California’s best summer weekend getaway has a bit of everything: Sun, sand, sea, and Stepbrothers. That’s right - the Catalina Wine Mixer® is back, and better than ever! Now in its 7th year, this unique wine and music event promises a whole weekend of spectacular fun on gorgeous Catalina Island. Tickets sell out every year, so get yours before it’s too late.
To make planning your Catalina Wine Mixer® event a smooth one, we’re offering two special packages, which also include round-trip tickets on the Catalina Express. You can opt for the General Admission Package and add on specific upgrades based on your interests, or get the works with the VIP package. Whatever you go for, you’ll also have your choice of accommodations for two nights at either Pavilion Hotel, just 14 steps from the beach, the newly-renovated Hotel Atwater in the heart of Avalon, or Mt Ada, the former Wrigley Mansion perched high above the bay.
The magic begins once you set off for the island on Friday, June 3rd. Whether you take the Catalina Express by sea, or lease a helicopter to really get in the spirit of things, your journey across the Pacific promises to be a scenic one. Each of our stunning properties on the island has its own charm for you to discover once you set foot on Catalina, but don’t linger too long, because the VIP parties get underway from 5 pm, with an exclusive reception at Island Spa Catalina. Over choice hors d'oeuvres and pours from the award-winning Rusack Vineyards, you’ll get to know other party-goers and form friendships that will last if not a lifetime, then at least this glorious weekend.
After the opening bash in front of Catalina Casino, a special screening of Stepbrothers, the movie that began it all, will happen later that evening at the historic Avalon Theatre. The fun will continue at a late-night beach party at the Descanso Beach Club, to get you warmed up for the main event.
On Saturday, the official Catalina Wine Mixer® will happen from 4 pm to 10 pm at the Descanso Beach Club. Just steps away from the shimmering water, you’ll enjoy live music, DJs, dancing, delicious foods, cocktails, and of course, some fantastic wines from over 15 wineries. Special tasting events new to the Catalina Wine Mixer® are also available this year, including an intimate wine tasting session with the vintners of Melier paired with specially curated bites and small-batch whiskey and spirits tastings from Drift Distillery. VIPs will be able to attend these tasting events from 12 to 3 pm, before getting early access to the wine tastings on the Lawn from 3 to 4 pm. Pours from leading wineries will also be served alongside appetizers at the Catherine’s Terrace VIP Lounge from 3 pm to 10 pm.
You’ll have Sunday free to explore Catalina Island at your own pace. If you’re feeling adventurous and up for a hike, you’ll find our many magnificent trails offer a wealth of amazing views. Or, book ahead to snag a massage appointment at the Island Spa Catalina so you’ll leave feeling fully recovered and refreshed. And when you finally say goodbye, we hope you’ll have many happy memories of the weekend, and come back again next year.