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Program Series

The Fernie Chautauqua is an annual festival celebrating Fernie’s culture, heritage, and cuisine hosted by the Fernie Museum. The Fernie Museum is located on the traditional land of the Ktunaxa Nation. We extend our appreciation for the opportunity to live and learn on this land.



The Chautauqua 2020 Program Series will feature events, starting in December and run through March, 2021. Making the safety of our many visitors and patrons our priority, Chautauqua 2020 events will include online programming, socially distanced indoors events and outdoor activities that allow for safe interaction.

Reviving History

The Fernie Chautauqua recreates the Dominion Chautauqua, held in Fernie from 1917 to 1935. Chautauqua was a travelling institution begun at Chautauqua Lake, NY with roots in Canadian Methodist Temperance rallies. Chautauquas carried education, inspiration and entertainment across North America and consisted of musical numbers, lectures, dramatic productions and magic or puppet shows.

The Fernie Museum has brought back this tradition by hosting an annual festival celebrating Fernie’s rich history and culture. This annual family event has featured musical entertainment, lectures, dramatic productions and demonstrations. The festival is held in Fernie’s heritage district in cooperation with many community partners and with logistical support provided by the City of Fernie.

Hosted by The Fernie Museum


11 am – 4 pm
Thursday – Sunday

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491 2nd Ave
Fernie, BC 

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(250) 423-7016

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Visiting Protocols

The Fernie Museum will be asking everyone to mask up and sanitize their hands upon entry to the museum. Social distancing markers will guide your path while enjoying the museum displays. The number of visitors to the 2nd floor Gallery will be monitored to ensure safety.

Thank You To All Of Our Sponsors

And our Community Partners


Monthly Online Event

Cabinet Of Curiosities

What is this thing? What does that piece of equipment do? The Fernie Museum’s collections include items that are real curiosities. Learn more about these historic items.



6th November 2020

Ktunaxa Creation Story

The Fernie Pride Society, in partnership with the Fernie Museum and the  Chautauqua Series are pleased to present ʔaq̓am Chief Joe Pierre for a  Rainbow Connections Storytelling Evening



6th December 2020

Fabrics Of History

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

13th December 2020

Shred Kelly Christmas Special

Join Fernie’s favourite band for a live online event with music, guests, sweaters, silliness, eggnog and good cheer!

Friday, 18th December 2020 | 6pm

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Send Santa and Mrs Claus your letter then join them for a facebook live event to see him read them and answer your questions.

Friday 18th – Saturday 19th December, 2020 | 11am – 4pm

A Downtown Holiday Hunt

An adults-only scavenger hunt through Historic Downtown Fernie.
Clues will be posted on the Fernie Chautauqua Facebook Page on Friday 18th at 11am.
Record your finds by taking a selfie at each location on your phone.
The first 20 to show all the correct results at Fernie Distillers, 531 1st Ave, will receive their choice of a free cocktail or mocktail.
Saturday, 19th December, 2020 | 10am – 4pm

Elfie Selfie Scavenger Hunt

Find all the Elves around Downtown Fernie and take a selfie with each one.
The first 30 children to show their full set of selfies at the Fernie Museum will receive a gift certificate from Grow!
Clues for the Elfie Scavenger Hunt will be posted on the Fernie Chautauqua Facebook Page on Saturday, December 19th at 10 am.
Saturday, 19th December, 2020 | 4- 6pm

Sing a Song, Move along

Stay safely on your porch and be treated to Drive-By Carollers Young and Old, led by Rachel Behan. They will spread some cheer then get outta here!
The Christmassy Car Parade will visit various Fernie neighborhoods – schedule and root information will be posted on the Fernie Chautauqua Facebook Page on Saturday, December 19th at noon.



25th – 30th January 2021

2021 REEL Canadian Film Festival

Celebrating the creativity diversity and independence of the Canadian Film Industry with feature film screenings, documentaries, shorts, and more.



5th – 7th March 2021

Griz Days

Honouring the legend of the Griz, the festival has been running in the community for more than 40 years.