Fairplex Weekend Recap: Glow sticks and trains

While Fair continues to be our main focus from now into September, we’re always happy to host events in the summer.

Saturday night we happily welcomed back the Night Nation Run. Thousands of runners dressed in their brightest attire took over the infield and surrounding areas as they danced their way through the 5K course.

We ended things with drinks, food and a fun music set in the infield. Glow sticks, endorphins and music are always a good way to close out a Saturday night!

Sunday was a quieter, but no less fun affair, as the Fairplex Garden Railroad opened its gates for their monthly public run. There are several new areas being built at the miniature railroad which will be fully revealed during the 2016 LA County Fair. Stay tuned!

That wraps up our weekend recap. Stay updated on our upcoming events at Fairplex.com!

L.A. Weekender: Trains, art and music

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Palates & Palettes Van Gogh session 

Palates & Palettes (June 11): We’re ending spring / starting summer with another Palates & Palettes wine and paint session. This time we are learning to paint like Matisse, while enjoying food and wine from his homeland — the South of France. An RSVP is required. Please click here to claim your spot! 

Make Music Pasadena (June 11): Downtown Pasadena is hosting their annual Make Music festival this Saturday. Enjoy performances from multiple artists throughout the city, as well as food, drinks and shopping. Admission is free, all ages. For more info visit makemusicapasadena.dola.com

Downtown Pomona Art Walk (June 11): The City of Pomona is hosting their second-Saturday art walk this weekend. Enjoy extended hours at many restaurants, galleries and shops, while perusing the wares of local artists along the streets. More info at downtownpomona.org!

RailGiants Train Museum (June 11-12): The RailGiants Train Museum, located right here at Fairplex, is open to the public this weekend! Journey back in time as you hop aboard historic steam engines and speak with our docents. More info at railgiants.org. Admission and parking are free!

Fairplex Garden Railroad (June 12): The Fairplex Garden Railroad is one of the longest-standing exhibits of the Fair, and also one of the most dynamic. Our volunteers are constantly changing things up — creating new buildings, adding new trains and refurbishing scenery. Come check it out this Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free! Visit fgrr.org for more info.

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

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Bubbles, paint and trains

Bubble Run 5K
Foam, bubbles and soap suds took over Fairplex Saturday morning during the Bubble Run 5K! Fun runs have been a regular occurrence here for several years, but the sight of thousands of guests running — whether through paint, powder, bubbles or beer — never gets old.

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Palates & Palettes: Picasso
Our monthly wine & paint night was a blast! Our attendees learned to paint “Woman With A Flower” by Pablo Picasso. Of course, the painting lesson was accompanied by plenty of food and wine from Picasso’s homeland of Spain. All in all, a fantastic way to wrap up our Saturday.

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Trains
Elsewhere on campus, the RailGiants Train Museum and the Fairplex Garden Railroad hosted their open houses over the weekend. Saturday was National Train Day and the RailGiants crew were out and about, sharing the histories of our historic steam engines with visitors.

Our Fairplex Garden Railroad team also opened their doors for train enthusiasts. The whole crew has been hard at work adding new scenes, refurbishing train tracks and getting ready for the summer.

See what’s happening next at Fairplex on our Events Calendar!

L.A. Weekender: Fairplex Central

Another week has come and gone and now it’s time to relax! Check out what we have happening at Fairplex this weekend:

Palates & Palettes (May 14): Our monthly wine & paint night is this Saturday! Join us as we learn to paint the works of Pablo Picasso while indulging in food and wine from his homeland of Spain. There are still a few spots left! If you would like to RSVP click here.

Bubble Run 5K (May 14): A glance out our office window shows that the Bubble Run set-up has already begun! The Bubble Run invites you to jog, skip, walk/run through a 5K filled with suds, bubbles and foam (lots of foam). Once you reach the finish line get ready to party and dance with your fellow runners. Registration is available here.

RailGiants Train Museum (May 14-15): The RailGiants train museum is open to the public this weekend, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day. Bring your kids to explore the giant steam engines and say hello to our docents inside the museum. We’re more than happy to answer any questions you might have! More info at railgiants.org.

Fairplex Garden Railroad (May 15): Last but not least, the Fairplex Garden Railroad is open this Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Our volunteers are busy working on new scenery, refurbishing various trains and making sure the entire land is in tip top shape. Admission is free! Stop by and say hello. For more info please visit fgrr.org.

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

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Beer, breakthroughs, and trains

We had a great time at Fairplex this weekend. See what went down (rain or no rain!) on all parts of campus:

Breakthrough For Brain Tumors 5K
The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) held their LA fundraiser run at Fairplex this Saturday and raised $130,785! It was inspiring to see so many people turn out in support of their family and friends dealing with brain cancer.

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The Breakthrough donations will go towards brain cancer research and patient programs through the ABTA.

Los Angeles International Beer Competition 
Tucked into a cozy corner of campus, beer judges sampled brews from around the world inside the Wine, Spirits & Beer Marketplace. Check back later for the results!

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The winning entries will be featured at our LA On Tap festival on May 7. We can’t wait to sample all of them (and feast on food trucks, of course.)

Trains at Fairplex
The Fairplex Garden Railroad and the RailGiants Train Museum were open to the public this weekend. Guests were able to see the latest updates to the miniature railroad, and hop aboard historic steam engines at the RailGiants Museum! 

Did you attend any of these events? Share your photos with us by tagging @fairplex on Instagram and Twitter, or leaving a few photos on our Facebook page!

For more information on Fairplex, visit fairplex.com.

L.A. Weekender: 7 Things To Do At Fairplex This Weekend

This is by far our busiest weekend of the year (so far.) From jousting to hay baling to chugging beer to art and miniature trains, the adventures will be non-stop for us. Keep reading for a glimpse of what this weekend will look like for us:

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Celtic Faire (March 19 & 20): Sheep herding, river dancing, jousting, live music, food and brews, animals, knights and shopping galore awaits you at Celtic Faire! We are so excited for our second annual Celtic Faire this weekend. See the full list of entertainment acts, food, and drinks at celticfaireatfairplex.com. Tickets are $10 online or at the gate. Don’t forget to use #CelticFaireLA on all your social posts!

Grow Pomona (March 19): The Farm plays host to our National Agricultural Day celebration this Saturday. Join us for rope making, olive oil tasting, corn grinding, ice cream making, stick horse races and more. Food trucks and Dr. Bob’s ice cream will be on hand for sustenance! You can also say hello to our newest Farm residents — our chicks and rabbits and speak with our partners about how agriculture impacts Southern California. This event is completely free (including parking!) and takes place from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visit fairplex.com for more info.

Fairplex Garden Railroad (March 19 & 20): Adjacent to Celtic Faire, the Fairplex Garden Railroad will be open this weekend! Take a tour of the oldest and possibly largest garden railroads in the world. Our docents will be available to answer any questions you might have. This exhibit changes throughout the year as dedicated volunteers continue to build and improve on this beloved attraction. Admission is free. For more information visit fgrr.org.

BeerFit 5K (March 19): The BeerFit 5K and Brew Mile is taking over another corner of campus as runners take up the challenge of drinking 20 oz. of beer while knocking out a one-mile run, all in the name of charity. For more info, visit runbeerfit.com.

ArtReach: The Art of Metaphor (March 18-20): The Millard Sheets Art Center is open this weekend for the third weekend of ArtReach: The Art of Metaphor. Art patrons can browse pieces created by high school students throughout the region and even purchase if desired. Admission and parking are free to the public. Hours are noon – 5 p.m. For more info visit tlcfairplex.org.

Cristo Vive (March 19 & 20): Easter is right around the corner. Watch this compelling Spanish stage performance / adaptation of the film “The Passion of the Christ” held in Expo Hall 9. Three performances per day, $20 adult admission with $10 parking. For more information, click here.

Everybody’s Bird Mart (March 20): Last, but certainly not least, Everybody’s Bird Mart returns to Fairplex on Sunday. Shop the latest accessories, treats, cages, health products, toys and more for your exotic birds. Admission is $10, children 11 and younger get in free. For more info, click here.

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

L.A. Weekender: Holiday Fun All Weekend Long

Christmas shopping and obligatory parties aside, weekends are more fun when the holidays are near. Check out what we have in store for you with this edition of the Fairplex L.A. Weekender:

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Cirque Du Soleil’s Kurios (TONIGHT!): Forget Vegas, Cirque du Soleil’s “Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities” opens this weekend in Los Angeles! Journey into the past with jazz, swing and steampunk-electornic performances. As with all Cirque shows, jaw-dropping acts carry the show from start to finish. See it tonight at Dodger Stadium. For tickets, hours and additional information, click here.

Holiday Half Marathon (Dec 12-13): Tis’ the season for generosity, love and… running? The annual Holiday Half Marathon is this weekend at Fairplex! The fun starts early Saturday morning at the Kool n’ Fit Festival. Runners can pick up their running packets and bibs and check out health and fitness booths. We will also be hosting the Penguin Waddle Kid’s Run and the Holiday 5K on grounds! The actual Holiday Half Marathon begins bright and early Sunday morning with the first wave at 8 a.m. The Kool n’ Fit Festival continues from 6 a.m. – noon. For a full list of events, click here

Rail Giants Train Museum (Dec 12-13): The Rail Giants Train Museum is open to the public this weekend. Explore the ins and outs of these gigantic trains and chat with our docents to learn more about each engine’s unique history. Admission is FREE for all ages. For more information, click here.

Pomona Christmas Parade (Dec 12): The annual City of Pomona Christmas Parade is this Saturday. Onlookers will spot LA County Fair floats in the procession. Head to downtown Pomona to check out the sights from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. For more details, click here.

Fairplex Garden Railroad (Dec 13): Check out the Fairplex Garden Railroad this Sunday! The miniature world is decked out in holiday cheer, including not-so-tiny Christmas trees and garlands strung along the gates. Our docents will be present to answer any questions you might have. Admission is free to the public. For more information, click here.

Hoppy Holidays (Dec 13): For the craft beer set, Angel City Brewery is hosting Hoppy Holidays. Sip on a chilled brew, eat at Papas Tapas and check out clothing from 35 local artisans from the Arts District. In the holiday spirit, bring a winter coat to donate to the Skid Row Housing Trust. For more info, click here.

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

December at Fairplex

Happy December! Where has the year gone… it seems like just yesterday we were making plans for the 2015 LA County Fair. As usual, we still have plenty of things to do at Fairplex as we welcome the holiday season. Take your pick:

twilight cruise December at FairplexProlong Twilight Cruise + Toy Drive (Dec 2): Catch the last Twilight Cruise of the year at Fairplex! Show off your prettiest hot rods, grab a beer and some friends, and wind down your week with fellow car lovers. In true holiday spirit, the event is running its’ annual Toy Drive! Bring an unwrapped toy for less fortunate kids of the Pomona Valley. For more info click here.

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Harvest Festival Original Arts & Crafts Expo (Dec 4-6): It just wouldn’t be winter 
without the Harvest Festival! Shop homemade jewelry, art, furniture, home decor and more. It’s the perfect place to holiday shop unique pieces. For more info, visit
harvestfestival.com.  

 

swap meet December at FairplexPomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (Dec 6): Now is the time to show off all that hard work you’ve spent on your cars! Whether you’ve been refurbishing a truck or polishing up your favorite hot rod, no one will appreciate your labor of love more than the attendees at the Pomona Swap Meet. Plus, shop thousands of auto parts at great prices. Click here for event times and more info.

train museum December at FairplexRailGiants Train Museum (Dec. 12-13): Take a historical journey back to the glory days of the American Railroad at the RailGiants Train Museum. It’s free to the public and enjoyable for train lovers of all ages. Learn more about the exhibit here.

holiday half marathon December at FairplexHoliday Half-Marathon (Dec 13-14): Run off the last of the Thanksgiving pounds (or just stock up for those extra holiday calories) at the Holiday Half-Marathon! Dress up in your Santa hats and elf tutus and join the fun. Register here: http://www.runholidayhalf.com/

garden railroad December at FairplexFairplex Garden Railroad (Dec 14): There’s nothing quite like the magic of this miniature world, sitting right here at Fairplex. Explore detailed scenic displays, including replicas of some of Pomona’s oldest and most beloved buildings. Our volunteers are always working on new projects and are happy to share on the latest updates!

The railroad is open to the public on the second weekend of each month and we would love to see your faces before the year ends!  For more info on the Fairplex Garden Railroad, visit fgrr.org

For more information on Fairplex and all our upcoming events, please visit us at fairplex.com. Happy Holidays!

L.A. Weekender: Drags, gold and trains at Fairplex

We’re sticking close to home for this edition of the L.A. Weekender. Whether you want to spend a couple days at the drags or keeping quieter company at an art walk or farmer’s market, we have you covered. Whatever your preference, Happy Friday!

NHRA L.A. Weekender: Drags, gold and trains at Fairplex NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway

NHRA Winternationals (Feb. 5-8): The 2015 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series kicks off at Fairplex this weekend with the NHRA Winternationals. Come to the historic Auto Club Raceway for a roaring weekend of races, food, drinks and fun. For more information visit nhra.com.

Gold & Treasure Show (Feb. 7-8): Visit the Gold & Treasure Show with the whole family to learn, shop and explore the gold prospecting industry. Seminars are conducted by the best in the business on prospecting techniques, fine gold recovery, gold expeditions and more. You can even learn how to pan for gold. For more information, visit https://www.goldprospectors.org.

Fairplex Garden Railroad Open House (Feb. 8): Visit one of the world’s largest and oldest miniature railroads right here at Fairplex. On the second Sunday of each month, the railroad is open to the public from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., free of charge. For more information, visit fgrr.org.

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.