balboa island improvement association

improving the island since 1918

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

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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".


The 2013 Balboa Island Artwalk: May 19, 2013

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.

And don't forget

Just Plein Fun, July 29- August 3rd, 2013

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.

This fine art show features artists exhibiting paintings, fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, and photography. Spectators will enjoy live music throughout the day on four stages along the walk. Performing musicians include the Retros, Don Ross Duo, Garry Gould, Rick Sherman and Alan Remington, Jim Roberts, and Grant Peakcock. Limited-edition Artwalk posters and t-shirts will be available at Sapphire & South Bayfront.

A comfortable set of walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are recommended.
Local restaurants will be open to serve breakfast, lunch, & dinner.
The OC Cruiser will be providing free shuttle service.

Please visit the website for more information and to preview the artists.

We hope you will join us for another great year of art and entertainment.

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.

Sponsor Opportunities

This year's expected attendance is around 4000 patrons, so if your planning to market your company, or just want to get involved and help out, let us know. A full PR campaign is underway and we want to include you! Please Click the links here to download these sponsor pages for the details...

Sponsor Sign Up Sheet

Sponsor Level Descriptions

If you are an Artist wishing to participate (see below) and please download an Artist Propectus or visit the Artwalk web site. Complete their form and return it to: Newport Harbor, Balboa Island

Balboa Island Artwalk
P.O. Box 5873
Balboa Island, CA 92662

ENTRY to be postmarked by MARCH 16TH, 2010 


Entry Form COMPLETELY filled out -Please print!!!  

One great photo of each type of your work to be displayed 

TWO separate checks:  Jury fee of $25. Made out to The Balboa Island Art walk. 

Entry Fee $150. Made out to The Balboa Island Artwalk. 

Self addressed stamped envelope. 

Questions 949-548-1758   

Mail to: 

Balboa Island Artwalk 
PO Box 5873,
Balboa Island, CA 92662 

  • *No show for meeting may result in loss of your assigned space. Date, time and  location of meeting will be sent to you with your acceptance notification. 
  • **Jury fee is non refundable.
  • ***Once accepted, entry fee is non-refundable. 
  • ****Photo may be used for promotional purposes 

Rain or shine. At this time, permit does not allow for a rain date. No refunds.

SPONSOR INFO (Click this link): Artwalk


The Artwalk 2013 was a great success! Congratulations & thank you to all the artists who made it a wonderful show. We would like to invite you to join in again, & to invite new artists to participate in our Balboa Island Artwalk showcasing talented local artists, and highlighting music all along the promenade. Attendance is approx. 4000 with free admission.  

The show is held on Balboa Island’s South Bayfront Promenade from Marine Avenue (over a mile of art) to Pearl Avenue. Each artist will have a space 20ft by 3ft along the sea wall.   

This is a Fine Art Show. No Crafts. This is now a Juried Fine Art Show. You need to include one great photo representing your work. Painting, Sculpture, Pottery, Glass, Jewelry and Photography. If you are planning on displaying more than one type of art, include photo of each for consideration. You can only display your own artwork.  No sharing of displays. Artist must be present. 

Notification will be by mail early April.  If accepted, you will need to attend one mandatory meeting Monday, April 30th to get your space assignment and your official Artwalk T-shirt, postcard invitations, posters and city required tax forms.  The jury fee is $25 non-refundable. The entry fee is $150.  Which includes website page with photo of your work, contact info and link to your URL; 25 invitations, 10 posters to be put up as advertising in your area, & one Official Artwalk t-shirt. Your entry fee will be returned if you are not accepted.  

All Artists must have a resale tax #and must collect sales tax to remit to the state. This number is required on your entry form. Please visit to download the form for a sellers permit if you do not already have one. (This takes approx 2 weeks).  (Sales totaling over $1000. must have a Newport Beach City License. Contact Glen from the City of NB @ 644-3144 only regarding city license.)  

All artists are responsible for their own 20ft by 3ft professional display, which may include easels, a-frames, wall panels and small tables.  

We need volunteers! Volunteers get priority in space assignment. Please let us know if you can help with public relations, sponsorships, printing or hanging banners, graphic design, invitation and poster printing, flier copies, signage (for parking and pointing way to show), mandatory meeting assistance or errands.