Festival of Arts brings art, music and more to Laguna Beach July 3 through August 30

One of Southern California’s most beloved summer attractions, the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show, returns July 3 through August 30. Set in the vibrant arts destination of Laguna Beach, this annual event continues to captivate and inspire audiences with a stunning showcase of creativity and talent from local artists. In addition to the artwork on display, guests can enjoy daily live entertainment, art classes, special events and more. The Festival of Arts is sponsored in part by Volvo Cars, City of Hope Orange County, Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club and KOST Radio 103.

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Festival of Arts features 120 exhibiting artists

Taking center stage at the Festival of Arts are the 120 exhibiting artists, showcasing their talents at the fine art show during its two-month summer season. This professionally juried art exhibit features a diverse selection of artwork, including paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewelry and more, all crafted by artists from across Orange County. Since its inception in 1932, the Festival has served as a platform for thousands of artists to showcase and sell their creations, with many pieces finding their way into the private collections of esteemed art collectors, celebrities and museums worldwide.

Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to engage directly with the artists, gaining insight into their inspirations, techniques and creative processes. Interactive art classes (sponsored by Bank of America), live demonstrations and guided art tours (sponsored by PBS SoCal) further enrich the visitor experience, fostering a deeper connection between the creators and their audience. For a comprehensive list of the 2024 participating artists, click here.

During the two-month summer season, the Festival of Arts hosts daily live concerts and a variety of event series, sponsored by City of Hope Orange County and Yamaha. After making their debut at South Coast Plaza, The Music of Hope continues at the Festival of Arts all summer long. City of Hope’s blue “Hope” piano will be prominently featured on the Festival’s stage, honoring everyone whose lives have been touched by cancer. As part of this partnership, the Festival introduces Spotlight on the Music of Hope Blue Piano on select Saturday nights, showcasing talented musicians who will enrich the lives of community members through this uplifting concert series.

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Attendees mingle at FOA 2023

On Sunday, July 14, the ever-popular Family Art Day returns with an exciting new animal theme featuring creature-inspired art projects as well as furry and feathered special guests! For the adults, Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate (sponsored by Charles Schwab and Cambria Estate Winery) provides the perfect atmosphere to pair wine, chocolate and smooth jazz amongst an unmatched gallery setting.

According to Sharbie Higuchi, Festival of Arts marketing and PR director, “The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show has something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re an art aficionado, a music lover, or simply looking for a fun artful experience – the Festival has it all.”

Event Information:

Special Events:

For a complete list of special events, click here.

Free with admission unless otherwise noted.

Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate

Thursdays, July 8 – August 26, 5:30 p.m.

$25 additional fee for tastings

Sponsored by Charles Schwab & Cambria Estate Winery

Tremendous Tributes Music Series

Fridays, July 12 – Aug 29, 5:30 p.m.

Concerts on the Green

Saturdays, July 6 – Aug 17, 1 p.m.

Spotlight on the Music of Hope Blue Piano

Saturdays, July 6 – Aug 10, 5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by City of Hope Orange County

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Festival of Arts features a variety of art experiences

Wow…That Girl Can Sing! Music Series

Sundays, July 7 – Aug. 25, 5:30 p.m.

Family Art Day

Sunday, July 14, 12 p.m.

Festival Runway Fashion Show

Sunday, August 18, 12 p.m.

Art & Fashion Affair Gala

Saturday, Aug. 24

Separate ticket required

Art Workshops for Everyone (Presented by Bank of America)

For schedule and reservations, click here.

Creativity runs wild at the Festival’s Teen and Adult Art Classes where students will make their own masterpieces under the instruction of professional artists. ($45)

Uncork your creativity Thursday nights at Prints and Pinots or Friday nights at Paint and Sip Classes. Create a work of art with easy-to-follow instruction by Festival artists and enjoy complimentary wine or beverage. Must be 21 and up. ($50)

Friday through Sunday, the Festival hosts Youth Art Classes, art classes for children ages 5-12. Classes include sculpture, mixed media, painting and much more. ($25)

The Festival Art Center will be open weekdays from 4-8 p.m. and weekends from 12-8 p.m. for hands-on artistic fun. Reservations are not required, so drop in anytime.

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Art Tours (Presented by PBS SoCal)

Free art tours are held Monday through Thursday at 4:30 p.m. and Friday through Sunday at 12 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Meet the artists and learn firsthand about their techniques through discussions and artist demos.

Special Exhibits

The Festival’s Junior Art Exhibition, sponsored in part by the FOA Foundation, California First Leasing Corporation and Mark Porterfield of Laguna Beach, comprises nearly 400 pieces of artwork from Orange County school children (grades PK through 12). The quality of art represented in the exhibit will astound art lovers of all ages.

The Emerging Artists Exhibit provides a valuable opportunity for local college-level art programs in Orange County to showcase their students’ artworks and expose them to the workings of a world-class juried art festival.

Support the arts by purchasing artwork from the Art-to-Go Exhibit themed “Art-To-Go, Head-To-Toe” donated by Festival artists with proceeds benefiting The Artists Fund at the Festival of Arts.

Dining Options/Gift Shop

Terra Laguna Beach is the on-property dining destination and focuses on California cuisine with sustainable food practices and utilizes farm-stand fresh ingredients and artfully crafted meals. For reservations, call 949.494.9650.

Intermission by Terra is a grab-to-go concession stand where patrons can purchase food to enjoy on the Festival grounds.

The Festival of Arts boutique-style gift shop is the perfect place to find T-shirts, art books, posters and many other items to remember your visit.

General Festival Information

Dates and Times

July 3 – August 30

Monday – Thursday: 4-11:30 p.m.

Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Closed July 4. Early closing on August 24 at 1 p.m.

Ticket Information

General Admission: Weekdays $10, Weekends $15

Students & Seniors: Weekdays $7, Weekends $11

Children 6-12: Daily $5

Free Admission for Children 5 and under, Military and Laguna Beach residents.

Festival of Arts membership:

Upgrade your summer by becoming a Festival of Arts member. Members receive free admission to the fine art show for themselves and a guest all summer long, plus invitations to exclusive events and other VIP perks. Membership starts at $50. To view the membership levels and for more information, click here.

Sponsors

The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by Volvo Cars, City of Hope Orange County, Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club and KOST Radio 103.5.

Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

For Information and Tickets

Call 800.487.3378 or visit www.lagunafestivalofarts.org.


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