FESTIVAL OF ARTS WEEKLY EVENTS Saturday, August 17 – Friday, August 23

Weekend Nightly Music Schedule

Dates/Times: July 5 – September 1

Daily at 5:30pm

Cost: Free with $15 Festival Admission

  • Saturday, August 17: Josie James featuring Marlon Martinez and The Marlonius Jazz Orchestra
  • Sunday, August 18: The Salty Suites

Concerts on the Green

Sponsored by Cambria Estates Winery
The Eric Marienthal All-Stars
Date: Saturday, August 17
Time: 1 – 2:30pm
Cost: Free with $15 Festival admission Limited seating available in reserved section for $40 per person (includes Festival admission).

After graduating high school in Southern California in 1976, Eric went on to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. There he studied with the legendary saxophone professor, Joe Viola. By the time he left Berklee, Eric had achieved the highest proficiency rating given by the school. In 1995, Eric was awarded the Berklee Distinguished Alumnus Award for outstanding achievements in contemporary music. He has since gone on to perform in over 75 different countries, recorded 14 solo CD’s and has played on hundreds of records, films, television shows and commercial jingles.

Eric started his professional career in 1980 with famed New Orleans trumpeter Al Hirt. After returning to Los Angeles Eric became a member of the Chick Corea Elektric Band. He recorded 6 CD’s with Chick Corea band and won 2 Grammy Awards. Eric went on to perform with artists such as Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Aaron Neville, Johnny Mathis, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, George Duke, David Benoit, The Rippingtons, The Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, Patti Austin, Lou Rawls, David Lee Roth, The Yellowjackets, B.B. King, Ramsey Louis, Patti Labelle, Olivia Newton-John, and many others.

Adult and Teen Art Classes

Watercolors with Nikita Young
Date: Saturday, August 17
Time: 3pm – 5:30pm
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

This is a beginning transparent watercolor class which will cover the basic watercolor techniques and methods. Using these techniques along with some design and composition concepts, students will create their own beautiful landscape painting to take home. Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Classes! Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. For full schedule and reservations, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org. 

Wine & Painting Nights

Koi Fish with Mike Tauber
Date: Saturday, August 17
Time: 8:30 – 10pm
Cost: $75 (includes Festival admission)

Uncork your creativity this summer at the Festival of Arts! Enjoy a fun painting workshop, while surrounded by beautiful art. Learn easy step-by-step processes, as taught by noted Festival exhibitor Mike Tauber. Beginners and all levels are invited – take home your finished masterpiece! All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included. $75 materials fee per person, per class. For adults 21 and up. Reservations required. For full schedule and reservations, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

Festival Runway Fashion Show

Date: Sunday, August 18

Time: 12 – 3pm

Cost: Free with $15 Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $25 per person (includes Festival admission).

The Festival Runway Fashion Show is a not-to-be missed event! Now in its 11thyear, this event features Festival exhibitors who step out of their artistic medium and into the world of fashion. The result will blow your mind with over-the-top creative couture with the twist of all being made out of recycled, reused and reclaimed materials. It is a competition, similar to TV’s Project Runway. Festival artists start months in advance in hopes of taking home the top prize and bragging rights. Patrons will be amazed by this fully produced runway show, including celebrity host and a panel of fashion experts. This event never disappoints, even after ten years, our Festival artists’ creativity and ingenuity keeps it fresh with many surprises!  


Adult and Teen Art Classes

Gouache with Dennis Zervas
Date: Sunday, August 18
Time: 3pm – 5:30pm
Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

Learn all about the art of gouache! Gouache is similar to watercolor, but rather than working with transparent washes from light to dark, gouache has a stronger pigment and allows the artist to apply lighter tones on top of darker ones. In this class you’ll learn the basic properties of gouache and explore the fundamental techniques of this unique medium. Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Classes! Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. For full schedule and reservations, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

Weekday Nightly Music Schedule

Dates/Times: July 5 – September 1 

Daily at 5:30pm

Cost: Free with $10 Festival Admission

  • Monday, August 19:Farofa
  • Tuesday, August 20:“Cinnamon and Clove” and the music of Sergio Mendes and Brasil ‘66 (part of the Tribute Tuesday music series)
  • Wednesday, August 21: The Tony Guerrero Quintet featuring Lia Booth
  • Thursday, August 22: Brian Simpson (part of the Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate series)
  • Friday, August 23: M-Pact (part of the Step into the Spotlight Music series)

Art & Story Time

Date: Monday, August 19

Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm

Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission 

Art and Story Time is a weekly series for children 5 and under. Every Monday from 12:30 to 1:30pm, enjoy a different book read aloud plus a hands-on art project. Fun for children and their parents! Monday, August 19, will feature the book “Good Egg, Bad Apple” by Henry Herz. Not all the foods in the refrigerator get along like peas in a pod. The vegetables are steamed, and Bad Apple and Second Banana are the problem. Good Egg suggests his friends try different responses to these two bullies. They try hiding, then standing their ground. At first, Good Egg’s tactics don’t bear fruit. Only by using his noodle does Good Egg avoid getting scrambled and save his friends’ bacon. In this story told on two levels, young readers will be entertained by the hijinks of the anthropomorphic food characters and will appreciate the allegory about not letting one bad apple spoil the bunch. Adult readers are served plenty of food for thought with hilarious gastronomical idioms and puns.

Portraits on the Green

Dates: Tuesday, August 20

Time: 1 – 2pm

Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission

Watch as Festival of Arts exhibitors paint, sculpt or photograph live models on the Festival’s Concert Stage. This series will focus on how an artists’ interpretation of the same subject matter can vary based on their own unique style and perspectives. Patrons are invited to observe the artists at work for an up-close look at their creative process.

Art Talks and Tea

Sponsored by PBS SoCal

Date: Wednesday, August 21

Time: 1 – 2pm

Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission

Whether you’re an informed connoisseur, an amateur collector, or an art lover, join us for fascinating and informative discussions with the Festival of Arts exhibitors at our Art Talks and Tea, sponsored by PBS SoCal. Enjoy tea on the Festival’s green while listening to artists talk about their inspiration, history, and careers in art. On Wednesday, August 21, the topic will be “Fashion Show,” featuring the artists and outfits from the 2019 Festival Runway Fashion Show.


Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate

Sponsored by Charles Schwab

Performance by Brian Simpson

Date: Thursday, August 22

Time: 5:30 – 7pm 

Cost: $20 in addition to $10 Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $35 per person (includes Festival admission).

Chocolate, wine, and all that jazz sweetens up the Festival of Arts this summer! On Thursday nights, indulge your senses at the Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate series. Sample a wide variety of Kendall-Jackson wines expertly selected to compliment and enhance the nuanced flavor of high-end chocolates from Cocoa Parlor. The Festival’s casual and classy outdoor setting, together with the soulful sounds of jazz surrounded by fine art, creates an ideal evening for friends, sweethearts, and family. 

Inspired keyboardist, composer, prolific studio musician and producer Brian Simpson is a master of all he purveys. His eloquent approach to playing, sophisticated harmonics sense, bluesy overtones, R&B flavor and keen sense on how to craft a song that stands the test of time have made him the go-to man for many. Through the years Simpson has been revered for his unparalleled ability to compose unforgettable melodies and irresistible grooves.

Art and Yoga with Lululemon

Dates: Friday, August 23

Time: 1 – 2pm

Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission

Grab your yoga mat and get ready to flex your creative muscles at the Festival of Arts for “Art and Yoga” with Lululemon. Experienced yoga instructors will guide participants through a relaxing and meditative session outdoors surrounded by fine art. Whether you are brand new to yoga and want to test the waters or an experienced Yogi, all skill levels are welcome.

Adult and Teen Art Workshops

Printmaking with Noriho Uriu

Date: Friday, August 23

Time: 3 – 5:30pm

Cost: $60 (includes Festival admission)

Create a beautiful one-of-a-kind print! Using a variety of colorful handmade papers and hand cut relief blocks, students will learn the basics of monoprint, collage and overprint techniques in this creative printmaking class. Beginners and all levels are invited – take home your finished masterpiece! Discover your inner artist at the Festival of Art’s Adult and Teen Art Classes! Ages 13 and up. Reservations preferred. For full schedule and reservations, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

Step into the Spotlight Music Series

Sponsored by Viking Cruises

M-Pact

Date: Friday, August 23

Time: 5:30 – 7pm 

Cost: Free with $10 Festival admission. Limited seating available in reserved section for $20 per person (includes Festival admission).

On Fridays the Festival brings to center stage some of those amazing voices that are usually seen (and heard) in the background with the music series “Step into the Spotlight.” There’s an extraordinary lineup of back-up singers or background vocalists who will take the stage this summer. 

Hailed “one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world” by the San Francisco Chronicle, m-pact is respected worldwide as a cutting edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music. Emerging from an age of auto-tune and overproduction, this Los Angeles-based ensemble has cultivated a new generation of ears hungry for the fresh, raw power of nature’s “first instrument” – the human voice.

From the beginning, the “pact” of these well-studied masters has been to stay true to Music, regardless of style or genre. Their sophisticated sound and accessible appeal have garnered vast accolades, from Vocal Group of the Year (the LA Music Awards), an Indie nomination (the Independent Grammy), and Artist of the Year (Seattle Music Awards), to Grand National Champs of the Harmony Sweepstakes competition. Touring renowned fine arts halls and jazz festivals across four continents, m-pact has performed with pop superstars Sheryl Crow, Boyz II Men, Natasha Bedingfield, and Ray Charles to name a few; as well as with jazz legends Natalie Cole, Bobby McFerrin, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Maynard Ferguson Big Band, and many others. Over the last 2 decades, their signature sound has been used in both TV themes and animated Disney feature films, and is enjoyed on jazz and pop radio worldwide.

Pints, Pinots and Prints

Date: Friday, August 23

Time: 8:30 – 10pm

Cost: $75 (includes Festival admission) 

Create a beautiful one-of-a-kind print with Festival exhibitor Vinita Voogd! Using a variety of colorful handmade papers and hand cut relief blocks, students will learn the basics of monoprint and overprint techniques in this creative printmaking class. Beginners and all levels are invited – take home your finished masterpiece! All supplies and complimentary wine or beverage are included. For adults 21 and up. Reservations required, visit LagunaFestivalofArts.org.

Credit: The Festival of Arts.

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