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Santa Catalina Island Company will host the second-annual Shipwreck Weekend on Catalina Island. It will be held April 11-13, a three-day spring break party for the 21-plus set. An easy getaway from L.A. — as the oldie but goodie song suggests, only “26 miles across the sea” — the island goes all out for what it dubs it’s “biggest party of the year.”

The festivities officially kicks off Friday night at the Harbor Reef Patio restaurant and bar, with a live band performing a decade-spanning mix of danceable hits. The musicians will take the take the stage at 8 p.m. and will perform multiple sets. A DJ will fill in the gaps before, after, and in between. Be sure to try at least one “Buffalo Milk,” the house specialty cocktail, which was invented here in the ’70s.

The following day, guests can participate in a group treasure hunt in the afternoon at 1 p.m. Afterward, it’s back to Harbor Reef for more live music from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. At 7 p.m, a costume contest will determine who’s pulled off the best Jack Sparrow, Gilligan, Ginger, or some other island- or castaway-themed caricature.

Next up is more entertainment, drinking, and dancing at Harbor Reef. On Sunday, it’s back to Harbor Reef for a final day of revelry, with live tunes from 9 a.m.-noon. While it might be tempting to just crash somewhere on the beach near Harbor Reef (and we’re sure some party-goers will inevitably try), more realistic lodging options include the Two Harbors Campground and the Banning House Lodge. Naturally, anyone boating over can just drop anchor.

While the official events all take place on the Two Harbors side of the island, the activities are all optional, and many attendees take a break from the regularly scheduled programming to enjoy diversions on both sides of the island. Options include hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, and/or fishing. Admission is only $20 per person for a weekend pass.

For more information, visit the official website.

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