Feb 2

Momiji Gardens Annual Pruning

In 1993 Momiji Gardens was opened to the public on the south east side of the Garden Auditorium along East Hastings Street. The gardens were built as a monument to the 8,000 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry that were confined to the livestock barns on these grounds during the Second World War. The Vancouver Japanese Gardener’s Association graciously donated their time and effort to design and build the gardens and continue to prune the pines annually using specialized traditional techniques.

Vancouver Japanese Gardener's Association

This year Kaz Takahara and his 6 man crew from the Vancouver Japanese Gardener’s Association spent the day selectively pruning the pines using only hand tools. These techniques are used to prevent over pruning and to make sure the pines have the best opportunity to flourish in their location. Watch the time lapse video below of the team as they prune these beautiful pines.

 

Pruning Working away on the Pines in Momiji Gardens Frozen pond during the annual pine pruning Finished Product

Sep 9

The Fair at the PNE 2016 comes to an end!

 

We want to send out a HUGE Thank You to each and every one of you that came out to the 2016 Fair at the PNE! This year saw a 5% increase in attendance from 2015 with 712,367 people coming through the gates and experiencing the fun that is The Fair! For 106 years the Fair at the PNE has been an end of summer tradition for British Columbia, and the 2016 event lived up to its iconic legacy, offering over $3 million in free with admission programming

Fair Crowd

“This year’s Fair received a very positive guest response to a number of our entertainment shows and attractions, including the Unbelievable Magic Show, the Angry Birds exhibit and our Summer Night Concert Series,” says PNE President and CEO Mike McDaniel.

Foreigner- Summer Night Concerts

In addition to these new shows and attractions, guest had the chance to see some of the traditional favorites such as SuperDogs, the PNE Prize Home and Dueling Pianos. Not to mention the amazing lineup of Summer Night Concerts artists, highlighted by performances by Foreigner and the Steve Miller Band.

Steve Miller Band- Summer Night concerts

This year’s food line up saw many of the traditional fair foods such as Corn Dogs (90,000 sold), Cotton Candy (33,500 sold) and the fan favorite Mini Donuts! Did you know, 25,000 pounds of dough was used to make mini donuts at “Those Little Donuts” stands at The Fair!? The new food additions to The Fair this year did not disappoint! Some of the stand outs were: Teryaki Chicken Perogies, The Big Pickle Dog (A hotdog inside a pickle, deep fried in corndog batter), The Mac N Cheese stuffed Burger and the Deep Fried Tequila (tequila flavored donuts).

International Perogies

Big Pickle Dog

Teryaki Chicken Perogie

Stuffed Mac and Cheese Burger

Jumbo Prizing

Our midway games saw more than 500,000 stuffed animals won over the 15 days of The Fair with 6000 being Jumbo prizes!

All of the fun that was had at The Fair this year could not have been without the dedicated staff and of course our guests! You guys have made this year so much fun and we look forward to having you back next year!

Planning is now fully underway for next year’s event, which will run from August 19th to September 4th 2017!

Aug 31

Week 1 of The Fair at the PNE!

A big THANK YOU to all the guests who have attended the first week of the 2016 Fair at the PNE! The beautiful weather has brought out hundreds of thousands of guests during this first week of The Fair! The Fair continues until Labour Day and we’ve got plenty to keep you busy! Be sure to come check out some of our indoor activities: Fly like and Angry Bird in Rollerland, Explore all the great products at Marketplace in the PNE Forum or learn about Aliens Worlds and Androids in the Garden Auditorium!

Here are a few pictures from the adventure that was the first week of The Fair!

Amanda Shaw (13 years old) from the Otter 4H Llama Club is preparing Bounce, a six month old Black Cooper Maran Rooster for the 4H Competition. This competition sees over 600 young people from across British Columbia who come to The Fair to compete. The Fair continues until Labour Day.

Amanda Shaw (13 years old) from the Otter 4H Llama Club is preparing Bounce, a six month old Black Cooper Maran Rooster for the 4H Competition. This competition sees over 600 young people from across British Columbia who come to The Fair to compete.

 

Come celebrate Canada in Festival Park with our Kaleidoscope on Parade!

Come celebrate Canada in Festival Park with Kaleidoscope on Parade!

 

A Tribute to Dal Richards in Festival Park with all his friends from Retirement Concepts

A Tribute to Dal Richards in Festival Park. If you missed the tribute or want to experience it again, simply click on the image above to take you to our Facebook page!

 

Hit the Deck! A Canadian Backyard Party takes the stage DAILY at 8pm!

Hit the Deck! A Canadian Backyard Party takes the stage DAILY at 8pm!

 

Molly Allan from Surrey performs in Kaleidoscope on Parade at Festival Park during The Fair at the PNE. This show runs at 1pm, 3pm and 6pm daily from now until Labour Day at the PNE fairgrounds.

Molly Allan from Surrey performs in Kaleidoscope on Parade at Festival Park during the Fair at the PNE. This show runs at 1pm, 3pm and 6pm daily from now until Labour Day.

 

Some of the rides at The Fair at the PNE at night! Come take in a show, eat a few mini donuts and ride these beautiful rides at night!

Some of the rides at the Fair at the PNE at night! Come take in a show, eat a few mini donuts and ride these beautiful rides at night!

 

We are so fortunate to have such great performers take the stage during our Summer Night Concerts! Get your reserved tickets for the remaining shows at www.ticketleader.ca

 

Hedley

Hedley took the stage Aug 20 for the KiSS RADiO WHAM BAM concert to kick of the 2016 Fair at the PNE!

 

Steve Miller Band

The Steve Miller Band rocked the PNE Amphitheatre to a sold out crowd!

 

FOREIGNER

FOREIGNER played to a sold out crowd in one of the coolest outdoor venues in town!

 

Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton John wowed the crowd with classic Olivia songs. Yes, she sang songs from Grease too!

Remaining Shows:

Aug 31- A Tribe Called Red

Sept 1- Dru Hil; with Sisqo, Nokio, Jazz & Tao – 20th Anniversary

Sept 2- Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: We Live For Love Tour

Sept 3- Tim Hicks

Sept 4- The Monkees – Good Times: The 50th Anniversary Tour

Sept 5- Chris Isaak

Well that’s a wrap on the first week of the Fair at the PNE! We look forward to having you here for the final week of The Fair. Purchase your tickets online at www.pne.ca and SAVE!