Open now and through until the end of the month, the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts has served as showcase for artists and art lovers for 85 years. One of the oldest art festivals in the country, this high-acclaimed juried fine art show includes a wide variety of media including painting, printmaking, photography, jewelry, sculpture, handcrafted wood and furniture, glass, ceramics and more. Taking place from early July through August every year, the festival features more than 100 of Orange County’s finest artists with special events taking place every day. Here is just a sampling of the events taking place at this year’s festival.
Art Talks and Tea
Every Wednesday at noon, you can join in one of the Art Talks and Tea events. During these talks, you get to participate in the fascinating and informative discussions with artists while enjoying tea. These talks provide participants with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the work at the festival. These talks are free with General Admission to the festival.
Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate
Every Thursday at 5:30 pm, the festival will host an Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate event. Participants have the opportunity to sample a variety of Kendall-Jackson wines selected to be compliment and enhance the flavor of chocolates from XAN Confections. The event takes places in the festival’s casual and classy outdoor setting where participants can also enjoy the soulful sounds of jazz played by live musicians. The cost for the wine and chocolate pairings is $20 in addition to the cost of festival admission. The concerts themselves are free.
Festival Runway Fashion Show
Taking place on Saturday, August 12 from noon until 3:00 pm, the Festival Runway Fashion Show gives participants the opportunity to see what is “in” and what is “out” as festival artists complete to create the most inspired works using reused, reclaimed and recycled materials. The fully-produced show will also feature celebrity hosts and judges. The show is free with price of admission to the festival.
A variety of different youth programs will also be available throughout the event, including those that focus on wax painting, marbeling, printmaking, making birdhouses and much more. Be sure to check with the festival’s website to see a full list of the many different events that will be taking place throughout the month of August.
General Admission to the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts is $8 on weekdays and $12 on weekends. Students and seniors are admitted for $5 on weekdays and $8 on weekends. Passes for unlimited admission are also available for $24. This pass provides unlimited admissions to Laguna Art-A-Fair, Festival of Arts and Sawdust Art Festival, which gives you access to more than 500 artists and their artwork, over 300 hands-on art workshops, more than 200 musical performances and dozens of special events and artist demonstrations. The pass also grants one-time free parking at Act V parking lot on Laguna Canyon Road and free shuttle service. The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts takes place at 650 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.