Sawdust Art Festival’s 48th annual summer show in beautiful Laguna Beach
An all inclusive artistic experience for the whole family
Starting on Friday, June 27, 2014 and running until Sunday, August 31, 2014, more than 200,000 visitors are expected to attend Southern California’s most popular summer art festival. Open daily, the hours of operation are from 10am to 10pm. Once held on a vacant lot along the Pacific Coast Highway, today, the Sawdust Art Festival has become a 9-week event that is dedicated to educating the public and promoting the art created by more than 200 local Laguna Beach artists.
Location and grounds
Since its humble beginnings in a vacant parking lot, the Sawdust Art Festival has found a much more suitable home. Located at 935 Laguna Canyon Road, just a few miles east of the Pacific Ocean, the scenic setting is a delightful place to visit.
Three acres of eucalyptus trees line the festival grounds. Pathways and trails are lined with sawdust and wood chips. Artists display their works in a network of small wooden booths that wind their way around the grounds. Stop by for a demonstration of glass blowing techniques or other equally skilled artistic creations. Feel free to talk with the artists/vendors who love to share their stories whether or not you decide to buy any of their art.
Fill up on food and drink
The Sawdust Art Festival is run by a non-profit organization and the atmosphere is always relaxed. While you may not get a gourmet meal, you can get snacks, sandwiches, salads and other light fare at any of the four outdoor cafes. Stop by the saloon for a tall, cold, and refreshing glass of lemonade or ice tea.
Music and entertainment
While you are walking around the grounds, you may hear a familiar Willie Nelson tune being sung by a country artist or a live jazz band filling the air with a tribute to Dave Brubeck. The Festival is more than just a place to shop for art and buy handmade crafts. Whether you are walking by the waterfall, enjoying an ice cream cone, or listening to music, the time will just fly by.
Take a class
In addition to displaying the fine art and crafts of the local artists, you have the opportunity to try your hand at creating your own personal art. Classes are available for young and old alike. Most classes are free with paid admission, but you may be charged a fee for materials. The Festival has three venues for classroom instruction. If you would like to come home with a ceramic bowl created with your own two hands, sign up for a class in the ceramic center. Kids have their own special place called the Children’s Art Spot and you can get instruction in oil painting or water colors in Studio One
If you come with kids
If your kids start to get a little restless and want to take a break, why not hop on over to the beach and let them play in the sand and splash in the surf. If you have not seen all the displays or you are waiting for the musical act to take the stage, get your hand stamped so you can come back later and get back in for free.
Laguna Beach is a beautiful part of Orange County and a wonderful place for art. If you have never been to the Sawdust Art Festival, you are missing out on one of the really fun things to do in Southern California. Once you go, you will want to come back again.