Weekend Recap: Dance, robotics, insanity

We like to share our weekend experiences through the eyes of our guests! ICYMI, here’s a quick look at what we had the pleasure of hosting:

Move Productions Dance Competition

Southern California VEX Robotics Championships

Insane Inflatable 5K

Palates & Palettes Wine & Paint Night

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

L.A. Weekender: Trains, art and music

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Palates & Palettes Van Gogh session 

Palates & Palettes (June 11): We’re ending spring / starting summer with another Palates & Palettes wine and paint session. This time we are learning to paint like Matisse, while enjoying food and wine from his homeland — the South of France. An RSVP is required. Please click here to claim your spot! 

Make Music Pasadena (June 11): Downtown Pasadena is hosting their annual Make Music festival this Saturday. Enjoy performances from multiple artists throughout the city, as well as food, drinks and shopping. Admission is free, all ages. For more info visit makemusicapasadena.dola.com

Downtown Pomona Art Walk (June 11): The City of Pomona is hosting their second-Saturday art walk this weekend. Enjoy extended hours at many restaurants, galleries and shops, while perusing the wares of local artists along the streets. More info at downtownpomona.org!

RailGiants Train Museum (June 11-12): The RailGiants Train Museum, located right here at Fairplex, is open to the public this weekend! Journey back in time as you hop aboard historic steam engines and speak with our docents. More info at railgiants.org. Admission and parking are free!

Fairplex Garden Railroad (June 12): The Fairplex Garden Railroad is one of the longest-standing exhibits of the Fair, and also one of the most dynamic. Our volunteers are constantly changing things up — creating new buildings, adding new trains and refurbishing scenery. Come check it out this Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free! Visit fgrr.org for more info.

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: 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.

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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: Fairplex Happenings

Happy Friday, everyone! We hope you all had a very productive week and that y’all are ready to get the weekend started. If you are like me and don’t have anything planned for this weekend, then please continue reading this blog because this weekend is packed with events perfect for all age groups.

PublicAuction 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsPublic Auction (April 17-18): Countless cars, pickup trucks, vans, SUV’s and other vehicles will be auctioned off at Fairplex this Saturday. If interested, preview day is Friday and actual bidding and sale is Saturday. Event will take place on White Avenue Lot, through Gate 9. Free parking at Gate 23 on Fairplex & Puddingstone Drives. For more information about this free admission event visit the Fairplex events page.

Palates 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsPalates & Palettes: Food, Wine and Paint (April 18): This month’s Palates and Palettes event revolves around French artist Henri Matisse. Enjoy complimentary food pairings presented by Vince Cavalli of McKinley’s Grille and wine selections from Nice, France, selected by Silverlake Wine. In this unique and relaxing ambiance, you will create an original painting guided by an experienced art teacher as you listen to relaxing and regional music in a supportive, friendly atmosphere. All materials are provided, and you will take home your finished work at the end of the evening. All levels are encouraged, no experience required. There are still a few spots open! Register here!

FamilyArt 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsMillard Sheets Art Center Free Family Workshops: The Millard Sheets Art Center is bringing back its free family art workshops focusing on art skills and fun craft projects for the whole family. Projects will be taught in Spanish & English with one group for parents and elementary students and another for middle school students, so make sure to join the fun! For more information about this event visit the Fairplex events page.

Cosmo 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsCosmo Run 7K (April 18): LADIES, Cosmo Run 7K is this Saturday! Ditch your place and come have fun at this all ladies evening event! Participating in a 7K does not have to be boring, so gather your sisters, friends and female colleagues and register for the event. Your race swag will include a Cosmo 7k martini glass, goody bag and more. The finish line will have 3 different Three Olive Vodka Cosmo stations – each featuring a different Cosmo flavor! To learn more about this event visit the the Fairplex events page.

PomonaSwapMeet 150x132 L.A. Weekender: Fairplex HappeningsPomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show (April 19): According to weather reports, Sunday’s weather will be perfect for our Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show. Hundreds of original and restored classic vehicles will be on display and for sale in six specialized Car Corral sections: Pre 1985 Classics, any year Corvettes, any year Porsches, Pre 1959 Street Rods, Pre 1985 Volkswagens and Pre 1985 Imports. General admission is $10 and children 12 and under are free. For more information visit www.fairplex.com.

To see what else is going on at Fairplex, please check out our Events Page.

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 madrigal@fairplex.com

Fairplex Weekend Recap: Cars, paint and wine

66th Annual Grand National Roadster Show

It was cars, cars and more cars at Fairplex this weekend for the 66th annual Grand National Roadster Show.

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Our campus was a beautiful cacophony of roaring engines, doo-wop music and the sizzle of burgers and hot dogs. Inside, more than 100 cars were on display, from the home-built custom hot rods at the Suede Palace (Expo Hall 10), to the beauties on display in Expo Hall 4.

18 vehicles were in the running for the coveted “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” award, with the winner being Larry Olson’s 1933 Ford Roadster. Hot Rod Network did a great job of photographing all 18 entries, which you can view here.

Meanwhile over in Expo Hall 6, Victor Garcia won “America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle” with his sleek 2014 Harley Davidson.

Thank you to everyone who joined us this weekend! We love having the Grand National Roadster Show here and look forward to next year’s event!

Palates & Palettes 

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Motor enthusiasts weren’t the only ones to visit Fairplex campus this weekend. The first Palates & Palettes art party debuted Saturday night at the Millard Sheets Art Center (MSAC) for a relaxing time of culture, food, wine and learning.

MSAC also held its first family art workshop of the year, and hosted the opening reception of the Paula Izydorek art show on Friday evening. Not a bad way to kick off the new year!

To see what else is happening at Fairplex, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Do you have any favorite memories at Fairplex this weekend? 

L.A. Weekender: Fairplex happenings

Hello and Happy Friday! This edition of the L.A. Weekender features cars, paint and family fun, all right here at the Fairplex campus. Keep reading to see what we have in store for you:

Check out the 2014 show in Tony DeFrank’s video! 

Grand National Roadster Show (Jan. 23-25): The 66th annual Grand National Roadster Show arrives at Fairplex this weekend for three days of cars, cars and more cars. Some of the most beautiful roadsters in the nation compete for awards including the prestigious America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy. For more information, visit the Fairplex event page.

Palates & Palettes: Food, Wine and Paint (Jan. 24): The first Palates & Palettes wine and paint series debuts at the Millard Sheets Art Center (MSAC) this Saturday night. Escape to Austria with us as you learn to paint with professional artist Dominic Black and sample food and wine from Vienna. RSVP today with The Learning Centers at Fairplex. There are still a few spots open!

Free Family Workshop (Jan. 24): MSAC is kicking off the Free Family Workshop series this Saturday morning. Join artist Jimena Roman as she takes you through a fun arts & crafts project, great for all ages. Reservations are required. For more information visit The Learning Centers at Fairplex website.

Public Auction (Jan. 23-24): Last but not least on our list of Fairplex happenings, the monthly Public Auction is happening Saturday at Gate 9 (White Ave.) Cars, trucks, vans and other vehicles will be auctioned off to buyers. Preview potential purchases on Friday, then prepare to bid Saturday. Admission is free. For more information visit the Fairplex events page.

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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

Eat, drink and paint at Palates & Palettes

Experience the joy of painting at the new Palates & Palettes series, presented by The Learning Centers at Fairplex.

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Earlier this month we gave you a small preview of what’s in store for the Millard Sheets Art Center this year and we are pleased to announce this new program.

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Learn to paint through the lens of a specific region and culture, taught by a professionalartist. As you paint, indulge your taste buds in food and wine in theme with the evening’s artistic subject. Each month features a different artist and region, and a new menu and wine pairing.

This month’s event takes you into the beauty of Vienna Austria. Art is presented by Dominic Black, with wine by Randy Clement (Silverlake Wine/Everson and Royce) and food by Vincent Cavalli (McKinley’s Grille.)

Tickets are $75. Guests must be 21+ to participate.

For a full list of featured wines for this session and additional information on the series, visit tlcfairplex.org

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