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May 8, 2017

Explore Balboa Island

Marine Avenue, Balboa IslandVenture over the bridge onto Balboa Island and you’ll uncover a quaint, coastal gem – a Newport Beach neighborhood full of life! You’ll quickly acclimate to laid back, island life and settle into the small island situated on Newport Harbor. It won’t take long before you’re wishing that this wonderful piece of land were a place that you could call home. Storefronts line Marine Avenue, the haven of Balboa Island, and include a variety of boutique shops, coffee shops, restaurants and local treasures.

Balboa Island, CaliforniaThe sidewalks that follow along the perimeter of the Island provide a front row, dreamlike visual of the Harbor and all of the activities available to visitors. Beyond the nautical storefront designs and the bustle on a typical day on Marine Avenue, Balboa Island is home to a variety of summer activities and an extraordinary line-up of stores and attractions. In the coming months, as Balboa Island is enjoyed to the fullest by seasonal visitors and full-time residents, Marine avenue and the streets that make up this iconic location will come to life. The excitement is, due in part, to the 23rd Annual Balboa Island Artwalk and the 24th Annual Balboa Island Parade – coming soon!

The 23rd Annual Balboa Island Artwalk is coming in just a few short weeks! This beautiful, outdoor art show features over a mile of art and live music set against the incredible views of the Harbor. The event will take place on Sunday, May 21st from 9am to 5pm. The fine art show features one hundred artists exhibiting paintings , fine jewelry, blown glass, sculpture and photography. Stationed along the walk, their will be six stages featuring live music. Performing musicians include Gary Gould, Grant Peacock, The Retros, Jim Roberts, Don Ross & Rose as well as the Rick Sherman Duo. Throw on your sun hat and favorite pair of walking shoes and enjoy the amazing talent present in the Newport Beach community and surrounding areas.

Balboa Island ParadeSunday, June 4th Balboa Island will be kicking off the school years end and start of summer with their 24th Annual Balboa Island Parade. There’s no better way to experience the authenticity and fondness that exists for this Newport Beach neighborhood than to attend this beloved annual festivity. The theme for the parade this year is “Bridge to Summer Fun”. Families line the streets while uniquely decorated golf carts and floats make their way down Marine Avenue. The fun is amplified by the presence of the USC Marching Band, drill teams, local dignitaries and vintage cars. The parade begins at 11 o’clock and the party will continue on with live music and dancing after it concludes. Bring a beach chair, let loose and enjoy a day in the sun!

Balboa Island has all of the elements required for dreamy, cheerful and sun-drenched summer fun!

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Written by Haly Haigh

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