5 Reasons to Attend Asian American Expo 2018

The Asian American Expo is at Fairplex this weekend! Celebrate the Year of the Dog with us at this unique cultural event. Here are some things we’re looking forward to this year:

5 Reasons to Attend Asian American Expo 2018

 5 Reasons to Attend Asian American Expo 20181. The food: The Asian American Expo is a foodie’s paradise when it comes to Asian cuisine. Choose from a wide variety of options: noodles, fried foods, steamed foods, sweet treats and more, hailing from a number of countries like Japan, China, Thailand and Korea. We approach the Asian Expo like we do the LA County Fair: with empty stomachs and the goal of trying as many things as possible.

Fairplex Events BlushCon makeupstock 300x199 5 Reasons to Attend Asian American Expo 20182. Blushcon: New this year is Blushcon, a celebration of all things youth & beauty.

If makeup is your thing, you won’t want to miss out on meeting some of the biggest YouTube and Instagram influencers in the industry, along with makeup tips & tricks, business how-to’s and more.

Check out a full list of meet & greets, guests, panel sessions and more here.

Fairplex Events AnimeImpulse pokemon 300x168 5 Reasons to Attend Asian American Expo 20183. Pokémon everywhere: Anime Impulse returns for another year at the Asian American Expo! One of the first cons of 2018, Anime Impulse is cosplay galore, along with card game tournaments, photo opps, an Itasha car show, live music, a fashion show, vendors and more.

New this year: Anime Impulse is attempting to set the new Guinness World Record for “Largest Gathering of Pokemon Cosplayers.” All guests are invited to dress up and help make this possible! There are rules for this one, so make sure you check them out here.

Fairplex Events AsianExpo dancers 300x200 5 Reasons to Attend Asian American Expo 20184. The culture: The Asian American Expo celebrates a variety of cultures and traditions. Check out dance performances, martial art demonstrations, art, food and shopping from numerous countries in Asia.

5. Fire Instagrams: Multicultural food, intricate cosplay, celebrities, a beauty con, live entertainment at every corner — whatever your IG aesthetic, there are photo opportunities everywhere. Don’t miss out!

Come and experience it all for yourself this weekend at Fairplex! The expo is open Jan. 13 & 14 (Saturday/Sunday) from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tickets include access to all events listed above. For more info visit AsianAmericanExpo.com!

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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5 Reasons We Love the Asian American Expo

For us, January just doesn’t feel like January without the Asian American Expo. This event has grown and evolved year after year, and we can honestly say this is looking like the best one yet. Here’s why:

5 Reasons We Love the Asian American Expo

Fairplex Events AsianExpo sashimi 292x300 5 Reasons We Love the Asian American Expo 1. The Food: Ramen noodles, dumplings, fried foods, steamed foods, desserts galore… we approach the Asian Expo like we do the LA County Fair, with empty stomachs and the mindset to try everything. Or at least try… the food selection is pretty huge.

2. Anime Impulse: Anime Impulse fuses the world of anime and video games into one. VIP parties, celebrity appearances, eSports, cosplay, artist alleys, vendors, panels, and a car show make this one of the brightest, liveliest sections of the Expo.

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Photo Credit: Anime Impulse

3. Huge discounts: The Silk Show Sample Sale brings fashion brands to the Asian Expo, offering clothe and accessories at 50-80% off retail price. We definitely plan on checking out the STEP & Repeat sneaker convention while they’re here.

Fairplex Events AsianExpo performance 300x200 5 Reasons We Love the Asian American Expo 4. Culture: One of the best parts of the Asian American Expo is that it brings a variety of cultures and traditions together under one roof. From Japan to China to Korea and beyond, there are plenty of dance and martial art performances, art, food and vendors to see.

5. Instagram: The Asian American Expo is prime Instagram content. From delicious foodie shots to videos of the eating contests, it’s almost impossible to not want to capture it all on your feed. Follow @fairplex for pics, videos and live footage.

Come and experience it all for yourself this weekend at Fairplex! The expo is open Jan. 14 & 15 (Saturday/Sunday) from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more info visit AAExpo.com.

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:

animal dog pet cute 1024x682 L.A. Weekender: Gardens, puppies and brides (oh my!) The SoCal Pet Expo is coming to Fairplex this weekend! 

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 socalpetexpo.com.

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 brideworld.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 tanji@fairplex.com

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Asian American Expo

We were b u s y this weekend at Fairplex! Check out what our campus looked like:

Asian American Expo
We kicked things off with the Asian American Expo and it. was. packed. It seems like everywhere you went there was something to eat, buy or do.

We had a blast checking out the cosplay at Anime Impulse, watching guests chow down on fried squid, noodles and desserts of every kind, and clapping along with audiences captivated by Taiko drummers, Tahitian dancers, martial arts demonstrations and more in the expo halls.

On top of that, the Expo also featured several live musical performances, DJ sets and a sample clothing sale.

It was impossible to be bored for a single second and we are already looking forward to next year’s Lunar New Year celebrations!

Pomona Swap Meet
Literally hours after the first night of Asian American Expo came to a close, car enthusiasts started rolling in for the monthly Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show.

Photo Cred: @skanlouz_1996

As always, guests shopped parts for their current auto projects, showed off their classic cars and enjoyed food and drinks with fellow visitors. Thankfully it wasn’t raining so we enjoyed a sunny Sunday on all sides of campus.

We’re taking a slight breather today but it won’t be long before we’re making preparations for the Grand National Roadster Show. Hope your weekend was as fun as ours was!

For more information on Fairplex events, visit Fairplex.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.

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Three festivals, one campus

It was another rockin’ weekend at Fairplex!

We had not one, not two, but three festivals happening at Fairplex, all at the same time. We stopped by on Saturday to see how things were going:

ramen 225x300 Fairplex Weekend Recap: Three festivals, one campus We started the day off at the Ramen Yokocho Festival. Inside Expo Hall 4 we found a beautiful car show, the Doraemon art exhibit and folks chowing down on bowls of Ramen (of course.) All the Ramen vendors were situated outside and the entire walkway was full of the delicious scent of noodle broth.

Of course we had to try some for ourselves.

Next up: Moon Block Party. This festival brought music fans of all ages together for a full one-day festival that included rock bands like The Black Lips and Band of Skulls to our infield. There were art displays, clothing and jewelry vendors and food trucks too. Spoon closed out the night with style to an adoring crowd.

Last but not least, we stopped by our own Oktoberfest. Weekend #2 was even more lively (if that’s possible) than last week. If you weren’t doing the Chicken Dance with The Rheinlanders inside then you were probably rocking out to Led Zepagain in the courtyard.

It was fun to see such diverse events at Fairplex this weekend. From the artsy folks at Moon Block Party to the families enjoying themselves at the Ramen Festival to the partygoers at Oktoberfest, it seemed like everyone had a great time.

The fun doesn’t slow down for us any time soon — We have our final Oktoberfest celebration (Oct. 24-26) and The Color Run (Oct. 25) coming up, and then it’s time to celebrate Halloween in the form of the HARD Day of the Dead EDM festival (Nov. 1 – 2.)

Thank you for coming out and joining us this weekend! We hope to see your faces again soon!

Event Industry News: 3-D tattoos, a giant smartphone and veggie cocktail trends


Augmented reality tattoos: While some tattoos are intricate, detailed and captivating, they are motionless. 2-D. Except for when you put a screen in front of them. Alison Bennett’s “Shifting Skin” exhibit displayed photos of tattoos and used several layers of augmented reality to transform body art into a 3-D experience.

Gallery guests only need to hold up a tablet in front of a photo and the tattoo would stretch and morph into a 3-D object. Bennett used a program called Aurasma to achieve this effect. Aurasma will be incorporated into an element of the L.A. County Fair as well (sans tattoos.) Mashable posted a video showing how the exhibit works.

Samsung’s giant phone: “Handheld device” is a bit of a stretch when it comes to Samsung’s Galaxy Mega phone. It is exactly what it sounds like: The latest version of the Samsung Galaxy (rivaling, and in many ways excelling against the iPhone), is a 6.3-inch giant of the original.

The phone arrives in  U.S. stores on August 23 of this year. While the Galaxy S4 still trumps the Mega in terms of power and display quality, the Mega will be useful for those who don’t like smaller screens (and by default text, photos, video etc.) and for those who find the touch screen tedious to use.

Drink your veggies: HotelChatter listed the top cocktail trends of the month, the leader being vegetable-infused cocktails. Several hotel bars have created drinks with kale, celery, arugula, spinach, apples and the health list goes on.

Event Industry News: Fashion = art museum

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Fashion = art museum: Fashion label Guess is known for its jeans. And now for its art. The brains behind the brand–Maurice and Paul Marciano, plan to renovate the vacant Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Wilshire Ave. and transform it into a mecca of contemporary art.  The temple was designed by Millard Sheets, whom the L.A. Times calls “one of Southern California’s best-known designers” and who we at Fairplex call an influential component of the L.A. County Fair.

Millard Sheets served as the director of Fine Arts for 25 years at the L.A. County Fair and played a huge role in developing the first major gallery dedicated solely to art in Los Angeles County–now known as the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts at Fairplex.

As the Marcianos begin to move their extensive private art collection into the building, they plan to keep Sheets’ original architectural design.

U.S. Open ends with violent finale: The Vans U.S. Open of Surfing event came to a close on Sunday in Huntington Beach. The event itself was a smashing success: guests flocked to-and-fro from BMX and surfing competitions to vendors to restaurants and bars. But as the event came to a close last night, riots broke out. Large crowds began turning over porta-potties, fighting, and even smashing store windows and robbing retailers. Police are still trying to identify what started the riot.

Oh, Chipotle: In a marketing stunt for it’s 20th anniversary (7/25), Chipotle fake-hacked its own Twitter account, garnering thousands of new followers and even more retweets of the hack posts. A number of bizarre and unrelated tweets went out in the space of an hour as part of the campaign. While most consumers seemed to enjoy the joke, others weren’t pleased with the prank. Social media allows brands to personalize their voices and come face-to-digital-face with consumers in a way that emails and phone calls cannot. This also gives the brand leeway for pranks such as the one pulled last week. How would you feel about being punked by a brand?

Bye, Madison Square Garden: Madison Square Garden–the equivalent of L.A. Live–is being told to move. That means the Knicks, the Rangers, the Ice Capades and a circus will have to find a new home. Madison Square Garden was given ten years to find a suitable location and to evacuate in 2023. The reason? The Pennsylvania Station expansion. Read the full story here.

“Something out of nothing.” Bringing creativity to Fairplex.

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou

If you’ve ever been to the L.A. County Fair, you’ve seen it. You’ve walked through FairView Farms. You encountered dinosaurs in the lush jungles of the Exposition Center a couple years ago. You were transported to London’s finest gardens and monuments. And you might have seen a pirate ship or barn make its way through the fairgrounds during a parade.

We don’t use pixie dust here…

ON19 WADHAM 01 JC 300x201 Something out of nothing. Bringing creativity to Fairplex.Meet the mastermind behind it all: Kathy Wadham, creator extraordinaire or as her business card says: Director of Creative Programming. Staying true to Maya Angelou’s quote, her never-ending well of ideas continues to bring the fun to Fairplex. Her M.O.? “How hard could it be to make? There are no problems, only solutions.”

As we move towards Fairtime Kathy will be blogging her secret tips and tricks for how she transforms our quiet campus into a riotous, colorful playground and share some of her ideas with you for your own home or event.

“I have to say, I am one very lucky girl–I get to do a job that I love!” she says. “Simply put: I get to create the impossible.  Every day holds a different challenge for my extremely creative team and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Being creative makes me happy; it is just part of who I am.”

Besides the Fair, Kathy and the creative team are kept busy with the other Fairplex events like holiday festivities, Oktoberfest and most recently, the Upland Lemon Festival.

The Girls in Upland Something out of nothing. Bringing creativity to Fairplex.

Meet the creative team

Kathy and her team makes ‘something out of nothing’ on a regular basis. What was once a pile of scrape wood, buckets of leftover paint and a collection of nails, screws and splinters morphed an old-fashioned lemonade stand, perfect as a photo prop. Other creations included a western town, wine garden and the Circus.

Innate creativity 

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London, L.A. County Fair 2012

Creativity comes naturally to Kathy. You might say she was born with it. “I have been making “something out of nothing” since I was a little girl,” she told us. “I used to make my own paper dolls and clothes out of old wallpaper books, brown grocery bags, scraps of fabric and lace.  In high school, I made my own clothes, because I wanted something different to wear every day. Remember Newberry’s? You could buy fabric for .50 cents a yard and could make a dress for less than $2 dollars. To this day, I never really wear the same things together the same way more than once. I just love the color combinations.”

I can personally attest to that last one. Kathy is always in something unique and colorful, always stylish, never gaudy icon smile Something out of nothing. Bringing creativity to Fairplex.

When she’s not creating something for Fairplex, Kathy can be found sipping Starbucks, browsing Pinterest (her obsession) and Etsy, watching TV (“my favorite shows are NCIS, Castle, Revenge, Scandal and HGTV”), shopping Target, Loft and HomeGoods and decorating and redecorating her house. Other loves include statement necklaces, clothes (“lots and lots of clothes”) and everything about the beach. She is married with three daughters and five wonderful grandchildren that call her Nana.

Coming up …

Kathy will be sharing her tips on creating a multitude of fun things. Summer’s coming fast and she has plenty of ways to bring the beach to your home (minus the pounds of seaweed and sand.)

What are some of your favorite Fair attractions Kathy has made?

Tell us in the comment section below….