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!

Weekend Recap: Art, food and sports

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

So Cal BBQ Bash & Expo 




MFA Juried Exhibition Opening (Millard Sheets Art Center Gallery)



BT5K (Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K)


So Cal Sports Club Soccer Game

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!

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.

 

so cal bbq bash logo NC 150x150 May at Fairplex SoCal BBQ Bash (May 20): The SoCal BBQ Bash & Expo is debuting at Fairplex this month and we can’t wait! They’re bringing cooking classes, demos and workshops, live entertainment, seminars and a BBQ competition to our grounds.

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!

Mother’s Day at Fairplex

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No one does a buffet quite like McKinley’s Grille! Every year we get to see moms celebrated at our annual Mother’s Day brunch.

It’s a lovely day full of family, food and flowers galore, and one of our favorite holidays to work.

Like Fairplex itself, there is something for everyone on Mother’s Day! Check out the menu for a quick look:

 

BREAKFAST
• buttermilk pancakes
• applewood-smoked bacon
• maple sausage
• scrambled eggs

PASTRY SELECTION WITH:
croissants, cinnamon rolls, assorted muffins
jams & sweet butter

OMELET STATION
omelets made to order with choice of toppings

CARVED
• Garlic and herb-crusted beef strip loin, au jus, horseradish cream
• Pink peppercorn and sage-rubbed tom turkey, IPA mustard, roasted garlic gravy

PASTA STATION
• Penne pasta with traditional bolognese sauce
• Japanese pumpkin ravioli, spigarello, roasted garlic, pea tendrils, pecorino

LUNCH
• Pan-roasted chicken breast, cured orange and anise glaze
• Seared mahi, stewed tomato & caper
• Potato au gratin, gruyere cheese, parmesan, garlic, herbs
• Seasonal farm vegetables

SALADS
• Wild rice and root vegetable salad, lemon vinaigrette
• Traditional caesar salad focaccia croutons
• Farm greens, pomegranate vinaigrette
• Lemongrass-lime leaf poached shrimp, rustic cocktail sauce
• Seasonal fruit selection

CREPE STATION
• Brandy-soaked strawberries, dark rum-soaked bananas, fresh whipped cream

DESSERTS
assorted cakes, tortes and cupcakes

KIDS’ BUFFET
• mac and cheese
• chicken tenders
• mini burgers and corn dogs
• celery and carrot sticks, ranch dressing
• grapes and strawberries

Buffet includes unlimited Tazo iced teas, Starbucks coffee, soft drinks and mimosas

Pricing
$38.95 per person (+ tax & service charge)
$15 children (ages 12 and under, + tax & service charge)
Children 5 and younger free

Our Favorite Eats at McKinley’s Grille

McKinley’s Grille is our hotel restaurant, tucked into a cozy corner of the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel. We hold a lot of lunch meetings there and occasionally sneak away for a meal during Fair season (because there is such a thing as too many deep-fried s’mores!)

Their menu is seasonal as they often use vegetables, herbs and fruit selected from The Farm at Fairplex. Here are some of our current favorites:

Appetizer: Crispy Pancetta Mac & Cheese
Raclette cheese sauce, pancetta and caramelized onion. Cheesy, gooey, and incredibly satisfying.

Crispy Pancetta Mac n Cheese Our Favorite Eats at McKinleys Grille

In our opinion, this appetizer can be a meal on its own (although we highly recommend following this with one of the following:

Entree Salad: Pacific Rim
Greens, cabbage, farm citrus, cilantro, pickled ginger, wonton crisps and sesame ginger vinaigrette. All McKinley’s Grille salads are packed with healthy vegetables, herbs and tantalizing flavors. The Pacific Rim salad is both refreshing and satisfying. 

pacific rim salad1 Our Favorite Eats at McKinleys Grille Main Course: Roasted Skuna Bay Salmon
Cured orange & cilantro chimichurri, seasonal vegetables and potato carrot puree. If you’re looking for a delicious way to meet your protein goals, this is the way to go.   Salmon Our Favorite Eats at McKinleys Grille The McKinley’s Grille menu has a nice blend of healthy and indulgent options, and depending on our mood, we pick and choose from both! What are your favorites?

To view the full menu, special events, promotions and hours, click here.

Weekend Recap: Learning & playing

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

Spring in The Farm
Our annual celebration of all things agriculture was a huge success! More than 1,000 guests of all ages visited The Farm at Fairplex and learned about the ins and outs of one of America’s largest industries. From animals to food tastings, gardening workshops to hay baling demonstrations, the fun and learning were non-stop all day.



Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED
Meanwhile in Expo Hall 4, learning of a different — bigger — scope was taking place in the form of life-size dinosaurs, fossil digs and prehistoric fun for the kids. Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED provided the perfect blend of entertainment and education as guests went back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth.



SoCal Sports Club Soccer Match
Fairplex has soccer fields! That’s right — we’ve revamped part of our infield into gorgeous grassy fields perfect for soccer. Soccer team Southern California Sports Club (SCSC) now calls Fairplex their home turf, and they had their first ever home game Saturday night against the Riverside Coras.

Although SCSC lost to the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) Southwest Conference leaders Deportivo Coras 2-1, the game was exciting to the very end on both sides.

We had a blast learning, living and playing this weekend on our campus. See what’s coming up next at Fairplex.com!

Fairplex Snapshot: Spring in The Farm

We’re celebrating all things agriculture today in The Farm at Fairplex! We take pride in being a part of the American agriculture industry and today we’re opening our gates to the community for a first-hand look at life in an urban farm. Check it out:

Check out our Instagram story for more pics + vids! For more information on The Farm at Fairplex, The Learning Centers at Fairplex and all other programs associated with our campus. visit us at Fairplex.com.

Fairplex Weekender: Farm-to-table, ArtReach and Bird Expo

The weekend is almost here! See what’s happening on our campus:

farm dinner 2 Fairplex Weekender: Farm to table, ArtReach and Bird Expo Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series

Farm Dinner (March 17): The 2017 Farm at Fairplex Dinner Series opens this Friday with a delicious four course menu using ingredients fresh from The Farm. Guests can watch first-hand as our chefs select fruits, vegetables and herbs from our crops and create meals in the Farm kitchen for them to enjoy.

Each course (including dessert) is paired with wine from the LaZarre Wines. There are still a few spots available! You can view the full menu and reserve your spot here: http://bit.ly/2mPCMfI

ArtReach: The Art of Dreams (March 17-19): ArtReach: The Art of Dreams opened to the public at the beginning of the month and will continue its run through the end of March. You can visit the gallery (Millard Sheets Art Center) Friday – Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. We are always impressed by the talent and creativity of the high school students who participate every year. We highly recommend walking through if you have the time!

Everybody’s Bird Mart (March 19): Everybody’s Bird Mart returns to Fairplex on Sunday. Shop rare and exotic birds of every breed, size and color, and gather all the necessary supplies for taking care of your pet: cages, seed, vitamins, perches, toys and more. Hours, admission and parking info are available at Fairplex.com.