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 www.socalmakercon.com

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 www.nhra.com/tickets

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: www.everybodysbirdmart.com

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: Beer, Quilts, Supercross and RVs at Fairplex

Happy Friday, everyone! Our work day is almost over, but the party is just getting started! Keep reading for a special Fairplex edition of the L.A. Weekender:

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Oktoberfest at Fairplex (Oct 9-10): Oktoberfest 2015 opens tonight and will run every Friday-Saturday from now to Oct. 24. Enjoy refreshing beer, chow down on delicious German food and do the Chicken Dance with your fellow festival goers! In addition to all the traditional music, we’ll also have great cover bands. Queen Nation (Queen Tribute) will take the stage this weekend. For more info or for tickets visit: www.oktoberfestatfairplex.com.

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival (Oct 9-10): The Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival at Fairplex wraps up tomorrow. Join us for a wide variety of sewing, quilting, needle-art and craft supply exhibits from top-quality companies. There’ll be FREE seminars, workshops and daily door prize drawings. Admission is free with online coupon: www.quiltcraftsew.com.

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Red Bull Straight Rhythm (Oct 10): If you’re a fan of extreme sports, you won’t want to miss the Red Bull Straight Rhythm coming to Fairplex this Saturday! This Supercross game changer takes place on a 1/2-mile “unwound” racetrack. No turns, just skill and speed. Over 20 motocross riders go head-to-head in this innovative evolution of Supercross. For more information visit www.redbull.com.

63rd Annual California RV Show (Oct 9-18): The California RV Show is at Fairplex now through Oct.18. Shop for travel products and services, enjoy live music and delicious food, get on the Ferris Wheel for free and hang out with TV stars and sports celebrities! More info at www.thebestrvshow.com.

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 madrigal@fairplex.com. 

October At Fairplex Never Looked So…

…Busy!
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The LA County Fair may be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun is gone! On the contrary, we’re just getting the party started here at Fairplex.

Here are a few of our most diverse events happening at our grounds this month:

OffRoad Expo October At Fairplex Never Looked So...Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo (Oct. 3-4): The Off-Road Expo gathers the greatest collection of off-road companies, parts, equipment, gear and experts ever assembled in America. From off-road racing to rock-crawling, trail riding to sand sports, to motorcycles and ATV’s, to camping and adventure travel ─ you will find the most knowledgeable people in the industry all in one place. More info here: www.offroadexpo.com.

SoCal College Fair October At Fairplex Never Looked So...SoCal College Fair (Oct. 7): Our Fall college fair is coming up next weekweekend. We have everything from ACT/SAT prep to college application essays, plus hundreds of universities and technical schools will be on-site to answer questions. The Fair will be open from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. for student field trips and from 5-8 p.m. for families and the community to come together. Everyone is welcome to visit: www.socalcollegefair.com.

Quilt Craft Sewing Festival October At Fairplex Never Looked So...Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival (Oct. 8-10): At the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival you will find a wide variety of sewing, quilting, needle-art and craft supply exhibits from top-quality companies. Join us for FREE seminars, workshops and daily door prize drawings. Visit Thursday – Saturday. Admission is $10 and is good for all three days or free with an online coupon. More info here: www.quiltcraftsew.com.

Red Bull Straight Rhythm October At Fairplex Never Looked So...Red Bull Straight Rhythm (Oct. 10): Over 20 motocross riders go head-to-head in this innovative evolution of Supercross. The track is essentially “unwound”: No turns, just a half-mile straight rhythm track. Extreme sports lovers will want to check out this event, happening Saturday, October 10. For more information visit www.redbull.com.

Toms Warehouse Sale October At Fairplex Never Looked So...TOMS Warehouse Sale (Oct. 8-11): If you love shopping and great deals, you have to join us at Fairplex for the TOMS Warehouse Sale. For 4 days only, you’ll get up to 60% off TOMS eyewear, handbags, and shoes for men, women, youth and toddlers. For each product you purchase, TOMS will help a person in need. This one-of-a-kind event is all about one-for-one, so help others by doing some shopping! For more information about this event visit: www.tomswarehousesale.com.

3967 1Oktoberfest October At Fairplex Never Looked So...Oktoberfest (Oct. 9-10, 16-17 & 23-24): The annual Oktoberfest celebrations begin October 9! As usual, you can expect giant steins of craft beers, authentic German food, Oom Pa Pa music, games and prizes, Chicken Dances, tribute bands (DSB, Led Zepagain and Queen Nation) and gallons upon gallons of beer. For tickets and more info visit: www.OktoberfestAtFairplex.com.

Color Run October At Fairplex Never Looked So...Color Run (Oct. 24): If you enjoy running and having a good time, then you cannot miss the Color Run at Fairplex. Help us promote healthiness and happiness by participating in the most colorful and “Happiest 5k on the Planet.” Grab your tutus, your friends and your running shoes and we’ll see you at the start line beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. For more information visit: www.thecolorrun.com/pomona.

For a full list of events at Fairplex, visit our Calendar of Events page. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to keep up-to-date with the latest event news, behind-the-scenes footage and giveaways!

Which events are you planning to come to? 

4 Things To Do at Fairplex This Month

Where did January go? 

It seems like only a week ago that we came back to the Fairplex offices and started work again… but time flies when you’re having fun, and the fun never stops here! This month we are offering some great art programs at the Millard Sheets Art Center, plus some other exciting events headed your way. Check it out:

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1. Millard Sheets Adult Art Classes (ongoing): Adult art classes kick off this week but you can join any time! Visit The Learning Centers at Fairplex (TLC) website and sign up for a course in pottery or watercolor painting. Why not try something new this year?  For more information, visit tlcfairplex.org.

2. NHRA Winternationals (Feb. 5-8): It’s pure adrenaline at the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the season is kicking off here with the Winternationals at the Auto Club Raceway! The Winternationals are always an exciting time (not to mention loud) and it’s a must-do for drag racing enthusiasts. Visit the NHRA website to purchase tickets and subscribe to our Fairplex Happenings newsletter for a special promo code!

3. Valentine’s Day at McKinley’s Grille (Feb. 13-15): Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but McKinley’s Grille has you covered. We’re offering a special Valentine’s Day dinner all weekend long that incorporates our freshest fruits and vegetables from The Farm. Visit mckinleysgrille.com for the full menu.

4. Palates & Palettes – Food, wine and paint (Feb. 21): Our second Palates & Palettes party is on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Millard Sheets Art Center. Escape to Piemonte, Italy for a night and learn how to paint while enjoying wine and food pairings in theme with Italian culture. For more information and to RSVP your spot, visit tlcfairplex.org.

Other events: Aside from our own events we have a lot of fun things coming through Fairplex all month long. The Insane Inflatable 5K, SoCal Pet Spectacular, free family art workshops and Quinceanera Expo are just a few more events we’re having at Fairplex in February. Can’t wait!

To see a full list of events, visit us at fairplex.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Fairplex Weekend Recap: NHRA Finals

Drag racing history was made this weekend at Fairplex as Erica Enders-Stevens became the first woman to win an NHRA Pro Stock world championship title in the final round of the Auto Club NHRA Finals.

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This weekend’s race marked Enders-Stevens’ sixth victory of the season. She joins her heroes and friends Top Fuel champion Shirley Muldowney and three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle winner Angelle Sampey as the third woman to win a world championship in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Other winners include Matt Hagan, who took the Funny Car world championship title, Andrew Hines in Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship, Morgan Lucas for Top Fuel race champion and Hector Arana Jr. who claimed the Pro Stock Motorcycle win. Read the full weekend recap here.

Congratulations to all the winners this weekend and we look forward to kicking off the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season in February!

For more information about NHRA and the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series visit nhra.com. For more information about Fairplex and the Auto Club Raceway visit fairplex.com.

L.A. Weekender: Keeping it local

We enjoyed the peace and quiet at Fairplex last weekend, but things are revving up again this weekend with the NHRA Finals and a brand new art show. We decided to keep this L.A. Weekender local, celebrating the events and happenings in our IE community. Keep reading to see what’s happening:

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Auto Club Raceway NHRA Finals (Nov. 14-16):  The 50th Annual Auto Club Raceway NHRA Finals are at Fairplex through Sunday. The historic Auto Club Raceway (part of Fairplex campus) will be showcasing the best of the best in drag racing this weekend in the always-exciting Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Tailgate, watch and cheer, and get in on all the action. Visit nhra.com for details.

Artists for Art’s Sake (Nov. 15 – Dec. 19): This Saturday is the opening reception Artists for Art’s Sake, a month-long art exhibition at the newly renovated Millard Sheets Art Center. Hundreds of works will be available for purchase to art patrons who are looking to expand their own collections or purchase gifts for the holiday season. Works including drawings, paintings, photography and mixed media, donated by talented artists. This fundraising exhibition benefits the art education programs of The Learning Centers at Fairplex. For more information, visit tlcfairplex.org.

Holiday Crafts Session (Nov. 14):Mothership Scrapbook Gal is helping you get a head start on holiday shopping and decor with their Holiday Crafts Session. Enjoy wine, yummy appetizers and crafts. Make 10 gift tags for your holiday presents and create a beautiful table centerpiece. For more information, click here.

Santa’s Arrival (Nov. 14): If you’re the type of person who thinks Christmas music shouldn’t start playing until at least a week after Thanksgiving, steer clear of Victoria Gardens this weekend, because Santa Claus is coming to town! Take the kids to the traditional tree lighting, a magical snowfall, fireworks and of course, the opportunity to meet Santa at the all new Adventure to Santa attraction. Event begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the Victoria Gardens website.

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 tanji@fairplex.com

Drag racing at Fairplex + NHRA Finals Giveaway [Contest closed]

Southern California has long been regarded as the birthplace of drag racing, and the historic Auto Club Raceway at Fairplex plays an integral role in the story.

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The Auto Club Raceway at Pomona is the oldest venue on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series circuit, and has been the home of the Auto Club NHRA Finals for 30 years! The Raceway was originally built in the early 60s as a way to encourage safe street racing.

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What began as a simple dirt parking lot with an asphalt strip down the middle, and bleachers holding less than 300 spectators, has grown into a 1,320-ft racing strip where thousands of fans gather for the WinterNationals and Auto Club NHRA Finals every year. Fairplex is proud to be a unique part of the racing industry.

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Win two tickets to the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Fairplex!

We are giving away two Auto Club NHRA Finals tickets + two NHRA seat cushions for this weekend’s racing event. To enter, leave a comment telling us why you want to attend the drag races. Winner announced Thursday at 3 p.m. PST.

Good luck!

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Opening Weekend of Oktoberfest

Fairplex campus buzzed with fun this weekend! Keep reading to see what went down:

Oktoberfest Opening Weekend 

Oktoberfest at Fairplex opened this weekend to a crowd 10,000 guests, dead set on eating, drinking and being merry. And merry they were!

Oktoberfest at Fairplex 

In the Festhalle, The Rheinlanders Oom-Pah-Pah band carried guests through an evening of the Chicken Dance, conga lines and beer chugging contests. Meanwhile, guests in the courtyard rocked out with Journey tribute band DSB, played carnival games and chowed down on German fare (and King Taco.)

An enticing array of bratwurst, hamburgers, chicken and hot dogs were served, accompanied by sauerkraut, grilled onions and grilled bell peppers for toppings. Huge pretzels and thick cut Belgian fries were the perfect pairing for all the beer being consumed…

AMA Pro Flat Track Finals 

Meanwhile, the AMA Pro Flat Track Finals were taking place at the Grandstand Saturday night. From our view at Oktoberfest, we could see clouds of dust and hear the roar of engines late into the evening.

AMA Pro Flat Track Finals 

A special congratulations to Jared Mees for claiming his second career overall Grand National Championship this past weekend! You can read the full recap of the night’s events on the AMA website.

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival 

Returning to Fairplex for the 20th year in a row, the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival welcomed crafters of all ages to three days of creative workshops, seminars and shopping of the most up-to-date sewing, crafting, quilting and needlework tools.

Other events
Other events at Fairplex this weekend included the 62nd annual California RV Show, who kicked off their nine-day run at our White Avenue lot, the Pomona Home Improvement Show and the Best of the Best Martial Arts Championship Tournament.

Just another typical busy weekend on our campus! Up next? The Ramen Yokocho Festival, Moon Block Party and Round 2 of Oktoberfest. Cheers!

Did you attend any events at Fairplex this weekend? Share your experience in the comments section below or tag us on Instagram: @fairplex.  

L.A. Weekender: Oktoberfest at Fairplex

It’s going to be another warm weekend at Fairplex, but thankfully most of our events are in the evening when we finally get to experience a little fall weather. It’s going to be busy over here and we can’t wait! Keep reading for this week’s edition of the L.A. Weekender:

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Oktoberfest at Fairplex: Oktoberfest 2014 opens tonight and will run every Friday-Sunday from now to October 27th. Stop by for some beer (in giant steins, of course), bratwurst and lively renditions of the Chicken Dance. If you tire of oom-pah-pah, we also have fabulous tribute bands playing on our outdoor stage, starting this weekend with DSB (Journey cover band.) Prost! www.oktoberfestatfairplex.com.

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival: The Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival at Fairplex wraps up tomorrow. We recommend our crafty and creative readres to stop by from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. for free seminars and workshops and check out the latest machines and supplies for quilting, embossing, needle art and other crafty activities. Admission is free with online coupon: http://bit.ly/1t2UNbY

AMA Flat Track Finals: If quilting and crafting are a little too quiet for your taste, check out the AMA Pro Track Finals this Saturday at our Grandstand! It’s the final round in the AMA Pro National Championships and is highlighted by unique motorcycle themed activities and competitions. Visit www.fairplex.com for more information.

Pomona Art Walk: Head over to downtown Pomona for the bi-monthly Art Walk. Many shops, restaurants and galleries stay open. Dozens of galleries also feature artist receptions. For more information visit www.downtownpomona.org.

Kings vs. Jets: The Dodgers and the Angels may be out of postseason MLB, but hockey season is back! Catch the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center as they compete against the Winnipeg Jets this Sunday at 7 p.m.! Tickets available here.

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

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Straight Rhythm and Off-Roading

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly our campus flips for events. Just last weekend our campus was filled with carnival rides, food and shopping vendors and animals. In less than a week, we have changed hats from the Los Angeles County Fair to the host of an exciting, dirt-filled playground for off-road experts and enthusiasts.

Gayle Anderson and KTLA cover the Off-Road Expo

Off-road demos, Rubicon trail ride alongs, motocross trials and an RC demo track are just some of the activities the Off-Road Expo offered to fans as young as five to as old as 52.

Meanwhile, Red Bull took over our historic Auto Club Raceway for the debut of the evolutionary Straight Rhythm races, where dozens of motocross pros went head-to-head in a competition comprised of speed and daring on a 1/2-mile long track.

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James Stewart and Marvin Musquin took the winning titles for the day. The inaugural Straight Rhythm event welcomed back motocross/supercross pro Travis Pastrana of Nitro Circus, returning after a five-year hiatus from the sport.

Just another weekend here at Fairplex! We can’t wait to kick-off Oktoberfest this Friday, not to mention all the other exciting things we have in store. Keep reading for updates on all our events.