April at Fairplex

Check out what events are happening at Fairplex this month as we head into Spring 2018!

april1 April at Fairplex Stamp & Scrapbook Expo (April 5-7): The Stamp & Scrapbook Expo is a crafter’s paradise. Shop tons of supplies, participate in Make & Take workshops, win prizes and get inspired for your next project. Tickets available the day of the show at the registration counter.

Cost: $10 per day
Hours: Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Expo Hall 9
For more information visit Fairplex.com!

Spring in The Farm (April 8): Spring in The Farm is a free community event celebrating all things agriculture! Bring the whole family down to The Farm for a day of rope making, hay baling, corn grinding, olive oil tasting, petting farm animals, garden workshops and more! Admission and parking are FREE. Open 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enter through Gate 12 on White Ave. For more info, click here.

Pomona Swap Meet (April 15): Classic cars return to Fairplex 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.

Other Events: Hot Tub & SwimSpa Show (April 6-8), Grow Your Own Vegetables! workshops (Saturdays in April), RailGiants Train Museum (April 14-15), Fairplex Garden Railroad Public Run (April 15), Bubble Run 5K (April 14), Hess Farm at Fairplex Dinner (April 20)

Ongoing Events

SoCal MFA Juried Exhibition: The SoCal MFA Juried Exhibition is open to the public now – June. See artwork created by Masters of Fine Art students from throughout Southern California, curated by Claremont Graduate University art students. Visit on weekends, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. More info available here.

NHRA Museum Twilight Cruise: 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.

Food Truck Thursdays:  The return of Spring means the return of Food Truck Thursdays! Starting this Thursday, 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.

For more information about all the above events, visit fairplex.com. See you soon!

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 Snapshot: Sweet Cases For Foster Children

This month we partnered with Together We Rise to make Sweet Cases for children in foster care. Each department at Fairplex put together a duffel bag with a hygiene kit, blanket and toys/activities for children uprooted from their homes and placed in the foster care system.

Many foster children move from home to home with their few personal belongings tossed into a trash bag. Together We Rise works to bring these children Sweet Case duffel bags so that doesn’t have to be the case.

Our departments were given duffel bags to decorate and fill with necessities and toys, which Together We Rise will distribute as needed.

To learn more about Together We Rise, click here.

Thank you to all our employees who donated their time, money and talents to this project!  We look forward to group efforts like these in the near future. 

National Agriculture Day at The Farm!

Newly hatched chicks, Farm-fresh foods and live demonstrations of everything from corn grinding to rope making greeted students this morning at The Farm at Fairplex, all for National Ag Day!

We started things off with a ribbon cutting ceremony, celebrating the beginning of spring planting on The Farm.

Photo Mar 15 9 32 38 AM 1024x576 National Agriculture Day at The Farm! The Mayor of Pomona helped our team start things off 

Then came the fun part — our field trips. Students took turns at a variety of stations set up around The Farm, learning how to cook and eat the healthy way with Chef Travis from Pappas Artisanal, using vegetables from The Farm.

Photo Mar 15 9 35 32 AM 1024x768 National Agriculture Day at The Farm! Chef Travis from local Pappas Artisanal restaurant teaches students how to cook and eat healthy, using ingredients from The Farm at Fairplex

In another corner the Youth Science Center gave quick hands-on classes on soil and pH balance in plants.

Photo Mar 15 9 42 17 AM 1024x768 National Agriculture Day at The Farm!

A sunny spot by our lettuce crops turned into a rope making and corn grinding shop as students learned how to do both with the help of our Fairplex Ambassadors and employees.

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Of course it wouldn’t be a true National Ag Day without a few animals! We introduced rabbits and chicks, who will now call The Farm their home. We also had eggs almost ready to hatch (folks might even get to witness this live at our Grow Pomona event this Saturday!)

Photo Mar 15 9 45 25 AM 1024x720 National Agriculture Day at The Farm!

In addition to all of these we also had some great exhibits from the FFA, County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Los Angeles County Commissioner Weights & measures, Community Garden Council, Project Learning Tree and other awesome agricultural organizations represented.

Last but not least we served up some ice cream from Dr. Bob’s and called it a day. We can’t wait for the community to participate this Saturday at Grow Pomona! This event is free to the public and we would love it if you joined us! Click here for more info.

Happy National Agriculture Day from all of us at Fairplex!

March Madness at Fairplex!

March is our busiest month yet and we are incredibly excited for everything we have planned for you. Keep reading to see what’s in store for our campus:

ArtReach March Madness at Fairplex! Art Reach: The Art of Metaphor (March 5-31): We’re celebrating the visual arts at the Millard Sheets Art Center this month at ArtReach: The Art of Metaphor. High school students from throughout the region will have their artwork displayed in our gallery.

Art patrons can browse the diverse pieces, purchase if desired and connect with the local art education community. We are incredibly honored for the opportunity to support the arts and youth in this way! For more information click here.

StreetMachine March Madness at Fairplex! Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals (March 12-13): The Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals roar into Fairplex in two weeks! We’re talking horsepower and torque with over 1,000 high performance cars from across the country for burnout contests and autocross galore. For ticketing, programming and additional info, click here.

PP1 March Madness at Fairplex! Palates & Palettes (March 13): We’re on round three of Palates & Palettes for 2016. This month’s theme is inspired by the works of Claude Monet. Dive into the world of French art, wine and food with us on March 13th and learn how to paint one of Monet’s popular works yourself! More info available here.


GrowPomona March Madness at Fairplex!

Grow Pomona (March 19): We’re opening up our Farm to the public this month for Grow Pomona, a community celebration of agriculture! Admission is FREE and includes family activities, gardening tips, agriculture and horticulture education and a lovely day on The Farm for all. For more info, click here.

2016CelticFaire HORZ CMYK 300x126 March Madness at Fairplex! Celtic Faire (March 19 & 20): Celtic Faire at Fairplex is back for another year of dancing, jousting, feasting and celebrating Celtic culture! Check out live bands, learn to dance a few Irish jigs, say hello to our forest animal friends, make crafts with the kids and have a shepherd’s pie or two while you’re with us. Full programming, tickets and more info available here. Slàinte!

Everything Else: Believe it or not, on top of everything we just mentioned, we have plenty of other events happening all month long, starting with the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival this weekend and ending with Easter Sunday services and a delicious Easter brunch at McKinley’s Grille. Visit our Events Calendar page to see what else we have in store for you this month!

For more information on upcoming events at Fairplex, please visit fairplex.com.


L.A. Weekender: Horses, otters and Super Bowl 50

Brace yourselves, Super Bowl weekend has arrived. It’s going to be pretty busy in L.A. but if you plan your days right, this could be a great start to the month. Here are just a few of the things happening:

Horse Expo L.A. Weekender: Horses, otters and Super Bowl 50

Western States Horse Expo (Feb 5-7): The Horse Expo returns to Fairplex this weekend with all things equine. If you’re a horse enthusiast this is the place to be. Connect with fellow horse friends, get a leg up on the latest training and education, shop premier equine vendors and, of course, enjoy some time with your favorite horses. Open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. Visit horseexpoevents.com for event details.

Hot Tub & SwimSpa Show (Feb 5-7): Winter weather never sticks around in Southern California and, despite El Niño predictions, it looks like it’s going to be another sunny year for us. Avoid the hassle of going from store to store and get all your backyard accessories at the Hot Tub & SwimSpa Show! Browse hot tubs, patio furniture, BBQs and all your other needs in one building at Fairplex. Visit spapoolandbbqshow.com for more info.

First Fridays in LA (Feb 5): The first Friday of the month is one of our favorites in Los Angeles. The Natural History Museum, Abbot Kinney in Venice and Long Beach all offer special food, art and shopping activities on the first Friday of each month! Click on the links above for information on each one.

Taste of Night Market (Feb 5-6): The Taste of Night Market comes to Santa Monica this weekend. If you missed the Asian American Expo last month at Fairplex this is another great way to celebrate the Lunar New Year! Enjoy dishes from L.A. based chefs, watch live performances and celebrate the cultural experiences Taste of Night Market has to offer. For more info click here.

Super Bowl Everything (Feb 7): If you or your friends/family are football fans, chances are you’ll be loading up on food and watching a screen most of the day. But in case you don’t have plans yet, check out some of these festivities happening in the L.A. area.

McKinley’s Grille will also be offering $12 Coors Light and $15 Dos Equis pitchers along with $8 food specials during the big game so you’ll be fed and watered if you spend the day with us!

And if football is really not your thing, maybe the Puppy, Kitten or Otter Bowl will be more your speed. Think less sports fanatics, more animal lovers and an all around overdose of happiness.

Wherever you are this weekend, we hope you stay safe, happy and in the company of your family and friends! Cheers. 

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

January Events at Fairplex!

Happy new year! We are back from our holiday break and Fairplex is busier than ever. Check out our January happenings below!

Music Run January Events at Fairplex!  The Music Run (Jan 9): We’re starting our “fun run” season with The Music Run. There is a DJ set up at each kilometer mark, spinning pop, rock, hip-hop, oldies and EDM. The best part? You choose the music. Click here to cast your votes. Dance with your fellow runners and celebrate fitness in 2016! For more information visit themusicrun.com.

Reptile Super Show January Events at Fairplex!  Reptile Super Show (Jan 9-10): TheReptile Super Showis back! Our halls will be filled with lizards, frogs, snakes, turtles and other friendly, scaly creatures. Shop supplies for your pets or adopt a new one! For more information click here.


Asian American Expo January Events at Fairplex!  Asian American Expo (Jan 16-17): The Asian American Expo is all about food, entertainment and cultural experiences.

Check out the Anime Impulse video game, anime and manga experience, sample craft beers and ciders at the Asian Beer Fest, show your digestive prowess at one of the Eating Contests and dance all night during the Lunar Palooza! And of course, there will be plenty of Asian cuisine for everyone. For more information, visit aaexpo.com.

Swap Meet January Events at Fairplex!  Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Jan 17): The first Swap Meet & Classic Car Show of 2016 is Sunday, Jan. 17. Show off the cars you’ve been working on during winter break and shop thousands of auto parts at swap meet prices. For more information, visit pomonaswapmeet.com.

National Roadsters January Events at Fairplex!  67th Annual O’Reilly Grand National Roadster Show (Jan 29-31): We’re pretty sure every Southern California classic car lover will be at Fairplex for the Grand National Roadster Show.

More than 500 show vehicles will compete for awards, with hundreds of other vehicles participating in the Grand Daddy Drive-In. Let the gawking and mutual admiration begin! For more information, visit rodshows.com.

We are beyond excited for all the entertainment, learning, community events and fun we have planned for you. Stay tuned for campus updates, new and returning events, giveaways and a behind-the-scenes looks at everything we have going on in 2016. It’s going to be a great year!

Fairplex Snapshot: Neighborhood Care Packages

Today our team members played Santa to the surrounding communities and dropped off poinsettias and a Fairplex holiday greeting card to all our neighbors!

We would like to take this time to thank our neighbors for letting us be a part of their community. We appreciate their involvement with us. Happy Holidays!