Rock red for $1.50 admission to the Fair at the PNE's opening weekend, plus eight other ways to save at the gate

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      With general admission starting at $14, adult ride passes from $41.75, and mini donuts and corn dogs at no less than $5 a pop, a day at the Fair at the PNE can add up quick.

      Luckily, the good folks behind the 107th annual fete, which takes place from this Saturday (August 19) to September 4 (with closures on August 21 and 28), are offering Vancouverites a number of ways to save their hard-earned coins with various free and discounted admission days.

      Below, a rundown of the Fair at the PNE’s gate and ride promotions—beginning with opening weekend’s $1.50 deal for Canada 150—so you can plan your visit accordingly.

      Canada 150 Opening Weekend

      August 19 and 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

      In celebration of the nation’s sesquicentennial, the Fair at the PNE will offer $1.50 admission to attendees who wear a visible article of red clothing or a maple leaf motif.

      Heroes’ Opening Weekend

      August 19 and 20, 11 a.m. to late

      Current and retired police, RCMP, paramedics, firefighters, and military personnel—and their plus-ones—get in for free during the Fair at the PNE’s first weekend. First responders must present a valid First Responder service card at the gate.

      Free Admission Tuesday

      August 22 and 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

      All guests can skirt admission fees during the mornings of the Fair at the PNE’s two Tuesday dates. Attendees are free to re-enter the gates before 1 p.m. without a hand stamp.

      Library Day

      August 23, 11 a.m. to late

      It turns out Arthur and the gang were right after all! Flash any B.C. library card at the door and nab a discounted $5 admission price.

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      Wild Ride Wednesday

      August 23 and 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

      Hit the Fair at the PNE on hump day and you’ll be able to score two ride passes for the price of one. The passes must be purchased onsite and the deal does not apply to ride coupons or complimentary passes.

      Seniors’ Day

      August 24, 11 a.m. to late

      Visitors who are 65 years of age and older will receive free admission and free Ferris wheel rides during the Fair at the PNE’s first Thursday.

      After Dark Passes

      From August 19 to September 4, 9 p.m. to late

      Admission is $5 and ride passes are only $29.75 after 9 p.m. daily during the duration of the fair. 

      Vancity Member Special

      From August 19 to September 4, 11 a.m. to late

      For the first time this year, Vancity members pay only $5 at the gate for the fair's entire run.

      BCAA "Membership is Rewarding" Rate

      From August 19 to September 4, 11 a.m. to late

      BCAA members can see bcaa.com to receive discounted gate and ride passes.

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