Costa Mesa event shows arts are where the action is

Arts and action sports joined together at center stage in Costa Mesa over the weekend for Action Arts in the Park, a four-hour dose of arts, activities and entertainment at TeWinkle Park.

The brainchild of the city’s Cultural Arts Committee was meant to “build on the uniqueness that is Costa Mesa art and really highlight why we are the ‘City of the Arts’ in a whole new way,” according to Costa Mesa Recreation Manager Justin Martin.

The free event Saturday afternoon included artist exhibits, interactive art stations, a rock climbing wall, a mechanical surfboard and skateboarding demonstrations — all backed by live music from local bands and a DJ.



May 17, 7:30 p.m.: An earlier version of this post stated that Operation Clean Slate put on demonstrations at the event. The group did not attend the event.


A kids zone was set up for families, and guests of all ages could munch on the offerings of food trucks.

“Costa Mesa really is a melting pot for all types of art and culture,” Martin said in a statement. “There is something for everyone here, and that is what makes the scene here so unique.”