Sawdust Art Festival

Did you know that Laguna Beach to itself as an “art colony?” In fact, if you’re driving towards the Coast Highway, you will find a series of art galleries along Laguna Canyon Road on either side. Roan and I didn’t have the chance to go to one until we were done exploring the beach side of the city. We hopped on a red trolley, and decided we’d check out one of the on-going art festivals.

Sawdust Art Festival Laguna Beach by SCATTERBRAIN (

We had no idea which one to go to, but somehow ended up at the Sawdust Art Festival. Luckily, we got our tickets for free because of Roan’s military discount perks. Quite honestly, I expected to see art installations literally made of sawdust (or maybe there were somewhere); however, I realized that we were actually stepping on an entire floor full of it.

Touring inside the Sawdust Art Festival was nothing short of interesting. The art exhibits varied from hand-blown and fused glass, scrimshaw, handmade jewelries, digital photography, postcards, paintings, and so much more. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photos inside (though I was able to sneak in two shots along the path), but there was this particular booth that caught my attention. I’m beating myself up for not being able to take note of the artist’s name, but if I may share so from my memory, his art was fun and unique. The entire wall of this artist’s booth showcased his artwork—fun and comical—that actually reminded me of Looney Tunes and Cartoon Network (for the lack of a better description). They even allowed me to go up the ladder to take a better look of each piece, and simply appreciate its beauty.

There were a lot of tourists waiting for the next trolley ride when we got out of Sawdust Art Festival, so we opted to take a mile walk back to the Main Beach. I took the opportunity to take photos of the neighboring art galleries and shows, which we didn’t have the opportunity to check out anymore. It may not look like it, but it’s already almost 5PM when these photos were taken. Roan and I were already tired from all the walking and exploring, so we had to call it a day.

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