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Check here periodically for the latest press releases about Catalina Island.

APRIL 2014

Chaplin and Goddard: A Secret Love Affair Newest Exhibit at Museum

Museum to Screen A Hard Day's Night with guest Pattie Boyd

Steve’s Steakhouse Launches Avalon’s Newest Restaurant - Maggie's Blue Rose

MARCH 2014

Easter at El Galleon

El Galleon Celebrates St.Patrick's Day

FEBRUARY 2014

Chaplin Featured at Catalina Island Museum's Silent Film Benefit

JANUARY 2014

TripAdvisor Annoucnes World's Best Accommodations with 2014 Traveler's Choice Awards...12th Annual Global Awards Honor Top Hotels in Catalina Island in Categories of Romance and Small Hotels

Catalina Island's Official Visitors Guide for 2014 is Now Available

Catalina Tours announces 2013 Tour of the Year Awards

Valentine Dinners for Two at Three Avalon Restaurants

DECEMBER 2013

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Grand Style at the Casino Ballroom on Catalina Island

Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce’s Mobile Website Wins International Award

20th Annual Shop at Home Night

NOVEMBER 2013

Traditional Christmas Dinners Available at El Galleon

The Catalina Island Museum Invites You to a Free Symphony Concert in Avalon's Casino Theatre

New Year's Eve Dinner at El Galleon

El Galleon & Antonio's Cabaret Offer New Year's Eve Parties

Antonio's Cabaret Celebrates New Year's Day with Pajama Party


OCTOBER 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner With Flair at Ristorante Villa Portofino

Catalina Island Museum Exhibit Features the "Duke of Catalina"

Catalina Island Conservancy Presents "Living Laboratory" Symposium

Celebrate Thanksgiving at El Galleon

The Early Birds Are Back at Steve's Steakhouse

Lobsterfest at El Galleon


SEPTEMBER 2013

Steve's Steakhouse to be Featured on The Cooking Channel

Catalina Film Festival Expands . . . Becoming "Sundance of the Pacific"

Catalina Island Museum Announces Groundbreaking

Best Jazz Festival in America for 2011 and 2012 returns to Catalina Island

City of Avalon Unveils Plaque in Memory of Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner

Sharon Stone, Jon Favreau and Patricia Arquette to be Honored at 2013 Catalina Film Festival

El Galleon Restaurant Celebrates October

Catalina Air Show Takes off this October 26-27


AUGUST 2013

27th Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

Catalina Women's Forum Wine Festival is September 14th

Jon Favreau, Legendary Actor, Director, Producer and Screenwriter to be Honored at 2013 Catalina Film Festival in September

The Four Preps Sing Catalina’s Legendary 26 Miles Across the Sea in Avalon’s Casino Building on August 23rd


JULY 2013

New Heli Expeditions Offer Catalina Island's Most Scenic Adventure

New Day and Overnight Packages Available

Laugh Factory Comes to the Catalina Country Club

Four Preps in Concert on August 23rd 
Singing their world-famous "26 Miles Across the Sea"

New Luxurious Patio Rooms Open at Catalina Island Inn

Tour the World Famous Tuna Club on August 17th 


JUNE 2013

What’s New this Summer 2013 on Catalina Island

Catalina Island's Complimentary Summer Concert Series Returns

Bluewater Avalon Opens on the Catalina Island Waterfront


MAY 2013

6th Annual Flying Fish Festival 2013

Test your Skills at the Wooden Boat Building Challenge druing the 6th Annual Flying Fish Festival

Island Express Helicopters Now Flying from Orange County to Catalina Island
New Terminal at John Wayne Airport Now Open  

Glidden Exhibit at Catalina Island Museum

Challenger British Soccer Camp to come to Catalina


APRIL 2013

Discount tickets for 17th Annual Catalina Island Women's Forum Wine Fest Now Available

Tickets Now on Sale for the 26th Annual Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit

Experience the Avalon Theatre the Way it was Originally Intended – One Day Only!

The Wild Side Featured Artist: Andy Evansen

Chaplin Featured in Silent Film Benefit

Museum Explores Life of Island Archaeologist Ralph Glidden


MARCH 2013

Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show and Fair

Catalina Island's Dark Skies are Perfect for Stargazing Tours

Catalina Island Real Estate Ranks Tops

El Galleon Restaurant Celebrates St.Patrick's Day


FEBRUARY 2013

Bluewater Avalon to Open on Santa Catalina Island in Spring 2013
Seafood restaurant to occupy historic steamship Terminal Building on the Avalon Waterfront
 

Catalina Island’s Two Harbors Hosts First Annual Shipwreck Weekend March 22-24  Castaway Pass includes round-trip boat, Sunday brunch, camping and event admission


JANUARY 2013

The Avalon Hotels Wins 2013 TripAdvisor Award

 

DECEMBER 2012

CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE IN GRAND STYLE AT THE CASINO BALLROOM ON CATALINA ISLAND

NOVEMBER 2012

Shop at Home This Holiday Season!

Antonio's Cabaret Annual Pajama Breakfast Party on New Year's Day!

Special New Year's Eve Dinner at El Galleon Restaurant

Traditional Christmas Dinners available at El Galleon Restaurant

Thanksgiving Dinner with Flair at Ristorante Villa Portofino

Catalina Island Museum’s Exhibition Commemorates the 80th Anniversary of William Wrigley, Jr.’s Death

Museum Exhibition Explores William Wrigley, Jr. as One of the ‘Best Salesman Who Ever Drew Breath’

D.M. Renton was a Key to Wrigley’s Success in the Development of Catalina Island

OCTOBER 2012

CatalinaHotSpot Restaurants Present Thanksgiving Dinners the Whole Family will Enjoy.

Steve's Steakhouse Popular Early Bird Dinners Are Back

Avalon Boasts a Long History of Musical Entertainment

El Galleon Restaurant's Annual Halloween Karaoke Custume Party

El Galleon Restaurant Celebrates October with Lobsterfest and Oktoberfest

Honoring Our Fallen:  Catalina Island Played Host to 1st Annual Widows Retreat

SEPTEMBER 2012

Wrigley’s Democratic Spirit to be showcased during the Museum’s Celebration of National Museum Day on September 29

AUGUST 2012

Catalina Island Museum's Wrigley Exhibit - An Interview with the Museum Curator

Senator Feinstein's Office Visits Catalina Island Museum

The Catalina Island Museum Explores William Wrigley, Jr.’s Dream for Catalina Island in an Upcoming Exhibition

JULY 2012

Catalina Island Museum Rocks Avalon with the British Invasion

Bubble Roillers Stay for the Summer in Avalon

JUNE 2012

Bubble Rollers Stay for the Summer

The Four Preps Coming to Catalina

Spencer Davis Exhibition

Catalina Island Museum Symposium a Must for Beatles Fans

MAY 2012

Rock n' Roll Symposium - Dedicated to the British Invasion

Ultimate Land and Sea Adventure

Micky Dolenz- Rock n' Roll Symposium

Catalina Island Vacation Rentals "Rated Excellent" by TripAdvisor
"Good to know" for vacationers!

Catalina Summer Concert Series
Free Concerts at Wrigley Stage throughout the Summer

5th Annual Flying Fish Festival, May 31- June 3 

Discover Catalina Island's New Opportunities for Outdoor Adventure and Relaxation
New Unlimited Catalina Travel Packages provide guests with value and options

Catalina Tours Bike Center Grand Opening

This Year’s Silent Film Benefit Revives Unforgettable Memories of Star’s Visit. 
25th Anniversary this Saturday, May 12th

Summer Entertainment Series at Descanso Beach
Catalina.com and the World Famous KROQ-FM Partner on Concerts Benefitting Local Youth

APRIL 2012

Mi Casita Mexican Restaurant is Celebrating Mother’s Day

Special MOTHER’S and FATHER’S DAY Dinners at El Galleon Restaurant

Museum’s New Building to Honor Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner

Museum Documents Discovered that Reveal Catalina Island’s Earliest History

Casino Building Wins Los Angeles Conservancy's Preservation Award

MARCH 2012

Legendary Comic Creator and Hollywood Icon, Stan Lee to be Honored at 2012 Catalina Film Festival

Steve's Early Bird Specials are Back!

Catalina Air Show in September Commemorates Historic Flight
 

Armstrong's Seafood on Avalon's Waterfront to close in Fall 2012

St. Patrick’s Day Party at El Galleon Restaurant

JANUARY 2012

Casino Murals are New Exhibit at the Catalina Island Museum

Valentines' Dinners at Avalon

Catalina Island Fox Population Soars

DECEMBER 2011

Santa Catalina Island Announces California’s First Night Zip Line Eco Tour, Starting December 16th

CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE IN GRAND STYLE AT THE CASINO BALLROOM ON CATALINA ISLAND

NOVEMBER 2011

18th Annual Shop at Home Night on Catalina Island
Kick off the Winter Lights Celebration Holiday Season and take advantage of Holiday Discounts

Holiday Open House at the Catalina Island Museum - December 16th

Catalina Express Celebrates the Christmas Holidays with Gift Cards that Include Free Lounge Upgrades
Purchase of Gift Cards Includes 2 Free One-Way Commodore Lounge Upgrades


OCTOBER 2011

Catalina Island Museum announces Celebrity Playground exhibition opening on November 12th

First Annual Catalina Zombie Walk on Halloween

25th Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival!

SEPTEMBER 2011

25th Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival this October!

Catalina Island Offers Triatheletes Specials for the Catalina Island Triathlon, November 5th

Celebrate National Museum Day at the Catalina Island Museum, September 24th

27th Annual Catalina Island Triathlon November 5, 2011

AUGUST 2011

27th Annual Catalina Island Triathlon November 5, 2011

JULY 2011

New Chamber Member Offers Two Scavenger Hunt Tours in Avalon, Catalina Island - All Guided from a Smart Phone

JUNE 2011 

Rare Personal Appearance by Pattie Boyd, Former Wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton, at the Catalina Island Museum Saturday, July 2nd

Island Economy to Benefit as Entertainment Spotlight Shines Bright
Catalina sights and sounds to reach over 30 million viewers


The Lobster Trap, Ristorante Villa Portofino, Steve's Steakhouse and Lloyd's of Avalon Win the 7TH Annual Taste Around of Avalon

Catalina Island's Flying Fish Festival This Weekend, June 2- 5


MAY 2011

Southern California Restaurant Writers Award Steve Bray of Steve's Steakhouse “Humanitarian of the Year”

Catalina Island to Host Summer-Long Live Concert Series Featuring Big-Name Entertainment, Grammy-Award Winning Jazz Artists and Rising Musical Stars

Special FATHER’S DAY Dinners at El Galleon Restaurant
El Galleon Restaurantis honoring Dad with a special menu on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19, 2011.

Catalina Island Museum Making International News

‘Special’ Exhibition of the Beatles and Eric Clapton Opens on Saturday, May 7th at the Catalina Island Museum

APRIL 2011

Santa Catalina Island Company and the City of Avalon Announce Greatly Expanded Catalina Grand Prix for 2012

The Wait is Over - Phase 2 of Triana at Avalon is Complete.

Catalina Express Celebrates their 30th Anniversary by Giving a Free Pass to Anyone Who Wants to go to Catalina on their Birthday!

CATALINA ISLAND’S 4th ANNUAL FLYING FISH FESTIVAL
June 2 – June 5, 2011

Special Easter Lunch and Dinners at El Galleon Restaurant

New Attractions, Value-Based Decision Making, Fuel Vacation Rentals on Santa Catalina Island

Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit Tickets on Sale Now!


MARCH 2011

Santa Catalina Film Festival Announces 2011 dates, May 6-8th 2011

Catalina Island Vacation Rentals Introduces Director of Marketing

Update: New Marathon and Half Marathon on Catalina Will Feature Exciting Traditional Courses


FEBRUARY 2011

Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation to host gala Oscar Night event

Marilyn Monroe Exhibition at the Catalina Island Museum opens 
August 6, 2011 – October 31, 2011

Catalina Island Museum Announces Opening of Rare Beatles and Eric Clapton Exhibition ~ May 7 through July 31, 2011

St. Patrick’s Day Party at El Galleon Restaurant on Catalina

Star Chicago Cubs Player Visits Baseball Exhibition at the Catalina Island Museum

Catalina Island Museum Smashes Records During Saturday Evening Opening

The Catalina Island Museum Announces Re-Opening and New "Boys in Blue - Chicago Cubs and Spring Training on Catalina Island" Exhibit


JANUARY 2011

Santa Catalina Film Festival to Debut on the United States' only West Coast Resort Island, May 6-8, 2011

Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce Signs Agreement for the Production of the 2011 Catalina Island Triathlon

The Santa Catalina Island Company to be Featured in the Upcoming Episode of ABC's Romance Reality Series THE BACHELOR

Special Valentine Dinners for Two Offered at Three of Avalon's Best Restaurants……Affordable Prices at $35 and $65 per Couple

Have a Whale of a Valentine's Day!
Unique Valentine’s Weekend Whale Watching Packages offer FREE UPGRADE TO FIRST CLASS

Weekend "FUN PACKAGES” offer FREE TOURS and Additional Savings on Catalina Island

Indulge in Valentine's Day on the Island of Romance
Spoil Your Loved One With Hotel Villa Portofino’s God/Goddess Package

Ironman Meets Avalon 50 Mile Run
Ironman Champion Heather Fuhr to compete in Avalon Benefit 50 Mile Run this Weekend


DECEMBER 2010

There's Still Time to Ring in the New Year at the Catalina Casino Gala!

Red Bull Catalina Grand Prix this Weekend!
 

NOVEMBER 2010

Inn on Mt. Ada Receives Prestigious Forbes Four-Star Award for 2011

17th Annual SHOP AT HOME Night on Catalina Island

HOTEL VILLA PORTOFINO CELEBRATES WHALE WATCHING WITH VALUE PACKAGE

Catalina Happy Hour & Sunset Dinner Specials Now at El Galleon Restaurant

CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE IN GRAND STYLE AT THE CASINO BALLROOM
ON CATALINA ISLAND

New Year's Celebrations - Two Parties for the Price of One on Catalina Island

Catalina Island Vacation Rentals Help You Create a Fall to Remember

OCTOBER 2010

EL GALLEON RESTAURANT’S ANNUAL HALLOWEEN KARAOKE COSTUME PARTY

Catalina's Hotel Villa Portofino Brings Back it's Popular "Limited Offer" Package

Save on Island Activities with the Catalina Day Pass from Catalina Express

Catalina's JazzTrax Festival Begins

Catalina Island Lobster Season Opens with Lobsterfest at El Galleion Restaurant

SEPTEMBER 2010

The New Sea Trek Undersea Adventure: Beginning in Early October Catalina Island Visitors Will Walk on the Ocean Floor

AUGUST 2010

Catalina Island Women's Forum Wine Festival - September 25th

First Winner of “Deep Dive” Auction Announced  
Second Auction Launches Midnight, Friday, August 27th

Catalina Island Featured in Upcoming Season on ABC's "Bachelor Pad"

“Dive Deep Around Catalina” Auction Begins at 12 AM August 19

‘Citizen Scientists’ May Explore Catalina Island's Deep Water with Catalina's Undersea Voyager Project

Summer Saturday Music Concert Series on Catalina Island
Free Concerts on the Avalon Waterfront

Catalina Island Country Club Introduces Executive Chef Paul Hancock

JULY 2010

An Evening in the Garden - An Evening of Food, Wine, Art and Music at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden

Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce Begins the Process to Determine the Feasibility of a Cruise Ship Facility in Avalon

The 24th Annual JazzTrax Brings 30 of the World’s Finest Jazz Musicians to Santa Catalina Island for Three Unforgettable October Weekends of Seaside Seranades

Catalina Island Country Club’s Summer Music Series is In Full Swing Every Thursday Featuring Award-Winning Musicians

JUNE 2010

Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce’s Website Wins Webby Award - It's Second International Web Award

Catalina Tours Announces its Summer Line up of Tours, Day Packages and Overnight Packages for 2010

Descanso Beach Club Introduces Weekend Dinner Menus in a Spectacular Catalina Island Setting Featuring Avalon’s Only Seaside Dining

The Lobster Trap, Steve Steakhouse and the Catalina Country Club Win the 6th Anuual Taste Around of Avalon

MAY 2010

Catalina Island's 3rd Annual Flying Fish Festival - June 3-6, 2010
Taste Around of Avalon kicks off the Festival

Dine on a 21 Course Moveable Feast at the 6th Annual Taste Around of Avalon - June 3rd

New Island Facilities Now Open - Pavilion Hotel, Descanso Beach Club and Avalon Grille All Set to Open in May

Thrills Await Guests taking Hotel Villa Portofino's New Zip Line Eco Tour Package

Hotel Villa Portofino Teams with Catalina Island Conservancy to create a Villa Volunteer Package

APRIL 2010

Visitors Catch an Exhilarating Glimpse of Catalina’s Spectacular Scenery and Rugged Interior on Brand New Zip Line Eco Tours

MARCH 2010

Santa Catalina Island Celebrates the Centennial Anniversary of Banning House Lodge

Santa Catalina Island Company Appoints Rob Dalzell as Executive Chef of the New Avalon Grille

New M Restuarant Opens in Avalon

St. Patrick’s Day Party at Catalina's El Galleon Restaurant

Hotel Villa Portofino's Spring Sail Package in Full Bloom

From Grand Gatherings in the 1929s Era Casino to Seaside BBQs Under the Stars, Catalina Island Provides Meeting Planners with an Idyllic Setting and Unique Venues

Catalina Island Undergoes Renaissance with Alluring Array of New Attractions and Amenities
 

FEBRUARY 2010

Catalina Island's "All You Need is Love" Dance on Valentine's Day

Catalina Island Valentine's Dinner Specials

Catalina Island's Casino Restoration Project
 

JANUARY 2010

Catalina Island Valentine's Dinner Specials

For the Second Year in a Row, Catalina Island Is Honored with a Bride’s Choice Award, Placing Resort Amoung the Top 5 Percent of Wedding Professionals

All You Need is Love on Valentine's Day

Rediscover Catalina Island as it Launches over $11 Million in New and Upgraded Activities and Facilities

DECEMBER 2009

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Grand Style at the Casino Ballroom
on Catalina Island

New Year's Eve Celebrations at El Galleon and Antonio's

2010 Flying Fish Festival, June 3rd - 6th

Traditional Christmas Dinners available at El Galleon Restaurant

16th Annual Shop at Home Night  On Catalina Island

 

 

Trip Advisor Ranks Afishinados Charters #1 of 35 ‘Things To Do’ in Avalon

 

Rare Personal Appearance by Pattie Boyd, Former Wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton, at the Catalina Island Museum Saturday, July 2nd

 

Lobsterfest at El Galleon

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