Fairplex Weekend Recap: Asian American Expo 2018!

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! Here are some of our favorites from the Asian American Expo this past weekend:

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Anime Impulse

Did you join us for any of our holiday fun this weekend? Share your photos in the comments below, or tag @fairplex in your social media posts!

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!

January at Fairplex

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Happy New Year! We hope all of you had a nice, refreshing holiday break. We did, and now we’re ready for another exciting year of events and Southern California fun. Here’s what we have planned for you this month:

January Events at Fairplex

AAE January at Fairplex Asian American Expo (Jan 13-14): It’s the Year of the Dog! Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the annual Asian American Expo! Shop, eat and enjoy live entertainment from all parts of Asia. Other events within the expo include:

Anime Impulse: The first anime convention of the year is at the Asian American Expo! Kick off con season at Anime Impulse, with delicious food vendors, cosplay stars, contests, a car show, photo booths, a K-Pop stage, live performances and more. Tickets available here. Admission includes access to all parts of the Asian American Expo.

BlushCon: Blushcon is an LA based celebration of all things youth and beauty. Shop the best cosmetic brands in the US and Asia, and meet popular beauty influencers such as Channon Rose and Alexandria Dorame. Tickets available here. Admission includes access to all parts of the Asian American Expo.

BoatShow January at Fairplex Los Angeles Boat Show (Jan 18 – 21): The Los Angeles Boat Show is the place to be for boating lifestyle enthusiasts.

Check out performance boats, jet skis, pontoons, fishing boats, catamarans, cabin cruisers, kayaks and more! Admission is $15 for adults, with a $5 discount for military (ID required). Children 12 and younger are FREE. Parking $12. Click here for more info.

RetroCity January at Fairplex Retro City Festival (Jan 20 -21): We’re incredibly excited to be the venue for Retro City Festival’s debut weekend!

Celebrate the history of video gaming with the largest selection of retro console gaming under one roof in California. Enjoy classic arcade games, pinball, tournaments, museums, gaming vendors and a huge console play area.

Tickets and additional event info are available at RetroCityFestival.com.

Fairplex Events GNRS expohall 300x214 January at Fairplex Grand National Roadster Show (Jan 26 – 28): The 69th Grand National Roadster Show is at Fairplex Jan. 26 – 28. Come see more than 500 show vehicles compete for awards, along with hundreds of other vehicles participating in the Annual Grand Daddy Drive-In. Tickets & additional info available at rodshows.com.

Other Events: Giant RV LA Winter Show (now-Jan 7), Hot Tub SwimSpa Show (Jan 5-7), Reptile Super Show (Jan 6 & 7) and the Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Jan 14). 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.

Checking out the 2017 Asian American Expo

The 2017 Asian American Expo opened a few hours ago and already the crowds are pouring through. Check it out!

Anime Impulse
It’s all things anime, video games and art here in the Anime Impulse section.


The Silk Show
From the sneaker show to the sample sales, we’re thinking it might be time to do a little shopping when we’re done working for the day.

Easily one of our favorite parts of the Asian American Expo: THE FOOD.

We’re just getting started here! There’s tons of entertainment in nearly every expo hall, from martial arts to dancing to cooking demos, and tons of shopping to do too.

For more information on the Asian American Expo, including ticket prices, hours and parking info, visit the event page at Fairplex.com.

If you’re visiting us today, be sure to tag @fairplex and use #fairplex in all your social media posts! We’d love to share in your adventures with us. Cheers to the weekend!


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Fairplex Weekender: Asian American Expo, Wine & Paint Night and more

Hellooooo Friday! Even though we’re working this weekend, we are actually looking forward to all of these events. We love what we do, and who we host. Check out what’s going on at Fairplex this weekend:

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Asian American Expo (Jan 14 & 15): One of our biggest events this month, the Asian American Expo is all things cultural: food, dance, art and entertainment. This year the expo features several events like Anime Impulse, where guests can cosplay, attend panels, browse artist alleys and check out a car show. The Silk Show Sample Sale features a number of great brands selling wares at 50-80% off retail price, as well as a sneaker show. Other activities include an eating contest, tons of food and shopping vendors, and live entertainment celebrating a variety of Asian cultures. Admission is $11 per person. Parking is $11 at Gate 9 (Blue Gate). For more information visit us at fairplex.com.

Palates & Palettes – Monet (Jan 14): Our wine & paint series, Palates & Palettes returns to the Millard Sheets Art Center this Saturday night. Journey to the world of Claude Monet as you learn to paint one of his masterpieces from an art instructor, while enjoying wine & food pairings inspired from his homeland of France. All supplies (including wine & food!) are provided. Please RSVP here.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Jan 15): The Pomona Swap Meet returns to Fairplex bright and early Sunday morning. More than 30,000 car parts, accessories, automobilia and vintage rides will span 15 miles of our campus. It’s the perfect place to mingle with the auto community, shop parts and check out rides. More info at pomonaswapmeet.com.

RailGiants Train Museum Free Admission (Jan 14 & 15): Last but not least, the on-site RailGiants Train Museum is hosting their free monthly museum days this weekend. Take a journey back in time to the glory days of the American Railroad. Explore a number of well preserved locomotives and speak with docents on the history of trains in our nation. More info at railgiants.org.

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5 Reasons We Love the Asian American Expo

For us, January just doesn’t feel like January without the Asian American Expo. This event has grown and evolved year after year, and we can honestly say this is looking like the best one yet. Here’s why:

5 Reasons We Love the Asian American Expo

Fairplex Events AsianExpo sashimi 292x300 5 Reasons We Love the Asian American Expo 1. The Food: Ramen noodles, dumplings, fried foods, steamed foods, desserts galore… we approach the Asian Expo like we do the LA County Fair, with empty stomachs and the mindset to try everything. Or at least try… the food selection is pretty huge.

2. Anime Impulse: Anime Impulse fuses the world of anime and video games into one. VIP parties, celebrity appearances, eSports, cosplay, artist alleys, vendors, panels, and a car show make this one of the brightest, liveliest sections of the Expo.

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3. Huge discounts: The Silk Show Sample Sale brings fashion brands to the Asian Expo, offering clothe and accessories at 50-80% off retail price. We definitely plan on checking out the STEP & Repeat sneaker convention while they’re here.

Fairplex Events AsianExpo performance 300x200 5 Reasons We Love the Asian American Expo 4. Culture: One of the best parts of the Asian American Expo is that it brings a variety of cultures and traditions together under one roof. From Japan to China to Korea and beyond, there are plenty of dance and martial art performances, art, food and vendors to see.

5. Instagram: The Asian American Expo is prime Instagram content. From delicious foodie shots to videos of the eating contests, it’s almost impossible to not want to capture it all on your feed. Follow @fairplex for pics, videos and live footage.

Come and experience it all for yourself this weekend at Fairplex! The expo is open Jan. 14 & 15 (Saturday/Sunday) from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more info visit AAExpo.com.

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Asian American Expo

We were b u s y this weekend at Fairplex! Check out what our campus looked like:

Asian American Expo
We kicked things off with the Asian American Expo and it. was. packed. It seems like everywhere you went there was something to eat, buy or do.

We had a blast checking out the cosplay at Anime Impulse, watching guests chow down on fried squid, noodles and desserts of every kind, and clapping along with audiences captivated by Taiko drummers, Tahitian dancers, martial arts demonstrations and more in the expo halls.

On top of that, the Expo also featured several live musical performances, DJ sets and a sample clothing sale.

It was impossible to be bored for a single second and we are already looking forward to next year’s Lunar New Year celebrations!

Pomona Swap Meet
Literally hours after the first night of Asian American Expo came to a close, car enthusiasts started rolling in for the monthly Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show.

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As always, guests shopped parts for their current auto projects, showed off their classic cars and enjoyed food and drinks with fellow visitors. Thankfully it wasn’t raining so we enjoyed a sunny Sunday on all sides of campus.

We’re taking a slight breather today but it won’t be long before we’re making preparations for the Grand National Roadster Show. Hope your weekend was as fun as ours was!

For more information on Fairplex events, visit Fairplex.com.

L.A. Weekender: MLK Weekend

Cheers to the weekend (especially since it’s a long one!) We hope you’ll join us for our first major event of the year, but there is plenty happening throughout L.A. too. We’ve selected our top five picks below. TGIF!

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It’s the Pits! Party (Jan 15): The La Brea Tar Pits turns into party central tonight at the “It’s the Pits!” party. Groups and individual artists take over the museum grounds for film screenings, dance and music performances and the Ice Age Encounters exhibit, educating guests about the extinct animals that once roamed Los Angeles more than 10,000 years ago. The event is free to the public. For more info visit tarpits.org.

Asian American Expo (Jan 16-17): The 35th annual Asian American Expo kicks off our 2016 event season and we couldn’t be more excited! This year’s Lunar New Year celebration will be bigger than ever, with thousands of food and shopping vendors, live entertainment in and around our expo halls, eating contests, Anime Impulse, craft beer and a fashion show. The activity is non-stop and we’ll be covering it on the blog. We would love to have you join us! Visit aaexpo.com for hours, admission prices and programming.

Star Party at Griffith Observatory (Jan 16): The Griffith Observatory is hosting their monthly Star Party this Saturday. Take advantage of the public telescope viewing and see the stars up close and personal. Telescope demonstrators will be available to show you where and how to stargaze. Make sure you’re there by 9 p.m.! More info at griffithobservatory.org.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Jan 17): As always, we will be hosting the Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car show bright and early Sunday morning! Shop thousands of parts, check out dozens of classic cars and network with your fellow auto enthusiasts. More info available at pomonaswapmeet.com.

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

5 Things You Need to Know for the 2016 Asian American Expo

AAX performers 300x199 5 Things You Need to Know for the 2016 Asian American ExpoThe Asian American Expo comes to Fairplex this weekend to celebrate the Lunar New Year! We plan on eating tons of good food, shop a little (or a lot), and watch live entertainment all weekend long. If you plan on joining us, there are a few things you should know before attending: 

1. It’s the Year of the Monkey. According to the Chinese zodiac, this is the year of the monkey. The monkey symbolizes cleverness in Chinese culture and is often viewed as a powerful and protective figure in mythological tales. The Lunar New Year is only a few weeks away so welcome the Year of the Monkey in style with us!

2. Grab a red bag. Upon entering you will likely be offered a red bag. Take it. Red symbolizes good luck and you’ll definitely want something to carry all your acquired food, goodies and free swag in!

3. Know your options. The Asian American Expo spans several of our exhibition halls and a good portion of the grounds so it’s easy to miss some of the best entertainment. Check the schedule for eating contests, dance and music shows, Anime Impulse happenings and of course, all the food and craft beer options available.

4. Arrive with an empty stomach. You’ll want to leave plenty of room in your stomach for noodles, sushi, dumplings, desserts and beverages while you’re here! Arrive like you’re planning to devour all three meals at once (because you most likely will!)

5. Buy pre-sale. Avoid the lines and purchase tickets online. That way all you have to do is show up to the entrance and you’ll be set for your day with us. Check the Asian American Expo website for ticket purchase details.

That’s it! We hope you’ll join us this weekend. Make sure to tag @fairplex in all your Twitter and Instagram photos and you might see your content featured on our social media channels!

For more info on the Asian American Expo, including activities, ticket prices, operating hours and more, visit aaexpo.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!