Can’t-Miss Events & Happenings in Costa Mesa This Summer

It’s time for a summer escape to the Golden State! Starting June 15, California is gearing up for a sweeping reopening that will remove nearly all Covid-19 restrictions that have been in place for more than a year as coronavirus cases plummet and vaccinations increase across the state.

This is great news for travelers itching to get back on the road to fully experience everything a destination has to offer without limitations. Costa Mesa is one California city that’s brimming at the seams with summer events and happenings that are meant to be experienced and shared.

Located just minutes from the Pacific Ocean, sun-drenched Costa Mesa is centrally located between Los Angeles and San Diego in Orange County, and offers visitors everything from world-class dining and luxury shopping to top-rated beaches and a rich arts and entertainment community.

Mark your calendar with the following can’t-miss events in Costa Mesa this summer, and be sure to also check out our guide on How to Spend the Perfect Summer Day in Costa Mesa.

OC Fair & Event Center

The OC Fair is back this summer Wednesdays through Sundays, July 16 – August 15. Enjoy rides, food and entertainment at one of the largest fairgrounds in the Western U.S. Advance ticket purchase required.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Costa Mesa’s preeminent performing arts and theater center is known for hosting Broadway shows, the award-winning Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, the Pacific Chorale, a bunch of family-friendly entertainment events and more. This summer, enjoy a bunch of rich programming such as Segerstrom’s first ever Juneteenth Celebration; Tuesday Night Dance classes (Polynesian Dance in June and line dancing in July); themed concerts every Friday during “Summer Sounds”; comedy starring Maria Bamford; and so much more.

Farmers Markets

Savor seasonal fresh produce, live music, local meats, eggs, juices, sweets, nuts, sauces, dips and more every Saturday at SOCO Farmers Market. Shop everything local from seasonal produce to fresh flowers at the OC Fair & Event Center Farmers Market each Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Summer Concerts at THE CAMP

The popular Concerts @ The CAMP returns with a new lineup of local musicians for a fun night of drive-in concerts. Check it out for free every Thursday, now through September 30, on a first come, first serve basis. While you’re there, grab coffee, order dinner and shop at the boutiques to support The CAMP’s small businesses.

The Art of Flamenco Dinner Show at Cafe Sevilla

It’s a taste of Spain right in Costa Mesa! Enjoy a three-course dinner, a glass of Cava Sangria and a two-part Flamenco show every Saturday night at Cafe Sevilla. Advance ticket purchase required.

Visit to start planning your summer escape today.

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