Fairplex Weekend Recap: Vans Warped Tour, Cheers and Everybody’s Birdmart

Things have finally quieted down at Fairplex after a full weekend of concerts, food, drinks and dancing. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick of the first weekend of summer!

20th Anniversary Vans Warped Tour

It was hot, crowded and loud at Fairplex on Friday. Tons of rock music lovers turned out for a full day of bands like We The Kings, Yellowcard, Devil Wears Prada, Falling In Reverse and myriad others. Band meet & greets, food trucks, a giant slip n’ slide, clothing vendors and DJs rounded out a perfect afternoon and evening of fun in the sun. You can watch behind-the-scenes videos and other fun goodies on www.vanswarpedtour.com.

Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival

Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival 

No sooner did Warped Tour wrap up than Cheers opened on Saturday evening. As the sun set behind the San Gabriel mountains, Fairplex came alive with music, dancing, clinking glasses and a tantalizing array of food trucks. Guests spent the summer solstice sampling a seemingly endless supply of award-winning wines, spirits and beers from the Los Angeles International Competitions, participate in a silent auction benefiting The Learning Centers at Fairplex and dance their way through the Cupid Shuffle, salsa, Top 40 and other fun tunes. All in all, a success!

Everybody’s Birdmart 

Everybody’s Birdmart 

Bird lovers flocked together for an afternoon perusing cages, nests, vitamins, toys, treats and other fun items for their pets. It’s always fun to see the exotic birds on display and to learn exactly how many toys birds can possibly own, treats they like to devour and habitats they live in.

Things are going to be fairly quiet around here this week but our annual 4th of July event, KABOOM! is just around the corner. We’re ready for a night full of monster trucks, motocross and one of the largest fireworks spectaculars in all of California.

Happy Monday!

Fairplex Snapshot: Vans Warped Tour

The 20th Anniversary Vans Warped Tour is happening at Fairplex right now! The infield is flooded with stages, vendor booths, food trucks and music lovers as far as the eye can see. We can hear the music all the way from our offices (no complaints here!)

Are you heading out here today? For more information on Warped and our other weekend events, visit www.fairplex.com.

Happy Friday!

This Weekend at Fairplex

There’s something for everyone at Fairplex this weekend! Whether you’re a music lover, a wine connoisseur or enjoy the great outdoors, there’s something for you. Check out what’s happening this weekend at Fairplex:

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20th Anniversary Vans Warped Tour: Fairplex is the next stop in the summer-long Vans Warped Tour. Rock out this Friday in the infield to bands like Mayday Parade, Yellowcard, Devil Wears Prada, Crown the Empire, The Story So Far and other bands. For or more information visit www.vanswarpedtour.com.

Cheers — L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival: The public unveiling (and tasting!) of the Los Angeles International Wine, Spirits, Beer and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competitions are coming to Cheers at Fairplex. Enjoy unlimited tastings of wine, spirits and beer, feast on food truck dishes, dance and enjoy an evening under the stars with us. P.S. It’s for a good cause! Proceeds go towards our educational programs at The Learning Centers at Fairplex. For more information visit www.tlcfairplex.org/cheers.

Giant RV Show: The Giant RV Show is coming to Fairplex for a week-long event beginning June 20th. There will be plenty of opportunities to shop for new and seasoned RV-ers alike. Admission is free. For more information visit www.giantrv.com 

P4P Self-Reliance Expo: If you’re a planner, Preparedness for Preppers (P4P) is for you. The P4P Expo features numerous seminars and demonstrations on survival skills and the newest products, supplies and resources needed to sustain and protect your family in the event of natural and man-made disasters. The event runs Saturday – Sunday at Fairplex. For more information visit www.p4pexpo.com.

Everybody’s Birdmart: Sunday is for the birds. Everybody’s Birdmart features all breeds of feathered friends, supplies and products for your pets. Admission is $7 and free for ages under 11. For more information visit www.everybodysbirdmart.com.

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

Weekend Recap: The Spark Run, Belmont Stakes and Sancocho Festival

Fairplex was busy, busy, busy this weekend! Saturday kicked off with Belmont Stakes satellite wagering at Finish Line Sports Grill. Horse racing fans settled in for an afternoon of betting, eating, drinking and watching the horse races on TV.

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As the sun began to set, Fairplex came alive with color and music as runners gathered for The Spark Run 5k.

The entire campus transformed from its typical serenity into a nighttime party brought to life by neon lights, glowing fountains, illuminated sculptures and fantastic light shows. Runners sprinted, jogged, danced and walked their way through the 3.11-mile course and reached the finish line ready to continue the party.

Kaskade set up shop near the Grandstand and gave an amazing EDM performance for an adoring, neon-clad crowd while Cornucopia fed and watered the runners on the sidelines.

Less than 24 hours later, the campus changed appearances again, this time for the Sancocho Music Festival. What was a playground of music and lights Saturday night turned into an explosion of Latin culture by Sunday morning.

Guests watched dance and musical performances, participated in crafts and games, ate food from countries around the world and celebrated all day long.

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We look out our office windows and see the usual tranquil scene of trees, grassy slopes and quiet buildings and it’s hard to imagine the blend of dance, music and festivities that happened this weekend. We can’t wait for our upcoming events and to see the campus change colors once again!

For more information on Fairplex events visit www.fairplex.com 

L.A. Weekender: The Spark Run feat. Kaskade

Hello June! Summer is officially upon us, which means a flurry of festivals are about to descend on Los Angeles. In this edition of the L.A. Weekender we have collected just a few of the events kicking off the new month:

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The Spark Run 5k feat. KaskadeThrow on your glow sticks, neon accessories and running shoes for The Spark Run 5k at Fairplex Saturday night. Walk/run/jog your way through a 5k course full of music, sound and lights and end your journey at the After Party where Kaskade will be performing live along with other EDM DJs. Registration is still available. Visit www.thesparkrun.com for more information.

Sancocho Music FestivalCelebrate Latin American culture at the Sancocho Music Festival. Enjoy music, dance and food from Colombia, El Salvador, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Argentina and Spain. Join the fun on Sunday, June 8th. Visitwww.sancochofestival.com for more information.

Abbot Kinney First FridaysOn the first Friday of every month, couples families and groups of friends eat, drink and shop on Abbot Kinney, one of the main thoroughfares of Venice. Local merchants on or near Abbot Kinney in Venice open their doors to feature the best artists, vendors and music in the local community.

Santa Monica Ocean Festival: Spend a leisurely morning and afternoon at the Santa Monica Ocean Festival. Watch (or compete!) in paddleboard races, the lifeguard dory race and visit the surf history pop-up museum. For more information visit www.santamonicapier.org.

Make Music Pasadena: Downtown Pasadena is hosting a free music festival this Saturday that runs from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. with dozens of live performances from indie, alternative, jazz, blues, folk, electric and rock music bands. For more information visit www.makemusicpasadena.org.

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

5 Things To Do at Fairplex This Summer

Fun 5ks, a movie under the stars and Food Truck Thursdays are just a few of the things we have in store for you at Fairplex. There are a lot of options but here are a few events you might want to think about adding to your social calendar this year:

Five Things To Do at Fairplex This Summer

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1. Vans Warped Tour: Warped Tour invades the Fairplex infield on June 20th for a full day of punk, pop, metal and alternative rock bands. Bands like Devil Wears Prada, Yellowcard, Less Than Jake and Mayday Parade will be playing along with multiple other favorites. To buy tickets and see the full lineup visit www.vanswarpedtour.com.


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2. TLC Summer Art Camp: Away from the craziness of the fun runs and Warped Tour is The Learning Centers at Fairplex Summer Art Camp. Students ages 7-13 can learn how to pain, draw and make ceramics over the duration of the summer, a perfect recluse from the heat and an outlet for young creative minds. For more information click here.

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3. Cheers Festival: Eat, drink and be merry for a cause! We take the business of partying seriously at Fairplex and nowhere is that more apparent than at the annual Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer and Food Festival event at Fairplex. Food trucks, live music and unlimited tastings of wines, beers and spirits? Sounds like a perfect summer evening to us! The fact that ticket sales benefit The Learning Centers programs makes it even better. For more information click here.

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4. KABOOM!: 4th of July means the roar of monster trucks and the crackle of fireworks at Fairplex. Join us for a full evening of monster trucks, motocross, buffet dinner and one of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California. KABOOM! is summer at its finest. For more information visit www.fairplex.com/kaboom.


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5. Los Angeles County Fair: Our summer ends with the biggest celebration of all: the Los Angeles County Fair. We have animals, shows, superheroes, deep-fried and gourmet food, carnival rides, dancing, concerts… essentially the biggest end-of-summer party in L.A. To see everything we have in store visit www.lacf.com.

What are you looking forward to this summer? Let us know in the comments section below! 

L.A. Weekender: Valentine’s Day for Singles and Couples in L.A.

Valentine’s Day. Single Awareness Day. It’s an overload of red, pink, chocolate and flowers for everyone. Whether you’re happily in love or contentedly single, we have a full list of fun ideas for singles and couples in this L.A. Weekender. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Photo courtesy of  renjith krishnan from FreeDigitalPhotos.net

If you’re taken… 

Classic Romance: If you’re looking for dinner & a movie but Endless Love and Winter’s Tale sound nauseatingly unoriginal and cheesy, opt for the classics: Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Aero and Casablanca at the Egyptian Theatre. The first few dozen attendees at both theatres receive Godiva chocolate. Here’s looking at you kid.

The Queen of Hearts Ball: Downtown LA can be pretty quiet on the weekends but that’s all the more reason to do the Edison’s Queen of Hearts Ball as your  Valentine’s venue of choice. The venue that takes you back to the days of fedoras and flappers is providing a classic romantic date including live music, champagne and culinary dishes inspired by Valentine’s Day. Dinner for two costs $115 and includes dinner and champagne.

Farm-to-table: McKinley’s Grille is offering a prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu featuring fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from the Farm at Fairplex. Dine in a cozy enclave for two and feast on farm-to-table dishes including pan-seared diver scallops, Jidori chicken, Niman Ranch beef strip loin and finish with a delicious dessert of chocolate mousse, glazed strawberries, salted caramel lava cake or Dr. Bob’s sorbet. Is your mouth watering yet? A full menu is available here.

If you’re single… 

I Heart Santa Monica: So there’s a Valentine’s Day party going down at Santa Monica Wokcano tonight and it’s going to be pretty fun. There will be free hors d’oeuvres for the first hour, themed cocktails and complimentary “man”icures all night long. If you enjoy sushi, dancing, photobooths and free stuff, you might want to think about heading over. The party goes from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Speed-Dating: All the single people, all the single people… now put your hands up! Ditch your couples friends at McKinley’s Grille and head over to the other side of Fairplex for Finish Line Sports Grill’s speed dating tonight, 7 – 8 p.m. Happy hour drink specials will run through the duration of the event so grab a couple drinks and relax while meeting new people. For more information click here. Good luck!

Imagine Dragons: Who cares if you’re in a relationship? A good concert is a good concert and Imagine Dragons more than delivers. They are performing tonight at The Forum in Inglewood and there might be a few tickets left for grabs if you’re still looking for something to do. High energy, great vocals/instrumentals and chart-topping songs will make it a night to remember.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender highlights 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

Event Industry News: Instagram Direct, Chanel, Super Bowl parties and Santa stalking

Social media: The social media world was b u s y this weekend. Instagram debuted their newest feature, Instagram Direct. IG Direct is a hybrid combining the privacy of Snapchat and the filters, comments and longevity of Instagram. It’s a simple way to capture and share moments of your life with the people who matter most in lieu of the entire world of Instagram. Snapchat may offer the blessing of time-sensitive images–you can send a hideous selfie to your best friend and have it evaporate into the Snaposhere before she can save it for black mail–but Instagram Direct allows you to filter, edit and create a lasting image for your mom, dad, siblings and besties. Whether the new feature will be a hit or a failure remains to be seen. Meanwhile in Twitter land, the blocking feature was removed and then immediately brought back amid an uproar of protests from tweeters.

Chanel comes to Dallas: One of the beauties of our Fairplex campus is our venue versatility. We can host events of any shape or size. As home of the L.A. County Fair, we wanted to give a nod to the Texas State Fairgrounds for hosting Chanel’s annual Métiers d’Art show this year. Talk about diverse use of event space! Guests were brought back to America’s roots upon entrance with a classic 50′s mock drive-in movie theater, vintage cars and concession stands among other elements. A few Texans were peeved by the lack of local representation (200 international journalists and celebrities does not a Texan make), but design king Karl Lagerfeld did a stunning job with the event as expected.

Super Bowl XLVIII: They may have cut back the tailgating for Super Bowl 2014 but the marketing campaigns are as bright and bold as ever. Time Warner plans to take over New York’s meatpacking district for a Super Bowl pop-up that will feature “high-profile music acts and surprise celebrity guests.” Fans can enjoy high-energy entertainment and get pumped for the upcoming game with fellow fans on the streets of New York.

Tracking Santa:Mashable released a list of their top four methods of tracking Santa as he makes his trek from the North Pole to the rest of the world. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has taken the reigns when it comes to stalking Santa around the globe but Google has created its own devices for finding the man in red.

Event Industry News: Inaugural Bizbash Event Style and YouTube Music Awards, and Google’s virtual field trips

dollhouse 300x200 Event Industry News: Inaugural Bizbash Event Style and YouTube Music Awards, and Googles virtual field trips BizBash Event Style Awards: BizBash held their first annual National Event Style Awards, celebrating the most creative and beautiful examples of event theme and decor. Winners were announced at the BizBash IdeaFest last Wednesday in New York. There were winners for every category under the event industry sun, like Best Conference (a gorgeous display from Adobe Max), best public relations stunt (a life-sized dollhouse from Guerilla Marketing Campagin for Target) and Best Trade Show (Data Center Summit 2013.) Other categories included best wedding venue, best entertainment event and best lighting design. Just a brief flick through the album of winners brings inspiration to the brain. You can view all the winners here.

Photo taken from BizBash

First ever YouTube Awards Show: Also in New York, YouTube launched its inaugural self-produced Music Awards Show yesterday. The verdict: messy. The event was meant to be webcast to millions of viewers around the world; attendance capped at a little more than 200,000 at its peak.

Popular artists like Eminem, Lady Gaga and Avicii gave stellar performances but the real entertainment of the night was watching “spontaneous” not-so-great moments happen, like hosts having to dig into a giant cake to reveal the winners and being handed two babies while chatting with Macklemore.

The event was deemed unorganized and just a tad unprofessional by many but you have to give them a break: it was only the first (and probably not the last) music awards show from YouTube. After all, if you demand fresh and organic, sometimes things go a little awry…

Social/tech: Today Google+ launches its Connected Classes program. Using Google+ hangouts as a platform, teachers can take their students on virtual field trips to a number of educational locations around the nation. Today’s field trips include a dive into the Seattle Aquarium’s underwater exhibits and a visit at the Minnesota Zoo with the Black Bear.

For those of us who live in Los Angeles or other large cities, it’s hard to imagine choosing a virtual tour when the Museum of Natural History, Aquarium of the Pacific and Discover Science Center are mere minutes away, but for those who aren’t afforded these facilities or for schools who suffer budget cuts, this is a fantastic alternative to a textbook. Students can hear from subject experts while on a virtual live tour of museums, zoos, aquariums, planetariums and any other number of educational destinations.

Our bi-weekly Event Industry News summaries include event trends, social media and technology industry updates and events news from Los Angeles County. 

L.A. Weekender: Halloween edition

pumpkinphoto 199x300 L.A. Weekender: Halloween edition The weekend starts a little early for some of you this week, and we are fully supportive of that. Halloween only comes around once a year after all!

One of the things we love about living in Los Angeles is the excellent variety of things to do on a nightly basis–and those options double when it’s a holiday. So, without further a due, your Halloween L.A. Weekender:

Theme park horrors: If you haven’t had a chance yet, Knott’s Scary Farm, Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights and Mickey’s Halloween Party are still going strong this weekend. The final days are sometimes the most fun because the monsters are soaking in their last glorifying scary moments via your timid selves.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride: Griffith Park: home to murder, torture, paranormal activity, abduction and legends. The area surrounding the “Old Zoo” and “B Rock” come back to life on this haunted hayride through one of the scariest areas of Los Angeles.
There is a reason why the theme this year is “Based On Actual Events.

The Purge: Fear The Night: New to L.A. this year, The Purge event invites guests to venture into the film itself. Six floors of horrors awaits you. In a world where “crime is legal for one day of the year,” it’s immersive horror theater at it’s finest. Guests must be 18 and older to enter.

Danny Elfman: If you’re a Tim Burton fan you’ll love this one. Head down to the Nokia Theater for an evening of listening to Danny Elfman’s masterpieces including the soundtrack from The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissor-hands. Tonight is your last chance to see him.

Nightmare Before Christmas at the El Capitan: Keeping to the theme of Danny Elfman/Tim Burton, The Nightmare Before Christmas is showing at the El Capitan Theater. The film includes new 4D sensory effects and digital Disney 3-D to make the experience come to life like it never has before. A “making of” exhibit also adds to the fun. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office upon arrival.

Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare: This weekend is your last chance to be weirded out by Rob Zombie’s creative imagination. Mazes, concerts, the Bloody Boulevard and more await you if you choose this option for your Halloween fun. The event runs all weekend long with a new music lineup each night. www.greatamericannightmare.com

Whether you plan to get the pants scared off of you, spend some time basking in the talents of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton or just staying in with candy and a Hallween classic, we hope you have a fun and safe Halloween.

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