Kelowna is a gem of a city in the heart of the Okanagan. While there’s nothing better than relaxing at one of its many beaches, there are also a large amount of fun activities to partake in. Whether it’s family fun adventures during the day, musical events to soothe your soul, or a bit of liveliness after dark, there are plenty of fun things to in Kelowna.
Here’s a few highlights of the many events that are happening over the BC Day long weekend. Have fun and find out why people keep returning to Kelowna!
1. Family Fun
Visiting Kelowna during this long weekend? Kelowna is a fantastic destination year-round for a family fun vacation. There are plenty of family friendly outdoor and indoor activities that will keep your kids busy every moment of everyday during this long weekend. Fun Things to Do in Kelowna with Kids
2. The Little Mermaid
In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Watch the musical with Kelowna Actors Studio production from August 1 to 10 @ Kelowna Community Theatre, 1375 Water St, Kelowna.
3. Long Table Dinner Series
Dine outside and enjoy one of Kelowna’s best views at the Mission Hill Winery with delicious food and wine pairings. Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 | 6:00 PM @ Mission Hill Family Estate.
For a fun, family event, head to the Environmental Education Center for the Okanagan where you can hunt for hidden treasures in the forest. Saturdays at 10:30 am from June through August @ Mission Creek.
5. Sip and Paint
Have a relaxing evening where you can find your inner artist, all while enjoying a glass of wine. Gallery Bar Studio, 315 Lawrence Avenue, Kelowna Details
6. Kelowna Farmer’s and Crafter’s Market
Head to the Kelowna Farmer’s and Crafter’s Market to find delicious peaches, yummy jam, and beautiful soap. Wednesday & Saturday from 8 PM to 1 PM @ Corner of Dilworth and Springfield.
7. Karaoke Night
Set next to the rolling waters of Mission Creek, the Creekside Pub and Grill offers you the opportunity to belt out your favourite songs. Saturdays @ Creekside Pub and Grill, 3929 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna
8. Lake Tales: A Walking Tour
Is Okanagan Lake a good home for Ogopogo? You decide as you explore the geology, the syilx connection to n̓x̌a?x̌?itkw, and the changing use of the lake. August 3 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am@ Okanagan Heritage Museum, 470 Queensway Avenue, Kelowna.
9. West Kelowna Farmer’s Market
If you find yourself on the other side of the bridge, check out the West Kelowna Farmer’s Market where there’s an abundance of fresh, local produce. Every saturday from June 29th – September 21th, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM @ Westridge Shopping Centre
10. Okanagan Heritage Museum
Checkout this interesting museum, right downtown. In addition to its historical features, there is also a lively exhibit that showcases how the bathing suit has evolved. Details
11. Indie Rock Music in the Park
End your evening with a walk to the lake, circle the famous “Sails” water fountain, and catch some free indie rock music. August 2 & 3 | 6:30 PM-10:30 PM @ Kelowna Pride Stage, Kerry Park
12. The Perch Saturday Series
The Perch is a restaurant atop one of the tallest downtown towers. It has amazing views, tasty eats, and an evening concert that perfectly represents summer. Perch Café and Lounge, 701-460 Doyle Ave, Kelowna.
13. Kelowna Summerfest Rugby 7’s
Join for 1st Kelowna Summerfest Rugby 7s!! Daytime and evening live entertainment, food trucks, beer gardens, beach rugby, kids games and most importantly quality rugby!! August 3 & 4 @ City Park, Kelowna
14. Butterfly BioBlitz
You are invited to become a “citizen scientist” and work alongside park interpreters to track and record butterfly biodiversity – plus it’s a ton of fun! Sat Aug 03 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM @ Johns Family Nature Conservancy, Chute Lake Road, Kelowna
15. Brunch at Hotel Eldorado
The Hotel Eldorado is one of Kelowna’s most iconic places. Originally built in 1926, enjoy its delicious brunch with views of Lake Okanagan. Hotel Eldorado, 500 Cook Road (On the Lake), Kelowna.
16. Sangria Sundays
Enjoy a glass or pitcher of delicious sangria on the patio, while surrounded by lush orchards at The View Winery. The View Winery & Vineyard, #1-2287 Ward Road, Kelowna.Details
17. Satellite Farmer’s Market
If you missed the iconic Kelowna Farmer’s Market on Saturday, no worries as there is now a pop-up version right downtown on St Paul Street. Details
18. Art in the Park
The popular ART IN THE PARK series of West Kelowna, draws over 500 people. It will be pairing some of the best artists and food artisans in the Okanagan Valley. Locally inspired creations will be shown in stone, glass, wood, fiber arts, oil, acrylic and water colour and displayed with the backdrop of the vineyards. August 4 & 5 | 10:30 am to 04:00 pm @ Grizzli Winery, 2550 Boucherie Road, West Kelowna
19. Family Art Sundays
Each Sunday the Kelowna Art Gallery offers this fun, interactive exploration of the arts and is perfect for families of all ages. Sundays | 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM @ Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water Street, Kelowna
20. Trivia Night
If you fancy yourself a trivia buff, you won’t want to miss Trivia Night at Tonic’s Pub, which is located in the heart of downtown Kelowna. 1654 Ellis Street, Kelowna.
21. Hip Hop Bingo
This is not your grandmother’s bingo! Head to Doc Willoughby’s, right on Bernard Avenue, for a night of beats, brews, and bingo. Mondays @ 353 Bernard Ave, Kelowna.
22. Pianos in Parks
Find your inner Mozart at any of the 8 free, playable and accessible pianos can be found in high profile, public spaces throughout our community including downtown Kelowna, Kelowna Memorial Cemetery, and Rutland.
23. Birds of Prey
The Okanagan Heritage Museum is hosting Birds of Prey, a bilingual travelling exhibition from the Royal BC Museum. Snowy Owls, Turkey Vultures, Ospreys, and Peregrine Falcons are just a few of the featured species. With specimens displayed in natural poses and surrounded by elements suggestive of their habitats, Birds of Prey illustrates their might and majesty in a lifelike setting. Through August 5, 2019 @ Okanagan Heritage Museum, 470 Queensway Avenue, Kelowna
24. Slo-Pitch National Championships
Cheer as teams from across Canada compete for the 2019 Slo-Pitch National Championships titles in various caliber levels. August 1 to 5, 2019 @ Kelowna Mission Sport fields
25. Wine Tasting Tour
A visit to kelowna is not complete without a wine tasting tour. Select the tour of your choice and enjoy sumptuous complimentary tastings at each winery, and other behind-the-scenes experiences like a vineyard walk.