Kelowna is always a beautiful place to call home, but the summertime is when the city truly shines. Before the kids head back to school and you get back to your daily routine, be sure to explore the Central Okanagan and check out some of the spectacularly fun activities that Kelowna has to offer!
Let’s Play Ball!
Did you know that Kelowna has a baseball team? Did you know that it’s one of the more affordable activities for Okanagan families? Check out a Kelowna Falcons baseball game and cheer on the local team, one of only two Canadian teams in the West Coast League! The Falcons only have two home games left in August, on the 1st and 2nd, so get your tickets ASAP.
A Night At The Opera
Opera Kelowna has been making waves in Kelowna for a few years now and their performances are a must for the music and art lover. You can check out Opera Kelowna for free through their Summer Concert Series, including performances in area parks and at UBCO for Opera Under The Stars. But to really get the full experience, you will need to get your tickets for the production of Puccini’s classic La Boheme on August 18 and 19. Let’s just say that this isn’t your grandma’s opera…
We were all pretty bummed when we heard that the annual Canada Day fireworks show was being postponed due to the flooding. But now that the waters have receded, the show is back on! The Coast Capital Savings Canada 150 Fireworks presented by City of Kelowna and TOLKO will take place on Saturday, August 5th at 9:30 PM and there will also be live entertainment at Stuart Park starting at 6 PM.
Music in the Park & Parks Alive!
Residents of the Okanagan really love their music and thanks to Parks Alive! and Music in the Park, there’s something for everyone at the low, low price of Free. Each year, thousands of locals and tourists head to local parks to take in free concerts around Kelowna with something going on nearly every night of the week! For more information, visit ParksAlive.FestivalsKelowna.ca or head to the City of West Kelowna’s website for the weekly Friday night lineup for Music In The Park.
Enjoy a Feast In The Field
When it comes to food, there are few summer events as wonderful as Feast of Fields. The annual event is a fundraiser for FarmFolk CityFolk and welcomes visitors to nosh on bites from area restaurants, wineries, cideries and breweries. The best part? The location is always changing and takes place on a farmer’s field or agricultural land. This year, the event will take place on Sunday, August 13th at Caldwell Heritage Farm in East Kelowna.
Even More Music for Canada 150
Local organizations have some special events lined up for Canada 150 and this August welcomes a couple of extraordinary concerts!Chamber Music Kelowna is bringing the Order of Canada Jazz 150 Concert to the Island Stage at Waterfront Park on August 16th, featuring Order of Canada recipients and Juno nominees, Jens Lindemann, trumpet virtuoso and one of his mentors, Tommy Banks, the iconic pianist. And it’s FREE! Want a preview? Check out the Legacy (Live) album on Spotify below:
Festivals Kelowna has done it again! This time they’re helping us celebrate with the Canada 150 Concerts Presented by Valley First, bringing Juno award-winning artists to Stuart Park. On Sunday, August 27th, bring your lawn chairs down and take in the sounds of Andrew Allen, The Paperboys, and Digging Roots.
Watch a Movie In The Park
Warm nights have to be one of the best things about summertime in Kelowna, so what could be better than bringing the whole family to the park to watch a movie in the evening? The Interior Savings Moonlight Movie Night takes place at City Park on Tuesday, August 22. This year’s movie is Trollz and is sure to be a blast. Plus, admission is by donation to the Central Okanagan Boys & Girls Club so you can give back too!
Daydream About the Okanagan’s Coolest Cars
The 2017 Shaw Okanagan Dream Rally Presented by Auction World is possibly one of the coolest new events in the Okanagan. Owners of exotic and luxury cars come to participate in the rally and take a “co-pilot” child on a drive from Kelowna to Penticton, all while raising funds for Autism Okanagan, KidSport, and the Central Okanagan Hospice Association.Visit OkanaganDreamRally.com to view the schedule and spectator map!
Daytrip to a Peachy Festival
Starting on Wednesday, August 9th and running until Sunday, August 13th, the Penticton Peach Festival is one of the best annual events in the Okanagan! This volunteer-run festival is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, so you will definitely want to make the trip down and experience it for yourself.Events include the Peach Bin races, a square dance festival, PenTown Throwdown Skateboard and BMX competition, the Sheila Bishop Slo-Pitch Tournament, a sandcastle competition, the Reel Peach Film Festival, live music and entertainment, a parade and a midway! And there’s more too… Check out PeachFest.com for full details and a schedule of events.
Cool Off at The Lake
Ok, so maybe this one isn’t completely new to you but it’s still a good reminder! We are living in this incredible, beautiful, magical city. People spend lots of money to come visit and take a dip in Okanagan Lake, but for locals it’s just a short drive away. Make the most of what’s in your own backyard and head to the beach after work or on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Those beach days are some of the most fun and relaxing you’ll ever have.