Fairplex Weekender: Farm-to-table, ArtReach and Bird Expo

The weekend is almost here! See what’s happening on our campus:

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Farm Dinner (March 17): The 2017 Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series opens this Friday with a delicious four course menu using ingredients fresh from The Farm. Guests can watch first-hand as our chefs select fruits, vegetables and herbs from our crops and create meals in the Farm kitchen for them to enjoy.

Each course (including dessert) is paired with wine from the LaZarre Wines. There are still a few spots available! You can view the full menu and reserve your spot here: http://bit.ly/2mPCMfI

ArtReach: The Art of Dreams (March 17-19): ArtReach: The Art of Dreams opened to the public at the beginning of the month and will continue its run through the end of March. You can visit the gallery (Millard Sheets Art Center) Friday – Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. We are always impressed by the talent and creativity of the high school students who participate every year. We highly recommend walking through if you have the time!

Everybody’s Bird Mart (March 19): Everybody’s Bird Mart returns to Fairplex on Sunday. Shop rare and exotic birds of every breed, size and color, and gather all the necessary supplies for taking care of your pet: cages, seed, vitamins, perches, toys and more. Hours, admission and parking info are available at Fairplex.com.

November at Fairplex

And just like that, October is over! We had so much fun at Oktoberfest, the RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns and all our other fantastic fall events, but we’re equally excited for what lies ahead! See which events are coming to Fairplex in November:


SoCalMakerCon November at FairplexSo Cal Maker Con (Nov 5):
The Maker Movement returns to Fairplex this weekend! Amateurs, hobbyists, entrepreneurs, students and professionals alike will congregate together to talk all things design, innovation, tinkering and hacking. There will be plenty of inspiring exhibits to check out — more info at socalmakercon.com.

FallintheFarm November at FairplexFall in the Farm (Nov 5): We’re celebrating all things American agriculture at The Farm! Join us for rope making, hay baling, corn grinding, olive oil tasting and more on Saturday, Nov. 5 at The Farm at Fairplex! Admission and parking are FREE. More info available at fairplex.com.

NHRAFinals 150x132 November at FairplexAuto Club NHRA Finals (Nov 10-13): As is tradition, the Auto Club NHRA Finals are taking place at the historic Auto Club Raceway located on the west side of our campus. This “no-holds-barred” competition closes out the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, naming the 2016 world champions. See who wins the world titles for Top Fuel, Funny6 Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, right here at Fairplex! For more information, visit nhra.com.

MKG Events thanksgiving 150x150 November at FairplexThanksgiving Dinner (Nov 24): McKinley’s Grille has prepared a delicious feast for their Thanksgiving guests! Roasted turkey, bourbon-savory giblet gravy, candied sweet potatoes, and the list goes on!

To view the full menu and make reservations, please visit mckinleysgrille.com.

EverybodysBirdMart November at FairplexEverybody’s Bird Mart (Nov 27): Everyone’s favorite bird show returns to Fairplex on the last weekend of the month.

Enjoy the sight of colorful birds big and small, and shop for your own feathered friends’ favorite toys, treats, habitats, vitamins and more. For more info, visit fairplex.com.

Other events at Fairplex this month include the NHRA Museum’s Prolong Twilight Cruise, Pomona Home Improvement and Remodeling Show and Cal-Stewart Train Meet.

As usual, our events are quite diverse — something for everyone to enjoy. One of our top favorite things about working here is that every weekend is a little different than the last. We’re already looking forward to what 2017 has in store for all of you (but more on that later…) For now, enjoy November with us at Fairplex!

For more information on all our events, check out our Fairplex Events Calendar.

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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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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!

L.A. Weekender: Cheers!

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Cheers: LA’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival (June 25): The public unveiling of our wine, spirits, beer and extra virgin olive oil competition winners is this Saturday! Enjoy tastings of our award-winning entries, feast on food truck fare and dance the night away — all for a good cause! Proceeds from Cheers ticket sales benefit The Learning Centers at Fairplex. Additional info is available here.

Relay For Life Pomona (June 25-26): The American Cancer Society Relay For Life will be at Fairplex this weekend. This fantastic event honors cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost and raises funds and awareness to fight back against this disease. Online registration ends tonight, with on-site registration available the day of. Please visit their event page for more information.

Everybody’s Bird Mart (June 26): The birds are back in town this Sunday! Bird owners can shop treats, toys, accessories, cages, health supplements and other items for their feathered friends. More info at everybodysbirdmart.com.

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

Fairplex Weekend Recap: From Farm to Faire

It definitely feels like Monday and we’re not surprised after the insanely busy weekend we just had. Keep reading to see what went down on campus:

Grow Pomona

Bright blue skies, a light breeze and plenty of sunshine set the stage for our Grow Pomona agricultural celebration. Dozens of families joined us for a full morning and afternoon of learning and fun.

Rope making, hay baling, corn grinding and wool making demonstrations, olive oil tastings, cooking classes, insect and animal exhibits, vegetable and fruit picking and booth upon booth of agricultural and horticultural displays made for quite the busy day!

Our personal favorite? The Pygmy goats!

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Thanks to the help of our Fairplex Ambassadors, many community partners, staff and friends, the event was a success. We can’t think of a better way to start off Spring 2016 at The Farm.

Celtic Faire

If you heard bagpipes and the clashing of swords coming from our grounds, that would be the sounds of Celtic Faire.

We transformed our campus into a truly Celtic world, including an enchanted Shire of forest animals, a raucous dining hall of Celtic music and dance, and plenty of sheep herding, jousting, storytelling, crafting and shopping galore.  

We were a little sad to see it all come to an end as our grounds return to normal today… but of course, there’s always the next event to look forward to icon smile Fairplex Weekend Recap: From Farm to Faire

Everything else 

Believe it or not, Grow Pomona and Celtic Faire weren’t the only events on campus this weekend! Cristo Vive — the Spanish reenactment of Passion of The Christ, Everybody’s Bird Mart, and the BeerFit 5K also drew crowd.s 

This weekend was the perfect example of how diverse our campus can really be, for all ages and all interests. Visit our Events Calendar to see what’s next at Fairplex. If you joined us this weekend, thank you!

L.A. Weekender: 7 Things To Do At Fairplex This Weekend

This is by far our busiest weekend of the year (so far.) From jousting to hay baling to chugging beer to art and miniature trains, the adventures will be non-stop for us. Keep reading for a glimpse of what this weekend will look like for us:

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Celtic Faire (March 19 & 20): Sheep herding, river dancing, jousting, live music, food and brews, animals, knights and shopping galore awaits you at Celtic Faire! We are so excited for our second annual Celtic Faire this weekend. See the full list of entertainment acts, food, and drinks at celticfaireatfairplex.com. Tickets are $10 online or at the gate. Don’t forget to use #CelticFaireLA on all your social posts!

Grow Pomona (March 19): The Farm plays host to our National Agricultural Day celebration this Saturday. Join us for rope making, olive oil tasting, corn grinding, ice cream making, stick horse races and more. Food trucks and Dr. Bob’s ice cream will be on hand for sustenance! You can also say hello to our newest Farm residents — our chicks and rabbits and speak with our partners about how agriculture impacts Southern California. This event is completely free (including parking!) and takes place from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visit fairplex.com for more info.

Fairplex Garden Railroad (March 19 & 20): Adjacent to Celtic Faire, the Fairplex Garden Railroad will be open this weekend! Take a tour of the oldest and possibly largest garden railroads in the world. Our docents will be available to answer any questions you might have. This exhibit changes throughout the year as dedicated volunteers continue to build and improve on this beloved attraction. Admission is free. For more information visit fgrr.org.

BeerFit 5K (March 19): The BeerFit 5K and Brew Mile is taking over another corner of campus as runners take up the challenge of drinking 20 oz. of beer while knocking out a one-mile run, all in the name of charity. For more info, visit runbeerfit.com.

ArtReach: The Art of Metaphor (March 18-20): The Millard Sheets Art Center is open this weekend for the third weekend of ArtReach: The Art of Metaphor. Art patrons can browse pieces created by high school students throughout the region and even purchase if desired. Admission and parking are free to the public. Hours are noon – 5 p.m. For more info visit tlcfairplex.org.

Cristo Vive (March 19 & 20): Easter is right around the corner. Watch this compelling Spanish stage performance / adaptation of the film “The Passion of the Christ” held in Expo Hall 9. Three performances per day, $20 adult admission with $10 parking. For more information, click here.

Everybody’s Bird Mart (March 20): Last, but certainly not least, Everybody’s Bird Mart returns to Fairplex on Sunday. Shop the latest accessories, treats, cages, health products, toys and more for your exotic birds. Admission is $10, children 11 and younger get in free. For more info, click here.

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

Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)

Greetings, fellow Fairplex Insider readers!

I hope everyone enjoyed the sugar intake this Halloween weekend. If you have kids, remember that for every candy they get, you get TWO! icon smile Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)

Here is what’s going down at Fairplex this month:

3973 1makercon Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)SoCal Maker Con (Nov. 7): SoCal Maker Con celebrates innovation, inventive minds and creativity in Southern California. Robot wars, drone demonstrations and all kinds of really interesting inventions will be at Fairplex this Saturday, including sessions with some of the top entrepreneurial minds in the region. You cannot miss this one-day event! For more information, visit www.socalmakercon.com

4006 1NHRAFinals Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)NHRA Finals (Nov 12-15): Put your ear muffs on because things are about to get really loud in Pomona! The season concludes where it began with an event traditionally laced with drama. The historic racetrack typically enjoys seasonably cool ­temperatures that translate into perfect racing conditions and a spectacular, no-holds-barred battle for the prestigious NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships. Tickets available at www.nhra.com/tickets

3975 1TwilightCruise Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)Prolong Twilight Cruise (Nov 19): Enjoy hundreds of hot rods, classic cars and vintage race cars on display at Fairplex. Admission to Prolong Twilight Cruise is FREE and admission to the historic Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is $5 from 5 p.m. until closing on cruise nights. Click HERE for more information.

4024 1EverybodysBirdMart Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)Everybody’s Birdmart (Nov 29): Everyone’s favorite bird show is back on Sunday, March 22. So, be sure to not make plans for the weekend that do not include shopping for birds of all shapes, breeds and sizes along with cages, seed, feeders, vitamins, toys, perches, vitamins and much more! Adult admission is $9, children aged 11 or younger can explore for free! For more information visit: www.everybodysbirdmart.com

Other events happening at Fairplex in November include: Bushiroad USA (Nov 7-8), Garden Railroad at Fairplex (Nov 8), ITEX Holiday Barter Fair (Nov 8), and RailGiants Train Museum (Nov 14-15).

Which events are you coming out to this November?

March Events at Fairplex

It seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating the New Year, and now we are in the second week of March? I guess it’s true what people say about time going by fast when you are having fun!

Speaking of fun, there are still lots of fun events you could join us for at Fairplex this month. Here are some of those events:

3912 1ArtReach 150x132 March Events at FairplexArtReach: The Art of Music: The fourth annual ArtReach will run through Friday, March 21 in the Millard Sheets Art Center.

Be sure to stop by and support the talented work of hundreds of high schools from this region as they unveil their artwork inspired by this year’s theme: The Art of Music. Students were asked to consider the role music plays in our lives, how it relates to their own life experiences, and how it influences their thinking or feelings about the world around them. Art pieces include paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography and film. For more information visit the ArtReach website.

Street Machine 150x150 March Events at FairplexStreet Machine & Muscle Car Nationals: f you love cars, boy do we have a treat for you! Gear up for a celebration of horsepower and torque when the O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals rolls into Fairplex March 14 and 15.

This national celebration of horsepower & torque will fill the Fairplex campus with more than 1,000 high-performance muscle cars, pro-touring cars and street machines from across the country. Adult tickets are $20, ages 6-12 $5 and ages 5 and under are free. For more information visit our events page.

1 March Events at FairplexThe Graffiti Run 5K: It’s finally back! The Graffiti Run is returning to Fairplex on Sunday, March 15. We assure you running this 5K will be the most colorful day of your life. And by this, we mean literally!

Our 5K course is much more than a good workout; it is a place where you can have a blast and create long-lasting memories with your family and friends. So feel free to run, walk, dance, crawl, roll, piggy-back ride, or summersault your way through the color madness! To register for this colorful event or for more information visit the events page.

3671 13219 1brid mart 2 150x132 March Events at FairplexEverybody’s Birdmart: Everyone’s favorite bird show is back on Sunday, March 22. So, be sure to not make plans for the weekend that do not include shopping for birds of all shapes, breeds and sizes along with cages, seed, feeders, vitamins, toys, perches, vitamins and much more! Adult admission is $9, children aged 11 or younger can explore for free! For more information visit our events page.

Other Events: The RailGiants Train Museum, Family Winemakers Tasting, Millard Sheets Art Center Free Family Workshops, Palates and Palettes and FMCA 2015 Convention are also at Faiplex at various times throughout March. Check Fairplex Events Page for more information on these and other upcoming events.

What events do you plan to attend at Fairplex? Let us know in the comments below and please be sure to tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Vans Warped Tour, Cheers and Everybody’s Birdmart

Things have finally quieted down at Fairplex after a full weekend of concerts, food, drinks and dancing. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick of the first weekend of summer!

20th Anniversary Vans Warped Tour

It was hot, crowded and loud at Fairplex on Friday. Tons of rock music lovers turned out for a full day of bands like We The Kings, Yellowcard, Devil Wears Prada, Falling In Reverse and myriad others. Band meet & greets, food trucks, a giant slip n’ slide, clothing vendors and DJs rounded out a perfect afternoon and evening of fun in the sun. You can watch behind-the-scenes videos and other fun goodies on www.vanswarpedtour.com.

Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival


Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival 

No sooner did Warped Tour wrap up than Cheers opened on Saturday evening. As the sun set behind the San Gabriel mountains, Fairplex came alive with music, dancing, clinking glasses and a tantalizing array of food trucks. Guests spent the summer solstice sampling a seemingly endless supply of award-winning wines, spirits and beers from the Los Angeles International Competitions, participate in a silent auction benefiting The Learning Centers at Fairplex and dance their way through the Cupid Shuffle, salsa, Top 40 and other fun tunes. All in all, a success!

Everybody’s Birdmart 

Everybody’s Birdmart 

Bird lovers flocked together for an afternoon perusing cages, nests, vitamins, toys, treats and other fun items for their pets. It’s always fun to see the exotic birds on display and to learn exactly how many toys birds can possibly own, treats they like to devour and habitats they live in.

Things are going to be fairly quiet around here this week but our annual 4th of July event, KABOOM! is just around the corner. We’re ready for a night full of monster trucks, motocross and one of the largest fireworks spectaculars in all of California.

Happy Monday!

This Weekend at Fairplex

There’s something for everyone at Fairplex this weekend! Whether you’re a music lover, a wine connoisseur or enjoy the great outdoors, there’s something for you. Check out what’s happening this weekend at Fairplex:

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20th Anniversary Vans Warped Tour: Fairplex is the next stop in the summer-long Vans Warped Tour. Rock out this Friday in the infield to bands like Mayday Parade, Yellowcard, Devil Wears Prada, Crown the Empire, The Story So Far and other bands. For or more information visit www.vanswarpedtour.com.

Cheers — L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival: The public unveiling (and tasting!) of the Los Angeles International Wine, Spirits, Beer and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competitions are coming to Cheers at Fairplex. Enjoy unlimited tastings of wine, spirits and beer, feast on food truck dishes, dance and enjoy an evening under the stars with us. P.S. It’s for a good cause! Proceeds go towards our educational programs at The Learning Centers at Fairplex. For more information visit www.tlcfairplex.org/cheers.

Giant RV Show: The Giant RV Show is coming to Fairplex for a week-long event beginning June 20th. There will be plenty of opportunities to shop for new and seasoned RV-ers alike. Admission is free. For more information visit www.giantrv.com 

P4P Self-Reliance Expo: If you’re a planner, Preparedness for Preppers (P4P) is for you. The P4P Expo features numerous seminars and demonstrations on survival skills and the newest products, supplies and resources needed to sustain and protect your family in the event of natural and man-made disasters. The event runs Saturday – Sunday at Fairplex. For more information visit www.p4pexpo.com.

Everybody’s Birdmart: Sunday is for the birds. Everybody’s Birdmart features all breeds of feathered friends, supplies and products for your pets. Admission is $7 and free for ages under 11. For more information visit www.everybodysbirdmart.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