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Things to do in Costa Mesa This Spring

Posted on April 8, 2024 | 8:33am | Travel Costa Mesa

Things to do in Costa Mesa This Spring

Spring is here, and Orange County as always is packed with opportunities to make the most of the warming weather. Time your visit right and you will have a range of spring events to choose from in Costa Mesa, from foodie fairs to galleries, even to a full marathon.

OC Winefest

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When: April 20–April 21

Where: OC Fair & Event Center (The Hangar)

Admission: $55

More than 100 different wines from over 30 wineries will be available for a diverse wine tasting event hosted at the OC Fair & Event Center. For 3 hours, you can try wines from around the world made from some of the finest grapes ever grown.

South Coast Plaza Garden Show

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When: April 25–28

Where: South Coast Plaza Shopping Center

Admission: Free

The 34th Southern California Spring Garden show is set to happen at South Coast Plaza over four days. Featuring dozens of plant and garden vendors selling exotic plants, it is the perfect time to find something to make your living space stand out. There will be 8 display gardens showcasing the talent of SoCal horticulture specialists, along with a crowning centerpiece—a 25-foot floral installation.

Beetlejuice, the Musical

When: April 16–28

Where: Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Admission: $49–179 (varies by seating)

Experience this classic tale of family and fun in musical form at Segerstrom Hall. This adaptation of Tim Burton’s beloved film has been hailed by Variety as “SCREAMINGLY GOOD FUN” and was a Broadway favorite before making its way to Orange County.

OC Japan Fair

When: April 19 – April 21

Where: OC Fair & Event Center (Anaheim Building)

Admission: $10 (free for children 6 and under and adults 66 and over)

Gather your friends or family and prepare for a fun, educational experience about Japanese cultures. Featuring comedy, kimono models, music, cosplay, and more, this weekend-long event at the OC Fair & Event Center is the perfect way to start off your spring.

OCMA New Exhibit

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When: March 15—August 18

Where: Orange County Museum of Art

Admission: Free

Orange County Museum of Art’s latest exhibition, Color is the First Revelation of the World, features more than a dozen artists’ works exploring how color and form intersect. The works all center around hues of blue in a variety of styles, creating unique narratives using color as the central aesthetic element. Admission to the entire museum is free!

Mercado Gonzalez Miguelito’s Kids Classes

When: Saturdays in April (6, 13, 20, & 27)

Where: Mercado Gonzalez Northgate Market

Admission: Free

Stop by Mercado Gonzalez for a different kids class every Saturday morning throughout April. Each class will teach kids how to make their own version of food items such as sushi, paleta, sandwiches, and skewers.

OC Marathon

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When: May 4– May 5

Admission: $50+ (for participants, registration fees vary with event)

Whether running it or watching it, the OC Marathon is always a memorable event. This year it returns for its 20th anniversary. More than just running, the event as a whole spreads across the entire weekend and features live music, kids events, and some of the best breweries in OC. The main event (the HOAG OC Marathon) kicks off at 5:30 AM on May 5th, and the Half Marathon starts one hour later.

Disney’s Aladdin

When: May 7– May 12

Where: Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Admission: Starting at $49

The hit Broadway musical ALADDIN is coming to Segerstrom Hall for a week in May. Seize the chance to see a performance that critics across the board have heaped praise upon and experience a beautiful, spectacular, and moving retelling of Disney’s classic tale.

626 Night Market

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When: May 31–June 2

Where: OC Fair & Event Center

Admission: $5 for pre-sale tickets

Enjoy the final weekend of spring at the 626 Night Market, a sprawling event featuring local businesses as they showcase some of the best food, handmade products, art and more. Live music will keep the energy going at this fun event for everyone.  

Extend Your Stay

There is no shortage of spring events in Costa Mesa offering opportunities for adventure and exploration. Make the most of your visit by booking an overnight stay at one of our eleven hotel properties in the city.