Santa Ana

Is Santa Ana the home of the 2019 Orange County Laureate? Here are some details we learned of this Orange County City.


With so much going on at any given moment, it’s easy to see why Santa Ana is becoming an epicenter of activity for Orange County. Indeed, a trip to the city’s bustling downtown district will cure any preconceptions of the city as a cultural backwater.

Covering an area that’s probably slightly bigger than the average community college, downtown Santa Ana (or DTSA, as it has become known in social media nomenclature) manages to cram so much in such a relatively small space that it’s almost difficult to decide what to talk about. As far as food goes, there’s quite literally something for everybody at 4th Street Market, where they sell everything from fusion tacos and vegan soup to plain old pizza slices and chicken wings. If just feel like unwinding in a bar, however, you also have plenty of options, from the arcade game-stocked Mission Control to the subterranean Copper Door.

Another thing the area’s got going for it is the abundance of performance spaces and creative hot spots. DTSA is home to The Frida Cinema, an independent arthouse movie theatre that draws guests from all over Southern California. Other venues to visit include the Grand Central Art Center, home of the Wayward Artist theatre company, and the Makara Center for the Arts, a non-profit library that doubles as an art gallery and performance space.

There’s much to be said about the vibrant arts and cultural scene in Santa Ana, but why not discover it for yourself? Take a trip to downtown sometime and be sure to nominate someone you know for the Orange County Laureate at



Written by Reggie Peralta. Please email us if you would like to recommend additional reading resources on this topic. For more information on this city please visit the following references:

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