Answers to frequently asked questions.

It means Elk. The music festival is held in the Elk Valley. Hence the name.
Festival dates for 2018 are Friday, August 10th and Saturday August 12th.
Gates open at 6 pm on Friday and noon on Saturday.
Music starts at 7 pm on Friday and 1 pm on Saturday.
The event closes at 11 pm both nights.
All kinds. It’s all Canadian Indie, but that’s a broad category. We try to pick bands that cover a spectrum. If you like CBC Radio 3, you’ll love Wapiti.
We’re in south-eastern British Columbia near the Alberta and Montana borders. Fernie is 3 hours from Calgary. 2 hours from Whitefish and 1 hour from Cranbrook.
In Annex Park. When you drive into Fernie, turn west at 11 street off the highway. West is towards the mountains and away from the arena.
Wapiti is free for seniors and children. A senior is anyone aged 65 and older. Likewise, a child is anyone aged 12 or younger. There is also discounted pricing for teens which are defined as anyone between the ages 13 and 18. These are defined as ‘at the time of entrance into the festival.’
If you want to guarantee access to the festival then yes. Usually, we can give access to seniors and children at the gate, but if we are sold out then you must already have a ticket to enter.
Check out the accommodators page.
There’s camping in the Mt Fernie Provincial Park and a few tenting spots at Snow Valley Motel. Fernie Alpine Resort allows free overnight stays for RVs, but no tenting. Check out Fernie’s newest camping option: Fernie RV Resort for RV and tenting options.
No pets are allowed on site. Service dogs are permitted.
There are food vendors at the festival. Fernie is a veritable groaning board for foodies. Check out the Tourism Fernie Dining page for some great food options around town.
Kids – yes. Dogs – no. Chairs – yes. Alcohol – no. Camera – yes. Glass containers – no. Dancin’ shoes – you bet.
You cannot bring any non-factory-sealed beverages, glass bottles or alcohol of any kind into the festival. This is enforced with bag checks at the gate. We have very good, free, municipal water on site, so you may bring empty water bottles and fill them here.
We divide the field up like this: [Stage] | dancing | blankets | festival chairs | regular chairs | anything goes.
We do ask that if you need to bring a sunshade that you set it up along the outside of the festival grounds so as to not block the view.
Filled with our awesome local Fernie Beer and wine sourced from BC wine producers.
Well, it’s the middle of August in the Rockies, so it could be +30C or it could snow. Seriously though it’ll probably be warm in the day and cool at night. Bring suntan lotion and a sweater.
We have some, but we hope you won’t use it. There’s a free bike check and the festival site is a pleasant 5-minute walk from almost anywhere in town. Please respect resident’s lawns and driveways if you decide to park on the street.
Fernie has some great bars and pubs and almost all of them have live bands playing after the festival.
Of course. There’s Bippity-Boppity-Boo: a kid-centric family festival, golfing, fishing, biking, tennis, hiking, art demos, and the mountain market – all on the same weekend.
Of course! There’s mountain biking, scenic chairlift rides, alpine hiking, an aerial park, a zip line, an interpretive centre, and guided hikes.
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