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The Original Catalina Wine Mixer - September 21-23, 2018

If you haven’t been to the Catalina Wine Mixer in Avalon, we have only one question for you: What are you waiting for? This annual extravaganza at picturesque Descanso Beach Club features live music, DJs, dancing, fantastic food and cocktails, fun activities and fine wines from West Coast wineries for you to sample and purchase. Of course no Catalina Wine Mixer is complete without an official screening of Step Brothers at historic Avalon Theatre. Don’t miss out on all the fun this September 21 through 23. Get your tickets now!


6:00 – 8:00pm VIP Wine Pairing with Rusack Vineyards at Island Spa Catalina with live entertainment by James Moody (included in VIP ticket)
6:30 – 8:00pm Weekend Opening Bash at Catalina Casino building entrance. Live Entertainment with Wheeland Brothers. Tacos, beer, wine and merchandise available for purchase
8:00 – 10:00pm  Screening of Step Brothers at Avalon Theatre - $20 Includes screening and (1) Glass of Wine/Beer
10:00pm – 12am AFTERHOURS @ Descanso Beach Club with DJ K Fresh (no cover)
Descanso Beach Club
11:00am – 2:30pm DJ Tunes & Dancing with DJ K Fresh
2:30 10:00pm  Catalina Wine Mixer
12:00 – 2:00pm VIP Wine Pairing Lunch with Malibu Rocky Oaks Winery at Catherine’s Terrace
2:30 – 6:30pm Wine & Micro Brew tasting on the lawn 
5:00 – 10:00pm VIP Lounge at Catherine’s Terrace
Live Entertainment on the Lawn at Descanso Beach Club

2:30pm –  3:45pm                                       Kelly Fitzgerald
3:45pm –  4:15pm                                       Live DJ tunes
4:15pm –  5:30pm                                       Kalama Brothers
5:30pm –  6:00pm                                       Live DJ tunes
6:00pm –  7:15pm                                       Tijuana Dogs
7:15pm –  7:45pm                                       Live DJ tunes
7:45pm –  9:00pm                                      Side Deal
9:00pm –  9:30pm                                       Live DJ tunes
9:30pm – 10:30pm                                     The Dan Band 
*Line up and set times are subject to change.

Activities at Descanso Beach Club 11 am to 6:30 pm

Grab a brush and a glass for this instructor-led workshop, where each stroke and every sip will satisfy your penchant for both art and the vine.
Don’t miss out on all the fun at our do-it-yourself tie-dye t-shirt booth, where you can put your own groovy twist on a colorful classic 60s craze. 
Get some friends together, or team up with some total strangers and paddle out into Descanso Cove for a little South Pacific-style adventure.
Sip wine and turn ordinary rocks into beautiful works of art.
8:00am – 11:00am Breakfast & Bloody Mary Bar at Descanso Fresh at Descanso Beach Club
10:00am – 4:00pm Live Entertainment at Descanso Beach Club
10:00am – 1:00pm Bottomless Mimosa Brunch at Avalon Grille


Catalina Wine Mixer tickets are for Saturday, September 22, 2018. Events happening on Friday and Sunday have either a separate ticket or additional cost.

General Admission
  • Saturday event at Descanso Beach Club
  • (2) Wine/Micro Beer Tastings

Add - On Tastings

  • (5) Wine/Micro Beer Tastings
General Admission - Early Bird
  • Saturday event at Descanso Beach Club
  • (5) Wine/Micro Beer Tastings
  • Late Lunch at Descanso Beach Club (2:30-3:30 pm)
VIP Admission
  • Friday Night Spa Wine Dinner at Island Spa Catalina
  • Friday Night Screening of Step Brothers at Catalina Casino
  • Entrance to Saturday’s Catalina Wine Mixer at Descanso Beach Club
  • Saturday Wine Lunch at Descanso Beach Club
  • Saturday Evening Lounge (includes snacks, dinner, house wine and no host bar) at Descanso Beach Club
  • (5) Wine/Micro Beer Tastings

Cabanas and Chaise Lounge Rentals

Elevate you Catalina Wine Mixer experience with a private beach cabana or comfortable chaise lounge. Both include dedicated servers and optional bottle service. NOTE: Musical acts can be heard but not seen from cabanas and chaise lounge. Admission to Descanso Beach Club and/or Catalina Wine Mixer must be purchased separately. Call 310-510-7430 to reserve Cabanas and Chaise Lounge.
Cabana Rentals
Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm
$475 - up to 6 people (does not include event admission)
Presidential Cabana Rentals
Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm
$825 - up to 8 people (does not include event admission)
Chaise Lounge Rentals
Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm
$100 - for 2 people (does not include event admission)


Wineries from up and down the West Coast will be exhibiting their finest vintages for you to sample and purchase. Please check back often as more wineries are added to our growing list.


In 2014, a newly hired Catalina Island Company employee asked, “So when’s the Catalina Wine Mixer?” referring to the iconic scene from the hit comedy Step Brothers. When he was told there wasn’t one, he took it on himself to organize the first annual Original Catalina Wine Mixer in 2015 at Descanso Beach Club in Avalon, a day-long tribute to the Step Brothers, featuring music, food, drinks and a whole lot of fun. 
Since then, the Original Catalina Wine Mixer has evolved into a unique wine tasting event, where guests can enjoy the beauty and charm of Catalina Island as they sample a variety of offerings from notable West Coast wineries. Of course, there’s still a great line up of live music, parties and fun activities to go along with the traditional screening of Step Brothers at the historic Casino Theatre.
There’s no place quite like Descanso Beach Club, one of the last public beaches in Southern California where you can legally have a cocktail in your hand and your feet in the sand. Located just a short stroll along the waterfront past the iconic Catalina Casino, this picturesque venue features Avalon's only beachside restaurant and bar. The Club's huge ocean-view lawn serves as the hub for all the Catalina Wine Mixer fun. It’s also where dozens of wineries exhibit their vintages for thousands of wine lovers from all over Southern California to enjoy.


Your Catalina Wine Mixer adventure begins even before you get here. Most people take a relaxing cruise aboard Catalina Express or Catalina Flyer. Some experience the unique thrill of a 20-minute flight on IEX Helicopters. A few fly private planes into Catalina’s Airport in the Sky. While others set sail on their own boats and reserve a mooring with the Avalon Harbor Department. It doesn’t matter how you get here. Just get here.
We have two lodging packages available. Choose from the Catalina Wine Mixer Package or the Catalina Wine Mixer VIP Package
Before or after the Original Catalina Wine Mixer, you can enjoy a variety of land tours (see bison), boat tours (see dolphins and sealions), fly through the air on the Catalina Zip Line Eco Tour and try your skills at the Catalina Aerial Adventure. You can also tour the historic Catalina Casino, explore the Catalina Island Museum, take a hike through the Wrigley Memorial and Botanical Gardens, show of your skills at the Mini Golf Gardens and of course rent a golf cart and see the town.
While we encourage everyone to bring their own island style to the Original 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. Temperatures tend to drop at night in September, 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. Don’t forget the shades and sunscreen.


Original Catalina Wine Mixer clothing, tote bags, souvenirs and keepsakes make ideal conversation starters. Everywhere you go, people will ask: "What the @#$% is the Original Catalina Wine Mixer?"

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