Festival

May Events in Kelowna
May03

Looking for something to do in the Okanagan this spring? Here are 7 May events in Kelowna happening this year. 

1) Tour & Taste Okanagan’s Wine Country 

May 02 – all day
Various locations throughout the Kelowna area

Tour the Okanagan’s beautiful wine country with a friendly, knowledgeable tour guide. Your wine tour will include complimentary pick up and drop off in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. This tour operates daily and features tastings at Volcanic Hills, The Hatch, Off The Grid, Indigenous World, and Rollingdale. 

2) Jodi B Concert 

May 06, 6PM – 8PM
The Vibrant Winery – 3240 Pooley Road, Kelowna B.C.

From live looping on the streets to performing at international festivals, Jodie B conducts the sound of a smoky blues bar in the electronic future. She orchestrates through a purple bass, a Fender Tele. and a 6 key harmonica belt, often performing alongside her sister Nique Blue, with mandolin, saxophone and guitar. 

The Vibrant Winery will also be featuring other guests throughout the month:

  • Major Manbo, Fri May 14 – 6:00pm 
  • KINGA Jazz, Fri May 21st – 5:30pm
  • Melissa Livingstone, Thur May 27th – 6:00pm 

3) Wine & Seafood Bar culinary pairing and Jazz Experience

May 08, 5PM – 7PM
Grizzli Winery – 2550 Boucherie Road, Kelowna B.C. 

Snag a limited spot at the Grizzli Winery fireside for an enhanced wine and food pairing experience with Shucked Oyster Co’s Seafood Bar and Jazz background music.

4) Mother’s Day Dinner 

May 09, 6PM
Mission Hill Winery – 1730 Mission Hill Road, Kelowna B.C.

This Mother’s Day, celebrate with a spectacular dinner seated in Mission Hill Winery’s stunning outdoor Loggia. Your experience begins with an Exhilaration Sparkling Rosé. Executive Sous Chef Adam Vaughn and his culinary team will then prepare an unforgettable, four-course dinner, paired with wines hand-picked by our Sommelier. 

5) Survivorman Nature Fest

May 09, 11AM – 4PM
Okanagan College – 1000 K. L. O. Rd, Kelowna, BC

This event is an environmental music festival featuring Les Stroud – AKA Survivorman. Les Stroud will also be performing a private concert Saturday evening for adults and hosting a Survivorman Hike on Sunday. There are limited spots available so be sure to sign up for this free event. 

6) Kelowna Lobster Fest

May 14, 2021 6PM – 11PM
The Canadian Brewhouse, 3030 Pandosy St. #130, Kelowna B.C.

Tickets are only $39.99 and include lobster, Caesar salad, baked mac and cheese, and garlic toast. Call the location to book your reservation or reserve online. COVID safety guidelines will be in effect all night. 

7) Tomato & Basil Festival 

May 23, 10AM – 5PM
The Kelowna Flower Farm – 3683 Berard Road, Kelowna B.C.

Browse a large selection of herbs with an unmatched assortment of basils while you enjoy fresh salsa and Latin music. There will be 20 varieties of tomato plants for sale, including heirloom tomatoes and “Sweetheart of the Patio”, a compact container variety.

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Please contact the venue or host for current details regarding COVID safety measures and/or unexpected cancellations. 

Abbotsford's Tulip Festival
Apr15

Abbotsford’s Tulip Festival has called Fraser Vallery it’s home for four years. Now, it’s time to move on. Organizers of the one-of-a-kind outdoor event announced that the Tulip Festival will be moving to the North Okanagan in the Armstrong area as of this year. 

The Tulip Festival has been a staple of British Columbia culture for so long. Let’s look at where it came from…and where it’s going! 

History of Abbotsford’s Tulip Festival 

The Warmerdam family moved to Canada from the Netherlands in the 1950s, taking up residence in the Fraser Valley. Here, they put their horticultural knowledge and farming experience to work. A few acres of beautiful, blooming daffodil flowers were the result.  

By 1974, Peter Warmerdam, the family patriarch, expanded into Abbotsford’s Sumas Prairie and began to plant and grow gladiolus. The family farm grew to include tulips, daffodils, and peonies soon after. Tulips and daffodils grew well in their greenhouse, too, making them available year-round.  

Alexis Warmerdam, Peter’s granddaughter, came up with an idea: The Bloom Tulip Festival. Locals and tourists would be able to waltz through the vast tulip fields and bask in the vibrant colours while taking part in other outdoor activities, as well. And so, in the summer of 2016, the first Abbotsford’s Tulip Festival was born. 

Tulip Festival Community Outreach  

The Tulip Festival group, colloquially called Bloom, gives back to the community that supports them each and every year. The festival is a touchpoint between local volunteer groups, charities and interested boards, and the community at large. Bloom has donated $120,000 and counting back into the community in various ways so far. Armstrong and the North Okanagan will truly be lucky to have them.  

The festival group has received several awards for their community work, including the 2017 UFV Young Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2016 Abbotsford Business Excellence Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and a 2017 Abbotsford Business Excellence Tourism Nominee. 

Tulips 101: The Planting Lifecycle  

Did you know: Tulip bulbs arrive in Canada from the Netherlands in Fall, just in time to start planting around October. Throughout the winter, the bulbs remain dormant; they are kept safe from damage by ensuring proper field drainage from any unwanted moisture.  

Spring is harvest time; come April, the flowers are ready for harvest. Workers can harvest the tulips and bundle them, preparing them for sale and display. Plenty of tulips are left in the field, unpicked. These make up the basis of the Tulip Festival display.  

A specialized tool removes petals from the tulip stem and allows the bulb to fully mature (yes—even after being picked!). Mid-May is when the bulbs should be fully bloomed and ready for distribution. Harvesting the full bulbs after 8 weeks (post-bloom) allows them to be cleaned, dried, and prepared for the next year’s replanting.  

See You There 

The Tulip Festival will bloom in the Northern Okanagan this year. Will we see you there? 

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