87th Annual Festival of Arts kicks off July 5 

The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show will celebrate its 87th year July 5 through August 31 here in Laguna Beach. Live music, hands-on art activities, exhibitions of local student artwork, and a wide variety of special events round out one of southern California’s favorite outdoor summer festivals.

The Festival of Arts is sponsored in part by Southern California Acura Dealers, Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5, San Diego County Credit Union, and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

The Festival has been rated one of the top festivals in the nation and each year hosts 140 of Orange County’s most talented artists. Recent accolades include PC Register’s Best Place to Buy Original Art, Art Fair Calendar’s Top Five Art Fairs in the West, and Top 5 Art Festival in the nation voted by USA Today readers.

“Avid art collectors and festival-goers will have an outstanding variety of fine art to browse and purchase as they walk among the artists displays,” says Marketing and Public Relations Director Sharbie Higuchi.

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Patrons enjoying art at the Festival of Arts Laguna Beach

The Festival of Arts is a professionally juried fine art show featuring a diverse selection of artwork including paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and more from artists around Orange County. Since opening in 1932, thousands have shown and sold their artwork at the Festival and many have their work featured in the private collections of leading art collectors, celebrities, and museums around the world.

In addition to the variety of artwork, the Festival of Arts offers a wide range of daily activities that the whole family can enjoy. The calendar includes nightly live music, guided art tours, art workshops, and a weekly series including Concerts on the Green (sponsored by Cambria Estates Vineyard and Winery) and Art, Jazz, Wine, and Chocolate (sponsored by Charles Schwab). Several special one-day events will return this year, including the very popular Festival Runway Fashion Show and Family Art Day.

Fascinating and informative discussions with the Festival of Arts exhibitors will be held every Wednesday during Art Talks and Tea (sponsored by PBS SoCal). For families, Art and Story Time is a weekly series for children 5 and under. Every Monday will feature a different children’s book read aloud and a hands-on art project, along with special surprise visits from illustrators, book characters and more. Back by popular demand, weekly music series Tribute Tuesdays and Step into the Spotlight on Friday nights will return to the Festival of Arts entertainment lineup for 2019.

“Looking back at the original Festival of Arts in 1932, there was something for everyone to enjoy. That tradition continues today,” said Higuchi. “With beautiful art, nightly live music, workshops for all ages, and unique events, the Festival is truly a full arts experience.”

For more information, including the schedule of events and tickets, visit www.lagunafestivalofarts.org or call (800) 487-3378. 

Festival of Arts Grounds is located at 650 Laguna Canyon Rd.