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How to save money at Vancouver’s Fair at the PNE

From seniors to transit users, fairgoers can get deals at the annual exhibition
There are many free events included with admission to the Fair at the PNE, including the daily Knights of Valour Show and the Summer Nights concert series. Photo Chung Chow

The Fair at the PNE kicks off Aug. 17 and, like most people, you’re probably looking for ways to save a few bucks that can be better put towards the purchase of foot-long French fries or pickle-flavoured cotton candy. Well, look no further.

Here’s a list of ways fairgoers can save on admission and ride passes.

Heroes’ Weekend

Aug. 17 & 18

11 a.m. to late

First responders and one guest will receive free gate admission. This promotion is open to current and retired police, paramedics, firefighters and military to celebrate the heroes who support PNE events all year long. First responders must present a valid service card at the desk, but their guest does not.

Seniors Day

Aug. 22

11 a.m. to late

Seniors 65 and older receive free gate admission.

Get into the Fair at the PNE for free with the purchase of these rainbow socks. Photo Vancouver Pride Society

Out at the Fair

Aug. 29

11 a.m. to late

Purchase Pride Socks from the Vancouver Pride Society and wear them to get into the fair for free. All proceeds benefit the Vancouver Pride Society.

With the money you save on gate admission, you can treat yourself to pickle-flavoured cotton candy at the Fair at the PNE. Photo courtesy PNE

Fair Fridays

Aug. 23 & 30

Take transit to the fair on Fridays and receive two for one admission for adults, ages 14 and older, with a valid Compass Card and transit tickets.

PNE app kickoff weekend

Aug. 17 & 18

11 a.m. to late

Download the PNE app and you’ll receive a $2 admission coupon within the “Tickets and Promotions” tab.

Library Member Day

Show any B.C. library card and photo ID to receive $6 gate admission.

After Dark fair gate pass

Nightly after 9 p.m.

Purchase a gate pass for just $6. Only available at on-site ticket booths after 9 p.m.


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Save money with After Dark fair gate passes. File photo

Twilight fair ride passes

Tuesdays and Thursdays after 5 p.m.

Purchase a ride pass for $30 and save $16. Only available onsite and after 5 p.m.

Save on ride passes at the Fair at the PNE. Photo Jennifer Gauthier

Wild Ride Wednesdays

Aug. 21 & 28

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Purchase two ride passes for the price of one. Only available onsite on the day of the promotion and does not apply to ride coupons or complimentary passes.

Free shows includeed with admission

There are many free shows and concerts included with admission to the Fair at the PNE. For a complete schedule visit