About the Market Place

The Orange County Market Place®, America’s most unique market, is a celebration of food, fun, value, and the entrepreneurial spirit.  With hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, the Orange County Market Place has grown to become the centerpiece of the Orange County outdoor shopping experience.

The Orange County Market Place®, founded in 1969, is owned and operated by Spectra and is located on the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa at Fair Drive and the 55 Freeway.  The Orange County Market Place operates every Saturday and Sunday of the year except during the Orange County Fair in July/August.  Operating hours for the general public are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Market Place provides a vast array of various merchants with a selling area extending over 20 acres.  Adjacent to the selling area, are 40 acres of available parking. While most parking is free, the Orange County Fair & Event Center does offer "Preferred Parking" through Gate 1 for a nominal fee.  The general public is charged a fee for admission to the selling area but Veterans, U.S. Military Personnel and children under 12 years of age are admitted free.

A kaleidoscope of people, cultures, sights and sounds, the Orange County Market Place is a day of adventure and festivities for all who pass through its gates. Each weekend, merchants offer an eclectic range of merchandise and services; original artwork, embroidery, automobiles, fresh fruits and vegetables, breads, clothes, barbecues, spas, home decor, and even on-site haircuts.  Visitors are also treated to live entertainment from local musicians, as well as a vast array of quality, freshly prepared food and beverage items sold in quick service restaurants. These food and beverage operations are owned and operated by Spectra and are located throughout the Orange County Market Place selling area.

The Orange County Market Place takes pride in offering its customers and sellers a safe, clean, and enjoyable environment. Security and emergency medical services are provided during operating hours and aisles are kept free of debris by maintenance personnel.  "Directories" of sellers and products are made available to customers, and customers may also use the "Merchant Information Services" at the Directory Booth to locate a particular product or seller. The Orange County Market Place does provide Information Services at Guest Services to assist customers and sellers with questions, lost and found items, missing persons, and general information.

We look forward to seeing you soon!