Costa Mesa, CA, USA

Things to Do in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa has incredible entertainment year round, including a variety of events and festivals! From great shopping at South Coast Plaza, to arts and theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, to incredible dining at award-winning restaurants, Costa Mesa is not to be missed when visiting Orange County, California.

Experience South Coast Plaza, a world-famous retail destination, offering more than 250 stores and restaurants, all under one roof. You could truly spend a day here exploring the exclusive shops only found at South Coast Plaza, with its stellar cast of the world's top designers including Christian Dior, Gucci, Prada and more. Great events are held year round, and along with a VIP relaxation suite, valet parking and concierge services, South Coast Plaza turns an ordinary shopping trip into an exciting, one-of-a-kind outing.


Engage in a cultural experience and learn why Costa Mesa is The City of the Arts®. Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located in Costa Mesa and is Orange County’s performing arts and theater complex. Segerstrom is 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. Stroll through the incredible campus; explore the Art Walk and see the free public art installations located around the performing arts campus. You won’t want to miss California Scenario at Noguchi Garden, one of the country's preeminent outdoor sculpture gardens, or attending a stage production of some of the world’s favorite Broadway shows.

The Triangle outdoor dining and entertainment center offers experiences for everyone, whether you’re looking for the hottest nightlife with the best DJs and dancing at TIME Nightclub or hanging with friends or catching the latest movie at Starlight Triangle Cinemas! Looking for an authentic local shopping and dining experience? Visit The LAB and The CAMP, two outdoor, ecofriendly shopping centers with a dedication to local purveyors and a green, active lifestyle. Enjoy a meal at Habana, a romantic Cuban bistro, or Old Vine Cafe, famous with locals for their decadent brunch until 3 pm. and wine-paired dinner offerings.

And be sure not to miss SOCO and The OC Mix, a collection of cutting-edge home stores with pop-up boutiques a gourmet food hall tucked into its campus. There you'll find chefs with Michelin-starred restaurant experience like Carlos Salgado at Taco Maria, or Noah Blom at ARC, recognized as one of the most important new restaurants in the U.S. by renowned food critic Brad A. Johnson from the Orange County Register.


If being in Southern California has you yearning for a trip to the beach, Costa Mesa is just 10 minutes from the gorgeous Southern California coastline. And, getting to the Disneyland® Resort is easy thanks to Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) picks you up you’re your hotel and drops you at the entrance of the Disneyland® Resort.

Costa Mesa is a walk-friendly city, especially if you're nterested in a "No Wheels" weekend getaway.  Select from a variety of hotels, from AAA rated 4-Diamond offerings to more economical accommodations, most offering complimentary shuttle service to and from John Wayne Airport, Orange County.

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