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Why is Costa Mesa the City of the Arts?

Why is Costa Mesa the City of the Arts®?


With a vibrant performing arts scene, a Tony® Award-winning play production house and an incredible public art walk with its own free mobile audio tour, Costa Mesa is a city dedicated to celebration of the arts. At the center of it is Segerstrom Center for the Arts (SCFTA), Orange County’s performing arts and theater complex and home to the world’s leading dance companies, Broadway shows, award-winning classical, jazz and cabaret artists, family entertainment, special events and year-round educational programs, also the home to the Orange County Museum of Art.

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VISUAL ARTS

Boasting a unique collection of public sculptures by world-famous artists, Costa Mesa's visual arts are a feast for the eyes. In the Theater & Arts District, you'll delight in our free audio tour of these spectacular pieces, and don't miss the stunning new Orange County Museum of Art, open October 2022.

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PERFORMING ARTS

Costa Mesa hosts iconic Broadway shows like "Hamilton" and "Wicked", concerts by world-famous artists like Yo Yo Ma and Tony Bennett, and is the home to a resident dance company, symphony and chorale.
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MURALS AND STREET ART

Costa Mesa has an incredible collection of murals throughout the city. Definitely its largest is "Welcome Home" by Shepard Fairey, standing 55 feet high and visible from the 405 freeway that intersects the city. "What I hope is that people who enjoy it also come to understand how positively art impacts the community and will come to support more of it," says Fairey.

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CULINARY ARTS

With 3 Michelin Star restaurants and 6 featured in the California Michelin Guide, Costa Mesa is truly at the top of the culinary art form in Orange County. Foodies eat in Costa Mesa, it's just that simple. Find out more about your Eatcation® in Costa Mesa!

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DESIGNER FASHION

South Coast Plaza is where the world comes to shop. Featuring 250 boutiques and 30 restaurants, South Coast Plaza rivals Rodeo Drive and Ginza in Tokyo with its designer offerings, in some cases right off the runway.
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