Halloween DIY Ideas from Fairplex

Halloween is less than two weeks away and we are in full celebratory mode! Our Creative department knows how to make things look festive without the cheese factor and we wanted to share some of our fun DIY Halloween projects with you today:

Halloween Facades 

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Our Creative department made this display entirely by hand for our DIY Design Studio during LACF. If you have a fence in your front or backyard, it’s easy to put up fun Halloween signs, perfect for a photo backdrop during parties. For a little extra variety, our team used a witch’s hat for the “A” in Halloween and a pumpkin for the “O.”

DIY Halloween Prep 1024x768 Halloween DIY Ideas from Fairplex Our team used a blend of giant sunflowers, festive fabric garlands and other Halloween paraphernalia (a plastic skeleton, crows, a broomstick) to create a welcoming, “spooky” facade:

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Halloween Garlands 

You can make your own Halloween fabric garland in minutes by ripping old fabrics into long strips and stringing them on a rope to create an autumn-inspired canopy of color:

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Steam Punk Pumpkins
Do something different with your pumpkins this year. Metallic pumpkins are available at many craft stores as well as the gears and gadgets you’ll need to get that steam punk look.

Blog HalloweenDIY SteamPumpkins Halloween DIY Ideas from Fairplex

Our Creative department knows how to create “something out of nothing,” with items you can find at Michaels, a garage sale or even your own attic. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your home into a Halloween haunt!

Do you have any favorite DIY Halloween projects? Share with us in the comments section below! 

Oktoberfest 2014 Final Giveaway

This weekend is your last chance to party like a Bavarian rockstar at Fairplex! We are sad to see this year’s festivities end, but we plan to close out in style. If last year’s final weekend is any indication, we imagine it will look something like this:

We want you to party with us which is why we are having one last Oktoberfest giveaway! Enter to win 2 Oktoberfest admission tickets + a stein full of Oktoberfest swag by leaving a comment telling us why you want to come check out Oktoberfest at Fairplex.

Winner selected at random and announced Wednesday at 3 p.m. PST. Good luck!

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Three festivals, one campus

It was another rockin’ weekend at Fairplex!

We had not one, not two, but three festivals happening at Fairplex, all at the same time. We stopped by on Saturday to see how things were going:

ramen 225x300 Fairplex Weekend Recap: Three festivals, one campus We started the day off at the Ramen Yokocho Festival. Inside Expo Hall 4 we found a beautiful car show, the Doraemon art exhibit and folks chowing down on bowls of Ramen (of course.) All the Ramen vendors were situated outside and the entire walkway was full of the delicious scent of noodle broth.

Of course we had to try some for ourselves.

Next up: Moon Block Party. This festival brought music fans of all ages together for a full one-day festival that included rock bands like The Black Lips and Band of Skulls to our infield. There were art displays, clothing and jewelry vendors and food trucks too. Spoon closed out the night with style to an adoring crowd.

Last but not least, we stopped by our own Oktoberfest. Weekend #2 was even more lively (if that’s possible) than last week. If you weren’t doing the Chicken Dance with The Rheinlanders inside then you were probably rocking out to Led Zepagain in the courtyard.

It was fun to see such diverse events at Fairplex this weekend. From the artsy folks at Moon Block Party to the families enjoying themselves at the Ramen Festival to the partygoers at Oktoberfest, it seemed like everyone had a great time.

The fun doesn’t slow down for us any time soon — We have our final Oktoberfest celebration (Oct. 24-26) and The Color Run (Oct. 25) coming up, and then it’s time to celebrate Halloween in the form of the HARD Day of the Dead EDM festival (Nov. 1 – 2.)

Thank you for coming out and joining us this weekend! We hope to see your faces again soon!

L.A. Weekender: Beer, music and ramen at Fairplex

TGIF! We couldn’t be more excited for the weekend, considering all the fun that’s happening on our campus over the next three days. Keep reading for a special Fairplex edition of the L.A. Weekender!

Oktoberfest at Fairplex (Oct 17-19): Oktoberfest weekend two starts tonight at 6 p.m. Join us for beer, brats and live music. The Rheinlanders Oom-Pah-Pah band will be leading guests in games and dancing inside the Festhalle while tribute bands Black Eyed Tease (Friday), Led Zepagain (Saturday) and Rumors (Sunday) entertain the masses in the courtyard. Get the party started at www.oktoberfestatfairplex.com!

Moon Block Party (Oct 18): For the first time ever, the Moon Block Party music festival will be blasting off at Fairplex. Come hear bands like Spoon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Band of Skulls, eat, drink and enjoy this one-day art experience! For more information, visit www.moonblockparty.org.

Ramen Yokocho Festival (Oct 18-19): The last Ramen festival of the year is this weekend at Fairplex. Expert chefs from Japan, New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles will be cooking up delicious noodle dishes for you to feast on. Slurp up your Ramen of choice and enjoy art exhibits, a car show and film screenings at your leisure! For more information, visit www.ramenyokochous.com.

Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Oct 19): The Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show will be at Fairplex this Sunday. Shop thousands of auto parts at swap meet prices and take in the sight of thousands of original and restored classic cars. For more information visit www.pomonaswapmeet.com.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a weekly 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

3 Things To Bring To Oktoberfest + Giveaway [Contest Closed]

Everyone knows you need two things for a successful Oktoberfest: dancing and beer. Okay, mostly beer. We have a few other “must-have” items we suggest you bring with you on your journey into the land of beer and brats:

3 Oktoberfest “Must-Haves”

Oktoberfest Blog 3 Things To Bring To Oktoberfest + Giveaway [Contest Closed]

1. Your game face
If you decide to join us at Oktoberfest, we hope you’re ready to party! While there’s nothing wrong with sitting back and enjoying the show from a distance, we highly recommend indulging in the Spaten Oktoberfest, Warsteiner Verum or Widmer Hefeweizen (or one of the many other lagers and ales.) Bottom line: if you’re not walking out of Oktoberfest with a giant (empty) beer stein, you’re doing it wrong. (Unless you’re the designated driver… in which case, prost to you for staying sober and driving your party crew home safely!)

2. Your lederhosen
Throw on your yodeling gear and strut yourself into Fairplex in true Oktoberfest spirit. Wear your own costume, or don one of our Viking hats when you get here. If you’re going to be doing the Chicken Dance all night, you might as well go all-out with your Oktoberfashion, right?

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3. Your appetite
As if a 32-oz. stein of beer wasn’t enough to fill you up, our enormous portions of bratwurst, burgers and chicken will definitely keep your tummy happy.

Heap on the sauerkraut, grilled veggies and German potato salad and you have yourself a meal!

Make sure you save your appetite for Oktoberfest dining. Yum. (P.S. Don’t forget to share your entire Oktoberfest experience with us using #OktoberSelfie and #OktoberfestLA!)

Oktoberfest Giveaway

We want everyone to eat, drink and be merry with us at Oktoberfest at Fairplex, which is why we are hosting a giveaway with all the above Oktoberfest “must-haves” included!  We are giving away an Oktoberfest Festive Fun Pack consisting of:

-Two Oktoberfest at Fairplex beer steins 
-Two Oktoberfest admission tickets 
-2 Alpine hats 

To enter, leave a comment answering this question: How many kegs of beer were served last year at Oktoberfest? Give us your best guess and whoever guesses closest to the correct number wins! Winner will be announced FRIDAY at 3 p.m. PST. Good luck!
We have a winner! Congratulations to Michelle Perkins for having the closest guess! Last year we went through 775 kegs during Oktoberfest. Thank you to everyone for playing. We hope to see you at this year’s Oktoberfest and other Fairplex events!

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Opening Weekend of Oktoberfest

Fairplex campus buzzed with fun this weekend! Keep reading to see what went down:

Oktoberfest Opening Weekend 

Oktoberfest at Fairplex opened this weekend to a crowd 10,000 guests, dead set on eating, drinking and being merry. And merry they were!

Oktoberfest at Fairplex 

In the Festhalle, The Rheinlanders Oom-Pah-Pah band carried guests through an evening of the Chicken Dance, conga lines and beer chugging contests. Meanwhile, guests in the courtyard rocked out with Journey tribute band DSB, played carnival games and chowed down on German fare (and King Taco.)

An enticing array of bratwurst, hamburgers, chicken and hot dogs were served, accompanied by sauerkraut, grilled onions and grilled bell peppers for toppings. Huge pretzels and thick cut Belgian fries were the perfect pairing for all the beer being consumed…

AMA Pro Flat Track Finals 

Meanwhile, the AMA Pro Flat Track Finals were taking place at the Grandstand Saturday night. From our view at Oktoberfest, we could see clouds of dust and hear the roar of engines late into the evening.

AMA Pro Flat Track Finals 

A special congratulations to Jared Mees for claiming his second career overall Grand National Championship this past weekend! You can read the full recap of the night’s events on the AMA website.

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival 

Returning to Fairplex for the 20th year in a row, the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival welcomed crafters of all ages to three days of creative workshops, seminars and shopping of the most up-to-date sewing, crafting, quilting and needlework tools.

Other events
Other events at Fairplex this weekend included the 62nd annual California RV Show, who kicked off their nine-day run at our White Avenue lot, the Pomona Home Improvement Show and the Best of the Best Martial Arts Championship Tournament.

Just another typical busy weekend on our campus! Up next? The Ramen Yokocho Festival, Moon Block Party and Round 2 of Oktoberfest. Cheers!

Did you attend any events at Fairplex this weekend? Share your experience in the comments section below or tag us on Instagram: @fairplex.  

Ramen Yokocho Festival Giveaway [Contest Closed]

Did you try the Ramen Burger at the Los Angeles County Fair? We found it to be delicious and we’re excited to bring it back to Fairplex this weekend for the Ramen Yokocho Festival!

Ramen Bowl 1 Ramen Yokocho Festival Giveaway [Contest Closed]One of the many dishes being served at the Ramen Yokocho Festival! 

Ramen chefs from as near as Little Tokyo to as far away as Japan are coming to the festival to create delicious bowls of noodles for all the Ramen fanatics out there. Enjoy Ramen served with tonkotsu broth, spicy broth, miso broth and taste the ever popular Ramen Burger in soup form.

Anime fans might want to check out the Doraemon Anime Series exhibit that includes a film screening and art show. There will be several other films screenings, a Ramen art exhibit and car show too. We think it’s going to be a fun (and yummy) event! Admission is only $5 per person.

For more information visit www.ramenyokochous.com.

Ramen Yokocho Giveaway

Two winners will receive a Ramen Yokocho t-shirt and an engraved chopstick and case set. To enter, leave a comment telling us what your favorite Asian food is!

Winner will be announced tomorrow at 3 p.m. PST. Good luck! 

L.A. Weekender: Oktoberfest at Fairplex

It’s going to be another warm weekend at Fairplex, but thankfully most of our events are in the evening when we finally get to experience a little fall weather. It’s going to be busy over here and we can’t wait! Keep reading for this week’s edition of the L.A. Weekender:

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Oktoberfest at Fairplex: Oktoberfest 2014 opens tonight and will run every Friday-Sunday from now to October 27th. Stop by for some beer (in giant steins, of course), bratwurst and lively renditions of the Chicken Dance. If you tire of oom-pah-pah, we also have fabulous tribute bands playing on our outdoor stage, starting this weekend with DSB (Journey cover band.) Prost! www.oktoberfestatfairplex.com.

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival: The Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival at Fairplex wraps up tomorrow. We recommend our crafty and creative readres to stop by from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. for free seminars and workshops and check out the latest machines and supplies for quilting, embossing, needle art and other crafty activities. Admission is free with online coupon: http://bit.ly/1t2UNbY

AMA Flat Track Finals: If quilting and crafting are a little too quiet for your taste, check out the AMA Pro Track Finals this Saturday at our Grandstand! It’s the final round in the AMA Pro National Championships and is highlighted by unique motorcycle themed activities and competitions. Visit www.fairplex.com for more information.

Pomona Art Walk: Head over to downtown Pomona for the bi-monthly Art Walk. Many shops, restaurants and galleries stay open. Dozens of galleries also feature artist receptions. For more information visit www.downtownpomona.org.

Kings vs. Jets: The Dodgers and the Angels may be out of postseason MLB, but hockey season is back! Catch the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center as they compete against the Winnipeg Jets this Sunday at 7 p.m.! Tickets available here.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a weekly 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

Autumn at The Farm

The Farm at Fairplex is bigger than ever, thanks to the brand new expansion. If you visited us during the Los Angeles County Fair, you may have enjoyed a tasty flatbread wrap at The Farm Kitchen or taken a break from the heat in the shade of our new dining area.

Farm FieldPalmTrees 225x300 Autumn at The Farm Today I decided to take a stroll over to The Farm to see what changes are happening with the start of the new season.

As the largest urban farm in Los Angeles, The Farm is full of vegetables, fruits and herbs that are used daily at McKinley’s Grille (our hotel restaurant) and at our Table-to-Farm dinners.

The last time we visited The Farm was for a Fair-y Tale Wedding in late September. While all signs of lace and romance has disappeared, the rustic feel of the venue is very much alive.

Crops that were just beginning to sprout in the summer have grown at an impressive rate! In fact, some of the Farm was nearly unrecognizable from even a week ago:

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At first glance, The Farm is deceptively calm. Upon closer inspection however, you will find an entire world, thriving with energy: buzzing honey bees, ecosystems and change galore. Throughout the day, our restaurant chefs and staff can be seen picking a number of ingredients for the day’s cooking.

Farm Sunflowers 225x300 Autumn at The Farm A quick peek at the McKinley’s Grille menu reveals a number of dishes like fresh salads, meats and even desserts that incorporate a number of veggies, fruits and herbs including chocolate mint, burrata squash and other delicious, nutritious options.

The menu switches up each season and it’s fun to see how each new crop is used at the restaurant.

We’re excited to see additional programming grow at The Farm in the next few years, including agricultural and horticultural learning programs, new Table-to-Farm dinner events and of course, activities during the Los Angeles County Fair. For more information about The Farm and McKinley’s Grille, visit www.fairplex.com.

Fairplex Snapshot: So Cal College Fair

Earlier today dozens of school buses pulled up to the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center, dropping off middle school and high school students for a morning exploring higher education options at the So Cal College Fair.


Hundreds of colleges, including public, private and technical education schools are represented. Students can speak with college reps about academic programs, student life and other important elements of selecting a path for higher education.

The So Cal College Fair covers everything from the FAFSA to SAT preparation, even offering a practice SAT for the evening session. We are open again tonight, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. for those who were unable to make it this morning.

For more information about the So Cal College Fair, visit socalcollegefair.com.