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Everything You Need To Know About The 2018 Fair at the PNE

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Photo: jbarc in BC / Flickr

One of the summer’s biggest events is finally back!

The Fair at the PNE kicks off on Saturday, August 18th and will run until Monday, September 3rd, 2018.

Whether it’s outrageous food or daily concerts, you’ll find just about everything this summer. Here’s our guide about everything you can see and do at this year’s fair.

PNE Free Admission and Deals

The best things in life are free (or at least discounted). The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) has certain days that are focused on free and discounted passes.

Click here to find everything you need to know about this summer’s special deals. Regular admission is $15 online, and $18 at the gate for those between the ages of 14 – 64. Ride passes for guests 48” and taller are $43.75 online and $46.75 at the gate. Fair Ride coupons are priced at $1.85 each or $47.75 for a pack of 30.


Everyone always looks forward to the PNE for its awesome concerts, epic rides and most of all – outrageous food.

Foodies can devour anything their heart desires with a culinary line-up that is nothing short of outrageous. From Milkshake Burgers to Cricket Caramel Apples, you’re bound to find some crazy bites!

Summer Night Concerts

Fair at the PNE / pne summer night concerts
Photo: Jenn Chan Photography / Flickr

This year’s line-up showcases a wide range of diverse entertainment and internationally acclaimed musical performances.

Performances will include pop, rock, country, and R&B. There will also be throwback 80’s and 90’s concerts. Notable headliners include Boyz II Men, Air Supply, Jann Arden and many more!


New PNE Entertainment and Attractions

Action Sports World Tour

Cheer on the world’s best professional skateboarders and BMX riders as they perform incredible aerial stunts on a state-of-the-art half-pipe. If you stick around afterwards, you can meet the athletes for photos and autographs!

Knights Of Valour

Imagine A Knight’s Tale in real life. Knights Of Valour is a thrilling show of horsemanship, chivalry, and bravery. There will be full contact jousting like you’ve never seen before!


The POPnology exhibit explores some of the greatest works of popular culture that inspired technology, innovation, and imagination in history. The PNE attraction exhibit also features various interactive elements, including the world’s fist 3D printed car and hands on robotics.

The Lost World Of Dragons

The Lost World Of Dragons celebrates the mythical, wondrous creatures that have captured the hearts of cultures around the world. This PNE attraction will showcase dragon stories will be told from across the globe, from Norway all the way to ancient China.

Street Of Dreams

Street Of Dreams is a classic and custom car show, unlike you’ve ever experienced before. Take a stroll down Vintage Lane, and enamour yourself with viewing timeless classics, hot rods, and more.

ARCY LIVE! – Live Event Mural

Known for his paint splashed style of large scale street art, Ryan ‘Arcy’ Christenson will be creating live mural art, celebrating the PNE’s iconic moments in honour of its 50th anniversary.

Celebration Plaza

The Checkerboard Guy

The unconventional world of imagination, spun by this mischievous instigator is one part inspired insanity, one part interactive game, one part skilful demonstration, and one hundred percent infectious fun.

Magic Brian

Magic Brian is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning performer that will have you laughing hysterically one moment and gasping in awe the next. It’s a high-energy, interactive comedy-magic sideshow with plenty of surprises – including a record-breaking escape from a real straitjacket and 40 feet of chain.

The President’s Choice SuperDogs Presents Happy Barkday

The President’s Choice SuperDogs is celebrating its 40th birthday with an extraordinary PNE attraction show, featuring all the fun and excitement audiences have come to expect from four decades of SuperDogs spectacles!

PNE Prize Home

PNE Prize Home
Photo: The PNE Prize Home Lottery

One of the Fair’s most beloved attractions, the PNE Prize Home grand prize features a gorgeous 3,025 sq. foot ‘West Coast modern’ style house that will be relocated for the lucky winner to the Okanagan, following the 2018 Fair.

This 3-bedroom, 2.5 bath home includes a dry sauna, two outdoor living decks and a home theatre room, and comes fully furnished with the latest tech, appliances and furniture.


Festival Park

Canada Showcase

A cultural mosaic of dynamic dancers, exhilarating musical performers and other special guests! This PNE attraction celebration of Canada’s diverse cultural landscape will delight fair-goers of all ages and backgrounds.

Canada Showcase will be on from 12PM to 12:30PM, 2PM to 2:30PM, and 5PM to 5:30PM.

The Silver Starlets

The Silver Starlets are an all-female aerial acrobatic show full of glitz, glam and glitter. With a 20-foot tall, freestanding trapeze rig as a stage, they’ll twist, tumble, bend, climb and fall. These are ladies of incredible athleticism and strength. You’ll be cheering, laughing and dancing along with them!

The Silver Starlets will be on from 12:30PM to 1PM, 3PM to 3:30PM, and 5:30PM to 6PM.

Toon City Stage

Mermaid Tales

Take a trip under the ocean and into the magical world of the famous Mermettes, the ocean’s biggest pop sensation! Come swim with the jellyfish, snorkel through the kelp and join the fun in the mermaid musical celebration!

Mermaid Tales is on daily from 1PM to 1:30PM, 3PM to 3:30PM, and 5:30PM to 6PM.

Safari Adventure with Action Austin

Are you ready for a safari adventure? Join Action Austin, together with the help of his friends, on a deep safari in search of the missing pink star diamond! This PNE attraction musical stage show is perfect for the whole family!

Rides & Games

All the classic rides and games will make a return this summer, however Hell’s Gate and the Crazy Beach Party may not be operational during opening weekend. Ride passes for guests 48” and taller are $43.75 online and $46.75 at the gate. Fair Ride coupons are priced at $1.85 each or $47.75 for a pack of 30.

THE PNE Hours & Location

The PNE will be open the following days and times:

  • August 18 – 19: 11am to late
  • August 21 – 26: 11am to late
  • August 28 – September 3: 11am to late
  • Closed on: August 20 and 27


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