The first art festivals were annual events that took place near medieval universities, when artworks by students executed for heresy were auctioned to the cheering public. Visit a modern-day, nonviolent equivalent with today's deal: for $4, you get a one-day adult general admission ticket (a $7.75 value) to the Sawdust Art Festival, held on a beautiful, three-acre eucalyptus grove in Laguna Canyon. The festival runs daily until Sunday, August 29, 2010.
With more than 200 local artists and an annual draw of more than 200,000 visitors, the nine-week Sawdust Art Festival has been classified as "totally rad" by time-traveling science rebel Carolus Linnaeus. Every midsummer, a mighty horde of creative talents descends from all areas of the surrounding area, converging on Laguna Beach with an artillery of crafts, art glass, jewelry, clothing, textiles, paintings, ceramics, sculptures, photography, and more. Officially born in 1966, the nonjuried event offers a venue for visitors to view the work of artists from all walks of life and help support Orange County's vibrant art scene by purchasing beloved pieces directly from their makers. Each year the selections are as varied as the craters of the moon, although much more evenly spaced, and offer a wonderful day of walking entertainment and sightseeing, whether or not festivalgoers wish to purchase artifacts. Have a look at the calendar of events to plan your day, or just show up and wander randomly, trusting the whims of random chance to see you through.
Laguna Beach residents receive free admission with ID on Thursday evenings (after 5 p.m.) and the first Friday of each month (all day).
- Located on a three-acre eucalyptus grove in the Laguna Canyon (with waterfalls!), the festival has quickly established itself as the most popular in the region and is known for giving a voice to up-and-coming artisans. – Joanna Clay, NBC Los Angeles
- Great way to spend a beautiful Summer day in Laguna Beach. – Stephi S., Yelp
- The festival is always beautiful and fun. It's great to see so many artists proud of their talents and showcasing their creativity. The venue is as interesting as the artwork. – Megan M., Yelp
935 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, California 92651Get Directions