Raise Your Glass for the Catalina Wine Mixer

The "Step Brothers"-inspired par-tay returns to the fabled island with good tunes, good vibes.

What to Know

  • Sept. 21-23, 2018
  • Descanso Beach Club on Catalina Island
  • $49

QUESTION: Can you summon the spirit of the Catalina Wine Mixer, the infamous gathering featured in 2008's "Step Brothers," in any location? You can, if you've got the groovin' tunes, the perfect sips, your best pals, and a righteous outlook on life. But, honestly, if you can enjoy a Catalina Wine Mixer on its namesake island, well, shouldn't you? Answer: Absolutely. And that moment comes around each year, right as summer shakes hands with fall, and the Descanso Beach Club shimmers with the feel-good sounds of a DJ and live bands, a beer garden, a line-up of wineries, and a caboodle of activities. Is this a "Step Brothers" bash, as in the kind of festival where stars show up and various panels are planned? It is not, and yet, it is one of the "Step Brothers"-iest celebrations around, with revelers embodying the character of the quotable classic. In fact, there's...

A SCREENING OF THE FILM... to kick off the kicky revelries on Friday night, Sept. 21, at the beautiful Avalon Theatre at the historic Casino Building. Other evening-before happenings'll sprout in shouting distance of the Pacific, so check out the schedule when planning our boat ride over. Speaking of boat rides, if you go with your Yacht Rock wear and captain's hat, you'll be right in the sartorial swing. That swing'll step it up on Saturday, Sept. 22 when Tijuana Dogs and Side Deals play the smooth tunes live, a DJ spins, 30 wineries pour, a beer garden finds the fun in fancy foams, and other to-dos are to-done around the Descanso Beach Club, the heart of the party. A ticket to the Catalina Wine Mixer? It's $49. Getting over and back and making sure you're there for all the argyle-amazing goings-on? Plan now, "Step Brothers" buffs, for a festivity that can truly only take place on Catalina Island.

AND CHECK IT OUT: The brunchy good-timing continues on Sunday morning, Sept. 23, so don't stow your captain's hat before the final weekend day arrives.

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