Weekend Recap: 2017 Grand National Roadster Show

Tens of thousands of guests attended the 68th annual Grand National Roadster Show this year. Our expo halls and surrounding areas were lined with gorgeous classic cars of every style, year and color.

The Mulholland Speedster, built by the Hollywood Hot Rods team received the coveted America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award.

Other fun activities included the Pin-up Doll competition, the Grand Daddy Drive-In, where auto enthusiasts could show off their cars to one another, shopping and art.

Congratulations to all who won awards and thank you to all our guests who joined us for this event. We’re always glad to welcome the GNRS to our grounds. For more information on what’s next at Fairplex, visit fairplex.com!

Fairplex Weekender: Roadsters & Gardening

Wait… how is it already the last weekend of January? Time sure flies when you’re having a good time (and we’ve been having a blast!) Here’s how we’re ending the month:

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Grand National Roadster Show (now – Jan 29): The 68th annual Grand National Roadster Show is in full swing. We can hear the doo-wop music and see some of the vendors and vehicles from our offices. More than 500 show vehicles will compete for awards, and another few hundred will join in the fun on Saturday & Sunday for the Grand Daddy Drive-In! If you’re an auto enthusiast, this is a must-do. More info at fairplex.com.

FREE Farm Gardening Workshop (Jan. 28): The Learning Centers at Fairplex is hosting a free gardening workshop this Saturday in partnership with the LA County Smart Gadening Program, CA Farm Water Coalition and The Farm at Fairplex. Learn how to use composting and grass cycling to create a healthy, water-savvy garden! More info here.

Public Auction (Now – Jan. 28): The US Public Auction is auctioning off cars, trucks, vans and more at our White Ave. lot. Admission and parking are free at Gate 23 on Arrow Hwy.
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Coming Soon:Valentine’s Day Cocktails at McKinley’s Grille!

MKG Food cocktails 300x300 Coming Soon:Valentines Day Cocktails at McKinleys Grille! A cozy fireplace, wine, a delicious meal… McKinley’s Grille knows how to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

While we haven’t heard what’s on the dinner menu just yet, we caught a sneak preview of the cocktail selection and it is absolutely delicious.

Whether you’re craving a refreshing taste of pomegranate or the richer elements of chocolate and mint, our mixologist has you covered.

Our two Valentine’s Day selections will satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth. Stay tuned for more details on V-Day dinner.

(P.S. For those who don’t know, McKinley’s Grille is our on-site hotel restaurant. They serve dishes made with vegetables, fruit and herbs selected from The Farm at Fairplex!)

For regular McKinley’s Grille menu options, hours and other information, visit mckinleysgrille.com.

5 Reasons to check out the Modern Pentathlon

“We enrich lives by entertaining and educating our diverse community through unique and memorable experiences.” That is the mission of Fairplex, and we are truly meeting our potential as we prepare to host the 2017 Modern Pentathlon!

While there are many reasons to attend this spectacular international competition, here are five of the reasons we are most excited about bringing this event to Fairplex:

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5 Reasons To Check Out the Modern Pentathlon

1. The Olympic Experience: Did you know that the Modern Pentathlon is an Olympic sport? That’s right, several of our Modern Pentathlon athletes competed in the Rio Olympics last year. For many athletes, the World Cup is part of their journey to possibly compete in the 2020 Tokyo games. Fairplex has the honor of hosting the 2017 World Cup — the first of four — which will culminate in the Olympic trials in four years.

2. The Excitement: Pistol shooting. Fencing. Swimming. Horsemanship. Running. Pentathlon founder Baron de Coubertin wasn’t kidding when he said the Modern Pentathlon proves whether competitors are complete athletes — this event is about mental and physical prowess in equal measure. The adventure and action is non-stop, for athletes and spectators alike.

3. The History: 2017 marks the first year the international Modern Pentathlon competition will be in Southern California since the 1984 Olympic games, making this an historic moment not only for Fairplex, but for Southern California residents as well.

4. The Local Sports Community: This event is a big win for local sports fan. Where else, after all, do you get a chance to see an Olympic-class, international competition so close and personal? This is a chance to connect with neighbors who share a love of competitive sports, brush shoulders with world-class athletes, and take part of something that will lead to the 2020 Olympics (and beyond!)

5. The Celebrations: While most eyes are on who wins what, there is plenty of time for celebrations before, during and after the competition. From our Opening Ceremonies to the Modern Pentathlon Experience, there is something for everyone to learn, see and do.

These are just some of the reasons we’re excited about hosting the Modern Pentathlon World Cup. To learn more about this momentous event click here.

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Fairplex Weekend Recap: LA Boat Show + Farm Projects

We had a great weekend at Fairplex, despite the heavy torrents of rain that hit us Friday and Sunday. Here’s what we had happening on campus:

Los Angeles Boat Show
The Los Angeles Boat Show was reigning king this weekend as guests shopped kayaks, cruisers, jet skis, catamarans and more.

It may have been overcast outside but just one brief walk through the LA Boat Show and we were daydreaming of sunny days at Lake Havasu and leisurely trips on the Pacific Ocean.

Farm at Fairplex Projects
Meanwhile out on The Farm, our volunteers and Farm kitchen staff were busy canning, planning and taking care of our livestock.

We started our weekend by infusing small batch liqueurs. They’re now all set to go for the next Chef’s Potluck Dinner on The Farm.

We were also busy canning the last of our San Marzano green tomatoes in a miso pickle base.

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Fairplex Farm eggplant Fairplex Weekend Recap: LA Boat Show + Farm Projects All in all it was a productive and fun weekend, rain or no rain. That being said, we’re definitely looking forward to clear skies and a gorgeous view of the mountains in the days ahead!

For more information on Fairplex, The Farm and upcoming events, visit us at Fairplex.com.

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Boats, boats, boats!

The Los Angeles Boat Show is at Fairplex this weekend, and despite the rain, we’re already dreaming of lazy lake days and adventures in the ocean.

pexels photo 186712 1024x679 Boats, boats, boats! The show features catamarans, fishing boats, jet skis, cabin cruisers, kayaks and everything in between. Whether you fancy yourself a lake person or a beach bum, there is something for everyone.

Check out the 2017 boat models, let your little ones have fun in the Kids Zone, and enjoy drinks & food while you shop. Don’t worry about the rain — our expo halls are dry and warm icon smile Boats, boats, boats!

Friday (today): Noon – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Admission is $15 for adults, free for ages 12 & under
Active military members receive free admission.

Parking is $10 at Gate 17 on Fairplex Drive.

For more information, visit losangelesboatshow.com. See you soon!

Fairplex Snapshot: Rainy Day Potluck

Rainy days are best spent indoors with good company, and that’s exactly how we’re ending the work week. Our friends at The Learning Centers at Fairplex had the genius idea of holding a company-wide potluck this afternoon.

The Millard Sheets Art Center became our makeshift lunchroom as our coworkers filled their plates with tostadas, enchiladas, lasagna, veggies, salad, cookies and more. Can you say food coma?

Our workplace is our community, and it felt good to all eat together and enjoy the sound the rain outside. Cheers to the weekend!

Checking out the 2017 Asian American Expo

The 2017 Asian American Expo opened a few hours ago and already the crowds are pouring through. Check it out!

Anime Impulse
It’s all things anime, video games and art here in the Anime Impulse section.


The Silk Show
From the sneaker show to the sample sales, we’re thinking it might be time to do a little shopping when we’re done working for the day.

Easily one of our favorite parts of the Asian American Expo: THE FOOD.

We’re just getting started here! There’s tons of entertainment in nearly every expo hall, from martial arts to dancing to cooking demos, and tons of shopping to do too.

For more information on the Asian American Expo, including ticket prices, hours and parking info, visit the event page at Fairplex.com.

If you’re visiting us today, be sure to tag @fairplex and use #fairplex in all your social media posts! We’d love to share in your adventures with us. Cheers to the weekend!


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Fairplex Weekender: Asian American Expo, Wine & Paint Night and more

Hellooooo Friday! Even though we’re working this weekend, we are actually looking forward to all of these events. We love what we do, and who we host. Check out what’s going on at Fairplex this weekend:

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Asian American Expo (Jan 14 & 15): One of our biggest events this month, the Asian American Expo is all things cultural: food, dance, art and entertainment. This year the expo features several events like Anime Impulse, where guests can cosplay, attend panels, browse artist alleys and check out a car show. The Silk Show Sample Sale features a number of great brands selling wares at 50-80% off retail price, as well as a sneaker show. Other activities include an eating contest, tons of food and shopping vendors, and live entertainment celebrating a variety of Asian cultures. Admission is $11 per person. Parking is $11 at Gate 9 (Blue Gate). For more information visit us at fairplex.com.

Palates & Palettes – Monet (Jan 14): Our wine & paint series, Palates & Palettes returns to the Millard Sheets Art Center this Saturday night. Journey to the world of Claude Monet as you learn to paint one of his masterpieces from an art instructor, while enjoying wine & food pairings inspired from his homeland of France. All supplies (including wine & food!) are provided. Please RSVP here.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Jan 15): The Pomona Swap Meet returns to Fairplex bright and early Sunday morning. More than 30,000 car parts, accessories, automobilia and vintage rides will span 15 miles of our campus. It’s the perfect place to mingle with the auto community, shop parts and check out rides. More info at pomonaswapmeet.com.

RailGiants Train Museum Free Admission (Jan 14 & 15): Last but not least, the on-site RailGiants Train Museum is hosting their free monthly museum days this weekend. Take a journey back in time to the glory days of the American Railroad. Explore a number of well preserved locomotives and speak with docents on the history of trains in our nation. More info at railgiants.org.

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