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Irvine, CA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 16
Total Sleeping Rooms 3,782
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 536
Committable Meeting Rooms* 25
Largest Ballroom 15,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $179
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $50
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $250
*Maximum for a single hotel

Irvine, CA Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning guide for Irvine, a city guide for meeting professionals. The center of California's celebrated Orange County, Irvine is where natural beauty, perfect weather and a rich business climate serve to enhance a sophisticated community. Irvine event venues offer an enticing package for meeting planners: state-of-the-art meeting facilities alongside an eclectic blend of outdoor recreation, culture, incredible shopping, diverse dining and historical points-of-interest.

Widely considered the business capital of Orange County, Irvine is the world headquarters for Fortune 1000 companies such as Broadcom, Allergan, Blizzard Entertainment, Western Digital, and Vizio. It is also the headquarters for LA Fitness and a regional headquarters for Google. Institutes of higher education include the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Concordia University, Irvine Valley College, the Orange County Center of the University of Southern California (USC) and a branch of Pepperdine University. This combination of high tech, medical and lifestyle industry professionals, coupled with a large academic population, provides access to speakers and group activities, as well as ensuring a lively mix of culture and dining.

While John Wayne/Orange County Airport is minutes from the majority of Irvine hotels, Long Beach Airport and Los Angeles International are also within close proximity allowing for multiple travel choices. Once in the city, attractions are easily accessible by car, or visitors can utilize the county's public transportation network which includes iShuttle, a fixed-route bus system with stops within the Irvine business sector (as well as John Wayne Airport).

There are 16 hotels in Irvine, including three major hotels with impressive meeting facilities: the Hotel Irvine, which boasts 50,000 square feet of meeting space, the Irvine Marriott with 27,000 square feet of space and the Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport, with 20,000 square feet.

For offsite facilities, planners can take their pick from a wide selection of diverse properties. Some of the facilities are specialized, like the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, which offers 45,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, as well as a 200-seat auditorium, for meetings in the medical, technology and science fields. Others, like the versatile, 22,000-square-foot Bren Events Center, can be adapted for concerts, large meetings, small conferences or sporting events.

Thanks to Disney (and, to a lesser degree, Knott's Berry Farm), Orange County is known the world over for its family-friendliness. Family-friendly sites that are particular to Irvine include the Orange County Great Park - with its helium balloon ride that takes guests of all ages 400 feet above Orange County; the Pretend City Children's Museum, where children use props and amenities to "play grown-up"; and nearby Irvine Regional Park, which hosts the Orange County Zoo and where outdoor event areas can be reached by foot or by miniature train. Each of these attractions also doubles as an event space, allowing attendees to enjoy the great California outdoors - and to get in touch with their inner child.

For longer meetings or an enjoyable extended stay, Irvine is only nine miles from Orange County beaches and 45 miles south from downtown Los Angeles.

About Irvine, CA / Additional Info

Nestled in the center of Orange County and spanning 65 square miles, Irvine is an enticing Southern California city, brimming with Fortune 1000 corporations, world-class shopping, outdoor recreation, golf, diverse eateries and proximity to beautiful beaches. As a community, Irvine is known for its low crime rate, great schools and booming economy; in fact, it has been named "America's Safest Big City" by the FBI since 2005. Its endless offerings and a high quality of life make Irvine the city of choice for approximately 240,000 residents.

Not formally incorporated until 1971, Irvine is a planned city largely developed by the family-owned Irvine Company. (The city's namesake, James Irvine, was the 19th-century scion who owned land spanning 23 miles from the Pacific to the Santa Ana River.) Irvine's origins can be explored at attractions such as the Irvine Historical Museum and, the Irvine Ranch Historical Park.

There is no shortage of exhibits, performances and lively events in Irvine. Musicians and dancers take to the stage at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, while the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in neighboring Costa Mesa presents everything from Broadway shows to musical icons. The world-renowned Irvine Museum is the only museum in California dedicated to the preservation and display of California Impressionism. These assets, along with events like the Irvine Global Village Festival (which celebrates the city's diverse residents), not only demonstrate Irvine's dedication to arts and culture, they provide opportunities for entertainment and meeting program enrichment.

But when it comes to shopping, Irvine truly has few rivals. The spectacular Irvine Spectrum Center is considered one of the country's premier shopping and entertainment centers; it has 1.3 million square feet of retail, dining and entertainment space (and counting!) and features nine fountains; a carousel with antique-design horses and menagerie animals; and a 108-foot tall Giant Wheel that was designed and hand-crafted for the center in Italy. The Spectrum Center features Nordstrom, Macy's and Target as its anchors, as well as more than 130 stores, restaurants and entertainment spaces, including a 6,400 seat, 21-screen movie theater with an IMAX theater (available for rental) and the number-one comedy club in the U.S., the Improv. Other shopping complexes are The Market Place and nearby Newport Beach's Fashion Island.

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