Parking Tips and Suggestions

Posted on June 18, 2015 by Sawdust Art Festival

Parking can be extremely challenging  during the festival season however there are many public parking and transportation options in the local area. Please allow yourself at least 30 minutes to park and either walk or shuttle to the Sawdust grounds.

Parking Meters
Metered street parking is available daily and is enforced from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. At $1.50 an hour city-wide (except Heisler Park, where a spot costs $2.50 an hour), metered spots are a convenient option as they are located throughout town and accept both quarters and credit cards. However, most metered spots have a 3-hour limit, which means that those who prefer a full stay may need to seek out the 10-hour meters located on Cliff Drive, Park Avenue and Laguna Canyon Road & Frontage Road.

Those with disabled parking passes  may park in any metered street parking spot for free for up to 72 hours but must pay to park in other  spots in the city parking lots.

Laguna Beach Parking Lots
Our recommended list of parking lots and garages, as well as their rates, may be found on the map below, and the full list is available on City of Laguna Beach’s website at The lots vary from hourly to daily rates.

In lots on Broadway Street, Forest Avenue and Ocean Avenue, there are 3-hour limits until 5 p.m.

In the Laguna Canyon Road lot (725 Laguna Canyon Road), Forest/Laguna Canyon Road lot (551 Forest Avenue), and Lumberyard lot (521 Forest Avenue), there is a $15 rate on holidays and weekdays after 5 p.m. and all day on weekends and $10 at all other times.

Laguna Beach Free Trolleys – Download the Laguna Beach Travel Info App!
Offering continuous service from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., (excluding July 4, when services end at 7 p.m.) the trolleys ride both directions of Pacific Coast Highway and make numerous stops. Trolleys can be tracked on the Laguna Beach Travel Info app for real-time trolley arrivals, but they typically arrive every 20 minutes at a stop.

There are three service routes:

  • Coastal Route – rides both directions of Pacific Coast Highway
  • Downtown Canyon Route – circles along Coast to Canyon along Broadway/Laguna Canyon and Forest through downtown.
  • Short Canyon Route – quick service from Act V lot (1900 Laguna Canyon Road, $7 all day) to Sawdust Festival, includes other Festival and Fair stops.

Parking & Trolley Map