Fairplex Snapshot: Fall in The Farm

Fall in The Farm — our celebration of all things American agriculture — has expanded rapidly over the past few years.

During our first year, we had a handful of chicks and 2-3 rabbits who called The Farm home. Now our farm family has grown to take over several of the old horse barns, and includes turkeys, turkens, chicks, hens and dozens of rabbits, not to mention koi fish and turtles in our above-ground pond.

New activities included cow milking demonstrations, a turkey calling contest and beer brewing. We also saw the return of gardening workshops, rope making, corn grinding, healthy cooking demos, tours of our Farm, and a number of interactive exhibits thanks to our community partners.

All in all, it was an incredibly successful event, and we look forward to meeting more of our surrounding neighbors in the future!

To learn more about The Farm at Fairplex, click here.

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Celebrating Dia de los Muertos at En Memoria

What a fun weekend at Fairplex! From our first ever Dia de los Muertos celebration (En Memoria), to the freaktacular spectacle that was Lagunitas Beer Circus, to the family fun at Fall in the Farm, the fun was truly non-stop.

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! Here are some of our favorites:

En Memoria
Hop contest, lowrider displays, unique altars, delicious food, live music and beautiful weather made our first event a wonderful success! Thanks to all who joined us in our Dia de los Muertos celebrations — already looking forward to next year.








Lagunitas Beer Circus
Shout-out to the Lagunitas Brewing Co. for bringing such a crazy, colorful event to Fairplex! Guests sampled delicious craft beer while enjoying live music and circus acts all day long. (P.S. Proceeds from beer pours went towards The Learning Centers at Fairplex!)




Fall in The Farm
We continued to enjoy gorgeous fall weather on Sunday at Fall in the Farm! Our celebration of all things agriculture included cow milking demonstrations, turkey calling contests, workshops in gardening, floral arrangements and egg hatching, booths from 20+ community partners, olive oil and tea tasting, visits with our resident farm animals and much more.

This event has only continued to grow over the years and we look forward to continued partnerships with the local community in the future!  





All in all, a successful weekend at Fairplex, using all parts of our diverse campus. To see what’s coming up next, visit us at Fairplex.com.

Don’t forget to share your Fairplex experiences with us on social media by tagging @fairplex and using #fairplex in your posts!

November at Fairplex

Hello November at Fairplex! We’re kicking off the month in a very festive way, with THREE events planned for the community on this first weekend. From tasty libations to cow milking demonstrations, there’s something for everyone. Keep reading to see what we have in store for you this month:

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En Memoria (Nov. 4): We’re launching our first ever Dia de los Muertos celebration this Saturday! This unique event includes a community altar where guests can leave photos of their loved ones, delicious food, live music, a lowrider exhibition and hop contest. Tickets & additional information available at mipocola.com!

Fairplex Events Lagunitas coverphoto 1024x512 November at FairplexLagunitas Beer Circus (Nov. 4): The Lagunitas Brewing Co. is bringing a beer circus to Fairplex! Enjoy two stages of wild entertainment, live music, a costume contest and more! Tickets include one free beer pour. There will be plenty of refreshing libations to sample. Proceeds from additional beer purchases will go towards The Learning Centers at Fairplex. Tickets & additional information available here.

Untitled design 3 November at FairplexFall in The Farm (Nov. 5): We’re celebrating all things agriculture this Sunday at The Farm at Fairplex! Guests of all ages are welcome to attend this free event. Some of our activities include live cooking demonstrations, gardening workshops, turkey calling contests, rope making, crafts, games and more! Click here for more information.

Fairplex Events NHRA ig2 300x300 November at Fairplex53rd Auto Club NHRA Finals (Nov. 9-12): The Mello Yello Drag Racing Series comes to a dramatic finish at the historic Auto Club Raceway at Fairplex!

Come see the pros do their thing in the Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle races. For more information, click here.

Other events: Pomona Home Improvement & Remodeling Show (Nov. 3-5), Fairplex Garden Railroad Public Run (Nov. 12), RailGiants Train Museum Public Run (Nov. 11-12), Residential Turf Removal Training (Nov. 11-18) and Souper Bowl Fundraiser (Nov. 16)

For more information on all of these events, give us a visit at Fairplex.com!

Fairplex Snapshot: Farm Crops

One of the best parts about having an urban farm in Los Angeles County? The weather is pretty warm all year long, meaning we always have crops in season.

Menus at our hotel restaurant, McKinley’s Grille, and our catering offerings at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center are based on which crops are in season at The Farm.

Depending on the season, field trip students will be able to see an abundance of vegetables and fruits — pumpkins, egg plants, chilis, carrots, peppers, olives, apples etc — growing in our five-acre space.

For more information about The Farm at Fairplex, click here!

Pomona Foundation Field Trip at Fairplex

Yesterday we had the pleasure of hosting a field trip for Pomona families! We partnered with the Pomona Library Foundation‘s Summer Field Trip program and provided tours of The Farm at Fairplex and NHRA Motorsports Museum.

Fairplex TLC fieldtrip 1024x764 Pomona Foundation Field Trip at Fairplex A total of 52 people joined us for the day. These families are a part of the Pomona Library’s after-school tutoring sessions and each summer they go on a series of field trips around LA County.

We are proud to be part of such a great program. We had a lot of fun sharing knowledge about urban farming and the history of the Southern California auto industry with our community. Our volunteers and staff alike really enjoyed connecting with our local children and parents.

Special thanks to Dr. Perlman, Councilmember Gonzalez and our volunteers for making this event possible! We hope our guests had an educational and memorable day with us.

Learning Opportunities in The Farm at Fairplex

Ever since our five-acre expansion, The Farm at Fairplex has served as a real-life classroom for students of all ages. Keep reading to see what programs you can join this summer:

Photo Mar 15 9 42 17 AM 300x225 Learning Opportunities in The Farm at Fairplex Farm Field Trips: K-12 students are invited to take a field trip to The Farm. Students have the opportunity to learn about urban farming, animals, crops, product and farm economics, and the importance of nutritious, wholesome food. It’s a great way to introduce students to California’s rich agricultural past!

All our field trips include educational hands-on activities and are aligned with California Core Common Standards. For more information on our field trips, including registration info, availability and cost, click here.

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Residents can learn how to remove turf from their yard and replace it with drought-tolerant plants. Topics include design considerations, soil preparation, irrigation systems and garden maintenance.

Classes are FREE, but registration is required. Choose between Friday, July 21, 6 – 8:30 p.m. or Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Click here to register.

For more information on The Farm at Fairplex, including upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and our history, visit us at Fairplex.com/Farm.

New Crops in The Farm at Fairplex!

Our summer crops are doing great in The Farm at Fairplex! Five acres of fruits, vegetables and herbs, and our team is busy harvesting already. Take a look at what we’ve been up to over the past few weeks:

Our Farm team has been busy drying a number of fruits and vegetables for future use. The combi ovens are being used to dry peaches and nectarines, which will eventually be used for chili sauce and chili peach chips.

Fairplex Farm peaches New Crops in The Farm at Fairplex! We’re also drying radishes, white turnips, daikon and Nero Tondo radishes. We’re soaking them in a simple marinade of teriyaki sauce, red wine vinegar, tumeric, cayenne pepper flakes and leftover peach and nectarine juice from our previous efforts at slicing and dying. Delicious!

Fairplex Farm radishes New Crops in The Farm at Fairplex!

Fairplex Farm peppers 225x300 New Crops in The Farm at Fairplex! In our nursery we’re growing a variety of herbs and vegetables: peppers, eggplants, cinnamon yams, sweet, purple, cinnamon Thai and lemon basil, chives and others.

We’ll be selling them to the public for $1.50 each! The Farm will be open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. but please call us first at (909) 630-6965 to ensure availability.

These are just a few of the activities happening in The Farm right now. Add to that our Farm Dinners, the chickens, rabbits, turkey and quail, not to mention our preparations for the Fair and we have a full plate! Check back soon for more updates on our urban farm, or you can learn more at fairplex.com/farm!

Field Trips on The Farm

We started hosting field trips in The Farm a couple years ago and haven’t stopped since!

This week we had the pleasure of hosting Upland High School students. It was fun to see them explore our urban farm and learn more about agriculture, horticulture and the culinary industry.

Fairplex TLC FieldTrips cooking4 1024x768 Field Trips on The Farm Our very own Chef David Teig took time out of his day to teach students on the importance of good food, and taught them how to make Farm vegetable pizzas using our Farm kitchen facilities.

All in all, a fun day for everyone!

To learn more about our Farm Field Trip offerings, click here.

Fairplex Weekender: So Cal BBQ Bash & more

The warm weather is back this weekend! Soak in the sun’s rays and check out one (or more!) of these events happening at Fairplex this weekend:

pexels photo 30 1024x682 Fairplex Weekender: So Cal BBQ Bash & more 48th District Schools’ Agriculture & Nutrition Fair (May 19 & 20): The annual 48th District Schools’ Ag & Nutrition Fair is ending this weekend. We recommend checking it out while you’re here! See thousands of student exhibits and projects about the importance of agriculture and nutrition in everyday life. Admission is FREE. More info available at Fairplex.com.

So Cal BBQ Bash & Expo (May 20): We’re very excited to welcome the So Cal BBQ Bash & Expo to Fairplex this Saturday! Sample all the delicious BBQ competition entries, listen to live music, attend cooking demos and workshops and sip on ice cold craft beer (for the 21+ crowd!) Kids 11 & under get in free — and there are plenty of fun kids’ activities for them to enjoy. For more information, including tickets, hours and a schedule of events, visit SoCalBBQBash.com.

SoCal Sports Club Soccer Game (May 20): The Southern California Sports Club returns to The Fields at Fairplex to play against the City of Angels FC Saturday night. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. More info here.

SoCal MFA Exhibition Opening Reception (May 20):The SoCal MFA Exhibition at the Millard Sheets Art Center features nearly 50 MFA students from San Diego to Santa Barbara in varying media. We invite you to join us for the opening reception on Saturday night, beginning at 6 p.m. The exhibition is open May 20 – June 10 on weekends; admission is free. For more information regarding our MFA exhibition click here.

Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K (May 21): Closing out the weekend is the Los Angeles Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K on Sunday morning. While registration is closed now, you can learn more about the American Brain Tumor Association and their other events here.

That covers just about everything happening on our campus this weekend! Like we said earlier this week, May is a busy month for us and we’re excited to get going. Remember to tag @fairplex and use #fairplex to share your experiences with us on social media. See you soon!