January at Fairplex

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Happy New Year! We hope all of you had a nice, refreshing holiday break. We did, and now we’re ready for another exciting year of events and Southern California fun. Here’s what we have planned for you this month:

January Events at Fairplex

AAE January at Fairplex Asian American Expo (Jan 13-14): It’s the Year of the Dog! Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the annual Asian American Expo! Shop, eat and enjoy live entertainment from all parts of Asia. Other events within the expo include:

Anime Impulse: The first anime convention of the year is at the Asian American Expo! Kick off con season at Anime Impulse, with delicious food vendors, cosplay stars, contests, a car show, photo booths, a K-Pop stage, live performances and more. Tickets available here. Admission includes access to all parts of the Asian American Expo.

BlushCon: Blushcon is an LA based celebration of all things youth and beauty. Shop the best cosmetic brands in the US and Asia, and meet popular beauty influencers such as Channon Rose and Alexandria Dorame. Tickets available here. Admission includes access to all parts of the Asian American Expo.

BoatShow January at Fairplex Los Angeles Boat Show (Jan 18 – 21): The Los Angeles Boat Show is the place to be for boating lifestyle enthusiasts.

Check out performance boats, jet skis, pontoons, fishing boats, catamarans, cabin cruisers, kayaks and more! Admission is $15 for adults, with a $5 discount for military (ID required). Children 12 and younger are FREE. Parking $12. Click here for more info.

RetroCity January at Fairplex Retro City Festival (Jan 20 -21): We’re incredibly excited to be the venue for Retro City Festival’s debut weekend!

Celebrate the history of video gaming with the largest selection of retro console gaming under one roof in California. Enjoy classic arcade games, pinball, tournaments, museums, gaming vendors and a huge console play area.

Tickets and additional event info are available at RetroCityFestival.com.

Fairplex Events GNRS expohall 300x214 January at Fairplex Grand National Roadster Show (Jan 26 – 28): The 69th Grand National Roadster Show is at Fairplex Jan. 26 – 28. Come see more than 500 show vehicles compete for awards, along with hundreds of other vehicles participating in the Annual Grand Daddy Drive-In. Tickets & additional info available at rodshows.com.

Other Events: Giant RV LA Winter Show (now-Jan 7), Hot Tub SwimSpa Show (Jan 5-7), Reptile Super Show (Jan 6 & 7) and the Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Jan 14). For more info on any of these events, please visit us at Fairplex.com.

If you’re hanging out with us, share your experiences on social media! Tag @fairplex and use #fairplex in your captions. We’d love to hear from you.

December at Fairplex

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is almost over. We’re ready to close out the year with plenty of holiday cheer here at Fairplex, from toy drives to holiday shopping. Keep reading to see what we have planned for the most wonderful time of the year:

HarvestFestival 300x189 December at Fairplex Harvest Festival (Dec 1-3): Holiday shopping starts here! The Original Harvest Festival Arts & Crafts Show is the perfect place to find unique handmade gifts. Immerse yourself in an atmosphere of cheery holiday music, twinkling lights and sweet and savory treats as you shop hundreds of artisan goods.

Located in Expo Hall 4. General admission is $9 with discounts for seniors, military and kids. Parking $10 at Gate 17 on Fairplex Drive. For tickets & additional event information, visit harvestfestival.com

pomonaswapmeet 300x300 December at Fairplex Pomona Swap Meet (Dec. 3): Shop, swap and sell at the last Pomona Swap Meet of 2017!

Shop thousands of car parts and accessories, enjoy the sight of hundreds of classic cars, and chat with fellow auto enthusiasts.

Sunday, Dec. 3. 5 a.m. – 2 p.m. Parking $10 at Gate 17. General admission is $10, children 12 & under are free! More info available at pomonaswapmeet.com.

Fairplex Events twilightcruise 300x200 December at Fairplex NHRA Museum Twilight Cruise & Toy Drive (Dec. 6): The December Twilight Cruise includes the annual Toy Drive! Cars cruising in with an unwrapped toy or gift of $5 or more in value will receive free admission to the cruise. All gifts will benefit the CHIPS for Kids annual campaign, which provides toys to at-risk local youth and families.

Walgreens will also be on hand to sell toys and gifts if you don’t have time to shop beforehand. ALL customs, exotics, hot rods and sports cars are welcome, no matter the year!

As a special holiday gift, the NHRA Motorsports Museum will be offering free admission after 3 p.m. Browse the museum gift shop for the hot rodder in your life! More information at fairplex.com.

HolidayHalf 300x189 December at Fairplex Holiday Half Marathon (Dec. 9 & 10) Kick of winter break at the most wonderful run of the year! The fun starts on Saturday, Dec.10 with the Health & Fitness Expo, Ugly Sweater 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, click here.

jurassic 300x227 December at Fairplex Jurassic Quest (Dec. 29 – Jan 1): Jurassic Quest is a dinosaur adventure for the whole family. Encounter life-size animatronic dinosaurs, explore the T-rex and Triceratops fossil digs, run through inflatable mazes, try your hand at Dino crafts and much more.

Admission is $20 for kids ages 2-12 and adults with discounts for seniors and members of the military and police. Open Friday, 3 – 8 p.m. and Saturday – Monday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. For more event information, click here.

Fairplex Weekender: Full Weekend of Fun

It’s our busiest weekend yet and we can’t wait for the fun to begin! From dancing at Oktoberfest to frights at Into the Black, and RV shopping at the California RV Show to auto swapping at the Pomona Swap Meet, there is something for everyone, of all ages and interests at Fairplex. Check it out:

happy friday Fairplex Weekender: Full Weekend of Fun Oktoberfest at Fairplex (Fri & Sat): Oktoberfest at Fairplex returns for another month of dancing, drinking and eating. Do the Chicken Dance with our oom-pah-pah band, rock out with our tribute bands and finish the night on the dance floor with DJ Schlagen. Add some bratwurst and games to the equation and you have yourself a solid night of fun. Tickets are only $5 on Fridays, $10 on Saturdays. Visit OktoberfestatFairplex.com for more info!

Into the Black (Fri – Sun): We’re bringing the Halloween festivities to Fairplex all month thanks to the new Into The Black attraction. Start the experience with a short horror film documenting a paranormal team’s excursion into the woods as they search for the legendary Black house, then follow their footsteps into the mansion… completely alone. For more information, visit intotheblack.biz.

California RV Show (Fri – Sun): The largest RV Show in the West is finishing up the festivities Fairplex this weekend with 1,300+ RVs to browse, as well as vendors selling RV accessories, vacation packages and travel services. Stop by to shop, browse, talk road trips and enjoy live music, food and meet & greets with sports celebrities. More info at thebestrvshow.com.

Parking for this event is available at Gate 9 (White Ave) until we hit capacity. At that time, cars will be directed to park at Gate 17 (Fairplex Drive). Trams and buses will be available for free transportation across the street to the event.

TOMS Warehouse Sale (Fri – Sun): Get up to 70% off TOMS shoes, eye wear and bags this weekend at the TOMS Warehouse Sale at Fairplex! Open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Expo Hall 4. Parking at Gate 17 at prevailing rates on Friday, and Gate 3 on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free!

RailGiants Train Museum (Sat & Sun): Visit the RailGiants Train Museum at Fairplex this Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Climb aboard historic trains and speak with our docents to learn more about some of the country’s most well preserved Locomotives. Admission is FREE! More info at railgiants.org.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Sun): 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.

Fairplex Garden Railroad Public Run (Sun): Walk through our miniature railroad exhibit this Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Our volunteers will be on-site to show you the latest project updates, walk you around this little world, and answer any questions you might have about one of our oldest Fair exhibits. More info at fgrr.org.

That covers just about everything happening on our campus this weekend! Remember to tag @fairplex and use #fairplex to share your experiences with us on social media. See you soon!

Weekend Recap: Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo 2017

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! ICYMI, here’s a quick look at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo this past weekend at Fairplex:







Thank you everyone who came out to Fairplex for the Off-Road Expo! We love hosting this event and love seeing all your pics and videos.

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

August at Fairplex

We,along with the rest of the world, is wondering where summer went. Kids going back to school, Christmas suddenly only four months away, and the LA County Fair mere weeks from opening. Time flies! Here’s what’s happening at Fairplex in August:

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NHRA Twilight Cruise (Aug. 2): The NHRA Museum’s monthly Twilight Cruise is tomorrow! Bring your own hot rod or classic car (entry $5) and hang out with other car enthusiasts. Enjoy live music, food and discounted admission to the historic Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum! Parking available beginning at 2 p.m. through Gate 1. More info available here.

Vans Warped Tour (Aug. 6): What would summer be without Vans Warped Tour? Check out up-and-coming indie talent + major established rock artists. Warped Tour has been an icon for youth, punk rock and skate culture, and we love seeing the diverse crowd and lineups they bring every year. Tickets on sale now. For more info, visit vanswarpedtour.com.

Reptile Super Show (Aug. 12): Shop reptiles, amphibians and turtles and stock up on supplies, cages, lights, supplements and other pet necessities. Learn best practices for taking care of your scaly and slithery pets at educational workshops and possibly take a new friend home! For more information visit reptilesupershow.com.

Quinceanera y Novias Expo (Aug. 20): Quinceanera Magazine returns to Fairplex for the Quinceanera y Novias Expo! Browse top-line vendors for your quinceanera, Sweet 16, prom or wedding! See the latest trends in gowns, makeup and hair, decorations, choreography, cakes and more! Click here for more info.

LA County Fair Premiere Party (Aug. 31): Travel down the rabbit hole and into the 2017 LA County Fair Premiere Party! Guests will get a sneak peek of the LA County Fair’s Flower & Garden Pavilion as they enjoy expert-crafted food and drinks, along with award-winning wine from the Los Angeles International Wine Competition. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit the Jurassic Planet attraction before our Opening Day! For more information on tickets and reservations, click here.

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

Weekend Recap: Street Machine Nationals

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:

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Southern California Sports Club Soccer Match

Fairplex Garden Railroad Public Run

We had a blast learning, living and playing this weekend on our campus. See what’s coming up next at Fairplex.com!

April at Fairplex

april 300x300 April at Fairplex April showers? They seem to be non-existent at Fairplex! We’ve enjoyed nothing but light breezes and sunny skies so far this month and it’s put us in the best of moods. We hope you’ll come through and enjoy the weather and our April events with us. Check it out:

Food Truck Thursdays Returns (April 6): It wouldn’t be spring without Food Truck Thursdays! Starting April 6, a variety of food trucks will set up shop in the Gate 1 parking lot in the evenings. Enjoy your choice of eats, music, drinks and community. Admission and parking are FREE — enter through Gate 1. Visit our Events Calendar for the latest updates on which food trucks will be featured each week.

Fairplex Events Palettes 233x300 April at Fairplex Palates & Palettes: (April 8): Wine and paint, anyone? Novices and pros alike are invited to wine, dine and learn to paint at the Millard Sheets Art Center this Saturday night! Guests will learn how to paint like pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. Enjoy rich food like New York steak and fried mac & cheese paired with delectable wines. RSVP here.

Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals (April 8 & 9): “America’s Car Show” is roaring back to Fairplex — the Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals are taking over the campus this weekend! Feast your eyes on more than 1,000 high-end cars, watch the Autocross action and enjoy live music, prize giveaways and auto vendors. Tickets, event times and parking details available here.

Deaf United Expo (April 22): The most exciting Deaf Cultural Event in America will be at Fairplex April 22. Guests are invited to participate in workshops, exhibits, entertainment, job and career fairs and other activities for the deaf community. Admission is FREE! More information available here.

Tiki Cats at The Fair (April 29-30): Calling all cat lovers! The Santa Monica Cat Club presents the “Tiki Cats at The Fair” Cat Show. Judges from across the country will decide which cat deserves the title of Best In Show. See cats of all breeds, kittens and adults  alike. Vendors will feature specialty cat foods, treats, grooming supplies, cat trees and more. For more information, including ticket prices and hours, click here!

Fairplex Events Soccer FB 300x300 April at Fairplex Soccer Games: Our infields are now home to The Southern California Sports Club! Watch their matches against various National Premier Soccer League teams every other Saturday this month (April 8, 22, 29). View their full schedule here.

Other Events: Some of our favorite events, like the NHRA Museum Twilight Cruise, Giant Spring RV Show, Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show, B.R.A.K.E.S. Driving School, and public runs of the Fairplex Garden Railroad and RailGiants Train Musem will also be happening this month. Busy, busy, busy!

For more info on any of these events, please visit us at Fairplex.com.

If you’re hanging out with us, share your experiences on social media! Tag @fairplex and use #fairplex in your captions. We’d love to hear from you.

The Learning Centers at Fairplex Partners with Street Machine Nationals

Fairplex TLC smmnc The Learning Centers at Fairplex Partners with Street Machine Nationals One of our most successful event partnerships is with the Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals (SMMCN), which will be celebrating its 4th annual event with us this year.

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Photo from Street Machine Nationals Facebook

While the event itself is always exciting and fun, their dedication and support of our automotive students is even more important to us.

Fairplex TLC axcgroup The Learning Centers at Fairplex Partners with Street Machine Nationals Every year a portion of the SMMCN net proceeds are donated to the Alex Xydias & Pete Chapouris Center for Automotive Arts (AXC). Their support helps our students through our rigorous two-year automotive industry certification program.

Thank you SMMCN!

For more information on the Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals event, click here.
To learn more about our auto education program, click here.

Learning Centers at Fairplex Partners with Mecum Auctions

The Learning Centers at Fairplex has teamed up with Mecum for a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our auto students! The seller of a rare 2-door Lincoln Continental will donate auction proceeds to benefit the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts at Fairplex.

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The car will be auctioned off today at the Mecum Auctions Collector-Car show here on campus. Students and teachers from the auto center took a tour of the event and auction operations yesterday during set-up and will be present this afternoon when the 1947 Lincoln Continental crosses the auction block.

Our auto education program has been built in collaboration with automotive business owners and classic car enthusiasts from the Inland Valley.

Thanks to our rich history with car events, we have been able to provide our students with a number of wonderful educational opportunities to better equip them for a career in the automotive industry.

Thank you Mecum for a great partnership with The Learning Centers!

To learn more about The Learning Centers at Fairplex programs click here.

To learn more about the Mecum Auctions LA show, click here.

Weekend Recap: 2017 Grand National Roadster Show

Tens of thousands of guests attended the 68th annual Grand National Roadster Show this year. Our expo halls and surrounding areas were lined with gorgeous classic cars of every style, year and color.

The Mulholland Speedster, built by the Hollywood Hot Rods team received the coveted America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award.

Other fun activities included the Pin-up Doll competition, the Grand Daddy Drive-In, where auto enthusiasts could show off their cars to one another, shopping and art.




Congratulations to all who won awards and thank you to all our guests who joined us for this event. We’re always glad to welcome the GNRS to our grounds. For more information on what’s next at Fairplex, visit fairplex.com!