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The PNE Bucket List: 14 Things You Must Do At The Fair This Summer

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The PNE is finally here. It’s a classic summertime tradition among Vancouverites and something many locals look forward to all year long.

There’s a long list of attractions and things to do, as well as the summer night concert series, and also a bunch of wacky food options.

RELATED: PNE 2019 Free Admission Dates And Special Discounts

Here are some of this year’s must-do things:

PNE 2019 Bucket List

Things To Do

Go On All The Rides

Photo: GoToVan / Flickr

Thrill-seekers can find lots of awesome rides at the PNE, including favourites: The Pirate Ship, Wooden Roller Coaster, The Revelation, Enterprise and Hellevator. If staying close to the ground is more your speed, hop on the Music Express, Teacups, or the ever-so-popular Scrambler.

Visit Farm Country

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You can’t go to the PNE without taking a break to visit the barn animals. They have lots of baby animals and unique demonstrations of new urban agriculture awareness. It’s a fun activity for all ages to enjoy; especially kids.

Check Out Reveen

A new addition to the fair this year—this immersive selfie photo experience definitely needs to be on your bucket list. The mesmerizing and hypnotizing show features high-speed memory demonstrations you have to see to believe. The experience also allows the audience to become the stars of the show with hypnosis and illusions.

Play Games

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Sometimes the best part of the fair is the games. The PNE has all your classic carnival games like Ring Toss, Pop Gun, Whac-A-Mole, Skatterball, Crossbow, Jump Shot and much more. Bring out the inner kid in you and have some fun.

Things To See

PNE Summer Night Concert Lineup
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Summer Night Concerts

Besides the rides and food, one of the biggest draws to the fair is the concert series. This year’s line-up is pretty spectacular, with artists like Billy Idol, The Beach Boys, TLC, MC Hammer, and 98 Degrees. There’s also going to be an I Love 90’s night featuring popular artists: Vanilla Ice, Montell Jordan, Biz Markie, and Rob Base.

Knights Of Valour

If you enjoy all things medieval; you have to go to this jousting show. It’s back by popular demand for one more summer and features full-contact jousting. It’s a thrilling and entertaining show you won’t want to miss out on.


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If you went to the PNE and didn’t go to a SuperDogs show—did you really even go? It’s a classic PNE event that you must attend. This year, they’re presenting Abracadabark with a magician as your guide. Dogs and magic—what could be better?

Browse the Marketplace

Shoppers can browse an array of vendors at the PNE Forum. It’s a PNE tradition, with over 150 booths to peruse through. They have everything from fashion and cosmetics to special appliances and home decor items.

Marvel at the PNE Prize Home

Take a tour of the PNE Prize Home. This year’s package is worth over $2 million; which includes a modern farmhouse in Kelowna, five dream vacations, five BMWs, five cash prizes and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Things To Eat

Foot-long French Fries

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Photo: Michelle Yin / 604 Now

Get your fries super-sized, quite literally. Foot-long hot dogs have been done; so why not foot long fries? Garlic parmesan fries at Freakk Fries are the perfect fair snack. Additional options include butter chicken, chocolate, chipotle mayo, ranch and bacon as well as sour cream and cheese.

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Corndogs

If you like the flavour of hot dog Cheetos and corndogs—this is the dish for you. The unique offering blends together two beloved foods and is sure to be a big hit amongst fair-goers.

Pickle Cotton Candy

Photo: PNE

It’s already the talk of the town; for the right reasons? That’s for you to decide. Cotton candy is the most popular fair food so switch it up a bit with a hint of dill.

Jalapeno Lemonade

Lemonade with a kick. Skip the traditional summer beverage and try this one with a lot more heat. Its tart and spicy flavour combination will either be something you love or hate—but definitely worth a try.

Jimmy’s Lunch

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Photo: Michelle Yin

It may not be new, but it will serve up some nostalgia. This year, the PNE is celebrating its longest running concession stand—Jimmy’s Lunch. The vendor has been at the PNE for 90 consecutive years. They serve iconic hamburgers piled high with fried onions. You can’t go to the PNE without getting a burger.

Check out the PNE, on now until September 2nd at 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver.


For more fun things to do in the city, check out our Travel & Outdoors section.

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