Day Trip to Laguna Beach’s Summer Art Festivals

Located just a half hour north of San Clemente, Laguna Beach’s bustling art scene and adorable downtown provide the perfect excuse to drive up the coast. Visit before the end of August to participate in three art festivals: the Festival of Arts with its acclaimed Pageant of the Masters, the Sawdust Art Festival, and the Art-A-Fair Festival.




Festival of the Arts and Pageant of the Masters


Open daily through August 31, 2015

Pageant begins nightly at 8:30 p.m.

Wander through an open-air gallery while contemplating fine art from 140 of Southern Orange County’s top artists. Stay for the 90-minute Pageant of the Masters, which poses real people to look exactly like classical and contemporary works of art.


Sawdust Festival


Sawdust Art Festival


Open daily through August 30, 2015

This celebration features more than 200 local artists, many of whom are onsite to share their passion for creativity. The glassblowing demonstration is a perennial favorite, and your kids will have a blast making their own masterpieces at the Children’s Art Booth.




Art-A-Fair Festival


Open daily through August 30, 2015

Meet artists from around the world, learn about their inspiration, and purchase art pieces for your home. For a hands-on experience, learn to paint at one of the summer artist workshops, which feature live instruction for beginning through intermediate level artists.


Travel Tip

You can purchase a Passport to the Arts for $23, which gives you unlimited admission to all three festivals, one-time free parking on Laguna Canyon Road, free shuttle service, and discounts at local attractions and restaurants. Go to www.lagunabeachpassport.com for details. Note that the Passport to the Arts does not include tickets to Pageant of the Masters, which vary in price depending on where you sit.