Irvine Regional Park is a local favorite for many reasons – the train ride, the lake, the playgrounds, the OC Zoo. But did you know that they also host a weekly Farmers Market? During the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. every Tuesday, you can enjoy free admission to the park when you let the ranger at the gate know you’ll be shopping at the Farmers Market. With your parking fee waived, you’re free to shop from a delightful selection of produce, eggs, and more from local vendors, including some that are certified organic. Take your fresh veggies home and make them for dinner and you’ll immediately be able to taste the difference between store-bought and fresh-to-market.
Irvine Park Farmers Market Directions & Hours
Address: 1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869
Day/Hours: Every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (rain or shine)
Parking: Free park entrance during Irvine Park Farmers Market Hours
Irvine Park Farmers Market is located inside of Irvine Regional Park at the far east end of Jamboree Road in the foothills of Orange.
From 91 FWY – Take 241 toll road south. Turn right onto Santiago Canyon Road. Turn right on Jamboree Road. Turn right on Irvine Park Road. This is the entrance to Irvine Regional Park.
From 55 FWY – Exit Chapman Ave. (east). Turn left on Jamboree Road. Turn right on Irvine Park Road. This is the entrance to Irvine Regional Park.
From 5 FWY – Exit Jamboree Road and head north for approximately 6 miles. Turn right on Irvine Park Road. This is the entrance to Irvine Regional Park.
Farmers Market Vendors
The market has fruit and vegetable vendors as well as food vendors including bread, nuts, spices, oils, snacks, eggs, sauces, dips, jerky, gourmet chocolate, hummus, pre-made food/meals, kettle corn, cheese, empanadas, tamales, crepes, honey, coffee vegan, and vegetarian options and much more.
There are also artisans, handmade products, entertainment, and gourmet food trucks.
Here is the Irvine Farmers Market vendor application.
Priority is given to farmers. Non-farmer vendors may apply and are selected to participate based on many factors including quality and uniqueness of product, customer demand, reliability, and space available at the market. Orange County Farm Bureau only allows agricultural products, food, and handmade crafts to be sold.
Picnic tables are located around the park for you to enjoy a picnic lunch or to snack on the fresh items you’ve purchased at the Farmers Market. After you’ve finished shopping, make a day of your visit to the beautiful regional park with a walk around the lake. There are several playgrounds located around the park for kids to swing and climb and burn off extra energy. Stop by the Irvine Park Railroad for a ride around the park on the 1/3 scale train for $6 per person. Keep an eye out for the resident peacocks – they often put on a show with their flashy tail feathers. Pony rides are available next to the train station for $6 per child.
For animal lovers, you won’t want to miss a stroll through the Orange County Zoo on site at Irvine Regional Park. For only $2 per person, you can’t beat the experience. Visitors will see reptiles, mountain lions, bears, porcupines, birds of prey, and more. There is also a petting zoo where you can feed the sheep and brush the goats. The goats love making friends and the littles won’t want to leave.
There are also several hiking trails at Irvine Regional Park for hiking, biking, and equestrian use. Trails range from one to four miles in length with easy to difficult options to choose from. For young explorers, there is a nature trail through the children’s garden that is ideal for toddlers located across the parking lot from the Train Station.
The Farmers Market will be closed on holidays and when it rains.