• Brown dried trees and vegetation line one side of the Elk River bank and tall conifer pines trees are clustered on the other side with the backdrop of the snow capped Rocky Mountains far in the distance. The Elk River in Fernie, BC on a winter day with brown and dried vegetation, barren trees and sturdy pine trees at the river's banks and snowy Rocky Mountains in the distance.

Image via Tim Bieler


The Elk Valley Pride Festival is back in Fernie for 2021! 


The annual event is set to take place from September 22nd until the 26th, with COVID-19 safety measures in place.


The schedule of events has already been announced and includes tons of fun events for people of all ages.


The festival kicks off on Wednesday, September 22nd with an Arts Station Bike Decorating Station and Ask Me Anything talk with Andrea Brennan. Thursday is the official start of Elk Valley Pride Festival, with the flag raising and opening remarks, Ride with Pride Bike Parade, Rainbow Connections Pride Picnic, and Beers & Queers event. 


Things really get going on Friday, September 24th and Saturday the 25th with a Drag Story and Craft Time for kids on Friday morning, Cooking with Queers event, and a Men’s Health Initiative Presentation. 


On Saturday, guests can attend a Pub Parade and Coffee Social, Queer History of BC, Spectrum Arts Festival, and the 19+ Drag Bingo event. 


Sunday, September 26th concludes this year’s Elk Valley Pride Festival and will feature the likes of the Sunday Sip Drag Brunch and an Interfaith Service in the morning.


Many events are free, while others cost a small fee. Tickets for all events are available on Eventbrite


To ensure a safe Pride celebration for all, guests are expected to follow the provincial COVID-19 mandates in place, including wearing masks in all indoor spaces, proof of vaccination for all indoor events, and physical distancing both indoors and outdoors. Washing and sanitizing your hands regularly is also strongly encouraged. 


If you plan on visiting Fernie this September, then be sure to attend the fun and inclusive Elk Valley Pride Festival. And if you need a place to stay during your visit, you’re always welcome at the Fernie Stanford Resort. We combine a scenic alpine location and family-friendly amenities with a delicious complimentary breakfast, rooms of all sizes, and budget-friendly prices.