Admission and Event Info

We would love to have you join us at Knit City 2017, Canada’s premiere fibre arts festival! The show will take place September 30 – October 1, 2017 at the PNE Forum in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.

MARKETPLACE

Our world-class Marketplace at the PNE Forum (2901 East Hastings St.) will be open Saturday September 30th and Sunday October 1st from 9am to 5pm.

Click here to download a copy of the Marketplace floor plan or grab a copy at the show.

Marketplace admission is $10/day (cash only) with a $15 weekend pass option available. Children 12 and under are free. Saturday and Sunday Marketplace admission is complimentary with the purchase of any class, even Friday and Monday classes.Marketplace Weekend Passes can be purchased in advance here. Day passes can only be purchased in person, at the Marketplace entrance.

You will receive a ticket for our amazing Gift Basket draw with entry to the show. The Gift Baskets are filled with amazing contributions from our wonderful vendors. We have been previewing all the goodies on Instagram – check them all out here. The draw will be held in the Marketplace at the Knit City Merch Booth (booth 101) at 1:15 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Girl Guides will be back again this year operating the coat check area and selling both the chocolatey mint cookies and the vanilla and chocolate sandwich cookies. Cookies are $5/box. Coat check is $2 or free with the purchase of a box of cookies.

CLASSES + LECTURE

For 2017 we will be offering classes from Friday September 29th through to Monday October 2nd. Classes will be offered at the Hastings Room on the PNE Fairgrounds adjacent to the Forum, at the Atrium Inn across the street from the Forum (NW corner of E.Hastings and Renfrew), and at the Sweet Georgia Studios in South Vancouver (Monday only). You can view a Map of the PNE grounds here.

Our lecture this year is on Friday September 29th from 7pm-9pm with Stephen West at the Hastings Room. The lecture is now sold out, with an extensive waitlist. We will not be offering tickets at the door. Valley Yarns will be selling books for Stephen to sign for you after the lecture.

Class registration closes on Friday September 22nd at 11:45pm. We cannot fulfill requests for class spots after that date.

Looking for your class/lecture/marketplace pass downloads? We have a tutorial here.

Cancellation policy for classes is as follows: Cancellations occurring June 16th-July 15th receive a full refund less a $25 administration fee. Cancellations occurring July 16th – August 31st will receive a 50% refund less a $25 administration fee. Cancellations will not be accepted September 1st – September 29th. Refunds will not be given for lecture tickets, or lecture + marketplace pass, at any date. Class and lecture registrants are welcome to transfer their spots to another attendee.

Any questions at all, please email us at info@knitsocial.ca

OTHER EVENT INFO

FOOD TRUCKS! We are pleased to welcome our favourite food trucks Varinicey Pakoras, Melt City, C’est Ci Bon, NamaChickpea, REEL Mac and Cheese and Big Red’s Poutine back to Knit City! They will be serving up delicious food and coffee for you all weekend long just outside of the Marketplace. The Forum Cafe, which is inside the Marketplace, will also be open and has an updated and fresh new menu for you to enjoy!

Parking is available at the PNE Forum at a rate of $12/day. Enter through Gate 2 off of Renfrew St just north of East Hastings. You can view a Map of the PNE grounds here.

ACCOMMODATIONS

If you are travelling to Knit City from out of town, we recommend booking a hotel room at the Atrium Inn, which is across the street from the Forum.

AS OF FEBRUARY 20, THE ATRIUM INN KNIT CITY BLOCK IS SOLD OUT. 

We have also secured a block of discounted rooms at the Holiday Inn Express in Burnaby. Call 604-629-5173 to book and quote Knit City for the discounted rate of $159/night for single/double occupancy.

ABOUT THE NEIGHBOURHOOD + WHERE TO EAT

Knit City takes place in East Vancouver in an eclectic and diverse area called Hastings-Sunrise (also known as  East Village).  There are many places to eat, shop and get coffee. Here are some places we recommend:

COFFEE: Yes, there is a Starbucks down the street but instead why not try the Laughing Bean, a friendly, community oriented coffee shop that serves a great cup of Joe.

FOOD: For those of you staying at the Atrium Inn, there is of course the Press Box Pub. We have been assured that they will have more staff working the weekend of Knit City than they did last year, but due to the high volume of Knit City attendees at the hotel it will be busy (and loud – there is karaoke on Friday nights).

We encourage you to explore the neighbourhood – there are some hidden gems! Across the street from the hotel, you’ll find Pho Don and Blowfish Sushi (both are usually packed with Knit City attendees, especially at dinner). A short walk west on Hastings is the delicious Curry Zone and a little further on you’ll find Tacofino,  Campagnolo Roma, and Tamam Mediterranean Food – we highly recommend them all.

BARS: Head west down Hastings and have a drink and a bite at Jackalopes or  The Brighton. Or take a 30-min walk or 10-min drive/cab ride to get to Odd Society Spirits – a small batch gin distillery.

SHOPPING: You must take a walk down to the LYS Baaad Anna’s ! This friendly shop is filled with beautiful yarn, including Hedgehog Fibres and Wollmeise. Not yarn related, but also worth a visit are: Red Cat Records and Tiny Finery (handmade jewellery, ceramics and gifts).

For lots more information on where to go and what to eat in the neighbourhood, visit here. We hope you enjoy your visit to East Vancouver!