Sawdust Festival

Once again, the Sawdust Art Festival has enjoyed a stellar season of both visitors and record numbers of purchases of every imaginable kind of artwork from our local Laguna artists.

Now that the Sawdust Festival is already down to its last two weeks (last day is Aug. 31st), the Festival is again offering its free Summer Residents Nights after 5:00 p.m. The “residents” part, however, extends to ALL of Orange County with various cities enjoying different admission nights.

With admission normally at $8.50 for adults ($7 for seniors), this is a nice little gift. And, from a resident’s point of view, the evenings are enjoyable events as you actually have room to stroll while still enjoying all the food, wine, beer and live music available at the Sawdust. Gates close at 10:00 p.m. each night, so it gives you plenty of time to peruse.

This might seem like a long list, but better to be perfectly clear on this, so here goes:

For starters, Laguna Beach residents receive free admission to the Sawdust Festival with ID every Thursday evening after 5:00 p.m.

Our closest neighbors enjoy free Sundays and Mondays as follows:

Sundays after 5:00 p.m.: for residents of Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, Laguna Niguel, Monarch Beach, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, San Clemente, Las Flores, Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch, Dove Canyon, Rancho Santa Margarita.

Mondays after 5:00 p.m.: for residents of Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Corona del Mar, Balboa Island, Irvine, Santa Ana, Tustin, Orange, Villa Park, Silverado Canyon, Trabuco Canyon, Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills.

On Tuesdays after 5:00 p.m., the remainder of Orange County is covered with free admission offered to residents of Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Westminster, Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos, Cypress, Stanton, La Palma, Garden Grove, Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Buena Park, Fullerton, Placentia, Yorba Linda, Brea, La Habra.

See more details at and remember that free trolley service is available from the Canyon’s Act V parking lot as well as at multiple stops throughout Laguna Beach.


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