Fairplex Weekend Recap: Cars, Paint, Wine and Trains

WOW, what a great weekend! The rubber smell is still in the air, and we absolutely love it!

On Saturday and Sunday, we celebrated horsepower and torque at the 2nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals.

Our grounds were filled with high-performance muscle cars, pro-touring cars and street machines from across the country. Guests did not only take pictures of the cars, shared car tips and enjoyed the burnout contests, but they also enjoyed live music by Queen Nation and Joshua Tree.

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RedCar Fairplex Weekend Recap: Cars, Paint, Wine and TrainsOn Sunday, March 15, we had The Graffiti Run 5K. This fun and colorful event was perfect for athletes and couch potatoes alike. The goals of the event were to drench you in color and for you to have fun with family and friends, not to see who would run the fastest! Being there sure made me feel like jumping up and down, but too bad I was not dressed appropriately. I won’t miss the next one.

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On Sunday, Family Winemakers hosted its 16th wine trade and consumer tasting on our grounds. The tasting featured approximately 150 of the state’s unique, small family-owned wineries pouring more than 500 wines. Many of those wines aren’t generally available in the Southern California market, so people definitely took advantage of the opportunity to explore great California wines.

In addition to the cars, wine and amazing colors from the 5K run, the RailGiants Train Museum was open this weekend!

As I walked around, I was taken back to the glory days of the American Railroad. The throwback was really nice since we sometimes forget about the methods of transportation that do not include our vehicles.

The museum is open free of charge to the general public the second Saturday and Sunday of each month. So, there is no reason why you can’t stop by and appreciate the Union Pacific Centennial DD40X diesel-powered locomotive, which measures nearly 100 feet in length, and weighs over a half million pounds.

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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: 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:

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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:


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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.

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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