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.

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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!

Fairplex Weekender: Asian American Expo, Wine & Paint Night and more

Hellooooo Friday! Even though we’re working this weekend, we are actually looking forward to all of these events. We love what we do, and who we host. Check out what’s going on at Fairplex this weekend:

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Asian American Expo (Jan 14 & 15): One of our biggest events this month, the Asian American Expo is all things cultural: food, dance, art and entertainment. This year the expo features several events like Anime Impulse, where guests can cosplay, attend panels, browse artist alleys and check out a car show. The Silk Show Sample Sale features a number of great brands selling wares at 50-80% off retail price, as well as a sneaker show. Other activities include an eating contest, tons of food and shopping vendors, and live entertainment celebrating a variety of Asian cultures. Admission is $11 per person. Parking is $11 at Gate 9 (Blue Gate). For more information visit us at fairplex.com.

Palates & Palettes – Monet (Jan 14): Our wine & paint series, Palates & Palettes returns to the Millard Sheets Art Center this Saturday night. Journey to the world of Claude Monet as you learn to paint one of his masterpieces from an art instructor, while enjoying wine & food pairings inspired from his homeland of France. All supplies (including wine & food!) are provided. Please RSVP here.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Jan 15): The Pomona Swap Meet returns to Fairplex bright and early Sunday morning. More than 30,000 car parts, accessories, automobilia and vintage rides will span 15 miles of our campus. It’s the perfect place to mingle with the auto community, shop parts and check out rides. More info at pomonaswapmeet.com.

RailGiants Train Museum Free Admission (Jan 14 & 15): Last but not least, the on-site RailGiants Train Museum is hosting their free monthly museum days this weekend. Take a journey back in time to the glory days of the American Railroad. Explore a number of well preserved locomotives and speak with docents on the history of trains in our nation. More info at railgiants.org.

Have a great weekend! Make sure to tag us on social media if you visit us  icon smile Fairplex Weekender: Asian American Expo, Wine & Paint Night and more

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January at Fairplex

Happy New Year! We enjoyed the holidays (especially in the eating department), but now we’re ready to get back to work. Keep reading to see what’s happening this month at Fairplex:

AsianAmericanExpo January at Fairplex Asian American Expo (Jan 14& 15): The Asian American Expo celebrates the Lunar New Year with one of the biggest celebrations in the area. Explore different Asian cultures as you eat, drink and shop your way through our expo halls.

Enter the world of anime and video games at Anime Impulse, shop the Silk Show sample sale, see (or participate!) in an eating contest, and enjoy a number of art and dance performances. More info at aaexpo.com.

LABoatShow January at Fairplex 61st Annual Los Angeles Boat Show (Jan 19-22): Boating season may be a few months away, but we’re already dreaming of trips to the lake. The Los Angeles Boat Show features sport fishing boats, yachts, sailboats, jet skis, cabin cruisers, kayaks and more! This is the place to be if you’re a boating ad outdoor enthusiast. More info at fairplex.com‘. 

GNRS January at Fairplex 68th Annual Grand National Roadster Show (Jan 27-29): More than 500 show vehicles will compete for awards at the annual Grand National Roadster Show this year. See hundreds of beautiful classic vehicles on display in and around our expo halls, shop car accessories and mingle with fellow auto enthusiasts. More info here.

Other Events: Also returning this month – the Reptile Super Show, Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show, and the Giant LA Winter RV Show (running now – Jan 8.) For more information on all these events, visit us at Fairplex.com.

Cheers to 2017!