Pacific National Exhibition – A Vancouver Mainstay Since 1910

The Fair at the PNE Opening Day: Saturday, August 19, 2017

The PNE has been a Vancouver institution since it first began way back in 1910. Kids of all ages still get excited over the Fair at the PNE opening day, which is coming up quicker than you can say, “Roasted BBQ Cricket Burger!”

The Fair at the PNE is a long-awaited highlight of summer in Vancouver, offering activities and fun for everyone: Midway rides for adrenaline junkies, fair foods for the foodies, and a mind-boggling line-up of live musical performances, to name just a few. This year the fair runs from August 19 – September 4, with planned closures on August 21 and 28.


Image Source: Jenn Chan Photography / Flickr

We have been supplying the PNE with street banners for many years, to engage and inform the public while creating anticipation about the fair. We love being a part of making our city streets, bridges and skyline even more beautiful. If you’re in the Vancouver area, you can see the banners for yourself on East Hastings and on the Granville Street Bridge.

Our President, Susan Braverman said, “Believe it or not, I was still in high school when The Flag Shop first began making street banners for the PNE. That alone paints quite a picture!” She added, “The Fair at the PNE is such an important event in our community, it’s not easy to put into words what it means to be working with the PNE for all these years. To say it’s an honour and a privilege would be an understatement!”


PNE Street Banners

What’s New This Year at the PNE
In recognition of Canada 150, the RCMP Musical Ride will perform at the fair as part of its Canada-wide tour. The musical ride has been a Canadian tradition since 1876. Mounties wearing the Red Serge ride a full troop of 32 black Hanoverian horses and perform precision drills reflecting the historic cavalry techniques that were once a part of RCMP training.


Image Source: John McQuarrie

The Hockey Hall of Fame’s Legends of Hockey Exhibit is a must-see for all hockey lovers. This massive exhibit will feature many of the game’s greatest players and hockey memorabilia including photography, video and artifacts. If you love the national winter sport of Canada, this one’s for you.


Image Source: PNE – Legends of Hockey Exhibit

If kettle corn, funnel cakes and beaver tails are more your thing, you won’t be disappointed. For those looking for something new and adventurous, how about cricket fries or deep fried Jello? Yum!


Image Source: PNE

Don’t miss the incredible line-up of live performances at the PNE Amphitheatre:

  • Saturday, August 19: Mother Mother
  • Sunday, August 20: Billy Currington
  • Tuesday, August 22: The Pointer Sisters
  • Wednesday, August 23: High Valley
  • Thursday, August 24: ZZ Top
  • Friday, August 25: Chicago
  • Saturday, August 26: Colin James
  • Sunday, August 27: Huey Lewis and The News
  • Tuesday, August 29: Tom Cochrane with Red Rider
  • Wednesday, August 30: The B-52s
  • Thursday, August 31: The Doobie Brothers
  • Friday, September 1: Rick Springfield
  • Saturday, September 2: The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo

For more information about the Fair at the PNE, please visit their official website.

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