Festivals & Events to Enjoy in Catalina

Each year, thousands of visitors flock to Catalina Island to enjoy festivals and other special events. Some plan their getaways around these events, while others just happen to come across them during a trip they already had planned. No matter what time of year you plan to visit, there’s always something special happening on Catalina Island. Here’s more info about a few of Catalina’s best events.  

Catalina Wine Mixer – Summer

If you’ve seen the movie “Step Brothers” you know all about the Catalina Wine Mixer (POW!). Although the event didn’t actually exist before the movie, it does now! In the past, the event organizers even screened the movie the night before the event in the historic Catalina Casino. The Catalina Wine Mixer takes place each year in the summer or fall and is one of Southern California’s most unique and entertaining wine and music events. Reserve your package now. 

Catalina Festival of Art – September

Not only does the annual Catalina Festival of Art attract art lovers from around the country, but it’s one of the longest running and most acclaimed art festivals in California!

Each year in September, artists from all over the country gather to sell their fine art, sculptures, fine crafts, and photography. There is no cost to attend the street fair and it takes place on the waterfront at Catalina Island — talk about a picturesque setting for an art festival! 

NOTE: All our Hamilton Cove villas feature the original artwork of local artist, Kymberlee Stanley. Learn more here!

Catalina JazzTrax Festival – October

Catalina Island has hosted one of the most respected and recognized musical festivals, the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival, since 1987. Each October, the festival hosts some of the top smooth jazz entertainers as well as exciting new artists. All performances are on the top floor of the historic 1929 Avalon ballroom, with majestic views that look out over the sea. You can purchase weekend or daily passes to the event on their official website

Buccaneer Days – October 

 Arrr, matey! If your favorite ride at Disneyland is the Pirates of the Carribean, you’ll love Catalina’s legendary 3-day pirate party in Two Harbors. There’s live music, plenty of gruel and grog (“food and drinks” in pirate speak!), and a costume contest. You can even rent lounge chairs or palapas, which provide comfortable seating for up to eight people. With the lounge chair or palapa rental you’ll be served signature food and drinks from the Harbor Reef Restaurant without having to get out of your chair. 

Avalon’s New Year’s Event Celebration – December 31

Last but not least, no Catalina event list would be complete without mentioning the annual New Year’s Eve party! Dress in your finest gown or suit and step back in time to ring in the new year surrounded by class and sophistication. The Gala includes a gourmet buffet dinner and dessert, dancing, one champagne split per person, party favors, and a classic midnight balloon drop. They even have professional photographers available on-site. Tickets sell out quickly, so snag yours today! 

Stay in Style! 

Whether you’re heading to the island for a specific event or just to relax, book with us and stay in style! Each of our exquisite villas has something unique to offer, so spend some time learning more about our beautiful villas before booking your Catalina Dream Vacation.