The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) unveiled its line-up for the 2016 Fair at the PNE, British Columbia’s most popular event and an annual tradition for thousands of families from across the province. With a diverse entertainment line-up that will appeal to families, teenagers and those who are young at heart, the 2016 Fair is set to be one of the most eagerly-anticipated in recent memory.
“The Fair at the PNE is one of British Columbia’s most beloved and iconic events,” says Mike McDaniel, President and CEO of the Pacific National Exhibition. “With a diverse and exciting line-up of all-new exhibits and shows, and returning favourites, the 2016 Fair at the PNE provides the best ticket value in BC while delivering top-tier family entertainment.”
Highlights of this year’s Fair at the PNE include a nightly feature show of magic and illusion at the Pacific Coliseum, a feature exhibit around one of the most popular videogames in history leading to a highly-anticipated animated film, an expanded Craft Beer festival and of course, an all-new line-up for the iconic Summer Night Concerts.
Summer Night Concerts
With all-star performers descending upon the PNE from Pop, Rock ‘N’ Roll, RB and Country, music lovers will have their hands full with electrifying performances each and every night of The Fair.
The Summer Night Concerts will run every evening starting on Saturday August 20th in the PNE Amphitheatre, and are FREE with admission to the Fair. For superfans, the PNE is offering reserved seating at each of the shows; fans should visit www.PNE.ca for details.
New 2016 Programming
Angry BirdsTM Universe: Exhibition About The Art Science Behind A Global Phenomenon
Daily 11am-11pm, Rollerland Building
Based on the famous game and characters that took the world by storm, Angry Birds fans of all ages will delight in the chance to ‘be the bird’ at the Angry Birds Universe exhibition. Visitors experience the educational concepts in the games in an energetic and an exciting environment. The most unique interactive experience at Angry Birds Universe safely propels guests on zip-lines into enormous foam structures, just like the Angry Birds! This unique, full-body experience also demonstrates the physics behind the Angry Birds games, providing an integrated approach to learning. Other exciting full-body attractions include a Laser Maze, Climbing Wall, Planetarium, and oversized Sling Shots.
Angry BirdsTM © 2016 Rovio Entertainment Ltd and Rovio Animation Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
$5 for ages 14+; $3.50 for ages 6-13; Free for 5 and under
Alien Worlds and Androids Exhibit
Daily 11am-10pm, Garden Auditorium
Blast off to a world where science fiction meets science fact. How close are we to discovering new alien worlds and alien life? What are the differences between androids and robots? Alien Worlds and Androids lets you explore the cutting-edge science taking place now at organizations like NASA and JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and brings you face-to-face with worlds far beyond our own. Join the interactive expedition! You are not alone…
UNBELIEVABLE: A Magical Experience
Daily at 7:30 pm, Pacific Coliseum
Last year, we brought you the Broadway Musical: Peter Pan; this year, be dazzled by UNBELIEVABLE: A Magical Experience. A world-class magical showcase not to be missed! Watch in amazement and witness grand illusions. Come and be thrilled as we present champions of magic! FREE with admission, or purchase a VIP reserved seat that includes an exclusive backstage magic experience and popcorn for the show.
Festival Park is a brand new themed entertainment zone nestled in the heart of the Fair at the PNE! Come celebrate a classic Canadian summer, in anticipation of Canada turning 150. Perfect for the whole family, grab a seat at a picnic table, unwind and enjoy summer jazz, a parade of whimsical colour, guest artists and special festival events. See your selfie on the giant screen, grab some food, kick back, relax and enjoy day- long entertainment at Festival Park!
Dal Richards: A Celebration
This year, the annual Senior’s Day will be even more special, in honour of the legendary band leader who called the PNE home for 75 years. Stay tuned for programming announcements that will celebrate the life and the musical impact of Dal Richards.
Craft Beer Fest – NEW LOCATION
Daily 2pm-8pm, Italian Gardens
Craft Beer Fest will feature up to 50 craft breweries for guests to sample the diverse craft drafts being developed in the Lower Mainland. Check back soon for a listing of participating breweries. Purchase your ticket online to save, plus access a pre-purchased ticketholder line! Admission includes a 4oz collector’s sampling cup. $2 per beer token, available for purchase onsite.
PNE Prize Home
Tours Daily 11 am- 10 pm
British Columbia’s most affordable home lottery is back for its 82nd anniversary. This year’s Grand Prize Package features one of our biggest Prize Homes yet with a West Coast modern design. Perched on the Naramata Bench, it will be relocated to a breathtaking 1⁄2 acre lake view property. The 3,200 sq. ft. home features three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Designed by Westbank BC’s Freeport Industries, the 2016 PNE Prize Home boasts energy-efficient and environmentally sensitive materials, contemporary design elements and details.
2016 PNE DONUT DASH – 5K RUN
9am Sunday August 21, 2016, Empire Field and PNE Fairgrounds
Vancouver’s tastiest 5K Run where runners will be energized with tasty Fair treats throughout the course, including mini donuts, cotton candy and more! The Donut Dash sold out last year so make sure you register early to secure a spot! Run registration includes a PNE Donut Dash T-Shirt, Race Bib, Finisher Medal and Fair Gate Admission for August 21, 2016. Fees: Regular: $40 until May 31; $45 June 1 to July 15; $50 July 16 to August 15; In-person at Ticketleader Box Office: $50 August 15-19. More info at the PNE website.
Dinosaurs Alive! A Jurassic Experience – BIGGER AND BETTER!
Daily 11:00am-11:00pm, Miller Drive
This outdoor exhibit will offer guests a spectacular and representative snapshot of 20 different dinosaurs that roamed the Earth during the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods. Featuring fourteen life-sized animatronic models and six static models, the exhibit will teach fairgoers about the dinosaur’s stories and share recent discoveries for the Fair’s younger guests.
Nightly 7:00 9:45pm, Celebration Plaza Beer Garden
Ladies and gentlemen, back by popular demand, it’s Dueling Pianos! Every night, two piano players go head to head and raise the roof with great music. Request your favourite tune, sing along, raise a glass and hit the dance floor – it’s a stompin’ good time every night at the Plaza Beer Garden!
The SuperDogs, presented by Coca-Cola
Daily 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, Pacific Coliseum
The SuperDogs are back with a brand new show celebrating all the fun, energy and excitement of rock and roll as only the SuperDogs can! Watch and laugh as they put together their own canine band called Five Directions, then cheer them on as they jump, weave and even dance to electrifying hits from past and present!
Mermaid Tales – A Musical Journey Under the Ocean
Daily at 1:30pm, 4:00pm 6:30pm, BCAA ToonCity Stage
Take a trip under the ocean and into the magical world of Mermaids! Join the famous Mermettes, the biggest pop sensation under the sea! Come swim with the jellyfish, snorkel through the kelp and join the fun in this Mermaid musical celebration! Filled with delightful characters and music that will have you singing and dancing to their biggest hits!
Let’s Pretend with KC Bear!
Daily at 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm 5:30 pm, BCAA ToonCity Stage
Join KC Bear and his friends for a family holiday adventure as they perform a fun-loving musical stage show. Gather round for make believe where you can pretend to be a fireman, policeman or become a royal princess! Discover a pirate’s hidden treasure or blast up to the stars! Let’s Pretend with KC Bear!
Kidz Discovery Farm – In Partnership with Safeway
Daily, 11 am – 10 pm, Livestock Barns
The Kidz Discovery Farm allows children to ‘become a farmer’ for a short time while learning about 10 exciting agriculture sectors and how their food gets from the farm to your local grocery store! Kids are put to work at various pretend play-farm chores such as milking a cow, pedaling a tractor, collecting eggs and harvesting apples while moving from farm to farm! Since its premiere in 2009, this fun-filled activity has received rave reviews and continues to entertain and educate kids each year!