The Guide to PNE Discounts and Freebies

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It’s almost that time of year.  The PNE, Vancouver’s annual summer fair, opens on Aug. 20 for 17 days of carnival rides, concerts, deep-fried Oreos, barnyard exhibits and fireworks.

For many Vancouverites, it’s a celebrated summer rite of passage, bringing back fond childhood memories.   But one thing that has changed since those good-old-days is the price.  Adult admission to the PNE is $20 this year.  A ride pass will set you back another $42.75.  As amusement parks go, these prices are actually rather reasonable.  But for a family, the expenses can add up fast.

For the budget-minded, here’s a quick guide to PNE discounts and freebies:

  • Kids are always free: Children under 13 are admitted free everyday.  You still have to pay for the rides, but this does shave off the admission price.
  • Free admission on Monday, Aug. 22: From 9 a.m.-noon on Monday, Aug. 22, everybody gets into the PNE for free.  I don’t think they advertise this very widely, but it’s a great deal.  Again, you still have to pay for all the rides.
  • Free Summer Nights Concerts with admission: With your $20 admission ticket, you get access to the evening’s Summer Night Concert.  Some big-name acts usually show up.  This year’s lineup includes Chris Isaak, Air Supply (remember them?), Wilson Philips, Kenny Rogers, Hall & Oates and Donny Osmond.

President's Choice-SUPERDOGS at PNE-Photos by Ron Sombilon Gallery-14

  • Free Superdogs with admission: Another PNE highlight.  The Superdogs shows – showcasing acrobatic canines – are staged three times daily at noon, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. inside the Pacific Coliseum.  Arrive early for good seats.
  • Twilight Ride Pass: After 5 p.m., Monday-Thursday, ride passes are discounted from $42.75 to $29.75 – not a huge break, but every bit helps.

Anyone else have any PNE money-saving tips?  Please share your suggestions below.

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