L.A. Weekender: Festivals galore

It’s hard to believe that we’re already 1/3 through the year. Where does the time go? Might as well relax and enjoy the last weekend of April while we can! Keep reading for the latest edition of the L.A. Weekender:

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Upland Lemon Festival (April 29 – May 1): We’re taking our team off-site this weekend to help produce the 2016 Upland Lemon Festival! Get ready for a weekend of music, carnival rides, shopping, and eating & drinking all things lemon as we celebrate the city’s citrus roots. Admission is FREE. Visit uplandlemonfestival.com for more info.

A Taste of Claremont (April 30): The Rotary Club of Claremont is hosting the 17th annual A Taste of Claremont fundraising event this Saturday. Enjoy some of the best cuisine, wine and spirits from local businesses at this community-centered event. Tickets are $65 each. Visit tasteofclaremont.org for more info.

Ross/McCraken Learning Expo (May 1): We’re pleased to host the 9th annual Learning Expo at Fairplex this Sunday. This free event features hands-on learning opportunities, educational demonstrations, entertainment, animals and more. Visit fairplex.com for more info!

Citrus Blues Festival (May 1): The inaugural Citrus Blues Festival is happening at the Upland Lemon Festival this Sunday. Stop by and enjoy a cold glass of lemonade (or a brew… either one) and enjoy the sounds of our talented local blues bands all day long. More info at uplandlemonfestival.com.

Southern California Historic Car Festival (April 29 – May 1): The 15th annual Southern California Historic Sports Car Festival will take place at the Auto Club Speedway, featuring vintage race cars, two days of racing and a party for the drivers and their crews. More info at svra.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

 

The Farm Arrives at Food Truck Thursday!

farmers market fairplex 225x300 The Farm Arrives at Food Truck Thursday! Every Thursday food trucks rumble onto campus, ready to serve our employees and neighbors a delicious variety of dinner items. This year we’re pleased to announce that we’re adding our own fare into the ring thanks to crops on the Farm!

We’ll be selling fresh organic vegetables, herbs and young starter plants every week at Food Truck Thursday including cabbage, artichokes, oregano, lemon grass and a number of other in-season specialty produce.

Next on the list: pepper and eggplant.

We’re very excited to participate in the community in this way and we hope you’ll stop by our booth the next time you join us!

For more info on Food Truck Thursdays and The Farm at Fairplex, visit fairplex.com.

 

Fairplex Snapshot: Capstone Art Exhibition Set-Up

Installation has officially started for the upcoming Capstone exhibition at the Millard Sheets Art Center.

We’re very pleased to celebrate our TLC art students (past and present) this Thursday night at the Opening Reception!

Please feel free to join us as we showcase the work of students from Junior Potters, Reed Fine Art program and other classes and workshops that take place at the Millard Sheets Art Center.

Taste Test: New Finish Line Sports Bar & Grill Menu

One of our restaurants, Finish Line Sports Bar & Grill, is getting a makeover and we couldn’t be more excited. Not only is the layout of the restaurant changing, but the menu is being redone too. And it’s delicious. 

We did a taste test a couple weeks ago, previewing the new gourmet burgers, appetizers and desserts. Keep reading for a look at some of our favs:

Appetizers

Beer Cheese Tater Tots
Equal parts deep-fried crunch and gooey, savory cheese, paired with a healthy helping of bacon and chili con carna, we’ve decided the beer cheese tater tots are the ultimate pre-game indulgence. Easily one of our favorites. 
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Game Time Fries
Nothing says “I’m here for the game” like this dish. Fries doused in smoked pastrami, beer cheese sauce and bacon ranch dressing? Yes. Please.

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So at first read, bleu cheese and guacamole doesn’t sound like the tastiest thing in the world… but it’s actually quite delicious! The flavors blend well together and go perfectly with the bacon bits.

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Signature Burgers 

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We’re not saying we’re better than In n’ Out … but when we took our first bite of our signature burger, the thought definitely came to mind.

We’re pretty big fans of the house sauce, not to mention how big the burger is! 

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All the new gourmet burgers are decadent, but if we had to choose one of the most savory, juicy menu items, this would be it.

½ pound beef patty, apple wood smoked bacon, aged cheddar cheese, beer battered onion rings, bbq sauce and pickle chips, on a brioche bun… Burger heaven.

Herb-Seasoned Turkey Burger turkey burger 1024x680 Taste Test: New Finish Line Sports Bar & Grill Menu Sometimes turkey burgers can be a bit dry and chewy. Not the case with this one! The Finish Line herb seasoned turkey burger blends spices and a perfectly grilled patty together for a satisfying meal. (And the added bacon and smoked gouda aren’t half bad either.)

Desserts

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There’s chocolate. Then there’s chocolate and caramel. But then there’s chocolate, peanut butter AND caramel. And that’s what the Brownie Sunday is. We’re already planning a trip back, specifically for this dessert.

Big enough to share with three of your friends, we give this one a 10/10.

The new menu is live as of last Thursday and we plan on spending a lunch hour in the near future here!

View the full menu, including happy hour specials and game announcements at finishlinesportsgrill.com.

Fairplex Weekend Recap: A run, a dance, a walk

We kept things pretty active this weekend at Fairplex, both at events we hosted and attended. Keep reading to see what went down.

The Music Run 5K
Fairplex exploded with color, sound and energy at The Music Run 5K! Our campus turned into fun run mania with giant inflatable pieces, non-stop music and thousands of runners. You could feel the energy from start to finish, especially at the after-party:

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Photo Cred: @sammywallwork (Instagram)

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Photo Cred: @scotty.hsieh (Instagram)

Walk MS
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See what’s next at Fairplex on our Events Calendar.

L.A. Weekender: Run, walk, shop, clean

Happy Earth Day! There are a lot of great things happening this weekend — and many are right here in our own neighborhood. Keep reading for more info.

san gabriel mountains 1024x666 L.A. Weekender: Run, walk, shop, clean  The Music Run (April 23): Thousands of runners will experience the music-infused 5K here at Fairplex tomorrow evening. Run, jog and dance through five music zones (music selected by you!) and cross the finish line into the after party. Registration is still open! Click here to join. 

Walk MS: Inland Empire (April 23): Join Team Fairplex as we do Walk MS at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario! We’re glad to be a part of such a great cause and we would love to see you there! Choose between the 1K or 5K tracks. Registration is still open. Click here for more info (and to sign up!)

Fostering Style (April 23): The dA Center for the Arts is hosting “Fostering Style” — a pop-up shop fundraiser for the Children’s Foundation of America. Guests can enjoy complimentary refreshments as they shop clothing and accessories. An entry donation of $5 is suggested. All proceeds directly support children in the foster care system. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Click here to learn more.

Great LA River Clean-Up (April 23): Tomorrow marks Saturday #2 of the Great LA River Clean-Up. Choose from 15 sites along the river, pick up your cleaning gear and join in efforts to make our city a better place! More info here.

Fiesta Broadway (April 24): Get a head start on Cinco de Mayo celebrations at Fiesta Broadway in Downtown LA. Immerse yourself in cultural music, authentic Latin food, carnival games, rides, children’s activities and shopping. All Ages. Admission is free!

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

Fairplex Snapshot: Millard Sheets Art Gallery

The Millard Sheets Art Center is usually bustling with activity — art classes, exhibitions, tours, workshops… but all was quiet this morning.

The gallery walls are stripped of ArtReach submissions, staff are busy in meetings, and classes haven’t started for the day. The first thing that came to mind when we snapped this photo — blank canvas.

There’s something exciting about a fresh start. Now that ArtReach has wrapped up we are starting work on a brand new exhibition: Capstone.

Stay tuned for a behind-the-scenes look at our gallery set-up, including featured works of students past and present!

For more information, or to find out how you can submit your Millard Sheets class work, visit tlcfairplex.org!

5 Reasons To Love LA On Tap

We have been home to many fairs (including THE Fair), festivals and parties over the years, but LA On Tap is one of our favorites to date. Here’s why:

5 Reasons To Love LA On Tap

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1. All the beer 
This one is a no-brainer! LA On Tap features some of the finest breweries around, all right here at Fairplex. Whether you consider yourself an IPA snob or an amber ale enthusiast, there is something for every beer lover out there.

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2. Souvenir cup
Upon entry you’ll be handed your own LA On Tap tasting cup. This cup will be your best friend while you’re here. Just walk up to any booth and fill up on various lagers, ales, pilsners etc. to your heart’s content.

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3. Community
Hang with your local fellow beer enthusiasts! Festivals are always a great way to meet people with similar interests, and when craft beer is that interest, you’re guaranteed to have at least one interesting conversation with new friends.

The Chase Walker Band at the Fox Theater Riverside 

4. Weekend Blues
Cold brews + musical blues make for the perfect relaxing Saturday afternoon. Enjoy the sounds of local Chase Walker Band as you sip your way through all the beer options. You can also catch them at the Upland Lemon Festival if you want a preview!

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5. A good cause
Last, but certainly not least, all proceeds benefit The Learning Centers at Fairplex. Let your buzz go to a good cause — helping local students advance their education, communities grow and youth leadership skills blossom. Unique brews: check. Good people: check. Great cause: CHECK.

Let us know if you’re going to LA On Tap 2016 by RSVPing on our Facebook page! See you soon… cheers!