The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest is a fair with amusement rides, farm animals and entertainment at the Albion Fairgrounds in Maple Ridge in July.
Admission is free and the event features a carnival midway and market vendors. There are also animal shows, antique tractors and other family-friendly things to see and do.
Country Fair at the Albion Fairgrounds
The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest is an annual community event that has been running for well over 100 years.
At the fair there are usually local bands, a pie-eating contest, horse shows, a beer garden, food trucks, kids’ activities and even a community church service for those who are interested.
The fair also has sheep shearing and sheep dog demonstrations, market stalls and a magic show, plus a Ferris Wheel and other amusement rides most years.
The event is a pretty typical small town country fair with lots of farm animals and people from the community. If you’re in the area, check it out!
Where and When
The event happens at the Albion Fairgrounds at 23448 Jim Robson Way which is about 10 minutes southeast of downtown Maple Ridge. Some of the events and activities are outside and others are indoors.
In 2023 the fair took place on the weekend of July 29th and 30th. Saturday hours were from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm, whereas Sunday hours were from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. The fair returns in 2024 and runs on July 27th and 28th.
Below was the live music and entertainment schedule for the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest as of mid-July in 2023.
(Note: Schedule times, performer and concert details were subject to change.)
Saturday, July 29th, 2023
- 10:45 am – Maple Sugar Jiggers 2.0
- 12:00 pm – Blueberry Pie Eating Contest
- 1:00 pm – Eurofest Flag Parade
- 1:30 pm – Slavik Slovak Folklore Society
- 2:15 pm – Romanian Treasure Group
- 3:00 pm – Slavik Sound
- 3:45 pm – Bulgarian Canadian Society
- 4:15 pm – Country Cuties Dance Team
- 4:30 pm – Blueberry Pie Eating Contest
- 5:30 pm – Appaloosa
- 6:45 pm – Country Cuties Dance Team
- 7:00 pm – Danielle Ryan
- 7:45 pm – Country Cuties Dance Team
- 8:05 pm – Dakota Pearl
- 8:50 pm – Country Cuties Dance Team
- 9:15 pm – Karen Lee Batten
Sunday July 30th, 2023
- 10:00 am – Church at Country Fest
- 11:45 am – Shot of Scotch Vancouver
- 12:30 pm – Double Overtime
- 2:00 pm – Luisa Marshall
- 3:15 pm – Bulgarian Canadian Society
- 3:45 pm – Blueberry Pie Eating Contest
- 4:30 pm – Serbian Folklore Ensemble
The midway at the event usually includes a Ferris Wheel, bumper cars and a small number of other typical amusement rides.
In 2023 the rides were scheduled to run from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm on the Saturday and from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm on the Sunday. The rides were also available from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday, July 28th.
All-day ride wristbands typically cost $38 on the Saturday and $28 on the Sunday. Individual ride tickets cost $1.50 each. Little kid rides require three or four tickets and more serious attractions require between four and six tickets.
Tips & Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most of your visit to the fair when you visit next time.
TIP #1: Amusement ride tickets are non-refundable, but also never expire.
TIP #2: The fair technically runs until 6:00 pm on the Sunday. Chances are pretty good though that the place will be fairly quiet around then, with the amusement rides finishing an hour or two earlier. The live music finishes at around 5:30 pm, so after that people will be starting to pack up.
TIP #3: It can get hot in Maple Ridge in late July, and there isn’t a lot of shade at the Albion Fairgrounds. Take a hat and sunscreen, plus drink lots of fluids to keep hydrated.
TIP #4: The beer garden is especially inviting for adults in hot weather. Just remember not to drink and drive – plan ahead how to get home!
TIP #5: There is on-site parking at the Albion Fairgrounds. The place can fill up though. Arrive early and carpool if you can. There is also a fair bit of free parking at the Albion Sports Complex at 23778 104th Avenue. The sports complex is on the other side of the fairgrounds. It takes about three or so minutes to drive there, but it’s just a five-minute walk from there back to the fairgrounds. There is also sometimes a free shuttle service.
To learn more about the event, click Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest.
For information about the region, as well as a list of other area events over the course of the year, click Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge.
For lists of other events taking place in the Lower Mainland, check out any of the following: