balboa island improvement association

improving the island since 1918

about biia - visit and see what we are about and who our leaders are... see the links below...

RENTALS - Whether your renting, buying, or just staying a day or two... see the links below...

Destinations - Here are just some of the greater destinations on the island... see the links below...

Shop & Dine - Activities are in abundance here on the island. Learn more about us by selecting from the links below...


about balboa island - Activities are in abundance here on the island. Learn more about us by selecting from the links below...

Maps and travel - balboa island -whether your flying, driving, or walking, here are the maps that can get you there...

Events - balboa island - Has Several Annual Celebrations - Make sure you catch one of these...

Find out more about the BIIA or read our Bi-Monthly Newsletter to See Whats Happening... See links below...

Welcome to Balboa Island, CA

This is the Balboa Island Improvement Association's guide to Balboa Island. This guide offers listings of accommodations, activities, activities, maps, and travel information. Hopefully, this guide shall assist our visitors in enjoying the best of what Balboa Island has to offer. Stop by and stay a while, and see why many refer to this beautiful island as "The Host of the Coast".

 

Events & ACTIVITIES on Balboa Island, California

Balboa Island has several activities and events throughout the season and this year is no exception. Visit the Event Directory. This list shows some of the events taking place this year ; more will be added as they are announced and full details will be published as soon as they become available. It is advisable to check local papers and tourist offices to ensure you don't miss any of the local events off-Island as well!

Welcome to Balboa Island :

History of Balboa Island - Come see what made this historic island great.

About The balboa island improvement association

In 1918 the Balboa Island Improvement Association was started (and is still going strong). The BIIA was a strong motivating force in working with the City on bulkhead repair, ferry service, a sewer system, water, gas, electricity, paved streets and sidewalks, and street lighting.

Blue are BIIA Sponsored Events; Red are Third Party Sponsored Events

Ongoing Activities by various BIIA committees:

Maintenance of: Street-end flower pots; Doggie Bag dispensers; flag pole, information sign and gardens near Main Bridge entrance; flags and potted flowers on Main Bridge plants & flowers at Fire Stateion, Post Office and Little Island Bridge entrance; holiday light display at south end of Marine Ave; advertising bulletin boards at Dad's Donuts & Coldwell Banker; distribution by members of the BIIA newsletter; ISLAND BRIDGE, greeting new residents of the island; awarding garden-of-the-month, and pot-of-the-month.

9-Jan 2014

Board Meeting 7:00 PM Board Meeting, Location TBA
8-Feb 2014 Pancake Breakfast (Awards) 8:00 - 10:00 AM

Come and enjoy a tradition of syrup, Pancake Breakfastsalutations, and serenity with the Islands Traditional Pancake Breakfast. Here the Parade Awards are handed out.

Last Year's Highlights Here

20 - Feb 2014

General Membership 7:00 PM Conference Facility at Beek Park

13-Mar 2014

Board Meeting 7:00 PM Location TBA

17-Apr 2014

Board Meeting 7:00 PM Location TBA

15-May 2014

Board Meeting 7:00 PM Location TBA
17-May 2014 Balboa Island Art Walk 9-5 am

This year's event will feature over 90 artists exhibiting original oil paintings, acrylics, watercolors, glass, ceramic, sculpture, jewelry and photography along the South Bayfront of Balboa Island.

The Balboa Island Artwalk is the premier showcase for talented local artists and marks the start of the Island's summer season. Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, the Artwalk will take place on Sunday, May 20th, from 9am to 5pm along the South Bayfront Promenade of Balboa Island. Admission is free.

Details Here

22 - May 2014

General Membership 7:00 PM Conference Facility at Beek Park
01-June 2014 Balboa Island Parade 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM

The Annual Balboa Island Parade has been a twenty year tradition.New this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Parade will be an ‘After Parade Party’!  There will be music and activities in the 100 block of Marine following the Parade. An Island tradition filled with Children on Bikes, Island Dogs, Decorated Golf Carts and Floats, Vintage Cars, Keystone Cops, Drill Teams, Marching Bands, Local Dignitaries and much more! It’s the Island Way of Welcoming Summer to ALL ! So come on down to Marine Avenue and join us for a special day with Family, Friends, and Fun Our bridge closes at 10:00 am , so get here early

Previous Year's Highlights Here

12-June 2014

Board Meeting 7:00 PM Location TBA
21-June 2014 Pancake Breakfast (Awards) 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Come and enjoy a tradition of syrup, salutations, and serenity with the Islands Traditional Pancake Breakfast. Here the Parade Awards are handed out.

Last Year's Highlights Here

17-July 2014

Board Meeting 7:00 PM Location TBA
28 - July to Aug 2 2014 Just Plein Fun Sunrise - Sunset "The Debra Huse Gallery is proud to presentthe seventh annual Just Plein Fun. Thirteen award-winning artists will paint scenes on beautiful Balboa Island, California from July 30th - Aug 4th while the public watches. This unique plein air invitational is a must-see and fun for the whole family!
1 - Aug 2014 Brush Off Contest 4:00 - 6:00 PM On August 1st, there will be a "Brush Off" on Marine Avenue from 4-6 pm. Watch as the artists compete to capture the Island charm and enjoy live music while the artists paint. The show will open at 6:30 that evening with an artist reception and awards presentation at the Debra Huse Gallery.
2 Aug 2014 Sandcastle Contest 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Join our budding sculptures in a contest of sand and salt out on the beach for the annual Sandcastle building contest.

14 - Aug 2014

Board Meeting 7:00 PM Location TBA
6 - Sept 2014 Island Dinner 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Taste of Balboa Island Dinner - Taste of Balboa Island. Click Here for Highlights of last year. BIIA is having the first Taste of Balboa Island, an annual end of summer event on Sat. Sept. 7 from 5-7pm at the Balboa Island Park by the Ferry. Come if you can.

11 - Sep 2014

General Membership 7:00 PM Conference Facility at Beek Park

9 - Oct 2014

Board Meeting 7:00 PM Location TBA

13 - Nov 2014

Annual Membership Meeting (Elections) 7:00 PM Conference Facility at Beek Park
22 - Nov 2014 All-Island Decoratinig 8:00 AM Join our Retailer and Residents alike in bring in the Christmas Cheer by Decking the Halls! Light judging is on Dec 14 & 15
26 - Nov 2014 Christmas Tree Decorating 3:30 PM Xmas Tree Deocrating; Need Volunteers to Decorate
14 - Dec 2014 Holiday Event 4:00-6:00 PM

Sunday, December 2, 2014
4:00-6:00 p.m. Balboa Island Fire Station at Marine and Park Avenues. Cider, Cookies and
SNOW FOR THE KIDS
Santa and Mrs. Santa arrive at 4:00 p.m. Tree lighting and caroling at dusk
Fire Station - Marine Avenue and Park Avenue Cider, Cookies, Pocorn and Candy. Snow to Play In.  Christmas Caroling and a chance for the “little people” to visit with Santa Claus who is schuedule to drop by for a visit.

See (Last Year's Highlights) Photos by Bill Stewart of Bill Stewart Realty

12 - 14 Dec 2014 Balboa Island Home Decoration Contest Judging Evening Hours This is it, the chance to let your Xmas Spirit be recognized!
14 - Dec 2014 Holiday Home Tour 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

A day that features eight of Balboa Island's beautiful homes, interior designs, and holiday decor. 11am to 4pm. Refreshments in some stores will be available and remember to check out Marine Avenue for your Holiday shopping.

Tickets are $25.00 and available at the following stores: Even Sisters, Island Home, Martha’s Bookstore, Persimmon Tree, and The Gift Box. 

3 - Jan 2014 Take Down Holiday Decorations 8:00 AM Remove Holiday Decorations

 

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Adopt A Pot

We love to keep Balboa Island Beautiful and we want a "walk around the Island to be an enjoyable experience for all!" A great way to help and be a part of it is is to "Adopt-A-Pot". If you are interested, just give me a call! Betty Christy (714) 315-9808.

Anytime Garden of the Month

See our bi-monthly Newsletter for photos and descriptions of the Island's Gardens of the month. We have visitors from as far as Europe who come regularly to tour our Island and view our beautiful gardens.
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Balboa Island Museum and Historical Society

329 1/2 Marine Ave. Balboa Island, CA
OPENING Nov. 1: Wed, Fri, and Sat 10 am to 2pm - Admission Free (949) 675-3952

Wednesday, 11 am - 12 Noon

Wednesday, 11 am - 12 Noon
Fun at Pirates Cove, 2 - 5 year olds
Newport Harbor Nautical Museum
(949) 673-7863 X 105 Carol Davis

Click here for more info.

 

 

 

Events on The Island

Balboa Island has several activities and events throughout the season and 2012 is no exception. Hotels and pubs provide music and entertainment in high season and at weekends. Visit the Event Directory. This list shows some of the events taking place this summer; more will be added as they are announced and full details will be published as soon as they become available. It is advisable to check local papers and tourist offices to ensure you don't miss any of the local events!