Where Art Comes to Life

Entrance gate to the Festival of Arts venue during a sunny day


The Pageant of the Masters, now set for its 86th consecutive year, remains one of the hottest tickets in Orange County. This year’s theme “The Time Machine” draws inspiration from H.G. Well’s first novel of the same name. It was in this story Wells tapped into a fascination for time travel that continues to inspire artists in every medium. 


With an overarching aesthetic of science fiction and steampunk, the 2019 festival is sure to be your ticket to thrills, laughter, beautiful music and living art in beautiful Laguna Beach, California. 


What is the Pageant of the Masters?


The world-renowned art festival brings famous paintings to life through the practice of tableaux vivants also known as ‘living pictures.’ It’s no wonder tickets sell out months in advance to what might be one of the most unique events in the world let alone the United States. 


You won’t want to miss the ultra-detailed recreations of classical and contemporary works of art with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original artworks.


Pageant of the Masters F.A.Q’s


1. How much do the tickets cost and where can you buy them? 


  • Weekdays: General Admission $10 / Students & Seniors $7 / Children 6-12 $5

  • Weekends: General Admission $15 / Students & Seniors $11 / Children 6-12 $5

  • Free admission for Children 5 or under, Military, Laguna Beach Residents and Festival of Arts Members.  

*Order tickets here


2. Are there group discounts

Two free tickets offered with every group of 20 tickets purchased 


3. What to wear to the Pageant of the Masters?

There is no dress code for this event. However, since the venue is outdoors and within close proximity to Laguna Beach, the ideal attire would consist of pants, a light sweater, and anything else that would keep you warm. Check the weather forecast the day of and make sure you’re prepared!


4. What if it rains? 

In the unlikely event of It is the Pageant director’s responsibility to decide whether or not a show is canceled. If a show is officially canceled, no refunds are given, but replacement tickets during the current season only will be offered based on availability. Unused tickets are tax-deductible.


5. Is smoking allowed? 

Smoking, including Vapor/e-cigarettes, is not allowed on the Festival of Arts grounds or the Pageant of the Masters/Irvine Bowl.


6. Are pets allowed?

The Festival of Arts is compliant with the ADA and does allow service animals. Emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals DO NOT qualify as service animals per the ADA and are not allowed. 


7. What is your exchange policy? 

Tickets may be exchanged up to 2 weeks prior to the performance date subject to availability. Tickets previously purchased at a discount will revert to regular price once the promotion period has ended. Customer is responsible for the difference (if applicable). There is a $10 per ticket fee for each exchange.


8. Are there discounts for children and seniors? 

No, all Pageant tickets cost the same no matter your age


9. Is there wheelchair or accessible seating available 

Wheelchair and accessible seating are available online, but you can also call the main ticket office at 800-487-3378 if you have special or complex seating requirements. Bariatric seating is available by phone for large patrons.


10. How Long is The Pageant of the Masters?

The performance consists of 90 minutes of spectacular renditions of famous works brought to life right in front of your eyes. The addition of music played by a premiere symphony orchestra elevates the experience to new heights.


Conveniently located directly across the street from John Wayne Airport, Hotel Atrium humbly welcomes all Pageant of the Masters’ guests. We offer various packages to fit the needs of every traveler. If you’re looking for even more things to do around the city, check out our attractions page. Book your stay with Hotel Atrium today!


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