Summer in Laguna Beach is synonymous with art as three major festivals are now underway in this coastal Orange County town. I visited recently to attend the preview of the Art-A-Fair and thought I would share the experience with you.
Art-A-Fair Preview opened at 5:00 and the invitees were lining the street waiting to get inside. I was surprised by the number of people and wondered if they would all fit.
It was a festive and crowded evening with all the artists on hand to showcase their work and hand out snacks and drinks. My friend and I inched from one booth to another, not always an easy task as people stopped to chat unexpectedly. All kinds of art are featured: paintings, sculpture, jewelry, glass, and photography. Charities are represented as well!
I enjoyed walking around and “window shopping.” Everyone was having a good time and I saw so many tempting pieces. I have to put in a word for Darlene Saucedo’s work.
Her whimsical gourd creations speak to a deeper cultural heritage and certainly are beautiful.
Tips and Information
- Art-A-Fair runs from June 29 through September 2, 2018.
- Parking near the fair is limited but there is a lot on Laguna Canyon Road from which one can catch a trolley
- Sawdust Festival is next door to Art-A-Fair. See both!
Food is available in the area. I arrived early for the preview so my friend and I went down to the beach for a late lunch. I can recommend the Orange Inn. It’s small but the service was great. We ordered at the counter and sat at a table next to a window. We had the dining area to ourselves. When my salad came, the cook himself served it. He proudly displayed the onion with the heart in the center!
To see more photos from my adventure in Laguna Beach, please click here.