A hidden gem is nestled in the hills of Laguna Beach, providing a beacon of culture and a spotlight for the arts. Celebrating it’s 86th year, the Festival of the Arts is returning with a full slate of summer fun. The festival will host over 140 Orange County artists from July 5th to September 1st, featuring a wide array of work that includes paintings, photography, custom printing, sculpture, and jewelry. The venue is also home of the iconic, Pageant of the Masters, which is about to kick off its 85th season.

Younger artists will be debuting their own submissions in the festival’s Youth Art Exhibition. 300 pieces will be put on display from children grades K-12. As you can see from some of the work below, all levels of artistic expression are welcome to take part, providing a standing example of diversity and inclusion. The festival is a family centered event that has something for everyone. It’s great to see a place where art is so accessible, regardless of your background.

For those who want to actively participate, the event will be hosting classes, art tours, wine tastings, and an artfully fun fashion show throughout the course of the season. Here’s a look at some of the special activities that can be found at this year’s festival:

*All events are free with admission unless otherwise noted*

  • Art and Story Time
    Mondays, 12:30pm
  • Tribute Tuesdays
    Tuesdays, 5:30pm
  • Art Talks and Tea
    Wednesdays, 1:00 PM
    Sponsored by PBS SoCal
  • Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate
    Thursdays, July 12 – Aug 30, 5:30pm

$20 additional fee for tastings
Sponsored by Charles Schwab

  • Step into the Spotlight Music Series
    Fridays, July 13 – Aug 31, 5:30pm
  • Concerts on the Green
    Saturdays, July 7, 14 & 21, Aug 4, 11, & 18, Sept 1, 1:00pm
    Sponsored by Cambria Estates Vineyard & Winery
  • Family Art Day
    Sunday, July 8, 12:00pm

Sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union

  • Festival Runway Fashion Show
    Sunday, Aug 19, 12:00pm
Some of the sample pieces that will be featured in the festival's upcoming fashion show!
Some of the sample pieces that will be featured in the festival’s upcoming fashion show!

Towards the end of each day, the Festival of the Arts will be home to the famed display, Pageant of the Masters, which features real life depictions of some of the world’s most famous art pieces. The first Pageant of the Masters, held in 1933, was a publicity campaign to promote the Festival of the Arts. 84 years later, the event stands alone and is a centerpiece of the entire festival.

An example of what can be found at the pageant is the historic WWII photo, "Flag Raising Over Iwo Jima". Volunteers, designers, and artists collaborate to produce a living representation of the art.
An example of what can be found at the pageant is the historic WWII photo, “Flag Raising Over Iwo Jima”. Volunteers, designers, and artists collaborate to produce a living representation of the art.

This year’s theme, “Under the Sun” will focus on local inspirations, including work from many of Laguna’s early artisans. Anna Hills, William Griffith, Rex Brandt, Julia Bracken Wendt, and Joseph Kleitsch are a handful of the featured artists.

Kicking off on July 7th, there will be a total of 39 performances and will be directed by Challis Davy. It’s a one of a kind experience and is something everyone should experience in person.

 

Each piece is extremely intricate, featuring work from a large array of different elements that include costuming, set painting, makeup, prop creation, and so much more. The teamwork and dedication for each pageant is astounding. Take a look at some of the images below, giving you an up close look at the work it takes to bring these living pictures to life.

You can learn all about this year’s Festival of the Arts, including pricing, special ticket offers, and full event details by visiting the event’s official site!

Advertisements
Advertisement