Orange County Marketplace: OC Swap Meet

woman shops at a vintage store in the OC Market

The Orange County Marketplace, once known as the OC Swap Meet, has been around since 1969. There’s a little something for everyone and with approximately two million visitors every year, it’s one of the largest events in Southern California. Located in the OC Fair & Event Center, it’s a must experience shopping experience. 

The Orange County Market Place boasts over 1,000 food, merchandise, arts & crafts vendors, and plenty more. Accompanied by all this is kids’ play areas, a large stage for live music, butcher shop, full-service hair salons, and a mix of snack and drink stands. Additionally, one area of the Market Place is titled “Behind the Picket Fence,” and is dedicated to repurposed or vintage items. 

A kaleidoscope of people, cultures, sight, and sounds, the Orange County Market Place is a day of adventure and festivities for all who pass through its gates. Each weekend, merchants offer an eclectic range of merchandise and services; original artwork, embroidery, automobiles, fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, clothes, barbecues, spas, home decor, and even on-site haircuts” – OC Market Place Site.


Orange County Market Place Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Market Place Open? 

The Market Place is open every Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm. (closed from mid-July to mid-August during the Orange County Fair)


Is the OC Market Place Free to Attend?

No, there is a $2 entry, but military service members and children aged 12 and under get in free. The Market Place also offers Value Pack with a 10 for $10 offer or 5 for $5 for larger groups, annual passes, and Preferred Neighbor passes


Is there on-site parking? 

There is parking available on the grounds and parking is free from gate 2 through gate 10. There is additional preferred parking for $8 at the main entrance. 


Are Pets Allowed at the Swap Meet?

No, pets are not allowed in the Market Place with the exception of service animals. You must also clean up after your service animal. 


Can you Bring in Outside Food and Beverage?

Outside food and drink are not allowed inside the fairgrounds. 


What are you NOT allowed to bring? 

Attendees are not permitted to bring in (alcohol, bikes, firearms, hoverboards, illegal substances, noisemakers, pets, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters, soliciting, sporting goods, toy guns)



Take advantage of the Orange County Market Place & swap meet while staying at the Hotel Atrium in Orange County? The Hotel Atrium is conveniently located directly across the street from John Wayne Airport and close to every major attraction in the OC. If you’re looking for even more things to do around Orange County in October, check out our attractions page. Book your Orange County stay with Hotel Atrium today!


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