Fairplex Weekend Recap: Asian American Expo

We were b u s y this weekend at Fairplex! Check out what our campus looked like:

Asian American Expo
We kicked things off with the Asian American Expo and it. was. packed. It seems like everywhere you went there was something to eat, buy or do.

We had a blast checking out the cosplay at Anime Impulse, watching guests chow down on fried squid, noodles and desserts of every kind, and clapping along with audiences captivated by Taiko drummers, Tahitian dancers, martial arts demonstrations and more in the expo halls.

On top of that, the Expo also featured several live musical performances, DJ sets and a sample clothing sale.

It was impossible to be bored for a single second and we are already looking forward to next year’s Lunar New Year celebrations!

Pomona Swap Meet
Literally hours after the first night of Asian American Expo came to a close, car enthusiasts started rolling in for the monthly Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show.

Photo Cred: @skanlouz_1996

As always, guests shopped parts for their current auto projects, showed off their classic cars and enjoyed food and drinks with fellow visitors. Thankfully it wasn’t raining so we enjoyed a sunny Sunday on all sides of campus.

We’re taking a slight breather today but it won’t be long before we’re making preparations for the Grand National Roadster Show. Hope your weekend was as fun as ours was!

For more information on Fairplex events, visit Fairplex.com.

January Events at Fairplex!

Happy new year! We are back from our holiday break and Fairplex is busier than ever. Check out our January happenings below!

Music Run January Events at Fairplex!  The Music Run (Jan 9): We’re starting our “fun run” season with The Music Run. There is a DJ set up at each kilometer mark, spinning pop, rock, hip-hop, oldies and EDM. The best part? You choose the music. Click here to cast your votes. Dance with your fellow runners and celebrate fitness in 2016! For more information visit themusicrun.com.

Reptile Super Show January Events at Fairplex!  Reptile Super Show (Jan 9-10): TheReptile Super Showis back! Our halls will be filled with lizards, frogs, snakes, turtles and other friendly, scaly creatures. Shop supplies for your pets or adopt a new one! For more information click here.


Asian American Expo January Events at Fairplex!  Asian American Expo (Jan 16-17): The Asian American Expo is all about food, entertainment and cultural experiences.

Check out the Anime Impulse video game, anime and manga experience, sample craft beers and ciders at the Asian Beer Fest, show your digestive prowess at one of the Eating Contests and dance all night during the Lunar Palooza! And of course, there will be plenty of Asian cuisine for everyone. For more information, visit aaexpo.com.

Swap Meet January Events at Fairplex!  Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Jan 17): The first Swap Meet & Classic Car Show of 2016 is Sunday, Jan. 17. Show off the cars you’ve been working on during winter break and shop thousands of auto parts at swap meet prices. For more information, visit pomonaswapmeet.com.

National Roadsters January Events at Fairplex!  67th Annual O’Reilly Grand National Roadster Show (Jan 29-31): We’re pretty sure every Southern California classic car lover will be at Fairplex for the Grand National Roadster Show.

More than 500 show vehicles will compete for awards, with hundreds of other vehicles participating in the Grand Daddy Drive-In. Let the gawking and mutual admiration begin! For more information, visit rodshows.com.

We are beyond excited for all the entertainment, learning, community events and fun we have planned for you. Stay tuned for campus updates, new and returning events, giveaways and a behind-the-scenes looks at everything we have going on in 2016. It’s going to be a great year!

L.A. Weekender: Let the holidays begin

It’s actually COLD in Southern California! Even though temperatures warm up again this weekend, it feels like December today which is enough to get us in the holiday spirit. Add some cheer to your weekend with these fun happenings in Los Angeles:

2014 Harvest Festival at Fairplex 

Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show (Fri – Sun): The arrival of the Harvest Festival is a sure sign that the holidays are here. Enjoy the atmosphere of festive lights, deliciously warm winter treats and row upon row of handmade gifts all weekend at Fairplex. For more information, visit harvestfestival.com.

Village Holiday Promenade & Tree Lighting (Friday): Head over to downtown Claremont tonight after work for entertainment, Mr. & Mrs. Claus visits and the annual tree lighting ceremony.

First Fridays Los Angeles: First Fridays are a big deal in all parts of L.A. Unwind from the work week with one of these great events:

  • Pasadena Art Museums: The Pasadena Museum of California Art starts their weekend early with free museum admission from noon – 5 p.m. After that, consider visiting the nearby Norton Simon Museum is also free on the first Friday of each month after 5.
  • First Fridays Long Beach Holiday Edition: Stroll the art walk, live performances from local musicians, dining and shopping tonight. Say hi to Santa Claus and his elves, watch the annual tree and Menorah lighting, sip on hot cocoa and sing along with carolers.
  • Venice Beach First Fridays: On the Westside, Friday nights are all about Abbot Kinney Blvd. Pick your dinner from tons of food trucks, browse open galleries and take advantage of extended shopping hours.

Holiday Lights at the Getty (Saturday): No museum does the holidays better than The Getty. Get there by magic hour (sunset) and check out the lights and festive displays through 9 p.m.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Sunday): It’s the last swap meet of the year! Shop thousands of auto parts and stock up for the month, check out the classic car show and chat with fellow car lovers from all parts of Southern California. Visit pomonaswapmeet.com for more info.

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

December at Fairplex

Happy December! Where has the year gone… it seems like just yesterday we were making plans for the 2015 LA County Fair. As usual, we still have plenty of things to do at Fairplex as we welcome the holiday season. Take your pick:

twilight cruise December at FairplexProlong Twilight Cruise + Toy Drive (Dec 2): Catch the last Twilight Cruise of the year at Fairplex! Show off your prettiest hot rods, grab a beer and some friends, and wind down your week with fellow car lovers. In true holiday spirit, the event is running its’ annual Toy Drive! Bring an unwrapped toy for less fortunate kids of the Pomona Valley. For more info click here.

harvest festival December at Fairplex

Harvest Festival Original Arts & Crafts Expo (Dec 4-6): It just wouldn’t be winter 
without the Harvest Festival! Shop homemade jewelry, art, furniture, home decor and more. It’s the perfect place to holiday shop unique pieces. For more info, visit


swap meet December at FairplexPomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Dec 6): Now is the time to show off all that hard work you’ve spent on your cars! Whether you’ve been refurbishing a truck or polishing up your favorite hot rod, no one will appreciate your labor of love more than the attendees at the Pomona Swap Meet. Plus, shop thousands of auto parts at great prices. Click here for event times and more info.

train museum December at FairplexRailGiants Train Museum (Dec. 12-13): Take a historical journey back to the glory days of the American Railroad at the RailGiants Train Museum. It’s free to the public and enjoyable for train lovers of all ages. Learn more about the exhibit here.

holiday half marathon December at FairplexHoliday Half-Marathon (Dec 13-14): Run off the last of the Thanksgiving pounds (or just stock up for those extra holiday calories) at the Holiday Half-Marathon! Dress up in your Santa hats and elf tutus and join the fun. Register here: http://www.runholidayhalf.com/

garden railroad December at FairplexFairplex Garden Railroad (Dec 14): There’s nothing quite like the magic of this miniature world, sitting right here at Fairplex. Explore detailed scenic displays, including replicas of some of Pomona’s oldest and most beloved buildings. Our volunteers are always working on new projects and are happy to share on the latest updates!

The railroad is open to the public on the second weekend of each month and we would love to see your faces before the year ends!  For more info on the Fairplex Garden Railroad, visit fgrr.org

For more information on Fairplex and all our upcoming events, please visit us at fairplex.com. Happy Holidays!

L.A. Weekender: Fairplex Happenings

Happy Friday, everyone! We hope you all had a very productive week and that y’all are ready to get the weekend started. If you are like me and don’t have anything planned for this weekend, then please continue reading this blog because this weekend is packed with events perfect for all age groups.

PublicAuction 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsPublic Auction (April 17-18): Countless cars, pickup trucks, vans, SUV’s and other vehicles will be auctioned off at Fairplex this Saturday. If interested, preview day is Friday and actual bidding and sale is Saturday. Event will take place on White Avenue Lot, through Gate 9. Free parking at Gate 23 on Fairplex & Puddingstone Drives. For more information about this free admission event visit the Fairplex events page.

Palates 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsPalates & Palettes: Food, Wine and Paint (April 18): This month’s Palates and Palettes event revolves around French artist Henri Matisse. Enjoy complimentary food pairings presented by Vince Cavalli of McKinley’s Grille and wine selections from Nice, France, selected by Silverlake Wine. In this unique and relaxing ambiance, you will create an original painting guided by an experienced art teacher as you listen to relaxing and regional music in a supportive, friendly atmosphere. All materials are provided, and you will take home your finished work at the end of the evening. All levels are encouraged, no experience required. There are still a few spots open! Register here!

FamilyArt 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsMillard Sheets Art Center Free Family Workshops: The Millard Sheets Art Center is bringing back its free family art workshops focusing on art skills and fun craft projects for the whole family. Projects will be taught in Spanish & English with one group for parents and elementary students and another for middle school students, so make sure to join the fun! For more information about this event visit the Fairplex events page.

Cosmo 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsCosmo Run 7K (April 18): LADIES, Cosmo Run 7K is this Saturday! Ditch your place and come have fun at this all ladies evening event! Participating in a 7K does not have to be boring, so gather your sisters, friends and female colleagues and register for the event. Your race swag will include a Cosmo 7k martini glass, goody bag and more. The finish line will have 3 different Three Olive Vodka Cosmo stations – each featuring a different Cosmo flavor! To learn more about this event visit the the Fairplex events page.

PomonaSwapMeet 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsPomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (April 19): According to weather reports, Sunday’s weather will be perfect for our Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show. Hundreds of original and restored classic vehicles will be on display and for sale in six specialized Car Corral sections: Pre 1985 Classics, any year Corvettes, any year Porsches, Pre 1959 Street Rods, Pre 1985 Volkswagens and Pre 1985 Imports. General admission is $10 and children 12 and under are free. For more information visit www.fairplex.com.

To see what else is going on at Fairplex, please check out our Events Page.

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 madrigal@fairplex.com

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Holiday season kicks off at Fairplex

This weekend was the perfect beginning to the holidays at Fairplex. In Expo Hall 4 we had the Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show, where guests shopped thousands of unique handcrafted gifts, and got swept into the holiday spirit by live performances, twinkling lights and a delicious array of tasty cookies, cakes, nuts and other winter goodies.

Blog HarvestFestival 1024x575 Fairplex Weekend Recap: Holiday season kicks off at Fairplex Harvest Festival entertainers fill the event with holiday cheer 

Meanwhile over in Expo Hall 6, the furriest and friendliest of our visitors took up residence Saturday afternoon at the Holiday Pet Expo. Pets and their owners took photos with Santa, sampled treats and watched agility and obedience demonstrations. Tis’ the season to determine who’s naughty or nice, after all!

Finally, Sunday Funday began bright and early at the Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show on the other side of Fairplex. Flocks of car enthusiasts spent the morning and afternoon perusing auto parts, checking out classic cars and enjoying a shared appreciation of the beauty of the automobile.

The fun is just beginning, with the Holiday Half Marathon coming up next weekend and a number of festive parties taking place at Fairplex in December. For a full list of upcoming events visit fairplex.com.

Did you attend any events at Fairplex? Make sure you tag us in all your Twitter, Instagram and Facebook posts! 

L.A. Weekender: Beer, music and ramen at Fairplex

TGIF! We couldn’t be more excited for the weekend, considering all the fun that’s happening on our campus over the next three days. Keep reading for a special Fairplex edition of the L.A. Weekender!

Oktoberfest at Fairplex (Oct 17-19): Oktoberfest weekend two starts tonight at 6 p.m. Join us for beer, brats and live music. The Rheinlanders Oom-Pah-Pah band will be leading guests in games and dancing inside the Festhalle while tribute bands Black Eyed Tease (Friday), Led Zepagain (Saturday) and Rumors (Sunday) entertain the masses in the courtyard. Get the party started at www.oktoberfestatfairplex.com!

Moon Block Party (Oct 18): For the first time ever, the Moon Block Party music festival will be blasting off at Fairplex. Come hear bands like Spoon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Band of Skulls, eat, drink and enjoy this one-day art experience! For more information, visit www.moonblockparty.org.

Ramen Yokocho Festival (Oct 18-19): The last Ramen festival of the year is this weekend at Fairplex. Expert chefs from Japan, New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles will be cooking up delicious noodle dishes for you to feast on. Slurp up your Ramen of choice and enjoy art exhibits, a car show and film screenings at your leisure! For more information, visit www.ramenyokochous.com.

Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Oct 19): The Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show will be at Fairplex this Sunday. Shop thousands of auto parts at swap meet prices and take in the sight of thousands of original and restored classic cars. For more information visit www.pomonaswapmeet.com.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a weekly 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

3 Summer Evening Family Fun Ideas

One of our favorite parts of summer are relaxing evenings. Clear night skies and soft, warm winds are ideal for outdoor activities. Whether it’s BBQs, pool parties, star gazing or bonfires, there is plenty to do all summer long. Keep reading for fun Fairplex summer evening activities that are perfect for the whole family:

ID 1001911 3 Summer Evening Family Fun Ideas Photo courtsey of Hordur Vilhjalmsson from FreeDigitalPhotos.net

3 Summer Evening Family Fun Ideas

1. Fairplex Summer Drive-In: We’re going old-school this summer at our brand-new drive-in event kicking off Friday, August 15th. Bring the kids, bring a date, bring your friends and pile everyone into the car for a classic drive-in movie experience at Fairplex. We will have food trucks, beverage stands and fun giveaways too. This summer’s feature: Despicable Me 2. Click here for more information.

2. Neon Run 5k: If a night at the movies is a little too tame for your taste, the Neon Run 5k might be perfect for you. This fun 5k is a non-competitive race that ends at the brilliantly lit Neon Festival. Dress in your brightest costumes, put a team together or run solo through a fun-filled neon race course at Fairplex. Click here for more information.

3. Prolong Twilight Cruise: The monthly Prolong Twilight Cruise is especially enjoyable during the warn summer months. Enjoy hundreds of hot rods, classic cars and vintage race cars on display. In addition to music and food, Twilight Cruise nights include free admission to the historic Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum after 3 p.m. Click here for more information:

What is your favorite way to spend summer evenings? Sound off in the comments below. 

Dr. Detail’s Journey to Pomona

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show is this Sunday. We have a guest blog about Dr. Detail written by Tony Barthel from the Curbside Auto Column and Car Show Calendar, who writes for Pomona Swap Meet’s Blog.

Dr  Detail 300x264 150x141 Dr. Details Journey to Pomona This issue of the Swap Meet newsletter has a thread that weaves through the stories, where people get their start because life has thrown them a curve ball and they step up to the plate and knock that curve ball right out of the park. Such is also the case with Dr. Detail, who started his business for his mom 40 years ago, after she got put out to pasture at just 70 years young.

In those days he was already coming to Pomona with the 240Z club and, as a research chemist, he set mom Margaret (Peggy) Loomis up with the detail business. Oh, that’s right, you all know her as Swap Meet Mom. “She was a bookkeeper, but she could sell as well as I can,” said son Wayne Loomis of the lady who inspired Dr. Detail. So what we’re saying here, is that a research chemist sets up a detailing supply company for his mom, who finds customers at the Pomona Swap Meet. Yeah, that’s about right. But what makes Dr. Detail different is that Wayne knows about the ingredients in the products he sells, so he can spot the winners. Wait, maybe it’s the winners that don’t spot, after all, it is the detail biz. Anyhow, Dr. Detail researches his products and also loves the Pomona Swap Meet because he can listen to what customers are asking for. From there, he visits with the manufacturers and develops a line of products that help detailers all over the world to do a fantastic job. “I not only set them up, but spend time with them on choosing products and how to use them – how to start, how to price. I’ll help them to whatever degree it takes to get into the business,” states Wayne. These products include cleaning products, pinstriping supplies, pressure washers and much, much more.

One of the more interesting things is that Wayne, er, Dr. Detail, is seeing more and more people stop by his booth at Pomona and ask about getting into the detailing business. Unlike so many opportunities nowadays, you can step into the detailing business with almost no money and get started. “All you need is a bucket and a hose,” joked Wayne. Well, actually, that’s not far from the truth. But you can step up and get a very professional rig that can be towed behind most vehicles for well under $5000 and that will mean you’ve got a very high-quality detailing machine. So here’s a business with small starting capital, where you can really clean up. Insert rim shot here.

In all seriousness, it is a good business and having someone who has your back is certainly a very good thing. In fact, Dr. Detail is holding a class sponsored by the County of Orange next month to help detailers deal with runoff. Presently, a lot of governmental bodies are clamping down on what runs into our storm drains and these workshops help detailers mitigate runoff, which helps both in compliance with local regulations, but also means they’re greener. Hey, that’s a good thing!

While Swap Meet Mom has since passed away, Dr. Detail continues with his stakehold at the Pomona Swap Meet. “It’s the best – I’d never miss a Pomona Swap Meet. People come from all over the world,” Wayne says fondly. That’s not a stretch, either. Dr. Detail has met people from countries like Australia, New Zealand and Japan and, in some cases, sold them entire container loads of detailing supplies. “It ends up being cheaper to buy and ship from here, than to buy on their home turf. Plus they get a trip to America as well.”

Dr. Detail is also available at his store in Fullerton, CA.,which is located at 1115 W. Orangethorpe. You can also reach him by phone at (714) 870-8555 or on the Internet at http://drdetailforless.com/. Of course you can find him at the Pomona Swap Meet, on Road 23, Spaces 12, 14, 16 and 18 at each and every event, where he listens to his many repeat and new customers and helps them with their own success.
If you don’t find Dr. Detail behind his booth, you’ll likely have the pleasure of meeting one of the kids he meets at church, who generally have their first jobs working Dr. Detail’s booth. “I like to give back to the community and help people get their start,” asserts Dr. Detail.

It’s nice to meet someone who likes to give back – that puts a positive spin on the story for sure.

Selling (or Buying) a Car Has Never Been So Easy

pricingheader2 Selling (or Buying) a Car Has Never Been So EasySo you have an extra car sitting around or you want to sell your existing car to ramp up your down payment for a new one. But the thought of having buyers come to your house doesn’t sound so appealing. SoCal Auto Showcase has the perfect solution. SCAS is at Fairplex on weekends with what they call a community display lot for used “for-sale-by-owner” cars. Sellers can bring their car here in a safe, mutual location.

Wallace Hagstrom, owner of SCAS, said selling personally owned cars at community lots is a new trend, one that he sees as a benefit to the seller and the buyer. Buyers can come and peruse a variety of cars in one location. Buyers inspect the vehicles and if interested they call the owner directly, arrange for a “test drive” (owner must be present) and make the deal!  Sellers bring cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles, motor homes, boats, trailers and more (no cars older than 1975 accepted).

There are no commission fees, no middleman. Sellers deal directly with buyers. Sellers pay a fee for having their vehicle on the lot. Check out the website for pricing. The lot is located at Fairplex Gate 23 on Arrow Highway.

Whether you are a buyer or a seller, sounds like a good deal – convenient and safe. Looks like I’ll be heading here in a few years for a certain teenager.