Vancouver Farmers Market is pleased to announce the Hastings Park Farmers Market is returning this Spring. As many will recall, it had a 9 week trial run this past winter at this location and by all accounts it was a great success. So it’s back starting Sunday, March 8th every weekend until April 26th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The market will again be located at Hastings Park between the Forum and the Agrodome. You will be able to stroll down tree-lined pathways under twinkling lights and wander through the Italian Garden. There is a playground close at hand for those coming with little ones. The market will, of course, feature many great local vendors and will have a great selection of produce, fish, meat & dairy, artisan prepared foods, baking & treats, coffee, local crafts and of course some hot food trucks. The market runs rain or shine. See you at the market!
The Fair at the PNE officially gets underway Saturday, August 16th and will run until Monday, September 1st from 11:00 am until late each day (weather permitting). There will be lots of new events as well as some returning favourites including:
Kidz Discovery Farm
4th Annual Vancouver Rib Festival Competition
Dueling Pianos in the Plaza Beer Garden
Game of Thrones: The Exhibition
Mystic India – Bollywood Dance Spectacular
Get Animated! Interactive Animation Festival
Just For Cats: Internet Cat Video Festival
Jigu! Thunder Drums of China
Summer Night Concerts
Timber! A Stompin’ Lumberjack Shindig
Let’s Go Crazy – Retro Dance Party
PNE Prize Home
There are many more events and activities planned. For full details, visit the PNE’s website. There are some special promotions to keep in mind whether you wish to participate in them, or alternatively steer clear of those days as promotional days are busy.
Sat. Aug. 16th & Sun. Aug. 17th – FREE gate admission for First Responders (valid for current or retired police, ambulance, paramedics, firefighters, EComm, military, search & rescue & coast guards)
Tues. Aug. 19th – FREE gate admission for ALL guests 11:00 am – 1:00 pm ONLY.
Wed. Aug. 20th – From 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Purchase 2 Ride Passes for the price of 1
Thurs. Aug. 21st – FREE gate admission for seniors 65+ from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Wed. Aug. 27th – VanCity members and a friend receive $5 gate admission.
Twilight Ride Pass – Save $13 on the price of a Ride Pass when you purchase a Twilight Ride Pass Tuesday through Thursday after 5:00 pm.
After Dark Ride Pass – After 9:00 pm nightly, purchase a Gate Pass for just $5.00
If you and your family are looking to partake in the rides at the PNE, you may wish to consider purchasing passes online, as savings range from $2 – 5 per pass. Note, the Fair at the PNE is closed Monday, August 16th and Monday, August 25th.
Sat. Noon – 5:00 p.m.
– Trout Lake Farmers Market, Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. AND
If you ever wanted to take in all the beauty that is a Bollywood Wedding, now is your chance. South Asian Arts is putting on an elaborate outdoor theatrical show in the PNE’s Italian Gardens starting today. This is an interactive theatre event in which two young Indians are brought together in an arranged marriage. The audience moves from one location to another as various scenes are played out such as the engagement, mehndi (henna), maiyan (a cleansing ceremony done to purify the individuals getting married) and milni (the meeting of all the men from each family) and then the wedding itself. The performance ends with a big interactive dance party at the wedding reception. The wedding is being performed in true Bollywood fashion. It will be colourful as well as extravagant with beautiful clothing, some serious drama and lots of dancing. The cast consists of 12 characters as well as a dazzling dance team. The event gets under way at 8:00 p.m. tonight and runs until July 28th. Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for seniors and children under 12. Tickets are available at www.ticketleader.ca. This is your invitation to see the most unique wedding of the year!
Want to keep your kids occupied this summer? Why not hang with the circus? CircusWest is offering one week summers camps at the PNE. The camps are divided into two age groups 7 and up and then 5 and 6 year olds which make up the ‘little ones’.
Summer Camps for ages 7 and up will learn unicycle, juggling, acrobatics, trapeze, mini-tramp and more. Every Friday afternoon, the kids will demonstrate their new skills by performing in a showcase for friends and family. Camp costs $340 for 5 full days plus an additional Gymnastics BC insurance fee of $15.
For the little one, they will also learn unicycle, juggling, acrobatics, trapeze, mini-tramp and more. As well on Friday, they will demonstrate their new skills for friends and family. The two camps are scheduled for July 29-August 2, run from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and cost $175. An additional Gymnastics BC insurance fee of $15.
Camps will be held in the Garden Auditorium at the PNE on July 8 to 12, 15 to 19, 22 to 26 and half-day mini camps July 29 to August 2. For more information or to register, visit CircusWest. Classes are filling up quickly with a wait list for some, but classes are also offered at some other locations in the Lower Mainland.