“It’s not going too far to say that Laguna Beach’s Pageant of the Masters is the hottest ticket in town. The best seats sell out in early spring, and even the cheap seats sell out about a week before the opening of this theatrical summer event. At the Pageant, costumed participants pose without speaking or moving to create a live version — or tableau — of a famous painting or art piece. The performances have been wildly popular since the very first festival in 1932. When it began, the townspeople donned vaudevillian cast-off costumes and posed behind a simple frame. These days, the pageant includes narration, orchestral accompaniment and top-of-the-line set design.Every year has a theme, but always features works by such American masters as Edward Hopper, Dorothea Lange and Norman Rockwell. Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’ has ceremoniously culminated the Pageant since the first year.
How to Get Tickets: Check the pageant’s Web site for seating availability, because this event sells out. If you can get them, the best value is the upper-tier seats on weeknights and Saturdays.” – Sheryll Alexander (AOL city guide).
While in town, do not forget to check out Anastasia Gallery, Cafe, and Boutique, a unique Laguna destination only a block away from the pageant.