Lost in Art: Reflection

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is an exploration of Latin American and Latino art that stretches across more than seventy arts and cultural institutions in Southern California, including right here at Fairplex.

There’s no right or wrong way to get lost in art. Within the walls of his home, Cheech has his own way. Within the walls of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, we invite you to discover your own. For more art visit http://pacificstandardtime.org.

Pomona places bid for Amazon HQ2 at Fairplex and Cal Poly Pomona

Today we, along with Cal Poly Pomona, the County of Los Angeles and the City of Pomona, announced our proposal to Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer and prominent cloud provider, as to why our campuses would make the best home for their second headquarters.

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Photo from Hilda Solis

We are thrilled to move forward with our bid and look forward to the days to come. It has been a pleasure to partner with so many community leaders over the past few days. Stay tuned for updates as we move forward with our proposal.

For more information regarding our bid, click here.

Weekend Recap: Oktoberfest & more at Fairplex

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! ICYMI, here’s a quick look at events from this past weekend at Fairplex:

Oktoberfest Round #2:



Into The Black Haunted Experience:

California RV Show Closing Weekend:

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show:


Fairplex Weekender: Full Weekend of Fun

It’s our busiest weekend yet and we can’t wait for the fun to begin! From dancing at Oktoberfest to frights at Into the Black, and RV shopping at the California RV Show to auto swapping at the Pomona Swap Meet, there is something for everyone, of all ages and interests at Fairplex. Check it out:

happy friday Fairplex Weekender: Full Weekend of Fun Oktoberfest at Fairplex (Fri & Sat): Oktoberfest at Fairplex returns for another month of dancing, drinking and eating. Do the Chicken Dance with our oom-pah-pah band, rock out with our tribute bands and finish the night on the dance floor with DJ Schlagen. Add some bratwurst and games to the equation and you have yourself a solid night of fun. Tickets are only $5 on Fridays, $10 on Saturdays. Visit OktoberfestatFairplex.com for more info!

Into the Black (Fri – Sun): We’re bringing the Halloween festivities to Fairplex all month thanks to the new Into The Black attraction. Start the experience with a short horror film documenting a paranormal team’s excursion into the woods as they search for the legendary Black house, then follow their footsteps into the mansion… completely alone. For more information, visit intotheblack.biz.

California RV Show (Fri – Sun): The largest RV Show in the West is finishing up the festivities Fairplex this weekend with 1,300+ RVs to browse, as well as vendors selling RV accessories, vacation packages and travel services. Stop by to shop, browse, talk road trips and enjoy live music, food and meet & greets with sports celebrities. More info at thebestrvshow.com.

Parking for this event is available at Gate 9 (White Ave) until we hit capacity. At that time, cars will be directed to park at Gate 17 (Fairplex Drive). Trams and buses will be available for free transportation across the street to the event.

TOMS Warehouse Sale (Fri – Sun): Get up to 70% off TOMS shoes, eye wear and bags this weekend at the TOMS Warehouse Sale at Fairplex! Open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Expo Hall 4. Parking at Gate 17 at prevailing rates on Friday, and Gate 3 on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free!

RailGiants Train Museum (Sat & Sun): Visit the RailGiants Train Museum at Fairplex this Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Climb aboard historic trains and speak with our docents to learn more about some of the country’s most well preserved Locomotives. Admission is FREE! More info at railgiants.org.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Sun): Classic cars return to Fairplex this Sunday at the Pomona Swap Meet! Auto enthusiasts can shop thousands of car parts and accessories, browse memorabilia and see/participate in the classic car show. More info at pomonaswapmeet.com.

Fairplex Garden Railroad Public Run (Sun): Walk through our miniature railroad exhibit this Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Our volunteers will be on-site to show you the latest project updates, walk you around this little world, and answer any questions you might have about one of our oldest Fair exhibits. More info at fgrr.org.

That covers just about everything happening on our campus this weekend! Remember to tag @fairplex and use #fairplex to share your experiences with us on social media. See you soon!

IMPORTANT: Parking at Fairplex this weekend

Due to numerous events at Fairplex this weekend, we are expecting large influxes of guests. Expect some slight delays in parking as we work to get our guests into Fairplex as quickly and safely as possible; please plan accordingly:

PARKING INFO 2 IMPORTANT: Parking at Fairplex this weekend We are partnering with the Pomona and La Verne police departments to ensure that we’re able to handle the unusually high number of cars coming into the grounds this weekend. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for any updates this weekend. Thank you and see you soon!

Challenge Accepted: Gear Up, Give Back

The Learning Centers at Fairplex is gearing up for a special challenge benefiting current and future students of our automotive program.

Fairplex TLC AXC photo2 1024x682 Challenge Accepted: Gear Up, Give Back Now – Oct. 20th every dollar donated to our auto education program (The Alex Xydias & Pete Chapouris Center for Automotive Arts) will be matched for up to $45,000 donated. That means we have the potential to raise up to $90,000 for this life-changing program.

Fairplex TLC AXC photo1 1024x678 Challenge Accepted: Gear Up, Give Back Funds raised will cover numerous expenses like tuition fees, field trip costs and automotive equipment. In addition to this, we’re pleased to announce that our new welding program has been added, giving our students yet another pathway into the automotive industry.

To support our auto education program with a matched gift, please call (909) 865-4205 or click here. We thank you for your support!

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Oktoberfest opens at Fairplex

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! ICYMI, here’s a quick look at events from this past weekend at Fairplex:

Oktoberfest at Fairplex
Our annual celebration of all things beer and brats got off to a great start this weekend! Thanks to everyone who came out to dance, eat, drink and be merry with us. The fun starts up again on Friday the 13th. More info at OktoberfestatFairplex.com!





Felinefest Cat Show
The Santa Monica Cat Club brought their second show of the year to Fairplex this past weekend.


California RV Show
The California RV Show opened on Friday with hundreds of RVs on display. It’s been fun watching this event grow over the years to now include live music, celebrity sightings, and more seminars, vendors and travel brands on display.



Best of the Best Karate Tournament
Chozen Martial Arts Academy hosted an all-ages karate tournament inside one of our expo halls. Congratulations to all the winners!


Thank you everyone who came out to Fairplex this weekend! We had a blast and hope you did too… we’re already excited for the upcoming weekend.

Visit Fairplex.com to see what’s coming up next for us!

Fairplex Snapshot: Pacific Standard Time LA/LA

Today we had the pleasure of hosting two special guests at Fairplex: Comedian, actor and writer Cheech Marin, and Riverside Art Museum curator Todd Wingate.

If you visited the Fair in September, you might have seen the PST LA/LA One Path Two Journeys exhibit at the Millard Sheets Art Center. This special Chicano art exhibit is part of the larger Pacific Standard Time art initiative throughout Southern California.

Cheech is an avid Chicano art collector, and actually lent us several pieces from his Patssi Valdez collection. It was great to walk with him through the exhibit and to hear his thoughts on the art as a whole.

The Riverside Art Museum is also participating in the Pacific Standard Time LA/LA initiative. We enjoyed connecting with Todd and talking about both of our museums’ experiences in being part of this wonderful project.

Thank you to Cheech and Todd for hanging out! It was a pleasure to meet you both.

5 Reasons We Love Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest opens at Fairplex this weekend and we couldn’t be more excited! Nothing screams fall like crispy cool evenings, good music and a stein full of beer. Here are our top five reasons we love Oktoberfest:

5 Reasons To Love Oktoberfest

Fairplex Events Oktoberfest Group2 5 Reasons We Love Oktoberfest 1. The beer: Hefeweizen or Oktoberfest? Ales or lagers? It doesn’t matter — we have both. In fact, we have 12 types of beer to choose from. Just get your stein and be ready to pick! Widmer, Spaten, Warsteiner, Konig, Franziskaner… the choice is yours.

2. The music: We are huge fans of live entertainment (you don’t work at a place like Fairplex if you don’t have a love for big events), and this year we’re bringing you two stages, a dance floor, and a wider variety of music than ever.

From traditional German “oom-pah-pah” music in the Festhalle to classic rock tribute bands in the Festplatz, the vibes are varied, but all equally fun. We have DJ Schlagen spinning Top 40 tunes in the Danz Halle and for those looking for a quieter atmosphere, we will have acoustic music in the Pavillon.

3. The food: Oktoberfest is not the place to eat if you’re on a diet. We’re grilling up bratwurst, knockwurst, sweet corn, potato pancakes and potato salad! We even have King Taco serving up non-traditional German fare in the Festplatz. It’s definitely an evening to treat yourself.

Fairplex Events Oktoberfest steinholding 5 Reasons We Love Oktoberfest

4. The games: Whether you’re a participant or a spectator, the Oktoberfest games and competitions are always a good time. Stein holding contests, Chicken Dance fun and other activities are happening all night long in the Festhalle. We have yet to actually participate in the games themselves, but they’re always fun to watch.

Fairplex Events Oktoberfest chickendance 5 Reasons We Love Oktoberfest The Rheinlanders lead an enthusiastic crowd in the Chicken Dance

5. The people: Everywhere you look, people are having a blast at Oktoberfest. From the group determined to build the tallest stein pyramid in the Halle to the folks dancing with abandon on the dance floor, everyone is in a great mood and ready to celebrate the arrival of Fall.

We hope you’ll join us for another October of merrymaking at Oktoberfest. Remember, tickets are only $5 on Fridays! You can also save by purchasing your ticket and stein on Goldstar.

See you this weekend! PROST!

Fairplex Snapshot: Life at The Farm at Fairplex

The Farm at Fairplex is teeming with life! While the carnival rides, food vendors and special exhibits have been packed away until next year, our Farm is open year-round. We took a visit today to see what our volunteers and staff are up to. Take a look:

Fairplex Farm turkens e1507066745681 768x1024 Fairplex Snapshot: Life at The Farm at Fairplex Our turkeys, chickens and rabbits are all doing great! One of our rabbits actually gave birth to 11 bunnies during the opening weekend of the Fair. Due to the high number of visitors last month, they are quite comfortable with humans and are calm as cucumbers with our field trip students.

Fairplex Farm bunnies e1507067013970 768x1024 Fairplex Snapshot: Life at The Farm at Fairplex Our usual field trips have resumed, now that the Fair is over. In addition to the care of our crops and Farm animals, our staff and volunteers are busy working with teachers and students now that school is back in session.

We saw students harvesting vegetables and fruit from our crops, participating in hands-on botany projects and getting a general real-life urban farming experience.

With the ending of the Fair, our Fall season has officially begun and we look forward to seeing what new crops and projects our team is working on as we near the end of 2017.

To learn more about the educational programs at The Farm at Fairplex, visit fairplex.com/farm.