Hee haw! It’s time for SuperDogs, blue-ribbon farm animals, show stopping performances, mini donuts and ooey gooey ribs because the PNE Fair opens On August 17th. And of course Vancouver’s answer to Disneyland, Playland has been going strong all summer so if you haven’t, now is also the time to take a gentle ride on the Ferris Wheel or go nuts on The Beast. But please, just wait until after your ride for that bag of cotton candy.
PNE family highlights
There are tons of special exhibits and attractions from knights jousting and mechanical bull riding to adorable pig races, pony rides and Superdogs to live shows (think hypnotists and mermaids) and and all the food you can eat.
Knights of Valour
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!
Super Dogs Abracadabark
It’s just not the PNE without these hoop jumping marvels and this year mark’s the 40th birthday of The President’s Choice SuperDogs so it’s bound to be a barking good time! Woof woof!
CN100 – A Moving Celebration
Train buffs won’t want to miss this one! To celebrate its 100th anniversary, CN is going on tour and stops at the PNE from Aug 20-25. Discover the history of CN as well as the people and innovations that built North America. An event for the whole family with interactive experiences, shows and lots of activities for kids.
Learn to Fish
Slow things down a bit and cast a line in Sanctuary Pond. Learn the basics of fishing including: hatchery roles, local conservation concerns, fishing equipment, casting, and how to rig your rod. Youth under 16 and participants 16 and older with a valid freshwater fishing licence can also try their luck fishing off the dock on Sanctuary Pond from 1-5 pm daily during the PNE
Reveen the Hypnotist
The legend continues with this mesmerizing and hypnotic show featuring high-speed memory demonstrations and mystical showmanship.
Safeway Kidz Discovery Farm
City kids can ‘become a farmer’ for a short time while learning how their food gets from the farm to your local grocery store. Kids are put to work at various pretend play farm chores such as milking a cow, pedalling a tractor, collecting eggs and harvesting apples while moving from farm to farm.
It’s time to laugh out loud and stretch a smile from ear to ear in ToonCity. Play, dance and paint in The Fair’s family pit-stop. Catch the live mermaid and safari shows.
How to get Tickets
Tickets to The Fair at the PNE are $16 for entry ($7 for seniors, $5 for 6-13) free for kids 5 & under) when you purchase tickets online. You can also add a fair ride pass for $43.75 +. But, there are several promo days and way to save on tickets.
The Fair at the PNE opens on Saturday, August 17, 2019 and runs until Monday, September 2, 2019 from 11am – late every day (closed Aug 19 & 26).
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).