Valentine’s Day DIY Roundup

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Whether you’re planning a soiree for you and your girlfriends, taking your special someone on a date or just hanging out with your family, Valentines gifts are always fun to make! We scoped out some of our favorite bloggers and gathered our favorite DIY ideas below. Check it out!

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The ladies at shared these adorable (and easy to make!) Valentine’s Day pun cards you can hand out at the office or as party favors for a Valentine’s Day party.

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2. Valentine’s Day Heart Straws - 
We are loving these cute, girly heart straws from Miss Kris! It’s the perfect accessory to a party snack spread and is the perfect touch to a pink cocktail or a mason jar of pink lemonade.
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If you’re struggling to come up with the perfect homemade gift for your significant other, try making this sweet love mug from At The Picket Fence. The best part? You can create your own designs and give it that personal touch.
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4. Candy Bottles - 
These candy bottles are a great way to brighten up party decor or as gifts! Check out the tutorial from evermine. Their heart arrows are also a nice touch if you feel like getting super creative.
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This DIY is perfect for those of you planning a date night at home! A simple movie marathon can be all you need for a great Valentine’s Day evening. Make things a little more special with this adorable idea from Eat Drink Chic!
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What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Are you going to try any of these DIY ideas? Share in the comments below! 

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Horse Expo 2016

It’s always fun to see our campus transform from event to event and this weekend was no exception. In just a matter of days we made the switch from roadster and doo-wop music to horses and country tunes. Check it out!

Everywhere you looked you could see horse experts and enthusiasts chatting with one another, swapping stories and tips and shopping, eating and soaking in the warm weather together. All in all, we would say this weekend was a success!

For more information on upcoming Fairplex events visit our calendar page.

Fairplex Snapshot: Horse Expo 2016!

The Super Bowl isn’t the only big event happening this weekend! We took a break from our offices and checked out the Horse Expo happening on campus. It’s always fun to hear country music blasting, the smell of leather (saddles, stirrups etc.) and saying hello to all the horses being walked around!

Check out the fun yourself this weekend, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily! Visit for a full schedule of programming and event info. Happy Friday!

L.A. Weekender: Horses, otters and Super Bowl 50

Brace yourselves, Super Bowl weekend has arrived. It’s going to be pretty busy in L.A. but if you plan your days right, this could be a great start to the month. Here are just a few of the things happening:

Horse Expo L.A. Weekender: Horses, otters and Super Bowl 50

Western States Horse Expo (Feb 5-7): The Horse Expo returns to Fairplex this weekend with all things equine. If you’re a horse enthusiast this is the place to be. Connect with fellow horse friends, get a leg up on the latest training and education, shop premier equine vendors and, of course, enjoy some time with your favorite horses. Open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. Visit for event details.

Hot Tub & SwimSpa Show (Feb 5-7): Winter weather never sticks around in Southern California and, despite El Niño predictions, it looks like it’s going to be another sunny year for us. Avoid the hassle of going from store to store and get all your backyard accessories at the Hot Tub & SwimSpa Show! Browse hot tubs, patio furniture, BBQs and all your other needs in one building at Fairplex. Visit for more info.

First Fridays in LA (Feb 5): The first Friday of the month is one of our favorites in Los Angeles. The Natural History Museum, Abbot Kinney in Venice and Long Beach all offer special food, art and shopping activities on the first Friday of each month! Click on the links above for information on each one.

Taste of Night Market (Feb 5-6): The Taste of Night Market comes to Santa Monica this weekend. If you missed the Asian American Expo last month at Fairplex this is another great way to celebrate the Lunar New Year! Enjoy dishes from L.A. based chefs, watch live performances and celebrate the cultural experiences Taste of Night Market has to offer. For more info click here.

Super Bowl Everything (Feb 7): If you or your friends/family are football fans, chances are you’ll be loading up on food and watching a screen most of the day. But in case you don’t have plans yet, check out some of these festivities happening in the L.A. area.

McKinley’s Grille will also be offering $12 Coors Light and $15 Dos Equis pitchers along with $8 food specials during the big game so you’ll be fed and watered if you spend the day with us!

And if football is really not your thing, maybe the Puppy, Kitten or Otter Bowl will be more your speed. Think less sports fanatics, more animal lovers and an all around overdose of happiness.

Wherever you are this weekend, we hope you stay safe, happy and in the company of your family and friends! Cheers. 

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a calendar of weekend events throughout Los Angeles County, from the heart of downtown to the beach cities to the IE. Additional information about all listings can be found at the event’s official website. If you have suggestions for an event, leave a comment in the box below or email us at

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Fairplex Snapshot: Horse Expo Preparations

Shopping booths, food stands and of course, plenty of horses are getting settled at Fairplex today for the Western States Horse ExpoWe took a quick walk through the grounds to see how things are going and ran into some friends: 

We’ll be checking out the event tomorrow so come back to see what we’ve found! 

For more info on the Horse Expo, click here.

Thoughtful Thursday: Barrett-Jackson and AXC

We ended January on a very positive, exciting note thanks to Barrett-Jackson’s generosity towards The Learning Centers at Fairplex.

Our auto students at the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts (AXC) had the opportunity to build their very own roadster in partnership with L.A. Roadsters volunteers. This beautiful 1932 High-Boy was the result:

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The roadster was sent to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale — only one of the biggest car shows in the world! 

Our students were able to watch their roadster be auctioned off for $105,000! The best part? The full hammer price went back to AXC so even more students will have the opportunity to start careers in the auto industry.

Thank you Barrett-Jackson and congratulations to our students, teachers and volunteers for your hard work and dedication to learning.

For more information on Barrett-Jacson click here.

For more information on The Learning Centers at Fairplex click here.

Super Bowl Sunday Snack Hacks

Panthers or Broncos? Which brand will have the best commercials? Super Bowl chatter is already running rampant in the office and we can’t wait for the big game.

A MUST at any Super Bowl party? Good food. And lots of it. You could have the biggest screen, the loudest sound system and the comfiest of couches, but if your guests are starving then no one is having a good time.

Luckily, Foodbeast has you covered in the food department! This may have been posted last year but the ideas are still fresh:

Don’t have any plans for Sunday? Join us at McKinley’s Grille for the big game! The restaurant is offering $12 Coors Light and $15 Dos Equis pitchers, plus $8 appetizers while the game is on. We’ll also be announcing the winner of our Go Pro raffle! Visit for more info.

We hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Spring Classes Still Available at CTEC!

It’s never too late to learn a new skill. Our Career & Technical Education Center is still accepting applications for spring classes in our auto, art, media & design classes for high school students! Check out the schedule and download the application at

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As a program of The Learning Centers at Fairplex, a non-profit organization under the Los Angeles County Fair Association, CTEC has a mission to help fulfill unmet educational needs by educating and preparing students for real-world careers and professional success to help them make a positive contribution to the community. 

February at Fairplex!

A new month means new events at Fairplex! We’re incredibly busy with classes at The Learning Centers at Fairplex, shopping expos, drag racing, a fun run and more. Here are just a few of the things going down this month!

HorseExpo February at Fairplex! Western Horse Expo (Feb 5-7): Whether you ride horses or are just a huge fan, you won’t want to miss the Western Horse Expo Pomona this weekend! The expo is hosting training and education, premier equine vendors, live entertainment and plenty of opportunities to connect with fellow equestrians. For more info visit

NHRAFinals February at Fairplex! 50th Annual NHRA Winternationals (Feb 11-14): Forget football, drag racing season is HERE and it’s kicking off at Fairplex! The NHRA Winternationals is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with car displays, burnout demonstrations and exhibition runs on our legendary dragstrip.

Meet Funny Car drivers, participate in a Q&A with race pros and enjoy the adrenaline rush as cars race down the dragstrip on their way to the Championship. For more information visit

PP February at Fairplex! Palates & Palettes (Feb 13): Valentine’s Day weekend is almost here and we have the perfect way to start your three-day weekend. Take your significant other to a painting and wine session at the Millard Sheets Art Center. We will be learning to paint Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh as well as exploring the food and wine of his homeland, The Netherlands. More info available at

PetExpo February at Fairplex! Southern California Pet Expo (Feb 20-21): Bring your furry and feathered friends to Fairplex for a weekend of woofing, chirping and meowing. The SoCal Pet Expo offers spa treatments from local groomers, sample treats and pet attire. Pet owners will have the opportunity to chat with top trainers and learn pet-care tips from animal welfare organizations. For those looking for a more interactive experience, there will be an agility demonstration and pet talent and costume shows. For more information

QuinceExpo February at Fairplex! Quinceanera Expo (Feb 27-28): Rounding out this month’s diverse events is the Quinceanera Expo. Trade professionals will be available to show you the latest trends in gowns, dresses, makeup and hairstyles. Tuxuedo, party decor, photography, choreography, DJs, limousines, cake and invitation vendors will also be on hand to show you what they have to offer.

Think of this event as a way of avoiding long days driving, parking and hopping from store to store as you get a head start on planning your big day. For more info visit

Other Events (all month): There are plenty of other happenings this month too, from the Hot Tub SwimSpa Show (Feb. 5-7) to the Gold & Treasure Show (Feb. 20-21) to Insane Inflatable 5K (Feb 27)! We’ll be giving you a heads up on all of these on our L.A. Weekender posts but it never hurts to lock down plans for the weekend.

For more information on these and all upcoming events at Fairplex, visit our events calendar at