Tourism Fernie Home Page
  • Chautauqua Heritage Festival & Fall Fair
  • Fall Fair
  • Fall Fair
  • Chautauqua & Fall Festival - September 13-16, 2018
  • Chautauqua & Fall Festival - September 13-16, 2018
  • Dog show at the Fall Festival
  • Chautauqua & Fall Fair
  • Chautauqua & Fall Fair
  • Chautauqua Heritage Festival & Fall Fair
  • Chautauqua & Fall Fair
  • Chautauqua & Fall Fair
  • Fresh produce and live farm animals on display
  • Chautauqua & Fall Fair
  • Chautauqua & Fall Fair
  • Fernie Farrier
  • Chautauqua & Fall Fair
  • Chautauqua & Fall Fair
  • Chautauqua & Fall Fair
  • Chautauqua Heritage Festival & Fall Fair
  • Chautauqua Heritage Festival & Fall Fair
  • Chautauqua Heritage Festival & Fall Fair
  • Fernie Museum
  • The Fernie Court House built in 1909
  • September 13, 2018 thru September 16, 2018
  • In Town

The Fernie Chautauqua and Fall Fair is an annual fall festival celebrating local art, music, heritage, and cuisine.

NOTICE: Some Saturday events and live music have moved indoors to the Fernie Family Centre due to cooler temperatures and expected rain.

This cultural extravaganza is hosted by the Fernie Museum, City of Fernie, Fernie Heritage Library, Fernie Senior's Centre and Wildsight.

2018 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (view digital version of festival guide):

Or visit the official event website

THURSDAY 13TH

  • 5:30 - 8 PM Chinese Cultural Dinner 
    • Chinese drumming on arrival and a live performance by members of the Calgary Chinese Music Development Association
    • Catered by Old Elevator Chinese Restaurant
    • at Fernie Family Centre, 521 4th Ave
    • Advance Tickets Only: $30

  • 7 - 10 PM Pride n' Paint
    • Join Dan Whillans for a guided evening of self-expression and queer identity through art
    • Includes a beverage and basic canvas, brushes and paints, or bring your own art supplies
    • Selected works will be eligible for the 'Bent on Art' show at the Fernie Museum, Sep 27 - Oct 14
    • at The Valley Social, 562 2nd Ave
    • Tickets: $20

FRIDAY 14TH 

  • 12 PM Lunch n' Literature
    • Featuring acclaimed BC Author: Wayne Norton and his book: Fernie at War
    • Catered by the Fernie Seniors Centre
    • at the Fernie Heritage Library, 492 3rd Ave
    • Tickets, $20
  • 6 - 10 PM Friday Fuze BC on Tap Showcase
    • Featuring Ndidi Onokwulu, Red Eyed Soul & Flatback
    • Food trucks & cash bar on-site from 5:30 PM
    • Fernie Community Centre
    • FREE ADMISSION!

SATURDAY 15TH:

  • 9 AM - 4 PM Chautauqua Pancake Breakfast & Grill
    • Hosted by Fernie & District Historical Society
    • Pancakes until noon or while supplies last, then burgers and dogs
    • Fernie Family Centre

  • 11 AM - 4 PM: Historic Downtown Fernie Chautauqua
    • Historical Walking Tours from the Fernie Museum, 491 2nd Ave, including:
      • 11 AM - Fernie's Heritage Greatest Hits with Elana Zyblat
      • 1 PM - BC Mills Catalogue House Tour with John Aitken 
      • 3 PM - Fernie at War - Enemy Aliens Internment Tour 
    • Live entertainment on the Chautauqua Stage from John Wort Hannam, Peter and the Wolves and Heather Blush and the Uppercuts from Noon
    • Children's Tent hosted by Grow Children's Boutique in the Library Garden
    • Antique Car Show on 5th Street
    • Doors Open at Fernie Historical Locations - Volunteers will be on-site to explain the heritage preservation ongoing at each location. See the official program for details.
    • Art Walk - A self-guided tour of local galleries and studios. Meet the artists and see fascinating demonstrations throughout the day. 2018 Art Walk locations include:
      • Fernie Arts Co-op, 572 2nd Avenue -
      • Studio 562, 562 2nd Avenue -
      • Stephanie's Glass & Art Studio, 532a 2nd Avenue
      • Brian Pollock Photography, 532b 2nd Avenue
      • Sarah Pike Pottery. 1480 McDonald Avenue
      • Michael Penny, Log Carver, 1439 McDonald Ave/Hwy 3
      • Art On The Lawn, located on the grounds of City Hall, 501 3rd Avenue
    • At City Hall:
      • Heritage & Art on the Lawn
      • Ktunaxa Cultural Demonstrations - moccasin making, bead craft & tipi building
      • Regional Museum stations
      • Live Painting by local artists 
      • Vintage Market

  • 7:30 PM Back Alley Tour and Speakeasy
    • Visit 3 secret location with an interpretive guide for illicit cocktails
    • Discover the final location Speakeasy with live entertainment from Heavy Petal Burlesque and Johnny Summers Jazz Quintet
    • Departs from the Fernie Museum, 491 2nd Ave
    • Advance tickets only, $70

SUNDAY 16TH:

  • 9 AM 1910-style Anglican Service
    • A recreation of a period service celebrating harvest and community
    • At Christ Church Anglican, 561 4th Ave
    • All welcome
  • 10 AM - 2 PM 4th Annual Fall Fair 
    • On the lawns at City Hall, 501 3rd Ave
    • Clydesdale-drawn wagon rides
    • Classic Carnival Games & Races
    • Blue Ribbon Contests
    • Zucchini Races
    • Mountain Market
    • Chili Cook-off & Cake Walk
    • Agricultural Displays & Demos
    • Apple Pressing Workshops
    • Blacksmithing
    • Cotton Candy
    • Food Trucks
    • and more...

  • 10 AM Jazz Brunch
  • 1 PM - 2 PM Chautauqua Interfaith Community Service 
    • Chautauqua Main Stage, 5th St between 2nd & 3rd Ave
    • All welcome

  • 2-4PM Chautauqua Afternoon Tea
    • With Heart's Content String Quartet
    • Menu includes Fernie Blend tea by Murchie's Tea of Victoria; scones with jam, marmalade, and Devonshire cream, Finger sandwiches and Dainties. 
    • Period dress encouraged!
    • At the Fernie Senior's Centre, 562 3rd Ave
    • Advance tickets only, $25

  • 5-8PM Farewell Pig Roast
    • Pig Roast Dinner at the Nevados Cantina, 531 2nd Ave
    • Drop-in, subject to availability

For more details on the 2018 Fernie Chautauqua & Fall Fair, bookmark the festival website and Facebook page

TICKETS:

All tickets available at eventbrite.ca or from the Fernie Museum, 491 2nd Ave, or from participating locations.

CHAUTAUQUA EVENT ACCOMMODATION SPONSOR:

Park Place Lodge. Rates from $124/night. Book 2 weekend nights and receive 2 complimentary tickets to the Chautauqua Jazz Brunch at Max Restaurant ($80 value!)

BOOK ACCOMMODATION ONLINE

  • Share
  • Contact Information
  • 250-423-7016
  • Contact By Email
    security code
  • www.ferniechautauqua.com
  • Historic Downtown Fernie