Nestled closely against the cliffs of Laguna Canyon, the Sawdust Art Festival is part of the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. Visitors enjoy a colorful overview of the Laguna art world with an intimate setting for local artists and artisans to showcase their wares alongside some more mass produced pieces.
The Sawdust Art Festival has grown in popularity, expanding from its humble beginnings as a small show on a vacant lot, to a nine-week gala situated on a lush three-acre eucalyptus grove.
Thousands of art enthusiasts are drawn to the festival each year and are guided along sawdust-covered paths through a specially handcrafted village passed funky little booths manned by each non-mainstream, but well-known artists.
Artists sell hand-crafted bric-a-brac, which includes clothing and textiles, jewelry and ceramics, painting and photography, wood and metal sculpture, scrimshaw, gourd art, furniture, leather, and lots more.
The festival also features demonstrations such as glass blowing, free hands-on art workshops, a dynamic children’s art booth, three stages of live music, food vendors, including three local restaurants, and cold beverages from the Sawdust Saloon.
Designed to both entertain and educate, the Sawdust Festival is a stark contrast to the glossier more refined exhibition across the street and is rumored to have been started by a bunch of hippies who were rebelling against the Pageant Of The Masters–Laguna Beach ’s oldest art show — which juries its exhibitors.
In addition to the summer art show, which starts in late June, the venue is also dedicated to arts education and promoting arts and crafts created in Laguna Beach and offers year-round classes.
There is also the Winter Fantasy, which transforms the festival grounds into a winter wonderland for four weekends beginning in mid-November through early December, and includes 170 art exhibits, holiday entertainment, community performances, and visits with Santa.
Overall, the Sawdust Festival plays a vital role in supporting the careers of many local Laguna Beach artists and is a great way to get your hands on some very unusual and imaginative artworks while getting to know the people behind the work.
Where is the Sawdust Art Festival
The Sawdust Festival is located in Laguna Beach, approximately fifty miles south of Los Angeles, in the South Orange County. Address: 935 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 Hours: 10 am -10 pm daily Event Website.