Top OC Attractions: Segerstrom Center for the Arts

You can’t take a Costa Mesa taxi around town without seeing something or some place the Segerstrom family helped to create. Their most notable contribution to Costa Mesa and the greater Orange County area however, is the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Renamed in their honor in 2011, this beautifully designed and diverse performance space is a highlight of the community and features talented performers from around the world on its stages.

In the year 1900, Carl Segerstrom immigrated to Costa Mesa, California from Sweden. He bought a lima bean farm that, over the last 115 years, has earned the family a fortune and built a lasting legacy and massive generational enterprise. Henry Segerstrom, and his family before him, are largely responsible for making Costa Mesa such a desirable city to live in. Among the successes of the South Coast Plaza (which was built on the family’s lima bean farm), and the beautiful California Scenario— Noguchi Garden (commissioned and inspired by Henry Segerstrom himself), the crown jewel of the family’s contributions lies in the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

In 1970, builders broke ground on the 5-acre plot of land donated by the Segerstrom family. Since then, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts (originally named the Orange County Performing Arts Center) has expanded to a 14-acre campus that includes:

  • The Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
  • Samueli Theater
  • Segerstrom Hall
  • Judy Morr Theater
  • The Dodge Education Center
  • Outdoor Arts Plaza
  • and Leatherby’s Café Rouge restaurant.

The Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall displays a visually and audibly impressive concert organ donated by William J Gillespie. You have to see it to believe it. The stage has held performers from around the globe, as well as the local resident companies: Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County, and Pacific Chorale. From classic Broadway musicals and solo sopranos, to philharmonic orchestras from around the world… the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center has something for everyone to enjoy.

Not only is it a place to enjoy artistic and creative culture, but it is also a community center where children and teens can develop artistic skills and Costa Mesa residents can meet, mingle, and network. Whether you’re visiting Costa Mesa or you’re a life-long resident, there’s always something new to experience at the Segerstrom Performing Arts Center. Yellow Cab’s Costa Mesa taxi service is the best around and we are available 24/7 for reservations. Just fill out our easy online form or call us at (714) 999-9999.