Spring Babies

TheFarm bunnies 225x300 Spring Babies As some of you may know, we’ve renovated one of our old barns into a haven for several rabbits.

One of our residents gave birth to five adorable bunnies last night!

Mom and kids are doing well, staying in a warm nest away from the rest of the rabbits. We can’t wait to see these little guys grow up to be as big and fluffy as their parents.

We’ll keep you posted as new chicks and rabbits arrive… tis the season!

Happy Teachers Appreciation Day!

A special thank you to the staff and volunteers who dedicate time to the educational endeavors at Fairplex!

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From the ambassadors who lead the FairKids FieldTrips to the auto pros at the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts, from the art instructors at Millard Sheets Art Center to the educators helping little ones at the Child Development Center, from the experts who spend their time teaching our many Career & Technical Education Center classes, we say THANK YOU!

Without your passion and commitment to The Learning Centers at Fairplex and beyond, we wouldn’t be able to have the number of educational programs we have today.

To each and every one of you, past and present: thank you. 

May at Fairplex

Helloooo May! We hit the ground running this month hosting the Cinco de Mayo festival, Learning Expo and Upland Lemon Festival (off-site.) We’re not slowing down any time soon, either. Keep reading to see what’s in store this month:

LAonTap May at Fairplex LA On Tap (May 7): Our second annual craft beer festival is this Saturday! 65 breweries will be here, ready to provide you with a wide variety of options, from IPAs to lagers and beyond.

Receive 40% off VIP early-access tickets when you buy with Groupon / Living Social. We hope you can make it. Cheers!

PP May at Fairplex Palates & Palettes (May 14): This month Palates & Palettes features the talents of Pablo Picasso. We’ll be offering wine and food from his hometown — Spain — as you learn to paint one of this distinct works of art. Click here for more info.


AgFair May at Fairplex 48th District Schools’ Agriculture & Nutrition Fair (May 17-21): By far one of our favorite spring events, we’re excited to welcome back the annual Ag & Nutrition Fair! Students, families and community members will learn how agriculture (water, plants, bees, food etc) plays an important role in our daily lives. Click here for more info.

MissionCircuit May at Fairplex Mission Circuit Dog Show (Memorial Day Weekend): The Mission Circuit Dog Show returns to Fairplex on Memorial Day Weekend. 8,000 dogs on campus is always a welcome sight to us and we look forward to hosting the competitions and seeing which dogs will be named winners this year. Admission is free courtesy of Purina® Pro Plan® Brand Dog Food. Click here for more info.

Free Monthly Events: The Fairplex Garden Railroad and the RailGiants Historic Train Museum is free and open to the public on the second weekend of each month. Feel free to visit! Our volunteers will be happy to speak with you. We’re also hosting our weekly Food Truck Thursdays and monthly Prolong Twilight Cruise.

Other Events: The Bubble Run 5K, DeafNation Expo and West Coast Historic Militaria Show will also be at Fairplex this month! You can view more info on these and all our events on our Upcoming Events calendar.

Here’s to the merry month of May at Fairplex!

Fairplex Weekend Recap: On and off campus

This past weekend was a busy (but fun) one for us. Fairplex went off-campus for several events but as always there was plenty happening here too. Keep reading to see how things went:

Learning Expo
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The 9th annual Ross/McCracken Learning Expo turned Expo Hall 9 into a giant interactive classroom on Sunday afternoon.

Families had the opportunity to explore the vast world of science — biology, astronomy. oceanography, physics and more — through hands-on learning, demonstrations and more.

We had a blast hosting this lively, educational event! Thanks to all in our community who came to check it out, and the students who created the exhibits!

Cinco de Mayo Festival
Our infield played host to the lively Cinco de Mayo festival on Sunday afternoon! Hosted by radio station Que Buena, a number of popular Latino artists showed to sing, play and dance with the crowd.

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Photo Credit: @jossfavela (Instagram)

Upland Lemon Festival
Although some may not know this, Fairplex has worked with the City of Upland to produce the annual Upland Lemon Festival since 2013. We enjoy working with the nearby community and have a blast watching the crowds enjoy themselves!

Photo May 01 1 12 54 PM 2 1024x768 Fairplex Weekend Recap: On and off campus Live music from local bands, shopping, dining, carnival rides & games and other local features made this one of our favorite events of the weekend!

Southern California Tasting & Auction at Cal Poly Pomona
Our hotel restaurant McKinley’s Grille had quite the successful day at the annual Cal Poly Pomona fundraising food & drink event. Our staff whipped up Baja Shrimp Ceviche tostadas which proved to be quite popular with visitors!

MKG CalPoly cevichegroup Fairplex Weekend Recap: On and off campus We had a blast at each and every one of our events. Did you attend any of them? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

L.A. Weekender: Festivals galore

It’s hard to believe that we’re already 1/3 through the year. Where does the time go? Might as well relax and enjoy the last weekend of April while we can! Keep reading for the latest edition of the L.A. Weekender:

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Upland Lemon Festival (April 29 – May 1): We’re taking our team off-site this weekend to help produce the 2016 Upland Lemon Festival! Get ready for a weekend of music, carnival rides, shopping, and eating & drinking all things lemon as we celebrate the city’s citrus roots. Admission is FREE. Visit uplandlemonfestival.com for more info.

A Taste of Claremont (April 30): The Rotary Club of Claremont is hosting the 17th annual A Taste of Claremont fundraising event this Saturday. Enjoy some of the best cuisine, wine and spirits from local businesses at this community-centered event. Tickets are $65 each. Visit tasteofclaremont.org for more info.

Ross/McCraken Learning Expo (May 1): We’re pleased to host the 9th annual Learning Expo at Fairplex this Sunday. This free event features hands-on learning opportunities, educational demonstrations, entertainment, animals and more. Visit fairplex.com for more info!

Citrus Blues Festival (May 1): The inaugural Citrus Blues Festival is happening at the Upland Lemon Festival this Sunday. Stop by and enjoy a cold glass of lemonade (or a brew… either one) and enjoy the sounds of our talented local blues bands all day long. More info at uplandlemonfestival.com.

Southern California Historic Car Festival (April 29 – May 1): The 15th annual Southern California Historic Sports Car Festival will take place at the Auto Club Speedway, featuring vintage race cars, two days of racing and a party for the drivers and their crews. More info at svra.com.

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 tanji@fairplex.com


The Farm Arrives at Food Truck Thursday!

farmers market fairplex 225x300 The Farm Arrives at Food Truck Thursday! Every Thursday food trucks rumble onto campus, ready to serve our employees and neighbors a delicious variety of dinner items. This year we’re pleased to announce that we’re adding our own fare into the ring thanks to crops on the Farm!

We’ll be selling fresh organic vegetables, herbs and young starter plants every week at Food Truck Thursday including cabbage, artichokes, oregano, lemon grass and a number of other in-season specialty produce.

Next on the list: pepper and eggplant.

We’re very excited to participate in the community in this way and we hope you’ll stop by our booth the next time you join us!

For more info on Food Truck Thursdays and The Farm at Fairplex, visit fairplex.com.


Fairplex Snapshot: Capstone Art Exhibition Set-Up

Installation has officially started for the upcoming Capstone exhibition at the Millard Sheets Art Center.

We’re very pleased to celebrate our TLC art students (past and present) this Thursday night at the Opening Reception!

Please feel free to join us as we showcase the work of students from Junior Potters, Reed Fine Art program and other classes and workshops that take place at the Millard Sheets Art Center.

Taste Test: New Finish Line Sports Bar & Grill Menu

One of our restaurants, Finish Line Sports Bar & Grill, is getting a makeover and we couldn’t be more excited. Not only is the layout of the restaurant changing, but the menu is being redone too. And it’s delicious. 

We did a taste test a couple weeks ago, previewing the new gourmet burgers, appetizers and desserts. Keep reading for a look at some of our favs:


Beer Cheese Tater Tots
Equal parts deep-fried crunch and gooey, savory cheese, paired with a healthy helping of bacon and chili con carna, we’ve decided the beer cheese tater tots are the ultimate pre-game indulgence. Easily one of our favorites. 
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Game Time Fries
Nothing says “I’m here for the game” like this dish. Fries doused in smoked pastrami, beer cheese sauce and bacon ranch dressing? Yes. Please.

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So at first read, bleu cheese and guacamole doesn’t sound like the tastiest thing in the world… but it’s actually quite delicious! The flavors blend well together and go perfectly with the bacon bits.

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Signature Burgers 

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We’re not saying we’re better than In n’ Out … but when we took our first bite of our signature burger, the thought definitely came to mind.

We’re pretty big fans of the house sauce, not to mention how big the burger is! 

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All the new gourmet burgers are decadent, but if we had to choose one of the most savory, juicy menu items, this would be it.

½ pound beef patty, apple wood smoked bacon, aged cheddar cheese, beer battered onion rings, bbq sauce and pickle chips, on a brioche bun… Burger heaven.

Herb-Seasoned Turkey Burger turkey burger 1024x680 Taste Test: New Finish Line Sports Bar & Grill Menu Sometimes turkey burgers can be a bit dry and chewy. Not the case with this one! The Finish Line herb seasoned turkey burger blends spices and a perfectly grilled patty together for a satisfying meal. (And the added bacon and smoked gouda aren’t half bad either.)


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There’s chocolate. Then there’s chocolate and caramel. But then there’s chocolate, peanut butter AND caramel. And that’s what the Brownie Sunday is. We’re already planning a trip back, specifically for this dessert.

Big enough to share with three of your friends, we give this one a 10/10.

The new menu is live as of last Thursday and we plan on spending a lunch hour in the near future here!

View the full menu, including happy hour specials and game announcements at finishlinesportsgrill.com.

Fairplex Weekend Recap: A run, a dance, a walk

We kept things pretty active this weekend at Fairplex, both at events we hosted and attended. Keep reading to see what went down.

The Music Run 5K
Fairplex exploded with color, sound and energy at The Music Run 5K! Our campus turned into fun run mania with giant inflatable pieces, non-stop music and thousands of runners. You could feel the energy from start to finish, especially at the after-party:

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Photo Cred: @sammywallwork (Instagram)

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Photo Cred: @scotty.hsieh (Instagram)

Walk MS
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See what’s next at Fairplex on our Events Calendar.

L.A. Weekender: Run, walk, shop, clean

Happy Earth Day! There are a lot of great things happening this weekend — and many are right here in our own neighborhood. Keep reading for more info.

san gabriel mountains 1024x666 L.A. Weekender: Run, walk, shop, clean  The Music Run (April 23): Thousands of runners will experience the music-infused 5K here at Fairplex tomorrow evening. Run, jog and dance through five music zones (music selected by you!) and cross the finish line into the after party. Registration is still open! Click here to join. 

Walk MS: Inland Empire (April 23): Join Team Fairplex as we do Walk MS at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario! We’re glad to be a part of such a great cause and we would love to see you there! Choose between the 1K or 5K tracks. Registration is still open. Click here for more info (and to sign up!)

Fostering Style (April 23): The dA Center for the Arts is hosting “Fostering Style” — a pop-up shop fundraiser for the Children’s Foundation of America. Guests can enjoy complimentary refreshments as they shop clothing and accessories. An entry donation of $5 is suggested. All proceeds directly support children in the foster care system. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Click here to learn more.

Great LA River Clean-Up (April 23): Tomorrow marks Saturday #2 of the Great LA River Clean-Up. Choose from 15 sites along the river, pick up your cleaning gear and join in efforts to make our city a better place! More info here.

Fiesta Broadway (April 24): Get a head start on Cinco de Mayo celebrations at Fiesta Broadway in Downtown LA. Immerse yourself in cultural music, authentic Latin food, carnival games, rides, children’s activities and shopping. All Ages. Admission is free!

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 tanji@fairplex.com