Summer in Orange County – Pageant of the Masters
Your summer in Orange County just got a little more culturally significant! The Pageant of the Masters is up next on our list of outstanding events and attractions to attend during your Orange County summer. Like the OC Fair, the Pageant of the Masters is an annual event that takes place in Laguna Beach, CA as a complement to the annual Festival of Arts (a premier fine arts show in California). The Pageant of the Masters touts ninety minutes of “tableaux vivants” – or “living pictures” in which volunteers recreate famous works of art by dressing and posing exactly as their counterparts in the original pieces of art. Famed for its extremely vivid and accurate renderings, the Pageant of the Masters has become a draw for locals and visitors alike and generally sells out every show.
This year Pageant of the Masters is celebrating its 80th year with the theme “The Genius” and will once again be featuring many works significant to art history and its sensational recreation of Leonard Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, which has become the traditional finale of the show. The Pageant of the Masters will take place July 7th – August 31st at the Irvine Bowl and features a nightly 8:30 pm show (tickets available here: http://www.foapom.com/)
Visitors often make a day out of the experience by first perusing the offerings at the Festival of Arts, which showcases the works of local artists. You can find paintings, glasswork, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, and more at the Festival of Arts. With Laguna Beach being founded and renowned as an artist’s colony you can be assured that the pieces presented will be of the highest quality.
Of course there is nothing like coming back to your comfortable room at an Ayres Hotel after a long day of culture at the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters, so you are in luck that Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods is just a short drive away from Laguna Beach and the Irvine Bowl. So spend a day during your summer in Orange County soaking up the local Laguna Beach art culture then take in the breathtaking renderings at the Pageant of the Masters in the evening knowing that a plush Ayres Dream Sleeper bed waits to rest your weary and newly cultured head!