Fairplex Weekend Recap: Celebrating Dia de los Muertos at En Memoria

What a fun weekend at Fairplex! From our first ever Dia de los Muertos celebration (En Memoria), to the freaktacular spectacle that was Lagunitas Beer Circus, to the family fun at Fall in the Farm, the fun was truly non-stop.

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! Here are some of our favorites:

En Memoria
Hop contest, lowrider displays, unique altars, delicious food, live music and beautiful weather made our first event a wonderful success! Thanks to all who joined us in our Dia de los Muertos celebrations — already looking forward to next year.

Lagunitas Beer Circus
Shout-out to the Lagunitas Brewing Co. for bringing such a crazy, colorful event to Fairplex! Guests sampled delicious craft beer while enjoying live music and circus acts all day long. (P.S. Proceeds from beer pours went towards The Learning Centers at Fairplex!)

Fall in The Farm
We continued to enjoy gorgeous fall weather on Sunday at Fall in the Farm! Our celebration of all things agriculture included cow milking demonstrations, turkey calling contests, workshops in gardening, floral arrangements and egg hatching, booths from 20+ community partners, olive oil and tea tasting, visits with our resident farm animals and much more.

This event has only continued to grow over the years and we look forward to continued partnerships with the local community in the future!  

All in all, a successful weekend at Fairplex, using all parts of our diverse campus. To see what’s coming up next, visit us at Fairplex.com.

Don’t forget to share your Fairplex experiences with us on social media by tagging @fairplex and using #fairplex in your posts!

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Oktoberfest opens at Fairplex

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! ICYMI, here’s a quick look at events from this past weekend at Fairplex:

Oktoberfest at Fairplex
Our annual celebration of all things beer and brats got off to a great start this weekend! Thanks to everyone who came out to dance, eat, drink and be merry with us. The fun starts up again on Friday the 13th. More info at OktoberfestatFairplex.com!

Felinefest Cat Show
The Santa Monica Cat Club brought their second show of the year to Fairplex this past weekend.

California RV Show
The California RV Show opened on Friday with hundreds of RVs on display. It’s been fun watching this event grow over the years to now include live music, celebrity sightings, and more seminars, vendors and travel brands on display.

Best of the Best Karate Tournament
Chozen Martial Arts Academy hosted an all-ages karate tournament inside one of our expo halls. Congratulations to all the winners!

Thank you everyone who came out to Fairplex this weekend! We had a blast and hope you did too… we’re already excited for the upcoming weekend.

Visit Fairplex.com to see what’s coming up next for us!

Weekend Recap: Cheers Festival

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

Cheers – LA’s Wine, Spirits & Beer Festival
The Cheers festival is an annual summertime celebration of the award-winning wines, spirits and craft beers from the Los Angeles International Competitions.

Guests can taste the various drinks, choose their dinner from a variety of food trucks, bid on silent auction items and dance the night away! It’s always a good time and, for us, the official start of summer.

Proceeds benefit the educational programs in The Learning Centers at Fairplex. Check out what our guests saw below:

Remember to tag @fairplex and use #fairplex to share your experiences with us on social media. See you soon!

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.

Have you visited Oktoberfest at Fairplex?
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Fairplex Weekend Recap: Oktoberfest Opens

Our campus seems strangely quiet after the festivities of the past weekend. Keep reading to see what happened at Fairplex:

Oktoberfest Opens
Our biggest event, Oktoberfest at Fairplex, opened to the masses on Friday night. The Festhalle boomed with oom-pah-pah music as guests crowded around our long tables with their steins of beer and German food.

The Plaza is open for the less traditional fun — rock music, King Taco and more beer (naturally.) We feature a different tribute band every weekend of Oktoberfest. Led Zepagain helped us kick off the fun.

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And last but not least, this year we opened up the Dance Halle, home to DJ Schlagen who put his modern musical spin on Oktoberfest. Needless to say, it was a packed house.

It was a weekend full of dancing, games, food and plenty of toasts to go around. It starts again this Friday! Visit oktoberfestatfairplex.com for more info, including tickets, hours and pricing.

California RV Show
Across the street from Oktoberfest, the 64th Annual Giant RV Show opened to road travel enthusiasts. Guests shopped RV homes, new products, spoke with vendors, and networked with fellow travelers. Check out one YouTuber’s vlog capturing the opening day activities:

–Video by We’re The Russos

Best of the Best Karate Tournament
Rounding out our weekend of fun was the Best of the Best Tournament. Dozens of martial arts students competed in a number of tournaments, held here at Fairplex. Congratulations to all the champions of this event!

Thanks for joining us for our weekend recap! We’re already counting down the days to this upcoming weekend’s fun. To see what’s coming up next, visit our Events Calendar at Fairplex.com.

Make sure you tag @fairplex and use #fairplex when posting photos from our events on social! We would love to see your experiences.


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October Rocks at Fairplex!

October is one of our most action-packed months of the year! Here’s what we have in store for you at the start of our fall season:

OffRoadExpo October Rocks at Fairplex! Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo (Oct 1-2): We’re bringing off-road adventures to Fairplex this weekend with the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo. Racing, rock crawling, trail ridig, sand sports, ATVs, motorcycles… you like it, we have it. Fans can experience ride alongs, racing demos, live music, product giveaways and more! Visit offroadexpo.com for a full schedule of events and tickets.

Oktoberfest October Rocks at Fairplex! Oktoberfest at Fairplex (Oct 7-29): Our signature fall event, Oktoberfest at Fairplex, returns Fridays & Saturdays through October! We’re bringing you beer, authentic German food, oom-pah-pah music, tribute bands, contests, games and more. October just wouldn’t be the same without our steins of beer, plates filled with bratwurst and folks doing the Chicken Dance. Tickets on sale now at oktoberfestatfairplex.com!

RBSR October Rocks at Fairplex! Red Bull Straight Rhythm (Oct 22): Red Bull Straight Rhythm returns for the third year in a row! This evolution of supercross features an “unwound” track — no turns, just a half-mile straight rhythm section. See the world’s best 250 and 450 riders fight for the right to party as the champion of this year’s competition. Tickets on sale now at redbull.com.

RISE October Rocks at Fairplex! Rise Of The Jack O’ Lanterns (Oct 27-30): For the first time ever, we are hosting the RISE of the Jack O’ Lanterns event. View 5,000 real pumpkin carvings all in one place. The intricate details, creativity and size of these creations will amaze you. Hundreds of carvers will be here over a two-day period getting this fantastic sight ready for you. For more info, visit therise.org!

These are just a few of the events happening at Fairplex this month. Visit our Events Calendar to see our other events, like our swap meet, college fair, TOMS warehouse sale and more!

July at Fairplex

And just like that, July has arrived. We’re busier than ever with Fair preparations but that doesn’t mean our campus is quiet by any means! Keep reading to see what’s hitting Fairplex this month:

KABOOM July at FairplexKABOOM! 4th of July Celebration (July 4): As always, we’re kicking off the month with our 4th of July spectacular, KABOOM! Join us for monster trucks, motocross, a human cannonball and a beautiful fireworks finale. Tickets are still available at our box office and online! We’re also hosting a toiletries drive this year — bring five unused/unopened toiletries with you to the event to receive a week-day ticket to the LA County Fair! More info on Kaboom! is available at fairplex.com/kaboom.

NightNation July at FairplexNight Nation Run 5K (July 9): The Night Nation Run returns to Fairplex this month! Why suffer the hot summer heat when you can dance the night away instead? Run the 5K course (with music bumping and crowds jumping), then get the party started at the finish line with your fellow runners. Get 65% off admission when you use promo code FAIRPLEX during online registration. Click here to get started.

Fairplex Events bodyartexpo 150x150 July at FairplexBody Art Expo (July 15-17): Dive into all things tattoos and piercings at the Body Art Expo!

Meet hundreds of top artists, piercers and vendors, enjoy live music, sign up for contests, eat, drink and more. You can even enter tattoo contests if you feel so inclined!

Full programming info available at bodyartexpo.com.

GreatTrainShow July at FairplexGreat Train Show (July 30-31): Train fans won’t want to miss this one! The Great Train Show will have hundreds of miniature trains for sale from exhibitors across the country.

There will be large operating model train displays, door prizes, giveaways and an opportunity to connect with fellow hobbyists. Make sure to take a quick look at the Fairplex Garden Railroad while you’re here! Click here for more info!

In addition to all of these events, we will also continue to host Food Truck Thursdays, the Prolong Twilight Cruise, public runs of our various train attractions and more! Visit our Events Calendar at Fairplex.com to see what else is coming down the road for us.

See you soon!

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Wine, birds and a relay

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Our annual fundraiser for The Learning Centers at Fairplex was this Saturday evening out at The Farm!

Guests took their time tasting the various wines, spirits and beers from the Los Angeles International Competitions from earlier this year.

Guests learned how to make craft cocktails from a mixologist, dined on food truck fare, both savory and sweet, and hit the dance floor once the sun went down.

Our silent auction, which also benefits The Learning Centers at Fairplex, had some great items up for bid.

All in all, we had a great time and we look forward to hosting again next year!

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Photo From: @donsproul (Twitter)

Relay For Life Pomona
We had the pleasure of hosting the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life this weekend as well. It is always touching to see a community come together, especially against a disease which affects so many people.

Everybody’s Bird Mart
We closed out the weekend with Everybody’s Bird Mart. Toucans, parrots, canaries, cockatoos and more set up camp in our expo halls as pet owners shopped for treats, toys, cages, vitamins and all the other bird necessities.

All in all it was another busy but fun weekend at Fairplex. Time to rest up a bit and then it’s hitting the ground running for our KABOOM! 4th of July celebration. Can’t wait!

See what else is happening at Fairplex on our Events Calendar!

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Beer and brunch

The first weekend of May was a fun one at Fairplex! Keep reading to see what we were up to:

LA On Tap

Despite overcast skies, our guests had a great time eating, drinking and being merry at our annual beer festival. It was fun to see all the craft breweries represented on Saturday. Thank you to everyone who attended! (In case you didn’t know, proceeds go towards educational programs at The Learning Centers at Fairplex… talk about drinking for a good cause!)  

DeafNation Expo

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Photo Cred: Deaf Nation Expo (Instagram)

Just adjacent to LA On Tap, the deaf and hard of hearing community gathered for a day of exhibitions, entertainment and seminars at the DeafNation trade show. This event is for, by and about deaf people and we were happy to play host this year!

Mother’s Day at McKinley’s Grille
MKG MothersDay family2 225x300 Fairplex Weekend Recap: Beer and brunch We ended the weekend at McKinley’s Grille for the Mother’s Day champagne brunch.

Moms were treated to a delicious array of hot breakfast dishes, an omelet station, salads, carved meats, desserts and bottomless mimosas.

Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed this holiday brunch with us — we loved hosting you. 

Sunday Funday at it’s finest! 


5 Reasons To Love LA On Tap

We have been home to many fairs (including THE Fair), festivals and parties over the years, but LA On Tap is one of our favorites to date. Here’s why:

5 Reasons To Love LA On Tap

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1. All the beer 
This one is a no-brainer! LA On Tap features some of the finest breweries around, all right here at Fairplex. Whether you consider yourself an IPA snob or an amber ale enthusiast, there is something for every beer lover out there.

LAOnTap cup 5 Reasons To Love LA On Tap

2. Souvenir cup
Upon entry you’ll be handed your own LA On Tap tasting cup. This cup will be your best friend while you’re here. Just walk up to any booth and fill up on various lagers, ales, pilsners etc. to your heart’s content.

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3. Community
Hang with your local fellow beer enthusiasts! Festivals are always a great way to meet people with similar interests, and when craft beer is that interest, you’re guaranteed to have at least one interesting conversation with new friends.

The Chase Walker Band at the Fox Theater Riverside 

4. Weekend Blues
Cold brews + musical blues make for the perfect relaxing Saturday afternoon. Enjoy the sounds of local Chase Walker Band as you sip your way through all the beer options. You can also catch them at the Upland Lemon Festival if you want a preview!

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5. A good cause
Last, but certainly not least, all proceeds benefit The Learning Centers at Fairplex. Let your buzz go to a good cause — helping local students advance their education, communities grow and youth leadership skills blossom. Unique brews: check. Good people: check. Great cause: CHECK.

Let us know if you’re going to LA On Tap 2016 by RSVPing on our Facebook page! See you soon… cheers!