Brea is a city in Orange County, California. The population as of the 2010 census was 39,282. It is located 33 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
The city began as a center of crude oil production, was later propelled by citrus production, and is now an important retail center because of the large Brea Mall and the recently redeveloped Brea Downtown. Brea is also known for its extensive public art program which began in 1975 and continues today with over 140 artworks in the collection placed and located throughout the city. Brea's public art program has been used as a model and inspiration for many public art programs across the United States.
Whether you’re visiting Brea on business or vacation, you are bound to discover many ways to make your stay worthwhile and enjoyable. In addition to being conveniently located near some of Southern California’s most popular tourist attractions, there is plenty to do and see right here in town.
Brea is known as north Orange County’s destination for dining and shopping. The city boasts a unique array of savory cuisine - whatever your taste or budget, Brea’s distinct mix of restaurants, offers something for everyone. The Brea Mall, Brea Marketplace, Brea Gateway Center, downtown Brea, Union Plaza, and East Imperial Center are some of the major shopping areas in Brea, along with the Imperial Highway and Brea Boulevard retail corridors and a number of smaller neighborhood shopping centers.
Make sure to take some time for entertainment during your visit to Brea. Music, movies and comedy animate Brea’s nightlife. Brea downtown is home to 22-movie screens, the world famous Improv comedy club, and a lively mix of special events, annual Jazz Festival, and seasonal holiday activities.
Brea, the city of art, features nationally known Arts in Public Places sculpture collection, the Curtis Theatre, and the Brea Art Gallery. Visitors can take a walk back in time and experience Brea’s rich history by touring the Brea Museum or the Olinda Oil Museum and Trail.
Enjoy the outdoors at one of Brea’s two county regional parks or 12 community parks. Get a tee time at one of two public golf courses. Before you finalize your plans, check to see if your trip coincides with one of Brea’s popular seasonal events.