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Summer Events Kelowna
May28

Summer Events in Kelowna

When the sunny months come, Kelowna and Vernon are huge tourist attractions.

In June, Kelowna has many things happening. Here are a few of the bigger events, so put these dates in your calendar!

 

Friday June 1st-

12:00 pm– The FH&P and SOBC Kelowna 15th Annual Golf Classic at the Kelowna Springs Golf Course. This is a fundraising event to raise funds for the Special olympics of BC Kelowna, a non profit charitable organization.

4:30 pm Watch The Carbons with special guest Jesse Blashill at the Frequency Winery in Kelowna. This trio is bound to have the crowd entertained and on their feet all night long.

Sunday June 3rd-

2:30 pm- Attend the 90’s Themed trivia night at the 97th street pub.

7:30 pm- Listen to The Lonely celebrating the music of Roy Orbison. This is at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna. Tickets are $45.

Sunday June 10th-

8:00 pm- Come see Bryan Adams at Prospera Place in Kelowna. Tickets available online.

Sunday June 17th-

11:00 am- Boyd Fathers’ Day Car Show at City Park in Kelowna. Come on down to see all the cars,trucks, boats and motorcycles. There will be live entertainment and a special guest from the show Welder Up.

Thursday June 28th-

10:00 am- Summer opening day of Big White Ski Resort. There are many things to see and do at Big White during the summer. The snow is starting to melt. Take a ride on the chairlift for a scenic ride or hike one of the trails to the alpine. They also just opened a new bike park.

Sunday July 1st-

8:30 am- Canada Day at Big White. Celebrate Canadas 151th Birthday. Kick the day off with a free pancake breakfast in the village from 8:30-10:30. After the breakfast there will be a scavenger hunt in the village, along with loose and lucy Moose. At 1:30 join them for a chorus of happy birthday and grab a slice of birthday cake.

Saturday July 14th-

9:00 am- Run the Mudd, Sweat and Tears Kelowna 8km obstacle course race. You will be crawling, climbing, swimming, carrying and dragging yourself through a series of objects: up, over, under, through and around hill and dale.

Friday July 27th-

12:00 pm- Attend the Center of Gravity Fest. This is Canadas Hottest Beach Festival from July 27th-29th in Kelowna’s City Park. You can order your tickets online.

Saturday July 28th-

11:00 am- Get you live music and Cider tasting in at the Ciderfest at Big White. Be sure to check out the apple bobbing, oversized games and the henna booth.

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For information on Cottage Rentals at La Casa, please please contact our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email rentals@lacasacottageresort.com where we will be more than happy to assist you!

 

Written by Megan Harder

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Aug28

Events in the Okanagan – September

Feeling blue about the end of summer?  Don’t worry, the Okanagan is still lively throughout autumn. There’s plenty of events to get you excited this September, perfect for an end-of-summer holiday.

Wine Festivals

Most of the vineyards and wineries are participating in Wine Festivals this month, so why not add an evening of fine dining to your calendar?

  • For starters, we have Mission Hill Family Estate who have the last night of their Long Table Dinner  event on September 2nd.  This event starts at 6 pm  and provides you with a three course dinner, a selection of wines and a stroll through the rolling hills of the estate.  For $129 a person, this evening is sure to be an elegant affair – don’t miss out on tickets, purchase them now!
  • If that doesn’t take your fancy, then how about attending Under the Half Barrel Dinner series at Cedar Creek Winery on September 8th.   From $95 you can treat yourself to a wonderful meal paired with some beautiful wines whilst looking over at Lake Okanagan.  What’s more picturesque than that?
  • The end of September brings about another couple of vineyard events such as St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery Lunch.  This long table lunch aims to celebrate the start of the harvest and is set to be a lovely afternoon on September 30th.  Also on this date, is the Starry Plates Winemakers Dinner  – another Okanagan Wine Festival! Do you see a trend here?  This one is also at Cedar Creek Winery and they welcome you to a starlight sky and delicious canapes.  We recommend checking out these events to get the most out of your Okanagan stay – these are one-off occasions that you can’t experience on a wine tour!

Get Active

  • Besides the wine, the Okanagan has a range of other activities happening during this month.  Celebrate the beginning of the fall by participating or attending the Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon on September 3rd. There’s nothing like team spirit, and a pair of running shoes!
  • Maybe you’re not a fan of running, in which case why not look into the Okanagan Grape Escape – MS Bike event.  This is a two-day bike riding event on the 9th and 10th of September.  This event is one of the biggest fundraising biking events in North America and has been happening since 1989! Join other cyclists and participate in this exciting opportunity to explore the Okanagan region.  If it’s too late for you to sign up, then follow the route (which takes you around a LOT of vineyards) and wave to the riders as they pass you.

The Quirky ones 

We’ve rounded up the random, the weird and the one-off’s in the below list of events.  Whatever you choose to do in September, we’re sure you’ll have a blast!

  • Ever wanted to try out five different types of ribs?  Attend Ribfest Kelowna between September 15th & 17th for your chance to taste some mouth-watering meats.
  • On the subject of meat, why not pop along to the Great Canadian Bacon Chase on September 24th. Somewhat contradictory, this event is all about eating unlimited bacon but also participating in a 5km run! There’s also a way to get out of the running, if you’re more interested in the bacon… Check out their website for more details!
  • For those of you into reading tarot cards and natural health care, then we suggest you check out the Holistic Market and Psychic Fair on September 17th at the Laurel Packinghouse.  With over 50 exhibitors, this is sure to be a wonderful day and you’ll likely come home with some new knowledge of naturopath techniques.
  • And lastly for the art wizards, take a look at the Art in the Park – Vineyard Trails series.  On September 24th, Quail’s Gate Winery is hosting this presentation of local artwork.  This will be the closing day of this travelling art series, so we hope you’ll make an effort to attend.  Let us know your favourite artist or art piece!

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That’s all for now.  We hope you enjoy the beginning of Autumn – let’s hope it’s a bright and colourful one.

Written by Hannah Poaros

Jul31

Summer Events in the Okanagan – August

Wondering what’s happening this August in the Okanagan? As always, there’s lots of events and activities to keep you occupied on your summer break.  For those of you visiting us over the August long weekend, we’ve also got you covered in the events listed below.

Festivals

There’s plenty of festivals coming up, so why not plan your visit around one of these?

  • Do you love arts, crafts, food and music?  If the answer is yes, then check out the Lumby Art & Music Festival which is happening August 11th to August 13th. This is a free 3 day festival that features local musicians, artists and over 200 vendors. There will be homemade jams, fresh baked goods, recycled art and a range of other interesting treats.  On Friday night, they are selling tickets for a Wild Dance Party – families are encouraged to attend – featuring a funky bluegrass and folk band named Blackberry Wood.  Their music encompasses a bit of everything so get on your dancing shoes, snag some tickets (only $20 for a family of 4) and prepare for a high-energy event!

 

  • If you’re in the Okanagan between August 12th & August 19th, then be sure to join in the Okanagan Pride Festival.  This is the 10th anniversary of Okanagan Pride so it’s going to be full of celebration.  They have a lot of fun, quirky events scheduled such as an 18-Carat Golf Tournament on August 14th and Kelowna’s Next Drag Superstar on August 18th.  Don’t miss the Pride March & Festival in the Park though – this one’s going to be epic! The theme this year is ‘Shine Bright’ so get out the glitter, gemstones and diamonds. We hope to see you there!

 

  • On August 26th & 27th, Kelowna is putting on their annual Dragon Boat Festival.  The festival is taking place at Tugboat Bay in Waterfront Park, Kelowna. There are quite a few teams registered to compete this year, so why not pop down to the bay and see the action?  If anything, this makes for an awesome photo opportunity and if you’ve never seen Dragon Boat racing – now is your chance! Pick your team and cheer them on. It’ll be great fun all round.

Farms, Wines & Museums

Everyone knows that the Okanagan is Wine Country.  Let’s take a look at the upcoming events happening at local Farms & Vineyards.

  • Are the kids a bit restless? Tired of sitting at the pool?  Well, we’ve got just the thing.  Take them down to the Kelowna Orchard & Wine Museum on August 9th or August 11th between 10:00am and 14:00pm and they can learn all about pollination with the Bee an Okanagan Pollinator Protector event.  This educational, family activity runs each week with no registration required.  What a great opportunity to get the young ones interested in saving the bees and the butterflies!

 

  • On August 13th, it is the 9th Annual Okanagan Feast of Fields. This is a three hour event that takes guests around Caldwell Heritage Farm on the hunt for local gourmet food.  You’ll get to taste yummy plates whislst wandering through a beautiful farm – there is also live music!  This is sure to be an event worth buying tickets too.  Don’t miss out on trying all sorts of creations sourced from BC’s top chefs, bakers, brewers and more!  Perhaps the most lovely aspect of this festival is that all proceeds fundraised go to support FarmFolk CityFolk’s work to sustain local food systems.   Tickets are likely to sell fast so reserve your place here (and then, tell us all about it!).

 

  • Every Wednesday and Friday night during August, Blind Tiger Vineyards are putting on a Live in the Vineyard event.  Join them for wood fired pizzas, music and wine of course.  This vineyard is in Lake Country (around an hour away from La Casa Cottage Resort) but enjoy the beautiful drive around Lake Okanagan and reward yourself with a refreshing glass of pinot when you arrive at the Vineyard.  They even offer a brilliant dessert pizza with cream cheese icing – if that’s not enough reason to brace the one hour drive, then what is?!

Something Different?

Looking for something a bit out of the ordinary to complete the perfect holiday itinerary?  Here are our favourite upcoming special events.

  • On August 5th & August 6th you can participate in Big White Ski Resort’s GEO Hiking.  This is the perfect excuse to get the whole family out on the mountain.  There are prizes to be won and hidden treasures to find – an adventure for all ages! The hiking trails on Big White offer gorgeous views of nature so be sure to take your camera.  If you want to take part in this exciting event, just register at the Concierge Desk in the Village Centre Mall and pick up your GPS system.

 

  • What about watching an opera?  This summer Opera Kelowna are putting on Puccini’s La Boheme, one of the most popular operas in the world.  Looking to be a stunning production about art and love, with a storyline that is relevant even now, this will be a night out you won’t regret.  Performance are on August 18th & August 19th at the Kelowna Community Theatre.  If you’re not sure whether opera is your thing but want to give it a try, you could attend Opera in the Park on August 2nd, 3rd & 4th. This is a summer concert series – the perfect introduction to classical music!  Bring the family, grab a picnic spot in one of Kelowna’s parks (different locations depending on the date) and relax under the stars.

 

  • Every Friday you have the chance to watch The Cowboy Dinner Show at O’Keefe Ranch in Vernon.  O’Keefe Ranch is a historic attraction which tells stories of BC ranching.  Journey to Canada’s wild west with song, music, re-enactments and more! The evening includes a traditional cowboy dinner of juicy steak and a campfire finale. Interested?  We thought so.

 

And that’s all for now! We’re excited – are you?  Looks like August is going to treat us to awesome weather, delicious food and action-packed day trips.  We can’t wait to hear what you get up to!

Click here to see our other suggestions of things to do in the Okanagan.

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Written by Hannah Poaros