Costa Mesa, founded in 1953, is a city in
Orange County, California with a population of approximately 113,000. Costa Mesa has irregular borders.
Fountain Valley, and a small section of
Newport Beach are to the west. The City of Newport Beach is to the south,
Santa Ana is to the north, and
Irvine is to the east. While the John Wayne Airport is in the City of Irvine, it is adjacent to Costa Mesa on its eastern border.
Costa Mesa was settled by the Tongva Indians long before the area was claimed by Spain and later by Mexico.
The following communities are located in Costa Mesa:
Santa Ana Valley
The Santa Ana Valley, once known as the Vallejo de Santa Ana, is located in Orange County, California. The cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana, and Yorba Linda are located within the Santa Ana Valley.
Orange County Fair & Event Center
The Orange County Fair & Event Center (OCFEC) is a 150 acre event venue in Costa Mesa. The facility hosts more than 170 events each year attracting over 4.5 million visitors. OCFEC is home to the Orange County Fair, the Pacific Amphitheatre, the Costa Mesa Speedway, and the Centennial Farm.
The Pacific Amphitheatre is a major amphitheater in Costa Mesa, California with a seating capacity of 18,000. The facility is located on the site of the Orange County Fair & Event Center and opened in 1983.
Costa Mesa Historical Society
The Costa Mesa Historical Society, founded in 1966, is a civic, non-profit organization supported by volunteers and its members. The museum and headquarters building is home to a large collection of natural and man-made objects, photographs, books, maps, newspapers, oral histories, a great gift shop, and much more. Tours are available and donations are appreciated. The museum is definitely worth visiting.