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Sawdust Winter Fantasy Laguna Beach

Sawdust Winter Fantasy Laguna Beach

Canyon Neighborhood, Sawdust Festival Laguna Beach California

Join the Laguna Beach Community for Five Weekends of Winter Fantasy Fun!

November 17 through December 16, 2018

Winter Fantasy Dates:
November 17th, 18th, 23th, 24th & 25th
December 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th & 16th

There will be 180 artists presenting and selling their creations.  Here you will enjoy a unique holiday shopping experience fun for all.  You will find jewelry, clothing,  glass, ceramics, woodwork, metals, painting, photography, and sculpture.....great gift ideas!

Ticket Prices:

Adults: $8.00
Senior 65+: $6.00
Children ages 6-12: $4.00
Children ages 5 & under: free

Festival Hours

10:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.

Available Food and Refreshments

Deb’s Deli
Espresso on the Go
Fran’s Popcorn
Sawdust Saloon
Evan’s Gourmet Bistro
Tacos Durrell
GG’s Mediterranean Express


935 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651



Fun Things to Do in Laguna Beach

Spring into Fitness

Spring into Fitness

Spring into Fitness Laguna Beach Community 5 Beach Workouts

Summer is just around the corner and it is time to Spring into Fitness!  My name is Haven Schulz, owner of Health Haven Studio here in Laguna Beach, California.  I am a personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist.

With beautiful Spring days just ahead of us, I wanted to give you a fun variety of ways to workout and get fit in our Laguna Beach Community!

Let’s get to work!



Not only is fitness about physical movement, the mental side of exercise is just as important. I encourage my clients to get UP and OUT. Get away from the traffic, noise, and crowds to clear their minds with some outdoor cardio.

One of the best ways to get this type of work in is to hit the trails of Laguna Beach.  A few Laguna Beach favorites include  Top of the World, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and Aliso and Woods Canyons Wilderness Park.  Get out in nature, relax your mind, and move!


Have you ever walked through Heisler Park? Heisler Park is one of my favorite places to walk in the late afternoon and not just because of the views.  As you walk through the park, you will notice there are many staircases going down to the know where I’m going with this!!!  Next time you take a walk in the park, add every set of stairs in your walk for a great cardio AND strength workout. If you’d like to step it up even more, you can walk between and RUN the stairs.


Yes, there are many different water activities you can participate in here off the beaches of Laguna such as stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, surfing, scuba diving, etc.  I have found paddle boarding to be one of the best fits for a variety of ages and fitness levels. When you paddle board, you are working on both strength and balance. As a trainer, I notice that balance is an element many people are missing from their workout regimes. So hop on a board, strengthen your core, and enjoy the view (with out having to wear a wet suit)!


This is perhaps my favorite type of workout in Laguna Beach (outside of Health Haven Studio that is)! Next time you are headed down to the beach to catch some rays, why not get a workout in as well! Here is my favorite beach body circuit to do when tanning down at the beach:

5 rounds:

  1. 10 include push-ups on a rock
  2. 10 body weight squats
  3. 10 beach towel crunches



Last, but not can always come workout with me at my personal training studio, just steps away from Agate Street Beach.  Many of my clients, here in Laguna Beach, like to walk to the studio from their houses to enjoy their personalized training experience. I offer one-on-one training, buddy training, and small group training.  Whether it be to build muscle, gain strength, lose fat, increase endurance, or improve mobility, I will create a program that is perfectly personalized just for you and your goals.  I offer free consultations as well as NEW CLIENT discounts.

Feel free to visit my website for more info Health Haven Studio

All-in-all, Laguna Beach is an amazing place to get up and get moving! It doesn't matter if you are on water or land,  you will have a great time getting fit in the Laguna Beach Community!

Laguna Beach First Annual Arbor Day

Laguna Beach First Annual Arbor Day

Laguna Beach First Annual Arbor Day Celebration March 7 Tree Planting

The City of Laguna Beach will commemorate it's 1st Annual Arbor Day with a Tree Planting Ceremony.

This will take place in North Laguna Beach at Jahraus Park.

March 7, 2018

Time:  3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Jahraus Park is located at Cliff Drive and North Coast Highway.

Directions to Jahraus Park

Along with the tree planting ceremony, there will be tree planting and care advice, talk with local garden groups, activities for kids, gardening giveaways, & music!

For more information, please visit the City of Laguna Beach

The Nation recognizes Arbor Day on the last Friday in April.  This year, National Arbor Day will fall on Friday, April 27th.  Arbor Day is a civic holiday in Nebraska, where the tradition first started back on April 10, 1872. It was estimated that over 1 million trees were planted, in Nebraska, on that first Arbor Day.  You can read more about the history of Arbor Day here at Arbor Day Foundation 

Other states have selected their own time of year in which to commemorate Arbor Day.  California celebrates Arbor Day on March 7 (March 7-14), in honor of horticulturist Luther Burbank’s birthday.

Winter Fantasy Sawdust Festival Laguna Beach

Winter Fantasy Sawdust Festival Laguna Beach

Winter Fantasy Sawdust Festival Laguna Beach

Winter Fantasy Sawdust Art & Craft Festival Laguna Beach

Five weekends starting November 18 through December 17, 2017.

November 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th & 26th
December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th

10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Seniors 65+/$7.00
Children ages 6-12/ $4.00
Children ages 5 and under are FREE

The Sawdust is located at 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651


The 27th Annual Winter Fantasy is underway but it’s end is near!  Get in while the gettin’s good! Next weekend, it’ll all come to an end.  Join in the holiday fun and enjoy the works of 175 artists.  An amazing and unique shopping experience awaits.  Here, you will find jewelry, clothing, glass works, wood works, ceramics, metals, photography, painting, sculptures and more! There’s live entertainment, outdoor cafes, art classes and demonstrations, gingerbread house, Santa Claus and more.

Winter Fantasy Sawdust Festival Laguna Beach arts crafts gingerbread house holiday fun

Outdoor Cafes include:

  • Deb’s Deli
  • Espresso on the Go
  • Fran’s Popcorn
  • Sawdust Saloon
  • Evan’s Gourmet Bistro
  • Tacos Durrell
  • GG's Mediterranean Express

Santa Claus

Santa's hours are 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Santa's lunch break is between 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Here is Sawdust Festival's official website for more information

Here's a list of other Fun Things to Do in Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach Hospitality Night

Laguna Beach Hospitality Night

Laguna Beach Hospitality Night Downtown Laguna Beach California Santas Beach House Christmas Tree Lighting

Laguna Beach Hospitality Night

The tradition continues in Downtown Laguna Beach!  Let us ring in the holiday season of 2017 together!  Yes, this Friday, December 1st, marks the first Friday in December.  It’s that time of year.  The City of Laguna Beach along with the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will sponsor their yearly Hospitality Night.


Friday, December 1st


Downtown Laguna Beach
Pepper Tree Parking Lot
Between Forest Avenue and Ocean Avenue


5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Hospitality Night Events & Timeline

  • 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    Community Concert Band on Beach Street
  • 5:15 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    Thurston Middle School Band in the Pepper Tree Lot
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Elementary School Choirs next to Santa’s Hut
  • 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
    Arts, crafts, and candy canes in the Pepper Tree Lot
  • 6:00 p.m.-6:10 p.m.
    Community sing-along in the Pepper Tree Lot
  • 6:10 p.m.
    Santa Claus will arrive to light the tree in the Pepper Tree lot
  • 6:45 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
    Live music on the stage at the end of Forest Avenue
  • 6:45 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
    Business open houses

Street Closures:  Beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Forest Ave. between Coast Hwy and Glenneyre.  Between 5:00-5:45 p.m. on the remainder of Forest Ave., Glenneyre, and Mermaid.  Canyon Rd & Forest, Beach & Ocean, 3rd & Mermaid, will be closed until 10 p.m.

Other Fun Things to Do in Laguna Beach including Winter Fantasy Sawdust Art & Craft Festival.

Join Santa at the winter wonderland of 175 artists and their creations.  Enjoy unique holiday shopping.  So much to see!  Artists' works include:  clothing, jewelry, blown glass, ceramics, woodwork, metals, painting, photography, and sculptures.  There will be live entertainment, outdoor cafes, and art classes as well.


November 18, 19, 24, 25, & 26
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, & 17

Open from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Pet Parade and Chili Cook-Off

Laguna Beach’s 21st Annual Pet Parade & Chili Cook-Off

Laguna Board of Realtors and Affiliates held their 21st annual pet parade and chili cook-off on September 24, 2017.  This charity event was held at Tivoli Too! located at 777 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach, California.

Laguna Beach Pet Parade and Chili Cook-Off Tivoli Too

The 2017 Pet Parade and Chili Cook-Off benefits the following recipients:

  • Blue Bell Foundation - offering lifetime care for senior cats whose owners can no longer care for them.
  • Laguna Beach Animal Shelter - rehabilitating sick, injured, and stray animals found in the Laguna Beach and Laguna Woods areas.
  • Laguna Board of Realtors and Affiliate’s Charitable Assistance Fund – providing assistance to members of Laguna Beach Realtor and Affiliate community.
  • Pacific Marine Mammal Center - rescuing sick and injured sea lions and seals along the Orange County Coast since 1971.
  • PUP (Protecting Unwanted Pets) – fundraising for the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter in an effort to ensure that animals receive best care possible before they are adopted.
  • The Pet Rescue Center – working with California shelters and rescue groups to save the lives of dogs and cats at risk of euthanasia due to overpopulation.
Laguna Beach Pet Parade and Chili Cook-Off Blue Bell Foundation

There is no entrance fee to this event.  Caricature drawings, henna tattoos, popcorn, and water are available for $1.00 each.  Tivoli Too! provides a no host bar and has lunch boxes also available.

This is a fun family event.  Many of the vendors decorate their booths in fun themes.  Some of the booths, such as the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, offer kids’ activities, prizes, and information regarding the amazing rescue work they do there.

Laguna Beach Pet Parade and Chili Cook-Off Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Fitting with the theme of the day, there are vendors specifically for pets and their owners such as Walk the Dog and Coast Pet Supply & Grooming.

Laguna Beach Pet Parade and Chili Cook-Off Walk the Dog
Laguna Beach Pet Parade and Chili Cook-Off Coast Pet Supply and Grooming

The pet parade starts at approximately 1:00 p.m. The winners are announced at 3:00 p.m., which is the end of the event.  There is a $5:00 entry fee, per pet, for each pet contest. The pet categories include:  Most Handsome Male, Prettiest Female, Cutest Pet Baby, Best Costume, Most Gorgeous Senior (10 years+), and the Happiest Rescue.

Laguna Beach Pet Parade and Chili Cook-Off

Chili tasting begins at 11:30 a.m. with the winners being announced at approximately 12:30 p.m.  The judges decide the winners but all attendees can enjoy the chili tastings throughout the event.


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