Starts off Collins Island and proceeds through-out Newport Harbor. Here is a link to the parade map.

Parade Theme: TBD

To volunteer to help with or get more information about the parade, contact Vice Commodore Douglas Green.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet on Sunday, July, 23rd at 6:30 pm.

Bridge to Summer of Fun

Come and 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!

Balboa Island Parade Video from Last Year

Parade Photos from 2016

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.

Be healthy & kick start your summer! Learn how to eat clean, be positive, stress less, laugh more, and live the life you love. It is time to take action, look fabulous, feel amazing, and reinvent YOU for 2017. This is your solution to Weight Loss, Energy, Performance, Youthful Aging and MORE! Come have fun and collaborate with others seeking balance in their lives, amazing positive energy and a healthy lifestyle.

Feel free to invite anyone who may want to join in the journey with you (kids welcome). We’ll be hosting snacks and beverages so you can get a taste of why so many are raving about our new lifestyle.

Healthy Amazing Dinner Cuisine and Drinks will be available for purchase at the world famous Village Inn starting at 6PM throughtout the evening, and as always, a full sampling of our lifestyle snacks and beverages will be provided for you on us!

Wander the island alleys in search of treasure! A fun day of enjoying the island wide garage sale with free Starbucks coffee at the Village Inn. The Village Inn will be open for breakfast at 7AM.

Balboa Craft Beer Festival

​Enjoy The 4th Balboa Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, April 1st From 12:30 to 5PM
​​Between The Beach and The Bay in Balboa Village, Newport Beach

Enjoy 35 Craft Beers From 17 Breweries
​Plus 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
​& Get The Early-Bird! Buy Tickets Here

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

Balboa Craft Beer Festival

​Enjoy The 4th Balboa Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, April 1st From 12:30 to 5PM
​​Between The Beach and The Bay in Balboa Village, Newport Beach

Enjoy 35 Craft Beers From 17 Breweries
​Plus 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
​& Get The Early-Bird!  Buy Tickets Here

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

The annual “Giant Blue Whale Migration” brings hundreds of blue whales each spring & summer to the waters off Newport Beach. Over 300 blue whales were viewed last summer 2015. Giant blue whales were once considered quite rare off southern California, but over the last seven years this has changed dramatically with hundreds of giant blue whales spotted each year. These giants of the sea reach lengths of up to 90 feet and are the largest of all animals. Along with viewing these giants view the second largest whale in the world, the finback whale which which is often seen feeding in the same areas as the blue whales. Others whale s encountered include humpback whales and minke whales. Along with whales, giant pods of common and bottlenose dolphin are also very likely with pods numbering in the hundreds to over one thousand frequently viewed. These dolphin pods come within arms reach as they play along side the whale watching ship.

Just outside of Newport Bay is the beginning of one of the largest marine protected areas in southern California created to protect this rich ecosystem for future generations. The marine sanctuary covers over 15 miles and provides a haven for all marine creatures including whales and dolphin. The marine reserve stretches along much of the Newport & Laguna Beach coastline and along with being a mecca for whale watching also offers some of the most beautiful coastline in Southern California..

Join Newport Landing’s whale watching cruises offered daily and view the largest creature on earth. Located on the Balboa Peninsula just across from Balboa Island.

Event Address
Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm Street Suite A
Newport Beach, CA 92661

Admission: $36; Special** $16 Cruise Rate with Promo Code “balboa16”
Public Information Phone:
(949) 675-0551
Daily Departure Times: 10 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm, 6 pm

The Wedge Tree Has Fallen

This is what it looks like today… so sad. After the great Lucifer storm, we are all at a loss. This was one of my favorite trees in Newport.  I watched a friend get married and countless sunsets. I enjoyed the surf when I was younger and now bring my kids here often. We can’t believe this tree has fallen…

The Wedge Tree Has Fallen

The Famous Wedge Tree

My daughter noticed instantly that “The Wedge” has changed forever…. How do you feel?

Do you have memories here? Share them below!

A large crowd gathered around the Balboa Island post office of Friday night. After 42 years with the US Post Office, Jeff Regan officially retired. He lowered the flag for his last time after overseeing the Balboa Island location for 11 years. He was surprised with the local turnout. I wish I would have known about this so I could have helped make the island residents aware of this special moment. Jeff lives on Marine Avenue and will continue to enjoy the island lifestyle.  After many hugs and congratulations, the locals celebrated at The Village Inn.

A Great Farewell For Jeff Regan... Our Post Office Manager