Cultural and active options for a fantastic 5-day music-themed extravaganza, August 9-13, 2017.
Central to this weekend of good times, Wapiti Music Festival will celebrate 7 years of the best Canadian Indie in 2017 on August 11-12th 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! Kids 12+U and big kids 65+ get in free. Save time at the gate and purchase your tickets in advance online.
- 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. Tokyo Police Club headline this year's event, with Royal Canoe, Five Alarm Funk, Twin Peaks, and more joining the lineup. Plus:
- 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 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 pack in!
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9TH
- 5:30PM: Roll into town in time to catch the first live outdoor show of the week on Wednesday. The Outdoor Concert Series goes live on the steps of the Arts Station in Station Square every Wednesday in July and August. On August 9th, Tiger Moon will bring their Western Canadian Folk sound to Fernie.
- 8:00PM: Tour de Mort is a fusion of two acts: Midnight Vesta and Brooklyn Doran. Catch them at The Valley Social after the outdoor concert.
- Beat the Heat at a Pottery Wheel Class at the Arts Station - available Wednesday & Thursday for intermediate ability, and Friday for all abilities.
- 6:00PM: If you're in the mood for something more active, ladies can join the FWOW ride - Fernie Women on Wheels meet every week in summer to hit the great mountain bike trails around town for an evening ride.
- 6:00PM: Discover our edible outdoors on the Wild Nature Workshops: Forage in the Forest evening hike.
- Or hit the links at Fernie Golf and Country Club - midweek twilight rates are just $39 for 18 holes, or $26 for 9!
- GOOD EATS: Check out the food truck options at the Outdoor Concert, or drop into The Loaf (within earshot) for fresh hand-tossed pizza and FBC beer on the patio.
THURSDAY AUGUST 10TH
- 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 11TH
- WAPITI is here! Gates open at 6pm, performances from 7-11pm.
- 7:30PM: Do you have that one person in your party that prefers a classical groove? Never fear! La Cafamore presents Guys named Franz at the Mountainside Church Hall.
- After the festival gates close, hit the highway and check out the bar scene at Kodiak Lounge or the Pub Bar & Grill.
- 11:00PM: Check out the Wapiti after-party with DJ Ewoc at The Royal.
- ACTIVE: Save your energy for dancing at Wapiti and ease into the weekend with gentle, restorative activities:
- GOOD EATS: Food truck nirvana at Wapiti!
SATURDAY AUGUST 13TH
- 11AM & 2PM: Join a Heritage Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Fernie. Learn about our legends and beautiful architecture on this gentle 2-hr 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. Check the Events Calendar to see who's playing at bars in town.
- 11:00PM: The party continues with live tunes at the Northern from The Dudes, or Seany J and the Boys at The Royal.
- Early risers can explore the beautiful South Country near Fernie on the Highline 100 road bike ride. There's several distance options on this popular friendly annual ride and the tour includes lunch, a 'worlds best cinnamon bun' and ice cream before returning to Fernie for a banquet dinner at Fernie Alpine Resort or taking in the evening's entertainment at Wapiti.
- Say good morning to the mountains at Morning Yoga at Lizard Creek Lodge.
- If you're looking to improve your mountain biking skills, the Wapiti Wheelers Morning Camp with Fernie Bike Guides will help you make the most of your bike on Fernie's amazing trail system, finishing in time to catch the first act at Wapiti.
- GOOD EATS: Sample more food truck treats at Wapiti.
SUNDAY AUGUST 14TH
- Start your day at the weekly Mountain Market from 9am-2pm in Rotary Park. Explore the many booths and pick up local crafts and produce. There's always great treats to discover!
- 10:00AM: While the grown-ups peruse the Market, Bibbity Bobbity Boo, Fernie's annual children's festival, will be held in the park from 10am-2pm. It's free and aimed at under 10's, but everyone is welcome.
- Live entertainment and music throughout the day
- Magic Show & Jugglers
- Bubble Dance Party with DJ Jay Ray
- Hoola Hooping & Sprinklers
- Facepainting, Balloons, & Photobooth
- Arts & Crafts
- Costume Parade - dress in circus-themed costumes, or just come as you are.
- Free watermelon
- Rotary Park features a large children's playground, free parking, washrooms, and plenty of shade.
- In the afternoon, stroll downtown and enjoy live art demos on the Columbia Basin Trust Culture Tour including live painting at the Fernie Arts Co-op and wet felting demos at the Eye of the Needle Studio.
- Both locations are open to the public from 10am-5pm on Saturday & Sunday.
- 11:00AM: There's also a Show n' Shine Classic Car Show on 2nd Ave from 11am-4pm to make the stroll between art locations even more interesting!
- 10:00PM: It's last man standing at The Northern Bar & Stage with the zootropic sound of NYC's Too Many Zoos!
- Discover spectacular Island Lake Lodge in the Old Growth Cedar Valley.
- Trails begin with a gentle stroll around the lake or bag a peak on one of the more challenging hikes. Guides are available if you prefer a more interpretive hike.
- Island Lake is also the terminus for the Iconic Heikos/Mountain Lakes Trail, a strenuous full-day hike featuring waterfalls, caves, mountain passes, and unique subalpine flora & fauna.
- The Spa at Island Lake will be a welcome retreat at the end of a good day's hiking.
- GOOD EATS: Island Lake Lodge offers laid back patio dining for lunch and refined fine dining for dinner. Savour the spectacular views and understated farm-to-fork cuisine at this foodie paradise.