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Segerstrom Center for the Arts

This majestic venue is the heart and soul of Orange County’s performing arts community.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is an architectural landmark in the suburb of Costa Mesa. It hosts everything from hit Broadway musicals to ballet performances and grand orchestral concerts. Here you can see headline pop acts as well as intimate cabaret performances. This is  also home to the celebrated Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Pacific Chorale.

This prestigious venue has welcomed more than 13 million people through its doors since opening in 1986. It was previously known as the Orange County Performing Arts Center. In 2011, it was renamed to honor high-profile Orange County benefactors the Segerstrom family, who contributed generously to a large expansion program in 2003.

That project produced a sleek, state-of-the-art complex. Segerstrom Center now consists of five separate venues: a 2,000-seat concert hall, an opera house-style hall that seats 3,000 and a 500-seat theater. The theater hosts standing-room-only rock gigs but also transforms into a club-style venue for intimate jazz performances. Leatherby’s Café Rouge is a fine-dining restaurant open for dinner before and after most shows; bookings are recommended.

In the 46,000-square-foot (4,300-square-meter) outdoor Arts Plaza you can attend free community performances. For the weekly Movie Monday Series in summer, the plaza transforms into an alfresco movie theater. Classic films are projected onto the walls of the nearby Concert Hall. Visitors bring along chairs, rugs and picnic dinners and set up on the outside lawn. If you are visiting in summer, check ahead to confirm whether the movies are running.

Free, guided tours explore the backstage area of the center. They provide commentary on the history and architecture of this cultural hub. Check in advance for tour departure times as they are scheduled around performances. 

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located in Costa Mesa, about a 15-minute drive from downtown Santa Ana. Free parking is available.


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Costa Mesa Marriott ¥12,692
Costa Mesa Marriott

Costa Mesa Marriott

500 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Camp, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and South Coast Plaza. The Observatory is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

    Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel ¥16,026
    Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

    Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

    3350 Avenue Of The Arts, Costa Mesa, CA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Plaza. University of California-Irvine and Fashion Island are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa ¥14,305
      Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa

      Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa

      3050 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Camp and The LAB Antimall. Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Plaza are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa ¥20,329
        The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

        The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

        686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Plaza. Orange County Fairgrounds and University of California-Irvine are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County ¥11,138
          Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County

          Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County

          3131 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Costa Mesa, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Plaza. University of California-Irvine and Huntington State Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Ana - Orange County Airport ¥9,190
            DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Ana - Orange County Airport

            DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Ana - Orange County Airport

            201 E MacArthur Blvd, Santa Ana, CA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Segerstrom Center for the Arts and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from South Coast Plaza. Lyon Air Museum and The Camp are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Homewood Suites By Hilton Irvine John Wayne Airport ¥12,708
              Homewood Suites By Hilton Irvine John Wayne Airport

              Homewood Suites By Hilton Irvine John Wayne Airport

              17370 Red Hill Ave, Irvine, CA
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Irvine Business Complex, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Irvine Museum, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and South Coast Plaza. Lyon Air Museum and Boomers are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Courtyard by Marriott Santa Ana Orange County ¥11,724
                Courtyard by Marriott Santa Ana Orange County

                Courtyard by Marriott Santa Ana Orange County

                8 MacArthur Place, Santa Ana, CA
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from South Coast Plaza and within 9 mi (15 km) of University of California-Irvine and Huntington State Beach. Irvine Spectrum Center and Angel Stadium of Anaheim are also within 12 mi (20 km).