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: 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.

3 Things To Do on a Rainy Weekend in L.A. (L.A. Weekender)

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It’s going to be a rainy weekend in Los Angeles which means less hiking and tanning and more naps and dinner by the fireplace.

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We recommend staying in for the weekend and playing some board games or catching up on your Netflix queue but for those of you who still want to venture during the rainy weather we have a weekender’s worth of things to do on a rainy weekend in L.A. Personally, we are looking forward to clear skies as soon as possible.

Mythical Playground – Celtic Myths & Heroes: We can’t not suggest something relating to IrishFest! Visit The Broad Stage in Santa Monica and learn about the dynamic music and culture of Ireland, Scotland and Wales through Gulu Monteiro’s creation. Check it out on Saturday, March 1. Admission is $20. For more information click here.

Rainy Evening at the Movies: If you’re a fan of Hayao Miyazaki animated films, head over to the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday evening for a double feature of his most light-hearted films: My Neighbor Totoro and My Neighbors The Yamadas. My Neighbor Totoro tells the tale of two young girls and their father as they move into a new neighborhood filled with cute, mythical creatures. My Neighbors The Yamadas is a collection of cartoon shorts all centered around the antics of the lazy Yamada clan. The event begins at 7:30 p.m.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show: The rain should be gone by Sunday morning which is perfect for the Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show at Fairplex. Browse tons of hard to find car parts and accessories at low swap meet prices and ogle thousands of original and restores classic vehicles on display. General admission is $10 and children 12 and under are free. For more information visit www.fairplex.com.

What is your favorite thing to do when it’s raining? Tell us in the comment section below. 

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

 

January Events at Fairplex: New year, new adventures

2013 was a whirlwind of events old and new at Fairplex. We can’t believe 2014 is already upon us! From the fun adventures of Asia to the historic roots of the Roadster show to the outrageous antics of a literal beer run, Fairplex is kicking off the year with style. Which event suits your fancy?

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Fairplex kicks off 2014 with the Asian American Expo, the Tap ‘N’ Run 4k and 65th Grand National Roaster Show. Are you willing to drink and run? Dying to see some of the most beautiful cars in the nation? Or are you a fan of all things cultural and festive?

Let us know which events you’re looking forward to in the comment section below! 

Behind the scenes of the 49th Auto Club NHRA Finals

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The 49th annual NHRA Finals starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday. It’s going to be loud, wild and tons of fun as thousands of drag racing fans come out to join the action and see who the world champions will be.

nitromove2 300x193 Behind the scenes of the 49th Auto Club NHRA Finals We stopped by the Auto Club Raceway today to see how preparations were going. It’s bustling down there! Crews are moving cars around, prepping them for the big weekend, Cornucopia Foods is busily setting up food stand favorites like Pink’s Hot Dogs, SoCal Burgers and the Saddle Up Saloon, and sponsors have set up their enormous trailers and booths including brands like Geicko, Toyota, Mello Yello and others.

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Golf carts, motorcycles and trucks go to and fro across the expansive grounds while the drag strip itself is being prepped for the big weekend. As if that weren’t enough, 2,500 students are also here for a Career Fair, learning about racing, the army and other exciting careers.

Needless to say, it. is. busy.

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The Sheraton Fairplex Hotel crew is bustling around, making catering preparations for several car crews as well as race attendees.

10 pit crews have requested our farm-fresh gourmet meals for their fare and Chef Teig and his team are happy to comply.

According to Teig, a wide variety of meals are being requested, with everything from down-to-earth Angus burgers to the more delicate filet mignon.

Meanwhile on the other side of campus in the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, the Prolong Twilight Cruise is getting ready to kick-off at 4 p.m. this evening.

The Twilight Cruise invites car enthusiasts to come together for a relaxing evening of food, drink and cars galore. Guests bring their muscle cars, hot rods and classics down as they mix and mingle with fellow car lovers. It’s the perfect “pre-game” to the drag racing finals.

More information on the NHRA finals can be found at www.nhratix.com.
To learn more about the Prolong Twilight Cruise, click here.

 

Drag racing, dinosaurs and graffiti at Fairplex

Wow October has zoomed by! It seems like only last week that we were shutting down the L.A. County Fair and starting preparations for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare and Oktoberfest. Throw in the Bubble Run, myriad extreme sporting events and expos and it’s no wonder that October is truly the busiest month of our year.  We are more than ready to put the engine on cruise control for a little while.

Not that we’re slowing down, exactly… Here is what’s going down at Fairplex this month:

PC2 13 150x150 Drag racing, dinosaurs and graffiti at Fairplex NHRA Finals: Things are about to get loud… Really loud. It’s no secret that Fairplex history intertwines with drag racing.  We play host to the NHRA Auto Club Finals next weekend (November 7-10th) and are prepped for some stellar racing at the prestigious Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships.

The Auto Club Raceway at Pomona is the oldest venue on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series circuit and has seen many thrilling races over the years. For additional information visit www.nhratix.com

logo 150x150 Drag racing, dinosaurs and graffiti at Fairplex Wonder of Dinosaurs: If you grew up with The Land Before Time and Jurassic Park or if you relate to Ross Gellar from Friends, this exhibition was made for you. Wonder of Dinosaurs invites guests of all ages into the primeval world. Attractions include more than 100 robotic and static dinosaurs, dino rides, bounce houses, mini-golf and gemstone & gold panning. We’re excited to welcome this exhibit in late November and hope you can stop by and join us for the fun. For more information visit www.wonderofdinosaurs.com  

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It’s the start of the holiday season and we are excited to celebrate the last two months of the year. Stay tuned for updates, fun party ideas and behind-the-scenes at Fairplex!