Fairplex Weekend Recap: Cars, paint and wine

66th Annual Grand National Roadster Show

It was cars, cars and more cars at Fairplex this weekend for the 66th annual Grand National Roadster Show.

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Our campus was a beautiful cacophony of roaring engines, doo-wop music and the sizzle of burgers and hot dogs. Inside, more than 100 cars were on display, from the home-built custom hot rods at the Suede Palace (Expo Hall 10), to the beauties on display in Expo Hall 4.

18 vehicles were in the running for the coveted “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” award, with the winner being Larry Olson’s 1933 Ford Roadster. Hot Rod Network did a great job of photographing all 18 entries, which you can view here.

Meanwhile over in Expo Hall 6, Victor Garcia won “America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle” with his sleek 2014 Harley Davidson.

Thank you to everyone who joined us this weekend! We love having the Grand National Roadster Show here and look forward to next year’s event!

Palates & Palettes 

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Motor enthusiasts weren’t the only ones to visit Fairplex campus this weekend. The first Palates & Palettes art party debuted Saturday night at the Millard Sheets Art Center (MSAC) for a relaxing time of culture, food, wine and learning.

MSAC also held its first family art workshop of the year, and hosted the opening reception of the Paula Izydorek art show on Friday evening. Not a bad way to kick off the new year!

To see what else is happening at Fairplex, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Do you have any favorite memories at Fairplex this weekend? 

L.A. Weekender: Fairplex happenings

Hello and Happy Friday! This edition of the L.A. Weekender features cars, paint and family fun, all right here at the Fairplex campus. Keep reading to see what we have in store for you:

Check out the 2014 show in Tony DeFrank’s video! 

Grand National Roadster Show (Jan. 23-25): The 66th annual Grand National Roadster Show arrives at Fairplex this weekend for three days of cars, cars and more cars. Some of the most beautiful roadsters in the nation compete for awards including the prestigious America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy. For more information, visit the Fairplex event page.

Palates & Palettes: Food, Wine and Paint (Jan. 24): The first Palates & Palettes wine and paint series debuts at the Millard Sheets Art Center (MSAC) this Saturday night. Escape to Austria with us as you learn to paint with professional artist Dominic Black and sample food and wine from Vienna. RSVP today with The Learning Centers at Fairplex. There are still a few spots open!

Free Family Workshop (Jan. 24): MSAC is kicking off the Free Family Workshop series this Saturday morning. Join artist Jimena Roman as she takes you through a fun arts & crafts project, great for all ages. Reservations are required. For more information visit The Learning Centers at Fairplex website.

Public Auction (Jan. 23-24): Last but not least on our list of Fairplex happenings, the monthly Public Auction is happening Saturday at Gate 9 (White Ave.) Cars, trucks, vans and other vehicles will be auctioned off to buyers. Preview potential purchases on Friday, then prepare to bid Saturday. Admission is free. For more information visit the Fairplex events page.

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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

January Events at Fairplex

Happy New Year from all of us at Fairplex! We are excited to begin a new year full of fun events, unforgettable learning experiences, and the 93rd anniversary of the Los Angeles County Fair. We have a lot on our plates already, starting with our January calendar. Check it out:


ReptileSuperShow 150x132 January Events at Fairplex Reptile Super Show (Jan. 10-11):
Fans of the scaly, slimy, and slithery are invited to the Reptile Super Show at Fairplex. Check out hundreds of colorful reptiles including turtles, lizards and snakes, and shop supplies for your pet (but leave your pet at home!)

For more information visit reptilesupershow.com.

AsianAmericanExpo 150x132 January Events at Fairplex Asian American Expo & Lunar Palooza (Jan. 17-18): Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Fairplex during the annual Asian American Expo. Thousands of food and shopping vendors, live entertainment and cultural exhibits fill four of our expo halls for a weekend.

New this year is the nighttime Lunar Palooza night market, which includes performances from popular Asian artists, food and additional shopping. Tickets are $9 per person, $7 for seniors (65+). For more information, visit fairplex.com.

GrandNationalRoadsterShow 150x132 January Events at Fairplex Grand National Roadster Show (Jan. 23-25): The 66th annual O’Reilly Grand National Roadster Show roars into Fairplex for three days of glorious automotive bliss. Featuring the finest roadsters in the country, the show includes customs, hot rods, classics and motorcycles competing for top awards. General admission is $25, ages 6-12 are $10. For more information visit rodshows.com.

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P.S. Receive up to 40% off Fairplex events including LACF! Get two LACF season passes, two Oktoberfest, Celtic Faire, and Street Machine and Muscle Car Nationals passes, and two Upland Lemon Festival carnival offers for only $100 when you buy online, now through Jan. 11, 2015! Just use promo code NEWYEAR2 OR buy 4 tickets to each event listed above for only $180 using promo code FAIRPLEX4. Click here to buy.

For more information about Fairplex events, visit fairplex.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

See you soon!

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.

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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! 

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:

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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. 

July at Fairplex

July has swooped down upon us in a flurry of sunshine, warm weather and summer plans. We are busy preparing for the 2014 Los Angeles County Fair (LACF) but we still have plenty of fun things going on this month. Keep reading to see what’s happening at Fairplex in July:

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KABOOM!: It’s the 27th annual 4th of July spectacular at Fairplex. Monster trucks and Moto X will get your adrenaline pumping as you cheer on your favorites. Enjoy a delicious buffet spread of chicken, beef, salad, fruit, pasta and dessert and watch our spectacular fireworks show, dubbed one of the best in California. For more information on KABOOM! or to purchase tickets, click here.

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To view each week’s line-up, visit the Fairplex Events page or follow us on Twitter/Facebook!

3665 1twilight 150x132 July at Fairplex Twilight Cruise: The first Wednesday of each month brings the Prolong Twilight Cruise to Fairplex. Hundreds of hot rods, classic cars and even a few vintage race cars are put on display for your enjoyment. Music, food and free admission to the historic Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum round up the evening’s activities. For more information, click here.

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What are you looking forward to this summer? Tell us in the comments section! 

L.A. Weekender: Relay For Life, Nurotag, Art Walk

Happy Friday! Last weekend was absolutely packed for us, with Vans Warped Tour and Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival, and we are rolling right along into another jam-packed weekend. Keep reading to see what’s happening at Fairplex and our surrounding neighborhoods:

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Relay For Life: Relay For Life returns to Fairplex on Saturday, June 28th to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Communities gather together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and ultimately fight back against a vicious disease. Relay For Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking/running the track. All teams have at least one participant on the track at all times. For more information, click here.

2014 Nurotag All-Star Car Show Series: If you appreciate car design, Nurotag’s All-Star Series is the place to be. Fairplex is the third stop of the Nurotag Show Series, showcasing the best in automotive and lifestyle culture. The series celebrates style, art, music and culture within the automotive industry. Check it out this Saturday from noon – 6 p.m. For more information on the event, click here.

Pomona Art WalkDowntown Pomona transforms into a world of art and creativity on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month during the Pomona Art Walk. More than two dozen galleries open their doors to feature hundreds of local artists. Paintings, photography, ceramics, mixed media and jewelry are just some of the pieces on display. For more information, click here.

Claremont Village Blues & BrewsRight down the street from Fairplex, the 5th annualClaremont Village Blues & Brews is happening this Saturday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. $45 ($50 at the door) gets you 18 pour-tasting tickets and a beer pilsner. Enjoy live entertainment, delicious food and of course, plenty of craft beer. For more information,click here.

P.S.: 4th of July is just around the corner! Fairplex is hosting KABOOM! which includes monster trucks, motocross and one of the largest fireworks displays in all of California to celebrate Independence Day. Buffet dinner options are also available. This event always sells out so make sure you purchase your tickets as soon as you can!

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

Fairplex Snapshot: 50th Annual L.A. Roadsters Show

It’s cars on cars on cars this weekend at Fairplex! The 50th Annual L.A. Roadsters Show opens tomorrow at 7 a.m. for a full weekend of classic cars, music, food, drinks and total relaxation.

It’s already looking busy out there with cars moving in, doo-wop music playing and everyone setting up for Father’s Day Weekend. It’s going to be a fun one!

For more information on the L.A. Roadsters Show, visit www.fairplex.com

Father’s Day Weekend at Fairplex

Father’s Day weekend is upon us. Unlike Mother’s Day, which is typically a day consisting of flowers and brunch, Father’s Day could mean anything, from sports to BBQs to car shows. We have a couple events happening this weekend that is perfect for a little family bonding time with Dad:

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Food Truck Thursday: Start the weekend celebrations a little early at Fairplex’s Food Truck Thursday. We have Italian, Asian, Greek, French, Mexican cuisine and even baby cupcakes this week. Stop by between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. for some grubbin’ with Dad. Parking is available at Gate 1.

Shakespeare by the Sea: If you’re dad is a fan of the fine arts, consider a night at Shakespeare by the Sea for a Friday night activity. Shakespeare by the Sea is giving a free performance of “A MIdsummer Night’s Dream” at Point Vermin Park in San Pedro. Click here for more details.

Pulp Fiction 20th Anniversary: If you’re dad is a Tarantino fan, treat him to a night at the movies. Street Food Cinema is bringing live music, food trucks and an outdoor screening of Pulp Fiction at Fairplex Saturday night. Doors open at 5:30. Click here for more details.

50th Annual L.A. Roadsters Show: A Father’s Day weekend tradition, the L.A. Roadsters show returns to Fairplex featuring hundreds of 1936 and older open cars of all types, a swap meet and trade show. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.

Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks: Nothing shouts family bonding more than a good old-fashioned baseball game! Head over to Dodgers stadium and watch the boys in blue play against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Dodger dogs, beer, garlic fries and baseball are perfect for a Sunday spent with Dad.

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

L.A. Weekender: Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals

Cheers to another glorious feels-like-summer weekend in L.A.! It is the first weekend of spring and there is plenty to do in the county. Keep reading for today’s L.A. Weekender.

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Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals

Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals: You can hear the burnouts happening from our office. The screeching, squealing and vroom of engines can be heard all weekend long at the Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals at Fairplex. This national celebration of horsepower and torque brings more than 1,000 high-performance muscle cars and street machines from around the country. Open Sat – Sun, starting at 9 a.m. For more information, click here.

ArtReach: The Art of Pop Culture: ArtReach is still going on at the Millard Sheets Art Center. See the talents of local high school students in the form of paintings, ceramics, sculptures, photography and film. Many of the pieces have been purchased by art patrons but there are still a few left available for those interested. Otherwise, just come and enjoy an afternoon of the arts. Hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Click here for more info.

 Pomona Art Walk 

Pomona Art Walk: The downtown Pomona district comes alive on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month with art, music and food. Take a stroll and admire the many layers of art that line the streets: jewelry, clothes, paintings, sculptures and home decor. Many galleries, stores and restaurants remain open late tonight and the Fox Theatre and Glass House are always great music venues. Click here for more info.

Los Angeles Seafood Festival: Taste your way through the seven seas of the world at the Los Angeles Seafood Festival. Hosted at Placita Olvera in downtown Los Angeles, this outdoor festival includes clams, oysters, fried fish, squid, octopus and much more. If you’re craving a sushi run, this might just be the place to be on Sunday. Admission is free and runs from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

American Girl and Kaya: The Autry Center partners with American Girl to celebrate the nationality of Kaya, a doll whose stories share what life was like as a Nez Perce girl before America became a country. Activities include basket weaving, Native American dance performances, crafts and an exploration of the museum galleries in a new Kaya scavenger hunt. The fun begins with a pre-program lunch at 11 a.m. at American Girl at The Grove in Los Angeles and moves to the Autry Center for the afternoon activites. For tickets and information, click here.