The Annual Laguna Beach Arts Festival is Perfect for the Whole Family
Sawdust Art Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Rd. Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.494.3030 | www.sawdustartfestival.org
f the annual Sawdust Art Festival isn’t already on your family’s radar this summer, be sure to add it, as this creative and unique event offers something that everyone can enjoy.
Located just off of the scenic Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, Sawdust showcases the fine arts and crafts of over 200 locals. With creations ranging from hand-blown glass to paintings, jewelry, ceramics, and wood and metal makings, it is a treat to walk down the covered, rustic village and marvel at the remarkable craftsmanship on display.
Each day offers live demonstrations of the artists at their craft, delighting onlookers with visuals of woodworking, painting and glass blowing. These artists are so eager to share their creative minds and processes that questions are welcomed, and conversations with the artists are encouraged- making Sawdust a great place to socialize and engage.
But if arts and crafts don’t excite, live music and entertainment are performed on three separate stages around the venue, allowing family members to wander around the stalls, while others relax and enjoy the music streaming from the stages. Children can even get their faces painted with vibrant patterns and designs! The atmosphere is always lively, teeming with people talking, sharing and bonding over the artwork.
What’s more, the artisan food and drink offered at the festival makes this a sure addition to any summer to-do list. Deb’s Deli will satisfy the classic festival food cravings with their juicy hotdogs and onion rings, while Evan’s Gourmet Bistro provides organic and fresh foods for the more health conscious festival goers. Tacos Durrell and GG’s Mediterranean Grill fulfill the more exotic flavors, and the meal won’t be complete without a brew from Sawdust Saloon or sodas and popcorn for the kids at Fran’s Popcorn. Whatever the summer cravings, Sawdust will have something to satisfy.
While the laid back festival itself is a summer must-do, the Sawdust organization also offers classes in a variety of medias. As a non-profit organization, Sawdust looks only to educate the public and promote the artwork of Laguna Beach locals. Boasting over 30 art classes from lessons in ceramics, glass, jewelry, screen-printing and more, there is a new skill for everyone to learn. These classes are offered at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, allowing students to experience “the magic of Sawdust” as a true Sawdust artist does.
The artists of Sawdust are passionate about their work and excited about sharing their creations with the 200,000 visitors that the festival brings in each year. Artwork means something different to each of the Sawdust artists, and painter James Lansdell shares an inspiring story about returning to art when his mother fell ill. Sawdust should be on every summer to-do list if only to hear the stories and share the love these artists have for their work. Each artist is unique, and if you want to get in touch with any of them, their contacts are located on Sawdust’s webpage.
If the Sawdust Art Festival seems like a place for you and your family, there will be plenty of opportunities to visit, as it is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. starting June 30 to September 3. Located right off of the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway, it is easy to navigate and with several parking lots dedicated to the festival grounds and metered parking along PCH, securing a spot for your ride should be no problem. If maneuvering the bustling streets of Laguna Beach doesn’t sound like your kind of a relaxing summer activity, don’t worry; you don’t have to cross Sawdust off your list just yet. Laguna Canyon-Frontage bus station is located just a short walk away. With an entrance fee of only $9 for adults and $4 for children, the festival is an inexpensive activity for the whole family to enjoy, while supporting local artists as well.