Aug 10

The Fair at the PNE Community Spotlight

Festival Park Community Spotlight

With the Fair at the PNE a little over a week away, we want to share with you the mixture of cultural festivals, summer pop-up markets and community showcases happening this year! Check out the schedule below for the Community Spotlight Programming!

 

Heroes Weekend

August 19 and 20
11:00am – 6:00pm
Festival Park

The Fair is honoured to salute the First Responders in our community who help keep Vancouver safe! Come see a number of different Ambulance, Firefighter, Police, RCMP, Search and Rescue, and Coast Guard vehicles on display the entire weekend!


Hot Vancouver Nights Car Showcase

August 22 to 25
11:00am – 6:00pm
Festival Park

Hot Vancouver Nights Car Showcase

Car lovers UNITE! The Hot Vancouver Nights Car Showcase presented by 360 Fabrication Inc. will have you drooling with envy as you make your way around some of the most beautiful classic cars and hot rods in Vancouver.


Spirit of India Summer Festival

August 26 and 27
11:00am – 6:00pm
Festival Park

Spirit of India at the Fair at the PNE

This summer festival is presented by the Gujarati Society of BC. It celebrates the best of South Asian culture. Bring your friends and come explore the beautiful colours, smells, and atmosphere of the Spirit of India Summer Festival!


Fall for Local Summer Market

August 23 to September 3
11:00am – 6:00pm
Festival Park

Fall for Local at the Fair at the PNE

The Fall for Local Summer Market is a pop up market filled with local entrepreneurs displaying a number of great products including Jewelry, Clothing and Cosmetics! Local vendors include: Tamara Phillips ART, Granola Girl, Luna Nectar, and many more!


Caribbean Carnival

September 4
11:00am – 6:00pm
Festival Park

The Caribbean Carnival is presented by the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC. It brings the rhythm, art, and costumes of the Trinidad and Tobago culture to the Fair at the PNE! Featuring III Steel Band, Parade of Costumes, Limbo Dancing, Arts & Crafts, and much more!


Don’t forget to follow us on social media (@PNE_Playland) to stay informed on everything happening at the Fair at the PNE this year!

 

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.