Aug 15

Ways to Save at the PNE Fair!

The annual PNE Fair is full of exhibits, shows and crazy food options! We want to make sure everyone gets the chance to experience the Fair this year.

So here are all the ways to help you save some time and money…

  1. Pro-tip: Get your tickets online in advance. You save $2 per ticket and when you come to the PNE Fair with your family, that’s some extra money to spend on more mini donuts…
  2. After Dark Gate Pass: If you’re a night owl and only prefer to come out after 9pm, get your pass at the gate for only $6 (only at the gate)!
  3. Twilight Ride Pass: Thrill rides at night? Yes, please! Save on Fair Ride Passes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after 5pm (only at the gate)!
  4. Wild Ride Wednesdays: It’s gonna be a wild ride for you and a buddy! On Wednesday, August 21 and 28, purchase 2 Ride Passes for the price of 1 (only at the gate)!

But wait, there’s more! (promo days)

  1. There’s an app for that! To kickoff our very own PNE App on August 17 and 18, download it from the Apple iOS or Google Play stores for free, and show the open app at the ticket booth to receive $2 admission!
  2. Heroes’ Opening Weekend – Here’s our way of saying thank you to the heroes for supporting us throughout the years. For current and retired police, RCMP, Paramedics, firefighters and military, come celebrate with us at the PNE Fair on August 17 and 18 – on us! That’s free gate admission for First Responders and a guest. See more details here.
  3. Hey YVR, we appreciate you! On August 20 and 27 from 11am to 1pm, everyone can enjoy free gate admission – courtesy of YVR.
  4. Save the date and make sure you’re not booked up on August 21 because you can receive $6 gate admission just by showing your BC Library Card and photo ID.
  5. Members rejoice! BCAA Members save on Fair Gate and Ride passes here. Vancity Members get $8 gate admission on Saturdays, Sundays, and Labour Day from 11am to 1pm!
  6. Fair Fridays? Transit Fridays! Take transit to the PNE Fair on Friday, August 23 and 30 and get 2-for-1 admission for adults and seniors. Make sure to show your valid TransLink Compass Card!
  7. It’s Out at the Fair Day! Wear your 2019 Vancouver Pride Society pride socks on August 29 for free admission!
  8. And thank you Retirement Concepts! On August 22, seniors get free gate admission and free rides on the West Coast Wheel!

So many ways to save! Don’t miss on this year’s offerings at the PNE Fair – we can’t wait to see you! For more information on these promotions, visit pne.ca.

Aug 14

Beloved PNE Fair legend passes away at 88

It is with incredible sadness that the Pacific National Exhibition acknowledges the passing of one of our longest standing concessionaires and iconic members of our Fair family, Bill Konyk, known across the Canadian fair industry as Hunky Bill.

Bill passed away peacefully last night, surrounded by his family.

Hunky Bill was a beloved member of the extended PNE family for 52 years, beginning, as the legend has it, when the then Vancouver based radio executive bet a friend $10 that he could get a booth at the PNE to sell his homemade Ukrainian style perogy’s. The story goes that Bill showed up at the PNE administration office and spent an hour and a half convincing the then head of the PNE booth sales department to give him a chance. Konyk got his booth, won his $10 and began a 52-year journey during which time Hunky Bill has become one of the most iconic pitchmen and restaurateurs in Canadian history.

Hunky Bill’s has always been a family operated business spanning three generations. Bill’s loving wife Kay and three sons Bill Jr., Clayton, and Mark will continue on the tradition of serving the best Ukrainian food in the city.

Hunky Bill will be incredibly missed by his many friends and family across Canada, including all those in his PNE Fair family.

Aug 11

Five Must-See Exhibits at the 2019 PNE Fair

You might come to the PNE Fair for the food (or the shows… or the rides), but in between all that exciting entertainment, there are a number of interesting exhibits to experience. In fact, this year there’s even MORE that you won’t want to miss!

There’s the new Journey of BC Food exhibit in the Agriculture Barns, the PNE Prize Home to tour, family cooking demonstrations on the Safeway Cooking Stage, and glass blowing presentations in Festival Park. In addition to the Emergency Vehicles on display during Heroes Weekend (August 17 & 18), and Hot Vancouver Nights Car Show (August 27 – September 2), there’s also the new outdoor Vancity marketplace where you can discover local businesses (August 20-25).

Below are five big exhibits that you’ll surely be telling your friends and family about! View the PNE Fair exhibitions and attractions page for more details.


Snap Happy – A do-it-your-selfie experience!

If you’re happy and you know it… snap, pose and post! Take out your phone and start snapping away in front of this multi-sensory and immersive attraction. Find this exhibit at the Rollerland Building.


Game Changers – Discover the evolution of video games!

Oh yes this one’s a game changer. Technology is a thing of the future and the best way for children to learn about it is in an interactive and educational environment at this exhibit. Discover the amazing artifacts of the 70 most influential video games of all time and learn more about the evolution of this industry. Ready player 1? Press start at the Garden Auditorium.


Dinosaur Stomp – A roaring adventure!

It’s only fitting to have 15 different dinosaurs “roaming” around to celebrate this year’s big NBA win. This outdoor exhibit is a roaring experience for all Fair-goers, featuring ten life-sized animatronic models and five static models, plus a “dig pit” where young paleontologists-in-training can search for buried bones. Whether you’re Raptors fan or just big time into dinos, time travel back to the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods and discover what life was like for them back then. Caution: Live dinosaurs ahead in the Italian Garden!


Transport 2050

The future is bright! From electric cars to automated vehicles and personal drones, visit this exhibit on Miller Drive and help shape the future of how we move (and live). The “MicroCity” animated model of Vancouver showcases the entire region with an engaging presentation of the past, present and future of transportation in Vancouver.


CN 100 – A Moving Exhibition

Some say the west coast is the best coast, but it doesn’t hurt to appreciate the history of our national railway system, the people and innovations that built our continent. An exhibit great for all ages! Check your calendar, because this “moving exhibition” is only at the PNE Fair from August 20 to 25! Look for the entrance in Festival Park.


Get immersed together in all that the PNE Fair has to offer! Get your tickets in advance to save at pne.ca/fair.