October at Fairplex

The LA County Fair has come and gone, but we’re still as busy as ever! We have a lot of big events coming your way. Keep reading to see what’s in store:

october5 October at Fairplex Oktoberfest at Fairplex (Oct. 6 – 21): Prost! 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 Haunted Attraction (Oct. 6 – Nov 1): 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.

65th Annual California RV Show (Oct. 6-15): The largest RV Show in the West is back at Fairplex 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.

Red Bull Straight Rhythm (Oct. 21): Red Bull Straight Rhythm is back for more head-to-head motocross racing. Watch pro athletes rae down an “unwoulnd” 1/2 mile-long track. No turns, just speed, air and skill. For more information visit redbull.com

Other events: NHRA Twilight Cruise (Oct. 4), Hot Tub SwimSpa Show (Oct 6-8), FelineFest Cat Show (Oct 7-8), Best of Karate Tournament (Oct. 8), Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Oct. 15), We Run Pomona 5K (Oct. 21 – 22).

For more information on all of our upcoming events, including hours, admission and parking, visit fairplex.com. See you soon!

August at Fairplex

We,along with the rest of the world, is wondering where summer went. Kids going back to school, Christmas suddenly only four months away, and the LA County Fair mere weeks from opening. Time flies! Here’s what’s happening at Fairplex in August:

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NHRA Twilight Cruise (Aug. 2): The NHRA Museum’s monthly Twilight Cruise is tomorrow! Bring your own hot rod or classic car (entry $5) and hang out with other car enthusiasts. Enjoy live music, food and discounted admission to the historic Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum! Parking available beginning at 2 p.m. through Gate 1. More info available here.

Vans Warped Tour (Aug. 6): What would summer be without Vans Warped Tour? Check out up-and-coming indie talent + major established rock artists. Warped Tour has been an icon for youth, punk rock and skate culture, and we love seeing the diverse crowd and lineups they bring every year. Tickets on sale now. For more info, visit vanswarpedtour.com.

Reptile Super Show (Aug. 12): Shop reptiles, amphibians and turtles and stock up on supplies, cages, lights, supplements and other pet necessities. Learn best practices for taking care of your scaly and slithery pets at educational workshops and possibly take a new friend home! For more information visit reptilesupershow.com.

Quinceanera y Novias Expo (Aug. 20): Quinceanera Magazine returns to Fairplex for the Quinceanera y Novias Expo! Browse top-line vendors for your quinceanera, Sweet 16, prom or wedding! See the latest trends in gowns, makeup and hair, decorations, choreography, cakes and more! Click here for more info.

LA County Fair Premiere Party (Aug. 31): Travel down the rabbit hole and into the 2017 LA County Fair Premiere Party! Guests will get a sneak peek of the LA County Fair’s Flower & Garden Pavilion as they enjoy expert-crafted food and drinks, along with award-winning wine from the Los Angeles International Wine Competition. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit the Jurassic Planet attraction before our Opening Day! For more information on tickets and reservations, click here.

Visit our Fairplex Calendar for a full list of upcoming events. See you soon!

It’s always a good day to visit the NHRA Motorsports Museum

The NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, has been a part of Fairplex since 1998. The 28,500-square-foot building stands in between the Child Development Center at Fairplex and the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel.

twilight cruise Its always a good day to visit the NHRA Motorsports Museum Entrance to the NHRA Motorsports Museum

Guests will enjoy the impressive array of vintage and historical racing vehicles, along with a number of historical artifacts celebrating 60+ years of American motorsports.

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The museum is open year-round, including during the LA County Fair in September, and plays host to various special events, field trips and the monthly Twilight Cruises.

We’re proud to be a part of such a fantastic museum and we hope you’ll have a chance to check it out the next time you’re here.

For more information on the NHRA Motorsports Museum, visit nhramuseum.org.

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.

Weekend Recap: 2016 Auto Club Finals

2016 NHRA Auto Club Finals

The 52nd annual NHRA Auto Club Finals ended in a cloud of adrenaline, breaking records and first-time achievements! Here’s how it went down:

Funny Car Championship
Funny Car vet Ron Capps has tried (and came very close) to taking the championship title before, but this was the year he actually did it:

Pro Stock Motorcycle Championship
Jerry Savoie took the world championship title in Pro Stock Motorcycle. This was Savoie’s first world championship ever, beating out former championship winners Edie Krawiec and Andrew Hines. Watch his breathtaking win below: 

Pro Stock Championships
Jason Line took the Pro Stock championship this year. This marked Line’s third win, his first two from the 2006 and 2011 finals. Watch Jason Line’s strong finish below:

Top Fuel Championship
Antron Brown took the Top Fuel championship for the second year in a row, the first to do so since Tony Schumacher in 2008/2009.

After the excitement of the weekend, the raceway goes quiet once more, but will come back to life in February for the NHRA Winternationals, the start to another season, and another story.

For more information on the NHRA Mello Yello Dragracing Series, or the Auto Club Raceway, visit nhra.com or fairplex.com.

Take a look at the NHRA Auto Club Finals through the years. 

Fairplex Snapshot: Auto Club NHRA Finals

It’s here! The 52nd Auto Club NHRA Finals are here, loud and proud.

Things kicked off today with sportsman racing. Pros start tomorrow. We’ll be covering all the highlights and results here, Facebook and Twitter. It’ll be a pretty exciting weekend!

(P.S. Want to watch the drags but can’t attend? Check out NHRA All Access for free today and tomorrow! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/nhraallaccess.)

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Agriculture, art and drones

What a fantastic weekend of learning! This Saturday was full of agriculture, art and innovation in nearly every corner of Fairplex. Check it out:

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Fall in the Farm: We partnered with local businesses, school groups and non-profits this weekend for an agricultural celebration at The Farm.

Nearly 1,000 guests joined us for a day of hay baling, rope making, corn grinding, stick horse races, olive oil tasting, gardening workshops and more, all centered around the American agriculture industry.

Special thanks to our volunteers, staff and local partners for making this awesome event happen! We look forward to more events like these in the very near future icon smile Fairplex Weekend Recap: Agriculture, art and drones

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Plein Air Perspective Opening: As the sun set, the Millard Sheets Art Center came to life with the opening reception of the Plein Air Perspective gallery.

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Photo Cred: @seasand (IG)

Guests get a preview of Plein Arts Perspective at the LA County Fair 

If you attended the Fair this year, you might have spotted an artist or two around the grounds capturing the colorful atmosphere of the Fair on canvas — plein air painting, or “painting what you see.”

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Art by Robi Purcell // @robinpurcellpaints (IG)

One of 95 paintings on display as part of the Plein Air Perspective 

These artists, along with others in the community, have contributed their plein air work to the art exhibit in partnership with the California Art ClubThank you to the patrons of the arts who joined us for our opening reception! We look forward to seeing more visitors throughout the month. 

So Cal Maker Con: Last but not least, So Cal Maker Con returned to Fairplex on Saturday with drone races, 3D printers, storm troopers, dinosaurs and all other manner of innovative objects.

That Drone Show hosts a series of indoor drone races at Fairplex.

It wouldn’t be a Maker Con without robotics!

Even Storm Troopers made it out for the event!
Up next: The 52nd NHRA Finals! We’ll be covering the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series finale in full detail here on the blog so stay tuned! More information on this and other Fairplex events available at Fairplex.com!

Throwback Thursday: Fairplex & NHRA

For decades now, the familiar, thunderous roar of the drag races can be heard throughout Fairplex every February and November at the Auto Club Winternationals and Finals respectively.

drags recap twitter Throwback Thursday: Fairplex & NHRA  The NHRA Winternationals are held at the Auto Club Raceway each year 

Back in the 1950s, drag racing wasn’t an official sport — far from it. In fact, Fairplex (then known as the LA County Fairgrounds) leased a parking lot for local drag races per the request of city officials.

That parking lot eventually became the historic Auto Club Raceway.

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NHRA held its first official race in 1953 at the leased parking lot. Since then, the NHRA has grown to include 70,000 members, 40,000 licensed competitors, and 120 tracks across the nation, and continues to be a leader in the motorsports industry.

We take pride in being the birthplace of this racing giant, and we welcome the return of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series (Winternationals + Finals) every year. We can’t wait for the 52nd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals next weekend!

For more information about Fairplex and the NHRA, visit fairplex.com!