The PNE Summer Night Concerts are one of the most popular attractions at Vancouver’s annual Pacific National Exhibition in late August and early September.
PNE Summer Night Concerts
The 2018 lineup of music at the PNE include concerts by Boyz II Men, Air Supply, Kool & the Gang, Jann Arden, Burton Cummings, Chicago, the Village People, Cyndi Lauper and others. Concerts and most other fair activities are free with general admission.
Every year there are some great bands. Last year, for example, concerts included performances by favourite oldies like ZZ Top, Colin James, Huey Lewis and Tom Cochrane, not to mention Chicago who are back again in 2018 for a second year.
See below for details about the 2018 PNE evening concerts. For more information about the PNE in general, click Pacific National Exhibition.
2018 Night Concerts
PNE Summer Night Concerts take place at around 8:30 each evening outdoors in the PNE Amphitheatre. They are all free with admission to the fair, although you can pay extra in advance for reserved seats.
Below is the PNE concert lineup for 2018.
- Saturday, August 18, 2018 – Boyz II Men
- Sunday, August 19, 2018 – Air Supply
- Tuesday, August 21, 2018 – Dean Brody
- Wednesday, August 22, 2018 – Goo Goo Dolls
- Thursday, August 23, 2018 – I love the 90’s Tour (an evening of 1990’s music with alt-N-Pepa & Spinderella, All-4-One, Color Me Badd, and Young MC)
- Friday, August 24, 2018 – Wilson Phillips
- Saturday, August 25, 2018 – Marianas Trench
- Sunday, August 26, 2018 – Lost 80’s Live (an evening of 1980’s music with A Flock of Eagles, Men Without Hats, Wang Chung, Animotion and other groups)
- Tuesday, August 28, 2018 – 112 (the R&B group with lead singer Slim)
- Wednesday, August 29, 2018 – Kool & the Gang
- Thursday, August 30, 2018 – Jann Arden
- Friday, August 31, 2018 – Burton Cummings and Band
- Saturday, September 1, 2018 – Chicago: the American Rock band famous for hits like “You’re the Inspiration” and “Hard Habit to Break”
- Sunday, September 2, 2018 – The Village People
- Monday, September 3, 2018 – Cyndi Lauper
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions and information to help you make the most out of your concert experience at the PNE.
TIP #1: If you don’t want to stand in line or risk not getting in, and if you don’t mind spending extra, consider reserving your concert seats. The cost varies between about $15 and $30. This can be an especially good idea for the most popular bands, as well as anyone performing on a Friday or Saturday, any day during the final long weekend, or on days with discounted admission.
TIP #2: For the really popular groups, consider reserving your seat well in advance. On the other hand, don’t reserve too far in advance as late August in Vancouver has a tendency to be wet and you might not want to pay extra if it’s going to rain.
Night Concerts Admission
Admission to the PNE Summer Night Concerts is free with general admission to the fair. Unless it’s raining, most concerts fill up however, and the most popular ones generate enormous lineups.
Every year there are disappointed fans that can’t get in. To avoid disappointment, as mentioned above, advance tickets are available for a fee, ranging from about $30 up to $70 (which is more than last year’s $15-$30-ish price range).
Free Advance Tickets
New since last year, instead of making people line up for hours in the evening to get into the concert venue, the PNE now issues time-stamped wristbands to concert attendee-wannabes.
In 2018, beginning at 11 am each day, concert-entrance wristbands are available for free at the Ticket Office by the Amphitheatre entrance. New for 2018, you can also reserve your spot on the day online (subject to a nominal fee).
If you want a free concert ticket you need to line up in person to get your wristband on the day of the show. A limited number of free seats are available for each night, and they are time-stamped so you need to show up later at the concert venue at a certain time (plus or minus a few minutes).
Note: wristbands are non-transferable, must be put on right away, and people can’t pick up extra ones for their friends.
When and Where
In 2018 the PNE takes place from August 18th to September 3rd.
The fair is open every day from 11 am until late evening, except for the first and second Mondays of the season when the place is closed. The one Monday when the PNE is open is Labour Day which is the first Monday in September.
The Pacific National Exhibition is located at 2901 East Hastings Street in Vancouver, which is just a few blocks from the Trans-Canada Highway.
Night concerts at the PNE take place every evening at 8:30 pm in the PNE Amphitheatre which is in the northwest corner of the area with all the fair’s rides and midway attractions, so just slightly north of the Ferris wheel.
Other Concerts & Entertainment
In addition to the PNE Summer Night Concerts there is a lot of other free entertainment offered at the fair including the SuperDogs shows and special nightly magic performances. As well, less famous local bands and performing arts groups entertain throughout the day for which admission is also free and advance tickets are not required or available.
Festival Park Music Acts
In 2018 four great bands perform at various times as part of the Festival Park Music Acts series of concerts which are free with general admission and start nightly at 7 pm.
Below is who performs and when in 2018.
- August 18, 19, 21 & 22, 2018 – Dr. Strangelove: a Vancouver-based dance band.
- August 23, 24 & 25, 2018 – Side One: a local Vancouver-based band specializing in a wide range of popular hits.
- August 26, 28, 29 & 30, 2018 – R&B Allstars: a local R&B band.
- August 31 & September 1, 2 & 3, 2018 – Groove & Tonic: a Vancouver party band.
For more information about the fair, click PNE.