New Festival in Fernie this Fall

Art & Entertainment

The Coal Creek Boys, this year's headliner.

The Fernie Museum is bringing an exciting new festival to Fernie this September! The Inaugural Fernie Chautauqua and Fall Fair runs from September 8 to 11 and promises to include a little something for everyone, while celebrating local arts, culture, heritage and cuisine. A four-day festival, it features live music, an art walk, Doors Open, and artisan market, food fair, a community church service and Ktunaxa cultural demonstrations. Also very cool is the community involvement - drop into any one of a number of local restaurants who will be featuring farm-to-table specials.
The event starts with Viva Italia, Viva Fernie:  A Celebration of Fernie’s Italian Heritage with special guest, award winning author Lynne Bowen. Tickets are $15 at the Fernie Museum.
Kick off the weekend starting with the Chautauqua Social with a beer garden, readings by local authors, and homemade pie. Festivities continue with the Kootenay Hootenany, with the Kootenay Stringbenders, a collective of Old Time and Blue Grass musicians.

Part of the Fernie Chautauqua Festival and Fall Fair, Ktunaxa traditions and language will be highlighted through storytelling activities and dance demonstrations by members of the Ktunaxa Nation from 11:00am-12pm on Saturday. 
The ‘Our Harvest Fall Fair’ on Sunday at Prentice Park is a reinvention of the Fernie’s traditional fall fair, as unique as our community. 

The stage line up for the 2016 Chautauqua and Fall Fair is in impressive display of local talent, featuring much loved musicians, Erin Teeple, The Hark Raving Sirens, Wild Honey and The Coal Creek Boys.
Back in her hometown of Fernie BC, Erin Frances has stripped her sound back to the acoustic routes that defined her so many years ago. Inspired by both 1970’s singer/songwriter styles, and the great voices of the blues, Erin is back with a new sound and style!
Bringing ukulele, guitar and the most impressive instrument of them all, three amazing voices working as one, Hark Raving Sirens have really created something special. From country ditties to twisted pop covers these ladies have a sound that will have you toe tapping and singing along in no time.
Wild Honey is a female trio from the Kootenays. Their roots sound is inspired by their beautiful home and the people they share it with.
Headlining the Chautauqua stage are The Coal Creek Boys. band is a direct reflection of their locale, Southern Alberta and Eastern British Columbia. Both Smith and Dino Scavo (bass, accordion, mandolin) were raised in coal mining country and relate with the Southern US, bearing the same hardworking mentality of these coal mining communities, as well as deep roots in family tradition.
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