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Avalon Flying Fish Festival

Catalina's Flying Fish Four Day Festival On Hiatus - no event in 2015 catalinachamber.com

Celebrate the annual return of the flying fish in Catalina annual event.

Each year in the Avalon Bay there's something fishy going on at the end of May. This year it's bigger and better than ever as the annual Flying Fish Festival celebrates the return of the flying fish. There's a Kids 1 Mile Flying Fish Fun Run (June 1, 2014), the Flying Fish Boat Rides complete with fish spotlights (May 29-June 1) and the First Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta (May 31) where you must build a cardboard vessel which can travel a short distance in the Avalon Bay. Other highlights include a professional sand sculpture, Taste of the Island event, free ukulele concert and tours of Wrigley Garden.

Other fish events include Lions Fish Fry in Costa Mesa, Convict Lake Spring Trout Derby, and C.A.S.T. for Kids in the Delta. The Grunion are running along the California coast but it's not open season this weekend.

From late May to September every year, Catalina Island welcomes the famed flying fish. This spectacular fish soars out of the water at heights of up to 30 feet and glides for distances as long as mile. The flying fish visit the Island for only a few months a year and best shows itself at night when lured with lights. It is only fitting that Catalina celebrates their arrival by honoring them as special guests with a four day long weekend of festivities.



Flying Fish Festival Schedule of Events, some details may be slightly different from year to year so confirm at flyingfishfestival.com

Thursday, 5-9 p.m. Taste Around Avalon,

The 10th Annual Taste Around of Avalon invites you to vote for your favorite food and beverage for Best Taste of Food and Best Taste of Drink.

3:00pm: Sundown Isthmus Cruise (excursion to Two Harbors & Flying Fish Boat Trip), Santa Catalina Island Company. (310) 510-TOUR (8687)

5pm-9pm: Flying Fish Festival Kick-off, the 10th Annual Taste Around of Avalon event. Come out and taste a bit of Avalon and vote for your best food, drink and dessert!

8pm: Afishinados Famous Flying Fish Tour Afishinados Charters (310) 510-2440.

8:45pm: Flying Fish Tour, Santa Catalina Island Company. (310) 510-TOUR (8687)

Friday
Through June 5th: 2nd Annual Avalon Restaurant Week

Throughout the day: "Gil" the Flying Fish strolls through town. Snap your #selfieswithgil!

9am-5pm: Sand Sculpture creation at Wrigley Stage

12noon-4pm: USC Marine Touch Tanks at the Tuna Club

3:45pm-5pm: Family Kayak Relay Race, Middle Beach, free activity - Must sign up in advance to participate.

4:00pm: Sand Sculpture Workshop, Middle Beach.


Saturday

Through June 5th: 2nd Annual Avalon Restaurant Week

Throughout the day: "Gil" the Flying Fish strolls through town. Snap your #selfieswithgil!

8am-10am: Kids Fishing Derby at the Mole, bring your own fishing gear and bait. Prizes awarded to the winners!

9am-5pm: Sand Sculpture at Wrigley Stage.

10am-2pm: Cardboard Boat Regatta

10am-4pm: USC Marine Touch Tanks at the Tuna Club

10am-4pm: Street Theater Charles Frederick Holder and his boatman

10am-5pm: Flying Fish Street Fair, Crescent Ave.

11am-3pm: Hands-On Science Activity for kids, Crescent Ave.

11am-3pm: Kids Mural Painting, Crescent Ave.

1:45pm: Cardboard Boat Building Races at South Beach

2:30pm: Guided tour of the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden with Blanche Trask (free) (Trolley from Tour Plaza at 2pm -$)

3:00pm: Sundown Isthmus Cruise (excursion to Two Harbors & Flying Fish Boat Trip), Santa Catalina Island Company. (310) 510-TOUR (8687)

4:00pm: Ukulele Workshop, Middle Beach.

6pm-7pm: Beach Bingo on South Beach, Catalina Kid Ventures

7pm: Avalon High School Theater Department Play: Once Upon A Mattress

7pm: Beer Garden Opens near Wrigley Stage

7:30pm-10:00pm: Free Concert & Street Dance. Xceptional Music Productions presents ukukele artist, Taimane Gardner, Wrigley Stage, Crescent Ave

8:00pm: Afishinados Famous Flying Fish Tour Afishinados Charters (310) 510-2440.

8:45pm: Flying Fish Tour, Santa Catalina Island Company. (310) 510-TOUR (8687)

Sunday, June 1
Through June 5th: 2nd Annual Avalon Restaurant Week

Throughout the day: "Gil" the Flying Fish strolls through town. Snap your #selfieswithgil!

9am-10am Kid's Flying Fish Fun Run

9am-12noon: Sand Sculpture completed at Wrigley Stage.

10am-4pm: USC Marine Touch Tanks at the Tuna Club

10am-4pm: Flying Fish Street Fair, Crescent Ave.

11am-2pm: Hands-On Science Activity for kids, Crescent Ave.

11am-3pm: Exploring Art History Craft for kids, Crescent Ave.

2:30pm: Guided tour of the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Gardens with Blanche Trask (free) (Trolley from Tour Plaza at 2pm - $)

3pm: Golf Ball Drop (Rotary) Tickets $5 each

7:30pm: Afishinados Famous Flying Fish Tour Afishinados Charters (310) 510-2440.

8:45pm & 9:30pm: Flying Fish Tour, Santa Catalina Island Company. (310) 510-TOUR (8687)

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.


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