Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Market Place open?

The Orange County Market Place is open every Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 4pm with the exception of mid July to mid August when the Orange County Fair is in session. Other closures will be listed on the homepage.

Where is the Orange County Market Place located?

The Orange County Market Place is on the Orange County Fairgrounds and located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Does it cost to attend the Market Place?

Yes, we do charge a $2.00 entry fee, but offer free admission to military men and women (with ID) and children aged 12 and under.

We also offer special Value Packs with a 10 for $10 offer or 5 for $5 for larger groups, annual passes, and Preferred Neighbor passes.

Do you offer parking?

Yes, we have plenty of parking for attendees. Parking is free of charge through Gate 2 and Gate 10 and we additionally offer preferred parking for only $8 through Gate 1 at the main entrance.

Are pets allowed?

No, we do not allow outside pets into the Market Place with the exception of service animals. Owners must clean up after their service animals.

Is smoking allowed?

Yes, we do allow smoking outside in the Market Place. We ask you do not smoke within 20 feet of any structure, inside any building or structure, and to please be considerate of those around you. 

Can I bring my own food and beverages?

Outside food and beverages are not allowed into the Market Place. Coolers will be checked upon entry. We do provide a wide variety of concessions for you to purchase food and beverages of your choice while at the Orange County Market Place.

Are there other prohibited items?

Here is a list of prohibited items/behaviors. Please note, this is subject to change and should be checked prior to attending the OC Market Place for such updates. Management reserves the right to amend policy at any time. The items listed are there to create a safe and welcoming environment for all of our patrons. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

  • Alcohol
  • Bicycles
  • Firearms/Weapons
  • Hoverboards
  • Illegal Substances
  • Noisemakers or Other Disruptive Devices
  • Pets
  • Rollerblades/Skates
  • Skateboards
  • Scooters/Razors
  • Soliciting/Fliering
  • Sporting Goods/Equipment
  • Toy Guns/Replica Weapons
How can my band perform at the Market Place?

We offer live entertainment inside our Hussong's Cantina on the stage. We like to feature local Orange County bands looking to showcase their talent and gain publicity for future bookings. Please contact Douglas Phelps at 949.872.7943 with your band information, music videos, and for a schedule of available dates.