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Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts

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Credit Baldemar Fierro Courtesy of Laguna Beach Fesitval of the Arts

The Festival of Arts Fine Art Show will celebrate its 86th year July 5 through September 1, 2018 in Laguna Beach, California. The Festival has been rated one of the top festivals in the nation and each year hosts 140 of Orange County’s most talented artists. Recent accolades include Orange County Register’s Best Place to Buy Original Art, Art Fair Calendar’s Top Five Art Fairs in the West and Top 5 Art Festival in the nation voted by USA Today readers. Live music, hands-on art activities, exhibitions of local student artwork and a wide variety of special events round out one of Southern California’s favorite outdoor summer event.

Artwork By Hugo Rivera Courtesy of Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts

“Avid art collectors and festival-goers will have an outstanding variety of fine art to browse and purchase as they walk among the artists’ displays,” says Marketing and Public Relations Director Sharbie Higuchi.

The Festival of Arts is a professionally juried fine art show featuring a diverse selection of artwork including paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewelry, and more from artists around Orange County. Since opening in 1932, thousands have shown and sold their artwork at the Festival and many have their work featured in the private collections of leading art collectors, celebrities, and museums around the world.

In addition to the variety of artwork, the Festival of Arts offers a wide range of daily activities that the whole family can enjoy. The calendar includes nightly live music, jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings, guided art tours and art workshops. Several special one-day events will return this year, including the very popular Festival Runway Fashion Show and Family Art Day.

Youth Workshops Courtesy of Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts

Artwork by Kate Cohen Courtesy of Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts

Fascinating and informative discussions with the Festival of Arts exhibitors will be held every Wednesday during Art Talks. Also back by popular demand, will be the music series, “Step into the Spotlight,” which brings to center stage some of those amazing voices that are usually seen (and heard) in the background. There’s an extraordinary lineup of back-up singers or backgrounds vocalists who will “step into the spotlight” this summer. For families, Art and Story Time, is a weekly series for children 5 and under. Every Monday will feature a different children’s book read aloud and a hands-on art project, along with special surprise visits from illustrators, book characters and more. To get your tickets to the highly anticipated Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts, click here.

Higuchi continues, “Looking back at the original Festival of Arts in 1932, there was something for everyone to enjoy. That tradition continues today. With beautiful art, nightly live music, workshops for all ages, and unique events, the Festival is truly a full arts experience.”

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