Here is how to get FREE PNE admission and discounts this summer

free PNE admission

free PNE admission
Vancouver, British Columbia / Canada – August 30, 2018: Thousands enjoy a beautiful day at the Pacific National Exhibition / Shutterstock

From mini donuts to Superdogs, thrilling rides to nostalgic outdoor concerts, the Fair at the PNE is synonymous with summertime in Vancouver – but tickets aren’t exactly cheap – especially if you plan to go on rides.

With that being said, there are a few ways that you can avoid paying the full admission price at your next visit. In fact, there are even a couple of days that offer free gate admission.

First, the PNE encourages guests to purchase their tickets in advance, and offers an incentive for doing so. For example, a Fair Gate Pass (14-64 years old), will cost $18 at the gate. However, it costs $16 online in advance, which equals a savings of $2.

Have a look at the online savings available below:

Gate Price Online Price
Fair Gate Pass (14-64 years old)


$18.00 $16.00
Fair Child Gate Pass (ages 6-13)


$5 $5
Children (ages 5 and under) FREE FREE

Fair Senior Gate Pass (65+)

$9.00 $7.00
Fair Ride Rapid Pass Add-On $25.00 $25.00
Fair Junior Ride Pass (Under 48″ tall)


$35.75 $32.75
Fair Season Gate Pass

*$3 savings until Aug 17. Available online only

N/A $45.50


Fair Ride Pass


$46.75 $43.75
Fair Gate and Ride Combo (online only special)


N/A $55.75
Fair Season Pass until August 16, 2019


N/A $42.50
After Dark Gate Pass

*Available only at on-site ticket booths after 9pm daily

$6 N/A
Twilight Ride Pass

*Available only at on-site ticket booths after 5pm Tuesday through Thursday

$30.75 N/A
Fair Ride Coupons

Each ride requires 4 – 8 coupons per ride/per rider

30 for $47.75 or $1.85 each N/A


Aside from the online savings, the PNE also offers free gate admission for first responders and a guest during Heroes’ Opening Weekend on Aug. 17 – 18. The promotion is valid for current and retired police, RCMP, paramedics, firefighters and military plus one guest.

All guests may take advantage of free entry to Fair on Aug. 20 and Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Similarly, all guests may enter for free on Aug. 29 from 11 a.m. until late during Out at the Fair Day. However, they must purchase Pride socks from the Vancouver Pride Society at their events or at the Hastings & Renfrew gate. All proceeds benefit the Vancouver Pride Society.

On Wednesday Aug.21 and Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. guests may enjoy “Wild Ride Wednesdays,” which offers 2 ride passes for the price of one. However, this deal is only available onsite on the day of the promotion.

On Aug.21 from 11 a.m. until late guests receive $6 gate admission if they show any B.C. library card and photo ID.

Seniors 65+ receive free gate admission and free ferris wheel rides on Aug.22 from 11 a.m. until late.

The 2019 Fair will run from Aug. 17 until Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. until late. (The Fair will be closed on Aug 19 and 26).

2019 PNE Fair 

When: Aug. 17 until Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. until late
Where: Playland – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free – $55.75

Have a look at this year’s summer concert lineup here.

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