May at Fairplex

The countdown to summer is officially on! It’s around this time that we start rolling up our sleeves and really getting ready for Fair season. But before Fair, there are plenty of other events at Fairplex to enjoy! Here’s what’s happening this month:

Fairplex Events derby 150x150 May at Fairplex Kentucky Derby Buffet (May 6): Our on-site sports bar, Finish Line Sports Bar & Grill will be hosting a special buffet during the Kentucky Derby! Fill up your plates and enjoy the races from the comfort of your seat. Spaces are going fast — call for reservations at (909) 65-4151.

10th Annual Ross/McCracken Learning Expo (May 7): We’re pleased to host the 10th annual Ross/McCracken Learning Expo, a must-do for families! Kids will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning in the subjects of science, mathematics, the arts and other educational topics. Admission is FREE! More information available here.

merp May at Fairplex Cinco de Mayo Festival (May 7): Our infield will play host to the Que Buena crew as a host of bands and artists perform on Sunday.

Acts include Luis Coronel, Enigma Norteno, Grupo Alta Consigna and others.

Admission is FREE but a ticket is needed. For more information, click here.

Fairplex Events agexpo 290x300 May at Fairplex 48th District Schools’ Agriculture & Nutrition Fair (May 16-20): Celebrate all things California agriculture at the Ag & Nutrition Fair later this month!

This educational fair features thousands of individual and classroom entries from hundreds of schools in the greater Los Angeles area.

Admission is FREE! More information available here.


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It’s the perfect start to summer (we think of it as a Memorial Day Weekend pregame) and we’re ready to host. For more information on the SoCal BBQ Bash, click here.

Fairplex Events missioncircuit May at Fairplex Mission Circuit Dog Show (May 25-29): The Mission Circuit Dog Show returns for its annual Memorial Day Weekend event, with competitions culminating Monday with top dogs honored. Come see more than 100 breeds and 8,000 dogs competing in the show. More info here.

Other Events: The NHRA Twilight Cruise, Food Truck Thursdays, Palates & Palettes, Hot Tub & Swim Spa Show, soccer games, fun runs and plenty of other events are coming to Fairplex this month as well! Needless to say, we will be quite busy.

Visit our Fairplex Calendar for a full list of upcoming events. See you soon!

Weekend Recap: Barking with the stars

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! ICYMI, here’s what we had the pleasure of hosting:

Beverly Hills Dog Show
The Kennel Club of Beverly Hills rolled out the red carpet to celebrate the city’s finest purebred dogs. You can watch the televised version of the event on Easter Sunday on USA Network!

ArtReach Opening Reception
Students, teachers and local art patrons gathered at the Millard Sheets Art Center for the opening reception of high school art exhibition ArtReach: The Art of Dreams.

Measure H Gala
Our President & CEO Miguel Santana hosted a Measure H fundraiser at the art gallery. Thank you to everyone who came to support our fight to end homelessness!

See what’s next at Fairplex on our Events Calendar at!

Fairplex Weekender: Stars, cars, art and brides

Happy Friday! Here’s what’s happening at Fairplex this weekend:

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KCBH Dog Show (March 4 & 5): We’re rolling out the red carpet this weekend at Fairplex for the inaugural televised Beverly Hills Dog Show! Hosted by breeder-owner-handler, judge and author David Frei and award-winning Broadway star and author John O’Hurley, the show features more than 1,000 purebred dogs.

The show will air on Easter Sunday on the USA Network. We’re excited to play host and wish them will in their debut! Spectators are welcome to watch the event on both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, click here.

ArtReach: The Art of Dreams Opening Reception (March 4): The sixth annual regional high school art exhibition opens this weekend at the Millard Sheets Art Center at Fairplex. The opening reception and awards ceremony is this Saturday from 6 – 9 p.m. with the gallery opening to the public beginning March 5.

We’re excited to celebrate the talents of local high school students and look forward to seeing what they have created for the gallery. For more information click here.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (March 5): 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

BrideWorld Expo (March 5): Calling all brides-to-be! BrideWorld Expo is at Fairplex this Sunday. Hundreds of photographers, entertainers, invitation vendors, florists and other wedding musts will be on-hand. Guests who register beforehand will receive a free planning workbook and a shopping bag. Tickets and additional info are available here.


L.A. Weekender: Memorial Day Weekend

The long weekend is here and many of you already have BBQs, picnics and vacations planned, but for those of us who are staying local, here are a few things happening around LA:

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Giant RV Spring Show (May 27-June 5): Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and that means road trips galore. Visit the Giant RV Spring Show at Gate 9. The latest recreational vehicles, show specials, supplies and accessories are yours for the shopping. Visit our website for more info. Admission is free!

Petal Drop LA (May 29): Petal Drop returns to DTLA this weekend, although exact time and place remain unknown. The anonymous art collective will invite the public to an industrial site within the city where thousands of fallen jacaranda blossoms will create a “surreal factory” to last through the morning. If anything, it should make for a great IG post.

Crawfest 2016 (May 29): 700 lbs of crawfish with all the fixings, all-you-can-drink beers and a souvenir cup are what awaits you at Crawfest 2016. Head over to The Brig in Venice Beach for this fantastic Sunday Funday celebration.

Free Admission to LACMA (May 30): LACMA is offering free admission on Memorial Day to the general public. Unwind from the long weekend and enjoy a day of art (and maybe grab a bite to eat at the adjacent Lemonade while you’re there!) For more information visit

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

L.A. Weekender: Gardens, puppies and brides (oh my!)

Happy Friday! The past couple days have been pretty rainy but we’re looking at perfect Southern California temperatures this weekend, which we’re ready to enjoy! We have a lot happening this weekend at Fairplex (what else is new). Check out what we have in store for you on today’s edition of the L.A. Weekender:

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Big Spring Home & Garden Show (Feb 19-21): If you’ve been meaning to start a new home improvement project or are renovating your home altogether, the Home & Garden Show is a great place to get started. View live demonstrations, attend seminars and get ideas for your next indoor and outdoor projects. For more info, click here.

Public Auction (Feb 19-20): Shop vehicles and motor equipment at the Public Auction this weekend, held on our White Ave. lot. Cars, trucks, vans and other vehicles will be available for sale. For more info, click here.

SoCal Pet Expo (Feb 20-21): It’s pets, pets, pets galore at Fairplex this weekend and we can’t wait! Shop the latest treats, toys and accessories for your animals, watch agility demonstrations, take advantage of the free nail trimming, get discounted vaccinations and even participate in the pet costume contest. If you have been thinking about adopting a new furry friend, adoptions will also be happening all weekend. For more info visit

Gold & Treasure Show (Feb 20-21): Learn to pan for gold, hear lectures on modern day gold hunting techniques and win prizes at the Gold & Treasure Show. Although the gold mining craze may have ended decades ago, there is plenty of gold to be found all over the United States. For more info, click here.

Bride World Expo (Feb 21): Wedding planning can be stressful. Save time, gas and money at the Bride World Expo this weekend. Shop hundreds of photographers, entertainers, florists, gowns, invitation and photo booth vendors in one spot. It’s never too early to start planning! For more info, visit

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

Dogs arrive at Fairplex for Mission Circuit Dog Show

Without a doubt, dogs have, are and will always be man’s best friend!

The Mission Circuit Dog Show, presented by Purina Pro Plan, has finally returned to Fairplex for its annual Memorial Day weekend event. This four-day event runs until Monday and is expected to bring in about 8,000 dogs from over 150 different breeds.

Throughout the day, there will be food vendors and pet supply vendors. There will also be an opportunity for spectators to interact with competitors and learn about the select breeds. Judging begins each day at 9 a.m and runs until about 6:00 p.m, so come on down and join us for this exciting and free event!

For more information visit

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Fairplex Snapshot: Mission Circuit Dog Show

It’s raining dogs at Fairplex this Memorial Day weekend.

We love having guests on our campus, especially when they’re of the furry variety! Dogs dominate this Memorial Day Weekend at the Mission Circuit Dog Show. Thousands of dogs will compete over the course of the weekend, culminating in a ceremony honoring the top dogs on Monday. Dog lovers of every breed will enjoy the sight.

Admission is free, so come on down and check out the action if you have a moment!

What Does Your Dog Really Think of You?

2994 1missioncircuit 150x132 What Does Your Dog Really Think of You?With the annual Mission Circuit Dog Show, presented by Purina Pro Plan, at Fairplex this Memorial Day weekend, there are thousands of dogs on the campus. The multifarious breeds and barking makes me think of P.D. Eastman’s Go, Dog, Go and its boisterous dog party. As a dog lover, it’s hard to sit here and not go out and frolic with our four-legged visitors. But if I did, what would they think of me? Would they think me odd? Would they recognize my playful side that many humans don’t? Would they see just how happy they make me?

According to a story in ScienceDaily, Emory University researchers are scanning dogs’ brains via MRIs to see how they react to their owners’ hand signals. Eventually they hope to be able to determine if dogs have empathy, or if they know when their owners are happy or sad, or just how much language dogs really understand.

Interesting stuff. I know my dog undertands commands, like, “Wednesday, go get your weds 106x150 What Does Your Dog Really Think of You?leash.” Or, “Wednesday, where’s your ball? Go find your ball.” But does she get it when I say, “Wednesday, I had the worst day ever!”? Or, “Wednesday, I’m brain-dead and I can’t think of anything to write for my blog. I need inspiration!”? I think she does.

If you don’t have a dog and are thinking of getting one, or just love to see canines in competition, come out to the Mission Circuit Dog Show this weekend. More than 160 breeds (8,000 dogs total) will be competing Friday – Monday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The So Cal Portuguese Water Dog Agility Trials will also be here. Bring the family. Admission is free.

We’ve Gone to the Dogs!

There will be thousands of dogs on the grounds of Fairplex this weekend (watch your step! jk) for the annual Mission Circuit Dog Show, presented by Pedigree . If you love darlings of the four-legdogshow1 150x150 Weve Gone to the Dogs!ged variety, come and see the more than 160 breeds – and admission is FREE! Look at this cute Briard getting a Briard Blowout before he steps into the ring.

Besides judging of best of breeds, the show features agility testing and there are several vendors selling everything from dog beds to toys to food.

The show is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Memorial Day. Parking is at gate 17 (there is a fee to park).

Vladae, The Russian Dog Wizard, Joins L.A. Pet Fair Line-Up This Weekend

The L.A. Pet Fair, the largest pet expo and sale open to the public, keeps getting bigger and bigger. Three shows – Pet Expo USA, APEX – The Aquarium & Pond Expo, and Reptile Super Show – will be taking over three buildings here at Fairplex, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. One ticket lets you into all three.

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Vladae will be joining other celebrities at Pet Expo USA, including Shorty Rossi of Animal Planet’s “Pit Boss,” Linda Blair, founder of the WorldHeart Foundation; Larry Thomas (the “Soup Nazi” from “Seinfeld”), Mackenzie Phillips, Megan Blake, and Max Wasa. And there will be plenty of four-legged celebrities, too. For more info, check out

APEX – The Aquarium & Pond Expo in Fairplex 7 will be literally a “Water World” with fresh-water, salt-water, and outdoor pond displays. Fish, coral and plants will be available for sale, along with dry goods and equipment. The APEX FinZone has a marine animal touch tank for kids of all ages. More info:

Reptile Super Show in Fairplex 9 offers thousands of lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs along with all the supplies and accessories. More than 200 vendors from all over the world will feature the largest selection of captive-bred reptiles and amphibians. Visitors can learn from experts about breeding reptiles (with eggs hatching during the show). Huge snakes and even a two-headed turtle will be showcased. Find out more at

A two-day pass is available Saturday for $20 for adults, $12 for ages 12 and under. One-day admission is $12 for adults, $8 for ages 12 and under. Attendees will receive a coupon for $5 admission good any weekday of the Fair.

Learn more at or call (619) 281-PETS.