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Wapiti Music Festival Weekend Itinerary

Cultural and active options for a fantastic 5-day music-themed extravaganza, August 8-11, 2019.

Central to this weekend of good times, Wapiti Music Festival will celebrate 9 years of the best Canadian Indie in 2019 on August 9 - 10th in Annex Park

Wapiti is known for great music, good times, and a friendly sunny atmosphere, but that's not all! To help you make the most of your stay, we've put together this itinerary packed with other events, activities, and dining suggestions. 

Make sure you book your accommodation in advance, camping spots (off-site only) and rooms will fill up fast! Limited spaces may be available at some of the activities mentioned below; be sure to call or book ahead!

First, the lowdown on WAPITI MUSIC FESTIVAL

  • WHO: Wapiti is family friendly! There's no charge for Kids 12+U but everyone must have an advance reservation to ensure admittance! For big kids aged 65+, tickets are just $5!
    Save time at the gate and purchase/book your free tickets in advance online.
  • WHEN: Gates open 6 pm Friday and 12 pm Saturday. Music until 11pm each evening. 
  • WHAT: Bring your best listening ears! Alongside the Fresh Canadian Indie there's also:
    • Vendor Market
    • Kids crafts, Activities, Hoola hoops and Sprinklers 
    • Awesome Food Trucks 
    • Art Installations
    • Beverage Gardens featuring Fernie Brewing Company brews and other BC beverages.
  • WHERE: Annex Park ontheNorth side of town, 6 blocks from the highway.
    • Turn off highway #3 onto 11th St between Snow Valley Motel & Red Tree Lodge and follow this right into the park.
  • WHOW!
    • Stay hydrated! Factory sealed non-glass containers of non-alcoholic beverages are allowed. Free city water on site, bring an empty reusable bottle or cup.
    • Bring something to sit in/on/under. Blankets go at the front of the lawn behind the dancin' area, then low chairs, followed by high back chairs, and shade tents at the back and along the side.
    • Limited parking, including designated handicapped access. Free, secure bike check with room for everyone—all the accommodations in town are within biking/walking distance.
    • Don't forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and something warm for after the sun goes down.
    • Bugs are not usually a problem but bring some spray if you're super-sensitive.
  • WHY? Because it's all about the dancin' shoes and big happy summer smiles! Check out the FAQ page on the event website for more great intel!                         

So that's Wapiti, but what else should you do? First, decide whether you want a cultural day or an active day, and then select as much as you can handle!

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7TH

  • CULTURAL:
    • 5:30 PM: Roll into town in time to catch the first live outdoor show of the week: West My Friend is live on the steps of the Arts Station in Station Square for the Outdoor Concert Series Summer Social, plus Beverage garden, Children's activities & Mountain market. 
  • ACTIVE:
  • GOOD EATS: Check out the food truck options at the Outdoor Concert Summer Social. 
                            

THURSDAY AUGUST 8TH

FRIDAY AUGUST 9TH

SATURDAY AUGUST 10TH

SUNDAY AUGUST 11TH

                         

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  • Itinerary Tips & Tricks
    • Wapiti is Fernie's annual music festival, held in August
    • 'Wapiti' is derived from the Cree word for Elk
    • The weather should be hot and sunny, but this is the Rocky Mountains so check the forecast to be sure
    • Tenting and RV Camping is available at Fernie RV Resort & Mt Fernie Provincial Park. There is no camping at the festival as it's a residential area
    • The festival ends at 11pm each day, but there's more live music downtown to keep the party going
    • The festival is held on Friday and Saturday but there's plenty of fringe entertainment and activities all week for the whole family!