L.A. Weekender: dineLA Restaurant Week, Escape the Nightmares 5k & Sunday’s Big Game

Happy Friday! We can’t believe it’s already the end of January. We have a few ideas for you on how to kick off the first day of February. Whether you want to dine, drink, run or wander, there is plenty to do in the City of Angels.

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Restaurant Week: Today is your last chance to jump on the madness of dineLA’s Restaurant Week. A selection of specially priced prix-fixe lunch and dinner items are still available from LA’s best restaurants including spots in downtown, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Hollywood and the beach cities. If you’re feeling your inner foodie trying to get out, you should start your Friday night at one of these spots. A full list of locations are available here.

Escape the Nightmares 5k: Dark shadows, weird noises, monsters chasing you… not your typical 5k obstacle course. Escape the Nightmares 5k is coming to Fairplex, challenging runners to make it through 3.1 miles of terror without getting caught by the things that go bump in the night. If that sounds like an ideal way to spend your Saturday night, click here to register.

Chinese New Year: If watching football all afternoon is the equivalent of sitting through a documentary on cement, Chinatown is having their annual Lunar New Year celebration on Sunday. Kick off the Year of the Horse in style, with live music, cultural workshops and performances and activities for the kiddies. And of course, food will be running aplenty: street kitchens, gourmet food trucks, Chinese restaurants and snacks for blocks.

The Big Game: Buffalo wings, beer, pizza, jerseys, commercials and the game itself. If you’re like the majority of America, your face will probably be glued to a screen to watch the Broncos vs. Seahawks play in the biggest game of the season. Finish Line Sports Grill will be throwing a party on Sunday starting at 11 a.m. 70 flat-screens, indoor and outdoor dining locations, food & drink specials, sports trivia and raffle prizes go all day long. Shoot some $3.00 Fireball whiskey shots or split a dozen hot wings and a pitcher of craft beer for $18, all while watching the big game. It is Sunday Funday, after all!

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender highlights 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 Snapshot: Our urban farm

We ran into Chef David Teig on our urban farm this afternoon, gathering fresh ingredients for tonight’s farm-to-table dinner. This evening’s fare includes chicken stuffed with brioche, black garlic and leeks. Looks like it’s going to be a delicious meal! 

For more photos, follow Fairplex on Instagram! (@fairplex) 


Volunteering at Fairplex

Behind our fairs, festivals and expos lies a core community of Fairplex volunteers. Our volunteers help us carry out our mission of educating and entertaining our guests.

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From helping the FairKids field trip students during the L.A. County Fair to working with high school students at our college fairs to assisting at our year-round community events, our volunteers are the heart and soul of our non-profit efforts.

The Learning Centers at Fairplex hosts a number of community events like ArtReach, which showcases the artistic talents of local high school students, and special events for our various educational components like our art, auto shop and horticulture classes.

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If you want to help at one of our events or become a regular Fairplex Ambassador, please visit our new Volunteer Hub! You can view a full list of upcoming volunteer opportunities and learn how to join the Fairplex family.

To all of our volunteers, new and old: we truly appreciate all that you do! Thank you!

Fairplex, As Seen On TV

Fairplex is home to the L.A. County Fair, Oktoberfest and Vans Warped Tour, but we are also a prime Los Angeles film location for movies and commercials.

You might not recognize our campus at first, but if you look closely, you will recognize many of the places you visit each year during the Fair, and during our many other year-round events. These two commercials are as different as night and day, yet both were shot around the same time on our grounds. Versatility at its finest.

Fairplex, as seen on TV: 

A commercial by Rosland Capital features William Devane endorsing the company during a lively horse race at our track. (Makes you kind of miss the Fair, right?)

Meanwhile on the other side of campus, professional storm chaser Reed Timmer drives through an indoor rainstorm in Expo Hall 4 for Bosch Auto Parts:

Can you think of any other commercials and movies that were filmed at Fairplex? Tell us in the comment box below! 

Click here to read more about our ties with blockbuster hits and more.

Event Industry News: Grand National Roadster Show, Super Bowl Munchies and Galaxy Glass

A very quick look at the Grand National Roadster Show

Grand National Roadster Show: Hundreds of cars and thousands of people visited Fairplex this weekend for the 65th Grand National Roadster Show. A number of hot rods, customs, motorcycles and other vehicles were displayed in our expo halls while sponsors and food and retail vendors set up shop along the avenues surrounding the buildings. Cars dating as far back as 1914 all the way up to the latest Ford models were featured throughout the campus and a number of lowriders were reigned in the Suede Palace. Travis Barker (Blink 182), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) and other celebrity car enthusiasts came to check out the scene. Can’t wait for next year’s event!

The Grammys: The 2014 Grammy Awards Show was long. Really long. Duets and medleys were the name of the game this year, as dynamic musical numbers were performed by some of the industry’s greatest. Notable performances included Beyonce & Jay-Z, Sir Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr, Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams & Stevie Wonder, Robin Thicke & Chicago, Metallica & pianist Lang Lang and Sara Bareilles & Carole King. And of course, who could forget Pharrell and his hat?

Super Bowl Munchies: Despite the frigid temperatures, preparations continue at full speed for Super Bowl XLVIII. No Super Bowl party is complete without Pepsi, hot wings, pizza and a bag of Doritos and New York won’t be any different. Food sampling stations from brands like Cheetos, Doritos, Papa John’s and Pizza Hut will be open throughout Manhattan and on Super Bowl Boulevard throughout the week. Cupcakes laced with Mountain Dew and Doritos-flavored frosting, Cherry Pepsi BBQ wings and free pizza are just some of the samples being offered. It might be worth braving the cold for those flavors.

Technology: We have yet to see the mass public walking around with Google Glass attached to their faces (two words: beta mode) but the headset made enough of a splash to launch a rival product from Samsung: Galaxy Glass. Samsung claims the new product will allow users to connect to their smartphone, display call alerts and listen to music (Korea Times.) Nothing is officially confirmed but we could be looking at two types of groundbreaking headgear coming our way by the Fall.

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Grand National Roadster Show at Fairplex

Things are b u s y at Fairplex this weekend, which is exactly how we like it. Thanks to the 65th Grand National Roadster Show, our expo halls are filled with shiny, carefully restored cars and motorcycles from decades past.

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Our streets are lined with food vendors selling burgers, hot dogs, sweet treats, beer and other delicious items while a North American Eagle Land Speed racer, one of the fastest land vehicle in the world, sits in all it’s glory at the center of the show. There is plenty of entertainment lined up, including live bands, trophy girl contests and the annual model cars contest. If you’re a car enthusiast it’s worth your while to drive on over and check out the splendor.

Grand National Roadsters is the longest running indoor car show in the world. We took a quick walk through the place before it opened. Here is a snapshot of just a few of the things we found:

You can check out more photos on our Facebook page. Hope you can make it out this weekend! The party goes from Friday – Sunday, January 24th – 26, 2014. To purchase tickets, click here.  

L.A. County Fair Snapshot

Plans are already underway for the exhibitions and entertainment for the 2014 L.A. County Fair and we wanted to share some of it with you!

Our creative department has a giant, glowing rose nestled in a corner of their office. It’s a small piece of one of our newest attractions and we can’t wait to give you a full run-down on what it entails.

For now, here is a photo of what is to come. Follow Fairplex (@fairplex) and the L.A. County Fair (@lacountyfair) on Instagram for more visual updates!

What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Fair? 

UP 4014 Big Boy’s Final Farewell

You watched the Union Pacific 4014 a.k.a “Big Boy” travel across Fairplex on a mile-long railroad built just for her. Some of you even came to see this powerful engine move for the first time in more than 20 years. And now, it’s time to say a final goodbye.

Big Boy will be making the journey from Los Angeles to Cheyenne, Wyoming this year. She will be restored to her full glory during her time up there and although we will miss her greatly, know it is for the best!

You can see her off on her journey at the Covina Metrolink station on Sunday, January 26th from 7 – 8 a.m. before she takes off on her next adventure. It has been an honor to host this piece of history on our grounds and we eagerly await a possible return in the future!

Visit the Union Pacific website for more information on Big Boy.

Fairplex hosts horses from Glendora fire

The Barretts facilities at Fairplex is accepting horses who have been misplaced during the Glendora/Colby Fire. So far we have 70 horses who have made our stables their temporary home. We have 200 barns available and additional racing stables if need be, so if you or anyone you know needs a home for their horses, let us know.

Update: All the animals have been returned to their original homes, safe and sound. Thank you to everyone for your support. Our community is important to us and we were happy to help! 

Event Industry News: Golden Globes, CES, social media trends

The new year is always an exciting one for the event industry. New technology, design trends, food and beverage items and more make the start of a new year an adventure in the making. This week’s event industry news post is just a preview of what is to come in 2014:

Golden Globes: As residents of Los Angeles, it’s impossible for us to forget it’s award season in Hollywood. The 71st annual Golden Globes kicked off the season last night in lively style, beginning with a sprinkler bursting on the red carpet and ending with multiple teleprompter blunders. Still, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler worked their comedic magic and enchanted their audiences across the world. The Academy Awards this certainly is not. Aside from the ceremony itself, the dining was a beautiful affair. The event, hosted at the Beverly Hilton, featured locally grown ingredients, Mediterranean spice crusted braised short rib, Atlantic sea trout and a delicious assortment of grilled vegetables as appetizers. The Golden Globes also introduced its’ first-ever champagne cocktail: Moët Golden Night.

 CES: Last year we wrote on how the Las Vegas-based Consumer Electronics Show (CES) attendance numbers are declining, but it seems we were wrong. The Consumer Electronics Association claims that the 2014 CES was the largest show on record, covering a whopping two million square feet of event space with more than 3,000 exhibits on display. The convention welcomed film, television, music and YouTube celebrities alike. Featured trends included wearable gadgets (is it time for the world to fully embrace Google Glass?), drones, 3D printers and smart televisions, all pointing towards a seamless flow between lifestyle and technology. For full coverage of the event head over to Mashable.

Social Media: Social media channels continue to evolve. YouTube introduced 4K video viewing at this year’s CES, Twitter has allowed images and video to show up in news feeds, Snapchat continues to thrive despite their recent hack fiasco and Instagram and Vine stand as equal rivals. Messaging apps like Viber, Kik and Snapchat rose in popularity by 115% in 2013. As Facebook continues to decrease in popularity it will be important to take note of which channels are making their way to the top.

Our bi-weekly Event Industry News summaries include event trends, social media and technology industry updates and events news from Los Angeles County.