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Laguna Beach is Southern California's premier seaside destination, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego. A year-round retreat for art lovers, nature enthusiasts and beach goers, Laguna Beach features seven miles of soft sand and surf.

Friday, May 31, 2013

5 Ways to See Art in Laguna Beach; Five for 5

Our Five for 5 blog series focuses on what to visit, see and do while in Laguna Beach. The second story in the series will explore "Five Ways to See Art in Laguna Beach."


Laguna Beach has been an artists’ community for more than 100 years and continues to attract top caliber artist and collectors from around the world. In the spirit of sharing and experiencing art, First Thursday’s Art Walk was established in 1998 as a collaboration between art galleries, the city of Laguna Beach and the lodging establishments who wanted to give art lovers of all ages access to art. Many galleries offer special events such as live music, live art demonstrations, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Art Walk is FREE and is a year-round event happening on the first Thursday of every month (except Thursday, July 4, 2013.)

Need to know:
6pm to 9pm
Metered parking is available in the downtown area and is an easy walk to downtown galleries. To access North, South and Canyon galleries you can take the free city trolley.


As one of California’s first art museums, the Laguna Art Museum is the destination for a historical and present day look at California art. It is the only museum that exclusively collects California art from all periods and styles. They have amassed a permanent collection of over 3,500 pieces dating from the early 19th century to present day works. The Museum also has special exhibits, educational events including artist talks, live music and family days.

Need to know:
307 Cliff Dr.
(949) 494-8971
Open 11am to 5pm daily
Admission: General: $7; Students, seniors and active military $5; Children under 12: FREE; FREE on the first Thursday of every month from 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Metered parking on Cliff Dr.

LAGUNA BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL – Save the Date: February 3-9, 2014

Every February, the City of Laguna Beach becomes a music mecca for the annual Laguna Beach MusicFestival. Presented by Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, the seven-day festival brings musicians and audiences together for a musical experience against the backdrop of stunning Laguna Beach. Past musical offerings have ranged from chamber music, quartets, jazz, pianists, the sounds of South America, violinist Joshua Bell and bassist Edgar Meyer.

Need to Know:
Purchase your tickets in advance as shows sell out quickly.
Don’t miss local musicians playing free shows around town during the festival.


Since the early 19th century artists have flocked to Laguna Beach to find inspiration in the beauty of the landscape from the rolling hills of the canyon to the picturesque coves of the beaches. Two centuries later, Laguna Beach is still a thriving artists’ community that showcases the talent within the city borders and beyond. Each summer, three arts festivals throw open their doors and let art lovers explore to find beloved artists and new emerging artists. Art-a-Fair, Festival of Arts, and Sawdust Art Festival each have their own flavor.

Art-A-Fair is also a juried show that features works of art from local, national and international artists. Ranging from paintings and photography to ceramics, textiles and jewelry this festival has something for everyone. Festival of Arts is a juried show; showcasing 140 of the area’s most-accomplished artists (and also home to Pageant of the Masters) and includes photography, printmaking, jewelry, sculpture, paintings and more. Sawdust Art Festival features over 200 Laguna Beach artists with a variety of arts and crafts raging from pottery, glass, textiles, jewelry and more.

Don’t miss a moment of the festivals! Return again and again for the special events that also occur at each festival, with the purchase of a  Passport to the Arts. The Passport to the Arts gets you unlimited admission all summer long to all three arts festivals, plus a one-time parking pass at ACT V, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road and a list of discounts from select merchants…all for just $21.50. Purchase the Passports now online or at any of the festival box offices once the summer season begins.

Need to Know:
777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
June 28 - September 1, 2013
10am-9pm, Sunday – Thursday
10am-10pm, Friday and Saturday

650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
June 30–August 31, 2013
10am – 11:30pm, Daily

935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach
June 28 - September 1, 2013
10am – 10pm, Daily


Catch a show at the oldest continuously operating theater on the West Coast. The Laguna Playhouse, founded in 1920, offers five productions each year, as well as special performances from the local youth theater group, short run performances and special engagements. Stars like Bette Davis, Marlo Thomas, Roddy McDowell and others performed in this theater during the 1950s and ‘60’s. Harrison Ford got his start at The Playhouse in the play “John Brown’s Body.”

Need to Know:
606 Laguna Canyon Rd.
(949) 497-2787
Parking across the street in the paid city lot 

What's your favorite way to discover art? Let us know.

By: Anne-Marie S.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Admin

    This is absolutely wonderful advice! Thank you so much. I’m going to try to save this post as a Word document so I can go back and read it and re-read it and read it again. It’ll totally sink in that way! Love your blogs. I want to tell you about Wood business cards.