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View our list of annual Catalina Island events from one of the longest running art festivals in California to numerous sporting events, black tie events, food and wine events to traditional quirky Catalina Island favorties such as Summer Beach Bingo and our famous 4th of July Golf Cart Parade.

Avalon 50K/50M Benefit Run

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January 7, 2017

Introducing 2 races for 2017. Welcome to the NEW Avalon 50/50 Benefit Run on Catalina Island. Whether you choose to conquer the entire island in our traditional 50 Mile Run, or start off with our new “Introductory” Avalon 50K Benefit Run (31 miles), we welcome you to Catalina Island. This race weekend is renowed as one of the country’s most challenging and scenic runs. No cars, no smog, just great terrain, incredible views, fascinating historical sites, a well-organized race, nice people and great food await you.

Windward Beaches Cleanup

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2nd Saturday of each month

Volunteer in the great outdoors while combing the sand for debris to help keep our windward beaches pristine. Clean-up locations (Shark Harbor, Little Harbor, Ben Weston and Cottonwood) rotate throughout the year. Meet at the Catalina Island Conservancy House, 125 Clarissa, at 9am, return at 1pm. Transportation and supplies provided. Catalina Island Conservancy. 310-510-2595 ext.112.

Aero Club Social Fly-In

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2nd Saturday of each month

Fly-in or take the Wildlands Express from the Avalon Plaza to the Airport in the Sky. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit with Aero Club pilots from around the region and viewing amazing airplanes. 2nd Saturday of the month.

Underwater Cleanup

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February 25, 2017

Southern California divers have made the Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup one of their premier social events of the year. Divers retrieve trash and lost items from Avalon Harbor, and revel in the warm friendly atmosphere of Catalina Island. Last year, approximately 343 participants recovered 4,980 pounds of trash. Proceeds from the event will benefit USC’s Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber and Wrigley Institute Scientific Diving Program.

An Evening with Oscar

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February 26, 2017

5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. - Please join the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation at for An Evening with Oscar at the Casino Ballroom, an event to benefit the Catalina Island Medical Center. Guests have the opportunity to watch the live Oscar telecast, enjoy a buffet dinner, and bid on silent and live auctions items.
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Catalina Marathon

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March 11, 2017

Coming up on its 40th Anniversary, this "bucket list" marathon features the exciting and historic marathon course used largely since the first year on the Catalina Island Conservancy’s lands. This includes much of the rugged terrain, spectacular vistas, challenging climbs and special challenges enjoyed by thousands of runners over the years! PLus a 10K, 5K and Kids Run. In cooperation with our host, Catalina Island Conservancy, the Catalina Island Marathon is a CUPLESS COURSE! For hydration, we will be offering participants the option to purchase a $5 Salomon reusable soft-cup or provide your own hydration system. Thank you for helping us reduce the footprint on the island! Volunteers welcome & appreciated. Spectrum Sports Management.

22nd Annual Conservancy Ball

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April 1, 2017

Taking Flight is the theme of the 22nd Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball in Avalon's Casino Ballroom. Taking Flight highlights all our feathered friends that call upon the Island during their journey. Silent and Live Auctions. Black Tie. Catalina Express will offer a midnight return boat after the Ball. Advance reservations are required.
Doors Open and Hosted Cocktails 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Dinner and Dancing 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Art Fair & Exhibition 2017

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April 14-16, 2017

Easter Weekend. Located on Crescent Avenue, along the waterfront, this three day art fair features local and mainland artists, crafts, musical entertainment, kids activities and more. Catalina Art Association. Fun for the entire family! Catalina Art Association. 310-510-2788.

Easter Egg Hunt 2017

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April 16, 2017

9:00 a.m. sharp – arrive early, event is over quick! Location Descanso Beach Club. Bring your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny! City of Avalon Recreation Department.

Catalina Island Classic Skateboard Race

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May 5-7, 2017

The 6th annual Catalina Island Classic Skateboard Race will be held May 5-7, 2017. There will be 2 days of Race and Qualifying (the 5th & 6th) and an additional day of free-ride on the 7th. The Catalina race on 1.4 mile Wrigley Road race course is always one of the best skateboard events.

24th Annual Rugby Festival

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May 6, 2017

The 24th Annual Catalina Island Rugby Festival is a one day event for players 40 years of age and older. 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

2nd Annual Catalina Chili Cookoff

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May 6 2017

Join us on South Beach on beautiful Catalina Island for the 2nd Annual Catalina Island Chili Cookoff. All ages are welcome, fun for the whole family. Chili & salsa tasting, live music, beer garden and more! Click on the registration link for more information and to purchase tickets. Sponsored by the Avalon Rotary Club Foundation.
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-catalina-island-chili-cook-off-tickets

2017 Silent Film Benefit

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May 20, 2017

This silent adventure is the first film adaptation of J.M. Barrie's play entitled, Peter Pan. In the story, Peter Pan was a magical boy who refuses to grow up and brings the Darling children to Neverland. Their adventures include a confrontation with Captain Hook and his crew. Filmed on Catalina Island, Peter Pan has been called "one of the greatest children's films ever made." The Silent Film Benefit provides the rare opportunity to experience cinema the way it was originally intended, with live musical accompaniment by an orchestra in a grand movie palace. Period dress is encouraged and prizes will be awarded to the best dressed individual, best dressed couple and best character from the film. Members $25, Non-Members $28

15th Annual Avalon Ball

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May 20, 2017

The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles will host the 15th annual Avalon Ball in the Cataina Casino Ballroom on May 20. This event is a journey into the past when Big Bands played for large audiences and the performances were broadcast to the nation in the Art Deco Casino Ballroom built in 1929. This magical night will feature an evening of dancing to music from the 1920s and 30s performed by Dean Mora & the Avalon Ball Dance Orchestra. Immerse yourself in glorious Deco opulence gliding across the 10,000 square foot dance floor surrounded by romantic ocean views. Art Deco Society of Los Angeles (310) 659-3326

13th Annual Taste Around of Avalon

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June 1, 2017

Enjoy the most scrumptious tastes of delectable food & beverages from 5pm-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! For more information contact the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. (310) 510-1520

Summer Beach Bingo

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Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday June 27 to August 31, 2017

Bring your beach chair and some friends to the South Beach Lifeguard stand every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday from 6:00-7:00pm. Bingo cards are $1 each and participants can win fun local prizes. City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310-510-0220 ext. 231, www.CityofAvalon.com.

Kids Fishing Derby

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Every Wednesday June 28 to August 30, 2016

7:00 a.m. - Meet at the Green Pier. City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310-510-1987.

4th of July 2017

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July 4, 2017

1:00 p.m. - 4th of July Golf Cart Parade down Crescent Avenue. Parade lead by the USC Marching Band.
4:00 p.m. - Avalon Bay Dinghy Parade
6:15 p.m. - Annual 4th of July Dinner in the Casino Ballroom, USC Marching Band & Fireworks Display.
9:00 p.m. - Fireworks Display over Avalon Bay

69th Catalina Ski Race

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August 12, 2017

The annual Catalina Ski Race is the premiere water ski race in the world, but the it is more than just a race. With its rich 69 year history, quality of competition, and challenge of the open ocean, the Catalina Ski Race has earned its place on the world stage. The 62 mile-long race to Avalon and back makes it only turn just offshore of Descanso Beach and Hamilton Cove. Water skiers from around the globe come to participate. This race has notoriety because of the number of participants, and because it is the only open-ocean ski race regularly scheduled anywhere in the world. It is an especially unique challenge to compete across 62 miles of ocean. It is highly coveted and followed around the ski racing world.

2017 US Outrigger Championships

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September 9-10, 2017

58th Annual Catalina Channel Crossing US Outrigger Championships. Come out and see the women finish the longest Polynesian canoe race in the continental U.S., 26 miles from Newport Beach to Avalon, on Saturday, at Casino Point. Then enjoy the after race Hawaiian festivities at the center of town; including music and beer garden. On Sunday watch the men start their race back to Newport Beach from Lovers Cove. Proceeds of the event go to support local charities. Southern California Outrigger Racing Association.

59th Catalina Festival of Art

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September 15-17, 2017

One of the longest running and most acclaimed art festivals in California! 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.

21st Annual Womens Forum Wine Festival

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September 16, 2017

The 21st annual fundraiser features over 70 wineries, delectable hors d’oeuvres and smooth jazz. Net proceeds help support mentoring and scholarship programs. 2pm – 5pm, ocean-front on Crescent Avenue.

3rd Annual Catalina Wine Mixer

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September 22-24, 2017

Join us for the 3rd Annual Catalina Wine Mixer at Descanso Beach Club! Experience the classic event from Step Brothers, full of fun, live bands, DJs, gourmet food and fine wine on Catalina Island. (310) 510-7410

Catalina Film Festival 2017

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September 27 - October 1, 2017

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

31st Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

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October 12-15 & 19-22, 2017

Join us for the 31st Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival, the longest running Smooth Jazz festival in America. In the historic 1929 Casino Ballroom, 20+ different stars of Smooth Jazz – two consecutive October weekends for Smooth Jazz lovers all over the world. Thursday night “Unplugged” at Descanso Beach Club and Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Casino Ballroom.

Triathlon & Duathlon 2017

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November 4, 2017

Catalina Island is one of the most beautiful and unique settings to host a triathlon. The Catalina Island Triathlon & Duathlon attracts athletes who are looking to compete in that last race before the winter season break. This is a unique and beautiful setting that will challenge the beginner and thrill the veteran.
Triathlon: Swim ½ mile, Bike- 17K, Run- 3.1 miles - Duathlon: Run- 3.1 miles, Bike- 17K, Run- 3.1 miles
9:00 am: First Wave Triathlon (Avalon Pier) 5 Triathlon Waves leaving every 3 minutes (see schedule)
9:15 am: Duathlon & 5K Start (adjacent to Wrigley Stage)
10:30 am: 5K Awards
11:15 am: Triathlon Awards
Info: 949-975-1812

Catalina Trail Venture Weekend 2017

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November 18, 2017

Experience the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the island's wildlife. Sign up for either the 26.2 or the 13.1 miles and run some of the most beautiful, rugged and breathtaking trails you will ever experience! All marathon and half marathon finishers receive a medal & shirt! All 10K runners receive a shirt and the overall finishers & top three in each age group receive a medal. All Kids will receive a finisher medal. For more information visit runcatalina.com.

24th Annual Shop Catalina

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December 2, 2017

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - A one-night shopping extravaganza with holiday discounts of 10-25%, strolling Victorina costumed Holiday Carolers and prize drawings! Shop Catalina Night kicks off at Wrigley Stage at 5pm with a holiday tree lighting ceremony and arrival of Santa and his “helpers” on a City of Avalon Fire Truck. Pick up your Shop Catalina Treasure Card and month-long Discount Card, then hit the town and shop til you drop. Have your picture taken with Santa when you bring two canned goods to the food drive at El Galleon from 6pm-8:30pm. Shop Catalina event produced by the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. (310) 510-1520

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