A HISTORY OF THE SAWDUST FESTIVAL
BY JAY GRANT, FORMER SAWDUST FESTIVAL PRESIDENT ~ UPDATED MAY  2017

In the mid-1960’s, the culture in America dramatically changed. Personal freedom of expression broke out among the nation’s youth, including a vibrant arts and crafts movement. Here in Laguna Beach, that creative energy brought together an influx of young artists and craftspeople as well as talented local artists who had been juried out of the only summer art festival in town. Fueled by a passionate desire for artistic independence and wanting something new, fresh and exciting, the Sawdust Festival was born.

Experience unique artwork by 175 artists, live holiday entertainment, great outdoor cafes, art classes and demonstrations, Santa and much, much more! With amazing art gifts, thousands of holiday decorations and picture-perfect moments, the Sawdust’s Winter Fantasy will become your family’s holiday tradition.