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15 May 2019
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Things to do on Catalina Island

The island has long been a destination for music fans and vacationers will discover live music on Catalina nearly every weekend. With a wide range of musical styles and experiences, three concert events offer something for everyone.

The Catalina Concert Series has become a must-do experience for many Catalina Island visitors. With concerts spread across several months, the series provides a reason to come back to Catalina again and again. Concerts range from tributes to ABBA to original artists and from a ukulele festival to a Rolling Stones cover band.

Always free, Catalina Concert Series takes place on Wrigley Stage overlooking Avalon Harbor and bring together the whole family for dancing in the streets. A beer and wine garden is available for those who would like some over-21 refreshment and a raffle brings the excitement of winning local prizes. Upcoming concerts include:

• July 13: Tribute to ABBA – 8 p.m
• Aug 17: Tribute to Woodstick – 8pm
• Sept 1: Queen Nation – 8 p.m. 

The Catalina Concert Series is produced by The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce, The Perfect Event and Xceptional Music Company and is sponsored by a number of island businesses, including Catalina Island Vacation Rentals and Catalina Island Real Estate.

For more than three decades, Catalina’s biggest live music experience has been JazzTrax, a two-weekend extravaganza that brings some of the top names in smooth jazz to the Casino Ballroom for a festival that attracts jazz fans – and performers – from around the country. This year JazzTrax is scheduled for Oct. 10-13 and Oct. 17-20. Tickets for this event nearly always sell out and early accommodations reservations are a must.