Laguna Beach is a city located in southern Orange County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 23,727. It is part of the Greater Los Angeles Area of Southern California.
The city's most famous institution is the Festival of the Arts, an annual art exhibition in the summer which has given the city a reputation for being "artsy." Apart from bringing together artists and art collectors, the Festival is also famous for the Pageant of the Masters, an annual living statue show where local volunteers reproduce several dozen famous artworks in an evening (with the help of elaborate costumes and makeup). The Pageant is apparently the only show of its type and scale in western North America.
Because of occasional financial problems, the Festival has occasionally considered licensing the Pageant concept to other cities, but each time has ultimately refused. Licensing the Pageant would decrease the uniqueness of Laguna Beach and thus its attractiveness to tourists.
Web Sites and Links
Laguna Beach Chamber of CommerceIncludes business directory, city history, events, and membership information.
Laguna Beach Visitors BureauInformation about attractions, activities, accommodations, shopping, dining, entertainment, events, history, and visitor services.
The City of Laguna BeachOfficial website of the city includes departments and elected officials, community planning, arts directory, and job openings.