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Catalina Wine Mixer® FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Did we just become best friends?

Yes, of course!

Is the Catalina Wine Mixer the biggest helicopter leasing event in the Western Hemisphere?

Not exactly, but there will be helicopters. The Catalina Wine Mixer is a fun Step Brothers-inspired weekend of music, food, fun, and of course wine. But there will be helicopters.

Is there a late boat returning to the mainland on Saturday, Sept 7?

Yes. Catalina Express is offering an 11:58 pm departure from Avalon to Long Beach on Saturday, Sept. 7. Or you could book one of our Catalina Wine Mixer Lodging Packages and enjoy an extra day of island fun on Sunday, Sept. 8.

Can I get to the Original Catalina Wine Mixer via helicopter?

Yes! Visit IEX Helicopters for more information.

Will there be wine at the Original Catalina Wine Mixer?

Yes, of course. More than 30 wineries from up and down the West Coast bring their best vintages for you to sample and purchase. VIP tickets include complimentary tastings.

Can I buy a ticket for the movie in the Catalina Casino Theatre Friday?

Yes, individual tickets to Step Brothers will be available on Friday. They can be purchased at the box office at the entrance to the Avalon Theatre in Catalina Casino. They are also available online in advance.

Do you have to have a VIP Pass to attend the Friday night DJ at Descanso Beach Club?

No, this event is open to the public.

Do you have to be 21 to attend?

Due to language and suggestive scenes, Step Brothers is rated R, so persons under 16 are not admitted without a guardian. VIP tickets to the Saturday event include wine tasting, so you must be 21 to purchase these tickets.

Can I bring outside food and beverage into Descanso Beach Club?

There will be food and beverage available to purchase, but no outside food and drink is allowed at DBC.

Can I bring a lawn chair or blanket?

Due to strict fire code regulations, no outside blankets or chairs are allowed on the lawn at DBC. 

How do I get to Catalina Island?

The Catalina Express runs regular ferries from San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point. Catalina Flyer operates a ferry out of Newport Beach. Island Express Helicopters offers flights from Santa Ana, Long Beach, San Pedro and Burbank. If you have your own plane, you can land it at Catalina’s Airport in the Sky. If you have your own boat, you can secure a mooring or anchorage with the Avalon Harbor Department. 

Can I bring my pet?

Sorry. Only service animals with proper identification are allowed.

What should I wear?

It’s a sunny beach setting with warm sand and soft grass, so cool casual clothing and flat comfortable shoes are recommended. It tends to cool off at night, so bring an extra layer. If you want to take a dip in the crystal blue waters of Descanso Cove, you’ll need a swimsuit and towel. Don’t forget the shades and sunscreen.  

Are there showers, changing rooms and lockers?

Yes, there are showers and changing rooms. Unfortunately, lockers are not available. 

What’s this Catalina Wine Mixer/Buccaneer Days Combo Ticket I’ve been hearing about?

This year we’re offering a Combination Package that includes general admission tickets for the Original Catalina Wine Mixer at Descanso Beach Club in Avalon on September 7, 2019, and the 30th Annual Buccaneers Days, Catalina’s legendary 4-day pirate party in Two Harbors starting October 3, 2019. Two Catalina Wine Mixer wine or beer tastings are included. Purchase tickets now