December at Fairplex

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is almost over. We’re ready to close out the year with plenty of holiday cheer here at Fairplex, from toy drives to holiday shopping. Keep reading to see what we have planned for the most wonderful time of the year:

HarvestFestival 300x189 December at Fairplex Harvest Festival (Dec 1-3): Holiday shopping starts here! The Original Harvest Festival Arts & Crafts Show is the perfect place to find unique handmade gifts. Immerse yourself in an atmosphere of cheery holiday music, twinkling lights and sweet and savory treats as you shop hundreds of artisan goods.

Located in Expo Hall 4. General admission is $9 with discounts for seniors, military and kids. Parking $10 at Gate 17 on Fairplex Drive. For tickets & additional event information, visit harvestfestival.com

pomonaswapmeet 300x300 December at Fairplex Pomona Swap Meet (Dec. 3): Shop, swap and sell at the last Pomona Swap Meet of 2017!

Shop thousands of car parts and accessories, enjoy the sight of hundreds of classic cars, and chat with fellow auto enthusiasts.

Sunday, Dec. 3. 5 a.m. – 2 p.m. Parking $10 at Gate 17. General admission is $10, children 12 & under are free! More info available at pomonaswapmeet.com.

Fairplex Events twilightcruise 300x200 December at Fairplex NHRA Museum Twilight Cruise & Toy Drive (Dec. 6): The December Twilight Cruise includes the annual Toy Drive! Cars cruising in with an unwrapped toy or gift of $5 or more in value will receive free admission to the cruise. All gifts will benefit the CHIPS for Kids annual campaign, which provides toys to at-risk local youth and families.

Walgreens will also be on hand to sell toys and gifts if you don’t have time to shop beforehand. ALL customs, exotics, hot rods and sports cars are welcome, no matter the year!

As a special holiday gift, the NHRA Motorsports Museum will be offering free admission after 3 p.m. Browse the museum gift shop for the hot rodder in your life! More information at fairplex.com.

HolidayHalf 300x189 December at Fairplex Holiday Half Marathon (Dec. 9 & 10) Kick of winter break at the most wonderful run of the year! The fun starts on Saturday, Dec.10 with the Health & Fitness Expo, Ugly Sweater 5K and the Kids 1K Penguin Waddle.

Runners can also register during this time. The actual half marathon is on Sunday, with runners starting their race at Fairplex. For registration information, schedule of events and more, click here.

jurassic 300x227 December at Fairplex Jurassic Quest (Dec. 29 – Jan 1): Jurassic Quest is a dinosaur adventure for the whole family. Encounter life-size animatronic dinosaurs, explore the T-rex and Triceratops fossil digs, run through inflatable mazes, try your hand at Dino crafts and much more.

Admission is $20 for kids ages 2-12 and adults with discounts for seniors and members of the military and police. Open Friday, 3 – 8 p.m. and Saturday – Monday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. For more event information, click here.

Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)

Greetings, fellow Fairplex Insider readers!

I hope everyone enjoyed the sugar intake this Halloween weekend. If you have kids, remember that for every candy they get, you get TWO! icon smile Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)

Here is what’s going down at Fairplex this month:

3973 1makercon Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)SoCal Maker Con (Nov. 7): SoCal Maker Con celebrates innovation, inventive minds and creativity in Southern California. Robot wars, drone demonstrations and all kinds of really interesting inventions will be at Fairplex this Saturday, including sessions with some of the top entrepreneurial minds in the region. You cannot miss this one-day event! For more information, visit www.socalmakercon.com

4006 1NHRAFinals Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)NHRA Finals (Nov 12-15): Put your ear muffs on because things are about to get really loud in Pomona! The season concludes where it began with an event traditionally laced with drama. The historic racetrack typically enjoys seasonably cool ­temperatures that translate into perfect racing conditions and a spectacular, no-holds-barred battle for the prestigious NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships. Tickets available at www.nhra.com/tickets

3975 1TwilightCruise Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)Prolong Twilight Cruise (Nov 19): Enjoy hundreds of hot rods, classic cars and vintage race cars on display at Fairplex. Admission to Prolong Twilight Cruise is FREE and admission to the historic Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is $5 from 5 p.m. until closing on cruise nights. Click HERE for more information.

4024 1EverybodysBirdMart Goodbye October and Hello November (aka Holiday Season)Everybody’s Birdmart (Nov 29): Everyone’s favorite bird show is back on Sunday, March 22. So, be sure to not make plans for the weekend that do not include shopping for birds of all shapes, breeds and sizes along with cages, seed, feeders, vitamins, toys, perches, vitamins and much more! Adult admission is $9, children aged 11 or younger can explore for free! For more information visit: www.everybodysbirdmart.com

Other events happening at Fairplex in November include: Bushiroad USA (Nov 7-8), Garden Railroad at Fairplex (Nov 8), ITEX Holiday Barter Fair (Nov 8), and RailGiants Train Museum (Nov 14-15).

Which events are you coming out to this November?

A Traveling Wine Tasting Event

three wine glasses resized A Traveling Wine Tasting EventThis is one of the most fun wine tasting events at McKinley’s Grille at Sheraton Fairplex hotel. It’s a progressive party that starts on the McKinley’s Grille patio and moves to the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and the famous but little seen Fairplex Wine Cellar, which is mission central for the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competitions.

The tastings for this event are award winners from this year’s competition (3,400 entries from around the globe). It’s a great way to try out some of these wines without making a commitment to a whole bottle.

It’s an affordable $25 per person and it includes many tastings and some great food go-withs from the McKinley’s Grille executive chef, David Teig. Unless you’re a really big eater, there’s plenty of food (and wine!) for a light summer supper.

McKinley’s Grille
Sheraton Fairplex Hotel
Corner of McKinley & White Ave.
5:30 – 8 p.m.
$25 per person, inclusive
Call for reservations by Tuesday, July 28 (909) 868-5930