Travelling during the “off season” can be a great time to really get to know a place. Fewer visitors and more locals change the flavour of events and offer the opportunity to make connections that just might not happen in busier times.
Fernie has a cultural calendar of events throughout the year and fall is no exception, with several unique events and the start of ongoing series.
The Fall Concert Series at the Arts Station attracts many amazing Canadian musicians and the small intimate setting of this community theatre allows for a lovely evening with other music enthusiasts and often an opportunity to meet the artists. Watch for dates from September featuring a range of musical styles from blues and blugrass to jazz and world music. Dan Walsh kicks off the season on September 7th with unique clawhammer banjo stylings.
Also at the Arts Station, the last Thursday of every month is that month’s art show opening in the Gallery. Join local artists and the Fernie art community for an evening of wine, cheese and a gathering that always inspires interesting and stimulating conversation, surrounded by art in a variety of mediums.
Hockey is, as in many small Canadian towns, a part of the fabric of life in Fernie and you won’t find more locals in one place at one time than at the Fernie Memorial Arena watching their team, The Fernie Ghostriders. Exhibition season begins in September and as the season heats up, each game attract more visitors including many vocal seasonal workers to the stands, making for an exciting and rambunctious sporting event sure to leave a lasting impression!
Fernie's Heritage Library is a beautiful setting for many events, and fall sees the return of the Booked! Fernie Writers' Series. Each month features a current Canadian Author who will present their latest work along with a Q&A and plenty of time for vibrant discussion. Each reception includes complimentary appetizers, cash bar and live music. On September 14th, 2017, Angie Abdou will launch the new season with her latest novel 'In Case I Go.' The library hosts a number of other events regularly for both children and adults all year long.
If you're in town on the first Sunday of the month, make sure to check out Indie Films Fernie. A part of the Toronto International Film Festival Film Circuit, each month brings a new and unique film hand-picked from a stellar selection of new, independent productions. Held at the Vogue Theatre with a screening time of 5pm, each film is usually a sell-out success so be sure to arrive early to secure seats! Watch for movie & dinner deals at local restaurants.
Booked! is just one of a series of events over the September 14-17, 2017 weekend. The Fernie Chautauqua and Fall Fair is a 4-day cornucopia of cultural attractions including a heritage afternoon tea, Canadian country music star Craig Moritz, 'doors open' at many heritage buildings, Art After Dark, homesteading demonstrations, blue ribbon contests, and much more!
Every year the Canadian Ski Patrol hosts The Fernie Ski and Board Film Fest to celebrate the coming of winter and as a fundraiser. Join excited skiers and boarders to watch the year’s best ski and board films on large format screen with professional sound. This event usually coincides with the Fernie Alpine Resort Ski Team’s ski swap (held during the same day) and is a great place to pick up used gear for a good cause. Date tbc, usually mid-November.
As the nights draw in and the leaves begin to fall, there's no better time to spend a few hours on the river and then round out the day with good tunes and fun times with friends. The 2nd Annual Gillbilly Festival on September 29th-October 1st is a fishin', pickin', feastin' good time in the deep Canadian Rockies.
Add the Indie Films Series, Bonus Weekends at Fernie Alpine Resort, Craft Fairs, weekly jam, trivia, & DJ nights, Fall Exhibition Launch at the Fernie Museum, The Western Regional Mine Rescue Competition and much, much more, and you have a pretty amazing Fall to look forward to in Fernie!