Fourth of July Happenings around the island

Fourth of July Happenings around the island

AVALON – Boaters looking to spend the July 4 weekend away from the mainland are welcome to cruise over to Avalon where several events are planned for the long weekend.

The Catalina Island Museum will celebrate the Fourth of July by bringing the upbeat sounds of Cajun and Zydeco to the island as part of its annual Fourth of July Music Festival at Casino Point on July 4.

“This event has quickly become a favorite among island visitors and residents alike,” said museum executive director Michael De Marsche. “The importance of live musical entertainment was established early in Avalon’s history, and the museum is proud to be a part of continuing this tradition.”

The Mudbugs Cajun and  Zydeco Band are known nationally for their electrifying mix of Cajun, Zydeco, Country, Swamp Pop, and Rockabilly tunes.

This year’s Fourth of July Music Festival will also feature the band, Something, and The group Fighting Chance.

Guests are invited to grab blankets and lawn chairs and find the best spot at Casino Point.

Doors will open at 3 p.m., live music begins at 4 p.m. and runs through 10 p.m. with a break for Avalon’s fireworks at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 for museum members and $10 for general admission. Call (310) 510-2414, visit the museum, or go to the events page at CatalinaMuseum.org to purchase tickets!

Additional Fourth of July Events

Annual 4th of July Parade, Dinner at the Casino Ballroom, Fireworks Display: The golf cart parade cruises down Crescent Avenue at 1 p.m. Enjoy a BBQ buffet dinner and music of the USC Marching Band in the Casino Ballroom with balcony viewing for the fireworks display over Avalon. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. (310) 510-1520; CatalinaChamber.com.

Fourth of July Music Festival on Casino Point: This year’s event will feature a special appearance by Pattie Boyd, best-selling author and one of the most celebrated women to witness the 1960’s, live music and great food during the afternoon.

Fourth of July Mardi Gras Party at El Galleon: Visit El Galleon Restaurant before and after the 4th of July Parade. Featuring music from the Hyperion Dixieland Band and folk singer Trevor Jones on guitar. Live Karaoke from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., call. (310)510-1188, or visit CatalinaHotSpots.com.

Independence Weekend at the “M” by Zest Catering & Events: Take a culinary journey across America featuring regional dishes from July 4-6. Call (310) 510-8404, zestcateringcatalina.com

Family Friendly Concerts on Wrigley Plaza Stage–Nashville Sensation Rainey Qualley: On July 5, the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Xceptional Music Company will present this free, family friendly Summer Concert Series, next to the Bay on Wrigley Plaza Stage. Concerts are from 8-10 p.m.. A Beer & Wine Garden will be available at all concerts.

A Hard Day’s Night with Special Guest Pattie Boyd: On July 6, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the London premiere of A Hard Day’s Night, at the Catalina Island Museum with a screening of the film in the Avalon Theatre at 7 p.m. Pattie Boyd has agreed to a live interview just after the film, in which she will discuss her memories of the Beatles, including meeting her husband on the set. Tickets are $8 for museum members and $10 for the general public. Catalina Island Museum, (310) 510-2414, catalinaislandmuseum.org

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