Costa Mesa Musings: What's On This Season

Offers world-class fashion to stellar concert hall entertainment

The annual Orange County Fair returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa July 11.

Photo Courtesy of City of Costa Mesa


Costa Mesa offers world-class fashion at South Coast Plaza, a palette of award-winning performances at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, exquisite dining and endless relaxation at an exceptional selection of hotels.

The City of the Art sets the stage for the ultimate Southern California retreat – and with so much happening in Costa Mesa this season, there’s no better time to visit!

Nine-time Grammy Award winner John Legend is set to make his debut at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. The one-night-only event April 2 will be part of the singer’s North American Tour for An Evening With John Legend: The All of Me Tour. The performance will feature an intimate acoustic setting in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, highlighted by a guitar and vocal accompaniment as well as a string quartet.  The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa is the leader for performing arts in Orange County (OC) with Broadway musicals, dance productions, concerts, classical music by Pacific Symphony and much more.

Runners test their will and fortitude as the annual OC Marathon returns May 2-5 with the full-marathon, half-marathon and 5-kilometer race through some of the most scenic landscapes in Orange County. All three races end at the OC Fair & Event center in Costa Mesa. Now in its 10th year, the OC Marathon has grown into one of the biggest annual events in Orange County.   The weekend’s events culminate at the Wahoo’s Finish Line Festival at the OC Fair & Event Center with a post-race celebration with live music, food and drinks. Stay the night in Costa Mesa and rest easy before your big run with participating Costa Mesa hotels offering free shuttle services to and from the race.

The annual OC Fair returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa July 11 with musical performances, live entertainment, rides, games, competitions, food and much more. The month-long spectacle features some of the biggest names in music with concerts in the Pacific Amphitheatre and the Hangar. The Action Sports Area will be abuzz with high-adrenaline events like bull riding, freestyle moto-x and the demolition derby. Make your visit to the OC Fair even better with the OC Fair app for iPhone and Android featuring a food finder, weather information, maps, event schedules and car finder. The OC Fair will be in Costa Mesa until Aug. 10.

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