16th Annual FernFest

A "circus extravaganza of revelry and fun," says organizer.

Fernwood's 'Bubble Man,' Terry Wilson will be entertaining at this year's FernFest.

Fernwood's 'Bubble Man,' Terry Wilson will be entertaining at this year's FernFest.

 

Fernwood is going to come alive this weekend for the 16th annual FernFest, one of the most rocking block parties in Victoria.

“People can expect a circus extravaganza of revelry and fun,” says Joshua Schmidt, Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group event organizer.

Beginning Friday at 5 p.m. with opening ceremonies, live music by (as the) Crow flies (5:30 p.m.), a vintage fashion and hair show (6:30 p.m.), DJ mix master battle royale (7:30 p.m.), DJ Desunos (8:30 p.m.) and Micro Bongo Sound System bringing their incredible Latin rhythm and afrobeats inspired stylings to the square. If that’s not enough, a special afterparty is happening at the Sunset Room. Show your FernFest stamp for discounted entrance.

Saturday’s festivities kick off early with a pancake breakfast by the Fernwood Inn at 9:30 a.m. There will be an artisan market in the square, a first for FernFest, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Make sure to get the kids ready for 11 a.m. when the Kidical Mass bike ride takes off. There will also be a bouncy castle, face painting, balloon twister, Shoshanna the storyteller and Terry “the Bubble Man” will have his VW bug out for painting.

The Beer garden opens and the music kicks off at noon, and runs through the day until 9:30 p.m. Events go PG-13 at 6:30 p.m. when some of the more adult oriented acts take the stage, including Nik Tex, Ball Gag n’Chain Gang, and Rocky Mountain Rebel Music.

To cap off the weekend, come down to Fernwood Square on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. for Fernwood Bites, a feast of eats, beats and treats. For the second year, Fernwood NRG is brining some of the best food and drink to the square for an evening of true enjoyment. Once you have your ticket, everything inside is included. Five vineyards, three breweries, one cidery and two spirit merchants will come together with 19 restaurants to treat you to a feast you’ll never forget.

Tickets are going fast.  For tickets or more information visit fernwoodnrg.ca or facebook.com/FernFest.FernwoodNRG. M

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