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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, September 11?

There will likely be an 11:58 pm departure from Avalon to Long Beach on Saturday, June 4. Or you could book one of our Catalina Wine Mixer Lodging Packages and enjoy an extra day of island fun on Sunday, June 5.

Will there be wine at the Original Catalina Wine Mixer?

Yes, of course. More than 15 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 the Catalina Wine Mixer?

Yes. We welcome all guests 21 and over.

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 Descanso Beach Club.

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 Descanso Beach Club. 

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. IEX 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. Face coverings are required while aboard the boat.

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. 

Can Catalina Island Company gift cards be used to purchase tickets?

No, unfortunately gift cards cannot be used toward Catalina Wine Mixer tickets.