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Event Archive - FernFest 2017: Bučan Bučan, Electric Sex Panther, Compassion Gorilla, The Fernwood Coalition, Stel, BOUSADA, Tan and Hide, Cartoon Lizard, Phonosonics, Tree Top Trio, Vic Horvath, Funk Cannon, Wooden Halls, Betty Supple & Aubrey Burke, Made In Alchemy, Button & String, Zion David, Doug the Hug, Maxim Cossette, DJ Cold Beef, Mam & the Boys

Sat. June 17th 2017 Fernwood (NRG) Community Centre (All Ages)
5pm doors at 5pm
FernFest is a music and arts family friendly festival held in the heart of Fernwood! For over 20 years we have been bringing musicians into Fernwood Square under the gazebo near the Summer Solstice.

FernFest will be held on June 16th & 17th with over 20 local bands and performances.

On Friday, June 16th, enjoy local bands, BBQ, and Beer Garden from 5pm-10pm in Fernwood Square.

On Saturday, June 17th, come for family friendly fun, local bands and everything in between. See below for schedule.


Saturday, June 17th:

9am - Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Fernwood Inn in Fernwood Square

10am-11am - Decoration (10am) & Departure (11am) of the Kidical Mass Bike Parade on the Field of Dreams

1-2:30pm - Senior's Tea at the Fernwood Community Centre

11am-5pm - Field of Dreams & Kid's Zone on the Vic High Field: activities, games, performers, workshops, local Heritage Tours, Spring Ridge Commons tours, balloons, cardboard castle and much more...

10am-5pm - Artisan Market on the Vic High Tennis Courts with over 5o local artisans & live acoustic music!

12pm-10pm - Bands in the Square, BBQ, Phillips Beer & Merridale Cider!



Friday, June 16
5pm - Wooden Halls
6pm - Betty Supple & Aubrey Burke
6:45 - The Choir
7pm - Stel
8pm - Compassion Gorilla
9pm - Electric Sex Panther

Saturday, June 17th
12:30pm - Funk Cannon
1pm - Vic Horvath
2pm - Doug the Hug & Maxim "Banjoman" Cossette
3pm - Tree Top Trio
3:30pm - Alive Tango Victoria
4pm - Phonosonics
5pm - Cartoon Lizard
6pm - Tan & Hide
8pm - Fernwood Coalition
Made In Alchemy
9pm - Bucan Bucan

It's going to be pretty fun! If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please visit our website:

Happy FernFest!


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