd Sat. of the month, weather permitting)
Fly-in or take the Wildlands Express from the Avalon Plaza to the Airport in the Sky.  From 10am-2pm. Visit with pilots from around the region and view amazing airplanes. 2nd Saturday of the month. 310-510-0954. www.CatalinaConservancy.org
 

8/8-8/10   Far East Meets West at the "M" by Zest Catering & Events
Asian inspired cuisine with a modern twist. 310-510-8404, www.zestcateringcatalina.com
 
8/13   Catalina Film Society, (2nd Wednesday, every other month)
An opportunity for film enthusiasts to enjoy, discuss and celebrate brand new unreleased independent films on a monthly basis. Suggested donation of $10 for non-members, or become a member and support the effort to celebrate and educate the art of independent films. 818-787-1946, www.CatalinaFF.org
 
8/16  FREE Family Friendly Concert on Wrigley Plaza Stage
The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Xceptional Music Company are pleased to present this free, family friendly Summer Concert Series, next to the Bay on Wrigley Plaza Stage.  Concerts are from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. A Beer & Wine Garden will be available at all concerts.
 
8/23   FREE Family Friendly Concert on Wrigley Plaza Stage
The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Xceptional Music Company are pleased to present this free, family friendly Summer Concert Series, next to the Bay on Wrigley Plaza Stage.  Concerts are from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. A Beer & Wine Garden will be available at all concerts.
 
8/29-8/31   Labor Day Weekend at the "M" by Zest Catering & Events
Going out in style: Featuring the last of the summer season ingredients. 310-510-8404, www.zestcateringcatalina.com
 
8/31  FREE Family Friendly Concert on Wrigley Plaza Stage
The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Xceptional Music Company are pleased to present this free, family friendly Summer Concert Series, next to the Bay on Wrigley Plaza Stage.  Concerts are from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. A Beer & Wine Garden will be available at all concerts.
 

 September 2014

Thru 9/28   Chaplin and Goddard: A Secret Love Affair Exhibit at the Catalina Island Museum
She was an aspiring actress. He was an acknowledged genius. They shared a secret love... A love that could never be revealed. They had only one escape... An island, 26 miles off the coast of Los Angeles.  Catalina Island Museum, 310-510-2414, www.catalinaislandmuseum.org
 

9/6-9/7   55th Annual Catalina Channel Crossing – US Outrigger Championships
Longest Polynesian canoe race in the continental U.S., 26 miles from Newport Beach to Avalon. Women race over to Catalina on Saturday; Men race back to the mainland on Sunday. Enjoy Hawaiian festivities, music and beer garden in Avalon’s center of town on Saturday. Proceeds go to support local charities. Southern California Outrigger Racing Association. 858-442-2536, www.catalinacrossing.org

9/13   Catalina Island Women’s Forum Wine Festival
This 19th annual fundraiser features over 80 wineries, delectable hors d’oeuvres and smooth jazz. Net proceeds help support mentoring and scholarship programs. Tickets available at the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. 310 510-1520, www.catalinawinefestival.com

9/13   Aero Club Social Fly-In (2nd Sat. of the month, weather permitting)
Fly-in or take the Wildlands Express from the Avalon Plaza to the Airport in the Sky.  From 10am-2pm. Visit with pilots from around the region and view amazing airplanes. 2nd Saturday of the month. 310-510-0954. www.CatalinaConservancy.org
 

9/19-9/21   Art Festival Weekend at the "M" by Zest Catering & Events
A salute to the Arts with foods that spark our creativity. 310-510-8404, www.zestcateringcatalina.com

9/24-9/28   Catalina Film Festival
Annual celebration of Catalina’s rich film history features approximately 100 films screened at multiple venues around the island plus nightly events and entertainment. The festival is competitive with awards in up to 10 categories, including our festival partners’ prestigious awards; the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation’s “Great Communicator” Award, the Chaplin Family’s Charlie Chaplin ICON Award, and the ISLA Earth Award - an honor presented by the Festival’s beneficiary, the Catalina Island Conservancy. Catalina Film Festival. 818-787-1946, www.CatalinaFilm.org
 
9/19-9/21   56th Annual Catalina Festival of Art
Longest running annual event on Catalina Island. Artists from all over the country exhibit along Crescent Avenue and sell their works of fine art, sculpture, fine crafts & photography. Highlights include charity art auction and kids art show. Catalina Art Association. 310-510-2788, www.catalinaartassociation.org

9/27   National Museum Day
Discover Avalon’s sole institution dedicated to art, culture and the history of Santa Catalina Island with FREE admission to the Catalina Island Museum in celebration of National Museum Day. Open from 10am to 5pm. Catalina Island Museum. 310-510-2414, www.catalinamuseum.org
 
 
10/4-5  3rd Annual Catalina Air Show
Celebrate the history of aviation on Catalina Island.  Air show is held off the Avalon Bay breakwater and at the Airport in the Sky. Aviation events include aerobatic aircrat performances, displays and concessions.  Catalina Air Show, 888-798-1118.
 
10/8  Catalina Film Society (2nd Wednesday, every other month)
An opportunity for film enthusiasts to enjoy, discuss and celebrate brand new unreleased independent films on a monthly basis. Suggested donation of $10 for non-members, or become a member and support the effort to celebrate and educate the art of independent films.  818-787-1946, www.CatalinaFF.org
 
10/9-10/12, 10/16 -10/19   The Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival
Features the newest and best talent in the smooth jazz genre.  This annual weekend event features 30 different smooth jazz stars performing “Unplugged at Descanso Beach Club” on Thursday evening and in the historic Casino Ballroom, Friday, Saturday and Sundays.  866-872-9849, www.jazztrax.com
 
Opens 10/10  "Dance Your Cares Away": The Golden Age of Big Bands Exhibit at the Catalina Island Museum
It was the time of the great depression. A nation in strife was ready to dance its cares away. A new music brought them to their feet. All broadcasted live from the Avalon Ballroom. Catalina Island Museum, 310-510-2414, www.catalinaislandmuseum.org
 
10/10 Opening Reception-"Dance Your Cares Away": The Golden Age of Big Bands Exhibit at the Catalina Island Museum
 
The Catalina Island Museum invites you to the opening reception for "Dance Your Cares Away: The Golden Age of Big Bands on Friday, October 10 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Tickets are free for members of the museum and $5.00 for the general public.Catalina Island Museum, 310-510-2414, www.catalinaislandmuseum.org
 
10/10-10/12   JazzTrax Festival Weekend at the "M" by Zest Catering & Events
Celebrate the first weekend of JazzTrax at the "M" Restaurant. 310-510-8404, www.zestcateringcatalina.com

10/16   Fall Fest
Food, Music, Games! Join the community on Front Street – fun for the whole family. City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310-510-1987, www.cityofavalon.com
 
10/17-10/19   JazzTrax Festival Weekend the "M" by Zest Catering & Events
Celebrate the second weekend of JazzTrax at the "M" Restaurant. 310-510-8404, www.zestcateringcatalina.com

10/31   Halloween Costume Party at El Galleon
Costume contest prizes will be awarded! Full bar and special dinner menu available from 6pm to close. El Galleon Restaurant. 310-510-1188, www.CatalinaHotSpots.com

10/31   Annual Halloween Parade
Don your favorite costume and join island school kids and residents for the Annual Halloween Parade down Crescent Avenue starting at 4pm Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. 310-510-1520, www.CatalinaChamber.com
 
November 2014

11/1   30th Annual Catalina Island Triathlon
Swim it, Bike it, Run it, Tri it! Experience the beauty of Catalina Island and the city of Avalon with the perfect end of season sprint triathlon. Come for the weekend or for the day and experience all that Catalina has to offer. Spectrum Sports Management. 909-399-3553, www.CatalinaIslandTriathlon.com

11/8  Catalina Island Eco-Marathon & Half Marathon
Runner’s World rates the Catalina Eco-Marathon as the Best Island Run,” because it travels through an otherworldly place where, the magazine notes, “you can see buffalo, bald eagles, seals and palm trees during a single run.” The Eco-Marathon course travels through three distinct ecosystems via trails and soft dirt roads. Runners traverse single-track trails, ridgelines, and vistas that afford views of the Pacific Ocean from both sides of the Island. Spectrum Sports Management/Catalina Island Conservancy, 909-399-3553, www.runcatalina.com.
 
Date TBA   P.L.A.Y. Preschool Annual Craft Auction
Come support Avalon's youth at the annual Craft & Silent Auction to benefit Preschool Learning for Avalon Youth. Door prizes, great food & desserts, spirits and a Grand Prize drawing. Doors at the Catalina Island Yacht Club will open at 5pm. Questions? Contact PLAY Preschool at 310-510-2324.
 
11/28-11/301   Catalina Film Institute
Students and industry professionals immerse themselves in a workshop setting surrounded by the spectacular beauty of Catalina Island. Take advantage of different programs and be creatively inspired by the enchanting scenery of historic and beautiful Catalina Island.  Participation in this event supports the Catalina Island Conservancy and their work to keep Catalina’s wildlands wild.  Catalina Film Institute. 818-787-1946, www.CatalinaFF.org
 
 
12/6   21st Annual “Shop At Home” Night
A one-night shopping extravaganza with holiday discounts, strolling carolers and prize drawings. Shop At Home Night kicks off with a holiday tree lighting ceremony on Wrigley Stage at 5pm. Have your picture taken with Santa at El Galleon from 6-8:30pm. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. 310-510-1520, www.CatalinaChamber.com
 
12/12   Catalina Island Museum Holiday Open House & Concert
This community tradition features free Catalina Island Museum admission, discounts in the museum store, holiday cheer and a tasting in the museum’s Harbor Room and a Holiday Concert performed by a visiting orchestra. Catalina Island Museum. 310-510-2414, www.CatalinaMuseum.org

12/31   Annual New Year’s Eve Parties at El Galleon & Antonio’s 
Dual Party - tickets good for both restaurants! 8:30pm to 1am. For tickets and dinner reservations call El Galleon. 310-510-1188, www.CatalinaHotSpots.com
12/31   42nd Annual New Year's Eve Celebration, Casino Ballroom
Celebrate the New Year at this elegant black-tie optional dinner and dancing event in the world famous Casino Ballroom. Reservations go on sale July 2014. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. 310-510-1520, www.CatalinaChamber.com/nye

 

 

Buffalo roam the interior of the island. They were brought here in 1924 as "extras" for a movie.