Chautauqua Cultural Festival & Fall Fair


The Fernie Chautauqua and Fall Fair is an annual fall festival celebrating local art, music, heritage, and cuisine.

2018 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (view digital version of festival guide):

5:30 – 8 PM Chinese Cultural Dinner
Chinese drumming on arrival and a live performance by members of the Calgary Chinese Music Development Association
Catered by Old Elevator Chinese Restaurant
at Fernie Family Centre, 521 4th Ave
Advance Tickets Only: $30

7 – 10 PM Pride n’ Paint
Join Dan Whillans for a guided evening of self-expression and queer identity through art
Includes a beverage and basic canvas, brushes and paints, or bring your own art supplies
Selected works will be eligible for the ‘Bent on Art’ show at the Fernie Museum, Sep 27 – Oct 14
at The Valley Social, 562 2nd Ave
Tickets: $20

12 PM Lunch n’ Literature
Featuring acclaimed BC Author: Wayne Norton and his book: Fernie at War
Catered by the Fernie Seniors Centre
at the Fernie Heritage Library, 492 3rd Ave
Tickets, $20
6 – 10 PM Friday Fuze BC on Tap Showcase
Featuring Ndidi Onokwulu, Red Eyed Soul & Flatback
Food trucks & cash bar on-site from 5:30 PM
On the Main Stage, 5th St between 2nd & 3rd Ave

9 AM – 4 PM Chautauqua Pancake Breakfast & Grill
Hosted by Fernie & District Historical Society
Pancakes until noon or while supplies last, then burgers and dogs
At the Main Stage, 5th St between 2nd & 3rd Ave

11 AM – 4 PM: Historic Downtown Fernie Chautauqua
Historical Walking Tours from the Fernie Museum, 491 2nd Ave, including:
11 AM – Fernie’s Heritage Greatest Hits with Elana Zyblat
1 PM – BC Mills Catalogue House Tour with John Aitken
3 PM – Fernie at War – Enemy Aliens Internment Tour

Live entertainment on the Chautauqua Stage from John Wort Hannam, Peter and the Wolves and Heather Blush and the Uppercuts from Noon
Children’s Tent hosted by Grow Children’s Boutique in the Library Garden
Antique Car Show on 5th Street
Doors Open at Fernie Historical Locations – Volunteers will be on-site to explain the heritage preservation ongoing at each location. See the official program for details.
Art Walk – A self-guided tour of local galleries and studios. Meet the artists and see fascinating demonstrations throughout the day. 2018 Art Walk locations include:
Fernie Arts Co-op, 572 2nd Avenue –
Studio 562, 562 2nd Avenue –
Stephanie’s Glass & Art Studio, 532a 2nd Avenue
Brian Pollock Photography, 532b 2nd Avenue
Sarah Pike Pottery. 1480 McDonald Avenue
Michael Penny, Log Carver, 1439 McDonald Ave/Hwy 3
Art On The Lawn, located on the grounds of City Hall, 501 3rd Avenue
At City Hall:
Heritage & Art on the Lawn
Ktunaxa Cultural Demonstrations – moccasin making, bead craft & tipi building
Regional Museum stations
Live Painting by local artists
Vintage Market

7:30 PM Back Alley Tour and Speakeasy
Visit 3 secret location with an interpretive guide for illicit cocktails
Discover the final location Speakeasy with live entertainment from Heavy Petal Burlesque and Johnny Summers Jazz Quintet
Departs from the Fernie Museum, 491 2nd Ave
Advance tickets only, $70

9 AM 1910-style Anglican Service
A recreation of a period service celebrating harvest and community
At Christ Church Anglican, 561 4th Ave
All welcome
10 AM – 2 PM 4th Annual Fall Fair
On the lawns at City Hall, 501 3rd Ave
Clydesdale-drawn wagon rides
Classic Carnival Games & Races
Blue Ribbon Contests
Zucchini Races
Mountain Market
Chili Cook-off & Cake Walk
Agricultural Displays & Demos
Apple Pressing Workshops
Cotton Candy
Food Trucks
and more…

10 AM Jazz Brunch
With Johnny Summers Jazz Quintet
at Park Place Lodge, 742 Hwy #3
Advance tickets only, $40
1 PM – 2 PM Chautauqua Interfaith Community Service
Chautauqua Main Stage, 5th St between 2nd & 3rd Ave
All welcome

2-4PM Chautauqua Afternoon Tea
With Heart’s Content String Quartet
Menu includes Fernie Blend tea by Murchie’s Tea of Victoria; scones with jam, marmalade, and Devonshire cream, Finger sandwiches and Dainties.
Period dress encouraged!
At the Fernie Senior’s Centre, 562 3rd Ave
Advance tickets only, $25

5-8PM Farewell Pig Roast
Pig Roast Dinner at the Nevados Cantina, 531 2nd Ave
Drop-in, subject to availability
For more details on the 2018 Fernie Chautauqua & Fall Fair, bookmark the festival website and Facebook page.

All tickets available at or from the Fernie Museum, 491 2nd Ave, or from participating locations.

Park Place Lodge. Rates from $124/night. Book 2 weekend nights and receive 2 complimentary tickets to the Chautauqua Jazz Brunch at Max Restaurant ($80 value!)


This cultural extravaganza is hosted by the Fernie Museum, City of Fernie, Fernie Heritage Library, Fernie Senior’s Centre and Wildsight.

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