Aug 22

Everything You Need to Know About the PNE Fair

If there is one family, must-see, flagship, food-filled, end-of-summer event that you just shouldn’t miss… it’s the PNE Fair!

Here’s your go-to guide on everything Fair so the only thing you have to stress about when you visit is which food truck to try.

Which pass do I need?

  • Fair Gate pass: This gets you into the PNE Fair! This includes access to the marketplace, the exhibitions, agriculture barns, lots of entertainment and stage shows including Reveen, pig races, and of course… the SuperDogs.
  • Fair Ride pass: This lets you ride on all the roller coasters and rides in Playland PLUS 12 more rides brought in for the Fair. You must have the Fair Gate pass in order to use this pass. Playland season passes are not valid during the PNE Fair.

Psst. If you know you want to access the amusement park and ride all the roller coasters, get the Fair Gate and Fair Ride Combo Pass in advance to save some money! Also don’t miss out on some of the promo days we have this year. Find out more on the ways to save here.

Where can I park my car? My bike?

Parking your vehicle is convenient as can be! Lots are located off Renfrew Street and Bridgeway Street. Additional parking is also available at Hastings and Windermere Street. During the PNE Fair, bike valet service is available on site to provide free and secure bike parking. You can find them inside the Red Gate on the corner of Hastings and Renfrew Street. There are also bike racks (without valet service) outside the Red and Purple Gates!

For those who have never been to the PNE Fair, welcome! Just so you know, the main gate entrance is on the corner of Hastings and Renfrew Street.

So are Summer Night Concerts free or… do I have to pay?

Every year, we give fans the option to purchase tickets for reserved seating and private suites in advance. Reserved seating tickets start at $25. However, we also have 2000 to 4000 free tickets available per show for general admission. These free tickets will be released at 11:00am during the day of the show, and can be obtained online (with a $3 service fee) or in-person at the PNE Amphitheatre box office. There’s an option for everybody!

There’s so much to do at the Fair and I don’t want to miss anything… where are the washrooms? Where is everything?!

We hear you and we got you covered! This year, we introduced an exclusive PNE Fair app that can be downloaded onto your mobile device through Google Play Store and the App Store for free. From maps to show lists and food options, this app gives you all the information you need to safely navigate through the Fair… and not have FOMO.

And if apps aren’t your thing, pick up a Fair brochure and show guide on your way in! These give you all your information you need to make your way around the area with confidence and snatch the best deals too!


Whether it’s your first time at the PNE Fair, or it’s an annual tradition, we want you have a stress-free experience.  If you ever have any questions or need any assistance, find our team at the Guest Services counters or message us on our social media channels. Happy Fair!

Aug 21

5 tips for taking transit to the PNE Fair

The PNE Fair is conveniently located near myriad bus routes, including the 95 B-Line, 14, 16, 210 and 211, and TransLink’s boosting service to get you there. Look out for the PNE specials departing from Phibbs Exchange, 29th Avenue Station, Renfrew Station and the Pacific Coliseum.

Ready to transit to the PNE Fair? Here are some tips!

Save with a Compass Card

Load money onto a Compass Card and use it to pay your transit fare, and you’ll receive a discount over most cash fares. And if you visit the PNE Fair on Fridays (Aug 23,30), you’ll receive 2-for-1 adult gate admission by showing your Compass Card (or any of the other Compass fare products).

Compass Cards are available for a $6 deposit from Compass Vending Machines at SkyTrain stations and select London Drugs (adult only), online at, and at select retailers.

Use your contactless credit card to pay your transit fare

Not quite ready to commit to a Compass Card?

On those same readers used for Compass Cards, you can tap your contactless Visa and Mastercard credit cards, as well as Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay to pay for an adult, cash fare. Visit for details.

Both a Compass Card and a contactless credit card will allow you to transfer from bus to SkyTrain, while if you pay using cash onboard the bus, it will only allow transfers between buses.

One zone fare after 6:30 p.m. and on weekends

A Fair Gate Pass is just $6.00 after 9 p.m. and a Fair Ride Pass is just $30.75 after 5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday. Make it a trifecta of savings with transit!

SkyTrain and SeaBus are a one-zone fare for journeys that start after 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, and all day on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Bus is a one-zone fare all day, every day.

Plan your trip using TransLink’s Trip Planner

Tell TransLink’s Trip Planner where you’re starting from and it’ll find the best route to get you to the PNE Fair. It will tell you how long your trip will take, if there are any transfers involved, whether there’s any walking required to get from one stop to another, and your transit fare.

Looking for something more personal? TransLink’s Customer Information team is available by phone at 604.953.3333, by live chat and @TransLink on Twitter.

Be prepared and know before you go

The PNE Fair is one of the most popular events in Metro Vancouver, so expect it to be busy — both while waiting in line for mini donuts and on transit getting there.

Summer is also road construction season. TransLink’s buses are only as reliable as the roads they travel on.

Check and subscribe to Transit Alerts for up-to-date information on service and detours. Text your bus stop number and route number to 33333 for next bus arrival times.

When waiting for the bus, stand by the bus stop pole to let the bus operator know you’d like to board. If you’re planning to get off at the next stop, pull the chord that runs along the window or push the “Stop” button to let the bus operator know.

For even more tips, visit TransLink’s Transit 101 page.

Aug 21

Doing it for the ‘gram

You probably already know that the PNE Fair is a convergence of all sorts of fun experiences including shows, exhibits, agriculture, rides, and food…  but this year we’ve taken the photo opportunities to the next level.

Have a look at just a handful of the awesome posts from our opening weekend!


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Bringing The Dong Show to the #PNE #PNE2019 #SisterAct #WinningAtTwinning #TwinsForTheWin #WinAHouseWinACar

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still ate dairy even though i’m lactose intolerant

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Eye spy with my little eye Great time @pne_playland #pnefair #pnesnaphappy #rides #food

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#pnesnaphappy #pneplayland

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Get your llama kisses @pne_playland

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Dino stomp

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