Fernie Chautauqua

Event Date(s): 
Friday, September 9, 2022 to Sunday, September 11, 2022

The 7th Annual Fernie Chautauqua is a celebration of culture, heritage and community. This year's event is centered around the Fernie Museum's new exhibit, 'Women of Michel,' an art installation by four women who were born in the former nearby Mining community.

Event Date(s): 
Repeats every day until Sun Sep 12 2021.
Friday, September 10, 2021
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Sunday, September 12, 2021

Please join the Fernie Museum, Fernie Heritage Library, Fernie Mountain Market, Fernie Artistic Guilds and a host of entertainers for a weekend of culture, entertainment and heritage. 

Please note that due to new health guidelines from the Province of BC announced on Friday, August 20th, attendance at all events will be subject to current rules and events may need to be adjusted without notice. Please be patient and refer to festival organisers and social media for up-to-date announcements. Please note:

Event Date(s): 
Friday, September 10, 2021

To accommodate new provincial health orders regarding outdoor events, all entertainment at Chautauqua will be single performances.

This event is free but tickets are required, book here.

Maximum 100 people in attendance.
Gates open at 6pm.

Dual 2014 Memphis International Blues Challenge winner, Four-time JUNO nominee, multiple Maple Blues award nominee, producer and recording artist Tim Williams brings his latest tunes to Chautauqua.

Event Date(s): 
Repeats every day until Tue Jan 12 2021 except Fri Dec 25 2020.
Sunday, December 6, 2020
Monday, December 7, 2020
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Friday, December 11, 2020
Saturday, December 12, 2020
Sunday, December 13, 2020
Monday, December 14, 2020
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Friday, December 18, 2020
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Sunday, December 20, 2020
Monday, December 21, 2020
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Saturday, December 26, 2020
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Monday, December 28, 2020
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Thursday, December 31, 2020
Friday, January 1, 2021
Saturday, January 2, 2021
Sunday, January 3, 2021
Monday, January 4, 2021
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Friday, January 8, 2021
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Monday, January 11, 2021
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
11:00am - 4:00pm

Fabrics of History
Untangling The Ancient Arts of Spinning, Weaving, Knitting & Felting by Fernie Spinners & Weavers Guild
Curated by Laura Nelson

December 6 2020 - January 12 2021
Hosted in the Fernie Museum Gallery

Back again in September 2019 is The Fernie Fall Fair! This much loved annual event is the perfect bookend to the Fernie Chautauqua weekend and is hosted by Wildsight Elk Valley in conjunction with the Fernie Museum. 

Event Date(s): 
Saturday, September 15, 2018
12:00pm - 4:00pm

Join Peter and the Wolves, Jon Wort Hannam, and Heather Blush and the Uppercuts for an afternoon of some of rippin' rock, soul and sass. Sponsored by Teck. With MC Erin Teeple. The Chautauqua Grill and a variety of food trucks will be available throughout the day.

Event Date(s): 
Saturday, September 15, 2018
11:00am - 4:00pm

Explore Fernie's architectural gems. 7 community buildings throughout Fernie’s Heritage District will be open to the public with displays about their history and efforts to preserve their heritage in many.

Doors Open is an international event that provides free and rare access to architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings. Fernie Doors Open is hosted by Heritage Fernie.

Event Date(s): 
Saturday, September 15, 2018
11:00am - 4:00pm

Art On The Lawn is an opportunity for the public to experience local Fernie art, meet the artists and see them work! A truly unique experience as part of Chautauqua!

A wide variety of local artists will display their work for viewing and sale. Many of of them will demonstrate artistic techniques. There’ll be an activity for kids, too.

Event Date(s): 
Friday, September 14, 2018
5:30pm - 10:00pm

NOTE: VENUE CHANGE. This will be held at the Fernie Community Centre.

Join special guests Red Eyed Soul, Flatback and the two-time Juno nominated, larger than life Ndidi O for an incredible showcase of BC talent. Beer garden opens at 5:30pm, performances start at 6:00pm. The Chautauqua Grill and a variety of food trucks will be available throughout the night.

Event Date(s): 
Saturday, September 15, 2018
11:00am - 12:30pm

Six significant Fernie heritage buildings have recently been successful recipients of Heritage Grants funded by the Columbia Basin Trust and managed by Heritage BC. Join heritage consultant, Elana Zysblat, on a walking tour to learn about their history, evolution, a few fascinating and little known facts, and the plans for their conservation. The buildings on tour are: City Hall (former Crowsnest Pass Coal Co. headquarters), Christ Church, Holy Family Church, Fernie Courthouse, Knox United Church and the Fernie Museum (former Home Bank of Canada).