Orange County: The Heart of Southern California




February 18, 2020


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When you’re searching for diverse experiences in one place, Orange County is it – with natural escapes in the mountains and coastline for days, as well as famous parks like Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm – there’s something for every group.

Fun Fact:

Orange County holds 34 incorporated cities. (Source)

That’s a lot of places with event space!


  • John Wayne Airport (SNA)
    • Long Beach Airport (LGB) – 25.4 Miles
    • Ontario International Airport (ONT) – 40.7 Miles
    • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – 43.3 Miles

Top 3 Activities for Your Event Agenda in Orange County

  1. Disneyland

One of the biggest claims to fame in Orange County is the “Happiest Place on Earth” – Disneyland! If you’re a fan of the franchise, or just love rides, don’t miss an opportunity to explore one of the greatest theme parks in the country, if not the world.

Companies like Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching are experts on getting you out on the water for a variety of different ways to experience the OC coastline. From wine cruises, to yacht yoga, whale watching to sportfishing as their name suggests – there’s something for everyone! A favorite of many is the Champagne Sunset Boat Cruise.

If you’re an Arrested Development fan, you know that Balboa Island is where they call home. You can take the ferry over and explore! There are fun tours by Urban Adventures that lead you through a Newport Beach beer tour which culminates in a ride to the island.

Estimated Number of Venues

~ 2,600

Corporate Venue Highlights

Photo Credit: Monarch Beach Resort

Monarch Beach Resort – A KSL Resort

One Monarch Beach Resort

Dana Point, CA 92629

Total Event Space:

30,000 square feet

Number of Event Spaces: 38

Guest rooms: 400


Orange County is known for its glitz, glam and upscale destinations. For any corporate event, you want to make sure you’re choosing a venue that provides all of the above – and Monarch Beach Resort provides all that and more. While most of their time may be spent in meeting rooms, attendees can enjoy amenities like an award-winning golf club, tennis courts, a beach club, spa, shopping and more. The meeting space provides a great amount of natural light with a balance of indoor and outdoor spaces to make sure everyone is able to soak up that California sun during breaks.

[AV] Irvine

165000 Scientific Way

Irvine, CA 92618

Total Event Space:

25,000 square feet

Number of Event Spaces:



Sometimes the most important part of an event is the location, and as [AV] Irvine is located central to many of the corporations in Orange County, it’s the perfect spot to hold your next off-site meeting or event. The space is equipped with state-of-the-art audio visual, tons of exhibition space as well as smaller breakout spaces, and it’s truly a blank canvas that you can transform into your ultimate event vision. They even have tented outdoor space to get attendees outside from time to time – lunch under the tent is a perfect way to break up those all-day meetings.

Marconi Automotive Museum

1302 Industrial Drive

Tustin, CA 92780

Total Event Space:

20,500 square feet

Number of Event Spaces:



If you’re looking for an event space that gives back, Marconi Automotive Museum is the place to go! The museum is also a non-profit that donates a portion of the proceeds of each event to at-risk children’s charities right in Orange County. Their goal is to donate one million dollars annually back to the local community – how amazing is that? The event space is decked out with vintage cars that attendees can take photos with and there is still plenty of space to customize the space to meet your companies needs – but who doesn’t love a built-in theme?

Influencer Venue Highlights

Photo Credit: Pasèa Hotel & Spa

Paséa Hotel & Spa

21080 California-1

Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Total Event Space:

18,564 square feet

Number of Event Spaces:

35,000 square feet

Guest rooms:



We’re big fans of the Meritage Collection hotels because of the impeccable décor, attention to detail and service – which you will experience for yourself at Paséa Hotel & Spa. Their outdoor lawn is 6,000 square feet of blank canvas looking straight out onto the ocean, surrounded by luxe patios to stage the perfect event. They also have a rooftop lounge called the Treetop that is weatherproofed for all seasons while still providing oceanfront views for that perfect sunset shot.

Hangar 21 South

3815 Commonwealth Avenue

Fullerton, CA 92833

Total Event Space:

12,000 sq. ft.

Number of Event Spaces:



We love a blank canvas, and Hangar 21 South is the perfect location to paint a picture and bring your brand to life. The bare bones of this venue are incredible, with iron fixtures, bright white walls so you can enhance with any colors that your brand may love, tons of natural light and outdoor space for a multi-faceted attendee experience. They also offer helicopter tours or props to really feed into the nature of the venue which is really fun! There are so many opportunities to make this spot your own.

Electra Cruises

3439 Via Oporto

Newport Beach, CA 92663

Total Event Space:

Vessel Dependent

Number of Event Spaces:

5 Yacht Options


I’m on a boat! Influencer events are all about the exclusivity and what’s more exclusive than chartering a private yacht? Companies like Electra Cruises help corporations all around Orange County spread the word about their brand, award their employees and create lasting experiences and memories while they’re at it. Cruising Orange County, or even sticking close to dock, under the twinkling lights of the night sky or a daytrip are ways to make your influencers feel valued and create memorable experiences that will help them tell those stories about your company.

Social Venue Highlights

Photo Credit: Laguna Canyon Winery

Montage Laguna Beach

30801 South Coast Highway

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Total Event Space:

15,000 square feet

Number of Event Spaces:


Guest Rooms:



If you’re looking to host the party of the year, you need a stellar venue, and Montage Laguna Beach is a triple Forbes 5-Star resort that will not disappoint. Located atop a stunning cliffside perch in Laguna Beach, the coastal views go on for days and are seen from nearly every space in the resort. The lawns are the ideal spot for a celebration at sunset, allowing the stars to take over once the sun goes down. They also have plenty of indoor space that opens to the outdoors depending on what you’re looking for – it’s definitely a spot you’ll want to explore!


241 S. Anaheim Blvd.

Anaheim, CA 92805

Total Event Space:


Number of Event Spaces:



If you want a stunning, yet affordable outdoor space for your next party – MUZEO Museum and cultural center is the ideal spot. Their outdoor courtyard is one of the best in the area, with fountains, string lighting and uplighting you’ll be transported to a magical place. There are also a few indoor options in case of weather concerns, but being under the stars is the ideal situation! The best part? Hosting events at the museum helps them to reach their annual goals as a non-profit.

Laguna Canyon Winery

2133 Laguna Canyon Road

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Total Event Space:

Not Listed

Number of Event Spaces:



Wine and celebrations go hand-in-hand!. The barrel room at Laguna Canyon Winery is a perfect environment to kick-back, relax and enjoy time with those that matter most. Our specialty is creating that perfect place setting to go with the wine barrels lining the room, to ensure the perfect color palette is in place to please the guest of honor and work with the on-site caterers to craft a memorable menu that will set the stage for a perfect evening. What’s really cool about their special event space is the wine barrels around the room actually work – how fun!

Variety is the spice of life, and that is why we love Orange County. From corporate hubs like Irvine to magical waterfront destinations like Laguna Beach, there’s something for every group and every occasion, all within a pretty short drive for California standards! If you need a little guidance finding the perfect city and venue for your next event, we’d love to help! Let’s chat.

Want to explore a little more? Check-out all the other featured cities in this blog series!

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