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Elk Valley Pride Festival: What To Look Out For

Fernie Pride Society are once again excited to welcome back visitors to the Canadian Rockies for the Elk Valley Pride Festival. This multiday event in Fernie, BC is a celebration of friendship, fun, and unity.

We’d love for everyone get the most out of your time here, so we’ve put together an itinerary of just some of the things to look out for, and participate in throughout the week.

Elk Valley Pride Festival takes places this year on September 20 – 24th 2023.

Things to look out for at Elk Valley Pride Festival

The festivities will take place at a number of locations around Fernie, but are mostly centred around Fernie’s Historic Downtown 2nd Avenue.

Flag Raising and Parade

Join us outside Fernie City Hall as we kick off the Elk Valley Festival with the Opening Ceremony. This is followed soon after with the Bike Parade. Anyone can bring their bikes and join the community as we flood the streets adding a touch of vibrancy and a lot of noise as we pedal by.

Elk Valley Pride Week – Bike Parade- Sept 23rd 2021

Spirit and Song

Straight after the opening ceremony we’ll be socialising close by at the Fernie Distillers. They play host to Hayden McHugh for a cosy evening of live acoustic music for Spirit & Song. The distillery has an extensive menu of tasty and creative cocktails made with their award-winning spirits, as well as alcohol-free mocktails.

Elk Valley Pride Week – Spirit & Songs – Sept 23rd 2021

Drag Show

Hosted by the Calgary’s legendary Drag Queen duo, Farrah Nuff & Nada Nuff. Prepare yourself for a wild evening of high energy antics and massive laughs at the Pub. We recommend you get your tickets for this show fast as this event fills up quick every year!

The Drag Show is on Friday at The Pub. Doors open at 8:30 pm with a 9pm start.

Elk Valley Pride Festival – 23rd September 2022

Spectrum Queers Arts Day

…is a celebration of queer arts taking place throughout Saturday. Featuring an afternoon of live music, dance, drag, and art, this event is universally accessible, open to everyone and all ages, plus it’s totally free to attend!

2023’s line-up will feature live music from: The Pack a.d., Partner (feat Tea Fannie), della kit, as well as drag performances from Farrah & Nada Nuff, and Guns n’ Broses.

Elk Valley Pride Week – Spectrum Arts Festival – Sept 25th 2021

Fernie Pride Stride – Sept 22nd 2023

You can’t visit Fernie and not get out and explore the Rocky Mountains. New for this year, Hike Fernie & Good Day Optics will be venturing out with experienced ACMG hiking guide, Duncan Maisel to share the beauty of our spot in the Canadian Rockies.

Fernie Pride Stride hike will be suitable for all abilities. Bring good hiking footwear, at least 1L of water, hat, sunglasses, and most certainly your sense of adventure.

Queers on Gears – Sept 23rd 2023

Fernie is well-renowned for its bike culture. Just open up the trail map and you may feel a little overwhelmed by the extensive trail network spanning over our five mountain areas. Get out rolling on dirt for Queers on Gears and you’ll see why Fernie is a must-ride mountain biking destination. You’ll be in hands of the RideTheory’s highly experienced MTB guiding and coaching crew for this morning adventure.

Elk Valley Pride Festival, Queers On Gears – 25th September 2022

There so much more happening this long weekend for Elk Valley Pride Festival. Catch the full itinerary of festivities at Fernie Pride Society.

We always love to see how everyone spends their time here in Elk Valley as we fill Fernie with colour and joy. Please share your experience here at Elk Valley Pride Festival by tagging us with #ElkValleyPrideFestival.

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  • Melissa Creelman
    Posted September 9, 2023

    Love , love, love, Pride is so important for all, Not only for the LGBTQ2S+ but for all human beings that just want be be loved and and feel loved. No matter who you are there is probably someone from The LGBTQ2S+ community that loves you, if you know it or not. “Love is Love”

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