Fairplex Weekender: Full Weekend of Fun

It’s our busiest weekend yet and we can’t wait for the fun to begin! From dancing at Oktoberfest to frights at Into the Black, and RV shopping at the California RV Show to auto swapping at the Pomona Swap Meet, there is something for everyone, of all ages and interests at Fairplex. Check it out:

happy friday Fairplex Weekender: Full Weekend of Fun Oktoberfest at Fairplex (Fri & Sat): Oktoberfest at Fairplex returns for another month of dancing, drinking and eating. Do the Chicken Dance with our oom-pah-pah band, rock out with our tribute bands and finish the night on the dance floor with DJ Schlagen. Add some bratwurst and games to the equation and you have yourself a solid night of fun. Tickets are only $5 on Fridays, $10 on Saturdays. Visit OktoberfestatFairplex.com for more info!

Into the Black (Fri – Sun): We’re bringing the Halloween festivities to Fairplex all month thanks to the new Into The Black attraction. Start the experience with a short horror film documenting a paranormal team’s excursion into the woods as they search for the legendary Black house, then follow their footsteps into the mansion… completely alone. For more information, visit intotheblack.biz.

California RV Show (Fri – Sun): The largest RV Show in the West is finishing up the festivities Fairplex this weekend with 1,300+ RVs to browse, as well as vendors selling RV accessories, vacation packages and travel services. Stop by to shop, browse, talk road trips and enjoy live music, food and meet & greets with sports celebrities. More info at thebestrvshow.com.

Parking for this event is available at Gate 9 (White Ave) until we hit capacity. At that time, cars will be directed to park at Gate 17 (Fairplex Drive). Trams and buses will be available for free transportation across the street to the event.

TOMS Warehouse Sale (Fri – Sun): Get up to 70% off TOMS shoes, eye wear and bags this weekend at the TOMS Warehouse Sale at Fairplex! Open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Expo Hall 4. Parking at Gate 17 at prevailing rates on Friday, and Gate 3 on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free!

RailGiants Train Museum (Sat & Sun): Visit the RailGiants Train Museum at Fairplex this Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Climb aboard historic trains and speak with our docents to learn more about some of the country’s most well preserved Locomotives. Admission is FREE! More info at railgiants.org.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Sun): Classic cars return to Fairplex this Sunday at the Pomona Swap Meet! Auto enthusiasts can shop thousands of car parts and accessories, browse memorabilia and see/participate in the classic car show. More info at pomonaswapmeet.com.

Fairplex Garden Railroad Public Run (Sun): Walk through our miniature railroad exhibit this Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Our volunteers will be on-site to show you the latest project updates, walk you around this little world, and answer any questions you might have about one of our oldest Fair exhibits. More info at fgrr.org.

That covers just about everything happening on our campus this weekend! Remember to tag @fairplex and use #fairplex to share your experiences with us on social media. See you soon!

Weekend Recap: Street Machine Nationals

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:

Street Machine Nationals

Southern California Sports Club Soccer Match

Fairplex Garden Railroad Public Run

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

April at Fairplex

april 300x300 April at Fairplex April showers? They seem to be non-existent at Fairplex! We’ve enjoyed nothing but light breezes and sunny skies so far this month and it’s put us in the best of moods. We hope you’ll come through and enjoy the weather and our April events with us. Check it out:

Food Truck Thursdays Returns (April 6): It wouldn’t be spring without Food Truck Thursdays! Starting April 6, a variety of food trucks will set up shop in the Gate 1 parking lot in the evenings. Enjoy your choice of eats, music, drinks and community. Admission and parking are FREE — enter through Gate 1. Visit our Events Calendar for the latest updates on which food trucks will be featured each week.

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Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals (April 8 & 9): “America’s Car Show” is roaring back to Fairplex — the Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals are taking over the campus this weekend! Feast your eyes on more than 1,000 high-end cars, watch the Autocross action and enjoy live music, prize giveaways and auto vendors. Tickets, event times and parking details available here.

Deaf United Expo (April 22): The most exciting Deaf Cultural Event in America will be at Fairplex April 22. Guests are invited to participate in workshops, exhibits, entertainment, job and career fairs and other activities for the deaf community. Admission is FREE! More information available here.

Tiki Cats at The Fair (April 29-30): Calling all cat lovers! The Santa Monica Cat Club presents the “Tiki Cats at The Fair” Cat Show. Judges from across the country will decide which cat deserves the title of Best In Show. See cats of all breeds, kittens and adults  alike. Vendors will feature specialty cat foods, treats, grooming supplies, cat trees and more. For more information, including ticket prices and hours, click here!

Fairplex Events Soccer FB 300x300 April at Fairplex Soccer Games: Our infields are now home to The Southern California Sports Club! Watch their matches against various National Premier Soccer League teams every other Saturday this month (April 8, 22, 29). View their full schedule here.

Other Events: Some of our favorite events, like the NHRA Museum Twilight Cruise, Giant Spring RV Show, Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show, B.R.A.K.E.S. Driving School, and public runs of the Fairplex Garden Railroad and RailGiants Train Musem will also be happening this month. Busy, busy, busy!

For more info on any of these events, please visit us at Fairplex.com.

If you’re hanging out with us, share your experiences on social media! Tag @fairplex and use #fairplex in your captions. We’d love to hear from you.

Weekend Recap: Winternationals, Trains

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests!

NHRA Winternationals
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series always starts here at Fairplex at the Auto Club Raceaway, and this year was no exception! Click here to read up on who won what at the 2017 NHRA Winternationals!

World’s Great Hobby On Tour (Model Trains)
Model trains were the name of the game on the other side of our campus! From the World’s Great Hobby expo to our historic garden railroad, children and parents alike had a blast learning and playing this past weekend:

Up next: Mecum Auctions, the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycles and Road Art sales is bringing their Los Angeles Show to Fairplex this weekend and we can’t wait! More info at Fairplex.com.

Fairplex Weekender: Drag races and trains

This weekend Fairplex is all about two things: drag racing and trains. Here’s what’s on the calendar:

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NHRA Winternationals (Now – Feb. 12): We’ve been listening to the roar of the drag races since yesterday, and it’s welcome noise to our ears! The 2017 NHRA season opener is in full throttle this weekend at the Auto Club Raceway. Tickets are on sale online and at the doors. Choose from general or VIP seating and enjoy the noise, the crowds and the adrenaline! More info at nhra.com.

World’s Great Hobby Train Show (Feb 11-12): If you love trains, this is the weekend to be at Fairplex. The World’s Greatest Hobby On Tour is filling Expo Hall 4 with huge operating model railroads along with manufacturers and retailers, a free riding train for kids, train demos and seminars, and Walt Disney’s Railroad Story by author Michael Broggie. Horus, admission and additional info available here.

Fairplex Garden Railroad (Feb 11-12): The Fairplex Garden Railroad is opening its gates to the public (FREE) on Feb. 11 & 12, weather permitting. One of the longest standing pieces of the LA County Fair, the Garden Railroad is continually growing and changing at the hands of our dedicated volunteers. Stop by 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More info at fgrr.org.

RailGiants Train Museum (Feb 11-12): On the other side of campus, the RailGiants Train Museum features the giant steam engines and locomotives of the past. Climb aboard one of these giant engines and speak with our docents on the history of the trains. More info at railgiants.org.

Throwback Thursday: Fairplex Garden Railroad (1949!)

We found this fantastic photo of the Fairplex Garden Railroad, taken at the 1949 LA County Fair! The garden railroad is one of our longest standing Fair exhibits, dating back to the 1930s. Today it thrives under the caring and creative hands of our volunteers. Check it out this year at the LA County Fair!

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Glow sticks and trains

While Fair continues to be our main focus from now into September, we’re always happy to host events in the summer.

Saturday night we happily welcomed back the Night Nation Run. Thousands of runners dressed in their brightest attire took over the infield and surrounding areas as they danced their way through the 5K course.

We ended things with drinks, food and a fun music set in the infield. Glow sticks, endorphins and music are always a good way to close out a Saturday night!

Sunday was a quieter, but no less fun affair, as the Fairplex Garden Railroad opened its gates for their monthly public run. There are several new areas being built at the miniature railroad which will be fully revealed during the 2016 LA County Fair. Stay tuned!

That wraps up our weekend recap. Stay updated on our upcoming events at Fairplex.com!

L.A. Weekender: Trains, art and music

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Palates & Palettes Van Gogh session 

Palates & Palettes (June 11): We’re ending spring / starting summer with another Palates & Palettes wine and paint session. This time we are learning to paint like Matisse, while enjoying food and wine from his homeland — the South of France. An RSVP is required. Please click here to claim your spot! 

Make Music Pasadena (June 11): Downtown Pasadena is hosting their annual Make Music festival this Saturday. Enjoy performances from multiple artists throughout the city, as well as food, drinks and shopping. Admission is free, all ages. For more info visit makemusicapasadena.dola.com

Downtown Pomona Art Walk (June 11): The City of Pomona is hosting their second-Saturday art walk this weekend. Enjoy extended hours at many restaurants, galleries and shops, while perusing the wares of local artists along the streets. More info at downtownpomona.org!

RailGiants Train Museum (June 11-12): The RailGiants Train Museum, located right here at Fairplex, is open to the public this weekend! Journey back in time as you hop aboard historic steam engines and speak with our docents. More info at railgiants.org. Admission and parking are free!

Fairplex Garden Railroad (June 12): The Fairplex Garden Railroad is one of the longest-standing exhibits of the Fair, and also one of the most dynamic. Our volunteers are constantly changing things up — creating new buildings, adding new trains and refurbishing scenery. Come check it out this Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free! Visit fgrr.org for more info.

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: Bubbles, paint and trains

Bubble Run 5K
Foam, bubbles and soap suds took over Fairplex Saturday morning during the Bubble Run 5K! Fun runs have been a regular occurrence here for several years, but the sight of thousands of guests running — whether through paint, powder, bubbles or beer — never gets old.

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Palates & Palettes: Picasso
Our monthly wine & paint night was a blast! Our attendees learned to paint “Woman With A Flower” by Pablo Picasso. Of course, the painting lesson was accompanied by plenty of food and wine from Picasso’s homeland of Spain. All in all, a fantastic way to wrap up our Saturday.

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Elsewhere on campus, the RailGiants Train Museum and the Fairplex Garden Railroad hosted their open houses over the weekend. Saturday was National Train Day and the RailGiants crew were out and about, sharing the histories of our historic steam engines with visitors.

Our Fairplex Garden Railroad team also opened their doors for train enthusiasts. The whole crew has been hard at work adding new scenes, refurbishing train tracks and getting ready for the summer.

See what’s happening next at Fairplex on our Events Calendar!

L.A. Weekender: Fairplex Central

Another week has come and gone and now it’s time to relax! Check out what we have happening at Fairplex this weekend:

Palates & Palettes (May 14): Our monthly wine & paint night is this Saturday! Join us as we learn to paint the works of Pablo Picasso while indulging in food and wine from his homeland of Spain. There are still a few spots left! If you would like to RSVP click here.

Bubble Run 5K (May 14): A glance out our office window shows that the Bubble Run set-up has already begun! The Bubble Run invites you to jog, skip, walk/run through a 5K filled with suds, bubbles and foam (lots of foam). Once you reach the finish line get ready to party and dance with your fellow runners. Registration is available here.

RailGiants Train Museum (May 14-15): The RailGiants train museum is open to the public this weekend, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day. Bring your kids to explore the giant steam engines and say hello to our docents inside the museum. We’re more than happy to answer any questions you might have! More info at railgiants.org.

Fairplex Garden Railroad (May 15): Last but not least, the Fairplex Garden Railroad is open this Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Our volunteers are busy working on new scenery, refurbishing various trains and making sure the entire land is in tip top shape. Admission is free! Stop by and say hello. For more info please visit fgrr.org.

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