Okanagan Events

Kelowna Events August 2021
Jul30

Visiting Kelowna at one of our La Casa Cottage Resort vacation rentals? Here are a few things you can expect to do around town if  you’re visiting throughout the month of August. Check out these Kelowna events August 2021.

Please follow all COVID-19 safety precautions when attending any live event. Check event details before arrival, as sudden cancellations are still a possibility.

The Heels 2021

Sat., Aug. 7, 7:00 PM
Camelot Vineyards
3489 East Kelowna Rd

Canada’s pop-country queens, The Heels, are made up of vocalists Bobbi, Brittni, and Kyla boast organic, three-part harmonies influenced by classic country, gospel, and Motown. The Heels have won BCCMA awards and just released their latest song “Catch & Release” with Aaron Pritchett. Come see them play at Camelot Vineyards. 

Over the Rainbow – A Tribute to Old Hollywood

Fri., Aug. 13, 5:30 PM
The Vibrant Vine Winery
3240 Pooley Rd, Kelowna, BC

Timeless, elegant and sexy, “Over the Rainbow” celebrates the magic of the music and the movies of The Golden Age of Hollywood. The Vibrant Vine loves hosting concerts and shows at the winery! During the warmer months, grab a lawn chair, sit back and relax with a glass of VV wine while listening to local musicians.

Kelowna Comedy Presents Alex Mackenzie

Sat., Aug. 14, 8:00 PM
Dakoda’s Pub
1574 Harvey Ave UPSTAIRS, Kelowna, BC

Kelowna Comedy presents Alex Mackenzie on Saturday, August 14th at Dakoda’s Pub. Alex has been a part of Melbourne Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Perth Fringe Festival, the Hungry for Laughs Comedy Tour, and more. He is also the creator of Comedy Night in Canada, an online comedy show. 

80’s Mix Tape

Wed., Aug. 25, 7:00
Island Stage, Waterfront Park
Kelowna, BC

City of Kelowna’s Parks Alive! is hosting an 80’s music themed event. The showe is on from 7:00 to 7:45 at the Island Stage. Dress up in your favorite 80’s wear! David Bowie, Prince, Whitney Houston, Journey, AC/DC, the B-52s—who do YOU hope to hear?

CBC’s The Debaters: Live Recording

Sat., Aug. 28, 2:00 PM
Mary Irwin Theatre
421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna, BC

The Debaters is the hit CBC Radio show that features Canada’s hottest comedians going toe to toe, debating topics in the news and on the minds of Canadians. This LIVE recording will take place in Kelowna, BC…and you can tune in to watch the magic happen. 

Need somewhere to stay while attending any Kelowna Events August 2021? Contact us at La Casa Cottage Resort for luxury vacation rentals for any group size or budget. 

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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