Catalina Connection

May-jor entertainment planned for Catalina’s spring holidays

CATALINA ISLAND — With Mother’s Day and Memorial Day right around the corner, May is the perfect time to plan a special boating excursion to Catalina – there’s so much to honor including moms and the servicemen who died while defending our country. Here’s just a snippet of the wonderful, family-centered activities on deck. And remember: You’re on island time, so savor the memories!

Mother’s Day on the Island

Sunday, May 13

Being a mom can sometimes be a thankless job, but cruising over to Catalina for a special brunch, hike, spa session or shopping spree is a nice treat. Seaport Bistro and Avalon Grille will be catering to local moms by providing special menus as will many of the restaurants on the island.

Memorial Day Festivities

Saturday, May 26-Sunday, May 27

According to the Catalina Chamber, Memorial Day weekend marks one of the busiest of the year on Catalina. Leading up to the holiday, check out these highlighted activities to enjoy the long weekend.

Starting off is the 3rd annual Chili Cookoff on May 26, held on South Beach from 106 p.m. Sponsored by the Avalon Rotary Club Foundation, there will be salsa and chili tasting, live music and a beer garden. Adults are $20 for admission with kids aged 5-11 at $5 and children under 5 free. Chili connoisseurs who opt for the VIP package will pay $75 for early entry tastings, bottomless refreshments and a special T-shirt and mug.

For those who love antiques and treasure hunts, head over to the Bi-Annual Big Flea at Overlook Hall on May 26 and 27. A variety of pottery, memorabilia, art, fishing tackle and equipment, books and other knick-knacks will be on offer. This event takes place from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. and admission is free.

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