More than 80 years ago a group of artist joined together to sell original artwork along Laguna's main street. They were a group of passionate artists that wanted to showcase the creativity boom that was going on in Laguna Beach. Now that small street fair has become a world-renowned cultural institution of fine art. This year see over 140 artists from Orange County showcasing art in all mediums, including jewlery, pottery and ceramics, photography and painting. But before you go to this year's festival here are a few artists and events not to miss.

Capturing the humanity of the homeless in Southern California, Catherin Cooper show that compassion can go a long way. Gritty and vulnerable her photos will pull at your heart strings.

 Catherine Cooper, Festival of Arts Laguna Beach

Micahel Ward brings the everyday life into vivid and compelling reality with paint and canvas. Often you can find him working on a painting in his booth.

 Michael Ward, Festival of Arts Laguna Beach

Electric and bright, the work of Fred Stodder is as we say in California, "rad." Bold in his color and shape choice, the ceramics of Stodder are a true statement.

 Fred Stodder, Festival of Arts Laguna Beach

Love the art you see on display? Book a "meet the artist" tour and learn firsthand about their work and see free demos. Tours occur twice daily.

 Festival of Arts Laguna Beach

Enjoy live music every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. You can bring in your own chair, blanket and wine to enjoy the music on the green near the Festival stage. 

 Festival of Arts Laguna Beach

Don't miss the 300 pieces of junior art on display from some of Orange County's up anc coming artists, the youth. Representing k-12th grade these piees of art will no doubt leave a lasting impression.

 Festival of Arts Junior Exhibit, Laguna Beach 

 FESTIVAL TICKETS (July 5 – August 31, 2016)

Tickets can be purchased on-site at the Festival of Arts Ticket Office.

Open Daily: 10:00am – 11:30pm
Early closing August 27: 1:30pm

General Admission (Monday – Friday): $8
General Admission (Saturday & Sunday): $12
Students and Seniors (Monday – Friday): $5
Students and Seniors (Saturday & Sunday): $8
Children 12 or under, Military, & Laguna Beach Residents: FREE
Want to visit the festival all summer long? Purchase a Passport to the Arts. The pass is $24 and gives you unlimited access to Sawdust Art Festival, Festival of Arts, and Laguna Art-A-Fair all summer. In addition, you will receive free, one-time parking at Act V, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road and a list of merchant discounts throughout town.