Saanich Fair (Colin Smith Photography)

One of Victoria’s most popular summer events is returning this Labour Day long weekend and returning like to good ol’ days.

Even better, for the first time ever, Western Canada’s oldest continuous agricultural fair will be hosting a sneak peek night where you can hop on the rides without paying an entrance fee!

While the Saanich Fair will run on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at the Saanich Fairgrounds, there will be a sneak peek to the midway on Friday, September 2nd from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.— the means you only pay for the rides and there will be no entrance fee.

In addition to the rides, there will be plenty of games, treats and of course mini donuts!

So if you’re looking to beat the massive crowds over the weekend, Friday might be the night for you!

Wrist bands on Friday will be only $40 at the ticket box, single tickets will be available for $1.25, or smaller booklets can be purchased.

Here’s a list of rides you’ll find at Saanich Fair this year:

  • Tilt a whirl
  • Bumper cars
  • Sizzler
  • Frenzy
  • Himalaya
  • Zipper
  • Speed ride
  • Yo Yo
  • Kyte flyer
  • Gondola wheel
  • Whaky shack
  • Convoy racer
  • Carousel
  • Dragons
  • Strawberry’s
  • Spring ride
  • Fishies
  • Super slide
  • Train ride
  • Hog rally motor cycles
  • Tractors

Saanich Fair Sneak Peek Night

  • Where: Saanich Fairground, 1528 Stellys Cross Road
  • When: Friday, September 2nd: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

From Saturday, September 3rd to 5th, Saanich Fair will celebrate its 154th year, and the theme this year will be “Plant your Roots at the Fair” with a feature on vegetables.

“Of course, we all know that nothing beets the Saanich Fair so we hope you’ll turnip for this year’s event – it’ll be spud-tacular,” reads a message on Saanich Fair’s website.

This year, they’ve got a jam packed schedule full of fair classics like a pie eating contest, pedal tractor races, local farm fresh produce, and more.

True to its agrarian roots, the fair will also showcase up to 27 types of farm animals, from chickens to alpacas, and everything in between.

And with the full return of events, also means the return of evening music, including Wide Mouth Mason playing on Sunday September 4th at 8 p.m.—and yes, your entrance ticket gets you access the the main stage!

Wide Mouth Mason is a Canadian blues-based rock band, consisting of Shaun Verreault and Safwan Javed. Former bassist Earl Pereira was also co-founder of Wide Mouth Mason. The band hails from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and has been around since 1995.

Saanich Fair 2022

  • Where: Saanich Fairground, 1528 Stellys Cross Road
  • When:
    • Saturday, September 3rd: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Sunday, September 4th: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Monday, September 5th: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tickets:
    • Adults (14 year of age and older) – $15
    • Youth (7 – 13 years) – $10
    • Seniors (over 65 years) – $10
    • Age 6 years and under – Free!

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