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Travel Costa Mesa Blog

On Stage this Spring in Orange County

Posted on March 26, 2017 | 5:11pm

Don’t miss the award-winning lineup of arts and theater this spring in Costa Mesa! Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located in Orange County’s arts and theater district, with a schedule of some of the best Broadway and stage performances in the country. Visitors will find shows or concerts most every weekend throughout the spring season in one of four theaters on the campus conveniently located in the city of Costa Mesa.

 

Finding Neverland Costa Mesa

 

Whether you’re a theatergoer who enjoys the latest Broadway performance, someone who seeks cultural experiences in symphony or opera, or an upbeat concert is what you live for, the performers at Segerstrom Center for the Arts offer something for everyone. If you haven’t already, start planning your next (or maybe your first!) visit to Orange County’s theater, because tickets to these shows will go fast.

 

The Academy Award® winning film Finding Neverland comes to life on stage for the first time and tells the story about how Peter became Pan. Performances now through April 2.

An American in Paris Costa Mesa

An American in Paris, the four-time Tony Award®-winning musical about an American soldier and a mysterious French girl will also make its Orange County debut April 25 – May 7, 2017.

 

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If you loved the Oscar®-nominated Warner Bros. film The Bodyguard, revisit the love story of the superstar and her bodyguard along with some of the biggest selling songs like “I Will Always Love You.” Starring Grammy® Award nominee and R&B Superstar Deborah Cox, the Broadway performance runs May 30 – June 11 at Segerstrom Hall.

 

Kids looking to be entertained this spring will find interactive events during the children and family theater programming offered by Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

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Doktor Kaboom: LIVE WIRE! is a one-man show combining the creativity of theater arts with the wonders of science exploration. Doctor Kaboom uses his comedic personality to entertain while demonstrating mostly successful science experiments for this audience. It’s educational and entertaining. Tickets are on sale for April 1 and 2, 2017.

 

Moon-Mouse-Space-Odyssey-Spring-2017

Marvin, a mouse, longs to be the “cool” rat and wants to adventure to the moon to show that he too can be a hero. Through dance, puppetry and 3D theatricals, this performance of Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey demonstrates how everyone can celebrate their differences without being bullied. Performances are April 22 and 23.

 

Show attendees are encouraged to arrive an hour before the performance time to experience free creative activities.

 

With an already highly applauded schedule of performances this theater season, the performing arts scene is going to continue to heat up in Costa Mesa. Its no rumor, Hamilton the Musical, which dominated the Tony Awards in 2016, is headed to Orange County for the 2017-18 season. We can’t wait!

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But, until those tickets go on sale, there are plenty of popular Broadway and theater performances to enjoy this spring.

 

Posted in Events, Misc, Music & Art

50 Years of Fashion and Firsts at South Coast Plaza

Posted on March 23, 2017 | 3:07pm


For 50 years, visitors have arrived in Costa Mesa from neighborhoods around the corner, and from countries around the world. They come to shop at South Coast Plaza, one of the premier shopping destinations in the United States, celebrating its 50-year anniversary in 2017. In its early days, the center was anchored by May Company and Sears and opened the first Nordstrom outside the Pacific Northwest. Within the first 10 years, designer boutiques Courrèges and Halston opened. Most recently Les Parfumes Louis Vuitton and Dior Homme have joined the expansive shopping experience, continuing the legacy of being on the forefront of fashion.

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Posted in Events, Food, Locals, Misc

5 St. Patrick’s Day Stops to Eat, Drink and Celebrate

Posted on March 14, 2017 | 5:08am

St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, is always a fun day to find some great Irish food and maybe even a green beer. While officially the day commemorates Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day in Costa Mesa has come to mean a night of good times with friends. Celebrate your heritage, or be Irish for the day. Either way, we’ve got you covered with some of our favorite bars in Costa Mesa to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Green Beer St. Patrick's Day Costa Mesa

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5 Costa Mesa Restaurants to Visit During Orange County Restaurant Week

Posted on March 7, 2017 | 6:21am

 

It’s Orange County Restaurant Week, one of the best reasons to dine out and try a new restaurant, or enjoy your favorites with specially featured menus and pricing all week long.

 

From $15 prix fixe lunch menus to $80 exclusive Luxe menus, Orange County Restaurant Week offers popular menu items at a great price, with appetizers and desserts included.

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Between now and March 11, 2017, restaurants throughout Orange County are participating in this annual restaurant week event, and in Costa Mesa, you’ll find 16 restaurants featuring some of the best dining experiences. We picked 5 top OC Restaurant Week menus to share with you.

 

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Visit California’s Dream Eater Finds #DreamEats in Costa Mesa

Posted on February 27, 2017 | 9:41am

Visit California is the tourism organization representing the state of California, and this year has focused on promoting foodie travel and culinary tourism. To help highlight the amazing cuisine found throughout the state, Visit California sent the California Dream Eater on a road trip…and one of his stops was Vaca in Costa Mesa!

 

 

The California Dream Eater, Chase Ramsey, whimsically travels around California finding the best eats. Before his annual road trip, Chase asked Instagram followers to post pics of their favorite city in California for the best food, with the hashtag #DreamEats. After a couple of months of intense competition, Costa Mesa’s social media followers came through with enough #DreamEats posts to win a spot on the road trip!

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For his online YouTube episodes, Chase filmed at Vaca restaurant, and ST Patisserie in The OC MIX in Costa Mesa. Vaca, helmed by “Top Chef” Season 13 runner-up Amar Santana, is a Spanish eatery featuring a variety of sought-after Spanish meats and cheeses, tapas and paella, including an artfully curated Spanish-only wine list.

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Chase also stopped by ST Patisserie Chocolat. ST Patisserie is owned by Master Pastry Chef Stéphane Tréand. Chef Tréand was the 2008 World Pastry Champion and is an MOF (Meilleurs Ouvrier de France), the highest honor a pastry chef can earn.

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Chase also visited several other foodie hotspots in Costa Mesa which have been featured on his Instagram, including Blackmarket Bakery, Portola Coffee Lab and Water Grill South Coast Plaza.

 

“We’re so excited to have welcomed the California Dream Eater to Costa Mesa,” said Paulette. “We competed to be one of the cities on Chase’s list because we knew Costa Mesa was one of the hottest up-and-coming foodie destinations in Southern California. We truly appreciate the support of our social media followers and community partners like the City of Costa Mesa, SOCO Collection, The OC MIX, The LAB and The CAMP and South Coast Plaza in helping us win a spot as one of the highlighted destinations.”

 

Chase will be posting videos and images of his experience in Costa Mesa on his YouTube channel and Instagram account, @CaliforniaDreamEater. Travel Costa Mesa will be sharing and reposting on their Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts, @travelcostamesa. With over 28,000 Instagram followers and 147,000 YouTube views, California Dream Eater’s highlight of Costa Mesa cuisine will help to show even more travelers why Costa Mesa is the perfect place for an Eatcation!

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