Laguna Beach is rooted in the arts. In the early 1900s, artists, intellectuals, and entertainers began a thriving cultural community here.
Drawn to the stunning luminance of the area, plein air painters like Edgar Payne and Anna Hills founded the Laguna Beach Art Association, while screen actors like Bette Davis and Charlie Chaplin helped inspire the founding of the Laguna Playhouse. These spawned the Festival of Arts, Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Art Museum, and Laguna Beach School for the Arts (the predecessor to the college) — celebrations and institutions that continue to this day.
All the great bastions of shopping, nightlife, entertainment and art are nearby. Whether you’re watching a hockey game at the Honda Center, catching a foul ball at Angel Stadium, riding Space Mountain at Disneyland, spending a day at the Getty Museum, window shopping at the Irvine Spectrum, or just getting a tan at the beach, you have many options in the Southern California area.