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Perfect Getaway: Catalina Island

Posted by on July 12, 2014

Disclosure: I occasionally work with Catalina Island to cover things happening on the island, and of course, how to get there through Catalina Express. Post may include affiliate links. 

Catalina Island

Needless to say, I still have very fond memories of my time spent on the beautiful Catalina Island.  Being so close to Los Angeles, but with a 22 mile trek over water, this island, to me, was complete paradise.  And a huge reason why it was such a perfect getaway.

Catalina Express always made it such an easy ride over to the Island, taking off from San Pedro, Long Beach, and Dana Point.  You could even do same day treks to spend time on the Island.

This year, Catalina Express is still offering their “Ride Free on Your Birthday” making for a great birthday celebration, I must say.   Be sure not to miss out on all the birthday specials when planning out your big day.

Some fun events happening on the island this summer include:

JULY 2014

 Thru 9/28   Chaplin and Goddard: A Secret Love Affair Exhibit at the Catalina Island Museum See June listing. Catalina Island Museum, 310-510-2414, www.catalinaislandmuseum.org

 

Thru-8/28   Summer Beach Bingo (each Tuesday & Thursday)   See June listing. City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310-510-1987, www.CityofAvalon.com and Catalina Kid Ventures, 310-510-1704.

 

Thru-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

 

Thru-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 to play online at: www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com

Catalina-Island

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

 

AUGUST 2014

 

Thru 9/28   Chaplin and Goddard: A Secret Love Affair Exhibit at the Catalina Island Museum See June listing. Catalina Island Museum, 310-510-2414, www.catalinaislandmuseum.org

 

Thru-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
Thru-8/28   Summer Beach Bingo (each Tuesday & Thursday)  

See June listing. City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310-510-1987, www.CityofAvalon.com and Catalina Kid Ventures, 310-510-1704.

 

Thru-9/1   Urban Adventure Quest Summer Challenge – see June for full description
See July for full description. www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com

 

8/2, 8/16, 8/23, 8/31  FREE Family Friendly Concerts on Wrigley Plaza Stage (8/2, Tribute to Eric Clapton; 8/16, Roadhouse Rock; 8/23, Video Generation; 8/31, Sirens Top 40 and More)
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.

 

8/13   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

Catalina

September 2014


Thru-9/1   Urban Adventure Quest Summer Challenge – see June for full description
See July for full description. www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com


Thru 9/28   Chaplin and Goddard: A Secret Love Affair Exhibit at the Catalina Island Museum
See June listing. Catalina Island Museum, 310-510-2414, www.catalinaislandmuseum.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.theciwf.org


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

Do you have summer plans to get there?

 


2 Responses to Perfect Getaway: Catalina Island

  1. Cassie

    Ah, Catalina! Such a great place, I went last fall on a way-too-short hop over from LA and I’m dying to go back. I heard when we were there that they are building a new Catalina Island museum, have you been there yet?

    • Jamie

      Yes, I had a great weekend getaway there last summer… and absolutely love the Island… but yes, way too much to explore in one trip =) But needless to say, all the worries disappeared when I was there… lol

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