Sep 6

Free Admission to The Fair on Sunday, September 6 ‘Til 2PM

#BCStorm rocked the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley on August 28th. It not only wreaked havoc on the Fairgrounds, but also brought the coldest days to Vancouver since spring. The extremely wet and cold weather effectively ended summer in Vancouver, and Fair attendance has been suffering ever since.

Although we started strong on the first five days of The Fair, the turn in the weather has made our guests shy away from Fair festivities. Now that the weather is looking up (mostly sunny this Labour Day weekend!), we’re offering free admission to everyone today, September 6 ’til 2pm.

The Fair at the PNE Attractions

Come out and support The Fair and all the concessionaires, local businesses and youth jobs that rely on it. Celebrate The Fair’s final weekend with us; let’s end this summer with a bang.

The Fair Vancouver Exhibit

“This is about calling on British Columbia to come out during this incredibly challenging time in our history and support our non-profit BC institution. Beyond that, it’s about supporting youth employment and countless small businesses that rely on the PNE Fair,” says PNE President Mike McDaniel.

Jim Parsons, one of the Fair’s founding family concessionaires (Jimmy’s Lunch was opened by his great-grandfather Jim Parsons in 1929), reiterated that sentiment, “The decisions made by the PNE over the past three years across all departments have been unbelievably positive, but the effects of the storm over the past week has been the most dramatic I can remember.”

Jimmy's Lunch PNE


Your coming out to The Fair will not only guarantee you a fantastic time (hello, sun!), it will also support the thousands of fellow Vancouverites who depend on the success of The Fair. So, what are you waiting for? Pay us a visit today, September 6; free admission from 11am to 2pm. The Fair will be open as scheduled (11:00am – late) on Labour Day Monday.


Sep 4

Concert Review: Colbie Caillat & Christina Perri – Girls’ Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour

-Special thanks to Francis Santos of Virgin 94.5 for being our guest correspondent. 

The stage was set as people rushed to get seats at the PNE Amphitheatre to see the “Girls’ Night Out, Boys Can Come Too” tour featuring Christina Perri and Colbie Caillat. This summer tour started on July 10th in Connecticut, travelled across the United States and Canada, and concluded here in Vancouver at the Fair at the PNE.

Colbie Caillat at the PNE

Although a summer tour, you wouldn’t have guessed it looking at the crowds; ponchos and umbrellas peppered the area. I was amazed at the number of fans braving the elements to watch these two musicians. One thing was for sure; those who attended were invested in being there and in the end, were not disappointed.

Perri and Caillat started their sets with high energy that set the tone for a magical night. Each recounted stories of how they got into the music industry. Christina Perri told her story of being a waitress trying to break into the business, and how, when she was about to give up, regained her conviction and followed her dreams.

Summer Night Concert at The Fair at the PNE

Christina Perri cONCERT vANCOUVER

Colbie Caillat thanked a friend who posted one of her songs on the now defunct social media website Myspace that helped launched her career. The theme of the night was very positive, loving and empowering, especially during Perri’s ballad “Human” and Caillat’s “Try”.

Christina Perri kept the energy up with upbeat songs like “Be My Forever”. She showed stunning class and depth, incorporating piano and cello for “Jar Of Hearts” and closed her set with “I Don’t Wanna Break” by dancing around with her bandmates and friends.

christina perri at the fair vancouver


Colbie Caillat came out strong for “Live It Up” and had the entire amphitheatre swaying and singing to “Bubbly”. She showed her playful side by donning a trucker hat for “Blaze”, and got everyone up and dancing for “Brighter Than The Sun”.

Colbie Caillat summer night concerts pne

This was definitely not just a girls’ night out, as everyone (even the guys) enjoyed the show. Their beautiful voices were able to cut through the rainy weather to brighten the mood and warm the hearts of everyone in attendance.

Aug 28

Top 5 Rainproof Activities at the Fair at the PNE!

Our long, dry summer gets a dose of rain! To celebrate these much-needed showers, we’re opening The Fair up for free this weekend, August 29-30, between 11am-1pm.

There’s lots to do at The Fair, even under rainclouds! Here are our top indoor picks:


1. Discover your secret superpower and get up close and personal with your favourite superheroes!

Check out our Superhero Discovery Centre, FREE with admission. More info



2. Missed the Yellow Submarine when it came to town in ’64?

Don’t miss it again—catch a Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition for $3 (Children 13 and under get in free!). More info


3. Broadway fan? The Fair at the PNE brings the Broadway Musical Peter Pan to the stage, nightly at 7:30.

This Broadway show is FREE with admission, but you can book reserved floor seats for the best view. More info


4. SuperDogs are tradition at The Fair.

Catch these adorable pups strutting their stuff daily at 12, 2:30 & 4:30, also FREE with admission. More info


5. Head to the Plaza Beer Garden at 6:30pm & 9:15pm to sing along with the Dueling Pianos!

Two piano players go head to head to give you a stompin’ good time. Need we say it again? FREE with admission. More info

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Bring the family and come celebrate with us at The Fair!


*Re-entry stamps will not be issued before 1pm this weekend.

*No refunds will be given on previously purchased passes.