The fun continues at Festival of Arts with weekly events, July 9-14

Festival of Arts (FOA) is excited to share the upcoming events at the Festival of Arts Fine Arts Show from July 9-14.

Highlights include the return of Family Art Day on July 14, featuring wildlife-themed activities and performances, Concerts on the Green and the new Spotlight on the Music of Hope Blue Piano series with Josh Nelson (July 13). Coming up next week is a Paint and Sip Class (ages 21+) and build your own tropical Tiki Head for adults and teens, and there are many Youth Art Classes including Ceramics – Create a Pinch-Pot Head.

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Family Fun Day 2023

Special Events Schedule

Sunday, July 14, 12-3 p.m.

Family Art Day

Cost: Free with $15 Festival Admission. Children 5 and under receive free admission all summer long.

Join the Festival of Arts for a wild good time as Family Art Day returns with a fun new animal-twist! The Festival’s Art Center, sponsored by Bank of America, will be buzzing with wildlife-themed art activities, including an animal anime clay sculpting class with Bowers Museum. Families will have the opportunity to meet feathered, furry and other fantastically fun critters from OC Reptile Zoo, Priceless Pets Rescue, Raptor Events LLC and the OC Beekeepers Association. You won’t want to miss Orange County Aerial Arts taking to the stage for a special aerial performance or the chance to get an airbrush tattoo – it’ll be a real hoot! Limited space is available.

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133 Band – 2023 FOA concert

Nightly Music Schedule

Tuesday, July 9, 5:30-7 p.m.

Performer: 133 Band

Cost: Concert is free with $10 Festival Admission. Limited nightclub seating available in the reserved section for $30 per person per concert, with a $5 per person service charge applied to all orders. Includes admission to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Reservations must be made prior to 9 p.m. the night before the performance.

Laguna’s greatest musicians have come together to form the fabulously popular 133 Band. 133 includes Nick Hernandez, Poul Petersen, Steve Wood, Beth Wood, Jason Feddy, Richard Bredice, Alan Deremo and Frank Cotinola. They all sing, are solo artists or play in bands or both; some teach privately and are veterans of big-name rock gigs. Always a great, fun time for locals and visitors alike, the 133 Band performance is a memorable one.

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Kay-Ta Crypto String Society

Wednesday, July 10, 5:30-7 p.m.

Performer: Kay-Ta Crypto String Society

Cost: Concert is free with $10 Festival Admission. Limited nightclub seating available in the reserved section for $30 per person per concert, with a $5 per person service charge applied to all orders. Includes admission to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Reservations must be made prior to 9 p.m. the night before the performance.

Osaka (Japan)-born guitarist Kay-Ta has supported/performed with artists ranging from pop/R&B artists like Grammy Winner Lalah Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson, Jody Watley, Amerie & Chante Moore; contemporary jazz artists like Jackiem Joyner, Keiko Matsui and Michael Lington to Jazz Fusion artists like Japanese drum prodigy, Senri Kawaguchi.

Friday, July 12, Time: 5:30-7 p.m.

Performer: Tremendous Tributes Music Series with The Cream of Clapton Band

Cost: Concert is free with $10 Festival Admission. Limited nightclub seating available in the reserved section for $30 per person per concert, with a $5 per person service charge applied to all orders. Includes admission to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Reservations must be made prior to 9 p.m. the night before the performance.

Endorsed by the man himself, family, friends and bandmates, celebrate Clapton’s record-breaking “24 Nights” at The Royal Albert Hall in 1991. Very special guests include Eric Clapton’s bass player, Nathan East and legendary drummer Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr/David Lee Roth), who will join founding members Will Johns (Clapton’s nephew) and Noah East (Nathan’s son) on stage.

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Concerts on the Green with Grace Kelly

Saturday, July 13, 1-2:30 p.m.

Performer: Concerts on the Green with Grace Kelly

Cost: Concert is free with $15 Festival admission. Limited “nightclub” seating available in reserved section for $60 per person per concert, with a $5 per person service charge applied to all orders. Includes admission to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Reservations must be made prior to 9 p.m. the night before the performance.

An unequivocal musical prodigy, singer-saxophonist-songwriter-composer and band leader Grace Kelly has rocked the jazz world with sold-out concerts, 14 acclaimed albums and a resume that includes performing at the Hollywood Bowl as well as being part of the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – all before reaching her mid-20s.

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Josh Nelson

Saturday, July 13, 5:30-7 p.m.

Performer: Spotlight on the Music of Hope Blue Piano series with Josh Nelson

Cost: Concert is free with $15 Festival admission. Limited nightclub seating available in the reserved section for $45 per person per concert, with a $5 per person service charge applied to all orders. Includes admission to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Reservations must be made prior to 9 p.m. the night before the performance.

Music series sponsored by City of Hope Orange County and Yamaha.

Pianist, composer and recording artist Josh Nelson maintains an active and creative schedule. He has performed and recorded with some of the most respected names in jazz and beyond, including Natalie Cole, Ivan Lins, Anthony Wilson, George Mraz, Jeff Hamilton, Walter Smith III, Dayna Stephens, Eddie Daniels, Gaby Moreno, Sinne Eeg, Richard Galliano, Michael Buble, Benny Golson, Sheila Jordan, Greg Hutchinson, John Clayton, John Pizzarelli and Lewis Nash.

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Paris Chansons

Sunday, July 14, 5:30-7 p.m.

Performer: Wow…That Girl Can Sing Music Series with Paris Chansons

Cost: Concert is free with $15 Festival admission. Limited nightclub seating available in reserved section for $45 per person per concert, with a $5 per person service charge applied to all orders. Includes admission to the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Reservations must be made prior to 9 p.m. the night before the performance.

Paris Chansons is an exciting French band with an Eastern European gypsy twist! Recently featured on the French news, they are known for their original renditions of French favorites from Aznavour, Dassin, Piaf, Macias, Adamo and Dalida, all the way to contemporary artists like Zaz.

Youth Art Classes

Friday July 12, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Youth Art Classes: Collage Boxes

Cost: $25 per person, per class

Using a box as their canvas, students will find meaningful images to design a collage. They’ll also add a touch of color with paint before finishing off the project with a bit of bling! By the end of the class, your child will have a beautiful and personalized box that they can treasure for years to come. Sign up now and let your child discover their artistic potential! Open to children ages 5-12. Reservations are required. Classes are held in the Festival’s Art Center, presented by Bank of America.

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Youth Art Classes: Sculptures

Saturday, July 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Youth Art Classes: Sculptures

Cost: $25 per person, per class

In this class, your child will learn the basics of sculpting by creating their own animal from scratch. They’ll explore the different types of clay and learn how to use sculpting tools to create different effects on their sculpture. Continue the fun at home when you get to bake your creation in your oven or come back to glaze next week. Open to children ages 5-12. Reservations are required. Classes are held in the Festival’s Art Center, presented by Bank of America.

Teen and Adult Art Classes

Thursday, July 11, 8:30-10 p.m.

Adult Art Classes: Paint and Sip (21+)

Cost: $50 fee per person, per class

Uncork your creativity at the Festival of Arts! This series provides the perfect combination of artistic expression and relaxation, making it an ideal way to spend an evening with friends, family, or even on your own. With a glass of your wine in hand, their experienced instructor Nikita Young will guide you step-by-step through the process of creating a beautiful work of art. You’ll be surrounded by a warm and welcoming atmosphere, as well as the beautiful artwork from the fine art show that serves as the backdrop for the classes. At the end of the night, you’ll be amazed at what you’ve accomplished – and even more thrilled to take home your very own masterpiece! Whether you choose to display it in your home or give it as a gift to someone special, you’ll be reminded of the wonderful memories you created during this wine and painting class. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled workshop. All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included. Reservations are required. Must be 21+ to participate. Classes are held in the Festival’s Art Center, presented by Bank of America.

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Teen & Adult Art Classes: Watercolors

Friday, July 12, 3-5:30 p.m.

Teen & Adult Art Classes: Watercolors

Cost: $45 fee per person, per class

Discover the magic of watercolor painting at the Festival of Arts! Whether you are a beginner or an experienced painter, their expert instructor will guide you through the techniques and principles of watercolor painting. In this class, you will learn about design, value, color, composition and various other methods to create stunning watercolor paintings. You will have the opportunity to explore your creativity and develop your own style while also receiving personalized feedback and instruction. Experience the beauty and versatility of watercolor painting! Ages 13 and up. Classes are held in the Festival’s Art Center, presented by Bank of America.

Friday, July 12, 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Adult Art Classes: Prints and Pinots (21+)

Cost: $50 fee per person, per class

If you’re looking for a creative and fun way to spend an evening, their Prints and Pinots class is the perfect choice. This unique class combines the art of printmaking with the pleasure of enjoying a pint of beer or a glass of wine. Under the guidance of their experienced instructor Vinita Voogd, you’ll learn the basics of printmaking and create your own unique prints using a variety of techniques. The classes are designed to be fun and social, with plenty of opportunities to chat with your fellow students and make new friends. You’ll be surrounded by a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and you’ll have the chance to create a beautiful work of art to take home with you at the end of the night. Whether you’re a seasoned printmaker or a beginner, their Prints and Pinots class is the perfect way to explore your creativity and have a great time while you’re at it. So why wait? Sign up today and discover the joys of printmaking.

All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included. Reservations are required. Must be 21 or older to participate. Classes are held in the Festival’s Art Center, presented by Bank of America.

Saturday, July 13, 3-5:30 p.m.

Teen and Adult Art Classes: Tiki Heads

Cost: $45 fee per person, per class

Build your own tropical Tiki Head! Learn how to create and decorate with clay. Reserve your space early, as these classes do fill up. Glazing is an optional next step for your ceramics piece. Come in one week to create the piece and come in the next to add color by glazing it. Ages 13 and up. Classes are held in the Festival’s Art Center, presented by Bank of America.

Sunday, July 14, 3-5:30 p.m.

Teen and Adult Art Classes: Art of Comics

Cost: $45 fee per person, per class

Express yourself through the art of comics. Illustrator and comic artist Joe Rocco will teach you how to create your own mini comic. This dynamic, fun class will walk first-time comic artists through various themes and styles to develop your own short story and illustration. All skill levels are welcome. Traditional materials will be provided; students are welcome to bring their own digital tablet if preferred. Ages 13 and up. Classes are held in the Festival’s Art Center, presented by Bank of America.

General Festival Information:

July 3 – August 30

Monday – Thursday: 4-11:30 p.m.

Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Early closing August 24 at 1 p.m.

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 invites to exclusive events and other VIP perks. Membership starts at $50. To view the membership levels and for more information, visit www.foapom.com/support/membership.

Passport to the Arts for only $29. Includes one-time admission to the Festival of Arts, the Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair. Enjoy works of art by more than 500 artists, hands-on workshops, dozens of special events, plus a one-time, all-day free parking pass with each Passport purchased. Passports are available for purchase on-site at each festival location during the summer. Offer excludes Pageant of the Masters.

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 go to www.lagunafestivalofarts.org.


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