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Balboa Island News!

Announcement for all Balboa Island Kids: The annual Kids Sandcastle Contest will be in a week!

Registration starts at 8:30AM on August 5th, followed by the contest from 9:00AM-11:00AM located on the North Bay Front at Ruby. All contestants will get a cool participation gift and there will be prizes for all!

Coffee & donuts as well for anyone that wants to come cheer them on!

Please reach out with any questions! We hope to see you there & hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! ūüėä

– The Crossons

Yes… it’s FREE to ride anywhere on the peninsula. Tourists and locals need to know about this! They pay the operation costs by selling advertising space on the vehicles to local companies. Enjoy!

The City is launching a free transportation option on the Balboa Peninsula starting on Saturday, June 17. The Balboa Peninsula Trolley will operate each Saturday and Sunday through September 3, 2017. It will also be in service on the Fourth of July holiday. The hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Tell your friends and visitors that FREE parking is available to trolley users at the lower Hoag Hospital parking lot at Hoag Drive and Coast Highway. The trolley has 18 designated stops along the route from the Hoag parking lot to the Balboa Pier/Fun Zone area.

There will be four trolleys each day that are estimated to arrive at every stop in 15-minute intervals. The trolleys have a bicycle rack on the front (holds two bicycles), surfboards under six-feet in length can be held on board in an upright position and there is space for your beach gear or groceries too.

To learn more about the trolley, please visit their website at

My favorite time of the year on Balboa Island! Shut down Marine Ave for the annual parade and enjoy the entertainment of the locals. Scarlett, Oliver and I had a blast watching the parade and enjoying the after-party. Did you get to see the parade? Were you in it? Next year we are going to get in the lineup… I’m pretty sure that’s what Chris Crosson Sr.‚Äč was trying to tell me from his amazing Sand Castle Kit‚Äč float.

Bridge to Summer of Fun

Just one week until we get to celebrate Balboa Island at the 24th Annual Parade and Party. Music provided by the Fabulous Nomads and BIG Wednesday. Although the parade begins at 11AM, keep in mind that the bridge closes at 10:45. Come early and get some great seats. The parade is a very fun annual tradition on the island where locals enjoy hanging out and watching kids on scooters and bikes, groups of pets, old cars, golf carts, walking bananas, the USC Marching Band and soooo much more. If you see us (Steve, Scarlett and Oliver), please say hi. If you want to be in this years photo album/video, we’d love to take your pic!

Sunday, June 4th at 11AM on Marine Avenue

Balboa Island Parade Video from Last Year

Parade Photos from 2016

Just one week until our Beautiful Outdoor Art Show on Balboa Island, California. Over a Mile of Art and Live Music!

The Balboa Island Artwalk is the premier showcase for talented local artists and marks the start of Balboa Island’s summer season. The 23rd Annual Balboa Island Artwalk will take place Sunday, May 21st, 2017 from 9am to 5pm along the South Bayfront Promenade of Balboa Island. Admission is free. Mark your calendar.

This fine art show features 100 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Performing musicians include Gary Gould,
Grant Peacock, The Retros, Jim Roberts, Don Ross & Rose, and the Rick Sherman Duo. Limited-edition Artwalk posters and t-shirts will be available for purchase at Diamond & South Bayfront.

Balboa Island Artwalk 2017 Event on South Bay Front

Hi Everyone. I just added a “Community Classifieds” due to popular demand. Here you can reach 20,000 people each month. It’s a great place to post about rentals you offer, services, watercraft and moorings, local news, etc. If you or local business want to let others know about events or are hiring, great for that as well. You can also post wanted, free and lost and found ads. Hope this helps everyone! Neighbors and I thought it would be great to have an online version of our local Index Card boards! – Steve Roose


Balboa Island Community Classifieds

Would you like to enjoy a sunset view from one of the local cruises in the harbor?

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Sprinkle Sprinkle Balboa Bar

As many of you know… my kids, like most kids, love BALBOA BARS. We love them so much it inspired us to design this Balboa Bar T-Shirt. Tonight, while singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”, we decided to modify the Nursery Rhyme to fit our fun Balboa Island lifestyle and well you know, dream about Balboa Bars. It resulted in lots of giggles… Here is the original along with our modified version. We hope you like it and have lots of giggles with your kiddos before bedtime! – Steve, Oliver and Scarlett

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

Sprinkle, Sprinkle, Balboa Bar

Sprinkle, sprinkle, balboa bar,
How I wonder what you are.
Dipped in chocolate and rolled in toppings,
Down in my tummy you taste so yummy.
Sprinkle, sprinkle, balboa bar,
How I wonder what you are!

Balboa Craft Beer Festival

‚ÄčEnjoy The 4th Balboa Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, April 1st From 12:30 to 5PM
‚Äč‚ÄčBetween The Beach and The Bay in¬†Balboa Village,¬†Newport Beach

Enjoy 35¬†Craft Beers From 17¬†Breweries‚Äč
‚ÄčPlus Delicious Food¬†From The Best Local Restaurants!¬†

Sip on 35 Craft Beers On Tap From

Red & White Wines by

Balance Drinking With Unlimited Eats From

Come & Go Safely With a $50 Credit With Lyft Code: BEERFESTS


Come & Go FREE anywhere on the Peninsula Using The DownTowner App

Buy Your Tickets Before the 20th
‚Äč&¬†Get The Early-Bird! ¬†Buy Tickets Here

Thank you as all proceeds go to a non-profit!