The Sawdust Art & Craft Festival in Laguna Beach

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    The Sawdust Festival

    Sawdust Festival Laguna Beach
    ••• Sawdust Festival Laguna Beach. Photo © 2014 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The Sawdust Art & Craft Festival
    935 Laguna Canyon Rd
    Laguna Beach, CA
    (949) 494-3030
    sawdustartfestival.org
    Last weekend in June through last weekend in August
    Daily 10 am to 10 pm

    The Sawdust Festival is one of three summer-long art festivals in Laguna Beach, California. Compared to the original juried Festival of Arts and Art-A-Fair next door, the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival is the art fair for the masses.

    Over 200 artists from Laguna Beach exhibit and sell their arts and handicrafts during the nine weeks of the Sawdust Festival. There are many more budget-friendly works of art for sale, so you don't have to covet from afar. Unlike the art across the way, an average person can actually afford to take that painting, vase, wearable art or hand-crafted card home.

    Multiple hands-on art activities for kids and adults are going on at any given moment. Three music stages provide that there is always live music even in the middle of a weekday.

    Sawdust Festival Winter Fantasy

    The Sawdust...MORE Festival also has a four-weekend winter festival from the weekend before Thanksgiving through the weekend before Christmas.

    Sawdust Festival Tickets

    Unlike the Art-A-Fair, which gives you all-season access for the price of a day, the season pass for the summer Sawdust Festival is about 2.5 times the day price. This makes sense since there's a lot more going on every day at the Sawdust Festival.  There is also an annual pass for a few dollars more that includes the Winter Fantasy festival.

    This Passport to the Arts is a ticket that includes all three art festivals and one day of parking, which is an even better deal if you're planning multiple visits to the Sawdust Festival since it's only about $5 more than the season pass for the Sawdust alone.

    Buying Art

    The festival is open 12 hours a day, so the artists are not on hand all the time, so there is a central Art Sale Window where patrons can make purchases. There always seem to be some artists around, but If you really want to meet the artists, evenings and weekends have the most artists on site.

    Food at the Festival

    The Sawdust Festival has a variety of food vendors including Greek, tacos, deli, a bakery, saloon, coffee shop and popcorn vendor. There are  tables and benches near the stage areas where you can enjoy your food.

    Parking

    The Sawdust Festival is located about half a mile from multiple pay parking lots ($8-12) in downtown Laguna and near the beach, and about 1/2 mile from the Act V parking lot ($7) up the canyon at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road. There are free shuttles from both directions, or it's about a 10-minute walk. There is also metered parking ($1-1.25/hr, quarters only) right on Laguna Canyon Road if you happen to arrive really early.

    One day of free parking at the Act V lot is included in the Passport to the Arts, so if you're planning to get the Passport, stop and get it before you park for the day. More on directions and parking.

    Photo Tour

    Enjoy some photos of the Sawdust Festival on the next pages.

    Read more about all the Laguna Beach Arts Festivals.

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    Visiting the Sawdust Festival

    Sawdust Art and Craft Festival in Laguna Beach
    ••• Sawdust Art and Craft Festival in Laguna Beach. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The Sawdust Art & Craft Festival in Laguna Beach is a popular destination for Southern Californians every summer, with art at price points accessible to all.

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    Diverse Goods at the Sawdust Festival

    Vendors at Sawdust Art and Craft Festival in Laguna Beach
    ••• Art vendors at Sawdust Art and Craft Festival in Laguna Beach, CA. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    The diversity of wares at the Sawdust Festival offers something for every taste. 

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    Artists at Work at the Sawdust Festival

    Artist Susan Wade at the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach
    ••• Artist Susan Wade at the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach, CA. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Artists like Susan Wade work on their art or craft on site at the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach, CA. 

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    Meet the Artist at the Sawdust Festival

    Artist Robert Jones at the Sawdust Festival
    ••• Artist Robert Jones at the Sawdust Festival. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Artists are happy to talk to you about their work. Here, Robert Jones talks to visitors at the Sawdust Festival about his Raku ceramics. 

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    Hands on Arts and Crafts at the Sawdust Festival

    Arts and Crafts for Kids at the Sawdust Festival
    ••• Arts and Crafts for Kids at the Sawdust Festival. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    There are enough hands-on arts and crafts activities that visitors of all ages with an interest in getting their hands dirty can while away many hours testing out their creativity in a variety of mediums. 

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    Made, Fired and Ready to Go

    Clay Crafts at the Sawdust Festival
    ••• Clay Crafts at the Sawdust Festival. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    If you're planning on trying your hand at clay crafts while visiting the Sawdust Festival, get there early, so you have time to have your masterpiece fired on site before you go home. You can also pick it up the next day if you're in the neighborhood, or have it shipped to you for a price. There is often a small materials charge for clay crafts. 

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    Art Glass by Bruce Freund

    Art Glass at the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach
    ••• Art Glass at the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Art glass by Marcus Thesing (top) and Bruce Freund for sale at the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival in Laguna Beach, CA. 

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    Live Music at the Sawdust Festival

    Live Music at the Sawdust Festival
    ••• Live Music at the Sawdust Festival. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    There are three live music stages at the Sawdust Festival, at the Tavern, the Grill and the Main Deck pictured here. 

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    Making Popcorn the Hard Way

    Blown Glass and Popcorn at the Sawdust Festival
    ••• Blown Glass and Popcorn at the Sawdust Festival. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Visitors watch a glass-blowing demonstration that ends in popcorn for all.