The Fair at the PNE is a summer must-do for most Metro Vancouver families. The rides, the shows, the mini doughnuts — we love it all! We’ve given some tips over the years of how to make the most out of a day at the PNE (check out those articles here and here). But we know a day at The Fair can get pretty pricey, and we think summer fun shouldn’t break the bank, so here are a few ways to save money and some ideas on free things you can do once you are in the gates. Remember that there is so much more to the PNE than the rides, it’s a great outing for the entire family, even if you have really young kids.

The Fair at the PNE
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Ways to get in the PNE for free or less than $6

Heroes’ Opening Weekend
August 18th – 19th, 11 am – Late
FREE gate admission for First Responders and a guest. This promotion is valid for current and retired police, RCMP, Paramedics, firefighters and military plus one guest. First Responder must present a valid First Responders service card at the gates. Guest does not require a service card.

FREE Gate Admission for all Guests
Tuesdays, August 21st & 28th, 11 am – 1 pm
Re-entrance hand stamps will only be given after 1 pm. Guests are welcome to re-enter the gates prior to 1 pm without hand stamp.

Library Day
August 22nd, 11 am – Late
Show any BC library card and photo ID to receive $6 gate admission!

Seniors’ Day
August 23rd, 11 am – Late
Seniors 65+ receive FREE gate admission and FREE Ferris Wheel rides.

After Dark Gate Pass
After 9 pm nightly, purchase a Fair Gate Pass for just $6.

Just remember, expect bigger line-ups on promotional days, since more people will likely be taking advantage of the low-cost entry fee. Our best advice is to arrive early, if you can!

Awesome free things to do at the PNE

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Once you are beyond the gates there are lots of ways to have fun without spending another dime. Included in your gate ticket are a ton of great shows, exhibitions, and activities. Here are a few of our favourites and ones we are excited to check out this year.

The President’s Choice SuperDogs Presents Happy Barkday
Daily shows at 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm & 5 pm at the Pacific Coliseum
The President’s Choice SuperDogs is celebrating its 40th birthday with an extraordinary show, featuring all the fun and excitement audiences have come to expect from four decades of SuperDogs spectacles! You’ll laugh, you’ll cheer, and you’ll fall in love with these amazing dogs as they unleash their most memorable show ever! Fast paced, interactive, heart-warming and hilarious!

Action Sports World Tour™️ (New in 2018)
Daily shows at 4:30 & 8 pm at the Pacific Coliseum 
Come cheer on the world’s best professional skateboarders and BMX riders as they perform mind-boggling aerial stunts on a state-of-the-art half-pipe. You’ll have to see with your own eyes what these amazing X Games veterans are capable of. Stick around after the show for an opportunity to meet some of these incredible athletes for autographs and photos!

Knights of Valour (NEW in 2018)
Daily shows at 1 pm, 3 pm, & 7 pm at the Agrodome
Prepare yourself for entertainment worthy of a King and Queen. With full contact, un-choreographed, real live jousting, this is a thrilling show of horsemanship, bravery and chivalry like you’ve never seen before. Come and see your knights in shining armour as they ride into battle – it’s positively medieval!

Silver Starlets (New in 2018)
Daily shows at 12:30 pm, 3 pm & 5:30 pm at Festival Park
The Silver Starlets are an all-female aerial acrobatic show full of glitz, glam, and glitter. With a 20-foot tall, freestanding trapeze rig as a stage, they’ll twist, tumble, bend, climb and fall. But don’t let their tutus fool you – along with charm, beauty, and grace, these are ladies of incredible athleticism and strength. You’ll be cheering, laughing and dancing along with them!

Farm Country
Open daily 11 am – 10 pm at the Livestock Barns
For a break from the hustle and bustle of the midway, stop by Farm Country to see all the baby animals you love! The Big Red Barns play host to the largest variety of barn animals found in Vancouver as well as many unique demonstrations and displays of new urban agriculture awareness, education and engagement so you can learn what can easily be done from your own home. From backyard bees to eating local. And don’t miss the PNE Chef’s Garden initiative. We’ve got baby chicks and racing pigs, the Discovery Farm and milking demonstrations. There’s tons of barn fun for kids and the whole family at Farm Country.

Other experiences we’re excited about are the Mermaid Tales and Safari Adventures with Action Austin live shows, and all the awesome Agriculture shows and exhibits! Plus there are a ton of amazing free (with gate admission) musical performances happening throughout The Fair, Boyz II Men, Air Supply, Salt-N-Pepa, and Cindi Lauper to name just a few!

A few more ways to save:

Remember, kids 13 and under always get free gate admission!

The Fair at the PNE
August 18th – September 3rd (closed August 20th & 27th), 11 am – late
2901 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver

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