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 music festival on Catalina Island.
Can I get to the Catalina Wine Mixer via helicopter?
Yes! Visit IEX Helicopters for more information.
Will there be wine at the Catalina Wine Mixer?
Yes, of course, but this is not a wine festival. There will be wine for purchase. VIP tickets include complimentary wine tastings.
VIP Complimentary Wine Tasting
Sat - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Sun - 2:00 pm to 3:45 pm
Will there be Wine Tastings for General Admission Ticket Holders?
Yes. You will be able to purchase 10 tastings for $20.
Wine available for purchase on Lawn:
Sat - 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sun - 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
What is the format for Saturday?
Descanso Beach Club will be open to public on Saturday until 5:30 pm. You will need a ticket for the venue starting at 5:30 pm. During the day, enjoy the beach and music from various DJs from 1-4 pm. The restaurant and bar will be open all day.
Can I buy a ticket to the movie in the Catalina Casino Theatre Friday?
Yes, individual tickets will be available for the movie screening Friday. They can be purchased at the box office at the entrance to the Catalina Casino Theatre.
Do you have to have a VIP Pass to attend the Friday night theme party at the Avalon Grille?
No, this event is open to the public.
Do I need a ticket if I want to come to Descanso Beach Club the weekend of the Catalina Wine Mixer?
Descanso Beach is open Saturday, September 23 to the public from 11 am to 5 pm. The venue will reopen at 6 pm. At 6 pm, you must have a ticket to see the show. For Sunday, September 24, a ticket is needed to access the facility all day. No admission without a wristband or ticket.
Will there be single day tickets available for Saturday and Sunday?
Yes. Single day tickets are available.
Is this a 21 and up event?
Due to the language and suggestive scenes of the movie, we do advise against minors. The Platinum VIP package is a 21 and over experience, as it includes a wine tasting.
Can I bring outside food and beverage?
No, there will be food and beverage available to purchase.
Can I bring a lawn chair or blanket?
No, due to strict fire code regulations no outside blankets or chairs are allowed on the lawn for the concerts.
Do you have a shuttle available from town to the venue?
Yes, there is a shuttle that picks up at the start of Via Casino across from Island Spa Catalina.
How do I get to Catalina Island?
Most people come to Catalina aboard Catalina Express, Catalina Flyer or Island Express Helicopters. Some fly private planes into Catalina’s Airport in the Sky, while others come by private boat and reserve a mooring with the Avalon Harbor Department.
I have heard hotels are sold out, is that true?
There is currently plenty of hotel availability for lodging on the island over the Catalina Wine Mixer weekend. For an expanded list of hotels please visit the Chamber at www.CatalinaChamber.com. Many properties have a 2 night minimum stay requirement.
For groups we suggest booking a vacation rental property. Please visit www.CIVR.com for information.
Can I bring my pet?
No pets allowed, service animals must display proper identification.
What to wear?
While we encourage everyone to find their own island rhythm and style at the Catalina Wine Mixer, keep in mind that it’s a sunny beach setting with warm sand and soft grass, so cool casual clothing and flat comfortable shoes are recommended. If you want to take a dip in the crystal blue waters of Descanso Cove, you’ll need a swimsuit. Kayaks and snorkel gear are also available for rent. Don’t forget the shades and sunscreen.
Are there showers, changing rooms or lockers?
Yes, to all.