Laguna Beach

Sawdust Spring Fling Is an Early Summer Breeze

The Laguna Beach hub for handmade gifts, beautiful crafts, and airy entertainment (briefly) returns.

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Sawdust Art Festival

What to Know

  • Sawdust Spring Fling happens on March 27, April 2, and 3 in Laguna Beach
  • $5 admission
  • Artists will be selling handmade jewelry, glass, photos, paintings, textiles, more; live tunes and art demos are on the schedule, too

Drawing summer closer, or at least the spirit of summer, can be done in a multitude of uplifting ways.

You might switch to the flowery pajamas you usually wear when June arrives, or order the coconut-y soap that makes you think of a poolside memory, and creating the melon-luscious, tomato-bright dishes of July and August?

That's usually quite doable, whatever month it happens to be.

But finding the buoyant bashes of summer, months before the season officially arrives, is a rather trickier task. Most of the major outdoor affairs tend to wait for May to launch, with a few festivals trickling in around April.

The Sawdust Art Festival's Spring Fling, though, is one of the first of Southern California's summer-like celebrations, and it makes its appearance just days after spring's start.

The Sawdust is the mondo affair that unfurls over several summer months, all to give guests a chance to shop homemade gifts, chat up makers galore, watch art demos (like glassblowing), and listen to tunes in a charming alfresco setting.

And here's something as sweet as a spring flower: The Sawdust Spring Fling is popping up, for a few days, on March 27 as well as over the first weekend of April 2022.

The art-fun demonstrations will be back, and the played-before-your-eyes/ears tunes, and several makers, all with photos and scarves and vases in tow.

Admission is $5, and you can buy yours before you make for the lovely Laguna Beach location, which has a storybook-like entrance and actual sawdust on the ground.

Adding to the airy and uplifting nature of the pop-up? There are festival classes, and they are gratis, should you should want to jumpstart your own creativity.

Can't make this spring-meets-summer delight, which will blow away, like dandelion fuzz, after April 2?

Be cheered: The summer festival, the Sawdust's largest lark of the year, is back on June 24 for a two-month run. And following that? The Christmas-y festival, which boasts loads of stocking-ready gifts, will return near the end of 2022.

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