3 Things to Do at Fairplex (L.A. Weekender)

It’s time for our L.A. Weekender – Fairplex edition. It’s going to be crazy but memorable this weekend. Walking around the campus this morning we saw green galore in one corner, pop culture art in the gallery and quilts, crafts and sewing in our expo halls. Can’t wait!

3 Things to Do at Fairplex This Weekend

IrishFestLogo NODATE Color 3 Things to Do at Fairplex (L.A. Weekender) IrishFest: IrishFest goes all weekend long at Fairplex and we are so excited to see you git yer green on with us. Carnival rides, great food, green beer, cover bands, Celtic groups, Irish cultural activities and more are exploding on our grounds. Tickets are only $5 so stop on by! Friday, March 7th – Sunday, March 9th. To purchase tickets and view additional information please visit www.irishfestatfairplex.com.

ArtReach: The Art of Pop Culture: Next door at the Millard Sheets Arts Center, our annual regional high school art show debuts Friday evening. Patrons of the arts are invited to attend our special opening reception and awards ceremony for our local high school students. 250 pieces will be on display including sculptures, ceramics, paintings, film and photography, all commenting on the influence of pop culture on society. For more information click here.

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Expo: This expo features a wide variety of sewing, quilting, needle-art and craft supply exhibits and includes free seminars and workshops. Essentially, it is a quilters paradise. Visit Thursday – Saturday. Admission is $10 and is good for all three days. For more information click here.

Are you coming to any of our events this weekend? Let us know in the comments section below! 

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a weekly 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

March Events at Fairplex

Fairplex is going to be packed with activities this month. From IrishFest to the Street Machine and Muscle Car Nationals we have something for everybody to enjoy. Keep reading to see what some of our biggest March events are:

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IrishFest finally opens this weekend! Come try our selection of craft beers and hearty buffet spread while listening to Irish rock, Celtic groups and our favorite tribute bands. Bring the kids for some carnival games and prizes, crafts and Irish culture. There’s something for everyone and we would love for you to be a part of it. For more information visit www.irishfestatfairplex.com.

3588 1artreach1 March Events at FairplexArtReach: The Art of Pop Culture:
The third annual ArtReach is opening at the Millard Sheets Art Center on Friday, March 7 and runs through Friday, March 21.

Come see the talented work of more than 100 regional high schools, inspired by popular culture and how their everyday practices influence their values, sense of identity and behaviors. Art pieces include paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography and film. For more information visit the ArtReach event page.

3584 1tap1 150x132 March Events at FairplexTap ‘N’ Run 4k: Burn some calories, chug some calories and do it at the same time. The Tap ‘N’ Run 4k is coming to Fairplex on Saturday, March 15th for some fun times. Run the 2.5 mile race course and stop at multiple ‘chug stations’ along the way. Beer, endorphins and an afternoon in the California sun sounds like an ideal day to us! For more information visit www.fairplex.com.

3558 1StreetMachine 150x132 March Events at FairplexStreet Machine and Muscle Car NationalsGear up for a celebration of horsepower and torque when the O’Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals rolls into Fairplex.

This national celebration of horsepower & torque will fill the Fairplex campus with more than 1,000 high-performance muscle cars, pro-touring cars and street machines from across the country. Adult tickets are $18, ages 6-12 $5 and ages 6 and under are free. For more information visit our events page.

Other Events: The Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival, B.R.A.K.E.S. Driving School and Everybody’s Bird Mart are also at Fairplex at various times throughout March. Check our Fairplex Events page for more information on these and other upcoming events.

What events do you plan to attend at Fairplex? Let us know in the comments below! 

From Fair to Off-Roading

overview zps612f130b From Fair to Off RoadingFor those of you who attended the Fair this year, you can imagine that the strike operation for this month-long event was no walk in the park. Rides, food stands, carnival games and prizes, livestock and exhibits all had to be organized, logged and packed away. That is time consuming in itself, but how do you transition the strike of a 400+ acre Fair and set-up a large expo… in two days?

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Goodbye Ferris wheel, hello off-roading!

It took a total of three weeks to set up the Fair. We had two days to strike and prepare for the next set of events taking place on the grounds. This year we had the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo setting up shop in one area of the fairgrounds, the Quilt, Craft and Sew festival located in one of the expo halls AND the So Cal College Fair launching in the Sheraton Conference Center.

So what does the strike of Fair look like? Fairplex event services manager Pat Wright gave some of us his tips for a successful, seamless transition from one event to another, no matter what the time limit is.

Before even beginning…

1. Establish and reinforce agreement contracts. The vendors, concessionaires, carnival team and sponsors needed to be packed up by noon the day after the Fair’s close. Pat made sure each and every crew understood their agreement with Fairplex, giving them ample time to assemble the manpower needed to tear down their booths, pack up equipment and head out for the year.

Time to close up shop…

2. Next the contractors come in to take down the hundreds of canopies, tents, tables and other temporary facilities that are brought in for the Fair.

Bring in the cleaning experts!

3. Finally, it’s time to clean. Fairplex hires several cleaning crews including a pressure washing team and environmental services crew to scrub and scour every exposition hall, every warehouse and every inch of cement into a spotless canvas for the next event. The crews worked from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning in order to accomplish this.

It’s showtime! Again…

4. As the cleaning crews pack up and head home, the next client is “knocking” on Fairplex’s doors bright and early, ready to set up for their events.

As you can see, it takes hundreds of people for an effective strike, especially with 48 hours or less to get everything done. But it can be done!

Pat gave us his top three pieces of advice to survive the madness:

1. Get a good night’s rest — as often as you can
2. Come into the day with lots of resolve
3. Communicate effectively with your team and partners. “It’s my team that gets everything done,” he said. “I make sure that they know when and where the priority is. It’s all about being aware of what is going on that day.”

We’re Quilting at Fairplex – “Bee” There

If you’re a quilter now or you wish you knew how, get on over to the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival. You’ll find products, workshops and seminars on quilting, needle arts, punch embroidery, iron-on metals, crystals, beading, cross-stitch, knitting, sewing and more. One popular class: “Less Than Traditional” quilting Charlie’s Way, which promises to make quilting quicker and easier than ever before. quilt making 200x300 We’re Quilting at Fairplex – “Bee” There

Your ticket is good for all three days so take your time, come back each day of the festival so you don’t miss any learning opportunities. Visit www.rustybarn.com for a show brochure listing all exhibitors, classes and locations. There’s a $1 off coupon on the site also.

Thursday, Oct. 9 – Saturday, Oct. 11, Fairplex 5. Admission is $8 for adults (good for all three daquilts 300x197 We’re Quilting at Fairplex – “Bee” Thereys). Park at Gate 17. 







When you’re all sewed out, head to Fairplex 8 for the Sugar Plum Arts & Crafts Festival. This one’s a FREEBIE! It’s a frightfully delightful shopping adventure, with all things Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, all in one place.

Friday (10 a.m. - 8 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) Oct. 10 & 11. 

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Still not tired? There’s a home improvement and remodeling show, too. It’s free. It’s in Fairplex 4, Friday, Oct. 10 (2 p.m. – 7 p.m.), Saturday, Oct. 11 (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.).