Weekend Recap: Winternationals, Trains

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests!

NHRA Winternationals
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series always starts here at Fairplex at the Auto Club Raceaway, and this year was no exception! Click here to read up on who won what at the 2017 NHRA Winternationals!



World’s Great Hobby On Tour (Model Trains)
Model trains were the name of the game on the other side of our campus! From the World’s Great Hobby expo to our historic garden railroad, children and parents alike had a blast learning and playing this past weekend:



Up next: Mecum Auctions, the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycles and Road Art sales is bringing their Los Angeles Show to Fairplex this weekend and we can’t wait! More info at Fairplex.com.

Fairplex Weekender: Drag races and trains

This weekend Fairplex is all about two things: drag racing and trains. Here’s what’s on the calendar:

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NHRA Winternationals (Now – Feb. 12): We’ve been listening to the roar of the drag races since yesterday, and it’s welcome noise to our ears! The 2017 NHRA season opener is in full throttle this weekend at the Auto Club Raceway. Tickets are on sale online and at the doors. Choose from general or VIP seating and enjoy the noise, the crowds and the adrenaline! More info at nhra.com.

World’s Great Hobby Train Show (Feb 11-12): If you love trains, this is the weekend to be at Fairplex. The World’s Greatest Hobby On Tour is filling Expo Hall 4 with huge operating model railroads along with manufacturers and retailers, a free riding train for kids, train demos and seminars, and Walt Disney’s Railroad Story by author Michael Broggie. Horus, admission and additional info available here.

Fairplex Garden Railroad (Feb 11-12): The Fairplex Garden Railroad is opening its gates to the public (FREE) on Feb. 11 & 12, weather permitting. One of the longest standing pieces of the LA County Fair, the Garden Railroad is continually growing and changing at the hands of our dedicated volunteers. Stop by 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More info at fgrr.org.

RailGiants Train Museum (Feb 11-12): On the other side of campus, the RailGiants Train Museum features the giant steam engines and locomotives of the past. Climb aboard one of these giant engines and speak with our docents on the history of the trains. More info at railgiants.org.

Fairplex Weekend Recap: NHRA Winternationals 2016

The return of drag racing is always an exciting time at Fairplex. Read on for a full recap of what went down at the drags and elsewhere on campus this weekend.

NHRA Winternationals
We could hear engines roaring all the way on the other side of campus! Thousands of race fans flocked to the Auto Club Raceway for the NHRA Winternationals, marking the official start of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

It was an exciting weekend, full of non-stop racing, not to mention Gary Denham’s incredible, injury-free crash on Saturday.

Despite the heat (because in California it’s perfectly normal to have 90-degree weather in the middle of winter), it was definitely an event worth attending. First place went to Steve Torrence in the Top Fuel category, Ron Capps for Funny Car and Greg Anderson in the Pro Stock division.


Head over to the NHRA site for a full list of results.

Palates & Palettes
On the other side of campus, a much quieter (but equally fun) event took place on Saturday — a sold-out Palates & Palettes Valentine’s Day session!

Our guests learned to paint the classic Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh and enjoyed wine and food from the Netherlands — Van Gogh’s hometown. It’s always amazing to see how just a little instruction can lead to some pretty great amateur art!

We’re in full event mode at Fairplex and we’re not slowing down this weekend. Make sure you stay up to date on all that’s happening on our campus on our Events Calendar!

L.A. Weekender: Drags and hearts

While most Valentine’s Day dinners and events are sold out by now, there are still a few places you can go either for free or a fairly reasonable price! Check out what we have in store for this weekend:

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NHRA Winternationals (Feb 12 – 14): If you’re a fan of racing, head over to the historic Auto Club Raceway to watch the start of another exciting drag season. Tickets are available for purchase here. Visit the NHRA Winternationals page for a schedule of races and additional info.

Palates & Palettes (Feb 13): Wine, delicious food and creativity are all elements of a perfect date night. Join us at the Millard Sheets Art Center for an evening learning to paint Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, while enjoying wine and food from his homeland, The Netherlands. For more information visit tlcfairplex.org.

Pomona Art Walk (Feb 13): The monthly downtown Pomona art walk is this Saturday. Enjoy a relaxed evening in the arts district and shop, dine and browse art galleries with your date. It’s a great way to support the local community while spending some one-on-one time with that special someone. For more info click here.

Malibu Wine Safari (Feb 13 & 14): For those of you looking for a truly special date night experience check out the Malibu Wine Safari, happening now through Valentine’s Day! Take your date on a wine tasting, animal feeding adventure. The Malibu wine safari offers multiple wine tastings while exploring wildlife both native to and not-so-native to Los Angeles. To RSVP, click here.

Lady & The Tramp at El Capitan Theater (Feb 12-15): If you (or your sig. other) likes Disney, this is the place to be for Valentine’s Day weekend. Enjoy a screening of this timeless classic while dining on, what else, but spaghetti and meatballs, served from L.A.’s oldest Italian restaurant, Miceli’s. Tickets available for purchase 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

February at Fairplex!

A new month means new events at Fairplex! We’re incredibly busy with classes at The Learning Centers at Fairplex, shopping expos, drag racing, a fun run and more. Here are just a few of the things going down this month!

HorseExpo February at Fairplex! Western Horse Expo (Feb 5-7): Whether you ride horses or are just a huge fan, you won’t want to miss the Western Horse Expo Pomona this weekend! The expo is hosting training and education, premier equine vendors, live entertainment and plenty of opportunities to connect with fellow equestrians. For more info visit horseexpoevents.com.

NHRAFinals February at Fairplex! 50th Annual NHRA Winternationals (Feb 11-14): Forget football, drag racing season is HERE and it’s kicking off at Fairplex! The NHRA Winternationals is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with car displays, burnout demonstrations and exhibition runs on our legendary dragstrip.

Meet Funny Car drivers, participate in a Q&A with race pros and enjoy the adrenaline rush as cars race down the dragstrip on their way to the Championship. For more information visit nhra.com.

PP February at Fairplex! Palates & Palettes (Feb 13): Valentine’s Day weekend is almost here and we have the perfect way to start your three-day weekend. Take your significant other to a painting and wine session at the Millard Sheets Art Center. We will be learning to paint Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh as well as exploring the food and wine of his homeland, The Netherlands. More info available at tlcfairplex.org/art/.

PetExpo February at Fairplex! Southern California Pet Expo (Feb 20-21): Bring your furry and feathered friends to Fairplex for a weekend of woofing, chirping and meowing. The SoCal Pet Expo offers spa treatments from local groomers, sample treats and pet attire. Pet owners will have the opportunity to chat with top trainers and learn pet-care tips from animal welfare organizations. For those looking for a more interactive experience, there will be an agility demonstration and pet talent and costume shows. For more information socalpetexpo.com.

QuinceExpo February at Fairplex! Quinceanera Expo (Feb 27-28): Rounding out this month’s diverse events is the Quinceanera Expo. Trade professionals will be available to show you the latest trends in gowns, dresses, makeup and hairstyles. Tuxuedo, party decor, photography, choreography, DJs, limousines, cake and invitation vendors will also be on hand to show you what they have to offer.

Think of this event as a way of avoiding long days driving, parking and hopping from store to store as you get a head start on planning your big day. For more info visit quinceanerasmagazine.com.

Other Events (all month): There are plenty of other happenings this month too, from the Hot Tub SwimSpa Show (Feb. 5-7) to the Gold & Treasure Show (Feb. 20-21) to Insane Inflatable 5K (Feb 27)! We’ll be giving you a heads up on all of these on our L.A. Weekender posts but it never hurts to lock down plans for the weekend.

For more information on these and all upcoming events at Fairplex, visit our events calendar at fairplex.com.

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. 

4 Things To Do at Fairplex This Month

Where did January go? 

It seems like only a week ago that we came back to the Fairplex offices and started work again… but time flies when you’re having fun, and the fun never stops here! This month we are offering some great art programs at the Millard Sheets Art Center, plus some other exciting events headed your way. Check it out:

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1. Millard Sheets Adult Art Classes (ongoing): Adult art classes kick off this week but you can join any time! Visit The Learning Centers at Fairplex (TLC) website and sign up for a course in pottery or watercolor painting. Why not try something new this year?  For more information, visit tlcfairplex.org.

2. NHRA Winternationals (Feb. 5-8): It’s pure adrenaline at the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and the season is kicking off here with the Winternationals at the Auto Club Raceway! The Winternationals are always an exciting time (not to mention loud) and it’s a must-do for drag racing enthusiasts. Visit the NHRA website to purchase tickets and subscribe to our Fairplex Happenings newsletter for a special promo code!

3. Valentine’s Day at McKinley’s Grille (Feb. 13-15): Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but McKinley’s Grille has you covered. We’re offering a special Valentine’s Day dinner all weekend long that incorporates our freshest fruits and vegetables from The Farm. Visit mckinleysgrille.com for the full menu.

4. Palates & Palettes – Food, wine and paint (Feb. 21): Our second Palates & Palettes party is on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Millard Sheets Art Center. Escape to Piemonte, Italy for a night and learn how to paint while enjoying wine and food pairings in theme with Italian culture. For more information and to RSVP your spot, visit tlcfairplex.org.

Other events: Aside from our own events we have a lot of fun things coming through Fairplex all month long. The Insane Inflatable 5K, SoCal Pet Spectacular, free family art workshops and Quinceanera Expo are just a few more events we’re having at Fairplex in February. Can’t wait!

To see a full list of events, visit us at fairplex.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!