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.

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3 Unique Event Spaces at Fairplex

With Pinterest weddings and high-tech conferences a plenty, it can be hard to make your event stand out from the rest. Choosing the right venue is a major key to event production success.

We understand this at Fairplex, and strive to make our 487-acre campus a unique, customized space for you.Our unique spaces include:

3 Unique Event Spaces at Fairplex

The Farm at FairplexOur five-acre Farm is ideal for weddings and dinners. In fact, we host monthly Farm at Fairplex dinners with McKinley’s Grille, using ingredients selected straight from the farm itself.

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Picnic Hill: Overlooking Fairplex, Picnic Hill is a quaint, grassy hilltop situated directly behind the Timber Mountain Slide (active during the LA County Fair), and overlooks the Grandstand and Atrium. This is a great spot for group picnics, small weddings and BBQs.

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Wine, Spirits, Beer & Olive Oil Marketplace: During Fairtime, this place buzzes with wine tasting classes, sake, beer and olive pourings, and the aroma of delicious food. During “off-season” months, clients can rent this place out for networking events, holiday parties etc.

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These are just some of the unique spaces we offer for your event. To learn more about all of our event spaces, visit us at FairplexEvents.com!


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Save on tickets for Celtic Faire!

Jousting, dancing, eating, shopping, sheep herding… we seriously can’t wait for Celtic Faire next weekend! It’s one of our favorite events of the year and we’re giving you the hook up for discount tickets:

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Receive 50% off your ticket purchase when you buy two (a.k.a buy one, get one). We’re hosting this offer on Groupon, LivingSocial and Goldstar, whichever one you prefer!

Keep in mind this is a limited-time offer, but you can still purchase tickets upon arrival at the event.

For more information on Celtic Faire, including entertainment, food & drink options, hours of operation and more, visit celticfaireatfairplex.com.


5 Things You Need to Know for the 2016 Asian American Expo

AAX performers 300x199 5 Things You Need to Know for the 2016 Asian American ExpoThe Asian American Expo comes to Fairplex this weekend to celebrate the Lunar New Year! We plan on eating tons of good food, shop a little (or a lot), and watch live entertainment all weekend long. If you plan on joining us, there are a few things you should know before attending: 

1. It’s the Year of the Monkey. According to the Chinese zodiac, this is the year of the monkey. The monkey symbolizes cleverness in Chinese culture and is often viewed as a powerful and protective figure in mythological tales. The Lunar New Year is only a few weeks away so welcome the Year of the Monkey in style with us!

2. Grab a red bag. Upon entering you will likely be offered a red bag. Take it. Red symbolizes good luck and you’ll definitely want something to carry all your acquired food, goodies and free swag in!

3. Know your options. The Asian American Expo spans several of our exhibition halls and a good portion of the grounds so it’s easy to miss some of the best entertainment. Check the schedule for eating contests, dance and music shows, Anime Impulse happenings and of course, all the food and craft beer options available.

4. Arrive with an empty stomach. You’ll want to leave plenty of room in your stomach for noodles, sushi, dumplings, desserts and beverages while you’re here! Arrive like you’re planning to devour all three meals at once (because you most likely will!)

5. Buy pre-sale. Avoid the lines and purchase tickets online. That way all you have to do is show up to the entrance and you’ll be set for your day with us. Check the Asian American Expo website for ticket purchase details.

That’s it! We hope you’ll join us this weekend. Make sure to tag @fairplex in all your Twitter and Instagram photos and you might see your content featured on our social media channels!

For more info on the Asian American Expo, including activities, ticket prices, operating hours and more, visit aaexpo.com.

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 www.missioncircuit.com

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3 Things to Do at Fairplex (L.A. Weekender)

It’s time for our L.A. Weekender – Fairplex edition. It’s going to be crazy but memorable this weekend. Walking around the campus this morning we saw green galore in one corner, pop culture art in the gallery and quilts, crafts and sewing in our expo halls. Can’t wait!

3 Things to Do at Fairplex This Weekend

IrishFestLogo NODATE Color 3 Things to Do at Fairplex (L.A. Weekender) IrishFest: IrishFest goes all weekend long at Fairplex and we are so excited to see you git yer green on with us. Carnival rides, great food, green beer, cover bands, Celtic groups, Irish cultural activities and more are exploding on our grounds. Tickets are only $5 so stop on by! Friday, March 7th – Sunday, March 9th. To purchase tickets and view additional information please visit www.irishfestatfairplex.com.

ArtReach: The Art of Pop Culture: Next door at the Millard Sheets Arts Center, our annual regional high school art show debuts Friday evening. Patrons of the arts are invited to attend our special opening reception and awards ceremony for our local high school students. 250 pieces will be on display including sculptures, ceramics, paintings, film and photography, all commenting on the influence of pop culture on society. For more information click here.

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Expo: This expo features a wide variety of sewing, quilting, needle-art and craft supply exhibits and includes free seminars and workshops. Essentially, it is a quilters paradise. Visit Thursday – Saturday. Admission is $10 and is good for all three days. For more information click here.

Are you coming to any of our events this weekend? Let us know in the comments 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

Grand National Roadster Show at Fairplex

Things are b u s y at Fairplex this weekend, which is exactly how we like it. Thanks to the 65th Grand National Roadster Show, our expo halls are filled with shiny, carefully restored cars and motorcycles from decades past.

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Our streets are lined with food vendors selling burgers, hot dogs, sweet treats, beer and other delicious items while a North American Eagle Land Speed racer, one of the fastest land vehicle in the world, sits in all it’s glory at the center of the show. There is plenty of entertainment lined up, including live bands, trophy girl contests and the annual model cars contest. If you’re a car enthusiast it’s worth your while to drive on over and check out the splendor.

Grand National Roadsters is the longest running indoor car show in the world. We took a quick walk through the place before it opened. Here is a snapshot of just a few of the things we found:

You can check out more photos on our Facebook page. Hope you can make it out this weekend! The party goes from Friday – Sunday, January 24th – 26, 2014. To purchase tickets, click here.  

Closed: Asian American Expo Giveaway

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In celebration of the Lunar New Year we are giving away a Family Four-Pack of tickets to the 33rd annual Asian American Expo at Fairplex!

A rich blend sights, sounds and smells will greet you as you enter our campus. Dancers, magicians, Taiko drummers, musical acts and martial art demonstrations fill the expo halls and outdoor walkways amid row upon row of specialty retail vendors and Asian foods.

The two-day celebration opens on Saturday, January 18th. For additional information on the event, visit www.asianamericanexpo.com 


To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below, telling us what events you are most looking forward to this year at Fairplex. The winner will be announced on Friday, January 10th at 2 p.m. PST.

Good luck and Happy New Year!

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! 

L.A. Weekender: Holiday half marathon, Festival of Carols, Santa Claus and boats

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How is already the middle of December? The holiday festivities are out in full force and whether you like it or not, you’ll most likely be spending at least a few days out celebrating the end of the year.

If you want to stay home wrapped in a warm Snuggie we totally commend that. But for those of you who are digging the Christmas tunes and the abundance of gingerbread houses, you’re in for a great weekend.

Holiday Half Marathon (and 5k):The annual Holiday Half Marathon is happening this Sunday at Fairplex. The course gives runners a beautiful view of the surrounding hills and mountains and a behind-the-scenes view of our scenic campus. After you’ve beasted the 13.1 trek you can celebrate at our Holiday Finish Line Festival. If a half-marathon sounds like the equivalent of scaling Mt. Everest to you, opt for the Holiday 5k Fun Run or the take the kids on the 1 mile Penguin Waddle on Saturday, December 14th.  Register at runholidayhalf.com

Festival of Carols: Take a trip to the beautiful Disney Concert Hall and treat yourself to an afternoon of classic carols sung by one of the best choirs in the world. It is a long-standing L.A. tradition that celebrates musical talent and merits an appearance by Santa Claus himself. The concert begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Additional information can be found at www.lamc.org 

Holiday Concert on the Pier: If you’re in the South Bay/Westside of town, head over to Redondo Beach this Saturday for the third annual holiday concert on the pier. Enjoy a hot cup of cocoa and a beautiful view of the ocean as Santa Claus comes to town for an afternoon of songs, games and photos. Don’t forget to bring an unwrapped gift valued at $5 or more for the toy donation! Additional information can be found here.

Marina Del Rey Boat Parade: Tis’ the season to bling your boat up. The 51st annual Marina Del Rey Boat Parade brings dozens of boats through the Marina decked out in elaborate lights and decor, and emanating pure holiday cheer. A traditional fireworks display starts the evening off this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Grab some blankets and your favorite people, and enjoy this fun parade.

Luminaria Nights: The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont transforms into a twinkling wonderland on Friday and Saturday nights for their seasonal Luminaria events. These evening walks feature live acoustic music, delicious cookies and hot cider as you walk along paths, guided by thousands of candle-lit lanterns on the Indian Hill Mesa. Visit any time between 6 – 9 p.m. this weekend. Additional information can be found here.

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