25th Anniversary FernFest
June 24 & 25, 2022
Free festival with a Fernwood state of mind
FernFest is a free, community-based, music, art, and family festival. We showcase local musicians and artists you may not have heard of but are bound to love. The beauty of this event is the combination of many people: the volunteers, dozens of performers of all types, artisans, non-profits, and of course the people of all ages from kids to seniors who make our community the creative, vibrant, and welcoming place that it is.
This event has been organized for 25 years by your local neighbourhood organization, Fernwood NRG. Fernwood NRG operates the Fernwood Community Centre, runs the Good Food Box and Gift of Good Food program, operates 105 child care spaces and 10 units of affordable housing, hosts a weekly Monday evening community meal and Friday afternoon seniors’ lunch, family, seniors, and youth programs, a Community Orchard, and Kitchen Garden, and much more! We are so excited and grateful to be able to bring our community together again to celebrate and have a good time.
This year, FernFest is adding a stage in the Fernwood Community Association (FCA) building at 1923 Fernwood Road! We’ll be bringing back the Little Fernwood Stage which hosted many all-ages punk shows in the past. We are partnering with Vinyl Envy Record to curate and host this stage and the FCA for the space.
FernFest all begins Friday, June 25 at 5pm, with a welcome and opening by the Lekwungen Traditional Dancers—be sure to make it for this. We will continue all evening with music on the Fernwood Square Main Stage and on the Little Fernwood Stage. You’ll be able to enjoy a beverage in these all-ages, fully licensed spaces and a sausage at our BBQ. All of FernFest is free to attend.
Saturday 25th from 11:30am to 10pm, we’ll have so much for you to check out from our 40+ vendor artisan market (11:30am to 5:30pm), live music and performances all day at the Main Stage, workshops and live music at the Little Fernwood Stage, the Field of Dreams (11:30am to 5:30pm) at Stevenson Park behind the Fernwood Community Centre with the kid’s zone, bouncy castles, Field of Dreams Stage, Non-profit tables, art activities, musical instrument petting zoo, magic, tours, a look and find scavenger hunt, and more!
Live performances by Downtown Mischief | Tight Hair | Grapefruit is Impossible | Logan Staats | The Capital City Syncopators | Sarah Osborne & the Magic Buttons | Tremblers of Seven | Liam Mackenzie and the Moondogs | Lək̓ʷəŋən Traditional Dancers | Ranger | The Projectors | Hard.times with Lady Phyl | Bousada | Listening Party | Wes Carroll Confabulation | Slim Sandy & the Hillbilly Boppers | DJ Cold Beef | Gareth Owen and Iminah Kani | The Choir & The Chorus | Chai | Boogie Houser | Les Balines | The Frolickers | Sofia Sol | Bex | The Odd Neighbourhood | Locrian Tones | Fiesta Latina Dancers | Fern Burn Club | Jezreel & Ana Romm | Myles from Home | Idle Lane | Pinky | The Village Choir | & more!
Check out our epic silent auction at airauctioneer.com/fernfest-2022-auction. Bid on items and directly support this festival and Fernwood NRG’s community programs and services including child care, affordable housing, youth, family, and seniors support programs, food security programming, and more!
Thanks for the support of the City of Victoria’s the Festival Investment Grant, and the Province of British Columbia plus all our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and everyone who contributes to make this event happen.
Find the FernFest Program Guide at: fernwoodnrg.ca/fernfest/program. Happy FernFest, friends!