L.A. Weekender: Fairplex Summer Drive-In

It’s been a pretty busy week at Fairplex, what with the Fair getting set-up and our last Food Truck Thursday finishing up yesterday, but we still have a full weekend of fun ahead! Keep reading to see how you should spend these waning summer nights:

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Fairplex Summer Drive-In: Join us tonight at 7 p.m. for an old-fashioned drive-in movie experience, right here at Fairplex.

Enjoy popcorn, cotton candy, food trucks and some Los Angeles County Fair giveaways before settling down in your car with the whole family to watch our feature flick, Despicable Me 2.

$5 entry per car, with no passenger limit. Enter Gate 15, off Arrow Hwy. Hope to see you there!

626 Night Market: The ever-popular 626 Night Market returns once again to the San Gabriel Valley for a weekend of food, music and art. This weekend features special performances by singers Jun Sung Ahn and Joseph Vincent, Friday and Saturday night respectively. For more information, click here.

Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks: Classical music lovers will not want to miss this one. A Los Angeles summer tradition, the Hollywood Bowl will light up the night sky with fireworks set to some of Tchaikovsky’s most popular works. The show is this Friday and Saturday, beginning at 8 p.m. For more information, click here.

Dodgers vs. Brewers: The Los Angeles Dodgers return home after several weeks of away games to play against the Milwaukee Brewers. Load up on Dodger Dogs and garlic fries and catch them this Saturday or Sunday. To purchase tickets, click 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

A tour of NHRA Museum’s new Gallery of Speed exhibit

The new Gallery of Speed exhibit hall opens at the historic Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum this summer. Visitors are brought into the fascinating world of hot rodding and motorsports in an exhibit that celebrates the people, engineering, science and audacity of those who pushed the limits in their pursuit of speed.

The Gallery of Speed tells the story of American motorsports and car culture, from the humble beginnings of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to stories of motorsports innovation, engineering and design. Historical vehicles, artifacts, images and life-sized sculptures and other memorabilia bring each moment to life.

The NHRA Motorsports Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors (60 and up), $8 youth (6-15) and free for children ages 5 and under.

You can also visit during operating hours of the Los Angeles County Fair (Aug. 29 – Sept. 28, 2014.) For more information visit www.NHRAmuseum.org.

Fairplex Snapshot: Lunch on the Farm

We enjoyed a delicious lunch out on our Farm this afternoon! Our chefs cooked up some yummy flatbreads, topped with grilled vegetables, fruit and herbs. We couldn’t get enough!

Meals served fresh on The Farm 

Our flatbreads will be served fresh during the Los Angeles County Fair. We can’t wait!

3 Summer Evening Family Fun Ideas

One of our favorite parts of summer are relaxing evenings. Clear night skies and soft, warm winds are ideal for outdoor activities. Whether it’s BBQs, pool parties, star gazing or bonfires, there is plenty to do all summer long. Keep reading for fun Fairplex summer evening activities that are perfect for the whole family:

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3 Summer Evening Family Fun Ideas

1. Fairplex Summer Drive-In: We’re going old-school this summer at our brand-new drive-in event kicking off Friday, August 15th. Bring the kids, bring a date, bring your friends and pile everyone into the car for a classic drive-in movie experience at Fairplex. We will have food trucks, beverage stands and fun giveaways too. This summer’s feature: Despicable Me 2. Click here for more information.

2. Neon Run 5k: If a night at the movies is a little too tame for your taste, the Neon Run 5k might be perfect for you. This fun 5k is a non-competitive race that ends at the brilliantly lit Neon Festival. Dress in your brightest costumes, put a team together or run solo through a fun-filled neon race course at Fairplex. Click here for more information.

3. Prolong Twilight Cruise: The monthly Prolong Twilight Cruise is especially enjoyable during the warn summer months. Enjoy hundreds of hot rods, classic cars and vintage race cars on display. In addition to music and food, Twilight Cruise nights include free admission to the historic Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum after 3 p.m. Click here for more information:

What is your favorite way to spend summer evenings? Sound off in the comments below. 

KABOOM! at Fairplex

The 27th annual KABOOM! celebration welcomed growling monster trucks, twirling moto X stuntmen and a roaring crowd into Fairplex on 4th of July. A community favorite, KABOOM! delivered on noise, adrenaline and a beautiful fireworks finale.

KABOOM! at Fairplex 

Things seem to be quieting down on our campus but don’t be fooled, the Los Angeles County Fair opens in less than two months!

Fairplex Snapshot: 4th of July Wedding at the Sheraton

11 bridesmaids. 11 groomsmen. Eight musical numbers. One pair of happy newlyweds. This 4th of July the Sheraton Hotel played host to Augie and Crystal’s gorgeous wedding ceremony and reception. We can’t wait to spill the whole story to you, but here is a quick snapshot of their big day:

Congratulations to the happy couple! 

July at Fairplex

July has swooped down upon us in a flurry of sunshine, warm weather and summer plans. We are busy preparing for the 2014 Los Angeles County Fair (LACF) but we still have plenty of fun things going on this month. Keep reading to see what’s happening at Fairplex in July:

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KABOOM!: It’s the 27th annual 4th of July spectacular at Fairplex. Monster trucks and Moto X will get your adrenaline pumping as you cheer on your favorites. Enjoy a delicious buffet spread of chicken, beef, salad, fruit, pasta and dessert and watch our spectacular fireworks show, dubbed one of the best in California. For more information on KABOOM! or to purchase tickets, click here.

Food Truck Thursdays 150x132 July at Fairplex Food Truck Thursdays: Summer evenings are absolutely beautiful at Fairplex, and what better way to spend a warm Thursday night than with your favorite food trucks and an ice cold beer? Food Truck Thursdays run through August with a constantly changing lineup of food trucks, ranging from Cousins Maine Lobster to The Grilled Cheese Truck to a number of tasty food fusion options.

To view each week’s line-up, visit the Fairplex Events page or follow us on Twitter/Facebook!

3665 1twilight 150x132 July at Fairplex Twilight Cruise: The first Wednesday of each month brings the Prolong Twilight Cruise to Fairplex. Hundreds of hot rods, classic cars and even a few vintage race cars are put on display for your enjoyment. Music, food and free admission to the historic Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum round up the evening’s activities. For more information, click here.

Bubble Run 150x132 July at Fairplex Bubble Run: It wouldn’t be summer at Fairplex without at least one fun run! The Bubble Run 5k invites participants to relive their childhood through a non-competitive race course of water, bubbles and lots of foam. The after party includes live DJs, bubble swag and more. The Bubble Run comes to Fairplex July 26th. To register or learn more about the Bubble Run, click here.

BodyArtExpo 150x132 July at Fairplex Body Art Expo & Beer Fest: Rounding out our diverse list of events is the Body Art Expo and Beer Fest. More than 300 tattoo artists, piercers and exhibitors will be at Fairplex as well as live music, quirky contests, a beer fest and Battle of the Bands competition. For more info, click here.


What are you looking forward to this summer? Tell us in the comments section! 

L.A. Weekender: Relay For Life, Nurotag, Art Walk

Happy Friday! Last weekend was absolutely packed for us, with Vans Warped Tour and Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival, and we are rolling right along into another jam-packed weekend. Keep reading to see what’s happening at Fairplex and our surrounding neighborhoods:

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Relay For Life: Relay For Life returns to Fairplex on Saturday, June 28th to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Communities gather together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and ultimately fight back against a vicious disease. Relay For Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking/running the track. All teams have at least one participant on the track at all times. For more information, click here.

2014 Nurotag All-Star Car Show Series: If you appreciate car design, Nurotag’s All-Star Series is the place to be. Fairplex is the third stop of the Nurotag Show Series, showcasing the best in automotive and lifestyle culture. The series celebrates style, art, music and culture within the automotive industry. Check it out this Saturday from noon – 6 p.m. For more information on the event, click here.

Pomona Art WalkDowntown Pomona transforms into a world of art and creativity on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month during the Pomona Art Walk. More than two dozen galleries open their doors to feature hundreds of local artists. Paintings, photography, ceramics, mixed media and jewelry are just some of the pieces on display. For more information, click here.

Claremont Village Blues & BrewsRight down the street from Fairplex, the 5th annualClaremont Village Blues & Brews is happening this Saturday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. $45 ($50 at the door) gets you 18 pour-tasting tickets and a beer pilsner. Enjoy live entertainment, delicious food and of course, plenty of craft beer. For more information,click here.

P.S.: 4th of July is just around the corner! Fairplex is hosting KABOOM! which includes monster trucks, motocross and one of the largest fireworks displays in all of California to celebrate Independence Day. Buffet dinner options are also available. This event always sells out so make sure you purchase your tickets as soon as you can!

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

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Vans Warped Tour, Cheers and Everybody’s Birdmart

Things have finally quieted down at Fairplex after a full weekend of concerts, food, drinks and dancing. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick of the first weekend of summer!

20th Anniversary Vans Warped Tour

It was hot, crowded and loud at Fairplex on Friday. Tons of rock music lovers turned out for a full day of bands like We The Kings, Yellowcard, Devil Wears Prada, Falling In Reverse and myriad others. Band meet & greets, food trucks, a giant slip n’ slide, clothing vendors and DJs rounded out a perfect afternoon and evening of fun in the sun. You can watch behind-the-scenes videos and other fun goodies on www.vanswarpedtour.com.

Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival

Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival 

No sooner did Warped Tour wrap up than Cheers opened on Saturday evening. As the sun set behind the San Gabriel mountains, Fairplex came alive with music, dancing, clinking glasses and a tantalizing array of food trucks. Guests spent the summer solstice sampling a seemingly endless supply of award-winning wines, spirits and beers from the Los Angeles International Competitions, participate in a silent auction benefiting The Learning Centers at Fairplex and dance their way through the Cupid Shuffle, salsa, Top 40 and other fun tunes. All in all, a success!

Everybody’s Birdmart 

Everybody’s Birdmart 

Bird lovers flocked together for an afternoon perusing cages, nests, vitamins, toys, treats and other fun items for their pets. It’s always fun to see the exotic birds on display and to learn exactly how many toys birds can possibly own, treats they like to devour and habitats they live in.

Things are going to be fairly quiet around here this week but our annual 4th of July event, KABOOM! is just around the corner. We’re ready for a night full of monster trucks, motocross and one of the largest fireworks spectaculars in all of California.

Happy Monday!

Fairplex Snapshot: Vans Warped Tour

The 20th Anniversary Vans Warped Tour is happening at Fairplex right now! The infield is flooded with stages, vendor booths, food trucks and music lovers as far as the eye can see. We can hear the music all the way from our offices (no complaints here!)

Are you heading out here today? For more information on Warped and our other weekend events, visit www.fairplex.com.

Happy Friday!