Thoughtful Thursday: Barrett-Jackson and AXC

We ended January on a very positive, exciting note thanks to Barrett-Jackson’s generosity towards The Learning Centers at Fairplex.

Our auto students at the Alex Xydias Center for Automotive Arts (AXC) had the opportunity to build their very own roadster in partnership with L.A. Roadsters volunteers. This beautiful 1932 High-Boy was the result:

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The roadster was sent to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale — only one of the biggest car shows in the world! 

Our students were able to watch their roadster be auctioned off for $105,000! The best part? The full hammer price went back to AXC so even more students will have the opportunity to start careers in the auto industry.

Thank you Barrett-Jackson and congratulations to our students, teachers and volunteers for your hard work and dedication to learning.

For more information on Barrett-Jacson click here.

For more information on The Learning Centers at Fairplex click here.

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Grand National Roadster Show

We had an absolutely fantastic weekend at Fairplex, despite the downpour on Sunday. We took a stroll through the grounds on Friday afternoon and could feel the weekend vibes from a mile away.

Row upon row of beautiful cars and motorcycles graced our expo halls as car enthusiasts took their time checking out each model, chatting with each other and sipping beer.

Live music, auto accessory vendors and delicious food & beverage booths made for a fantastic day. And even though the party moved inside on Sunday, it was a blast watching the celebrations, culminating in the ceremony for the coveted America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award.

Congratulations to Darryl and Terri Hollenbeck on winning this year’s prize with your beautiful 1932 roadster!

We’re currently transforming our campus from a roadster’s wonderland into an equestrian playground for the Western Horse Expo this weekend.

Were you around this weekend? Tag us in your social media posts, we would love to share in your experience! 

For more information on upcoming Fairplex events, visit

L.A. Weekender: Cars, cars, cars galore

We are super excited for the Grand National Roadster Show this weekend but there are a ton of other cool things happening in L.A. too. Check out what’s going on this weekend:

GNRS Weekender L.A. Weekender: Cars, cars, cars galore  Grand National Roadster Show (Jan 29 – 31): The 65th annual Grand National Roadster Show is at Fairplex this weekend for all things classic, automotive and beautiful. Stop by this weekend, grab a beer and some food and saunter through row upon row of gorgeous, state-of-the-art classic cars. This celebration of hot rods and roadsters will satisfy the hearts of car lovers of all ages. For more information visit

Free Museum Day (Jan 30): If you’ve ever wanted to check out LACMA or the MOCA now is the time! Los Angeles museums are offering free admission on Saturday. More than a dozen museums are participating and we recommend visiting at least two! View a complete list of participating museums here. 

Night on Broadway (Jan 30): Broadway in downtown is always thriving with shopping, dining, art and a general lively beat. That’s all about to explode tenfold at the annual Night on Broadway celebration. See a film, watch a concert, eat until you can’t and enjoy the abundance of performing arts, delicious dining options and dive into some of the best that downtown LA has to offer. Attendance is FREE and open to all ages. More info at

Anime Los Angeles (Jan 29-31): If you were intrigued by the Anime Impulse event during the Asian American Expo at Fairplex you might want to head over to the Ontario Convention Center for the Anime L.A. event this weekend. Cosplay, dance, eat and mingle with other anime and manga fans and get ready for the bigger events heading to LA this summer! For more info visit

L.A. Taco Takedown (Jan 31): Finish up the weekend at the L.A. Taco Takedown! Try the best of the best as Angelenos compete to see who the best taco maker in LA really is. Home cooks will be adding their specialty sauces, spices and fillings to Princesita tacos while spectators have the delightful task of feasting on all the contest entries. More info here.

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

Sneak Peek: 65th Annual Grand Roadster Show

The roar of engines is prevalent all over campus today as our guests move in for the Grand National Roadster Show! The KTLA news crew stopped by this morning for a preview of this weekend’s activities. Check it out!

January Events at Fairplex!

Happy new year! We are back from our holiday break and Fairplex is busier than ever. Check out our January happenings below!

Music Run January Events at Fairplex!  The Music Run (Jan 9): We’re starting our “fun run” season with The Music Run. There is a DJ set up at each kilometer mark, spinning pop, rock, hip-hop, oldies and EDM. The best part? You choose the music. Click here to cast your votes. Dance with your fellow runners and celebrate fitness in 2016! For more information visit

Reptile Super Show January Events at Fairplex!  Reptile Super Show (Jan 9-10): TheReptile Super Showis back! Our halls will be filled with lizards, frogs, snakes, turtles and other friendly, scaly creatures. Shop supplies for your pets or adopt a new one! For more information click here.


Asian American Expo January Events at Fairplex!  Asian American Expo (Jan 16-17): The Asian American Expo is all about food, entertainment and cultural experiences.

Check out the Anime Impulse video game, anime and manga experience, sample craft beers and ciders at the Asian Beer Fest, show your digestive prowess at one of the Eating Contests and dance all night during the Lunar Palooza! And of course, there will be plenty of Asian cuisine for everyone. For more information, visit

Swap Meet January Events at Fairplex!  Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Jan 17): The first Swap Meet & Classic Car Show of 2016 is Sunday, Jan. 17. Show off the cars you’ve been working on during winter break and shop thousands of auto parts at swap meet prices. For more information, visit

National Roadsters January Events at Fairplex!  67th Annual O’Reilly Grand National Roadster Show (Jan 29-31): We’re pretty sure every Southern California classic car lover will be at Fairplex for the Grand National Roadster Show.

More than 500 show vehicles will compete for awards, with hundreds of other vehicles participating in the Grand Daddy Drive-In. Let the gawking and mutual admiration begin! For more information, visit

We are beyond excited for all the entertainment, learning, community events and fun we have planned for you. Stay tuned for campus updates, new and returning events, giveaways and a behind-the-scenes looks at everything we have going on in 2016. It’s going to be a great year!

Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)

Greetings, fellow Fairplex Insider readers!

I hope everyone enjoyed the sugar intake this Halloween weekend. If you have kids, remember that for every candy they get, you get TWO! icon smile Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)

Here is what’s going down at Fairplex this month:

3973 1makercon Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)SoCal Maker Con (Nov. 7): SoCal Maker Con celebrates innovation, inventive minds and creativity in Southern California. Robot wars, drone demonstrations and all kinds of really interesting inventions will be at Fairplex this Saturday, including sessions with some of the top entrepreneurial minds in the region. You cannot miss this one-day event! For more information, visit

4006 1NHRAFinals Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)NHRA Finals (Nov 12-15): Put your ear muffs on because things are about to get really loud in Pomona! The season concludes where it began with an event traditionally laced with drama. The historic racetrack typically enjoys seasonably cool ­temperatures that translate into perfect racing conditions and a spectacular, no-holds-barred battle for the prestigious NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships. Tickets available at

3975 1TwilightCruise Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)Prolong Twilight Cruise (Nov 19): Enjoy hundreds of hot rods, classic cars and vintage race cars on display at Fairplex. Admission to Prolong Twilight Cruise is FREE and admission to the historic Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is $5 from 5 p.m. until closing on cruise nights. Click HERE for more information.

4024 1EverybodysBirdMart Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)Everybody’s Birdmart (Nov 29): 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:

Other events happening at Fairplex in November include: Bushiroad USA (Nov 7-8), Garden Railroad at Fairplex (Nov 8), ITEX Holiday Barter Fair (Nov 8), and RailGiants Train Museum (Nov 14-15).

Which events are you coming out to this November?

L.A. Weekender: Fairplex Happenings

Happy Friday, everyone! We hope you all had a very productive week and that y’all are ready to get the weekend started. If you are like me and don’t have anything planned for this weekend, then please continue reading this blog because this weekend is packed with events perfect for all age groups.

PublicAuction 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsPublic Auction (April 17-18): Countless cars, pickup trucks, vans, SUV’s and other vehicles will be auctioned off at Fairplex this Saturday. If interested, preview day is Friday and actual bidding and sale is Saturday. Event will take place on White Avenue Lot, through Gate 9. Free parking at Gate 23 on Fairplex & Puddingstone Drives. For more information about this free admission event visit the Fairplex events page.

Palates 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsPalates & Palettes: Food, Wine and Paint (April 18): This month’s Palates and Palettes event revolves around French artist Henri Matisse. Enjoy complimentary food pairings presented by Vince Cavalli of McKinley’s Grille and wine selections from Nice, France, selected by Silverlake Wine. In this unique and relaxing ambiance, you will create an original painting guided by an experienced art teacher as you listen to relaxing and regional music in a supportive, friendly atmosphere. All materials are provided, and you will take home your finished work at the end of the evening. All levels are encouraged, no experience required. There are still a few spots open! Register here!

FamilyArt 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsMillard Sheets Art Center Free Family Workshops: The Millard Sheets Art Center is bringing back its free family art workshops focusing on art skills and fun craft projects for the whole family. Projects will be taught in Spanish & English with one group for parents and elementary students and another for middle school students, so make sure to join the fun! For more information about this event visit the Fairplex events page.

Cosmo 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsCosmo Run 7K (April 18): LADIES, Cosmo Run 7K is this Saturday! Ditch your place and come have fun at this all ladies evening event! Participating in a 7K does not have to be boring, so gather your sisters, friends and female colleagues and register for the event. Your race swag will include a Cosmo 7k martini glass, goody bag and more. The finish line will have 3 different Three Olive Vodka Cosmo stations – each featuring a different Cosmo flavor! To learn more about this event visit the the Fairplex events page.

PomonaSwapMeet 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsPomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (April 19): According to weather reports, Sunday’s weather will be perfect for our Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show. Hundreds of original and restored classic vehicles will be on display and for sale in six specialized Car Corral sections: Pre 1985 Classics, any year Corvettes, any year Porsches, Pre 1959 Street Rods, Pre 1985 Volkswagens and Pre 1985 Imports. General admission is $10 and children 12 and under are free. For more information visit

To see what else is going on at Fairplex, please check out our Events Page.

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

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?