"August rocked," said Rebecca Meekma, Sawdust Festival media and community relations manager.
"I don't have the grand totals for ticket sales yet, but the paid attendance the last week in August was up 10% over last year. July did not rock. That heat killed us. People were coming to Laguna to cool off, not to buy or enjoy art and culture."
Sawdust exhibitor Ken Lauher said business was down as much as 20%.
"Attendance was down in the canyon big-time, especially during the heat wave, and we struggled very hard to bring the attendance back up in August," said Floyd O'Neil of the Art-A-Fair. "When it's as hot at the beach as it is inland, it's pretty scary."