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This Orange County destination is ready to welcome visitors and locals safely to the city to experience shopping, al fresco dining and the outdoors

COSTA MESA, Calif. (September 4, 2020) – Travel Costa Mesa invites visitors to take a road trip or experience a staycation during Labor Day weekend. With warm weather, Costa Mesa’s cool breezes are the perfect way to beat the heat and change up the day-to-day routine. Visitors can feel confident coming to stay when considering the safety and cleanliness of Costa Mesa hotels. Whether traveling as a family, with a companion or making a solo trip, Costa Mesa welcomes visitors to create their escape with hotel deals as low as $75. NOTE: Masks are required in Costa Mesa.

Things to do Labor Day weekend

South Coast Plaza, the largest shopping destination on the west coast has reopened its doors. With hundreds of specialty boutiques, brands like Prada, Hermes and Gucci, plus more than 20 restaurants offering al fresco dining, including those helmed by celebrity chefs, a day at South Coast Plaza is a great way to beat the heat. For shoppers seeking a more personalized service, the recently opened Pavilion at South Coast Plaza features 14 private, open-air suites for shopping by appointment only. Masks are required and social distancing has been implemented throughout the center.  Read more about South Coast Plaza’s safety measures. 

September 4, 5 and 6: The OC Fair Food Drive-Thru, Friday and Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For the foodies out there or those that missed attending the county fairs this summer, this is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the nostalgic treats like giant turkey legs, hot dog or cheese on a stick, roasted corn and all the deep-fried favorites, like Oreo cookies and Snickers bars. Check to the full menu and details to join the fun.

September 5: From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., explore the Certified Farmers Market at SOCO and The OC Mix. Shop for exotic fruits, a variety of locally grown vegetables, free-range eggs, meats and nuts as well as local vendors selling soaps and jewelry. SOCO and The OC Mix also features a brand-new outdoor dining garden. Restaurants like Greenleaf Kitchen and Cocktails or Shuck Oyster Bar offer to-go meals and Portola Coffee and Birdy Bowl Juicery and great breakfast spots.

September 6: The OC Maker’s Mart at The LAB Anti-Mall from noon to 4 p.m. will feature artists, crafters and creative small business owners from all over Orange County. This outdoor shopping and dining spot features various retailers as well as plenty of restaurants with outdoor dining, a coffee shop and brewery.

Hit the beach

Situated close to the Pacific Coast, two popular beaches near Costa Mesa are Huntington Beach and Newport Beach. It’s just a short drive, and each location features miles of sandy beaches and a harbor where visitors can rent stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, electric boats, or just relax and enjoy the coastal breezes. Bike rentals and maps around Costa Mesa are also available and can take you to the beach.

For more ideas, whether traveling with family or friends, or even on a solo outing, Travel Costa Mesa has created itineraries to help anyone plan a few days to take a clean break to Costa Mesa. 


Travel Costa Mesa’s events calendar is updated regularly with activities happening both in the city and virtually.