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  • Chautauqua Heritage Festival & Fall Fair

Chautauqua Cultural Festival & Fall Fair

Tuesday • August 22, 2017

Celebrate fall in the Rockies from September 14 to 17 at the Fernie Chautauqua and Fall Fair, a cultural event that brings the past into the future in a vibrant festival of tradition, community, and harvest.

Dance to Live Music

Music takes centre stage with country music star Craig Moritz headlining the Kootenay Hootenanny on Friday night, followed by a full Saturday and Sunday afternoon schedule of outdoor entertainment.

Celebrate the Harvest

A signature event to the weekend, the Fernie Fall Fair is a re-invention of a traditional country fair. Marvel at the giant pumpkins and misshapen carrots, take the family on a wagon ride or wander the market stalls.

Enjoy Farm Fresh Food

Fernie chefs and food vendors will serve up mouth-watering farm-to-table goodness all weekend long. Culinary features include Saturday’s Pancake Breakfast, and the Chautauqua Afternoon Tea and Community Harvest Supper on Sunday. Food trucks will line the streets during Chautauqua Stage events, and local restaurants will welcome festival-goers in for eclectic fare.

Explore the Arts

Kick off the 4-day event on Thursday, September 14 with Booked!, a literary reception featuring Fernie’s own Angie Abdou and local music duo Redgirl. Explore 12 of Fernie’s galleries on a self-guided Art Walk on Saturday, where several private studios will open their doors alongside Fernie’s collection of storefront galleries. New for 2017, Art After Dark starts at 8:00 pm and runs until late. Meet local artists and explore Fernie’s creative side at this social feature.

Discover the Past

Following the 1908 Great Fire that destroyed much of Fernie in 90 minutes, Fernie rebuilt. During Chautauqua, explore 10 of Fernie's architectural gems with the self-guided Doors Open. Local guides will offer insightful mini-tours throughout the day. Learn how to tinker under the hood at the antique car show and get creative with special children’s activities.

Festival Schedule at a Glance

  • Thursday, September 14 – Booked! With celebrated Fernie author Angie Abdou.
  • Friday, September 15 – Kootenay Hootenany with country star, Craig Mortiz.
  • Saturday, September 16 – Doors Open, Art Walk, Art on the Lawn, Art After Dark.  Live entertainment throughout the day.
  • Sunday, September 17 – Fernie Fall Fair, Chautauqua Tea, Harvest Dinner

Fernie Hospitality

Whether it’s your first time visiting Fernie or a homecoming with family and friends, special room rates at local hotels will help make the Chautauqua and Fall Fair weekend a real treat.

About the Fernie Chautauqua and Fall Fair

This four day festival has its roots in the Dominion Chautauqua that travelled throughout western Canada from 1917 to the 1930s, bringing the best of Canadian culture to rural communities, including Fernie.  The Fernie Fall Fair was also a staple community event that ran until the 1960s.  Community organizers have brought a modern interpretation of these events back to this historic mountain town, where the best of Fernie’s culture, heritage and cuisine are celebrated and shared.  Over 7,300 visitors participated in last year’s festival.

Most events are free for the public.  Visit the festival’s website to purchase event tickets online for Art After Dark, Chautauqua Afternoon Tea or the Harvest Supper.

For more information visit the festival’s website or Facebook page for further details.  Have questions?  Contact the Fernie Museum at (250) 423-7016 or email

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