Fairplex Weekend Recap: Swapping & shopping

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! Here are some of our favorites from the Original Harvest Festival Art & Craft Show and the Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show:

Original Harvest Festival Art & Craft Show

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show

Fairplex Snapshot: Harvest Festival Shopping

For us, the holiday season always begins with the opening of the Original Harvest Festival Art & Craft Show. Take a quick look at what is planned for this year, as shown on KTLA yesterday:

The Original Harvest Festival Art & Craft Show is a truly delightful experience. Upon entering you are greeted by twinkling holiday lights, upbeat music, the smell of tasty treats, giant hanging stockings, the bustle of other shoppers and, if you’re lucky, you might happen to see Santa walking around.

The real draw, of course, are the hundreds of vendors, all selling unique, artisan items of many kinds. From ornaments to clothing, hair accessories to dog costumes, paintings to sketches and beyond, it’s easy to get lost in a holiday shopping haze.

The fun is almost over for today, but the Harvest Festival will be open Saturday (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) inside Expo Hall 4 at Fairplex.

For additional show information, visit harvestfestival.com.

May at Fairplex

The countdown to summer is officially on! It’s around this time that we start rolling up our sleeves and really getting ready for Fair season. But before Fair, there are plenty of other events at Fairplex to enjoy! Here’s what’s happening this month:

Fairplex Events derby 150x150 May at Fairplex Kentucky Derby Buffet (May 6): Our on-site sports bar, Finish Line Sports Bar & Grill will be hosting a special buffet during the Kentucky Derby! Fill up your plates and enjoy the races from the comfort of your seat. Spaces are going fast — call for reservations at (909) 65-4151.

10th Annual Ross/McCracken Learning Expo (May 7): We’re pleased to host the 10th annual Ross/McCracken Learning Expo, a must-do for families! Kids will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning in the subjects of science, mathematics, the arts and other educational topics. Admission is FREE! More information available here.

merp May at Fairplex Cinco de Mayo Festival (May 7): Our infield will play host to the Que Buena crew as a host of bands and artists perform on Sunday.

Acts include Luis Coronel, Enigma Norteno, Grupo Alta Consigna and others.

Admission is FREE but a ticket is needed. For more information, click here.

Fairplex Events agexpo 290x300 May at Fairplex 48th District Schools’ Agriculture & Nutrition Fair (May 16-20): Celebrate all things California agriculture at the Ag & Nutrition Fair later this month!

This educational fair features thousands of individual and classroom entries from hundreds of schools in the greater Los Angeles area.

Admission is FREE! More information available here.


so cal bbq bash logo NC 150x150 May at Fairplex SoCal BBQ Bash (May 20): The SoCal BBQ Bash & Expo is debuting at Fairplex this month and we can’t wait! They’re bringing cooking classes, demos and workshops, live entertainment, seminars and a BBQ competition to our grounds.

It’s the perfect start to summer (we think of it as a Memorial Day Weekend pregame) and we’re ready to host. For more information on the SoCal BBQ Bash, click here.

Fairplex Events missioncircuit May at Fairplex Mission Circuit Dog Show (May 25-29): The Mission Circuit Dog Show returns for its annual Memorial Day Weekend event, with competitions culminating Monday with top dogs honored. Come see more than 100 breeds and 8,000 dogs competing in the show. More info here.

Other Events: The NHRA Twilight Cruise, Food Truck Thursdays, Palates & Palettes, Hot Tub & Swim Spa Show, soccer games, fun runs and plenty of other events are coming to Fairplex this month as well! Needless to say, we will be quite busy.

Visit our Fairplex Calendar for a full list of upcoming events. See you soon!

Weekend Recap: Barking with the stars

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! ICYMI, here’s what we had the pleasure of hosting:

Beverly Hills Dog Show
The Kennel Club of Beverly Hills rolled out the red carpet to celebrate the city’s finest purebred dogs. You can watch the televised version of the event on Easter Sunday on USA Network!

ArtReach Opening Reception
Students, teachers and local art patrons gathered at the Millard Sheets Art Center for the opening reception of high school art exhibition ArtReach: The Art of Dreams.

Measure H Gala
Our President & CEO Miguel Santana hosted a Measure H fundraiser at the art gallery. Thank you to everyone who came to support our fight to end homelessness!

See what’s next at Fairplex on our Events Calendar at Fairplex.com!

Fairplex Weekender: Stars, cars, art and brides

Happy Friday! Here’s what’s happening at Fairplex this weekend:

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KCBH Dog Show (March 4 & 5): We’re rolling out the red carpet this weekend at Fairplex for the inaugural televised Beverly Hills Dog Show! Hosted by breeder-owner-handler, judge and author David Frei and award-winning Broadway star and author John O’Hurley, the show features more than 1,000 purebred dogs.

The show will air on Easter Sunday on the USA Network. We’re excited to play host and wish them will in their debut! Spectators are welcome to watch the event on both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, click here.

ArtReach: The Art of Dreams Opening Reception (March 4): The sixth annual regional high school art exhibition opens this weekend at the Millard Sheets Art Center at Fairplex. The opening reception and awards ceremony is this Saturday from 6 – 9 p.m. with the gallery opening to the public beginning March 5.

We’re excited to celebrate the talents of local high school students and look forward to seeing what they have created for the gallery. For more information click here.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (March 5): Classic cars return to Fairplex this Sunday at the Pomona Swap Meet! Auto enthusiasts can shop thousands of car parts and accessories, browse memorabilia and see/participate in the classic car show. More info at pomonaswapmeet.com.

BrideWorld Expo (March 5): Calling all brides-to-be! BrideWorld Expo is at Fairplex this Sunday. Hundreds of photographers, entertainers, invitation vendors, florists and other wedding musts will be on-hand. Guests who register beforehand will receive a free planning workbook and a shopping bag. Tickets and additional info are available here.


Making Things Merry at Fairplex

Every year our creative team transforms our campus from a summertime playground of Fair fun into a wintry haven of festivities.

Expo Hall 8 is one of our largest event spaces, and full of holiday cheer. The walls are lined with beautiful Christmas trees and winter vignettes, ranging from a bakery to a bridal shop, creating a cozy holiday-filled town. Check out some of the vignettes below — all are made by hand, each designed by members of our creative department:

Gingerbread House
If you have a sweet tooth, you’re sure to crave cookies, candy and gingerbead after taking a close look at the Gingerbead House vignette!

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Antique Store
This quaint scene is reminiscent of a childhood Christmas past, before video games, smartphones and toys that moved and talked of their own accord. 2 Making Things Merry at Fairplex

This particular vignette pays tribute to our annual Los Angeles International Wine, Spirits & Beer Competitions, even featuring some of the medals as ornaments for the tree. Tgh3 Making Things Merry at Fairplex We are always impressed with the level of detail and DIY skill our team shows, not only during the holidays, but at the LA County Fair, Upland Lemon Festival and other self-produced events.

If you would like to have your holiday or end-of-year party with us, give us a visit at sheratonfairplex.com. We would love to show you more of our venue!

Weekend Recap: Harvest Festival Arts & Crafts Show

Some things never change, and the Harvest Festival Arts & Crafts Show are one of them. As you walk towards the entrance you’re greeted by a very merry Santa on stilts, singing holiday hits and welcoming you to the show.

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Photo Cred: @dangerouscupcakes (Instagram)

Upon entering, guests are greeted by carolers and vendors selling everything from clothes to Christmas decorations, all handmade.

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Shoppers take their time, looking at the many booths, chatting with artisans and purchasing gifts for themselves and their loved ones. There’s even a children’s section, where little ones can take their turn at arts & crafts.

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Photo Cred: @15phoneix_1982 (Instagram)

After a couple hours of shopping, guests could choose from a number of hearty options from the food court before heading home.

We loved hosting the Harvest Festival. For us, this event signifies the start of our own holiday season, which we’ll be covering over the next couple weeks here on the blog icon smile Weekend Recap: Harvest Festival Arts & Crafts Show

Harvest Festival 2016

The Harvest Festival has arrived at Fairplex!

We love the holiday music, festive lights, tasty food and seeing the creativity of all the vendors. Ornaments, jewelry, decorations, photography, clothing, home decor… the list goes on, and each item is handmade by talented artisans.  We would choose the Harvest Festival over the chaos and generic gifts from the mall any day.  

The Harvest Festival is open all weekend.Visit harvestfestival.com for hours, ticket pricing and more. 

December at Fairplex

Happy December! Things are looking merry and bright here at Fairplex and we’re ready to celebrate the end of 2016 with some of our favorite traditional events. Check it out:

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Harvest Festival (Dec. 2-4): Our month starts off with the Original Harvest Festival Arts & Crafts Show! This is the place to shop for handmade gifts.

We love the atmosphere of cheery holiday music, glowing lights, tasty treats and row upon row of artisan items. For more information, visit harvestfestival.com.

PomonaSwapMeet December at Fairplex Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Dec. 4): Our last Pomona Swap Meet of 2016 is this Sunday! Shop thousands of car parts & accessories, enjoy the sight of hundreds of classic cars, and hang out with fellow car enthusiasts. More info available at pomonaswapmeet.com.


HolidayHalf December at Fairplex Holiday Half Marathon (Dec. 10-11): December wouldn’t be December without the Holiday Half Marathon! The fun starts on Saturday, Dec.10 with the health & fitness expo, Holiday 5K and the Kids 1K Penguin Waddle.

Runners can also register during this time. The actual half marathon is on Sunday, with runners starting their race at Fairplex. For registration information, schedule of events and more, visit runholidayhalf.com.

RVShow December at Fairplex Giant LA Winter RV Show: We end 2016 with the return of the Giant LA Winter RV Show. Roadtrippers can shop the latest in travel fun and speak with experts on various products and services. More info at fairplex.com.

Other Events: Other events include the Hot Tub Swim Spa Show (Dec. 2-4), the NHRA Museum’s Twilight Cruise, and Darbar E Khalsa. Hours, parking and additional information is available on our events calendar at Fairplex.com.


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