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, market vendors, animal shows, antique tractors and other family-friendly things to see and do.
In 2022 the event happens on the Saturday and Sunday of July 23rd and 24th. This is the same weekend as the Odlum Brown Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival and Honda Celebration of Light fireworks competition (both of which include free activities).
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 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.
At the country fair there are also sheep shearing and sheep dog demonstrations, market stalls and a magic show, plus a Ferris Wheel and other amusement rides.
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!
When and Where
In 2020 the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest was supposed to be on the weekend of July 25-26. In the end, however, it got cancelled because of COVID-19. The event returned in a different format between July 17-29 in 2021. Rather than being just two days long, the festival ran for two weeks.
The week of July 17 to 23 was a special 4-H week. Then on Saturday, July 24, and Sunday, July 25, an online concert happened with special footage of animals and individuals that are at the fair in typical years. To conclude the event, home arts and garden contests took place from July 26 to July 29.
In 2022 the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest returns in its normal in-person format on the weekend of July 23rd and 24th. As of early April, the festival is set to feature home arts and gardening sections, a 4-H program for youth, live entertainment, an on-site market and more.
The event takes place 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.
Below is the live music and entertainment schedule for the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest in 2022.
(Note: Schedule times, performer and concert details are subject to change.)
Saturday, July 23, 2022
- 10:45 am – Shimmy for the Soul
- 11:30 am – Roma Gry Dance Group
- 12:05 pm – Silver Diamond Country Dancers
- 12:20 pm – EuroFest at Country Fest Flag Parade
- 1:10 pm – Silver Diamond Country Dancers
- 1:25 pm – Shot of Scotch Vancouver
- 1:55 pm – Silver Diamond Country Dancers
- 2:10 pm – Slovenian Folklore Dance Troupe
- 2:40 pm – Silver Diamond Country Dancers
- 2:55 pm – Zornitza Dance Ensemble
- 3:25 pm – Country Cuties Dance Team
- 3:40 pm – Hubavitsi
- 4:10 pm – Jane Wylie
- 4:25 pm – The Spiritual Warriors
- 5:40 pm – Country Cuties Dance Team
- 5:55 pm – Appaloosa
- 7:10 pm – Country Cuties Dance Team
- 7:25 pm – Jake & Elwood Blues Brothers
- 8:55 pm – Jane Wylie
- 9:10 pm – West Coast Chicago
Sunday July 24, 2022
- 10:00 am – Church at Country Fest
- 11:15 am – RMSS Line Dancers
- 12:00 pm – RMSS Ukulele Group
- 12:45 pm – RMSS Hawaiian Dancers
- 1:30 pm – RMSS Fitness Class
- 2:15 pm – Romanian Treasure Group
- 3:00 pm – Kassandra Clack
- 3:35 pm – Topaz
- 4:10 pm – Coal Davie
- 4:45 pm – Kyle Hensby
The midway at the event usually includes a Ferris Wheel, bumper cars and a small number of other typical amusement rides.
The rides are usually scheduled to run from 11:00 am until around 9:00 pm on the Saturday and from 12:00 until 4:00 pm on the Sunday (plus or minus each day).
All-day ride wristbands typically cost $38 on the Saturday and $28 on the Sunday. Individual ride tickets cost $1.25 each. Little kid rides require 3 or 4 tickets and more serious attractions require between 4 and 6 tickets.
Exact details about the rides and rates in 2022 are to be confirmed.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your visit to the fair.
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 3 or so minutes to drive there, but it’s just a 5-minute walk from there back to the fairgrounds. There is also sometimes a free shuttle service.
For further details 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: