Is there an age requirement to get in like over 21 years old?
No, all ages are welcome.
What’s the Weather like on the Island in October?
Think Southern California and then think Southern California Beaches in the Fall.
So, the weather patterns on the beaches and on the Island in October?
Usually Indian Summer. 75 degree Days. 65 degree Nights.
How do people dress for this festival?
Well, what’s different about this festival is there is An Afternoon Session and an Evening Session. Afternoons are very very casual. Shorts are very acceptable and T-Shirts in the afternoon, especially if it’s a warm day. At night people tend to dress a bit more Casual Nice. Nice Shirt and Long Pants. Real Fancy Dancy attire is a bit unusual. Although once a lady arrived in a see through dress. We kicked her out, but we waited about an hour first. Just remember in terms of footware and sandals in the afternoon, you are climbing 6 ramps to get UP into the Casino Ballroom that sits on top above the Casino Theater overlooking the Harbor and Ocean.
How do you get to the Island?
Catalina Island sits 26 miles off the Southern California Coastline.
Google Shuttle Services from your airport to Catalina Express Boat Terminals.
Transportation in Avalon on Catalina Island
Avalon is 1 square mile. Most everything is walkable.
There are Golf Cart rentals but on an hourly rental rate. You cannot rent a cart overnight. Hamilton Cove Villas come with a private golf cart for your entire stay. Golf carts are licensed vehicles and the primary mode of island transportation. All California Vehicle Laws apply. PEOPLE DO GET ARRESTED FOR DRUNK GOLF CART DRIVING. SAME PENALTY AS DRUNK DRIVING IN A CAR.
NO OPEN ALCOHOL CONTAINERS ARE PERMITTED ON AVALON STREETS OR BEACHES. YOU WILL BE ARRESTED.
Where do you stay?
Avalon is filled with Quaint Hotels and Rental Houses.
There is also a campground called Herman’s Gulch. Bit of a walk or Taxi it.
Catalina Island Vacation Rentals has the largest array of Hamilton Cove Villa’s and in town Condo and Rental Houses. Other than perhaps airfare, accommodation costs are the biggest expense of this festival as the majority of festival goers arrive on Thursday or Friday and stay for the extent, 3 to 4 days. Some stay 10 days and take in 2 consecutive festival weekends. The BIGGEST way to cut accommodation costs is to come with another couple or other friends. Splitting the cost of a Rental House or multiple bedroom condo. You are in the Ballroom and out to eat more than in your hotel room.
Where do you eat?
Hamilton Cove Villas have full kitchens as do many condo’s and rental houses in town. There are 2 VON’S Grocery Stores and 2 Liquor Stores. Avalon is filled with many quaint restaurants serving from breakfast to Dinner. Get munchies late at night. Hot Dog Stand across from C.C. Gallagher’s stays open perhaps till midnight and another Stand behind The Locker Room Bar.
There is Food to Order during the JazzTrax Festival in the Avalon Ballroom. Salads, Fruit, Pizza’s, Wings, Deserts and FULL BAR. No outside food or drink allowed inside except Bottles of Wine and Champagne with Corkage Fee.
Full Food Service till after Midnight at Saturday Night JazzTrax Festival After Party at Descanso Beach and Full Bar Service.
Highly Recommended to make Dinner Reservations before festival 7 p.m. (fri. 7:30 p.m.) JazzTrax Festival start times as everyone is trying to dine before Evening Concerts begin.
How do you get tickets for the festival?
Over 70% now order tickets On-Line using no live operator.
On-line you can see the seating chart and see EXACTLY which seats or tables are still available. Click and you own those seats or tables immediately. Unfortunately because we can’t be at the whim of people Constantly changing their schedules, there are no refunds once purchased.
Or you can call 866-TRAX TIX. 866-872-9849. Push 9 to immediately Order tickets or punch through the voicemail options and listen to full details and artist line-ups. Tickets are almost always available for each session At the Casino Box Office. Occasionally Saturday Nights sell out as the weekend arrives. The recession has knocked things down a bit so no session has completely sold out lately, but there are no guarantees.
You can order tickets ahead of everyone, or reserve your same seats for next year through the Pre Ticket Order form in the festival program which is also available in late September on-line.
Full Series Tickets go on sale Friday of Thanksgiving Weekend on-line at www.JazzTrax.com and by phone 866-TRAX TIX • 866-872-9849.
Single Session Tickets go on sale Friday of Memorial Day Weekend.
Whatever is left from Club Seating is released to Single Session Sales in late September. If you click Single Session Seating Chart and see Tables and Club Section appearing to be Sold Out, chances are some of those are still available if you click Full Series Chart.
Can I See and Read the Festival Program on-line?
Yes. When it is published in mid September. Also see and read previous year’s festival programs. When you arrive at the JazzTrax Festival you can take as many copies of the festival program home as you’d like. They are free. If you are interested in purchasing an ad in the JazzTrax Festival programs contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to ask more Questions about the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival?
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Will I meet the performing artists?
If you stand in line after each concert you probably will.
What are some ways I can cut the cost of attending this event?
Best way to vastly diminish your costs is to come with another couple and split the overnight accommodation costs by renting a multiple bedroom rental house, condo or Hamilton Cove Villa through Catalina Island Vacation Rentals.
You can also cut costs with a rental house or condo that has a kitchen.
Also book early. Hotel costs will stay the same but you’ll get less by booking later. The best hotel rooms are purchased early by those who come to the Island every year and know which hotels give you the best and the most for you’re your money.
Who created this event? And when?
Art Good created the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival in 1987.
What makes this festival different than others?
The JazzTrax Festival is the Grand Daddy of all Contemporary Jazz Festivals. It was the first to be exclusively Smooth Jazz.
It’s on an Island.
It offers 5 Festival Sessions. 10 full length Concerts each of 3 consecutive weekends.
15 sessions and 30 concerts and 40 different stars of smooth jazz over 3 weekends.
What does this festival offer that no other festival offers?
The choice of 3 different weekends.
Chance to stay on an Island for 10 consecutive days encompassing
A Thursday Night Unplugged Concert as a preliminary to each festival weekend. Seemingly in the middle of nowhere, on the far side of the Island, at the Wrigley Ranch (moving to Descano Beach in 2011).
Do some festival goers actually attend multiple weekends?
Do some actually stay for 10 consecutive days, capturing 2 festival weekends?
A couple from London and several couples from Milwaukee arrive on Friday and check in for 10 days. They buy 2 full weekends of JazzTrax and a Wrigley Ranch Ticket in between and make it a 10 day Island vacation.
During the festival weekend you are constantly going to the Ballroom for concerts and into town for meals and to Descanso Beach for the Saturday Night After Party into the wee hours. Or late nights each night at the Hot Brand New Avalon Grille.
If you add extra week nights and all week in between festival weekends you’ll be amazed how relaxed you’ll get. High Speed Internet is available everywhere to keep you in touch with your office at home.
What else is there to do in Avalon and on the Island beyond the festival itself?
Lots……………………or Nothing. Whichever you prefer.
Tours…..Inner Island Tours to the Airport in the Sky and Beyond
What is the history of Catalina Island?
Google this and get a whole lot more, but Indians originally lived here.
Who lives here?
There is a small year round population including a local High School
Spencer Davis of The Spencer Davis Group (‘Give Me Some Lovin’)
What is it’s basic economic source?
Is there television, radio, internet in Avalon?
Former Mayor Ralph Morrow (still a CouncilMan)
Radio is Los Angeles Radio. Anything you get in L.A. you’ll get on the Island. Especially FM since it straight line of site across only 26 miles of ocean.
Full Internet service. Your hotel might offer it free. Otherwise connect to the local pay WI FI service. Hamilton Cove is pretty much per owner on rental units.
Cell Phone service?
Iffy at Hamilton Cove. Try going out on the end of the ocean boat dock
You should get full cellphone service in the village.
What if I just won the lottery or sold ahead of the recession and want to BUY a place in Avalon?
Try Catalina Island Vacation Realty. www.CatalinaVacations.com
What if I want to sail to the Island?
Avalon on the south and the Isymus on the Island’s northern end are the Primary Sailing Destinations for all Sailboats, Power Boats and Yachts of Southern California from Santa Barbara to San Diego. Check with the Harbor Master for a mooring. Mooring Owners have 1st call on their moorings, but from there there is a nightly charge. All handled through the Harbor Master. Many with boats arrive on Wednesday or Thursday to guarantee a mooring. There are moorings alongside Descanso Beach and Hamilton Cove, but The protected Avalon Harbor is obviously first choice.
What if I get sea sick and can’t take boats?
Island Express offers helicopter service from San Pedro and Long Beach. Takes about 13 minutes each way. Airport in the Sky can handle your small private plane. You then taxi or shuttle the 45 minutes down into Avalon.
Can I come for just l day?
JazzTrax has Many Day Trippers, especially by those who live in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and San Diego Counties. It takes just 1 hour for the main ocean crossings. 90 minutes from Dana Point. Catalina Express has constant ferry’s all day beginning as early as 6 a.m. with a Late Boat Back to Long Beach after final performance, Around 11:30 p.m. on festival Saturdays and Sundays.
What is this Thursday Nights Unplugged at the Descanso Beach?
This early arrival evening event Thursday Nights before each October JazzTrax Island Weekend was begun at the Wrigley Ranch on the far side of the Island in 2004. In 2011 it moved to Descanso Beach, on the Ocean, right on the beach, at the newly remodelled Descanso Beach Club. A Star of Smooth Jazz performing in an even more intimate location than even the Avalon Ballroom. Just 500 seats outdoors, mere steps from the waves. Club Section is Paired Chaise Lounge seats right in front of the stage which sell quickly.
Private Cabana’s seating 4 persons. And a section of folding white chairs in between. With the concert ticket drastically reduced from The Wrigley Ranch because you simply walk up the boardwalk from town to attend. There is an optional dinner you can purchase at Descanso Beach Club or simply dine in town before coming to the concert which starts at 7:30 p.m.
Best of all, when you wake up Friday Morning....you’re already in Avalon with an entire day to relax, explore before the Ballroom concerts Begin Friday Night at 7:30 p.m.
If I fly in from outside the area…..what are my logistics?
Shuttle or Rental Car from one of the Airports listed above.
If I’m driving to catch a boat…what are my logistics?
Again add an hour to the time you are expecting it to take.
It’s okay to get to the boat dock early.
Do most people come for the day or for the weekend?
Majority of festival goers come for the entire weekend, many arriving for Unplugged at the Wrigley Ranch on Thursday, waking up in Avalon Friday Morning with a full day to relax before the concerts begin Friday Night in the Avalon Ballroom, but there are also many DayTrippers who take the 1 hour boat to the Island and return to the mainland the same day catching just the afternoon session or catching an afternoon and an evening session, taking the late boat back to the mainland with the final band.
What is this After Party at Midnight on the Beach?
Each Saturday Night of October’s JazzTrax Festival after the final performance we party on the beach into the wee hours of Sunday Morning. No Ticket Required as DJ Jonathan Phillips spins dance tunes at Descanso Beach. It’s just a 5 minute walk up the boardwalk along the ocean from the Avalon Ballroom in the Casino. Full Bar and Full Food Menu served until usually 1:30 a.m.
Where can I eat out while at the festival?
Avalon has a tastey variety of Restaurants.
Is there a grocery store? Can I cook in my rental house or rental condo?
There are 2 Von’s Grocery Stores and 2 liquor stores.
What is Hamilton Cove?
A private community that seems to almost hang over the ocean off the side of the Island, just to the North of the Casino. Catalina Island Vacation Rentals has the largest volume of Rental Villa’s here.
Where do I go to find accommodations in Avalon?
Do I need a car once I get there?
Is there a bank on the Island? ATM machines?
Does the festival take credit cards?
What’s the policy on food and drinks being brought in or what is offered?
No outside food or drink can be brought in.
What’s the policy on camera’s? video? Recording devices?
Personal digital cameras are allowed, but no flash is allowed towards the stage during performance. No full size professional cameras.
What is the Seating Set-Up.?
It is ALL Assigned Seating. By purchasing a full series ticket you own that SEAT or Table Seat all weekend. Or you can purchase a Single Session Ticket. Table Seating is opened up to single session as each Weekend approaches. Most Table Seating sells out to full series ticket purchase. Some back of room Table Seating is opened earlier in summer to single session.
The Main Ballroom Floor is all Theater Style Chairs.
Tables circle both sides and the back of Ballroom and are elevated slightly over the ballroom foor.
2 Seat Hi Topper Tables
Did I hear there’s a bar inside the festival with a TV for baseball play-offs and football games?
You heard correctly.
Baseball takes first priority, but if there is no baseball play-off game, NFL football will be on this TV. Sometimes we have 2 TV’s so baseball AND football can be on at the same time. This prevents fanatics from having to watch from their hotel rooms or in town bars and miss concerts.
Are the artists cd’s sold?
The JazzTrax Store on the Casino Mezzanine sells the current CD of all 40 Stars of Smooth Jazz performing during October’s 3 weekend JazzTrax Festival AND many other of the Top Brand New CD’s released this year.
Festival Merchandise is also sold here from T’s long sleave and short, to the official festival poster, and likely festival cpas and coffee mugs and possibly polo shirts too. At this time festival merchandise is only sold at the festival and not on-line. Almost all, if not all the peeforming Artists come down to the Autograph Counter next to the JazzTrax Store to sign your copy of the CD immediately after performance. We actually HOLD the last boat of the night on Saturdays and Sundays to give final artist time to sign and still be on that last boat. It doesn’t depart Until we KNOW the closing artist and their band is on board. Friday Night’s Closing Band and Thursday Night Unplugged Artists have to stay on the Island overnight.
Where in Avalon is the actual festival held?
Thursday Nights Unplugged Concerts are now held right alongside The ocean at Descanso Beach in an intimate 500 seat beach venue outdoors.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday Concerts are all in the Avalon Ballroom in the historic 1929 Casino William Wrigley built at Ocean’s Edge.
Saturday Night’s After Party is at Descanso Beach.
What should I be aware of?
Drinking and driving a golf cart. All California Laws Apply.
Having too much fun!
Any More Questions?