March Madness at Fairplex!

March is our busiest month yet and we are incredibly excited for everything we have planned for you. Keep reading to see what’s in store for our campus:

ArtReach March Madness at Fairplex! Art Reach: The Art of Metaphor (March 5-31): We’re celebrating the visual arts at the Millard Sheets Art Center this month at ArtReach: The Art of Metaphor. High school students from throughout the region will have their artwork displayed in our gallery.

Art patrons can browse the diverse pieces, purchase if desired and connect with the local art education community. We are incredibly honored for the opportunity to support the arts and youth in this way! For more information click here.

StreetMachine March Madness at Fairplex! Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals (March 12-13): The Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals roar into Fairplex in two weeks! We’re talking horsepower and torque with over 1,000 high performance cars from across the country for burnout contests and autocross galore. For ticketing, programming and additional info, click here.

PP1 March Madness at Fairplex! Palates & Palettes (March 13): We’re on round three of Palates & Palettes for 2016. This month’s theme is inspired by the works of Claude Monet. Dive into the world of French art, wine and food with us on March 13th and learn how to paint one of Monet’s popular works yourself! More info available here.

 

GrowPomona March Madness at Fairplex!

Grow Pomona (March 19): We’re opening up our Farm to the public this month for Grow Pomona, a community celebration of agriculture! Admission is FREE and includes family activities, gardening tips, agriculture and horticulture education and a lovely day on The Farm for all. For more info, click here.

2016CelticFaire HORZ CMYK 300x126 March Madness at Fairplex! Celtic Faire (March 19 & 20): Celtic Faire at Fairplex is back for another year of dancing, jousting, feasting and celebrating Celtic culture! Check out live bands, learn to dance a few Irish jigs, say hello to our forest animal friends, make crafts with the kids and have a shepherd’s pie or two while you’re with us. Full programming, tickets and more info available here. Slàinte!

Everything Else: Believe it or not, on top of everything we just mentioned, we have plenty of other events happening all month long, starting with the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival this weekend and ending with Easter Sunday services and a delicious Easter brunch at McKinley’s Grille. Visit our Events Calendar page to see what else we have in store for you this month!

For more information on upcoming events at Fairplex, please visit fairplex.com.

 

[CONTEST CLOSED] GIVEAWAY: BeerFit 5K Ticket

We have a winner! Congratulations to Diego Nunez for being selected. Hope to see all you beer enthusiasts at the BeerFit 5K in just a few weeks!

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Are you BeerFit? If you like running, charity and beer the answer is yes, you certainly are. Whether you choose to run the 5K or embark on the epic Brew Mile (1 mile + 4 beers = Brew Mile), you’ll have more than your fair share of endorphins and good times at the end of the day!

We’re giving away one free registration to the BeerFit 5K / Brew Run. To enter, just leave a comment telling us what your favorite beer is. That’s it! 

Winner selected at random and announced on Wednesday, Mar. 2 at 10 a.m. PST 

Cheers!

P.S. To learn more about this self-proclaimed Beer Run of America, visit runbeerfit.com.

L.A. Weekender: Feels like summer

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It’s going to be another beautiful Southern California sunny weekend and while we’re grateful for any rain (hello, California drought), we aren’t complaining about the summery sunshine!

Here’s what we have suggested for you this weekend:

Shop Venice Beach Day (Feb 26): You can’t go wrong with Venice on a Friday afternoon! Shop, dine and enjoy the laidback atmosphere of the boardwalk during Shop Venice Day. Enjoy boutiques, restaurants, special attractions and art.

Free Museum Friday (Feb 26): The Long Beach Museum of Art and Museum of Latin American Art are both offering free admission all day this Friday. Visit their websites to view specific exhibitions and events.

Insane Inflatable 5K (Feb 27): It’s less of a run and more of an obstacle course, and we are all about that! The Insane Inflatable crew is setting up a course that will make each mile more fun than the last. If you have been to Fairplex before, you know there is more than enough space for all of it. Registration and additional information is available here.

Budweiser Clydesdales and Fan Fest (Feb 28): We love having the Clydesdales at the Fair and hosting them whenever they come through Los Angeles. This weekend they will be at L.A. Live for the Lakers and LA Kings Fan Fest. Click here for more info.

Quinceanera Expo (Feb 28): Planning a quinceanera is no joke! Shop the latest trends in gowns, tuxedos, decorations, choreographers, florists, musicians and DJs, limousines, cakes, catering and all your other party needs this Sunday at Fairplex. For more info click here.

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 or email us at tanji@fairplex.com

Behind-the-Scenes: ArtReach 2016

Installation has started for ArtReach: The Art of Metaphor. For those who don’t know, ArtReach is an annual high school art exhibition held at the Millard Sheets Art Center (MSAC) each year. We stopped by MSAC to see how things are progressing. 

ArtReach graffitiinstallation 1024x576 Behind the Scenes: ArtReach 2016 Every year we dedicate a wall especially for the artwork of special needs high school students. We had graffiti artist Michael Stewart come in and paint the title, themed “I Am…” 

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“I Am…” submissions are laid out on the floor and will be hung once the graffiti title is completed. We can’t wait to see the final product!

For more information on ArtReach: The Art of Metaphor, including opening and closing dates, please click here.

Fairplex Snapshot: Dr. Suess Meets Pomona

Education is a core focus at Fairplex and we love connecting with the Pomona Unified School District when the opportunity presents itself! Today, our community outreach team stopped by each elementary school in the district with a Dr. Suess care package as a celebration of Read Across America (Dr. Suess’ birthday) next week. 

Each package contained a Dr. Suess classic and tools to help teachers continue to build a love of reading in our young students. We appreciate all that our local educators do to provide the best education possible for the youth in our community.

To learn more about Read Across America, click here.

 

Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series Preview: Austerity Wines

The Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series returns for another year of good food, good wine and great company! On March 18th we will be hosting the first dinner event of the year, featuring the delicate tones of Austerity Wines.

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Each Farm at Fairplex dinner features a menu created with care by our brilliant chefs and cooked right before your eyes using ingredients from our seasonal crops. It’s a true farm-to-table experience. Take a look at the menu for the March dinner and if you like what you see, RSVP now at mckinleysgrille.com!

We look forward to having you join us for another wonderful year of eating, drinking and being merry.

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Expo-mania

We had quite the busy weekend at Fairplex! Because we’re such a large campus, it’s common to have several events going at once, which is how we found ourselves playing host to four shows in two days!

In one hall we had folks shopping for their next home improvement project at the Spring Home & Garden Show, while in another we had gold and treasure enthusiasts networking, shopping and swapping prospecting tips.

In yet another hall we had Bride World Expo where wedding planners, bridesmaids and soon-to-be brides and grooms shopped wedding dresses, cakes, decor, photographers, videographers, florists and all the other Big Day essentials.

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Photo Cred: @76hellokitty

Meanwhile in Expo Halls 6 & 7 there was an overflow of animals and their pet owners. Along with the usual crowd of dogs and cats there were pigs, llamas, a miniature pony and camel (yes… a camel.) We loved seeing all our guests, two and four-legged alike, having a great time!

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Photo Cred: @cowboy_theaussiepup

See what’s next for us on our Events Calendar! Don’t forget to tag us in your photos for a chance to be featured on our Facebook and Instagram channels.

L.A. Weekender: Gardens, puppies and brides (oh my!)

Happy Friday! The past couple days have been pretty rainy but we’re looking at perfect Southern California temperatures this weekend, which we’re ready to enjoy! We have a lot happening this weekend at Fairplex (what else is new). Check out what we have in store for you on today’s edition of the L.A. Weekender:

animal dog pet cute 1024x682 L.A. Weekender: Gardens, puppies and brides (oh my!) The SoCal Pet Expo is coming to Fairplex this weekend! 

Big Spring Home & Garden Show (Feb 19-21): If you’ve been meaning to start a new home improvement project or are renovating your home altogether, the Home & Garden Show is a great place to get started. View live demonstrations, attend seminars and get ideas for your next indoor and outdoor projects. For more info, click here.

Public Auction (Feb 19-20): Shop vehicles and motor equipment at the Public Auction this weekend, held on our White Ave. lot. Cars, trucks, vans and other vehicles will be available for sale. For more info, click here.

SoCal Pet Expo (Feb 20-21): It’s pets, pets, pets galore at Fairplex this weekend and we can’t wait! Shop the latest treats, toys and accessories for your animals, watch agility demonstrations, take advantage of the free nail trimming, get discounted vaccinations and even participate in the pet costume contest. If you have been thinking about adopting a new furry friend, adoptions will also be happening all weekend. For more info visit socalpetexpo.com.

Gold & Treasure Show (Feb 20-21): Learn to pan for gold, hear lectures on modern day gold hunting techniques and win prizes at the Gold & Treasure Show. Although the gold mining craze may have ended decades ago, there is plenty of gold to be found all over the United States. For more info, click here.

Bride World Expo (Feb 21): Wedding planning can be stressful. Save time, gas and money at the Bride World Expo this weekend. Shop hundreds of photographers, entertainers, florists, gowns, invitation and photo booth vendors in one spot. It’s never too early to start planning! For more info, visit brideworld.com.

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 or email us at tanji@fairplex.com

Throwback Thursday: Breaking ground

Six years ago today we broke ground at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center. Here’s one of our original renderings of the exterior:

Trade Conference Center drawing copy 2 1024x581 Throwback Thursday: Breaking ground  Since then we have seen countless conferences, retreats, competitions, weddings, holiday parties, fundraisers, auctions and other events. Here’s to many more memorable moments in the future!