Fairplex Weekend Recap: Halloween Fun!

It was non-stop Halloween fun this weekend at Fairplex! Check outt our events from our guests’ perspective:

Halloween at Oktoberfest

We extended Oktoberfest an extra weekend this year for Halloween. Guests put on their favorite costumes, filled up their steins with beer and danced the weekend away with us. Thanks to the non-stop entertainment from our tribute band, oom-pah-pah performers and DJ, we can definitely say it was a Halloween celebration to remember!

RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns
Our family-friendly Halloween event, RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns, was a truly unique sight to see. We couldn’t believe the intricate work the pumpkin carvers did, creating elaborate jack o’lanterns consisting of 5,000 pumpkins.

All in all, we had a fantastic Halloween season! From our Neighborhood Halloween party to the final walk-through of RISE, this has been one of our favorite years to date. For more information on upcoming Fairplex events, visit us at Fairplex.com.


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Fairplex Snapshot: Horses at Fairplex

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While the promised storm may not have come to fruition, we were certainly prepared!

With the potential for flooding and mudslides in recent burn areas, we worked with our local communities participating in the horse evacuation.

We’re currently housing about 60 horses in our barns, and are happy to have them stay with us!

We’re glad that the predicted storm has made this evacuation merely a precaution.



Fairplex Gives: Employee Blood Drive

Throughout the year Fairplex partners with a number of non-profit organizations in the local area, giving our employees a chance to give back to a great cause.

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This month we worked with Cedars Sinai and City of Hope for platelet and blood donations respectively.

The Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center turned into a blood drive center as our employees and their friends and family donated blood and platelets.

Thank you to all who took the time to donate, and to Cedars Sinai and City of Hope for partnering with us for this!


RISE Of The Jack O’Lanterns

We kicked off our Hallows festivities last night at our annual Neighborhood Halloween Party and the fun continued into today with the debut of RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns.

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The RISE team has spent the past few days diligently carving intricate jack o’lanterns in Expo Hall 4, and today they opened the doors to us.

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To say we were impressed is an understatement! We couldn’t believe the creativity that went into this Halloween exhibit, from the giant Darth Vader head to the giant serpent made of dozens of jack o’lanterns strung together.

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We have had a lot of events come through over the years, but we’ve never seen anything quite like this!

We don’t want to ruin too much for you so we’ll leave you to explore Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns for yourself!

Tickets are available for select times now through Sunday, just in time to celebrate Halloween.

Hope to see you here this weekend!

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Fairplex Snapshot: Annual Neighborhood Halloween Party

Every year our staff and volunteers host a festive, candy-filled Halloween party for our neighbors and their families.

Our Farm is transformed into a land of tricks and treats: bounce houses, games, crafts, a hay maze, food, drinks and our very own pumpkin patch! We love meeting and spending time with the folks who surround our property and we’re thankful for the staff and volunteers who take the time to make all of this happen.

It’s going to be an exciting Halloween weekend here at Fairplex — this party is just the beginning!

For more information on our community relations events, please visit Fairplex.com.

Fairplex Embraces Aquaponics System

Aquaponics System at The Farm

We love The Farm at Fairplex. Besides being one of the most peaceful places on our grounds, this place is LIFE and constantly changing. We’ve shown you the crops, the lovely animals and now we want to explain the purpose of our aquaponics system.

Aquaponics combines aquaculture (the raising of fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants). When combined, fish and plants grow together in one integrated system.

Here is a diagram that explains things a bit more:

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Motocross in the House

Ryan Dungey vs. Marvin Musquin
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 Photo Credit: Christian Pondella / Red Bull Content Pool

For the third straight year, Red Bull Straight Rhythm took over Fairplex this past weekend for the most unique race in the world of professional motocross. Fans from all across the SoCal visited our campus with family and friends to cheer their favorites riders. This Supercross game changer took place on a 1/2-mile “unwound” racetrack — no turns, just a half-mile-long straight rhythm section. This year featured a revised format where practice, qualifying and racing all took place on the same day, with the final taking place at night under the lights to crown the 2016 Red Bull Straight Rhythm champion.

Congratulations to Marvin Musquin for winning the 2016 Red Bull Straight Rhythm’s Open Class and to Shane McElrath for winning the Lite Class!

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Fairplex Snapvideo: Oktoberfest Dance Hall

If you haven’t heard about our Dance Hall at Oktoberfest, then you haven’t been keeping up with our posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Blog. This hall is by far one of our guests’ favorite places to hang out and have fun.

Take a look at these two buddies dancing to RUN-DMC’s It’s Tricky.

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3 Unique Event Spaces at Fairplex

With Pinterest weddings and high-tech conferences a plenty, it can be hard to make your event stand out from the rest. Choosing the right venue is a major key to event production success.

We understand this at Fairplex, and strive to make our 487-acre campus a unique, customized space for you.Our unique spaces include:

3 Unique Event Spaces at Fairplex

The Farm at FairplexOur five-acre Farm is ideal for weddings and dinners. In fact, we host monthly Farm at Fairplex dinners with McKinley’s Grille, using ingredients selected straight from the farm itself.

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Picnic Hill: Overlooking Fairplex, Picnic Hill is a quaint, grassy hilltop situated directly behind the Timber Mountain Slide (active during the LA County Fair), and overlooks the Grandstand and Atrium. This is a great spot for group picnics, small weddings and BBQs.

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Wine, Spirits, Beer & Olive Oil Marketplace: During Fairtime, this place buzzes with wine tasting classes, sake, beer and olive pourings, and the aroma of delicious food. During “off-season” months, clients can rent this place out for networking events, holiday parties etc.

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These are just some of the unique spaces we offer for your event. To learn more about all of our event spaces, visit us at FairplexEvents.com!


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Oktoberfest Must-Knows

If you’re planning to hit Oktoberfest, here’s what you SHOULD know:

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2. Lots of food  Drinking makes people hungry. We know that and you know that. shutterstock 445154743 300x200 Oktoberfest Must KnowsWe also know freshly baked pretzels go well with all types of beer. If you’re not feeling like having some bratwurst or pretzels, we have King Taco, grilled sandwiches and Pink’s Hot Dogs.  We’re celebrating from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through Oct. 29 and we hope to see you here with your squad. #SquadGoals

3. Lots of music & dancing  If you want to get the most out of Oktoberfest at Fairplex, we recommend leaving your inhibitions at the door and doing some traditional (and not-so-traditional) dancing with our oom-pah-pah band. We’ll take you through the Chicken Dance, group dances and partner dances, and we will definitely have you up and on your feet by the end of the night! P.S. – Our cover bands are always a good time too!

4. Lyft Don’t drink and drive! We’ve partnered with Lyft to provide safe transportation from Oktoberfest. First-time users receive $20 off their first ride with promo code LACF! To buy tickets and learn more, visit OktoberfestatFairplex.com.

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