An end-of-summer tradition for over a century, the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) opens its gates this coming weekend signalling the start of two weeks of entertainment and excitement.
When the gates open on the Saturday August 20th, the entertainment begins with much of it included in the price of admission.
Playland, the amusement park, provides the thrills, Farm Country in the Agrodome Barns bring a bit of the country to the city providing an up-close look at farming and agriculture life in BC, and the experience the flavours of the fair and the world with the familiar and not-so-familiar food offerings or visit the cooking stage for some inspiration.
Entertainment is everywhere with Tooncity offering kid-friendly entertainment throughout the day and family-friendly outdoor movies each evening. At the Revel District find For The Love of Drag nightly at 4:30 for a drag tribute to some of the legends of entertainment, and the Coca-Cola stage also features a rotating line-up of talent to keep the party rolling with country, disco, funk, R&B, Latin beats.
The Festival Park Stage features music and dance throughout the day, Dueling pianos in the evenings and the spectacular Electric Fire – a nightly Pyro Musical show at 9:15pm and 10:15pm.
That’s not all the included entertainment at the PNE this year, watch for roaming street performers. At Pacific Coliseum The Stars of Peking Acrobats and all-time favourites SuperDogs wow audiences, while at PNE Point The Flying Fools High Dive Show adds some adrenaline to your day, as well keep an eye out for dinosaurs too!
In the evenings, the PNE Summer Night Concert Series brings big name acts to the Amphitheatre Stage – additional tickets purchase required – including:
Sat, Aug 20 : The B-52s Farewell Tour
Sun, Aug 21: Blue Rodeo
Tue, Aug 23: Barenaked Ladies with Special Guest Kim Mitchell
Wed, Aug 24: CAKE
Thu, Aug 25: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra- Tribute to the Beatles
Fri, Aug 26: Stars of Drag. “A night of True Colours”
Sat, Aug 27: Gipsy Kings Feat. Nicolas Reyes
Sun, Aug 28: Chicago
Tue, Aug 30: Steve Miller Band
Wed, Aug 31: TLC & Shaggy
Thu, Sep 1: Brothers Osborne
Fri, Sep 2: Nelly
Sat, Sep 3: Bachman Cummings
Sun, Sep 4: The Beach Boys – Sixty Years of the Sounds of Summer
Mon, Sep 5: Chaka Khan & Patti LaBelle
All Summer Night Concerts take place at 8:30pm, with Ampitheatre Gates opening at 7:30 find tickets online at pne.ca/snc
For details of daily events, site maps, and to purchase advance entry tickets visit pne.ca (Note: PNE is closed Mondays)