L.A. Weekender: Drags, gold and trains at Fairplex

We’re sticking close to home for this edition of the L.A. Weekender. Whether you want to spend a couple days at the drags or keeping quieter company at an art walk or farmer’s market, we have you covered. Whatever your preference, Happy Friday!

NHRA L.A. Weekender: Drags, gold and trains at Fairplex NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway

NHRA Winternationals (Feb. 5-8): The 2015 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series kicks off at Fairplex this weekend with the NHRA Winternationals. Come to the historic Auto Club Raceway for a roaring weekend of races, food, drinks and fun. For more information visit nhra.com.

Gold & Treasure Show (Feb. 7-8): Visit the Gold & Treasure Show with the whole family to learn, shop and explore the gold prospecting industry. Seminars are conducted by the best in the business on prospecting techniques, fine gold recovery, gold expeditions and more. You can even learn how to pan for gold. For more information, visit https://www.goldprospectors.org.

Fairplex Garden Railroad Open House (Feb. 8): Visit one of the world’s largest and oldest miniature railroads right here at Fairplex. On the second Sunday of each month, the railroad is open to the public from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., free of charge. For more information, visit fgrr.org.

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. 

Wine and dine al fresco at Fairplex

Al fresco dining is always a plus in Southern California and we try to host them as much as possible with our Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series.

Next month (March) we are inviting master sommelier Michael Jordan to bring his favorite California wines to The Farm for our second dinner of the year. Enjoy award-winning wines paired with ingredients taken straight from our Farm. View the menu below:

March Farm Dinner Menu Wine and dine al fresco at Fairplex

Our first Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series event is Feb. 21, featuring a scrumptious meal paired with perfectly aged bourbon. To make a reservation for either event, please call (909) 868-5916. There are still a few spots left!

Fairplex Snapshot: Fairplex Garden Railroad

When it comes to LACF, things change every year, but one exhibit has stayed strong since almost the beginning of Fair history: the Fairplex Garden Railroad.

What is now one of the oldest and possibly largest miniature railroads in the nation began as a special static exhibit at the third LA County Fair in 1924. Through the years it has grown into what it is now: a beautiful landscape of miniatures, open year-round, right here at Fairplex.

A couple years ago we strapped a GoPro onto one of the miniature trains and went on a ride through the miniature world. Take a look to see what life would be like on the railroad:

A ride through the Fairplex Garden Railroad 

The dedicated members of the local garden railroad club maintain its appearance year-round and keep the doors open to the public on the second Sunday of each month, and open each day of the Fair! For more information on the Fairplex Garden Railroad, visit fgrr.org.

4 Things To Do at Fairplex This Month

Where did January go? 

It seems like only a week ago that we came back to the Fairplex offices and started work again… but time flies when you’re having fun, and the fun never stops here! This month we are offering some great art programs at the Millard Sheets Art Center, plus some other exciting events headed your way. Check it out:

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1. Millard Sheets Adult Art Classes (ongoing): Adult art classes kick off this week but you can join any time! Visit The Learning Centers at Fairplex (TLC) website and sign up for a course in pottery or watercolor painting. Why not try something new this year?  For more information, visit tlcfairplex.org.

2. NHRA Winternationals (Feb. 5-8): It’s pure adrenaline at the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the season is kicking off here with the Winternationals at the Auto Club Raceway! The Winternationals are always an exciting time (not to mention loud) and it’s a must-do for drag racing enthusiasts. Visit the NHRA website to purchase tickets and subscribe to our Fairplex Happenings newsletter for a special promo code!

3. Valentine’s Day at McKinley’s Grille (Feb. 13-15): Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but McKinley’s Grille has you covered. We’re offering a special Valentine’s Day dinner all weekend long that incorporates our freshest fruits and vegetables from The Farm. Visit mckinleysgrille.com for the full menu.

4. Palates & Palettes – Food, wine and paint (Feb. 21): Our second Palates & Palettes party is on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Millard Sheets Art Center. Escape to Piemonte, Italy for a night and learn how to paint while enjoying wine and food pairings in theme with Italian culture. For more information and to RSVP your spot, visit tlcfairplex.org.

Other events: Aside from our own events we have a lot of fun things coming through Fairplex all month long. The Insane Inflatable 5K, SoCal Pet Spectacular, free family art workshops and Quinceanera Expo are just a few more events we’re having at Fairplex in February. Can’t wait!

To see a full list of events, visit us at fairplex.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Fun Runs at Fairplex!

In 2015 we are hosting 10 fun runs at Fairplex and that includes everything from the Graffiti Run 5K to a giant inflatable obstacle course to bubbles. Check em’ all out below:

Fun Run 2015 calendar banner2 Fun Runs at Fairplex!


Which run looks the most fun to you? Tell us in the comments section below! 

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Horse Expo Pomona

It was a Super Bowl-less Sunday here at Fairplex but it wasn’t boring by any means, thanks to the Horse Expo Pomona!

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This weekend was all about horses.

Equine experts shared their tips, tricks and tools they use to train and care for their horses. Top competitors participated in the stock horse championship for $15,000 in prizes. Our expo halls were filled with vendors selling the best and latest products for every equine category. And of course, there were plenty of horses all over Fairplex!

We love watching our barns and Farm areas put to use during off-Fair season and we loved having Horse Expo Pomona back on our grounds again. All in all? Another fun weekend at Fairplex.

To see what’s happening next at Fairplex visit our online Events Calendar and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!