Fright Nights at Playland Opens Tonight

Western Canada’s most anticipated Halloween event, Fright Nights returns to Playland starting today October 6th until October 31st.  This year’s Fright Nights features returning favorites as well as never-seen-before attractions including a new haunted house, scaring up even more spooktacular entertainment for visitors.

For those looking for a paranormal experience, Haunted Mansion is geared to terrify even the bravest souls, and guests can attempt to overcome their fear of clowns in Car-N-Evil haunted house, and face their deepest terrors in Darkness. Favourite haunted houses, The Asylum, Fear, Hollywood Horrors, and Keepers Doll Factory are also back.

Guinness World Record holders for driving over a man on a bed of nails,  Monsters of Schlock, is back to terrify guests with three nightly shows from October 13 to 31. Guests can expect to be horrified with shows that feature meat hooks, and other cringe worthy entertainment. Look out for Playland’s favourite freak, Singe the Clown, who is up to his creepy antics for another year.  With freaky surprises, rides and a park full of gory ghouls, Fright Nights 2017 is spookier than ever and is the perfect event for every Halloween lover.

To maximize your thrills at Fright Nights, guests have the option to purchase a Rapid Pass, which offers the same access as a regular gate pass PLUS access to an expedited line for each Haunted House and The Beast, Wooden Roller Coaster, Atmosfear, and Hellevator. Guests will also be able to save $3 by purchasing tickets at participating 7-Eleven locations or online.

Playland warns that this event is not recommended for ages 12 and under, seniors 65+, people with sensitivity to strobe lighting or fog machines, people with high blood pressure, heart conditions, pregnant women or scaredy-cats. Absolutely no guest costumes or guest costume face make up allowed. 

Picks of the Week : August 30, 2017

In this picks of the week we find another month comes to a close but brings with is a long weekend full of fun

Spectacle: The tall ship Amara Zee provides the backdrop & stage for a free, unique, acrobatic aerial musical Climatopian Spectacle – Nomadic Tempest along the shores of False Creek until Sept 3rd

World: The newly expanded to two-days, Richmond World Festival is a free family fun event at Minoru Park

PNE:  The Fair at the PNE continues to bring agriculture and entertainment including the line up of great Summer Nights Concerts this week including The B52s, Doobie Brothers, Rick Springfield & The Gypsy Kings

Film: There’s still time to catch a movie before the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival comes to a close on September 3rd

Rock: Hopefully all is calm outside as Guns N’ Roses take the stage and prepare to blow the roof off BC Place on September 1st

Bowl: rock under the stars as Spoon plays the beautiful Malkin Bowl in the heart of Stanley Park on Saturday night

Heart:  Closing out the long weekend and PNE concerts, the I Heart Radio Beach Ball is two full days, Sunday and Monday, full of fantastic pop at the PNE Amphitheatre featuring Alessia Cara, Shawn Hook, The Strumbellas, Lorde, Liam Payne, Train, Blondie, Serena Ryder and many more

Pop: A pair of hitmakers grace the stage at Rogers Arena, rescheduled from the spring, Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey visit on Sunday.

Photo credit: David and Emily Cooper

Shakespeare:  Bard on the Beach continues to bring Shakespeare to life at Vanier Park, with Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale are on the BMO Mainstage with The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona on the Howard Family Stage

Introducing Adult-Only Playland Nights for 2017

Have you ever visited Playland and felt the dilemma of having to choose between sitting in the beer garden or enjoying fairgrounds? This July you no longer have to choose, with the introduction of Playland Nights : Adult-Only Friday Nights.

Now your only choice is what pairs best with craft beer – Beaver Tails or mini-donuts? Will you have red or white wine with your corn dog? Throughout July, Playland Nights – the first ever adult-only Friday nights run from 7 pm to midnight.  

Kicking off Friday, July 7, then every Friday for the month, Playland will host evenings dedicated to adults-only, complete with craft beer, wine, Playland themed cocktails like a candy floss martini, and fresh squeezed hard lemonade, food, midway games and of course, the exhilarating rides.

The whole Playland grounds will be licensed so 19+ guests can enjoy their favourite beverage anywhere onsite instead of being confined behind the walls of a beer garden. Mike McDaniel, President and CEO of the Pacific National Exhibition says, “we are thrilled to offer this new addition to our Playland schedule for the first time this year. We strive to continue to offer our guests new and exciting ways to enjoy Playland and we are sure these 19+ nights will be a huge success.”

Guest DJ’s, axe throwing, special activations and more will accompany the already exciting features Playland offers.  Advance tickets are $26 ($29 at the gate) and include unlimited access to 25+ rides and attractions around the Park.

Tickets for Playland Nights are on sale now online at:

5 Fun Frights for Halloween in Vancouver

Halloween is just around the corner; leaves are falling, pumpkins are being carved, candy is being selected for trick or treaters.
Get a chill when you take on these frightening (but family friendly) Halloween in Vancouver.

  1. Fright Nights at Playland: Until October 31st, the annual fright fest at Playland is loaded with haunted houses and thrilling rides, but not for the younger members of the family. 
  2. Halloween at Fly Over Canada: Enroll in Broomelda’s Witch Academy at Fly Over Canada until October 31st.
  3. Haunted Halloween Vancouver Trolley Tour: Seek out the haunted spots all around the city; Shaughnessy mansions, Mountain View Cemetary,  Vancouver Police Museum morgue are just some of the ghost tales you’ll hear on the nightly Trolley Tours.
  4. Stanley Park Ghost Train: Experience the thrills and chills of the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, plus the Spooky Barn is a haunted indoor space away from the weather.
  5. Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum: On October 27 – 30,  witches, ghosts and all manner of storybook characters will come to life over the wicked weekend. Watch what might be around the corner. 

2016 Fright Nights Haunt Playland Oct 7 – 31



Scare up some spooktacular entertainment starting this Friday!

Radiant Heat Fire Troupe

Fright Nights takes over Playland starting Friday October 7th.
Serve up some chilled with 7 haunted houses; Asylum, Darkness, Fear, Car-N-Evil, Haunted Mansion, Hollywood Horrors and Keepers Doll Factory. Live thrills are provided by the returning Monsters of Schlock comedy-stunt show,  Radiant Heat Fire Troupe and 90 monsters roaming the grounds including a quintet of frightening Freaks.  Adrenaline junkies can get their thrills on 15 hair-raising rides including; The Beast, Wooden Roller Coaster, Music Express, Hellevator, Atmosfear, Pirate Ship, Hell’s Gate and more.

Halloween lovers can save $3 by purchasing passes online at or from 7-Eleven stores. All the scares you need are included with the price of admission, starting at just $22 online. Get your thrills faster by purchasing a Rapid Pass, and join the expedited lines for the rides plus haunted houses.  Due to high demand, tickets are limited for each day so purchase early to avoid disappointment.

Fright Nights at Playland will keep you running scared from October 7 – October 31st, 2016.

Be prepared for the scares at Fright Nights by following Playland on Twitter or Instagram at @PNE_Playland or on Facebook

PNE Summer Nights Concerts 2016

summer-night-concerts-145Once again the Fair at the PNE has another line-up of stellar Summer Nights Concerts for the 2016 Fair. The PNE Amphitheatre is planning two-weeks of back-to-back music to please every fan.
From Canada’s own Simple Plan to The Monkees’ 50th Anniversary Tour throw in, The Sheepdogs to Culture Club and the Summer Nights Concerts have something for everyone. Kicking off the Summer line-up is a one-day pop festival KiSS Radio Wham Bam featuring local heroes, Hedley plus more artists to be announces.

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Olivia Newton-John performs at PNE 2012

Summer Nights Concerts happen at 8:30pm on concert nights, and are included with the price of PNE Admission.  Seating is first come-first seated but a limited number of reserved seats go on sale tomorrow at 10am, reserve them online at  The KiSS Wham Bam Festival takes place from 2-10pm and is a ticketed event, not included with the price of admission. 

Check out the full line-up of PNE Summer Nights Concerts:

Saturday August 20th – 2-10pm: KiSS Radio Wham Bam ft. Hedley
Sunday August 21st – 8:30pm: Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies
Tuesday August 23rd – 8:30pm: The Sheepdogs
Wednesday August 24th – 8:30pm: Steve Miller Band
Thursday August 25th – 8:30pm: Simple Plan
Friday August 26th – 8:30pm: Olivia Newton-John
Saturday August 27th – 8:30pm: FOREIGNER
Sunday August 28th – 8:30pm: Culture Club
Tuesday August 30th – 8:30pm: MONSTER TRUCK
Wednesday August 31st – 8:30pm: A Tribe Called Red
Thursday September 1st – 8:30pm: Dru Hill with Sisqo, Nokio, Jazz & Tao – 20th Anniversary Tour
Friday September 2nd – 8:30pm: Pat Benetar & Neil Giraldo – We Live For Love Tour
Saturday September 3rd – 8:30pm: Tim Hicks
Sunday September 4th – 8:30pm: The Monkees – Good Times:The 50th Anniversary Tour
Monday September 5th – 8:30pm: Chris Isaak

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Picks of the Week – October 14, 2015

Thanksgiving has past us by now attention turns to the next occasion on the October calendar…Halloween and much more in the picks of the week.

RebelHeart: The Material Girl, Madonna makes a rare appearance in Vancouver at Rogers Arena tonight.

Food: Until October 25th, Sustenance Festival highlights the community’s food,  cooking and production scene with events around town

Shop: Thursday, head to Gastown for Shop Hop Fall 2015, 50+ shops and restaurants open their doors to welcome shoppers and browsers for an evening of special events and bargains.

80s: River Rock Show Theatre, brings a quartet of retro groups to the stage, Lost 80s Live features Wang Chung, Naked Eyes, Animotion, and When In Rome on Thursday night

Pucks: The Vancouver Canucks play host to St Louis on Friday night then bring Edmonton Oilers to town for a Sunday night game at Rogers Arena

Eat: Taste of Yaletown finds the neighbourhood’s restaurants offering special set menus until Oct 29th

Metal: Iconic metal act, GWAR, plays the Commodore on Friday night

Dance: There’s a new night in town, check out XY Friday night as Dreaddy presents HUNTR with DJs Lando and Nicky Wolfe with host Matt Santoro

Frights: Scare up the fun when you visit Fright Nights at Playland, until November 1st.

Boo: Closer to downtown, the Stanley Park Ghost Train haunts the Park until November 1st.

Expo: The Roam Winter Expo shows consumers what’s new in Adventure, Fitness and Travel at Vancouver Convention Centre Saturday and Sunday

Indie: Canadian rocker Destroyer, takes over the Commodore on Saturday night

Rap: The Vogue Theatre has American rapper Tech N9ne onstage Saturday night.

Drag: At XY find superstar Australian drag DJ Kitty Glitter spinning at ONXY Saturday night

Comedy: TV Host and Political Comedian Bill Maher brings his topical brand of comedy to Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Sunday night.