Fun Things to Do: Pageant of the Masters & Festival of Arts

Pageant of the Masters opens on July 7 and runs until August 31 in Laguna Beach. It’s one of Orange County’s most anticipated annual events. This year’s theme is “The Big Picture” – a tribute to the history of motion pictures and the ways in which art has moved the industry. You’ll be amazed by unique recreations of classic and contemporary works of art accompanied by an orchestra playing an original score. If you haven’t been to Pageant of the Masters, it’s truly a unique experience. Get tickets up close if you can. Otherwise, don’t forget your binoculars. It’s incredible to see these forms of “living” art as models hold their poses and are part of each piece. With the lighting and how still they are holding their poses, each piece looks almost flat and three dimensional at the same time, depending on how you look at it. It’s kind of hard to put into words. You just have to witness it for yourself. It’s spectacular!

Media Preview of Pageant of the Masters

Media Preview of Pageant of the Masters

I attended a media preview last month and was given a sneak peek at what goes on behind the scenes. The volunteer makeup artists, wardrobe and headpiece staff and models all worked together to complete each piece. There were even children as young as 11 years old siting still for long periods of time for makeup. I was very impressed mostly with the kids. Have you ever seen a kid still still for long periods of time, without an iPad or other gaming device in their hands? Wow!

Pageant of the Masters
July 7 – August 31, 2013
650 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Cost: Tickets prices start at $15.00

Here are photos from the media preview of Pageant of the Masters. It was great to see Debbie Miller, Lori Moreno, Ted Nguyen, Joel & Anne Tanner, Reggie Escalante, Jen Ho, Craig & Tanya Salcido, Darin & Lisa McClure, Oscar & Helen Gonzalez, HoDa and many others! Dinner at Tivoli Terrace afterwards was awesome!

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Festival of Arts just opened on June 30 and runs until August 31 and has been showcasing beautiful works of art for over 80 years. It’s one of the nation’s oldest and most highly acclaimed fine art shows. Here you’ll enjoy all kinds of art created by 140 artists, using a variety of media such as paintings, photography, sculptures, jewelry, handcrafted wood art and furniture, ceramics, glass and more. What’s really fun is the atmosphere. Enjoy wine or beer, walk around, or get on the dance floor with your partner and dance the night away with the snazzy live band.

All kinds of daily activities will be available for the whole family to enjoy: Live music nightly, jazz concerts, wine and chocolate pairings, cooking demonstrations, guided art tours and art workshops. Sundays will feature a mix of music from Ethereal and Shill to Jazz/World/Classical fusion. From 2-4pm, Sunday in the Park will be the perfect atmosphere for a picnic on the green. Family Art Day is on Saturday, August 3. For a complete list of special events, visit the Festival of Arts website. There’s even a schedule of daily music.

Red carpet at Festival of Arts Opening

Red carpet at Festival of Arts Opening

Festival of the Arts
June 30 – August 31, 2013
650 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


General Admission (Monday – Friday): $7
General Admission (Saturday & Sunday): $10
Students and Seniors (Monday – Friday): $4
Students and Seniors (Saturday & Sunday): $6
Children 12 or under, Military, & Laguna Beach Residents: FREE

Dining options: Tivoli Terrace Restaurant or Gina’s Alfresco.

Opening night was a blast, especially with Jim! We enjoyed hanging out with the #FestivalOfArts social media team. Lots of my favorite peeps were in attendance, tweeting and sharing photos & videos on Instagram & other platforms. It’s always great to see Calvin Lee, Justin Moore-Brown, Morgan & Erika Brown, Loren & Sondra Nason, Emily Crume, Ric & Pam Dizon, Bob Watson, Cindy Wang, Darin McClure, Eva Smith and many others. Thanks Ted Nguyen for organizing!

We even spotted TMZ‘s Max Hodges on the dance floor! That was awesome!

TMZ's Max Hodges supports the arts!

TMZ’s Max Hodges supports the arts!

Here are photos from opening night on June 30th:

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Of course, I’m drawn to any piece of art with use of PURLE!

These two were my favorites… the purple shirt was made with screws. So when I say screw art, I mean “art made with screws” not “screw art” as in – you get the picture. 😉

Love this purple screw art by Andrew Myers

Love this purple screw art by Andrew Myers

"Virtuous Woman" by Hannah Harris

“Virtuous Woman” by Hannah Harris

Festival of Arts is the perfect summer activity for a date night or family time. I grew up in Orange County and both the Pageant of the Masters and Festival of Arts were my first time to attend. How did I miss out on this all these years? Better late than never! I’m so glad I was given the opportunity to learn about these amazing events, right here in our “backyard.”