FernFest is packed with activities for all ages, June 19th & 20th

›› Kathryn Juricic

The 20th Annual FernFest is upon us, coming to life this summer solstice! Local bands, artisans, performers, businesses, artists, friends and family join us to help create a sense of ­wonder and shared celebration. This free event invites people of all ages to explore the sights and sounds of Fernwood and beyond.

Every year we are amazed at the local talent that graces the gazebo in the Square. We’ve got over 15 bands to enjoy at ­FernFest, including The New Souls, Bousada, Capital City Syncopators Trio and Slim Sandy and the Hillbilly ­Boppers. Full details available in our FernFest ­Program.

You can now enjoy a Phillips Beer or Merridale Cider anywhere in Fernwood Square and with your family. Better yet, we’ll have more space to dance!

The festivities on Saturday will surely be an adventure. We’ve got the Field of Dreams and Kid’s Zone open from 10am to 3pm on the Vic High Field including the famous cardboard castle, face-painting, tie-dye and hamster balls! We’ve also got a massage tent, weaving, art activities and many more activities for everyone.

Saturday also offers the chance to peruse local goods from over 30 artisans at the FernFest Artisan Market on Gladstone Avenue open from 10am to 5pm. From soaps, jewelry, furniture, henna, handmade clothing and aromatherapy, you won’t leave unsatisfied.

Don’t miss out on some classic FernFest favourites on Saturday such as the Pancake Breakfast at 9am hosted by The Fernwood Inn, the Kidical Mass Bike Parade at 10am, Seniors’ High Tea at the Fernwood ­Community Centre and the Fernwood Art Stroll (happening Saturday and Sunday). Everyone’s favourite MC, and Quiz Master extraordinaire, Benji Duke will be hosting!

FernFest owes big thanks to ­everyone who contributes to our festival. This free neighbourhood celebration could not take place without the ­generosity of our ­musicians, volunteers, amazing local ­sponsors, silent auction donors, ­neighbours, local businesses and Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group.

Inspired by the people and neighbourhood of Fernwood, we invite all of Victoria to delight in FernFest. We invite you build community, celebrate each other, enjoy the festivities, and dance! Happy FernFest!

Please visit fernwoodnrg.ca/events-directory/fernfests for more information.

We acknowledge our celebrations are on the unceded territory of Coast Salish, ­Lekwungen and Songhees First Nations. FernFest and Fernwood Bites falls on the same weekend as National Aboriginal Day, June 21st.