Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach

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Theater · Concert / Show
The Festival of Arts has offered a breathtaking showcase for artists and art lovers for over 80 years. The Festival’s prestigious juried art show includes a wide variety of media such as paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more - all by 140 of Orange County’s finest artists.

The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. On each evening of the Festival of Arts summer schedule, ticket holders are amazed and enchanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants ("living pictures"), incredibly faithful re-creations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. An outdoor amphitheater, professional orchestra, original score, live narration, intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, expert staff and hundreds of dedicated volunteers have won recognition for the Pageant of the Masters as the best presentation of its kind.
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  • Our whole group thoroughly enjoyed this! It’s absolutely incredible what these volunteer performers can do! Dress for a chilly evening and get ready for an amazing show!  more »
  • We didn’t know what to really expect, but was pleasantly surprised. Our teens thought it was something different to see and invoked a discussion afterwards about art and history. Win!  more »
  • We scored with an amazing parking spot, but had we not been so blessed, we were tipped off to park at nearby Suzi Q's for less. The artists showcased are so well-gifted, and it was nice and comfortable to browse through their boutique booths. We arrived about 7:45 and felt like it was plenty of time, but many arrive earlier to view and experience more fully before showtime (which was 8:30 on our night). The performance was incredibly well-done. We were in the very back but had binoculars for scenes/pieces for which we felt we wanted to see more detail, and it was still a great experience. Amazing the show is so exceptional considering all the performers and art contributors volunteer! We especially loved the Narrator, who performs live with the show each showing. Orchestra was also amazing! We ate our dinner comfortably in our seats before the performance . I was glad I brought TWO jackets AND a blanket (I run cold), but my husband did just fine with a light jacket. Also cool: free water refills! So happy about that! We also had nice conversations and interactions with other patrons. And another bonus: my niece was one of the statues, so it was a lot of added fun. They will offer backstage tours to friends and family, I understand, so jump on that if you can!
  • Spent the evening sipping wine and enjoying a beautiful live art performance. Each year pieces of art are selected to align with the theme. The art comes to life quite literally as people place themselves within the art displayed and become part of the masterpiece. The talented (still) reenactments and lightning make for an excellent show. If you like art and outdoor venues near the beach, you will have an enjoyable experience. Prior to the show there is an exhibit for those who want to add to their collection.

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