Into The Looking Glass

Located in-between Jurassic Planet and the Flower & Garden Pavilion, The Atrium is one of our favorite little spots inside the busy Fairgrounds!

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Enter the world of Wonderland. Fantasy-like creatures and colorful displays can be found within the lush flora and fauna of the Atrium. Alice in Wonderland fans might recognize favorites like the flamings and hedgehogs from that fateful croquet game.

flower garden la county fair

flower garden la county fair

The Dodo Den features brightly-colored birds like kestrels, parrots, owls and toucanettes.

flower garden la county fair

And of course, it wouldn’t be Wonderland without a Mad Tea Party, complete with sweet treats, quirky teacups and a couple March hares.

flower and garden la county fair

Guests who are looking to stay awhile might be interested The Wonderland Stage gardening workshops, where you can learn how to make your own terrarium, pot your very own DIY Flower Teacup centerpieces, and create your own Fairy Gardens.

If you’re more of an animal person, The Looking Glass Stage is the place to be, where our experienced specialists will tell you all about our majestic Wonderland creatures, and introduce you to some of them, face-to-face!

We hope you’ll take some time to explore the Flower & Garden Pavilion / Atrium during your visit to the Fair. It’s the perfect escape from the carnival crowds :)

And now it’s time for a giveaway!



Enter to win a four-pack of Fair tickets & ride passes as we close out the last week of the LA County Fair. To enter, just leave a comment below, telling us your favorite part of the Fair.

Winner announced Friday, Sept. 22 at noon. Good luck to all!

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You’re Invited: LA County Fair Premiere Party

la county fair Get a sneak peek of the LA County Fair and party for a good cause! Our annual premiere party returns on Thursday, August 31.

Guests can explore the Alice in Wonderland-themed Flower & Garden Pavilion displays, enjoy delicious food and award-winning wine from the Los Angeles International Wine Competition, and roam the hills of Jurassic Planet, located just behind the building.

It’s a fun way to support our community and educational programs, as well as a rare opportunity to enjoy the Fairgrounds before we open to the public. We hope you’ll join us!

For more information regarding ticket pricing, package offers, and The Learning Centers at Fairplex, click here.

Proceeds benefit the educational programs of The Learning Centers at Fairplex.

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Wonderland: A Floral Fairy Tale Comes to Life with Paint

Miriam Hellmann is a mural painter, fine artist and one of the creative forces behind the Wonderland: A Floral Fairy Tale exhibit. Lately she has been painting lively, colorful and amazing murals to bring the exhibit to life when September 1 arrives.

Hellmann snapped a selfie in front of one of the murals and posted it on her Instagram, @partydinosaur, where she has been posting some other behind the scenes looks at the exhibit paintings. 

With her bachelor of fine arts degree from University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Hellmann moved to the Los Angeles area to be a set painter. Now she is in the union for set painting and has painted for Disneyland, Universal Studios, Beyonce’s “Girls” music video, Toyota commercials and many more sets, videos and companies. She is bringing all of her experience to the Fair this year and is already creating amazing works of art.

Check them out!

Hellmann was inspired by previous versions of Alice in Wonderland, and aimed to represent the themes visually. She painted the book pictured above by giving the characters a life of their own and showing them coming off of the pages.

In the Wonderland: A Floral Fairy Tale exhibit you can expect to see huge flower displays, a hedgehog, live flamingos and other displays inspired by the classic storybook.


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Watercolors at the Flower & Garden Pavilion

The Flower & Garden Pavilion is one of my favorite exhibits at the Fair. Each year the Pavilion has a different theme and this year’s choice is one of the prettiest we have seen: Watercolors.

Upon entering, guests are greeted by a swirl of lights, as streams of colored ribbon dance from the ceilings. Every year the masterminds behind the Pavilion create beautiful pieces made of flowers, seeds and other plant life, depicting scenery in line with the theme.

The watercolors theme is apparent in the giant cascading waterfall and the giant lily pads in the pond. Dozens and dozens of brightly colored roses take up the center platform, and vibrant paintings, flowers and foliage decorate the panels on the sides.

Classical music softly plays to add to the calm, flowing atmosphere, making this my go-to location when the carnival, deep-fried food and crowds seem too chaotic for me.

Check it out the next time you’re here!

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Dare To Fair! Opening Weekend Recap Video

This weekend felt like perfection: the sunny light weather, the animals, the rides, the food, the crowds… Fair is here and we couldn’t be happier.

We really embraced the #DareToFair spirit with everything we experienced. Check it out!

We open again on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and we hope you’ll join us for another weekend of Fair! Visit for info on tickets, promotions and more.

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#DareToFair Photo Round-Up: Opening Weekend

The first few days of Fair have flown by in the blink of an eye! We love seeing all of your experiences on social media and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites for you today:

#LACFNaturalHigh Photo Round-Up Opening Weekend

#1. This colorful view of the Fair from the top of one of our giant slides: 

Photo Cred: @hotrod_rod

#2. This awesome selfie with Stanley the Giraffe:

Photo Cred: @leelojewelry

#3. This beautiful shot of our Flower & Garden Pavilion, capturing our Watercolors theme:

Photo Cred: @clara32

#4. This awesome shot of Jurassic Planet: 

Photo Cred: @thelwizza

#5. This mouth-watering photo of a banana split! 

Photo Cred: @fabsprieto

These are just some of our top picks from what we’ve seen so far! For a chance to get featured on our Fair blog and other social channels, make sure you use #DareToFair and/or #lacountyfair in your photos!

For all info regarding the Fair, visit us at!

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YOU’RE INVITED: TLC Premiere Party

LA County Fair 2016 Premiere Party

The Learning Centers at Fairplex is hosting their annual Premiere Party on Sept. 1, the day before Fair opens!

Join us for a beautiful evening in our Flower & Garden Pavilion, get an exclusive sneak preview of the 2016 Fair attractions and help support the educational programs at TLC. For more info, visit 

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Mardi Gras at LACF!

LA County Fair Mardi Gras

We took you behind-the-scenes of Mardi Gras at our Flower & Garden Pavilion, and now it’s time to reveal the finished product! Take a look at our very own Bourbon Street…

You’re greeted by an array of giant, glittering Mardi Gras masks, surrounded by equally colorful roses and carnations, as you walk up the path to the Pavilion.

Mardi Gras LA County Fair

Once inside, the sounds of old time jazz and brass bands fill the air as your eyes are greeted by a dazzling display of flora & fauna, and enough decor to have you believing you’ve been transported straight to the French Corridor.

First to catch your eye are the King & Queen of Mardi Gras, holding court as they oversee their kingdom of orchids, roses and carnations.

Two proud peacocks show off their jeweled feathers atop their pedestals. Turn around and you’ll see a waterfall cascading in hues of purple and green, staying true to the traditional Mardi Gras colors.

If you look to the right or the left of the waterfall, you’ll see displays paying homage to jazz greats, like Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis.

Other beautiful displays are tucked into grottos lining the sides of the Pavilion. A New Orleans cafe (by the way, you can buy beignets at the Fair!), a beautiful display of King Cakes (Sir Blogsalot gave the low-down on how those work here), and bejeweled frames, flower pots and masks.

LA County Fair Mardi Gras

We haven’t even looked outside yet, but we heard rumors that the Atrium has transformed into a bayou of animals, plants and reptiles galore. Stay tuned for when we hit that one!

Have you checked out the Flower & Garden Pavilion this year? What did you think? Tell us in the comments below! 


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A Closer Look Into The Mardi Gras Theme


We know everyone loves a good party, so you are all cordially invited to this year’s Mardi Gras celebration at the one and only Flower & Garden Pavilion!

This morning I met with Jim Hynd, our Floral Coordinator, and he not only gave me a tour of the building, but he also taught me a lot about what Mardi Gras actually is.

Here are a few of the things I learned from Jim:

  • Mardi Gras literally means “Fat Tuesday” in French. This is very fitting since the holiday is for celebrating and eating A LOT!
  • New Orleans is known as the birthplace of Jazz. Therefore, Jazz has been embedded in the Mardi Gras theme.
  • Mardi Gras is celebrated on the days leading up to Ash Wednesday – which is the beginning of Lent.
  • New Orleans has the biggest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States.
  • During this party, people host and attend countless number of parades & balls.
  • You always need a King and Queen! Think back to when you were in high school and had to vote for a Homecoming King & Queen.
  • The “official” colors for Mardi Gras are purple, gold and green. However, many people like to add red, yellow and blue.
  • Colorful beaded necklaces are an absolute must! This is why you’ll see hundreds of these at our Flower and Garden Pavilion.
  • Last but not least, let’s talk about FOOD! During this historical celebration, King Cakes are baked and stuffed with small plastic baby figurines. Seems pretty unusual, right? Well, there is a purpose to all of the madness…those who get the slice of cake with the baby are responsible for baking/purchasing the next cake!

After seeing what we have in store for you, we hope you are just as excited as we are! We guarantee that this will be one mind bending experience!

Have you ever been to a Mardi Gras celebration?
What are you most excited to see at this year’s Fair?

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The Countdown Begins…9 More Days!

With only 9 days to go until Opening Day, there is no denying it…things are definitely busy here on the grounds.

From crack of dawn to the break of day, there is always someone working on something that will make your experience more memorable – whether it may be painting some signs, installing lighting, bringing in the Farm animals or taking pictures of what is happening on our grounds, our staff is working at a nearly 24/7 pace now.

Speaking of pictures, here are a few taken during my afternoon walk. Hope you enjoy them!

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