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The Fernie Chautauqua and Fall Fair is a 4-day annual fall festival celebrating local art, music, heritage, and cuisine.

The event is a revitalized and invigorated version of the traditional Dominion Chautauqua of the early 20th century, set against the spectacular B.C. Rocky Mountains. Enjoy live music throughout the weekend including:

  • Buskers performing on Fernie’s main street Thursday to Sunday and local talent on the Chautauqua stage on Saturday and Sunday
  • Special events featuring: Craig Moritz, Steamboat Vacation, Between Covers, Red Girl and Hark Raving Sirens

Plus family entertainment, culinary delights and specialty dining, celebrity chef Barrie Elliot, heritage and history walking tours, Culture on the Lawn, and the Sunday Fall Fair. 

The Fernie Chautauqua & Fall Fair welcomes one and all to a communion of friends and family. Whether it’s your first time visiting Fernie or a homecoming with family and friends, special room rates partner hotel Park Place Lodge will help make the Chautauqua & Fall Fair weekend a real treat.

2019 SCHEDULE*

THURSDAY 19TH

  • NOON: BUSKER - REGGIE
    Corner Stage, Huckleberry Plaza, corner of 2nd Ave & 6th St

  • 6:30PM: UPSTAIRS & DOWNSTAIRS HERITAGE HOME TOUR - TICKETED EVENT
    $20 Advance tickets only, Maximum 20 People
    With Elana Zysblat
    Fernie Museum, 491 2nd Ave
    PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

  • 6:30PM: PJ STORYTIME: PIONEER STORIES - FREE!
    Stories and songs of the olden days with Anie Hepher for under 5's and their family/caregiver
    Fernie Heritage Library, 392 3rd Ave

  • 8:00PM: CHAUTAUQUA OPENING GALA - FREE ENTRY, CASH BAR
    Complimentary entry & culinary artistry by Chef Barrie Ellliot, cash bar
    Live entertainment from Red Girl & Hark Raving Sirens
    All welcome
    The Arts Station, 601 1st Ave

FRIDAY 20TH

  • NOON: BUSKERS: JJ & NEVAEH - FREE!
    Corner Stage, Huckleberry Plaza, corner of 2nd Ave & 6th St

  • 1:30PM: FERNIE'S ITALIAN HERITAGE - FREE!
    Launching the new virtual exhibit, with live entertainment and refreshments
    Free, all welcome
    Fernie Museum, 491 2nd Ave

  • 5:00PM: CHAUTAUQUA COMMUNITY PICNIC - FREE ENTRY, CASH BAR & FOOD
    With DJ Sweet Irie & Chautauqua Grill
    All Welcome
    Chautauqua Stage at the West Tent, City Hall Grounds, 501 3rd Ave

  • 7:00PM: CHAUTAUQUA DANCE FT. CRAIG MORITZ - TICKETED EVENT
    $20 Tickets online and at the tent
    Chautauqua Stage, City Hall Grounds, 501 3rd Ave
    PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

SATURDAY 21ST

  • 9:00AM: PANCAKE BREAKFAST - FREE ENTRY, CASH FOOD SALES
    Hosted by and in aid of the Elk Valley Dolphins
    Fernie Family Centre, 541 4th Ave

  • 11AM - 4PM: CHAUTAUQUA HERITAGE DAY - FREE!
    • CULTURE ON THE LAWN - City Hall Grounds, 501 3rd Ave
      • Chautauqua Main Stage entertainment: Barbara Bassett, The Audielles, Chelle Power, Rick Miller & Emilie Fitton, and The Forest Trio. 
      • Family Extravaganza: Dr Van Hooligan, Kellie Haines & Mandy Morris. Balloon Animals, Face Painting, Crafts and Roving Performers. 
      • Heritage on the Lawn: Ktunaxa First Nations Tent with storytelling & crafts, Crowsnest Museum, Cranbrook History Centre & Sparwood Museum & Fernie Family History Project.
      • Art on the Lawn: Artisan fair with 'en plein air' demonstrations and art installations.
    • DOORS OPEN - Various Locations
      Step inside and explore 8 unique downtown heritage buildings, with interpretive tours provided by volunteer guides. 
      Locations: Fernie Courthouse, Fernie Firehall, Fernie Museum, Fernie Heritage Library, The Arts Station, Fernie City Hall, Knox United Church, Holy Family Catholic Church.
    • CHAUTAUQUA CORNER STAGE - Various locations on 2nd Ave
      Buskers performing throughout the day: Naena Robinson, Awthentrix, Reggie, Barbara Bassett & the Ukelele Crew.
      Artists painting 'en plein air,' and artist Michael Hepher installing the new 'All Kinds of Beauty Mural' on the side of Beanpod at 691 2nd Ave
    • HERITAGE WALKING TOURS - departing from the Fernie Museum, 491 2nd Ave
    • FAMILY SAFETY DAY - Fernie Fire Hall, 692 3rd Ave
      • Join Fernie's firefighters, WildsafeBC, Search & Rescue, BC Hydro, STARS, BCAS, Avalanche Canada, Bylaw Services and more for demos and info on keeping you, your family and your home safe. Free BBQ & bouncy castle.

  • 4:00PM: CHAUTAUQUA TASTING ROOM - FREE ENTRY, CASH BAR
    Tour the distillery and sample from the tasting board ($5)
    Fernie Distillers, 531 1st Ave

  • 8:00PM: ART AFTER DARK - TICKETED EVENT
    Tour 5 unique art locations with artists in attendance, live circus performers, curated cocktails and culinary accompaniments, and live music.
    $70 Advance tickets only & cash bar at final venue 19+ event
    PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

SUNDAY 22ND

  • 10AM - 3PM: FERNIE FALL FAIR - FREE ENTRY, CASH FOOD & DRINK
    Fernie City Hall Grounds, 501 3rd Ave
    A full day of home crafts, animal husbandry, art, and traditional fun, games and entertainment, including:
    • Horticultural Displays & Blue Ribbon Contests
      Community Apple Press Day
      Culinary arts: Chili Cook Off, Cake Walk
      Craft Exhibits & Art Demonstrations
      Backyard Livestock & Agricultural Demonstrations
      Fairground Games and Contests, including: Tricyle Races, Zucchini Races
      Mountain Market
      Live Music from: Good Valley, Seany J & CCR Experience

  • 11AM - 4PM: CHAUTAUQUA CORNER STAGE - FREE!
    Buskers performing throughout the day: JJ & Neveah, Kate Pollock, Allison Pace, Katie Lane, Awthentrix, Reggie, Barbara Bassett & the Ukelele Crew.
    and artist Michael Hepher installing the new 'All Kinds of Beauty' Mural on the side of Beanpod at 691 2nd Ave
    Various locations on 2nd Ave

  • 5:00PM: CHAUTAUQUA CULTURAL DINNER - TICKETED EVENT
    With Dr Michael Hawley presenting: The History of Sikhs along the Crowsnest
    Buffet dinner by Himalayan Spice Bistro: Butter Chicken, Beef Vindaloo, Rice, Naan, Vegetable dishes and chai tea.
    $35 Advance tickets only. Cash Bar. 
    The Central, 301 2nd Ave
    PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

*Subject to change

TICKETS: click individual links above or purchase at the Fernie Museum, 491 2nd Ave from Monday, August 26th.

Or visit the official event website and Facebook page

 

 

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