See Why Costa Mesa is Called the City of the Arts®

Whether it’s a world-class museum, multi-faceted performing arts center, or colorful street-side murals, amazing art can be seen on practically every corner in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Located just minutes from the Pacific Ocean, the sun-drenched city of Costa Mesa is centrally positioned between Los Angeles and San Diego in California’s beautiful Orange County, and offers visitors everything from first-rate dining and luxury shopping to top-rated beaches along with a rich arts and entertainment community.

With some of the finest visual arts installations and performing arts venues in the world, it’s easy to see why Costa Mesa is dubbed The City of the Arts®. Below, check out some amazing arts and cultural experiences to be had in Costa Mesa this summer and always.

Performing Arts

Make it an evening to remember with preeminent performing arts and theater at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, which hosts Broadway shows, the award-winning Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, and the Pacific Chorale, family entertainment, and more.

Over at Samueli Theater, groove to SCFTA’s Jazz Club, Concert Series and the Cabaret Series in a casual nightclub setting, while the Tony® Award-winning South Coast Repertory hosts plays from September through June that are often featured in up to five world premieres each season.

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Visual Arts

Walk around town and you’re bound to run into groundbreaking public artwork by some of art history’s most renowned artists, including Jean Dubuffet, Joan Miró, Richard Serra, Henry Moore, Aiko Miyawaki, and many more. Isamu Noguchi’s California Scenario (also colloquially known as the Noguchi Garden) is recognized as one of the country’s preeminent public sculpture gardens that’s situated on 1.6 serene acres.

Continue learning on the go with a free mobile audio tour of Costa Mesa’s Art Walk that will guide you around the city to see over 20 incredible pieces of public art.

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Rendering of the highly-anticipated Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA)

Cool off and discover something new at one of the many museums in and around Costa Mesa. Visit Diego Sepulveda Adobe, or Estancia, the second oldest structure in Orange County and a designated California Historical Landmark, or the Heroes Hall museum that pays tribute to those who served during World War II. Slated to open in October 2022, the highly-anticipated Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) will feature Californian art from the early 20th century to present day.

If you’re still looking for more creative and artistic experiences, check out these other museums and activities in nearby cities. In Santa Ana, learn about different cultures at the Bowers Museum or explore interactive science exhibits at Discovery Cube Orange County. Over in Tustin, be wowed at exotic cars at the Marconi Automotive Museum, while the Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar offers a breath of fresh air in a beautiful botanical garden setting.

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Street Art

Snap an Instagram-worthy pic against the backdrop of eye-catching murals and street art that can be seen throughout the city, including the can’t-miss Dolly Parton mural, the Kobe Bryant memorial mural, as well as the 55-foot-high “Welcome Home” creation by celebrated contemporary street artist Shepard Fairey.

Shepard Fairey’s colorful mural

Beautiful art can be seen on every corner in Costa Mesa, even on decorated utility boxes that have been transformed into brilliant works of art created by local artists as part of a city program.

Don’t forget to tag @travelcostamesa and use hashtags #CityOfTheArts #CostaMesaArtWalk for the chance to be featured!

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