L.A. Weekender: Off-Road Expo and Red Bull Straight Rhythm at Fairplex

High temperatures aside, it is officially autumn in Southern California. October is one of the busiest months at Fairplex, and there is always something going on during the weekends. Keep reading for the first L.A. Weekender of the Fall!

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Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo (Oct. 4-5): The Off-Road Expo features a gigantic collection of off-orad parts, equipment, gear and experts all assembled at Fairplex. Racing, rock-crawling, trail riding, sand sports, motorcycles and ATV industry experts will be on-hand to answer questions and talk shop. For more information visit offroadexpo.com.

Red Bull Straight Rhythm (Oct 4): The debut of Red Bull Straight Rhythm motocross racing is happening this weekend at the historic Auto Club Raceway at Fairplex. A 1/2-mile track has been built directly onto the speedway, where motocross pros will go head-to-head in a competition of speed and skill in this evolutionary event. For more information visit redbull.com.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (Oct. 2014): It’s opening night of the annual Los Angeles Haunted Hayride at Griffith Park’s Old Zoo (which is rumored to be haunted year-round anyways.) Get spooked at The Underworld that includes new mazes and Street Drum Corps. Does that name sound familiar? They performed at LACF in the Pirate Adventure zone! For more information visit losangeleshauntedhayride.com

Rise of the Jack-O-Lanterns (Oct. 2014): Bring your family and friends to the opening night of the Rise of the Jack-O-Lanterns at Descanso Gardens. This all-ages event features more than 5,000 hand-carved jack-o-lanterns created by professional artists and displayed beautifully throughout the Rose Garden section. For more information, click here.

Good Food Pie Contest (Oct 5): Spend your Sunday Funday with KCRW at the sixth annual Good Food Pie Contest at the Fowler Museum. Hoom cooks and professionals compete to see who makes the most delicious fall pies, judged by top chefs and food writers in the L.A. area. Enjoy food trucks, kids activities and, of course, pie tasting. For more information, click here.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a weekly 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: Relay For Life, Nurotag, Art Walk

Happy Friday! Last weekend was absolutely packed for us, with Vans Warped Tour and Cheers – L.A.’s Wine, Spirits, Beer & Food Festival, and we are rolling right along into another jam-packed weekend. Keep reading to see what’s happening at Fairplex and our surrounding neighborhoods:

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Relay For Life: Relay For Life returns to Fairplex on Saturday, June 28th to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Communities gather together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and ultimately fight back against a vicious disease. Relay For Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking/running the track. All teams have at least one participant on the track at all times. For more information, click here.

2014 Nurotag All-Star Car Show Series: If you appreciate car design, Nurotag’s All-Star Series is the place to be. Fairplex is the third stop of the Nurotag Show Series, showcasing the best in automotive and lifestyle culture. The series celebrates style, art, music and culture within the automotive industry. Check it out this Saturday from noon – 6 p.m. For more information on the event, click here.

Pomona Art WalkDowntown Pomona transforms into a world of art and creativity on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month during the Pomona Art Walk. More than two dozen galleries open their doors to feature hundreds of local artists. Paintings, photography, ceramics, mixed media and jewelry are just some of the pieces on display. For more information, click here.

Claremont Village Blues & BrewsRight down the street from Fairplex, the 5th annualClaremont Village Blues & Brews is happening this Saturday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. $45 ($50 at the door) gets you 18 pour-tasting tickets and a beer pilsner. Enjoy live entertainment, delicious food and of course, plenty of craft beer. For more information,click here.

P.S.: 4th of July is just around the corner! Fairplex is hosting KABOOM! which includes monster trucks, motocross and one of the largest fireworks displays in all of California to celebrate Independence Day. Buffet dinner options are also available. This event always sells out so make sure you purchase your tickets as soon as you can!

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a weekly 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: The Spark Run feat. Kaskade

Hello June! Summer is officially upon us, which means a flurry of festivals are about to descend on Los Angeles. In this edition of the L.A. Weekender we have collected just a few of the events kicking off the new month:

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The Spark Run 5k feat. KaskadeThrow on your glow sticks, neon accessories and running shoes for The Spark Run 5k at Fairplex Saturday night. Walk/run/jog your way through a 5k course full of music, sound and lights and end your journey at the After Party where Kaskade will be performing live along with other EDM DJs. Registration is still available. Visit www.thesparkrun.com for more information.

Sancocho Music FestivalCelebrate Latin American culture at the Sancocho Music Festival. Enjoy music, dance and food from Colombia, El Salvador, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Argentina and Spain. Join the fun on Sunday, June 8th. Visitwww.sancochofestival.com for more information.

Abbot Kinney First FridaysOn the first Friday of every month, couples families and groups of friends eat, drink and shop on Abbot Kinney, one of the main thoroughfares of Venice. Local merchants on or near Abbot Kinney in Venice open their doors to feature the best artists, vendors and music in the local community.

Santa Monica Ocean Festival: Spend a leisurely morning and afternoon at the Santa Monica Ocean Festival. Watch (or compete!) in paddleboard races, the lifeguard dory race and visit the surf history pop-up museum. For more information visit www.santamonicapier.org.

Make Music Pasadena: Downtown Pasadena is hosting a free music festival this Saturday that runs from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. with dozens of live performances from indie, alternative, jazz, blues, folk, electric and rock music bands. For more information visit www.makemusicpasadena.org.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a weekly 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

Mother’s Day Weekend in Los Angeles

Mother’s Day is this Sunday which means lots of flowers, cards and affection for moms in Los Angeles! Here are our suggestions for Angelenos looking to celebrate their mothers and mother-figures. Check out the L.A. Weeknder below for some fun ideas this Mother’s Day Weekend:

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Pomona Art Walk:  Browse for a unique Mother’s Day gift and support the growing Pomona art community at the Pomona Art Walk. Hundreds of local artists display their works along the streets and in more than two dozen galleries in the city. Elements include paintings, photography, ceramics and jewelry. Many shops, studios and restaurants are open late as part of the festivities. Visit the Art Walk on Saturday from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

NBA / NHL Playoffs: If your mom happens to be an NBA or NHL fan, this is your weekend. The Clippers face off against the OKC Thunder tonight in Game 3 of the playoffs at the Staples Center. Saturday the Los Angeles Kings play against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 4 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. If you’re lucky, you have tickets to either of these games, but when it comes to the playoffs, sports bars are the next best thing. Of course we recommend Finish Line Sports Grill and taking advantage of our mega-TVs, relaxed atmosphere, daily specials and happy hour prices.

Science Discovery Day: The Alf Museum of Paleontology is hosting a special science discovery day this Saturday. Spend some quality time with the family and check out the learning stations, touch tables and crafts activities. Only $3 per person. Children 4 and under are free. For more information click here.

Mother’s Day Brunch: McKinley’s Grille offers a delicious brunch menu, made just for Mother’s Day. Chef David Teig is whipping up pancakes, omelets, pastries, crepes bacon, sausages, chicken, turkey, salads, dessert and even a kids buffet. This Sunday, enjoy a relaxed meal at our restaurant or dine al fresco in our patio. Click here for the full menu.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a weekly 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: Taste of Claremont, Toyota Grand Prix and the Festival of Books

If you couldn’t make it to Coachella with your fellow Angelenos don’t worry. There are plenty of other fun things to do in LA. It might not include an amazing musical lineup, or a desert wasteland of dance and celebration, but we have a few ideas up our sleeve for those of you stranded in the city. Here is this week’s edition of the Fairplex L.A. Weekender:

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Taste of ClaremontIf you happen to live in our neck of the woods, a Taste of Claremont is perfect for our fellow foodies and wine connoisseurs. The 15th annual Taste of Claremont is happening Saturday, April 12 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Experience the city’s best wine, spirits and cuisine from a number of local restaurants, meet fellow foodies in the community and know your funds are going to a good cause. For additional information click here.

40th Annual Toyota Grand Prix: The 40th Annual Toyota Grand Prix is kicking off today and runs through Sunday, April 13th. The 2014 IndyCar Series includes races around the 1.97-mile, 11-turn circuit through downtown Long Beach. Events include the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the Super Drift Challenge, Pirelli World Challenge and Indy Lights. For more information click here.

Festival of Books: The annual L.A. Times Festival of Books is happening at USC this weekend for you bookworms. Meet famous authors, celebrities, watch culinary artists create their best recipes, attend film screenings, enjoy live music and immerse yourself in culture this weekend. For more information click here.

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show: Fairplex is hosting the Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show on Sunday, inviting car enthusiasts of all ages to peruse auto parts at swap meet prices and enjoy the sight of hundreds of classics and customs all on display. Admission is $10. Open from 5 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Discover the Arts in LAWe just wrapped up the 2014 ArtReach: The Art of Pop Culture at Fairplex but we encourage you to continue to immerse yourself in the arts throughout the rest of Los Angeles. “Discover the Arts in LA” includes the city’s best hotels and more than 30 leading museums and performing groups offering discounted admission prices to experience L.A. culture. For a full list of participating venues click here.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a weekly 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: dineLA Restaurant Week, Escape the Nightmares 5k & Sunday’s Big Game

Happy Friday! We can’t believe it’s already the end of January. We have a few ideas for you on how to kick off the first day of February. Whether you want to dine, drink, run or wander, there is plenty to do in the City of Angels.

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Restaurant Week: Today is your last chance to jump on the madness of dineLA’s Restaurant Week. A selection of specially priced prix-fixe lunch and dinner items are still available from LA’s best restaurants including spots in downtown, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Hollywood and the beach cities. If you’re feeling your inner foodie trying to get out, you should start your Friday night at one of these spots. A full list of locations are available here.

Escape the Nightmares 5k: Dark shadows, weird noises, monsters chasing you… not your typical 5k obstacle course. Escape the Nightmares 5k is coming to Fairplex, challenging runners to make it through 3.1 miles of terror without getting caught by the things that go bump in the night. If that sounds like an ideal way to spend your Saturday night, click here to register.

Chinese New Year: If watching football all afternoon is the equivalent of sitting through a documentary on cement, Chinatown is having their annual Lunar New Year celebration on Sunday. Kick off the Year of the Horse in style, with live music, cultural workshops and performances and activities for the kiddies. And of course, food will be running aplenty: street kitchens, gourmet food trucks, Chinese restaurants and snacks for blocks.

The Big Game: Buffalo wings, beer, pizza, jerseys, commercials and the game itself. If you’re like the majority of America, your face will probably be glued to a screen to watch the Broncos vs. Seahawks play in the biggest game of the season. Finish Line Sports Grill will be throwing a party on Sunday starting at 11 a.m. 70 flat-screens, indoor and outdoor dining locations, food & drink specials, sports trivia and raffle prizes go all day long. Shoot some $3.00 Fireball whiskey shots or split a dozen hot wings and a pitcher of craft beer for $18, all while watching the big game. It is Sunday Funday, after all!

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender highlights 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: Arts & crafts, holiday fun and Mozart

It is officially the holiday season which means even more fun than usual in the city of Los Angeles. This week we bring you arts & crafts, holiday shopping options, music, ice skating, Santa Claus and even a little opera for you. Without further delay, your L.A. Weekender:

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First Fridays on the Westside: First Friday on the Westside is always a festive event, but the first weekend of December brings a little extra holiday magic to the array of food vendors, art galleries and street performers that gather on Abbot Kinney in Venice. Holiday treats and shopping specials abound while the Venice Holiday Sign Lighting Ceremony is happening just down the street beginning at 6 p.m. Twinkling lights and Christmas trees will make you feel as though you’ve stepped into winter, despite being that gorgeous view of the sunset over the ocean. Meanwhile, over in downtown Long Beach, Santa Claus is coming to town to celebrate First Friday and a number of stores will be selling their best holiday goods. Enjoy a dinner on the harbor and support local bands as they perform on streets throughout the city.

Harvest Festival: The 2013 Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show is spending its final weekend of the year at Fairplex. Thousands of talented vendors will have their best wares on display, just in time for the holiday season. Jewelry, photography, clothes, home decor and a number of other unique items will be on sale. The festival is open this Friday-Sunday. For more information visit www.harvestfestival.com.

Downtown on Ice: Imagine skating under a dark blue winter sky, accented by the unique architecture of downtown Los Angeles. Downtown on Ice is the traditional ice skating rink set up in Pershing Square from November – January. The crowds will be coming in a furious flurry as the holiday season amps up so hitting the rink now would be wise.

The Magic Flute: Mozart enthusiasts should opt for the LA Opera for their Sunday Funday. A classic love story of good vs. evil, The Magic Flute has finally come to Los Angeles. The show starts at 2 p.m., ideal for those wishing to enjoy a leisurely brunch before settling in for an afternoon of bright costumes, beautiful set design and talented vocals. Tickets are available at www.laopera.org

Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show: Over on our side of Los Angeles County, the Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show is happening on our grounds. This antique auto show features Corvettes, Porsches, street rods and an assortment of other classic cars. It is truly a car-lover’s paradise. The fun starts early (5 a.m.!) on Sunday morning. For more information, visit www.fairplex.com

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender highlights 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: Santa Claus, basketball and a Turkey Trot

It’s going to be a quiet weekend at Fairplex. Next weekend we welcome dinosaurs and graffiti to the grounds but this weekend we want to recommend some fun activities happening in other parts of Southern California…

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Santa’s Arrival: Okay, so it might be a little early to start thinking about Christmas, but for those of you who are gung-ho for a little ho-ho-ho, Santa Claus will be arriving at Victoria Gardens tonight, complete with fireworks, a tree lighting ceremony and snowfall. The fun starts at 7 p.m.

It’s basketball season: The Lakers are back in L.A. and that means the Staples Center will be packed tonight. Grab a bite to eat at L.A. Live,  then walk over to the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies game. Or if you’re more of a Clippers fan, save the sports-mania for Saturday night when they play against the Brooklyn Nets.

Turkey Trot: The Autry Farmers Market is hosting their annual Turkey Trot this Saturday, with activities for the whole family. Parents and older kids can participate in the 5k or 10k Turkey Trots while younger runners can do the 1k Turkey Dash (5+.) There is even a Turkey Toddle for ages 2-5. There will be live music, games, prizes and more. Might as well start the holiday season with some cardio, right?

Family Day at the Hammer Museum: Enjoy a leisurely brunch in the city, then take the family to the Hammer Museum for a day full of activities. You can opt for watching the classic film, The Princess Bride at 11 a.m. or you can get crafty at the kid-friendly “Oh, If These Things Could Talk” workshop at noon. Students are invited to explore the design and personality of objects, led by Staci Steinberger. All activities are free.

Happy Friday!

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender highlights events  throughout Los Angeles County. 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: Baseball, volleyball, jazz and food trucks

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In exactly ONE week the L.A. County Fair will be open and running for the month of September! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Labor Day Weekend than with some good old-fashioned Fair food and exploring all the new exhibits this year. There is still plenty to enjoy right now and it looks like it’s going to be another beautiful August weekend:

Dodgers vs. Red Sox: Friday night. Baseball. Fireworks. Catch the Boston Red Sox tonight at as they face off against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Nosh on Dodger dogs and garlic french fries and cheer on the boys in blue, then head down to the field to enjoy a fireworks show with your family. The game begins at 7:10 p.m. The fireworks start directly after the end of the game.

Manhattan Beach Open: Carrying on the sports theme, the 53rd annual Manhattan Beach Open showcases some of the fiercest beach volleyball you will ever see. Watch athletes–including past Olympians–compete for the $200,000 prize. The tournament runs all weekend long.

Jazz at LACMA: If sports and loud crowds aren’t your cup of tea, visit Downtown LA and enjoy performances by some of L.A.’s most talented jazz musicians at LACMA. This Friday night features the Cross Hart Jazz Experience, a high-energy band with a fresh take on the genre. 6 p.m. Free

Food Truck Festival: If you’re already missing our Food Truck Fridays, you can compensate at the Corona Gourmet Food Truck Festival. More than 20 food trucks will be available for the tasting including some of our favorites like Belly Bombz, Cousins Maine Lobster, Ragin’ Cajun and Slummin’ Gourmet to name a few. A beer garden will also be open. Live music and other activities will also be available. Saturday, 11 – 6 p.m.

We hope you enjoy your weekend! We plan to take it easy because next week we will be living and breathing all things FAIR!

Happy Friday,

The L.A. Weekender

L.A. Weekender: Baseball, skateboards, reptiles and culture

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Happy Friday! Variety is the name of the game for this L.A. Weekender. If you wanted to have a little family time this weekend, these events are a perfect excuse to get the whole crew together for a little adventuring into Los Angeles:

Nisei Week Japanese Festival: First held in 1934, the Nisei Week Japanese Festival is one of the longest running ethnic festivals in the United States. Head down to Little Tokyo this weekend to check out the various exhibits, chow down on some sushi and noodles and spend an afternoon in Downtown LA. Located in the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center.

Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay: The Dodgers play against the Tampa Bay Rays all weekend. Take the family to a ballgame and enjoy Friday Night Fireworks tonight, or if you’re a big Dodger fan, head over to Dodger Stadium on Saturday for Hideo Nomo Bobblehead Day. Not only will the Dodgers be giving away free Nomo bobbleheads to the first, but the former pitcher himself will be there to do the ceremonial first pitch.

Summer Skate Expo: Come watch professional skaters perform their best tricks at the Southern California Skate Expo in the San Fernando Valley. The expo will have live music, dancing, autograph sessions, meet-and-greets, silent auctions, kids’ games, pro demos, plenty of food and other fun happenings. Of course, it is a Skate Expo, so guests are invited to sign up for the public skateboarding competition and strut their stuff throughout the weekend.

Reptile Super Show: Fairplex is hosting the Reptile Super Show this weekend. If you’ve ever wanted to own a snake, chameleon or any other number of reptiles, this is the place to be. A variety of colorful and interesting critters will be available for viewing (and purchase, if you feel like it.) Aug. 10-11.

Summer: Even if you don’t feel like going to a skateboard expo, hanging out with reptiles and couldn’t possibly trek to Dodger Stadium or Little Tokyo, there is still plenty to soak in before school starts. Beach. BBQ. Theme parks. Picnics. Game nights. It’s still summer. We hope you enjoy your weekend!