Since 1968, this site has been the home of Sawdust, a place where local artists have been thriving. Every summer and winter ... More
Since 1968, this site has been the home of Sawdust, a place where local artists have been thriving. Every summer and winter Sawdust puts on an arts & crafts and performing artists festival that is truly an event to experience. See the website for more details.
I've always enjoyed the Sawdust Festival, however, attending it every other year -- or every two years -- increases the enjoyment much more. The same vendors tend to show every year, and it's boring to already know in advance the art I'll see. But if I break up the years that I attend, I find I enjoy my time there immensely.
Parking in any California beach city is a hassle, so knowing that in advance I just pay the closest parking lot price and forget about it . . . I've paid more for a pizza and enjoyed it less. If possible, go during the week days, especially when the show first opens. But if you don't mind lots of people, the weekend is equally enjoyable.
I also hit the other two art shows while I'm there, and enjoy them, too. If you like art, you'll enjoy this two month showing by local artists. Wear comfortable shoes!! :)
The Sawdust Festival is the place to go; wonderful art work, friendly atmosphere, great people, great food and music. Make sure you visit Feathers for Ladies clothes and Flamingo for the most beautiful earrings.
Something here for all ages.
Parking is a joke and the Police know it! With metermaids everywhere waiting for you to park anywhere but their quarter gobbling machines you'll be lucky to get out of town with out substansual loss to your wallet. The Sawdust Festival is not what it was. Original art and jewelry has been replaced with "clones" of one original attempt at something different. Go buy something and then walk around the corner and watch the artist artfully replace what you just bought as "one of a kind". The Pageant of the Masters is still a Great show to see however! Pay your parking ticket knowing atleast that part of the visit was worth it. Take it from an ex local of 30 yrs.
We went to the Sawdust Festival on 8/20/07. Although Laguna is absolutely beautiful, we found the Festival to be a let down. As I appreciate art, I felt that the money I spent to enter the "so called" festival was too much for what it was. I have enjoyed free art festivals in the park much more.
We were there all of 20 minutes and saw it all. Many of the artist's were not there. This should be a free exhibit and then, afterwards, you can go enjoy Laguna.
I wait for this one month to finally arrive when I can walk around the booths of high quality talent. Sawdust on the floor and music in the air. There is atmosphere near the running brook or fallen down the hill as you sit in the outdoor rest area listening, eating and absorbing the sounds of what seems to be a place to get away from it all. I await egarly for the glass blower to once again work what seems to be effortless energy making the most beautiful glass pieces of decorative art. Across the street is the most talented show I have ever seen. This one time show every year is truly something worth waiting for.
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