April at Fairplex

april 300x300 April at Fairplex April showers? They seem to be non-existent at Fairplex! We’ve enjoyed nothing but light breezes and sunny skies so far this month and it’s put us in the best of moods. We hope you’ll come through and enjoy the weather and our April events with us. Check it out:

Food Truck Thursdays Returns (April 6): It wouldn’t be spring without Food Truck Thursdays! Starting April 6, a variety of food trucks will set up shop in the Gate 1 parking lot in the evenings. Enjoy your choice of eats, music, drinks and community. Admission and parking are FREE — enter through Gate 1. Visit our Events Calendar for the latest updates on which food trucks will be featured each week.

Fairplex Events Palettes 233x300 April at Fairplex Palates & Palettes: (April 8): Wine and paint, anyone? Novices and pros alike are invited to wine, dine and learn to paint at the Millard Sheets Art Center this Saturday night! Guests will learn how to paint like pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. Enjoy rich food like New York steak and fried mac & cheese paired with delectable wines. RSVP here.

Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals (April 8 & 9): “America’s Car Show” is roaring back to Fairplex — the Street Machine & Muscle Car Nationals are taking over the campus this weekend! Feast your eyes on more than 1,000 high-end cars, watch the Autocross action and enjoy live music, prize giveaways and auto vendors. Tickets, event times and parking details available here.

Deaf United Expo (April 22): The most exciting Deaf Cultural Event in America will be at Fairplex April 22. Guests are invited to participate in workshops, exhibits, entertainment, job and career fairs and other activities for the deaf community. Admission is FREE! More information available here.

Tiki Cats at The Fair (April 29-30): Calling all cat lovers! The Santa Monica Cat Club presents the “Tiki Cats at The Fair” Cat Show. Judges from across the country will decide which cat deserves the title of Best In Show. See cats of all breeds, kittens and adults  alike. Vendors will feature specialty cat foods, treats, grooming supplies, cat trees and more. For more information, including ticket prices and hours, click here!

Fairplex Events Soccer FB 300x300 April at Fairplex Soccer Games: Our infields are now home to The Southern California Sports Club! Watch their matches against various National Premier Soccer League teams every other Saturday this month (April 8, 22, 29). View their full schedule here.

Other Events: Some of our favorite events, like the NHRA Museum Twilight Cruise, Giant Spring RV Show, Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show, B.R.A.K.E.S. Driving School, and public runs of the Fairplex Garden Railroad and RailGiants Train Musem will also be happening this month. Busy, busy, busy!

For more info on any of these events, please visit us at Fairplex.com.

If you’re hanging out with us, share your experiences on social media! Tag @fairplex and use #fairplex in your captions. We’d love to hear from you.

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Bubbles, paint and trains

Bubble Run 5K
Foam, bubbles and soap suds took over Fairplex Saturday morning during the Bubble Run 5K! Fun runs have been a regular occurrence here for several years, but the sight of thousands of guests running — whether through paint, powder, bubbles or beer — never gets old.

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Palates & Palettes: Picasso
Our monthly wine & paint night was a blast! Our attendees learned to paint “Woman With A Flower” by Pablo Picasso. Of course, the painting lesson was accompanied by plenty of food and wine from Picasso’s homeland of Spain. All in all, a fantastic way to wrap up our Saturday.

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Elsewhere on campus, the RailGiants Train Museum and the Fairplex Garden Railroad hosted their open houses over the weekend. Saturday was National Train Day and the RailGiants crew were out and about, sharing the histories of our historic steam engines with visitors.

Our Fairplex Garden Railroad team also opened their doors for train enthusiasts. The whole crew has been hard at work adding new scenes, refurbishing train tracks and getting ready for the summer.

See what’s happening next at Fairplex on our Events Calendar!

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Reptiles, wine and mosaics

Rain or shine, it was packed at Fairplex this weekend. Even though we had to postpone The Music Run until April we still had a full house with everything else going on around campus.

The Reptile Super Show brought in all sorts of scaly, colorful guests and a few humans too icon wink Fairplex Weekend Recap: Reptiles, wine and mosaics It’s always fun to meet people who share a love of reptiles and check out the newest in pet care.

The Millard Sheets Art Center was busy all day Saturday with our first family workshop and Palates & Palettes session of 2016. We can’t believe our family workshops are already SOLD OUT for the next three months!

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We’re taking a quick breather today and then it’s off and running to prepare for the Asian American Expo next weekend!

Did you visit us this weekend? Share your photos with us by tagging @fairplex on Instagram! 

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

Hello 2016, Hello Art

Art and community go hand in hand, which is why it’s such a big priority for us at Fairplex. We’re starting the year off with visual art programs for all ages at the Millard Sheets Art Center. Check it out!

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Guests try their hand at painting during a Palates & Palettes session

Family Workshop (Jan 9): This month’s family workshop is all about our art center’s namesake Millard Sheets. Families will hear about his art technique and learn about the impact his mosaics have made on Los Angeles. Children can also make mosaics of their own to take home! Although this month’s event is filled to capacity there is still time to sign up for next month’s workshop. Click here for more information. 

Palates & Palettes (Jan 9): Paint + wine = a good time. Each month our Palates & Palettes party highlights a famous artist from a particular geographic location and guests, guided by an experienced art teacher, try their own hand at painting. Meanwhile, cuisine and wines from the artist’s homeland are served. This month we will be drawing inspiration from Gustav Klimt, hailing from Austria. To register for this month’s session click here. 

Adult Art Courses (Begins Jan 18): Get a jump start on those New Years resolutions and try your hand at art! Beginning the week of Jan. 18th we will be hosting evening classes for watercolor, pottery and figure drawing. Please visit the Millard Sheets Arts Center website for class times and registration.

Junior Potters (Saturdays): Last but not least, we are hosting youth pottery sessions. Designed for children ages 7-13, this class introduces students to the pottery wheel and the world of ceramics in a professional art studio. Visit our website for detailed programming and class times.

Art continues to play a big part in Fairplex programming and we’re introducing new classes, workshops, exhibitions and community partnerships as we move into 2016! To learn more about the Millard Sheets Art Center, visit us at tlcfairplex.org.

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!