Arrive Early and Enjoy the Festival Art Show!

Laguna Beach is a popular summer destination which leads to increased traffic and full parking lots. The best way to avoid the stress? Arrive early!

There’s plenty to see and do at the Festival Art Show before the Pageant. Peruse the art show, create art in our workshops, enjoy a glass of wine, dine at one of our restaurants and enjoy a live concert!

Plus, we’re only 5 minutes walking distance from downtown Laguna Beach.

Dress Appropriately

Although you might think sunny and warm Laguna Beach weather, be prepared for the temperature to drop when the sun goes down. We’d suggest bringing a blanket or sweater with you or purchasing one from our gift shop.

What to Bring

Many patrons who return annually to the Pageant bring these items with them to enhance their experience:

  • Binoculars
  • Jacket or blanket
  • Seat cushions

You may also rent binoculars and seat cushions on site. Jackets and blankets are available to purchase at our gift shop next to the front gates.

Theater Etiquette

As a courtesy to our volunteers and the surrounding audience, please refrain from talking during the performance. Silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones, beepers and watch alarms. If you need assistance during the show, please go to your nearest usher or security guard. Be polite to all fellow patrons and Festival/Pageant staff.

Photography

No photography or audio/video recording of any kind are permitted during the Pageant.

What Not to Bring

Items that are prohibited and should be left at home include:

  • Candles
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Laser pointers
  • Personal furniture including chairs and tables 

See a complete list in our House Rules.

Purchasing Artwork

Found a piece of art you love? Wonderful! If the artist is there, you can purchase directly through them or speak with our art sales consultant located in the Festival’s gift shop next to the front entrance.

Take an Art Tour

Get the most out of your visit by taking a free exhibit tour! Our friendly Festival docents will take you on a fun and informative walk through the fine art show. Offered twice a day Monday – Friday at 11am and 3pm and Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 4pm.

Art Workshops

The Festival of Arts offers daily drop-in workshops in the Art Center from 11am to 8pm. Printmaking and mixed media workshops are free. Paint a pot at our raku ceramics workshop starting at $25. Our helpful art instructors will walk you through each step. Want to dive deeper into the creative process? Sign up for one of our art classes!

Activities for Kids

The workshops in our Art Center (see above) are open to all ages. During the week, parents can also sign their children up for our Youth Arts Education classes at 11am and 1pm. For the little ones, join us Mondays at 11am for Art & Story Time with activities for children 5 and under. Please keep in mind, a parent or guardian must remain on the grounds while their child is participating in any of our classes.

Photography

Photographing artwork at the Festival of Arts is prohibited without the artist’s permission.

Special Events

Not only is the Festival of Arts renowned for its fine art show, but it also plays host to a plethora of special events all summer long. Also, join us nightly from 5:30 – 7:30pm for live music on the Festival Green.