The Sawdust Festival
Laguna Beach is well known for its summer festivals and love for the arts. One of my favorite events in Laguna Beach is the Sawdust Festival, it has been held during summer and winter seasons since 1967. At the festival, local Laguna Beach artists feature their welding sculptures, handmade jewelry, glass blowing, and so much more.
I personally love buying ceramics there for the succulents I have scattered around my house. My favorite part about the festival is watching my children create their own ceramic vases and cups. They both look forward to using the pottery wheel and their creativity to make something for themselves.
The Pageant of the Masters
The Pageant of the Masters at The Festival of Arts is a one of kind production featuring the life-sized re-creations of world-famous artwork. Over 500 volunteers from Laguna Beach and surrounding cities come together to make this performance possible, volunteers pose on stage to look exactly like famous paintings, sculptures and other works of art. It is simply breathtaking.
Music in the Park
I absolutely love Music in the Park, which takes place at Bluebird Park every Sunday evening during summer. The whole community sings and dances at the free concerts where tribute bands like The Beach Boys come to play. I always enjoy setting up a picnic for my family and I before the concert so that we get an awesome view of the stage.
One of the things that makes Laguna Beach truly beautiful and unique is its art in public spaces. More than 100 pieces of art are scattered around town on display. The artwork truly reflects the city and its heritage as an artist colony founded in the early 20th century.
National Geographic Gallery
Laguna Beach is a mecca for artists and today boasts more than 100 art galleries and artist studios. While it’s hard to pick just one favorite gallery, I absolutely love walking in the National Geographic fine art gallery. To see such stunning landscape and wildlife photography on oversized canvas is both breathtaking and emotional. I also love that a large portion of their proceeds go to wildlife and conservation.
At any festival or gallery in Laguna Beach I know I will have a fantastic time with my family, and be in awe of how much talent and hard work is invested into making each one so amazing.
I hope you get to attend some of these events in Laguna Beach soon! Here are a few more events that are popular in Orange County:
Best Events in Irvine
If you are wanting to move to a city with a great community and events throughout the year, Laguna Beach would be a great place to consider. I would love to take you to grab a bite at Zinc Cafe to see how I can help!
Natalie Boyle 949.929.5727
When it comes to dining, Laguna Beach has many restaurants to choose from that range from delicious taco stands to exotic South African meals. Since each restaurant in Laguna Beach offers unique dining experiences, there is somewhere for everyone to fall in love with. Here are a few of Laguna Beach’s best restaurants:
Zinc Café is one of my favorite spots in Laguna Beach. I love having breakfast or a latte on their patio, and it’s also one of my favorite spots to meet clients. My personal favorite drink is their chai tea latte, it is creamy with a little bit of spice. I will often treat myself to one of their freshly baked scones or muffins and a cup of fruit, which usually pair perfectly with the chai tea latte. I recommend visiting Zinc for breakfast during the week because on weekends it can be hard to find a seat.
Just a short walk from Zinc is one of my favorite casual lunch spots, Rasta Taco. I absolutely love their outdoor seating and relaxing reggae music. This taco stand is the perfect spot to stop after a day at the beach. My family and I will often come here after a late morning at Main Beach. I always order their refreshing pineapple sangria with their juicy al pastor taco after being in the sun all day, Rasta Taco never disappoints. Many of my clients choose to live in OC for the great weather. Why sit inside for breakfast or lunch when you can enjoy the fresh air and ocean breezes at spots like Zinc Café and Rasta Taco.
South of Nick’s
With over 100 restaurants to pick from, my husband and I often choose to dine in Laguna Beach for date-night. It’s also a popular destination with my girlfriends for a moms’ night out. Mexican food and margaritas are two of my favorite things, so over the summer I was excited when the popular South of Nick’s in San Clemente opened another restaurant in Laguna Beach. The restaurant’s flavorful Mexican and Southern Californian cuisine never disappoints and neither do their fantastic margaritas like their spicy lover. My favorite dish at South of Nick’s is the Shrimp Diablo because of the great flavors and my love for seafood.
My husband and I love also love to dine at Broadway by Amar Santana for date-nights. This restaurant features a flavorful drink and dinner menu that we can’t get enough of. We love the Spanish octopus and bone marrow for starters, the chicken livers, and foie gras are second favorites. For dinner, we’ve tried nearly every entrée on the menu. We’ve never been disappointed, the brussels sprouts side dish is a must!
The Loft at The Montage
My children’s favorite special occasion restaurant is The Loft at The Montage. They love sitting on the outside balcony where they are provided with warm blankets. The view of the ocean is stunning and sunsets are absolutely breathtaking.
We usually order the cheese and charcuterie to start. After, I usually order the filet for dinner and my husband the New York steak, always prepared perfectly to temperature. The kids love their mac and cheese, but what they look forward to most is their dessert. They always get ice cream with sprinkles! In these special moments, dining on the balcony and watching the sunset over the ocean with my family, I truly feel so blessed. There is no place in the world I would rather live
Thanks for reading about Laguna Beach’s best restaurants! Below are a few more fantastic restaurants in Orange County:
Top 5 Restaurants in Irvine
The Best Restaurants in Laguna Niguel
Top Restaurants in Newport Beach
Corona Del Mar’s Best Restaurants
If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in Laguna Beach, I would love to grab a bite to eat at Zinc Cafe!
Natalie Boyle 949.929.5727
One of the things I love most about Laguna Beach is the variety of quaint stores and the shops downtown. There are many boutiques scattered throughout the town that sell everything from stunning jewelry and clothes, to surfboards and skim boards.
I absolutely adore the home store Tuvalu, which sells the most beautiful coastal home décor. From their beach styled plates and mugs to their furniture and artwork, the store truly embodies the Laguna Beach relaxed coastal lifestyle. It’s one of my favorite home stores to pick up a closing gift for a client, of course when I am there I usually always find something for myself too. If you need a new coffee table book or a decorative item for your home Tuvalu is a must visit.
Laguna Beach is home to one of my favorite jewelry stores, gorjana. Their jewelry is lightweight, delicate and designed to be layered and worn multiple ways. When I walk in gorjana I can’t help but pick up a new necklace or bracelet for myself or a gift for a friend.
Whether dressing for work, date-night or a trip to Disneyland I almost always slip on a piece from gorjana. In the photo the shortest necklace and longest necklace that I am wearing are both gorjana, I’m also wearing their stacking Amara ring set which I absolutely love!
When it comes to clothes, The Shop at Laguna is the place to go since their pieces are fashionable and unique. Many women obsess over their chic sunglasses, and variety of shoes and sun dresses that can be worn for almost any occasion. I found one of my favorite Levi’s jeans at The Shop, they have so many washes and styles that it’s difficult not to buy them all! This is definitely the place to shop and splurge on a few items for yourself or perhaps pick up a gift for the fashionista in your life.
Hobie is another one of my favorite stores to shop at downtown. I always find the most adorable bikinis and boardshorts at Hobie for me and my family. They also have a huge variety of clothing; they have so many graphic shirts to choose from that I often find myself picking up more than just a few tees for my boys. Not only do they have fashionable clothes, but they also have handcrafted surfboards and paddle boards as well. My boys love to admire the boards and dream of learning how to surf as soon as they get a little older.
Another home store that I love to stop at is Vertigo home. They have the most unique home décor items that showcase a mix of mid-century, modern and European flair. They offer everything from kitchen items to outdoor furniture to custom upholstery to Izipizi glasses.
Their home décor items and furnishings are so unique and fun, you may feel as though you are walking through an art museum as you walk through the store. Vertigo is the perfect place to pop in for fun and unique home inspiration or to pick up a unique gift for that artist chic friend.
Here are some more shopping spots in Orange County that I enjoy:
The Best Shops in Newport Beach
The Best Corona Del Mar Shopping
The Best Shopping in Irvine
If you are thinking of buying or selling your home in Laguna Beach I would love to take you to South of Nick’s to see how I can help.
Natalie Boyle 949.929.5727