Balboa Island Museum Newport Beach has a full menu for 2022

By Peter Weitzner

Balboa Island Museum Newport Beach is coming off a highly successful 2021, when it brought back its live events, and added one new annual celebration – the “Fun Zone Festival,” which drew 300 guests to an amusement park-themed evening at the Pyle family’s newly owned venue on Balboa Peninsula.

“Great way to end the year…great turnout…terrific venue,” said Museum President Emeritus, Shirley Pepys. But now, on to the new year.

The Museum celebrates its fourth year in 2022 at its prominent Marine Avenue location.

Pepys & Co. are preparing a full menu of onsite and offsite events as well as new exhibits at 210B Marine Ave. and satellite locations including the Newport Beach Public Library and John Wayne Airport.

Here’s what’s on tap for the beginning of the year.

Balboa Island Museum Lam family

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Photos courtesy of Balboa Island Museum of Newport Beach

(L-R) Wing Lam with his parents Lee Cheong Kwong (Cheong Lee) and Lee So Ching, who opened Shanghai Pine Gardens on Balboa Island in 1969. 

–February rings in the Year of the Tiger with a Lunar New Year Exhibit and members event honoring restaurateurs Wing Lam (Wahoo’s Fish Taco) and Cheong Lee and family (Shanghai Pine Gardens). The exhibition, on display throughout the month, will showcase the history of the Lam family, who immigrated to Balboa Island from Mainland China.

–The first Sunday Supper of 2022 is February 20 at 5 p.m. Cost is $30 which includes dinner and wine (courtesy of Ciao) with desserts by Christine. There will also be a raffle. Tickets are available online and at the Museum Store. Go here to register.

Balboa Island Museum veterans

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Balboa Island Veteran Bill Stewart (back row, left) and fellow WW II vets at an OC Fair & Event Center’s Heroes Hall recent event

Vietnam Veterans Day is Tuesday, March 29. The Museum’s “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” invites all veterans, family and friends for coffee and donuts at 9 a.m. It is providing Vietnam Veteran lapel pinning celebrating the day. The museum, led by WW II Vet Bill Stewart, continues its project to recognize every Balboa Island Vet. The registry of close to 200 Veterans can be found at

–A new AirCal Exhibit is coming in March. The airline had a storied 20-year run from 1967-1987, ultimately sold by General William Lyon and businessman George Argyros to American Airlines. AirCal introduced the first regular, nonstop flights to San Francisco International from John Wayne Airport.

–Spring will bring an update to the Kids Exhibit.

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Balboa Island Museum Umbrellas

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“Celebrating Our Local Artists” – Umbrella Art Installation at Balboa Island Museum Newport Beach. The gallery changes out about every quarter.

Balboa Island Museum is open daily and located at 210B Marine Ave., Balboa Island. For more information, visit

Peter Weitzner is the co-producer of “The Golden Age of Newport Harbor.”