Every year our Creative Team transforms the Fairplex campus into a Winter Wonderland. They started work this week and we can’t wait to see the finished product!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Happy Friday! Here’s what’s happening at Fairplex this weekend:
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.
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:
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!
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. TghWe 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!
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.
Upon entering, guests are greeted by carolers and vendors selling everything from clothes to Christmas decorations, all handmade.
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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are huge proponents of learning here at Fairplex, and nowhere is that more apparent than at the Millard Sheets Art Center. Take a look at what we have going on right now and join us for 2017 programs in just two months!
CTEC Art Classes: We are nearing the end of our fall semester of our ceramics classes at the Career & Technical Education Center. We’ll be back in 2017 with more learning opportunities for local high school students.
Reed Fine Art Program: In addition to the above programs, we also provide advanced art courses in painting and drawing to students committed to an entire year of study. This no-cost, scholarship program allows art students to explore their creativity through weekly instruction, open studio, guided practice and other skills needed in the art world. We’re wrapping up our fall session and will continue next year in the spring.
Studio Arts: Our Studio Arts classes are open to artists of all ages. We offer a total of four 9-week sessions per year. Again, we are wrapping up our fall courses, but are excited to introduce more opportunities in 2017!
In addition to the programs above, we also host family workshops, art shows, special classes, and wine & paint events throughout the year. Check back for learning opportunities in 2017!
For more information on the Millard Sheets Art Center, visit millardsheetsartcenter.org.
It’s safe to say we’re in full Fair mode over here. Over the next few weeks our campus will slowly but surely transform into the Fairgrounds that 1.3 million guests trek through each year.
We have just begun set-up, but you can already tell it’s going to be an epic year:
The dinosaurs are taking their time migrating over here, but our entrance is almost built and ready to welcome guests in September.
If you walk a little further in, you can see where the cows, pigs, goats, sheep and other animals are going to be too.
Our team has already brought in familiar barn facades, hand-washing stations, and stages for our shows.
Sky Shivers will be driving down in a few weeks with all your Fair favorites, along with a few new friends!
One of our favorite spots, the DIY Design Studio, has made quite the transformation over the past couple months. Fair guests near and far have submitted their entries for our annual contests (jewelry, quilting, photography etc) and our team is busy putting everything up for display.
It seems like every day there’s something new that’s being built! Stay tuned here and on the official Fair blog to see what’s in store for the 2016 Fair.