Festival of the Arts
The Festival of Arts, a non-profit 501(c)(3), has always been a local leader that has helped with the growth and development of the community and the arts in Laguna Beach. Established in 1932, the Festival of Arts’ mission is to promote, produce and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts. Every summer the organization produces two world-class events: the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters. Together both shows attract more than 250,000 visitors into Laguna Beach.
In addition to the summer shows, the Festival of Arts has an extensive Permanent Art Collection. Artwork from the Collection and exhibiting Festival artists, as well as objects from the Festival archives, are regularly on display at off-site exhibits throughout the year. The Festival also awards nearly $100,000 annually in art scholarships to local students.
Festival of Arts Fine Art Show
The Festival’s prestigious juried art show includes a wide variety of mediums such as paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more – all by 140 of South Orange County’s finest artists. From early July through the end of August, the Festival of Arts opens its doors daily for visitors to enjoy the work of exhibited artists, demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, on-site restaurants and much more.
Pageant of the Masters
The Pageant of the Masters is the Festival of Arts’ crowning jewel and arguably one of the most unique stage productions in the entire world. Watch real people be magically transformed into life-sized re-creations of famous works of arts. A live narrator guides you through the story of each living picture accompanied by the music of a professional orchestra. With an expert staff and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, the Pageant of the Masters has won recognition as the best presentation of its kind. Shows are nightly during the Festival of Arts summer schedule.