Pageant of the Master , Painting by Gary Ptretyman

86th Annual Festival of Arts Brings Art, Music and More to Laguna Beach July 5 – September 1, 2018

Worth the drive from Huntington Beach. And really it’s just a hop, skip and drive down the coast to Laguna Beach for The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show AND Pageant of the Masters! The Festival of Arts is celebrating its 86th year! The show will run from July 5 to September 1 and features live music, hands-on art activities, exhibitions of local student artwork and a wide variety of special events, such as Concerts on the Green and the Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate series. For a complete schedule and ticket info, visit

Festival of Arts Laguna Beach
Festival of Arts Entrance, Photo by Baldemar Fierro

For me, personally, one of the most unique summer experiences one can have in Orange County is the Pageant of the Masters, where art literally comes to life! Now on its 85th year, Pageant of the Masters is a part of Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts, in which great art is recreated in tableaux vivants – that is live models and actors (all volunteers!) are dressed in costume and makeup, and theatrically lit to recreate famous paintings. This year’s theme is “Under the Sun.”

Get a sneak peek of art coming to life in this short video I took during a media preview:

Pageant of the Masters starts on July 7th, with nightly performances starting at 8:30 pm. For tickets and information, visit

Additional Festival Information:

July 5 – September 1, 2018
Open weekdays: 12noon – 11:30pm
Open weekends: 10am – 11:30pm
Early closing August 25 at 1:30pm

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.

Passport to the Arts:
A special promotion (funded in part by Bank of America): Passport to the Arts for only $29. Includes unlimited admission all summer long to the Festival of Arts, the Sawdust Art Festival and Laguna Art-A-Fair. Enjoy works of art by more than 500 artists, 300 hands-on workshops, dozens of special events, plus a one time, all-day free parking pass with each Passport purchased. Order online at Passports also available for purchase on-site at each festival location during the summer. Offer excludes Pageant of the Masters. Valid June 29 – September 2, 2018.

The Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters are sponsored in part by
Southern California Acura Dealers, Fidelity Investments, KOST Radio 103.5,
Pavilions and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

Festival of Arts Grounds
650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

(800) 487-3378

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