Free festival with a Fernwood state of mind

FernFest is a free, community-based, music, art, and family ­festival ­happening on June 24 & 25, 2022. 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 and vibrant place that it is.

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 24 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, June 25 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 William ­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!

Find the FernFest Program Guide here.

Check out our epic silent auction at­auction. It will be open from Wednesday, June 22 at 10:00am to Friday, June 25 at 9:00pm. You’ll be able to pick-up items the week following the event. Bid on items and directly support this festival and Fernwood NRG’s community programs and services!

FernFest 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.

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.

Happy FernFest, friends!

›› Mila Czemerys