Once you’ve visited our permanent galleries, visit our artisan fair at the City Hall Lawn for the chance to meet local artists who do not have open studios and see artists working “en plein air”. Featured artists include members of the Fernie Visual Arts Guild, artist Vanessa Croome and photographer Mark Locki.
What is Fernie Chautauqua and Fall Fair?
From 1917 to 1935, Fernie hosted a six day travelling cultural and educational festival known as the Dominion Chautauqua. Chautauqua programs consisted of 4 to 6 days of musical numbers, lectures, dramatic productions and magic or puppet shows. Chautauqua was good family entertainment and the people loved it. To many it provided their only opportunity for a cultural experience.
As well, Fernie hosted an annual Fall Fair, complete with exhibit, blue ribbon contests, demonstrations and entertainment for the whole family.
These annual community tradition are being resurrected by the Fernie Museum, Wildsight (Elk Valley), the Fernie Arts Station, the Fernie Heritage Library, the Fernie Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Fernie as the Fernie Chautauqua and Fall Fair. This annual fall festival celebrating Fernie’s culture, heritage and cuisine is now in its second year.
For information on all Chautauqua events, from arts to heritage and local cuisine to music, go to ferniechautauqua.com.