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Travel Costa Mesa Blog

It’s the First Day of Fall! 3 Great Autumn Stops in Costa Mesa

Posted on September 22, 2016 | 8:50am

It’s the first day of fall! Though Costa Mesa is known for year-round sunshine, Southern California still cools down as we hit the fall season. Locals reach deep into the closet to grab that fuzzy sweater or long boots you can only wear here for a few months. And, we still get in the mood for fall by enjoying cool-weather eats and drinks and cozy spots to curl up. With the fall days quickly approaching, we picked a few stops that will definitely get you in the autumn mood.


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Posted in Food, Locals, Misc

Costa Mesa: Where Art, Food and Fashion Come Together

Posted on September 19, 2016 | 6:38am

With a vibrant performing arts scene, fashion straight from the runway and award-winning dining options, Costa Mesa is known as the City of the Arts™. This coastal town just a mile from the Pacific Ocean will surprise Southern California visitors with its urban, cosmopolitan feel. As home of an international shopping destination visited by millions every year and an incredible arts and theater complex, Costa Mesa also offers an exciting public art walk, 29 different parks and was rated one of the most walkable cities in the United States.

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La Cuisine Culinary Arts Cooking Classes

Posted on September 16, 2016 | 7:30am

Costa Mesa is definitely a culinary hotspot in OC, and not just for eating…for cooking too! Among other culinary training programs in Costa Mesa including Surfas Culinary District, La Cuisine Culinary Arts is located inside the Macy’s Home Store in South Coast Plaza. La Cuisine Culinary Arts offers a wide variety of hands-on cooking classes.

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Posted in Food, Locals, Misc, Play

Carving Pumpkins for a Great Cause at The OC MIX – OC GUTS!

Posted on September 7, 2016 | 1:18pm

On October 24, the most creative will gather in Costa Mesa for an epic pumpkin-carving competition to serve a very worthy cause. The primary goal of OC GUTS is to unify the creative community in support of a worthy and meaningful charity, Make-A-Wish® Orange County and the Inland Empire — an organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.


GUTS allows local artists and creatives to enter a friendly competition to see who has what it takes to carve the best pumpkin of the year. The pumpkins are judged by respected leaders in the design community and the event encourages strong local involvement and support by allowing guests to attend, bid on creative one-of-a-kind pumpkins to take home, vote on a favorite pumpkin and enjoy the festivities of a high-energy event.



This community-wide event will bring in the best creative talent in the area, as well as the support of generous sponsors. Sponsors include 454 Creative and the American Institute of Graphic Arts, among local businesses.

Check our calendar for more details on this great event!

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Jazz Weekend Returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Posted on August 30, 2016 | 5:24am

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Jazz Weekend returns this October! This very special event features modern-day jazz greats honoring past jazz legends during Segerstrom Center’s Jazz Weekend taking place October 7 – 9, 2016. This will be a celebratory weekend of jazz music, featuring songs from the last 100 years of this great musical genre in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Jazz Weekend kicks off on October 7 with a special double bill concert featuring the SFJAZZ Collective performing a tribute to Miles Davis along with the band’s own compositions.

SF Jazz Collective photograhed in San Francisco, CA October 23, 2015©Jay Blakesberg

SF Jazz Collective photographed in San Francisco, CA October 23, 2015©Jay Blakesberg

An all-star ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers in jazz today, the SFJAZZ Collective’s mission each year is to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and newly commissioned pieces by each SFJAZZ Collective member. The evening continues with JAZZ 100 marking the 2017 centennial celebration for four visionary talents all born in the same year: Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Mongo Santamaria and Thelonious Monk. Jazz 100 showcases both the dynamic individual artistry of each icon and the powerful unifying threads between them which helped to shape and inform not only the evolution of jazz but also modern music as we now recognize it.


On October 8, Los Angeles tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington makes his Segerstrom Center debut with performances from his latest album, The Epic. Most recently, Kamasi worked on Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly. In addition, Kamasi is part of a West Coast musical collective, called the West Coast Get Down.

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On October 9, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis return to the Center for an unforgettable afternoon of music that will include the opening act of drummer and vocalist Jamison Ross. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis, is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today. Wynton Marsalis is the managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and a world-renowned trumpeter and composer. Marsalis began his classical training on trumpet at age 12, entered The Juilliard School at age 17, and then joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He made his recording debut as a leader in 1982, and has since recorded more than 60 jazz and classical recordings, which have won nine Grammy® Awards. In 1983, he became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz Grammys in the same year and repeated the feat in 1984. Marsalis is also an internationally respected teacher and spokesman for music education, and has received honorary doctorates from dozens of U.S. universities and colleges.


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