Weekend Recap: Dance, music, learning and foam

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:

Foam Glow 5K
Whether you like running or not, you have to admit, fun runs make for excellent Instagram pics, especially when glow-in-the-dark foam is involved!

ShowBiz Talent Show

10th Annual Ross/McCracken Learning Expo

Cinco de Mayo Festival
Despite the rain, our guests had a great time listening to live music, dancing and celebrating together in the infield!

We had a blast learning, living and playing this weekend on our campus. See what’s coming up next at Fairplex.com!

Fairplex Weekender: So much to do, so little time

Say hello to the weekend, because Friday is finally here! We hope you’ll join us for at least one event this weekend — we have a lot going on, from shopping to running to dancing to learning. Keep reading to see what we have planned this week:

field meadow flower pink 1024x680 Fairplex Weekender: So much to do, so little time Hot Tub & Swim Spa Show (May 5-7): The Hot Tub & Swim Spa Show is having a huge sale at Fairplex this weekend, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend! Shop hundreds of hot tubs and swim spas (with free delivery!) and on-site financing options. More info available at spapoolandbbqshow.com. Event located at Expo Hall 7, parking at Gate 9 on White Ave.

Showbiz Regional Talent Show (May 5-6): There’s no business like show business, and the Showbiz Regional Talent Show proves that! Experience the Showbiz tradition of dance competition excellence this weekend at Fairplex. Spectator admission is FREE! For more information visit showbiztalent.com.Event located at Expo Hall 5, parking at Gate 9 on White Ave. 

Kentucky Derby Buffet (May 6): Watch and wager on the Kentucky Derby this Saturday at our restaurant, Finish Line Sports Bar & Grill. We have a delicious buffet menu, including salads, tri-tip, and a delicious array of desserts. Tables fill up fast so reserve yours at (909) 865-4151! More info available here. Parking available at Gate 12 on White Ave.

Foam Glow 5K (May 6): Run (or walk, dance, skip etc) your way through the a three-mile course with plenty of Foam Zones along the way! Get splashed with different colored foam that glows under the black lights, then celebrate at the after party at the end! All foam is 100% natural and non-toxic. Register before it sells out! More info at foamglow.com. Parking available at Gate 17 on Fairplex Drive.

10th Annual Ross/McCracken Learning Expo (May 7): Explore an array of projects created by Pomona and Diamond Bar students at this free educational event! Learn how to build skeletons from owl pellets, view stars and constellations in a huge planetarium and other activities for all ages. This is a truly hands-on education experience, touching on subjects like science, mathematics, service learning and the arts. Admission and parking are FREE! Event located in Expo Hall 9, free parking at Gate 9. For more information, click here.

Cinco de Mayo Festival (May 7): Last, but certainly not least, Que Buena LA is bringing their Cinco de Mayo festival back to Fairplex! Enjoy performances from popular artists including Luis Coronel, Los Nuevos Rebeldes, Grupo Alta Consigna and others! Admission is FREE but a ticket is needed. To get your free ticket, click here. Parking available at Gate 17 on Fairplex Drive.

That covers just about everything happening on our campus this weekend! Like we said earlier this week, May is a busy month for us and we’re excited to get going. Remember to tag @fairplex and use #fairplex to share your experiences with us on social media. See you soon!

Teacher Appreciation Week at the Child Development Center

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week and our Child Development Center is going all out for our wonderful staff. The theme is Rainbow of Appreciation.

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Our students have been wearing a different color of the rainbow each day and doing an Appreciation activity with their teachers, such as bringing flowers, donating books or simply wearing the color of the day! Thank you to all our amazing teachers and the effort you put into educating young minds. You’re impacting lives every single day!

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To learn more about our Child Development Center, click here.

May at Fairplex

The countdown to summer is officially on! It’s around this time that we start rolling up our sleeves and really getting ready for Fair season. But before Fair, there are plenty of other events at Fairplex to enjoy! Here’s what’s happening this month:

Fairplex Events derby 150x150 May at Fairplex Kentucky Derby Buffet (May 6): Our on-site sports bar, Finish Line Sports Bar & Grill will be hosting a special buffet during the Kentucky Derby! Fill up your plates and enjoy the races from the comfort of your seat. Spaces are going fast — call for reservations at (909) 65-4151.

10th Annual Ross/McCracken Learning Expo (May 7): We’re pleased to host the 10th annual Ross/McCracken Learning Expo, a must-do for families! Kids will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning in the subjects of science, mathematics, the arts and other educational topics. Admission is FREE! More information available here.

merp May at Fairplex Cinco de Mayo Festival (May 7): Our infield will play host to the Que Buena crew as a host of bands and artists perform on Sunday.

Acts include Luis Coronel, Enigma Norteno, Grupo Alta Consigna and others.

Admission is FREE but a ticket is needed. For more information, click here.

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This educational fair features thousands of individual and classroom entries from hundreds of schools in the greater Los Angeles area.

Admission is FREE! More information available here.


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It’s the perfect start to summer (we think of it as a Memorial Day Weekend pregame) and we’re ready to host. For more information on the SoCal BBQ Bash, click here.

Fairplex Events missioncircuit May at Fairplex Mission Circuit Dog Show (May 25-29): The Mission Circuit Dog Show returns for its annual Memorial Day Weekend event, with competitions culminating Monday with top dogs honored. Come see more than 100 breeds and 8,000 dogs competing in the show. More info here.

Other Events: The NHRA Twilight Cruise, Food Truck Thursdays, Palates & Palettes, Hot Tub & Swim Spa Show, soccer games, fun runs and plenty of other events are coming to Fairplex this month as well! Needless to say, we will be quite busy.

Visit our Fairplex Calendar for a full list of upcoming events. See you soon!

Thoughtful Thursday: Earth Day Plant Drop

Fairplex plantdrop 300x266 Thoughtful Thursday: Earth Day Plant Drop Last week 25 members from our leadership team joined Miguel Santana (our CEO) as we hand-delivered more than 400 plants from our Farm to our neighbors in celebration of Earth Day!

Taking care of the environment is a top priority for us, not only in The Farm at Fairplex, but throughout the rest of our 487-acre campus as well.

Learn more about our sustainability efforts here and here.

Mother’s Day at Fairplex

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No one does a buffet quite like McKinley’s Grille! Every year we get to see moms celebrated at our annual Mother’s Day brunch.

It’s a lovely day full of family, food and flowers galore, and one of our favorite holidays to work.

Like Fairplex itself, there is something for everyone on Mother’s Day! Check out the menu for a quick look:


• buttermilk pancakes
• applewood-smoked bacon
• maple sausage
• scrambled eggs

croissants, cinnamon rolls, assorted muffins
jams & sweet butter

omelets made to order with choice of toppings

• Garlic and herb-crusted beef strip loin, au jus, horseradish cream
• Pink peppercorn and sage-rubbed tom turkey, IPA mustard, roasted garlic gravy

• Penne pasta with traditional bolognese sauce
• Japanese pumpkin ravioli, spigarello, roasted garlic, pea tendrils, pecorino

• Pan-roasted chicken breast, cured orange and anise glaze
• Seared mahi, stewed tomato & caper
• Potato au gratin, gruyere cheese, parmesan, garlic, herbs
• Seasonal farm vegetables

• Wild rice and root vegetable salad, lemon vinaigrette
• Traditional caesar salad focaccia croutons
• Farm greens, pomegranate vinaigrette
• Lemongrass-lime leaf poached shrimp, rustic cocktail sauce
• Seasonal fruit selection

• Brandy-soaked strawberries, dark rum-soaked bananas, fresh whipped cream

assorted cakes, tortes and cupcakes

• mac and cheese
• chicken tenders
• mini burgers and corn dogs
• celery and carrot sticks, ranch dressing
• grapes and strawberries

Buffet includes unlimited Tazo iced teas, Starbucks coffee, soft drinks and mimosas

$38.95 per person (+ tax & service charge)
$15 children (ages 12 and under, + tax & service charge)
Children 5 and younger free

National Volunteer Appreciation Week

volunteer week 5 National Volunteer Appreciation Week It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week! We want to give a big thank-you to our wonderful volunteers. From leading field trips in The Farm at Fairplex to helping us set up and run our neighborhood parties (and so much more), they are part of our very core.

Their passion, dedication and love for the programs at Fairplex make our guests feel special while learning new things. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you Fairplex Ambassadors, for all that you do! We truly appreciate you icon smile National Volunteer Appreciation Week

To learn more about becoming a Fairplex Ambassador yourself, click here. We’re always looking for new team members!

The LA County Fair is on Carnival Eats!

The Cooking Channel’s Carnival Eats show covers the craziest food in the world, and they’re starting their journey tonight at the LA County Fair.

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Photo Cred: @carnivaleats (Instagram)

The Carnival Eats crew visited us during the 2016 LA County Fair and — in line with our Dare to Fair theme — tasted the wildest, juciest, gooiest, strangest foods our Fair has to offer. You can watch it all on The Cooking Channel tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

We look forward to reliving the 2016 Fair! Stay tuned to see what wild foods we have planned for the 2017 Fair…

Our Favorite Eats at McKinley’s Grille

McKinley’s Grille is our hotel restaurant, tucked into a cozy corner of the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel. We hold a lot of lunch meetings there and occasionally sneak away for a meal during Fair season (because there is such a thing as too many deep-fried s’mores!)

Their menu is seasonal as they often use vegetables, herbs and fruit selected from The Farm at Fairplex. Here are some of our current favorites:

Appetizer: Crispy Pancetta Mac & Cheese
Raclette cheese sauce, pancetta and caramelized onion. Cheesy, gooey, and incredibly satisfying.

Crispy Pancetta Mac n Cheese Our Favorite Eats at McKinleys Grille

In our opinion, this appetizer can be a meal on its own (although we highly recommend following this with one of the following:

Entree Salad: Pacific Rim
Greens, cabbage, farm citrus, cilantro, pickled ginger, wonton crisps and sesame ginger vinaigrette. All McKinley’s Grille salads are packed with healthy vegetables, herbs and tantalizing flavors. The Pacific Rim salad is both refreshing and satisfying. 

pacific rim salad1 Our Favorite Eats at McKinleys Grille Main Course: Roasted Skuna Bay Salmon
Cured orange & cilantro chimichurri, seasonal vegetables and potato carrot puree. If you’re looking for a delicious way to meet your protein goals, this is the way to go.   Salmon Our Favorite Eats at McKinleys Grille The McKinley’s Grille menu has a nice blend of healthy and indulgent options, and depending on our mood, we pick and choose from both! What are your favorites?

To view the full menu, special events, promotions and hours, click here.