Get Out: What To Do This Weekend in Laguna Beach

An early Halloween bash, Artists Open Studios kicks off, a new gallery opens, classic cars and blessed beasts.

WHERE/WHEN: Various locations along Laguna Canyon Road. Catch a free shuttle by leaving your car at the Act V parking lot at 1900 Laguna Canyon Rd. Saturday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
WHY GO? The annual monthly celebration of local Laguna Beach artists kicks off another season, with over 30 craftspeople—glass blowers, ceramic artists, painters, printmakers, and pretty much anything else you can imagine—all hard at work, making pretty stuff for you to purchase. You can download a map of all the stops and learn more about the artists by clicking the PDF file in the box on the right -->
PRICE: The shuttle and tour are free, but the artwork isn't. 


WHERE/WHEN: The Happy Place, 1042 N. Coast Hwy. Saturday, Oct. 6, 5-10 p.m.
WHY GO? A costume (or your best creepy black attire) party benefitting the Don't Worry Be Happy Foundation, with entertainment from comedian Cindy Burns and Rhythms of the Desert Dancers, plus music from Tracy Danielle, Sherri Anne, and others. Munchies from Asada Laguna and Whole Foods, too! The DWBH Foundation helps pay bills of those who are struggling with cancer, among many other good works. For details, check out our story on Patch.
PRICE: $10 suggested donation. 


WHERE/WHEN: EC Laguna Beach Gallery, 417 S. Coast Hwy. (in Hotel Laguna). Saturday, Oct. 6 from 6-9 p.m. & Sunday, Oct. 7 from noon-5 p.m.
WHY GO? EC—it stands for "Exclusive Collections"—opens up a new gallery in the Hotel Laguna, and the public is invited to the debut party. Host and artist Michael Flohr will unveil original oil paintings that celebrate the beauty and elegance of Laguna Beach's sister city, Menton, France.
PRICE: Get on the guest list by calling (855) 372-8213 or emailing pr@ecgallery.com.


WHERE/WHEN: Festival of Arts and surrounding grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. Sunday, Oct. 7, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
WHY GO? The Laguna Beach Rotary Club presents their annual classic car show, which this year for the first time will be preceded by a cruise through the city Saturday morning. The main event is Sunday, however, when all the cars will be on display, and if you ask the owners nicely, maybe they'll even let you sit behind the wheel. Live bands, food trucks, and assorted other bits-o-fun, with the cash going to benefit local charities.
PRICE: $10 for adults, $3 for kids under 12. 


WHERE/WHEN: St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 428 Park Ave. Sunday, Oct. 7, 4-5 p.m.
WHY GO? Join your furry friends and neighbors for one of the church's most popular and enjoyable services, the annual Blessing of the Animals. You can also have your pet's picture taken, visit some pet gift booths, and enjoy refreshments for all creatures great and small. This event will be held in St. Mary's outdoor sanctuary.
PRICE: Free.


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