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Catalina Island Museum Presents Gary Miltimore Retrospective and Oktoberfest Celebration Among Programming in October

Catalina Island Museum announces a full lineup of events this October, welcoming visitors with a variety of culturally enriching activities to enjoy throughout the month.

Opening October 2 as part of its Annual Fundraising Extravaganza "The Art of a Rose," the museum presents Gary Miltimore: Water and Color. Highlighting Miltimore's connection to the sailing/yachting community and his colorful, often irreverent sense of humor, the exhibition marks the first-ever retrospective of the famed artist's and sailor's work. Featuring selections of his fine art maritime oils and watercolors, his commercial prints and several half-model yacht graphics, Gary Miltimore: Water and Color is a tribute to his life and to the adventurer's spirit that can be experienced in each of his paintings.

The museum offers a bit of Bavarian culture in the heart of Avalon with Oktoberfest on October 15 from 6 to 9 pm. The family-friendly event features live music by Hammerstein, an authentic Bavarian polka rock band, the traditional singing of the schnitzelbank (both the German and Catalina Island versions), brats with all of the fixings, free giveaways, an Oktoberfest-themed art project for kids and German beer for adults. In the true spirit of Oktoberfest, guests are encouraged to B.Y.O.S. (Bring Your Own Stein) to enjoy a drink and to be entered into a raffle and dress in your finest lederhosen and dirndls. Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members and $10 for children ages three to five. To purchase tickets visit,

Inspire the next generation of museum visitors and bring the whole family together for Catalina Island Museum's Family Free Day on October 31 from 10 am to 5 pm. Visitors can enjoy the museum's collection and special exhibitions in addition to a family art project offered in the Hinchliffe Family Atrium from 11 am to 3 pm. Up to two adults may each claim a free ticket when accompanied by a visitor age 17 or younger. Each adult free ticket must be used on the day of the event.

Catalina Island Museum remains committed to the health and wellness of museum guests, employees, and the surrounding community. Enhanced safety measures have been put in place including increased frequency of cleaning services and disinfecting all high-touch surfaces, and the addition of hand sanitizing stations. The museum encourages visitors to pre-purchase tickets and to use credit or debit cards for transactions. Catalina Island Museum is operating in accordance with the most current guidance from State and local health agencies.

The Catalina Island Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and closed on Mondays. For more information about Catalina Island Museum, visit To stay connected, follow the museum's social media platforms @CatalinaMuseum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


About Catalina Island Museum

The Catalina Island Museum offers the best in art and history exhibitions, music and dance performances, lectures by guest speakers from all over the world, and the finest in silent, documentary and international film. The museum is located in the heart of Avalon at 217 Metropole Avenue. For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414 or at its website:


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