Date Night at LACF

When it comes to love, LACF is full of romantic opportunities. Leisurely trips on the Sky Ride at night, splitting a deep-fried dessert, riding the Ferris wheel together, Luminasia… the list goes on.

Our LACF hosts Arthur, Haley, Kara and Trent talked about their favorite Fair date ideas, from rocking out at the End of Summer Concert Series to “accidentally” holding hands on carnival rides.

When you think of a date at the Los Angeles County Fair, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? There’s tons to discover this year at the Fair.

So pick up your phone, call/text/Tinder your date and take him or her to LACF! Capture your bonding moments and show us your perfect date night using #LACFDateNight.

Why settle for dinner-and-a-movie when you can create an exciting romantic experience right here at the Fair!

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The Budweiser Clydesdales are in town

You know it’s almost Fair season when the Budweiser Clydesdales move in! We stopped by the stables this morning to say hello these majestic friends of ours and they are looking well!

We also met Chip the Dalmatian, who seems to be on good terms with all the Clydesdales. We can’t wait to see them march in the parades this year.

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Introducing Grinding Gears at LACF!

New to the Los Angeles County Fair this year is the Grinding Gears dance club. Enter a world of pulsing lights, bumping music and energy that bounces off the walls. The best part? No bouncers, no admission, all ages.

Our new acts include the antics of Grinding Gears’ resident DJ: The Gizmologist and The Steam Punkers.

The Gizmologist gets everyone in the dancing mood, atop his towering DJ booth. He’ll be spinning Top 40 and EDM hits all night, every night of the Fair! And if you prefer live music, The Steam Punkers will be taking the stage to play your favorite tunes, alternating sets with the Gizmologist.

We had both acts visit the Grinding Gears hangar last week to check out their new hangout and do a fun photo shoot together. Meet your new nightlife entertainment acts:

The Gizmologist and The Steam Punkers 

Also included in the nightly entertainment at Grinding Gears is the daring iFlip troupe. These stunt artists will be doing jaw-dropping aerial acrobatics and antics all night long. Check out their promo video to see what you have to look forward to:

Whether it’s dancing, rocking out or just sitting back and enjoying the show, there’s something for everyone in Grinding Gears. Doors open at 6 p.m., the party goes until we close. Can’t wait!

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LAC Scavenger Hunt Round 2 Recap

Our second LACF Scavenger Hunt weekend was a smashing success! Your deductive reasoning was on-point and you found us in no time! In case you weren’t able to participate in the game, here’s what you missed:

Our journey began bright and early Saturday morning. We met up with Haley and gathered our concert tickets, ride passes, Hot Blog On A Stick tees and other prizes for the day.

Our first stop: Venice Beach! The fresh ocean breezes, artistic crowds and warm summer sun made it a perfect Saturday morning. We set up camp near the art walls, where taggers are free to express their creativity in any way they choose.

Our next location was The Grove. We were tempted to stop and grab a cupcake at Sprinkles but you guys found us so fast we didn’t have time! We love seeing so much enthusiasm:

After spending all day Saturday on the Westside we decided it was time to show a little love to the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire side of Los Angeles. Kara joined us to help us give out the goodies in these locations.

Our first stop of the day was the Americana. It took about .05 seconds for most of you to figure out what our clues meant, and a lot of you were already waiting for us when we arrived! Needless to say, it was a lively crowd at this location.

We gave away every single prize, from Fair admission tickets to Luminasia passes to LACF bags full of swag. Our fans were pretty happy with their findings.

Our theme for this year’s scavenger hunt was Los Angeles — from the beaches to the mountains and everywhere in between, but we know we have a lot of loyal fans in the Inland Empire too and we wanted to show our appreciation with a very special final destination.

We didn’t make the Fairgrounds our final location — that would be too easy — but we did stop someplace very close to home: Ganesha Park. Based on your Instagrams and Facebook posts, quite a few of you beat us to our final “hidden” location too!

It was a perfect ending to our hunt. We met some very cool people and gave out the last of our prizes.

If you joined us this weekend, make sure to share your experiences on social media, using the hashtag #discoverLACF.

Follow us on our blog and social media channels for more giveaways, behind-the-scenes footage of the Fair and the latest on everything going on this year, from new Fair foods and new exhibitions to favorites like the pig races and Farm animals.

See you all very soon!

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LACF in 15 Seconds

We took a walk through LACF today to see what pre-Fair activities were happening. Luminasia construction is moving at the speed of light and our other attractions are well on their way to being Fair-ready too!

And we haven’t even hit the Farm or Grinding Gears yet… more updates to come! :)

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A Glowing Wonderland of Lights: A Luminasia Preview

Go behind-the-scenes of one of our most beautiful exhibits: Luminasia!

Making its California debut, Luminasia ignites LACF with color and imagination. Guests can walk through a world of dragons, elaborate pagodas, exotic animals, blooming gardens and coral reefs made entirely of giant Chinese lanterns. Our hosts Kara and Haley got to see the making of Luminasia as dozens of specialized artisans from China built these unique lanterns right here at LACF.

Luminasia takes you on a journey through four unique lands set against the hillsides of the Fair. The Myths & Legends area tells the story of Chinese legends and culture while Garden Earth is home to a number of colorful reptiles, amphibians and insects.

Don’t miss the Wonders of the World display where you can see a recreation of the Great Wall of China, or the “I Love L.A.” section where replicas of familiar Los Angeles like the Hollywood Sign and the Griffith Observatory are displayed.

Capture the beauty of Luminasia and show us your discoveries using #LACF #Luminasia.

P.S. Because we wouldn’t want you to miss this amazing attraction, we have partnered up with Coca Cola to provide you with a special promotional package of LACF admission and Luminasia tickets for $19 (valued at $28).

Go to our Tickets page under Group Offers and select the Bundle Offer ( 1 Adult Any-Day Admission & 1 Luminasia Admission). Use promo code “coke” at check-out to take advantage of this special offer.

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Discover #LACFCLASSYCOMBOS with Wine, Beer and Fair Food Pairings

Get creative with your food and beverage pairings at the Los Angeles County Fair. You can be your own beer expert and wine sommelier when you pair your favorite Fair food with the premium craft beers and award-winning wines available right here at LACF!

Popcorn, corndogs and churros are just the beginning. The unlimited array of food pairing options at the Fair opens your palate to a whole new explosion of tastes and textures that go beyond deep-fried Twinkies and lemonade.

Watch as our hosts take you on this unexpected culinary journey. Think you can do better than Arthur, Haley, Kara and Trent with your combos? Let your inner culinary intuition speak to you as you find the best food & beverage combinations. And when you do, share it with us using #LACFClassyCombos. Cheers!

 

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New RCS ride at LACF

We have four new rides coming to LACF this year! One of the crazier attractions making its debut is OMG. It flips you, twirls you and tips you upside down to the beat of electronic dance music. Check out our Instagram video for a quick sneak peek:

What’s your favorite ride at the Fair? Tell us in the comments section below! 

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End of Summer Concert Series 2014 Final Line-Up

The full End of Summer Concert Series has been announced! We are so excited for the variety of acts we have this year, from country to pop to classic rock and even some monster trucks and motocross thrown in the mix!

Who are you most excited to see? 

2014 End of Summer Concert Series Full Line-Up

Zendaya with special guest Trevor Jackson & The Three Dudes (Aug. 29)

Zendaya
Multi-talented actress and Hollywood Records Platinum selling artist, Zendaya recently released her self-titled 2013 debut full-length album where she delivers pop with an urban edge. Her first single, “Replay,” included in the album was certified platinum for selling one million copies in the U.S. in January.

Trevor Jackson
Trevor Jackson is an actor, known for Let It Shine, 2012; Eureka, 2006; and A Beautiful Soul, 2012. He makes his LACF debut.

Monster trucks & motocross riders will provide a ton of sizzle that will dazzle the crowd.The tricks and flips include two monster trucks, Iron Outlaw and Time Flys, performing back flips simultaneously.The spectacular feats are capped by some spectacular pyro. Does Zoltan Bathory of heavy metal’s Five Finger Death Punch own and drive a monster truck named Knuckle Head debuting here? Check it out.

Charlie Wilson (Aug. 31)

The Natural. This simple phrase eloquently captures the essence of Charlie Wilson. That essence is currently commanding center stage with the sparkling ballad “My Love is All I Have” which has already reached No. 1 on the Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary chart. According to Charlie, “The whole world needs inspiration.”

David Nail & Easton Corbin feat. special guest Jamie Lynn Spears (Sept. 1) 

David Nail
From his No. 1 single “Let It Rain” to “Whatever She’s Got,” and “I’m a Fire” which just sums it all up. David Nail will bring it all during his first appearance at the Los Angeles County Fair. A big welcome to the Grammy-nominated artist.

Easton Corbin
Easton Corbin is the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1 – “A Little More County Than That” and “Roll With It.” He was named 2010 Top New Country Artist by Billboard and we’re loving that he’s at the LACF.

Jamie Lynn Spears
Her official music debut comes in the form of country ballad “How Could I Want More.” Jamie Lynn has appeared on television shows Crossroads and Nickelodeon’s All That and most notably starring as the title character of Zoey 101.

Neon Trees Cher Lloyd Neon Trees with special guest Cher Lloyd (Sept. 4) 

Neon Trees’ new album Pop Psychology went No. 1 on the Billboard Rock Charts. The album is an upbeat collection of sleek, modern alternative pop about finding love in the digital age with songs like “Love In the 21st Century,” “Text Me In The Morning,” “I Love You, But I Hate Your Friends,” and first single “Sleeping With A Friend.”

WAR (Sept. 5)
WAR returns to LACF for another summer singing your favorites. “Low Rider,” “Cisco Kid,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “The World is a Ghetto,” “Slippin into Darkness” and “Spill the Wine” ─ some of the greats from WAR to light up the night at the Los Angeles County Fair.
 
Pentatonix (Sept. 6)
Pentatonix has cultivated a sound and style entirely unique and undeniably infectious. Vocal sensations and winners of season 3 of NBC’s The Sing-Off, Pentatonix is taking instrument-free music far beyond anyone’s wildest expectations.
Roberto Tapia & Irene Davi
(Sept. 7)
Roberto Tapia
Get ready for a little Norteño music by Mexican superstar Roberto Tapia, known for hits “Las Edades,” “El Niño de la Tuna,” “Me Duele” and “Chico Fuentes.”
Irene Davi
Singing and performing is her passion and she brings it to the L.A. County Fair for all to enjoy. As a child she was known as “The little Song Bird.”  By the age of eight she was already a regular at county fairs, community events and had opened up for the likes of Freddy Fender and Pilar Montenego.

Third Day MercyMe

Third Day & MercyMe (Sept. 10) 

Third Day
Third Day’s latest album, Miracle, is a testament to the power of music. Faith, passion and rock ‘n roll swagger coalesce on the band’s 12th album, a simmering brew of potent rock anthems infused with life-affirming lyrics.

MercyMe
MercyMe is an American contemporary Christian band. Their first album Almost There propelled them into the mainstream spotlight with smash hit “I Can Only Imagine.” The album went on to sell more than 2 million records in only three years and earned the band an American Music Award nomination.

Boyz II Men with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds & Andy Allo (Sept.11)

Boyz II Men
With its smooth brand of doo-wop/hip-hop, Boyz II Men holds the distinction of being the best-selling R&B group of all time, with an astounding 60 million albums sold.

Boyz II Men marked their 20th anniversary last year and released a landmark album, fittingly titledTwenty.

Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds
Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds is a 10-time Grammy winner with 11 solo albums of his own- more than 125 Top-10 R&B and Pop hits, 42 No. 1 R&B hits and 51 Top-10 Pop hits, including 16 No. 1’s that have produced single and album sales in excess of more than 500 million units worldwide.

Andy Allo
Andy’s new solo album, Superconductor, has people calling her a refreshing songbird with a bright funk soul.

Styx (Sept. 12)

“Come Sail Away,” “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Fooling Yourself,” are just a few of the hits immortalized by Styx. Styx continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time, happily including the Los Angeles County Fair.

 

R5 (Sept. 13) 

In 2014 R5 rocketed onto the Billboard Top 200, debuting at No. 24 and hitting No. 2 on the iTunes Pop chart with debut album Louder. 

They’ve rapidly emerged as an exciting new voice in the world of pop rock.

Jennifer Nettles: That Girl Tour 2014 with special guest Brandy Clark (Sept. 14)

Jennifer Nettles
Lead vocalist for international super duo Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles has become one of the most popular singer-songwriters in music today.

Brandy Clark
Brandy country music singer-songwriter. Her songs have been recorded by country greats like Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Billy Currington, Darius Rucker and Kacey Musgraves.

Cheap Trick & Kansas (Sept. 17)

Cheap Trick
Cheap Trick is one of the most covered bands of all time.  With timeless classics like “I Want You to Want Me,” “Surrender,” and  The Flame,” Cheap Trick is a musical institution.

Kansas
Kansas is an American progressive rock band that became popular in the 1970s initially on album-oriented rock charts and later with hit singles such as “Carry on Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind.”

George Benson & Chaka Khan (Sept. 18) 

George Benson
The 10-time Grammy Award winning musician brings his masterful guitar playing along with some of his greatest hits including classics “Give Me The Night,” “Lady Love Me (One More Time),” “Turn Your Love Around,” “Love X Love,” “Never Give Up On a Good Thing” and “In Your Eyes.” Enjoy.

Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan is known as one of the best soul music singers/songwriters around, with the rare ability to delve into any genre of music from funk, R&B, pop, rock, jazz, gospel, hip-hop and classical. She has won 10 Grammys and countless other awards.

The Manhattans
The Manhattans bring stellar legacy to the stage. With a list of numerous hits including  all-time hits “Kiss and Say Goodbye” and “Shining  Star,” there is no doubt that The Manhattans are here to stay!

The Brothers Johnson featuring George Johnson
George Johnson delivers classic soul and funky R&B with hits like  “Strawberry Letter 23,” “Stomp,” “Tomorrow” and “I’ll Be Good to You.” Grab a date, dust off your bell bottoms and get ready to groove to the soulful classics that garnered Grammy Awards and gold & platinum LP’s.

Lenny Williams
Lenny sounds better than ever. With mega hits “Cause I Love You” and “So Very Hard To Go,” he is able to take the listener to the heart of love with soulful aplomb. No one does it better.

Martina McBride
Martina McBride has sold more than 18 million albums, which have included 20 Top 10 singles and six No. 1’s. She’s earned more than 15 major music awards, including four wins for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association and three wins for Top Female Vocalist from the Academy of Country Music. She also just released a new cookbook titled “Around the Table.”

Dustin Lynch
He’s been called the new hat in town by Rolling Stone . His self-titled Broken Bow Records debut hit No. 1 on Billboards’ Top Country Albums chart and the lead single, “Cowboys and Angels,’ exceeded platinum followed by “She Cranks My Tractor,” which became a No. 1 video on GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown and then came “Where It’s At.” We’re glad he’s here, enjoy the show.

Ramon Ayala y sus Bravos del Norte (Sept. 21) 

He’s defined norteño music, making him a superstar on both sides of the El Rio Grande. Ramon has won and has been nominated for several Grammy awards. In 2001 Ramon was awarded an American Grammy award for the album En Vivo…El Hombre Y Su Musica in addition to two Latin Grammy’s for the albums Quemame Los Ojos and El Numero Cien.

Jason Derulo LACFJason Derulo & special guest Luke Christopher (Sept. 24) 

With 30 million singles sold worldwide, more than 1 billion views on YouTube; five Top 5 U.S. radio singles in the Top 40 format; cumulative U.S.radio audience of more than 12.5 billion; 17 million social media fans and followers; and his latest hit “Wiggle.” Think you know Jason Derulo?

Monster Truck Mayhem featuring Robosaurus (Sept. 25)

Monster trucks get an assist from Robosaurus, the electrifying robot who will burn a car to the ground with his fire-breathing breath. Multiple monster-themed monster trucks joined by grounds-effects pyros will provide sizzle and dazzle to the night’s entertainment.

Heart (Sept. 26)

The world took notice when Heart stormed the charts in the ‘70s with hits “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Barracuda” and “Straight On.” Heart is in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, have their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and tonight are the undisputed stars of the Los Angeles County Fair.

LL Cool JLL Cool J feat. DJ Z-trip with special guest Salt-N-Pepa (Sept. 27)

LL Cool J
LL Cool J fell in love with hip-hop music when he was 9 and is regarded as one of the most successful rap artists of all time. He always wears a hat and wears one of his pant legs roll up and LL Cool J stands for “Ladies Love Cool James.”  He also has a successful acting career,

DJ Z-Trip
Appearing with LL Cool J and considered one of the best live performance DJs in history by both fans and peers. Fans voted him “America”s Best DJ” in 2009, beating out more than 100 other DJ’s.

Salt-N-Pepa
They were the first all-female rap crew and amassed a string of hits including “Push It,” “Shake Your Thang,”” Shoop,” and “Whatta Man” and Grammy winner “None of Your Business.” You’ll have a great time at this concert.

Earth, Wind & Fire (Sept. 28) 

Earth, Wind & Fire has earned eight Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, eight double platinum/Top 10 Pop albums, eight No. 1 R&B singles, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, induction in the Hall of Fame with hits like “Shining Star,” “September,” and “Let’s Groove” that will light up the night.

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LACF Scavenger Hunt Recap

Our first scavenger hunt weekend was a smashing success! We loved seeing how invested everyone was and it was a blast giving away concert tickets, ride wristbands, Luminasia passes and of course, plenty of Fair swag! Here’s how it went down:

First stop: Griffith Park. LACF host Trent and the scavenger hunt team brought loads of swag bags and prizes and waited. It didn’t take long for you guys to find us!

 Two of our lucky winners posing with Trent  

The big win: Fair admission, Fair swag and tickets to see Pentatonix! We also handed out Fair swag bags to the runners-up. It wasn’t hard for hunters to spot the bright blue bags in the park.

Stop number two: Union Station! We ‘hid’ near the Metrolink station. We had a bunch of scavenger hunters waiting for us at this location.

These folks won ride wristbands, Luminasia tickets, Fair admission and tickets to see Boyz II Men!

(P.S. Metrolink trains will drop passengers off directly at LACF every weekend of the Fair! Plus, Metrolink riders receive a special discount on Fair tickets. More details on that coming soon.)

Before we knew it, it was time for the second day of the scavenger hunt. We met up with LACF host Arthur and loaded him up with more Fair passes and concert tickets to see Neon Trees/Cher Lloyd and Roberto Tapia!

Our first stop was the famous Wiltern Theater in Koreatown. It didn’t take long for fans to spot Arthur and our swag bags:

After giving out all of our prizes we took a quick break for lunch, then hopped on the freeway to get to Plaza Mexico, our final location for the weekend.

It was crazy driving from one Los Angeles neighborhood to the next but it was awesome to see how many Fair fans we have, all over the county.

Some of you gave suggestions on where we should go for our next scavenger hunt. Don’t worry, we heard you! We can’t tell you where we’ll be exactly, but we’ve chosen locations in all parts of Los Angeles ;)

Thank you again to everyone who played and made the hunt so fun. Our next scavenger hunt goes live August 16th so stay posted for additional details!

If you joined us this weekend don’t forget to post your pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #discoverLACF. Check out the rest of our pictures from the hunt on our Facebook album too.

Only a few more weeks until we open. Can’t wait! 

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