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

L.A. Weekender: Rainy Day Fun at Fairplex

Congratulations, you survived the first week of the New Year. If you had to return to work and school responsibilities like the rest of us then you’re probably just as ready for the weekend as we are! That being said, El Niño is here and we are staying close to home for this edition of the L.A. Weekender. Check it out!

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Reptile Super Show (Jan 9-10): It’s the perfect rainy day excursion! Bundle up the kids and spend an afternoon checking out turtles, frogs, snakes, lizards and other reptiles at the Reptile Super Show. You can shop supplies for your pets or bring home a new friend yourself! For more information visit reptilesupershow.com. Admission is $14 for adults, $9 for children 12 and under.

Pomona Art Walk (Jan 9): Downtown Pomona comes alive with art, music, food and shopping on the second Saturday of the month. The art walk is open from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. We recommend bringing an umbrella and rain boots for this one… at least the galleries and stores have roofs! For more information visit downtownpomona.org.

Palates & Palettes (Jan. 9): Take a trip to Austria via food, wine and art! We are kicking off our Palates & Palettes 2016 sessions with a night dedicated to the life of symbolist painter Gustav Klimt. Join us at the Millard Sheets Art Center as you paint with the guidance of one of our instructors and enjoy wine and food from Klimt’s native homeland. To sign up, please visit tlcfairplex.org/art. Tickets are $75 per person and includes painting supplies, food and wine.

Giant Winter RV Show (Now – Jan. 10): Road trippers listen up! This is your last weekend to visit the Giant Winter RV Show at Fairplex. Stock up on the latest products and services and check out the trends for 2016 road travel. Admission is FREE. For more information visit fairplex.com.

Hot Tub Swim & Spa Show (Now – Jan 10): It might be raining now but we all know clear skies and warm weather will be back in So Cal before we know it. Gear up for summer and shop spas, bbqs, patio furniture and pools! For more information visit fairplex.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

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Vans Warped Tour, Cheers and Everybody’s Birdmart

Things have finally quieted down at Fairplex after a full weekend of concerts, food, drinks and dancing. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick of the first weekend of summer!

20th Anniversary Vans Warped Tour

It was hot, crowded and loud at Fairplex on Friday. Tons of rock music lovers turned out for a full day of bands like We The Kings, Yellowcard, Devil Wears Prada, Falling In Reverse and myriad others. Band meet & greets, food trucks, a giant slip n’ slide, clothing vendors and DJs rounded out a perfect afternoon and evening of fun in the sun. You can watch behind-the-scenes videos and other fun goodies on www.vanswarpedtour.com.

Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival


Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival 

No sooner did Warped Tour wrap up than Cheers opened on Saturday evening. As the sun set behind the San Gabriel mountains, Fairplex came alive with music, dancing, clinking glasses and a tantalizing array of food trucks. Guests spent the summer solstice sampling a seemingly endless supply of award-winning wines, spirits and beers from the Los Angeles International Competitions, participate in a silent auction benefiting The Learning Centers at Fairplex and dance their way through the Cupid Shuffle, salsa, Top 40 and other fun tunes. All in all, a success!

Everybody’s Birdmart 

Everybody’s Birdmart 

Bird lovers flocked together for an afternoon perusing cages, nests, vitamins, toys, treats and other fun items for their pets. It’s always fun to see the exotic birds on display and to learn exactly how many toys birds can possibly own, treats they like to devour and habitats they live in.

Things are going to be fairly quiet around here this week but our annual 4th of July event, KABOOM! is just around the corner. We’re ready for a night full of monster trucks, motocross and one of the largest fireworks spectaculars in all of California.

Happy Monday!

L.A. Weekender: Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals

Cheers to another glorious feels-like-summer weekend in L.A.! It is the first weekend of spring and there is plenty to do in the county. Keep reading for today’s L.A. Weekender.

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Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals

Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals: You can hear the burnouts happening from our office. The screeching, squealing and vroom of engines can be heard all weekend long at the Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals at Fairplex. This national celebration of horsepower and torque brings more than 1,000 high-performance muscle cars and street machines from around the country. Open Sat – Sun, starting at 9 a.m. For more information, click here.

ArtReach: The Art of Pop Culture: ArtReach is still going on at the Millard Sheets Art Center. See the talents of local high school students in the form of paintings, ceramics, sculptures, photography and film. Many of the pieces have been purchased by art patrons but there are still a few left available for those interested. Otherwise, just come and enjoy an afternoon of the arts. Hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Click here for more info.

 Pomona Art Walk 

Pomona Art Walk: The downtown Pomona district comes alive on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month with art, music and food. Take a stroll and admire the many layers of art that line the streets: jewelry, clothes, paintings, sculptures and home decor. Many galleries, stores and restaurants remain open late tonight and the Fox Theatre and Glass House are always great music venues. Click here for more info.

Los Angeles Seafood Festival: Taste your way through the seven seas of the world at the Los Angeles Seafood Festival. Hosted at Placita Olvera in downtown Los Angeles, this outdoor festival includes clams, oysters, fried fish, squid, octopus and much more. If you’re craving a sushi run, this might just be the place to be on Sunday. Admission is free and runs from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

American Girl and Kaya: The Autry Center partners with American Girl to celebrate the nationality of Kaya, a doll whose stories share what life was like as a Nez Perce girl before America became a country. Activities include basket weaving, Native American dance performances, crafts and an exploration of the museum galleries in a new Kaya scavenger hunt. The fun begins with a pre-program lunch at 11 a.m. at American Girl at The Grove in Los Angeles and moves to the Autry Center for the afternoon activites. For tickets and information, click here.

Bubble mania, beer and bikes

Fairplex spent the last weekend of October in style with bubbles, beer, bikes and mazes. One of the best parts of the Fairplex campus is that we are so spread out. You can have multiple events running at the same time, which is exactly what went down this weekend.

Saturday morning was an overflow of bubbly foam and enthusiastic participants of the Bubble Run 5k. Decked out in white t-shirts, tutus, masks and a mish-mash of crazy gear, guests of all ages ran, danced and skipped through the course, ending it all with a huge dance party (covered in bubbles, of course.)

Bubble Run 5k

On our race track, LA Bikefest fans were getting their scare on at Spooky Kross. Cyclists rode their bikes through a dirt terrain marked by graves, cobwebs and skulls. The real fun was watching the cyclists themselves, dressed up for Halloween in all kinds of ridiculously fun attire. Have you ever seen Mario or Alvin the Chipmunk bike across bridges and through mini-canyons? No? We hadn’t either until this weekend.

LA Bikefest 2013 – Spooky Kross

We also celebrated at Oktoberfest final days of 2013. On Saturday we had more than 3,000 people join us for drinks, food and dancing in our Festplatz and Festhalle. Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare was also in full swing, especially with fun bands like Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger taking over for Ska Night. It’s always an adventure at Fairplex!

Event Industry News: Super Bowl Sunday, SAG awards, Twitter videos get racy

Super Bowl XLVII Event Industry News: Super Bowl Sunday, SAG awards, Twitter videos get racy

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This week the event industry is popping on both sides of the U.S. Between Super Bowl Sunday weekend and awards season in La La Land there will be plenty of parties, after parties and ceremonies to keep the event industry pros going at full speed.

Super Bowl Sunday: It’s game day for more than just the Ravens and the 49ers as New Orleans plays host to several events. Big brands are preparing big parties for the weekend including DirecTV, Maxim, GQ, Budlight and an assortment of liquor brands. Themes include Mardi Gras, going Greek (gods and godesses… not frats) and festivities in all manner of manors and mansions.

And in 2014: New York is going all-out for the Super Bowl next year (hosted at MetLife Stadium) complete with Super Bowl Boulevard spanning Broadway for 10 blocks.

Inside L.A.: On the west side of the nation Hollywood is in the thick of their biggest event season of the year. The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards happened this weekend followed by a jovial after party with all the fixins: Dance floor, private alcoves, smoking tent, food buffet and celebrities and press for days. It’s not slowing down in L.A. anytime soon; the Grammys and the Oscars are right around the corner.

Social Media/Technology: Last week Twitter bought an app called “Vine” which allows users to post 6-second videos in a tweet. Fun, simple, easy-to-use. It’s essentially Instagram on crack. Of course, the problem lies in that all tweeters can use the app. And publish all things inappropriate… in video form… in a matter of seconds.

Check back here every Monday for more on event industry news.

Wooooooooo. It’s Creepy Time at Fearplex.

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The spooks are out at the Fairplex Grandstand Oct. 17-19; 24-26 and every night Tuesday, Oct. 28 through Sunday, Nov. 2. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays 7:00 p.m. to midnight; Sundays and weeknights 7-10  p.m. A lot of people like to get scared out of their wits this time of the year, so if you want to bypass the line waiting to get in, a VIP ticket gets you in a special entrance ($20 for both haunted houses). Regular admission: $13.50 for getting scared in just one attraction; $18.50 for double thrills.

Now don’t be afraid. Really. That rumor about an asylum for the criminally insane right here at Fairplex? Strictly a rumor. No truth to it at ALLLLL… GAK….HELLLPPPP.scary clown 199x300 Wooooooooo. It’s Creepy Time at Fearplex.