Cultural and active options for a fantastic 5-day music-themed extravaganza, August 8-14, 2018.
Central to this weekend of good times, Wapiti Music Festival will celebrate 8 years of the best Canadian Indie in 2018 on August 10 - 11th 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!
WHEN: Gates open 6:00pm Friday, 12pm Saturday. Music until 11pm each evening.
WHAT: Bring your best listening ears! The theme is 'Fresh Canadian Indie' and this can mean anything from soulful songstresses, rockin' Prarie dogs and down-home bluegrass banjo tunes to 10-piece funk orchestras with beats to blow your mind. Wintersleep headline this year's event, with Elliott Brood and Shred Kelly and more joining the lineup. Plus:
Kids crafts, Activities, Hoola hoops and Sprinklers
WHERE:Annex Park on the North 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.
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 8TH
5:30PM: Roll into town in time to catch the first live outdoor show of the week: The Outdoor Concert Series goes live on the steps of the Arts Station in Station Square every Wednesday in July and August. On August 8th, The Northern Beauties will bring their Western Canadian Folk sound to Fernie.
GOOD EATS: There's lots of great options downtown! Go with the musical theme and try the famous blues burger at The Brickhouse for dinner.
FRIDAY AUGUST 10TH
WAPITI is here! Gates open at 6pm, performances from 7-11pm.
11:00PM: After the festival gates close, hit the highway and check out the bar scene at Kodiak Loungeor thePub Bar & Grillor head downtown for more live acts and DJs at all good venues! Check the Events Calendar to see who's playing.
ACTIVE: Save your energy for dancing at Wapiti and ease into the weekend with gentle, restorative activities:
11AM, 1PM & 3PM: Join a Heritage Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Fernie. Learn about our legends and beautiful architecture on a gentle 90-minute tour starting from the Fernie Museum.
The first tour finishes just in time to grab your bike and head on over to Wapiti to catch the first act at 12.30pm. Stay for the day and enjoy amazing music right through to 11pm. After the festival winds up, it's back downtown for even more live music.
GOOD EATS: Sample more food truck treats at Wapiti.
SUNDAY AUGUST 12TH
10:00AM: Start your day at the weekly Mountain Marketfrom 10am-2pm in Rotary Park. Explore the many booths and pick up local crafts and produce. TheBibbity Bobbity Boo, Fernie's annual children's festival, will also be held in Rotary Park from 10am-2pm. It's free and aimed at under 10's, but everyone is welcome!