Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Flying Fish Festival at Catalina Island May 28-31

In celebration of the annual return of Catalina Island's famous flying fish, Catalina announces the 2nd Annual Flying Fish Festival, May 28th - May 31st, a four day festival of family fun on California's only island resort destination.

From 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 ¼ 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.

The Flying Fish Festival kicks off on May 28th, a Thursday night, with the Taste Around of Avalon. It's a chance to explore some of Avalon's finest eateries and taste their most delectable menu items - all in one night! Activities are plentiful throughout the rest of the weekend as the events and entertainment roll out to celebrate the fantastic flying fish.

This year's Flying Fish Festival includes the 80th anniversary celebration of the iconic Casino Building. A Saturday evening concert in the Casino Ballroom will commemorate the architectural wonder, completed in May of 1929. The Good Vibrations will be playing as a tribute to the Beach Boys. Tickets will be $19.29 to commemorate the opening year date and will include a piece of birthday cake.

Other events for the four day festival include evening Flying Fish Boat Tours aboard the Blanche W, a street fair and beer garden, a professional sand sculpture creation, free musical and theatrical entertainment, family kayak relay races, live marine touch tanks, garden tours, beach bingo, various ocean craft activities for kids, a Flying Fish Parade, Gil, the Flying Fish and Much More!

Catalina Island, with its Mediterranean charm and crystal clear waters, is located just 22 miles off the coast of Southern California and can be reached in less than one hour by boat or 15 minutes by air. For additional information about Catalina Island, including special events, accommodations, attractions, and activities, or to receive a free copy of the Catalina Island Vacation Planner, contact the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau at (310) 510-1520 or visit

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