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If you love to shop, plan to stay at least a week in Irvine, bring an empty suitcase and wear comfortable shoes. Irvine offers fashionistas, casual shoppers and people-watchers five major shopping destinations.



Upcoming Events


Blue Whale Migration Fall 2014-$16 Whale Watching Cruise Special Newport Beach

Oct 31 – Nov 30
The annual "Giant Blue Whale Migration" brings hundreds…

Celebration of Orange County's "Quasquicentennial."

Oct 31 – Dec 31
OC's 125th Birthday - Quasquicentennial In 1889, locals voted to separate from Los Angeles…

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Oct 31
Irvine Park Railroad's ninth annual pumpkin patch is fun for the entire family! Activities include train rides, hay rides,…

Knott's Scary Farm Irvine Hotel Packages

Oct 31 – Nov 1
Dying for a Knott's Scary Farm vacation getaway? Combine admission to Knott's Scary Farm with an Irvine area hotel to…

Holiday Faire

Nov 7 – Nov 8
This year's event marks the 32nd Annual Irvine Fine Arts Center's annual Holiday Faire. Join us for family fun and holiday shopping for fabulous arts…

Selfies with Santa

Nov 28 – Dec 24
Santa returns to Irvine Spectrum Center, this year in Orange County style! Clad in a Hawaiian shirt and board shorts, St. Nick will greet visitors…

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2014-2015 Visitors Guide

Visitors Guide

Whether here for a business trip or a family vacation, let our free Visitors Guide be your constant companion. MORE






Welcome to Irvine!

Irvine, CA is a city like no other: a master-planned balance of urban living and preserved natural space at the center of Orange County in coastal Southern California.

Reflecting the visionary spirit of its University of California campus, Irvine is not only a great place to vacation, it's an exceptional destination for meetings and events, a multicultural home to over 100 company headquarters.

At the same time, Irvine is one of the most family-friendly destinations in the country, ranked "America's Safest Big City" by the FBI since 2005 and less than half an hour from some of California's best-loved attractions, including Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Disneyland Park® and Knott's Berry Farm.

If you love sunny days and mild nights, world-class shopping, hiking and biking, and diverse dining, find it all at the center of Orange County: Irvine, California.

Be sure to check out our Blog, written by local Irvine experts, to get tips on things to do, what to see, events and more.


Where To Stay

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All Irvine hotels are just minutes from I-5 and/or I-405, putting Irvine's and Orange County's best shopping, beaches, meeting venues, hiking and biking, restaurants, amusement parks and major attractions in easy reach. More on Irvine Hotels

Where to Play

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From an energetic rock concert, a stroll through a museum, to biking and hiking outdoors, visitors will find plenty of exciting things to do in Orange County. More Things to Do in Irvine

Where to Eat


Irvine offers foodies true global cuisine, with a wide selection of foods from India, Persia, Thailand, Vietnam and other distant shores. More on Irvine Restaurants



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Friday, October 31 4:00PM
Destination-Irvine Now through January 15, 2015, The Irvine Museum presents Scenic View Ahead: The Westways Cover Art Program, 1928-1981, one of the largest exhibitions of works from the Westways cover art program ever mounted. Westways is the member magazine of the Automobile Club of Southern California.
Thursday, October 30 4:00PM
Destination-Irvine Where is Wendy Wednesday? Hint: You can see the Blue Whale Migration
Wednesday, October 29 4:00PM
Destination-Irvine TODAY - Celebrate National Chocolate Day with Casey’s Cupcakes and enjoy their special Tantalizing Triple Chocolate Cupcake, which is only available for a limited time. This treat is made with decadent dark chocolate cake with Belgian chocolate chips, delicious milk chocolate truffle filling with creamy white chocolate truffle frosting and topped with triple chocolate curls, chocolate pirouettes, glitter and Casey’s Cupcake’s signature chocolate medallion. 6258 Irvine Blvd., Irvine 59 Fortune Drive, Irvine 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach 1041 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach
Tuesday, October 28 4:00PM
Destination-Irvine Ever wonder why UCI has Peter the Anteater as its mascot - it all started by two water polo players, Pat Glasgow and Bob Erns, who loved comics and were inspired by the Johnny Hart comic strip “B.C.” Both of these student athletes campaigned fiercely before the mascot election in 1965. The Anteater officialy became UCI’s mascot. Consequently, “ZOT” became the official “war-cry” since Johnny Hart’s comic strip made his anteater yell “ZOT” in his own portrayal of the anteater.
Homepage for UC Irvine's mascots, Peter the Anteater.
Monday, October 27 4:00PM