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The Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters
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JULY – AUGUST

Pageant of the Masters

Arguably one of the most unique events in the world, this eye-popping pageant presents tableaux vivants ("living pictures"), ultra-detailed recreations of classical and contemporary works of art, with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original artworks. Always a sell-out several months in advance, this unforgettable outdoor event is a nice nod to the artistic roots of this well-heeled coastal enclave, which started as an artist’s colony back in the early 1900s.