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Spring into Summer, on Catalina Island A Whole Season of Fabulous, Fun Foodie Things-To-Do
Press Releases
Written by Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau   
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 08:00 AM

A host of events is slated for the island kicking off this weekend with the Catalina Island Chili Cook-off followed by a wine festival in Two Harbors, Taste Around of Avalon and Avalon Restaurant Week!


5.25.19 Fourth Annual Catalina Island Chili Cook-Off

Presented by the Rotary Club of Avalon

1:00 pm

South Beach on Avalon Bay

Tickets on Eventbrite

Three different categories of judging: Judges Choice Chili, Peoples Choice Chili and People's Choice Salsa. $3,000 in prize money why not enter your prized recipe and have some fun while you're at it. Chili entry includes free entry into event.

Adults $20.00, Children ages 5-11 are $5.00 or purchase a family pass for $75.00. Children under the age of 5 are free!

Live music, food, games, raffle and more. Spend the day at the beach, have a drink, taste some amazing recipes and enjoy! Family pass includes the following: 2 adult tickets, 2 children tickets, 4 alcoholic beverages, 4 non-alcoholic beverages & 4 snack items.

Platinum Sponsors include: Catalina Art Association, Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, Catalina Island Foundation, City of Avalon, Fine Line Construction, Holiday Inn Resort-Catalina Island, Jordhal Construction, Knuckles Swimwear.

Gold Sponsors include: Catalina Island Company, Catalina Express, CatBev, Chet's Hardware, IEX Helicopters, Journey Catalina Tours, Leo's Catalina Island Drug Store, Southern California Edison, Vons Avalon.

Silver Sponsors include: Brown's Bikes, Catalina Island Brew House, Custom Catalina Meeting Planning, Catalina Island Golf Carts, Connolly Pacific, Coyote Joe's, Island Rentals Golf Carts, Lloyds of Avalon, Original Jack's Country Kitchen, Ryan's Legos, Southern Wine & Spirits.


5.30.19 Fifteenth Annual Taste Around of Avalon

Presented by the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Restaurants in Avalon, CA, including Toyon Grille, Bluewater Avalon, Antonio's Pizza, El Galleon, Avalon Grille, Afishinados and more!

Sample the latest and greatest from a wide variety of restaurants in Avalon and vote for your favorite foods. Take a break between bites and enjoy live music by The Isleños on Wrigley Stage from 6:00 pm to 8:30pm. The Isleños are a group of local boys who carve the sonic waves of Surf, Blues, and Rock music.

How it Works:
Purchase a Voting Card (1 per person)
$2 Advance purchase (May 27-May 29) at the Catalina Island Visitor Center on the Green Pleasure Pier
$3 Day of the event at the Catalina Island Visitor Center on the Green Pleasure Pier
$3 Night of the event at Wrigley Stage from 5pm to 9pm

Stroll through town & visit each participating establishment. 
Sample all of their "Tastes" (typically $1-$5 per "Taste") including:

  • Appetizers/Main Dishes
  • Sweets & Treats
  • Cocktails
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages

VOTE for your favorite "Taste" in each category. Establishments with the 4 Best "Taste" Winners are awarded $100 each! Tasters that turn in their completed Voting Cards are entered in a bonus drawing with a chance to win a $50 Catalina Island Gift Certificate.


5.31.19 - 6.6.19 Seventh Annual Avalon Restaurant Week

Presented by the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

Now in its seventh year, some of Avalon's most popular restaurants are ready to dish up mouth-watering food during Avalon Restaurant Week.  Join us for a foodie celebration from Friday, May 31st through Thursday, June 6th to indulge in a variety of specially created prix fixe menus. Come out and Taste More of Avalon!

Lunch $10, $15, $20
Dinner $20, $30, $40


6.1.19 Eighteenth Annual Two Harbors Summer Wine Festival

The Catalina Island Company and Rotary Club of Avalon are pleased to present the 18th annual "Summer Wine Festival," a tasting extravaganza featuring the finest in local and imported wines!

Taking place from 1-4pm on the beach in beautiful Two Harbors, Catalina Island, the Summer Wine Festival has become one of Two Harbors most popular events. Complete with a silent auction, live music, complimentary appetizers, and unlimited tastings of all of our participating wineries, this is an event you won't want to miss. 

Tickets are just $45 per person and are now on sale! This event will sell out, so don't wait!


Monument Trails Bring World-Class Mountain Biking to State Parks
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Written by Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism   
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 06:00 AM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Monument Trails, a collection of destination mountain biking trails merging world-class riding with architecture, art and nature, are set to open in several Arkansas State Parks starting in June 2019. 

Monument Trails take an adventure-minded approach to trails while ensuring accessibility for riders and hikers of every skill level.  Through extraordinary and varied mountain bike riding, innovative build techniques by some of the nation’s best trail builders, and the unique terrain and topography of the Arkansas State Parks, Monument Trails will be truly special. 

Catch Music to My Beers Fest in Pearland May 18
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Written by Visit Pearland   
Saturday, May 11, 2019 06:00 AM

Pearland, TX - This is the first-ever music and craft beer festival to highlight independent craft breweries south of Houston,. Enjoy a day for tasting craft brews, jamming to live music, eats from delicious food trucks, outdoor games and just a celebration of fun and community! FREE ADMISSION, $5 beer tickets

Live Music Takes Center Stage at the Lake of the Ozarks This Summer
Press Releases
Written by Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks   
Tuesday, May 07, 2019 06:00 AM

Lake of the Ozarks, MO - For great times and great bands, there's no better place than Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks this summer.

On any given day during the summer months, visitors will have no trouble finding live music at nearly any of the 200 restaurants and nightspots as well as the area's most popular resorts and entertainment complexes at the "Best Recreational Lake" in the Nation. Many venues around the Lake of the Ozarks feature up-and-coming local musicians as well as bigger names in the business. What's better than enjoying some delicious food, refreshing beverages, stunning Lakeside scenery and toe-tapping tunes with friends or family?

Lee County, FL May 2019 Happenings
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Written by Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel   
Sunday, May 05, 2019 06:00 AM
  • Kayak Tour with GAEA Guides at Royal Palm Park
  • Nature & Sea life cruise in Tarpon Bay
  • 'Native Gardens' at the Florida Repertory Theatre
  • Cruise to Tarpon Lodge and Calusa Indian Mounds
Check It Out! Chapel Hill/Orange County May Happenings
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Written by Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau   
Sunday, May 05, 2019 06:00 AM
  • Hillsborough Spring Garden Tour
  • Art in the Garden
  • Carrboro Day
  • UNC Graduation Weekend
  • Bloom Fest
  • Freight Train Blue Series

...and so much more!

May Happenings in North Little Rock, AR
Press Releases
Written by North Little Rock CVB   
Friday, May 03, 2019 06:00 AM
  • Cinco de Mayo in North Little Rock
  • Stay at the #1 Hampton Inn in the World
  • Invasion of the Parrotheads
  • Wild River Country opens May 25
  • North Little Rock's "newest" boutique inn, The Baker, opens in Argenta

And so much more...

The Magic of Merry Hill Farm
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Written by Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau   
Wednesday, May 01, 2019 06:00 AM

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. Why not have it in a landscape that, even by the lofty standards of North Carolina, will astound you. That’s Merry Hill Farm, a one-of-a-kind destination to begin the rest of your life. It feels like a manicured paradise, but it’s not too far from the twin charms of Chapel Hill and Mebane, minutes from I-40. The centerpiece is a classic, two-story white farmhouse, furnished with elegant antiques and shining chandeliers. There’s a balcony porch overlooking inspiring countryside views. It could not be more romantic.

It’s owned by Lynne Holtkamp. She’s an Orange County native, attorney, and the mother of her business partner, Grace. She sat down with us recently to tell us about the farm.

Exodus Donates on Behalf of Partners for Travel Agent Appreciation Day
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Written by Exodus Travels   
Wednesday, May 01, 2019 06:00 AM

Toronto, Canada. May 1, 2019: In honor of Travel Agent Appreciation Day, leading adventure tour operator Exodus Travels is working with women’s health organization The Freedom Kit Bag Project to bring eco-friendly sanitary wear to underserved communities across Nepal – and donating a Freedom Kit Bag for every booking made in the US and Canada throughout May 2019. 

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