This Smooth Jazz Festival In Southern California Has Been Going Strong Since 1987
By Natasha Kayes|Published September 20, 2023
I was born and raised in sunny Southern California and will never tire of the West Coast, although I spent several years living in Southeast Asia, about as far from California as you can get. Wherever I am in the world, I love straying from the beaten path, experiencing local life, and discovering hidden gems - camera in hand. The beach is my happy place and when I am not there (or writing), you will usually find me baking, watching movies, and cuddling my pugs. I have traveled around the country and around the world, and it never, ever gets old. Being able to combine my passion for travel and my love of writing is nothing short of a dream.
Just a few miles off the coast of Los Angeles is the delightful Catalina Island, a perfect destination for a day trip or a weekend getaway. It is also home to a long-running festival that has been a fall highlight since 1987. In fact, this unique setting makes this jazz festival on Catalina Island a truly unique experience every music lover should have on their bucket list.
There is nothing like a little island time, and this jazz festival on Catalina Island just takes it to a whole new level! Find detailed festival information, including tickets, on the JazzTrax website. For festival-goers who plan to visit the island for just one day, or who spend the weekend but need to be home by Monday morning, the Catalina Express ferry will offer a late-night trip back to the mainland at 11:30 p.m.
If you plan to spend an entire weekend on Catalina, enjoying the festival and exploring the quaint seaport village of Avalon (which I highly recommend!!), consider staying at one of the festival-supporting hotels such as the elegant Hotel Metropole.
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