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“Giant Blue Whale Watching Winter 2015. Enjoy $16 Whale Watching Special”
Giant blue whales were once considered quite rare off Newport Beach, but over the last five years this has changed dramatically with hundreds-thousands of giant blue whales spotted each year.  Over 1100 giant blue whales were viewed from May-October with multiple blue whales sighted during one whale watching cruise, a regular occurrence.  Along with viewing blue whales, finback whales (second largest whale) are also frequently viewed as well as the smaller minke whales.  Humpback whales and even killer whales are also possible during the summer and fall months. Giant pods of common and bottlenose dolphin are also very common with mega pods numbering a thousand or more dolphins quite frequent as well and amazing to witness.
Join Newport Landing’s whale watching cruises offered multiple times daily from Balboa Penisula in Newport Beach and view the largest creatures on earth.

Phone 949-675-0551
Address 309 Palm Street Suite A Newport Beach Ca 92661.
Times 10 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm, & 6:00 pm daily. (2 1/2 hour whale watching cruise)
Price $16 Whale Watching Cruise Special
Website http://www.newportwhales.com,
Offer http://www.newportwhales.com/newport_beach_whale_watch_offer.html

Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 3:00pm-7:00pm
The Balboa Island Wine Walk
Saturday May 30, 2015
3:00 - 7:00 pm

Attendees will receive a commemorative wine glass with a map to all participating venues to sample world-class wine at 15+ venues, taste scrumptious food samples & enjoy special menus at Balboa Island restaurants.Each tasting site will have a designated wine bar area set up for wine walk guests along with entertainment & of course amazing fine wines. As guests stroll & shop they will be surrounded with wine country ambiance, live entertainment delicious cuisine & other fun event activities. We encourage guests to walk, bike, carpool, cab or use promo code: BALBOAWINEWALK take LYFT to event for free! Please don’t drink and drive - There is limited street side parking available & it is not guaranteed.
Tickets: $40 in advance / $45 day of event.*Pre-Sale Tickets NOW Available!
Exclusive VIP Tickets: $75
The Balboa Island Wine Walk is a new local wine & culinary event taking place annually in the spring & fall that is fun & supports the community! Enjoy fine wines fine from world-class to small, local boutique wineries poured in various designated wine bar tasting locations on Marine Avenue. A portion of the event proceeds benefit the Balboa Island Merchant’s Association. Marine Avenue shops & restaurants are open to the general public of all ages during the wine walk & those under 21 may attend the with adult supervision & sample cuisine. You must be 21 to purchase wine tasting tickets. Tasting areas are unrestricted, but, wine is NOT permitted outside of designated areas. The wine & culinary tasting is available only to those with tickets, official wine glass & valid event bracelets. Scroll down to view merchant list of participatig wine tasting venues. 

2015 FEATURED FINE WINES: (Partial List) - Ancient Peaks Winery Boisset Collection Cecchetti Wine Company Delicato Family Vineyards Educated Guess Napa Valley Guarachi Wine Partners Hug “O” Sparkling Wine J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Kobrand Fine Wine and Spirits Raeburn Fine Wines Ranchita Canyon Vineyard Rolf’s Wine St Francis Winery & Vineyards St. Supery Vineyards & Winery Swanson Winery The Hess Collection Trinchero Family Estates

Celebrate Balboa Island Day
“Anchors Aweigh”
Sunday June 7, 2015
11 am - 2:00 pm

It’s that time of year again on Balboa Island, and on behalf of the Balboa Island Improvement Association we would be honored to have you participate in the twenty-second annual “Celebrate Balboa Island Day”.
This year’s theme is “Anchors Aweigh” and the parade will be on Sunday, June 7, at 11:00 AM (you will need to be at the staging area, next to Union Bank on Bayside Drive, by 9:30 AM).  The parade organizes on Bayside Drive, crosses over the Balboa Island Bridge, travels down Marine Avenue and ends at the fire station - approximately two and one-half blocks.
We’re following the same procedures as last year.  The deadline for entries is Saturday, May 9.  There will be a Selection Committee to review all entries and respond to you by Saturday, May 16, regarding the acceptance of your entry.  Please provide a brief description of the entry.  This is the information the Emcees announce as the parade passes them.  Any unique information about the entry or its’ participants is appreciated.  Additional comments can always be added later if necessary.  Included with this invitation to participate is an entry form and guidelines for judging entries.  To maintain the community fun and spirit of the parade, political activity or commercial advertising of any kind is prohibited.
Since the ‘After Parade Event’ was such a huge success last year, we’re continuing it, so plan on staying around after the parade.  There will be music and activities in the 100 block of Marine Avenue following the Parade.  More details to come.
Awards will be presented at the All Island Pancake Breakfast at the Beek Center, Saturday, June 20, 2015.
Check your schedule for availability and let us know at your earliest convenience if you will be available to participate this year, and we hope you will.  If you have any questions, call 949 673-2281 or e-mail:  .
Look forward to seeing you and having you participate in this year’s fun!
FOR ENTRY GUIDES AND APPLICATION PLEASE CLICK HERE: 2Entry_Guidelines2015.doc3Entry_Form2015.doc

Saturday June 20, 2015
11 am - 3:00 pm
A Light Lunch will be Served!
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the following options:
By Mail: Balboa Island Museum PO Box 147, Balboa Island, CA 92662 or on the Day of the Tour at the Museum 331 Marine Avenue, Balboa Island, CA 92662
Cost: Members - $25.00

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The American Legion 4th of July Boat Parade
California’s largest and one of the nation’s most well - established Patriotic boat parade, Newport Harbor Christmas Boat parade. The boat parade sees over 100+ vessels cruise through the harbor of Newport Beach, CA
When:: Saturday, 4th of July, 2015
1 pm - 5 pm
Where: Newport Harbor/Balboa Island
Price: Free!
American Legion Yacht Club
The parade will form at 12:30 off Collins Island (see Parade Map enclosed). The Harbor Patrol Fire Boat, followed by the VIP Boat, will lead the parade. The parade will begin promptly at 1300 (1:00 pm).

Saturday July 5, 2014
STARTS AT DARK - 9:00 pm
The only Legal Fireworks in Newport Beach!!!
We love our houses here on Balboa Island and would prefer that they don’t burn down - so PLEASE don’t bring any fireworks to the Island - there is plenty to see at the Dunes!!!


7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Mary Hardesty Realty Presents the Balboa Island Artwalk
Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Beautiful Outdoor Art Show on Balboa Island, CA,
Over a Mile of Art & Live Music!

The Balboa Island Artwalk is the premier showcase for talented local artists and marks the start of the Island’s summer season. Celebrating its 21st Anniversary, the Artwalk will take place on Sunday, May 15th, 2016 from 9am to 5pm along the South Bayfront Promenade of Balboa Island. Admission is free. 
This fine art show features 100 artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Spectators will enjoy live music throughout the day on five stages along the walk. Performing musicians include the Retros, Don Ross Duo, Garry Gould, Rick Sherman and Alan Remington, Jim Roberts, and Grant Peacock.  Local restaurants will be open to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The Balboa Island Artwalk is presented by Mary Hardesty Realty and sponsored by the Balboa Island Improvement Association. 
Please visit http://www.balboaislandartwalk.info for additional information.