Fernie & Elk Valley Pride Festival
October 8-13, 2019
Join us for our Rainbow Celebration in the Mountains! The Fernie & Elk Valley Pride Festival offers all the unique craziness of a Pride Festival in the breathtaking setting of Fernie’s Elk Valley.
Flag Raisings, Concerts, Drag Performances, Late Night Dance Parties, Hiking, Biking, Yoga, Movies – the range of events will appeal to all ages as we celebrate and embrace our LGBTQ community and welcome visitors to the party.
The Fernie & Elk Valley Pride Festival is hosted by the Fernie Pride Society.
Drag Queen Bingo
This event is for 10-16 years, no parental supervision please. Prizes for bingo winners and a chance to talk to our special drag entertainers. Please be mindful of the age and parent restriction for this event.
Location: Fernie Heritage Library - 493 3rd Avenue
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Body Beautiful Body Painting Competition
Check out the finishing touches on the Bodies Beautiful as local artists compete for cash prizes. Vote on the Audience Choice. Note this viewing time is open to ALL AGES. WARNING: Models may have various body parts exposed as part of the creative process.
$10 entry fee at the door.
Location: The Royal Pub - 501 1st Avenue
Body Beautiful Body Painting Competition – The Catwalk
The Catwalk Show features the completed works of body art. Each model will strut the artists’ stuff for the judges and audience. DJ dancing late into the night. This event is open 19+.
$10 entry fee at the door.
Location: The Royal Pub - 501 1st Avenue
Daylong events with Pride Café open from 10am til 1:30pm, Information booths, Kids craft table and face painting and live music. Drop in for a coffee, lunch or snack.
All events start or take place at the Fernie Senior Center and are FREE!
10:00am Yoga with Pride - Bring your own mat to this light stretch session.
10:00am Pride Mountain Bike Ride - Guided ride on some of the best trails in BC; rent a bike from The Guides Hut or Gear Hub or bring your own; some experience required.
11:00am SPECIAL EVENT - Tea with Royalty - Join us for a special presentation of CBC’s Canada’s a Drag, featuring this year’s Festival Royalty Duke Carson and Jenna Telz along with Fernie’s own Carrie Du’way. Everything you ever wanted to know about the world of Drag! Limited Seating.
11:00am Fernie Knox United celebrates with Affirm United - As part of the celebration of becoming an affirming congregation, Fernie's United Church members will be serving complimentary ice cream and rainbow cake. Learn more about the initiatives of the United Church of Canada - the first church to welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities into its ministries (way back in 1988) and the work of Affirm United in creating welcoming and safe sacred spaces. https://www.knoxunitedferniebc.ca https://affirmunited.ause.ca
12noon Tai Chi with Bea - Our very own Tai Chi expert will bring the calm to your day.
1:00pm Heritage Walk - Join the Fernie Museum’s Lindsay Vallance on wander around downtown to learn about Fernie’s awesome heritage and the story behind all our cool brick buildings.
1:00pm Kumihimo Braiding - Join local expert weavers to learn this ancient Japanese traditional way of braiding and create your own unique Pride key chain and lanyard.
1:00pm Pride Townie Ride - With your guide do the loop around Fernie; townie bike rentals at The Guides Hut or Gear Hub or bring you own; beginners welcome.
2:00pm Fernie Ukelele Band - Join the jam and learn a little ukulele ditty from our own musicians, some ukuleles for use or bring your own.
Location: Fernie Senior Center - 562 3rd Avenue
The Royal Treatment
Join us for the Royal Treatment, featuring Duke Carson, Jenna Telz and Carrie Du’way, the highlight of Festival Weekend – our outrageous Drag Show hosted by Fernie Pride and Telus. $50 tickets includes welcome cocktail, free entry for hourly prizes from Telus, swag bags from Telus, appetizers and drag show.
This year our Sassy and Saucy Silent Auction will be raising money for a camp fund for local LGBTQ youth. Cash Bar.
Tickets are $50 in advance.
Available online and the Fernie Scotiabank at 502 3rd Avenue.
Location: Best Western Hotel Conference Room - 1622 7th Avenue
Church Service Celebrating Pride Communities
Special service with Anglican Rev. Andrea Brennan
Everyone is welcome to join the celebration as Fernie Knox United Church officially becomes an "affirming congregation" by declaring it to be fully inclusive of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Likewise, Christ Church Anglican in Fernie celebrates the new directive from their Bishop to practice marriage equality. Dress code: as casual or fancy as you like.
Location: Knox United Church - 201 2nd Avenue
Sassy & Saucy Silent Auction II
Raising money for local Pride Projects
This year the Sassy & Saucy Silent Auction, held during Saturday night’s Drag party The Royal Treatment, will be raising money to create a Camp Fund. The fund will be available to offer financial support to local LGBTQ youth to attend summer camps. Last year the Sassy & Saucy Auction raised $3000 and was used to fund the Fernie Pride Society’s ongoing programming including Beers & Queers.
This year’s auction will serve up an array of offerings ranging from experiential packages to stunning art pieces donated by the local community. The items will be on display at the drag show for personal bidding as well as for online bidding at the Pride Festival Facebook page from October 4th to October 11th. Personal bidding will close at 10 pm Saturday October 12th.
If you are a local entrepreneur, artist, or business owner and would like to support ongoing Pride projects in the valley please consider a donation for the Sassy & Saucy Silent Auction. To donate or for more information please contact here.
Weekend Festival Package
Join us in the spectacular Elk Valley for a wonderful Pride Weekend Getaway
Packages include 2 nights accommodation and 2 breakfasts at our premier Pride Festival Hotel Partner The Park Place Lodge. Also included in the pricing are tickets to Friday’s BODY BEAUTIFUL Body Painting Competition, The Royal Treatment, our outrageous Saturday night Drag Show, the Late Night Glitter Party for post drag-show dancing and the Big Gay Sunday Brunch. Also included is access to all Pride Central activities during the day Saturday including biking, hiking, yoga, tai chi, ukulele lessons. For complete Pride Central activities and registrations check the Saturday October 12th Schedule.
To book your Thanksgiving Weekend Getaway contact the Park Place Lodge.
An awesome festival only comes together as the result of awesome volunteers. Please shoot us a message if you think you might have some time to help us out. Also let us know if you have a specific interest – being a guide for a bike ride – or a specific skill – an eye for decorating for a party. Your perks are being truly appreciated, receiving the coveted Volunteer t-shirt and having Sunday brunch on us.