Weekend Recap: 2017 Grand National Roadster Show

Tens of thousands of guests attended the 68th annual Grand National Roadster Show this year. Our expo halls and surrounding areas were lined with gorgeous classic cars of every style, year and color.

The Mulholland Speedster, built by the Hollywood Hot Rods team received the coveted America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award.

Other fun activities included the Pin-up Doll competition, the Grand Daddy Drive-In, where auto enthusiasts could show off their cars to one another, shopping and art.

Congratulations to all who won awards and thank you to all our guests who joined us for this event. We’re always glad to welcome the GNRS to our grounds. For more information on what’s next at Fairplex, visit fairplex.com!

Fairplex Weekender: Roadsters & Gardening

Wait… how is it already the last weekend of January? Time sure flies when you’re having a good time (and we’ve been having a blast!) Here’s how we’re ending the month:

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Grand National Roadster Show (now – Jan 29): The 68th annual Grand National Roadster Show is in full swing. We can hear the doo-wop music and see some of the vendors and vehicles from our offices. More than 500 show vehicles will compete for awards, and another few hundred will join in the fun on Saturday & Sunday for the Grand Daddy Drive-In! If you’re an auto enthusiast, this is a must-do. More info at fairplex.com.

FREE Farm Gardening Workshop (Jan. 28): The Learning Centers at Fairplex is hosting a free gardening workshop this Saturday in partnership with the LA County Smart Gadening Program, CA Farm Water Coalition and The Farm at Fairplex. Learn how to use composting and grass cycling to create a healthy, water-savvy garden! More info here.

Public Auction (Now – Jan. 28): The US Public Auction is auctioning off cars, trucks, vans and more at our White Ave. lot. Admission and parking are free at Gate 23 on Arrow Hwy.
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Fairplex Weekend Recap: Grand National Roadster Show

We had an absolutely fantastic weekend at Fairplex, despite the downpour on Sunday. We took a stroll through the grounds on Friday afternoon and could feel the weekend vibes from a mile away.

Row upon row of beautiful cars and motorcycles graced our expo halls as car enthusiasts took their time checking out each model, chatting with each other and sipping beer.

Live music, auto accessory vendors and delicious food & beverage booths made for a fantastic day. And even though the party moved inside on Sunday, it was a blast watching the celebrations, culminating in the ceremony for the coveted America’s Most Beautiful Roadster award.

Congratulations to Darryl and Terri Hollenbeck on winning this year’s prize with your beautiful 1932 roadster!

We’re currently transforming our campus from a roadster’s wonderland into an equestrian playground for the Western Horse Expo this weekend.

Were you around this weekend? Tag us in your social media posts, we would love to share in your experience! 

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

L.A. Weekender: Cars, cars, cars galore

We are super excited for the Grand National Roadster Show this weekend but there are a ton of other cool things happening in L.A. too. Check out what’s going on this weekend:

GNRS Weekender L.A. Weekender: Cars, cars, cars galore  Grand National Roadster Show (Jan 29 – 31): The 65th annual Grand National Roadster Show is at Fairplex this weekend for all things classic, automotive and beautiful. Stop by this weekend, grab a beer and some food and saunter through row upon row of gorgeous, state-of-the-art classic cars. This celebration of hot rods and roadsters will satisfy the hearts of car lovers of all ages. For more information visit fairplex.com

Free Museum Day (Jan 30): If you’ve ever wanted to check out LACMA or the MOCA now is the time! Los Angeles museums are offering free admission on Saturday. More than a dozen museums are participating and we recommend visiting at least two! View a complete list of participating museums here. 

Night on Broadway (Jan 30): Broadway in downtown is always thriving with shopping, dining, art and a general lively beat. That’s all about to explode tenfold at the annual Night on Broadway celebration. See a film, watch a concert, eat until you can’t and enjoy the abundance of performing arts, delicious dining options and dive into some of the best that downtown LA has to offer. Attendance is FREE and open to all ages. More info at nightonbroadway.la.

Anime Los Angeles (Jan 29-31): If you were intrigued by the Anime Impulse event during the Asian American Expo at Fairplex you might want to head over to the Ontario Convention Center for the Anime L.A. event this weekend. Cosplay, dance, eat and mingle with other anime and manga fans and get ready for the bigger events heading to LA this summer! For more info visit animelosangeles.org.

L.A. Taco Takedown (Jan 31): Finish up the weekend at the L.A. Taco Takedown! Try the best of the best as Angelenos compete to see who the best taco maker in LA really is. Home cooks will be adding their specialty sauces, spices and fillings to Princesita tacos while spectators have the delightful task of feasting on all the contest entries. More info 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

Sneak Peek: 65th Annual Grand Roadster Show

The roar of engines is prevalent all over campus today as our guests move in for the Grand National Roadster Show! The KTLA news crew stopped by this morning for a preview of this weekend’s activities. Check it out!

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Cars, paint and wine

66th Annual Grand National Roadster Show

It was cars, cars and more cars at Fairplex this weekend for the 66th annual Grand National Roadster Show.

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Our campus was a beautiful cacophony of roaring engines, doo-wop music and the sizzle of burgers and hot dogs. Inside, more than 100 cars were on display, from the home-built custom hot rods at the Suede Palace (Expo Hall 10), to the beauties on display in Expo Hall 4.

18 vehicles were in the running for the coveted “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” award, with the winner being Larry Olson’s 1933 Ford Roadster. Hot Rod Network did a great job of photographing all 18 entries, which you can view here.

Meanwhile over in Expo Hall 6, Victor Garcia won “America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle” with his sleek 2014 Harley Davidson.

Thank you to everyone who joined us this weekend! We love having the Grand National Roadster Show here and look forward to next year’s event!

Palates & Palettes 

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Motor enthusiasts weren’t the only ones to visit Fairplex campus this weekend. The first Palates & Palettes art party debuted Saturday night at the Millard Sheets Art Center (MSAC) for a relaxing time of culture, food, wine and learning.

MSAC also held its first family art workshop of the year, and hosted the opening reception of the Paula Izydorek art show on Friday evening. Not a bad way to kick off the new year!

To see what else is happening at Fairplex, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Do you have any favorite memories at Fairplex this weekend? 

L.A. Weekender: Fairplex happenings

Hello and Happy Friday! This edition of the L.A. Weekender features cars, paint and family fun, all right here at the Fairplex campus. Keep reading to see what we have in store for you:

Check out the 2014 show in Tony DeFrank’s video! 

Grand National Roadster Show (Jan. 23-25): The 66th annual Grand National Roadster Show arrives at Fairplex this weekend for three days of cars, cars and more cars. Some of the most beautiful roadsters in the nation compete for awards including the prestigious America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy. For more information, visit the Fairplex event page.

Palates & Palettes: Food, Wine and Paint (Jan. 24): The first Palates & Palettes wine and paint series debuts at the Millard Sheets Art Center (MSAC) this Saturday night. Escape to Austria with us as you learn to paint with professional artist Dominic Black and sample food and wine from Vienna. RSVP today with The Learning Centers at Fairplex. There are still a few spots open!

Free Family Workshop (Jan. 24): MSAC is kicking off the Free Family Workshop series this Saturday morning. Join artist Jimena Roman as she takes you through a fun arts & crafts project, great for all ages. Reservations are required. For more information visit The Learning Centers at Fairplex website.

Public Auction (Jan. 23-24): Last but not least on our list of Fairplex happenings, the monthly Public Auction is happening Saturday at Gate 9 (White Ave.) Cars, trucks, vans and other vehicles will be auctioned off to buyers. Preview potential purchases on Friday, then prepare to bid Saturday. Admission is free. For more information visit the Fairplex events page.

Share your Fairplex experience with us on social media! Follow and tag us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’d love to hear from you.

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 from all of us at Fairplex! We are excited to begin a new year full of fun events, unforgettable learning experiences, and the 93rd anniversary of the Los Angeles County Fair. We have a lot on our plates already, starting with our January calendar. Check it out:

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Fans of the scaly, slimy, and slithery are invited to the Reptile Super Show at Fairplex. Check out hundreds of colorful reptiles including turtles, lizards and snakes, and shop supplies for your pet (but leave your pet at home!)

For more information visit reptilesupershow.com.

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New this year is the nighttime Lunar Palooza night market, which includes performances from popular Asian artists, food and additional shopping. Tickets are $9 per person, $7 for seniors (65+). For more information, visit fairplex.com.

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P.S. Receive up to 40% off Fairplex events including LACF! Get two LACF season passes, two Oktoberfest, Celtic Faire, and Street Machine and Muscle Car Nationals passes, and two Upland Lemon Festival carnival offers for only $100 when you buy online, now through Jan. 11, 2015! Just use promo code NEWYEAR2 OR buy 4 tickets to each event listed above for only $180 using promo code FAIRPLEX4. Click here to buy.

For more information about Fairplex events, visit fairplex.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

See you soon!

Grand National Roadster Show at Fairplex

Things are b u s y at Fairplex this weekend, which is exactly how we like it. Thanks to the 65th Grand National Roadster Show, our expo halls are filled with shiny, carefully restored cars and motorcycles from decades past.

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Our streets are lined with food vendors selling burgers, hot dogs, sweet treats, beer and other delicious items while a North American Eagle Land Speed racer, one of the fastest land vehicle in the world, sits in all it’s glory at the center of the show. There is plenty of entertainment lined up, including live bands, trophy girl contests and the annual model cars contest. If you’re a car enthusiast it’s worth your while to drive on over and check out the splendor.

Grand National Roadsters is the longest running indoor car show in the world. We took a quick walk through the place before it opened. Here is a snapshot of just a few of the things we found:

You can check out more photos on our Facebook page. Hope you can make it out this weekend! The party goes from Friday – Sunday, January 24th – 26, 2014. To purchase tickets, click here.  

January Events at Fairplex: New year, new adventures

2013 was a whirlwind of events old and new at Fairplex. We can’t believe 2014 is already upon us! From the fun adventures of Asia to the historic roots of the Roadster show to the outrageous antics of a literal beer run, Fairplex is kicking off the year with style. Which event suits your fancy?

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Fairplex kicks off 2014 with the Asian American Expo, the Tap ‘N’ Run 4k and 65th Grand National Roaster Show. Are you willing to drink and run? Dying to see some of the most beautiful cars in the nation? Or are you a fan of all things cultural and festive?

Let us know which events you’re looking forward to in the comment section below!