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!

Fairplex Weekender: So Cal BBQ Bash & more

The warm weather is back this weekend! Soak in the sun’s rays and check out one (or more!) of these events happening at Fairplex this weekend:

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So Cal BBQ Bash & Expo (May 20): We’re very excited to welcome the So Cal BBQ Bash & Expo to Fairplex this Saturday! Sample all the delicious BBQ competition entries, listen to live music, attend cooking demos and workshops and sip on ice cold craft beer (for the 21+ crowd!) Kids 11 & under get in free — and there are plenty of fun kids’ activities for them to enjoy. For more information, including tickets, hours and a schedule of events, visit SoCalBBQBash.com.

SoCal Sports Club Soccer Game (May 20): The Southern California Sports Club returns to The Fields at Fairplex to play against the City of Angels FC Saturday night. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. More info here.

SoCal MFA Exhibition Opening Reception (May 20):The SoCal MFA Exhibition at the Millard Sheets Art Center features nearly 50 MFA students from San Diego to Santa Barbara in varying media. We invite you to join us for the opening reception on Saturday night, beginning at 6 p.m. The exhibition is open May 20 – June 10 on weekends; admission is free. For more information regarding our MFA exhibition click here.

Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K (May 21): Closing out the weekend is the Los Angeles Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K on Sunday morning. While registration is closed now, you can learn more about the American Brain Tumor Association and their other events here.

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!

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

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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!

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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: 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 Weekender: Dinos, soccer and ag oh my!

Say hello to the weekend! See what’s happening on our campus:

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Spring in The Farm (March 25): We’re celebrating American agriculture at our annual Spring in The Farm event. Local communities are invited to enjoy activities and workshops centered in agriculture, from rope making to gardening. Meet our Farm animals, learn more about agri-business and see agriculture in motion! More info here.

Southern California Sports Club (March 25): Did you know we have soccer fields at Fairplex? Located near the old barns, the fields are now officially home to the Southern California Sports Club. Watch their first home match Saturday night, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. against the Riverside Coras. Tickets are $10 per person, parking available at prevailing rates. For more info click here.

Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED (March 25 & 26): We’re going back to a time when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Families can experience up-close encounters with lifelike dinosaurs, take a spin in a Jurassic Jeep, dig for fossils, and other fun dino-themed activities fun for all ages. More info available here.

ArtReach: The Art of Dreams (March 24 – 26): 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!

If you’re hanging out with us this weekend, make sure you tag @fairplex and use #fairplex on your social media posts. We’d love to see our campus through your eyes!

For more information on all current and upcoming events at Fairplex, visit us at fairplex.com.

This Week at Fairplex

Eight events, five days, all at Fairplex. We’re always talking about the diversity of our campus and this week we’re about to prove it! Here’s what’s going on:

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Modern Pentathlon World Cup #1 (Feb. 22-26): Currently more than 100 international athletes are at Fairplex, preparing to compete in the first Modern Pentathlon World Cup of 2017. It’s going to be five days of fencing, showjumping, running and shooting, with the swimming component taking place at The Claremont Club.

We’re excited to host Olympic athletes and other world-class competitors to our campus and hope you’ll join us for both the Opening Ceremonies (Feb. 23) and the event itself (Feb. 22-26). Tickets + event info can be found here: http://bit.ly/2kiuq06. You can learn even more about Modern Pentathlon here, here and here.

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival (Feb. 23-25): The Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival returns to Fairplex this week with all things sewing, quilting, crafting and needle art. Shop top-quality supply vendors, attend free seminars and workshops and participate in daily door prize drawings. Admission to all three days is free with a coupon, which can be downloaded here.

Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market (Feb. 25-26): Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market comes to Fairplex with more than 100 vendors from across the country. Guests are invited to shop tons of great finds, enjoy live music and refuel on food trucks. Ticket and event information are available here.

Quinceanera Expo (Feb . 26): The Quinceanera Magazine Expo returns to Fairplex to meet all party planning needs! Shop everything from gowns to choreographers, invitations to photo booths, caterers to limos, and everything else you need to make your quince, sweet sixteen or wedding a success. More info can be found here.

Other Events: In addition to the above shows, the B.R.A.K.E.S. Driving School will be instructing teens on how to drive safely and responsibly, the US Public Auction will be selling cars, and we’ll be hosting our first ever soccer games on our infield on Sunday!

For more information on any of our events, please visit our Fairplex Events Calendar. See you soon!

Motocross in the House

Ryan Dungey vs. Marvin Musquin
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 Photo Credit: Christian Pondella / Red Bull Content Pool

For the third straight year, Red Bull Straight Rhythm took over Fairplex this past weekend for the most unique race in the world of professional motocross. Fans from all across the SoCal visited our campus with family and friends to cheer their favorites riders. This Supercross game changer took place on a 1/2-mile “unwound” racetrack — no turns, just a half-mile-long straight rhythm section. This year featured a revised format where practice, qualifying and racing all took place on the same day, with the final taking place at night under the lights to crown the 2016 Red Bull Straight Rhythm champion.

Congratulations to Marvin Musquin for winning the 2016 Red Bull Straight Rhythm’s Open Class and to Shane McElrath for winning the Lite Class!

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Fairplex Weekend Recap: Oktoberfest Opens

Our campus seems strangely quiet after the festivities of the past weekend. Keep reading to see what happened at Fairplex:

Oktoberfest Opens
Our biggest event, Oktoberfest at Fairplex, opened to the masses on Friday night. The Festhalle boomed with oom-pah-pah music as guests crowded around our long tables with their steins of beer and German food.

The Plaza is open for the less traditional fun — rock music, King Taco and more beer (naturally.) We feature a different tribute band every weekend of Oktoberfest. Led Zepagain helped us kick off the fun.

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And last but not least, this year we opened up the Dance Halle, home to DJ Schlagen who put his modern musical spin on Oktoberfest. Needless to say, it was a packed house.

It was a weekend full of dancing, games, food and plenty of toasts to go around. It starts again this Friday! Visit oktoberfestatfairplex.com for more info, including tickets, hours and pricing.

California RV Show
Across the street from Oktoberfest, the 64th Annual Giant RV Show opened to road travel enthusiasts. Guests shopped RV homes, new products, spoke with vendors, and networked with fellow travelers. Check out one YouTuber’s vlog capturing the opening day activities:


–Video by We’re The Russos

Best of the Best Karate Tournament
Rounding out our weekend of fun was the Best of the Best Tournament. Dozens of martial arts students competed in a number of tournaments, held here at Fairplex. Congratulations to all the champions of this event!

Thanks for joining us for our weekend recap! We’re already counting down the days to this upcoming weekend’s fun. To see what’s coming up next, visit our Events Calendar at Fairplex.com.

Make sure you tag @fairplex and use #fairplex when posting photos from our events on social! We would love to see your experiences.

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October Rocks at Fairplex!

October is one of our most action-packed months of the year! Here’s what we have in store for you at the start of our fall season:

OffRoadExpo October Rocks at Fairplex! Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo (Oct 1-2): We’re bringing off-road adventures to Fairplex this weekend with the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo. Racing, rock crawling, trail ridig, sand sports, ATVs, motorcycles… you like it, we have it. Fans can experience ride alongs, racing demos, live music, product giveaways and more! Visit offroadexpo.com for a full schedule of events and tickets.

Oktoberfest October Rocks at Fairplex! Oktoberfest at Fairplex (Oct 7-29): Our signature fall event, Oktoberfest at Fairplex, returns Fridays & Saturdays through October! We’re bringing you beer, authentic German food, oom-pah-pah music, tribute bands, contests, games and more. October just wouldn’t be the same without our steins of beer, plates filled with bratwurst and folks doing the Chicken Dance. Tickets on sale now at oktoberfestatfairplex.com!

RBSR October Rocks at Fairplex! Red Bull Straight Rhythm (Oct 22): Red Bull Straight Rhythm returns for the third year in a row! This evolution of supercross features an “unwound” track — no turns, just a half-mile straight rhythm section. See the world’s best 250 and 450 riders fight for the right to party as the champion of this year’s competition. Tickets on sale now at redbull.com.

RISE October Rocks at Fairplex! Rise Of The Jack O’ Lanterns (Oct 27-30): For the first time ever, we are hosting the RISE of the Jack O’ Lanterns event. View 5,000 real pumpkin carvings all in one place. The intricate details, creativity and size of these creations will amaze you. Hundreds of carvers will be here over a two-day period getting this fantastic sight ready for you. For more info, visit therise.org!

These are just a few of the events happening at Fairplex this month. Visit our Events Calendar to see our other events, like our swap meet, college fair, TOMS warehouse sale and more!