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The Fernie Chautauqua and Fall Fair is a 3-day annual fall festival celebrating local art, music, heritage, and cuisine.

EVENT UPDATE: As of August 25th, this event will go ahead with modifications. Attendance is capped at a maximum of 100 people present at any given time in line with new provincial health orders. Organisers will manage attendance. Please follow instructions and signage to help keep everyone safe and ensure that this event can go ahead. 

The event is a revitalized and invigorated version of the traditional Chautauquas of the early 20th century, set against the spectacular B.C. Rocky Mountains. Enjoy great events and entertainment throughout the weekend for the whole family.

EVENT SCHEDULE:

  • All weekend: Free Admission at the Fernie Museum
  • Most events require TICKETS for admission to assist in attendance management.
    • Many events are free including all entertainment, demonstrations, and Heritage Building Meet & Greet.
    • Lunch & Learn, Walking Tours and Workshops are paid events with limited tickets available.
    • Tickets are not required for Chautauqua Kids at Fernie Heritage Library, or for the Harvest Market. 
    • TICKET LINK

Friday, September 10th

11:15AM
CHAUTAUQUA KIDS: Heritage Storytime at Fernie Heritage Library 
FREE

12:00PM
LUNCH & LEARN: Bonnets to Bloomers at Fernie Senior's Centre 
$15 - Tickets Required
Join historical presenter Lindsay Vallance for a light-hearted look at the Victorian Lady's wardrobe, including a full dress-up demonstration and scrumptious lunch. 


6:30PM
CHAUTAUQUA STAGE: Tim Williams Tiny Concert 
FREE - Tickets Required
Picnic dinners and blankets/chairs welcome. Chairs will be provided.
Audience will be seated in physically distanced groups as they arrive. 
Dual 2014 Memphis International Blues Challenge winner, Four-time JUNO nominee, multiple Maple Blues award nominee, producer and recording artist Tim Williams brings his latest tunes to Chautauqua. Calgary-based Tim began his music career in Southern California while still in his teens, playing coffee houses, colleges, concert halls and more, and recording his first LP Blues Full Circle for Epic Records. He has performed his blend of pre-war blues with elements of Hawaiian and Mexican music, old-time country, zydeco and more around the world on an arsenal of flat-top guitar, Hawaiian steel, bottle neck slide, cigar box guitar, and a variety of mandolins. His latest recording, Catfish (with Kevin Belzner and Big Dave Maclean, under the group name BMW) reached number one on CKUA Radio.

Saturday, September 11th

11:00AM

    • CHAUTAUQUA KIDS: Heritage Storytime, Storywalk, Curbside Crafts, Heritage Photobooth 
      FREE
    • HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR: The 1908 Great Fire 
      $5 - Tickets Required
      Join historical presenter Lindsay Vallance for a fascinating look at August 1st 1908, which a fire raced through Fernie, razing it to the ground and resulting in the city we see and enjoy today. 
    • ART ON THE LAWN: Terrific Textiles with the Fernie Spinners & Weavers Guild and the Fernie Quilters Guild. 
      FREE - Tickets Required
      A series of short presentations on the art and craft of spinning, weaving and quilting. Choose 2 presentations to attend on arrival. 
    • WORKSHOP: Fantastic Phone Photography with Gabriela Escobar Ari 
      $15 Tickets Required
      Also available at 12:30pm
      Professional photographer Gabriela Escobar Ari provides an interactive workshop to help you get the best results from the technology in the palm of your hand.

1:00PM

    • CHAUTAUQUA STAGE: Sookanie Singers 
      FREE - Tickets Required
      Picnic lunch and blankets/chairs welcome. Chairs will be provided.
      Audience will be seated in physically distanced groups as they arrive. 
      The Sookanie Singers have been singing and drumming for more than 20 years across the USA and Canada. Their name was chosen for the lead singer's Sioux Nation heritage, while the remaining singers are from the Kootenay tribe. 


    • CHURCH & COURT: Heritage Buildings Meet & Greet 
      FREE - Tickets Required
      Learn about some of Fernie's most significant heritage buildings. Meet local historian Terri Tombosso for a peek inside, and an informal presentation on how these buildings serve the community and the ongoing efforts to preseve them. Book tickets for one, two, three or all four presentations. 
      • 1pm: United Church, 201 2nd Ave
      • 1.30pm: Fernie Court House, 401 4th Ave
      • 2pm: Holy Family Catholic Church, 521 4th Ave
      • 2.30pm: Anglican Church of Christ, 561 4th Ave

2:00PM
WALKING TOUR: Rumrunners! 
$5 - Tickets Required
Join historical presenter Lindsay Vallance for a whirlwind tour of one of Fernie's most fascinating historical stories. Lindsay will share tales of the three larger-than-life kingpins of the illicit Crowsnest Pass rum running trade, Emilio Picariello, Jack Wilson and Mark Rogers. 

6:30PM
CHAUTAUQUA STAGE: Coal River Killers Tiny Concert 
FREE - Tickets Required
Picnic dinners and blankets/chairs welcome. Chairs will be provided.
Audience will be seated in physically distanced groups as they arrive. 
Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy an evening of sunset rock from this Fernie-based band at their inaugural performance!

Sunday, September 12th

10:00AM - 3:00PM 
FERNIE HARVEST MARKET at City Hall 
FREE
Local produce, art and crafts from area producers, plus tasty fare from our favourite food trucks

11:00AM
ART ON THE LAWN: Discovery! with Fernie Visual Arts Guild 
FREE - Tickets Required
A series of special presentations from local artists, including painting, pottery, drawing, inks, stained glass and encaustics.

12:30PM
CHAUTAUQUA STAGE: The Audielles Tiny Concert 
FREE - Tickets Required
Picnic lunch and blankets/chairs welcome. Chairs will be provided.
Audience will be seated in physically distanced groups as they arrive. 
Bring a picnic lunch (or pick one up from a food truck at the Harvest Market) and enjoy the vocal harmonies of this 8-part female ensemble. The Audielles sing anything and everything, from 80's pop to jazz jingles to classical arias and are sure to set toes tapping. 

1:00PM
WORKSHOP: Urban Sketching with Karen MacDonald 
$25 - Tickets Required
No experience necessary, fee includes a basic supply kit containing watercolours, pencil, eraser, brush and paper. 2 hours.
Local artist Karen MacDonald believes that urban sketching is for everyone. Join her to learn tricks and techniques to best observe and understand the visual landscape and translate it onto the page. Urban sketching is a great way to capture the sontaneity of the world around you and is perfect for daily sketching and travel journals. 

2:00PM
FERNIE MUSEUM 50/50 RAFFLE DRAW at City Hall
Your Ticket to History is raising essential funds to assist in ongoing operations and programming at the Fernie Museum, Archives and Historical Collections. PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE no later than noon on Sunday, September 12th ahead of the final draw to be announced as we close out the festival - good luck! 

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, join in the fun and celebration!

PLEASE:

  • Do not attend events if you are experiencing any symptoms of sickness, cold or flu
  • Wash/sanitize hands regularly
  • Be calm, be kind
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