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. 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 every day during this long weekend. Fun Things to Do in Kelowna with Kids
2. Descendants the Musical Summer camp
Disney’s Descendants: The Musical is a brand-new musical comedy featuring beloved characters and hit songs from the films! Class dates are July 26 to August 6, 2021.
3. Food Day Canada Dinner
Celebrate Canadian farmers, fishers, and chefs with the Food Day Canada dinner. Using only local, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients, Mission Hill Winery’s culinary team will prepare a four-course, wine-paired dinner highlighting the incredible diversity of Canadian cuisine with delicious food and wine pairings. Saturday, July 31, 2021 | 6:00 PM @ Mission Hill Winery.
4. Bug Safari
For a fun, family event, head to the Mission Creek Regional Park for a bug hunt! Borrow a net, magnifier, and bug identification materials and head out in the park. Wednesdays, July 14 to August 18, Fridays, July 30 to August 27, and Saturday, July 31st.
5. Morning Migration
Come August, local bird species are beginning to head south. See and hear the diverse and amazing birds of the Sutherland Hills Trail. This hike is family-friendly and well worth waking up early! Available Saturdays, July 31 to August 14, 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m @ Mission Creek Regional Park
Before the invention of cameras, Japanese anglers recorded large or unusual fish by making ink block reproductions, called Gyotaku. Learn about local fish species and make art. Available Saturday, July 31, 2021, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m @ Kaloya Regional Park
7. 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.
8. Escape from Mannequin Madness: An Exit Room Experience
Save the world from the mad scientist Dr. Mann E. Quinn, who is plotting to raise a mannequin army. This experience is best for ages 10 and up, and great for a family. You have 1 hour… to save the world. Thursday, July 29 | 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm @ Okanagan Military Museum, 1424 Ellis Street, Kelowna.
9. Through the Grapevine
Travel back in time and discover early Kelowna’s juicy gossip.
Where there’s juicy fruit, there’s juicy gossip… that was certainly the case for early Kelowna! Join us for a special 1.5 km walking tour and see the Cultural District transform before your eyes as stories from Kelowna’s early years are brought to life. Friday, July 30 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am @ Laurel Square, 1304 Ellis Street, Kelowna.
10. The Need for Seed
Family fun, Okanagan-style! Do you have what it takes to be the fastest apple wrapper in the west?
Discover the historic journey of Okanagan fruit as it moves from tree to lunchbox. Meet the hard-core packers who turned fruit transportation to an art form and a competition! Join us and try your hand at picking, packing, and more. Saturday, July 31 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm @ Laurel Square, 1304 Ellis Street, Kelowna.
11. Sunday Funday
Visit a traditional Syilx winter home and climb the warriors’ ladder! A unique Okanagan experience that is not to be missed. Sunday, August 1 | 12 noon to 4 pm @ Okanagan Heritage Museum, 470 Queensway Avenue, Kelowna.
12. 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 July 10th – September 25th, 2021 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM @ Westridge Shopping Centre
13. Okanagan Heritage Museum
Check out this interesting museum, right downtown. In addition to its historical features, the Museum’s latest exhibition immerses visitors in a trivia board game.
14. Retro Rock Music in the Park
Enjoy free live rock music by local artists during Parks Alive! July 30 – 31 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM @ Street stage at the corner of Bernard Avenue and Pandosy Street, Kelowna
15. Dine at The Perch
The Perch is a restaurant atop one of the tallest downtown towers. It has amazing views, tasty eats made with locally sourced ingredients. Perch Café and Lounge, 701-460 Doyle Ave, Kelowna.
16. Wine Tasting
Located in a 1920`s era vintage building, The View Winery’s wine shop is a great stop for a wine tour. You must reserve your time for the tasting. Available Daily 11:30 – 5:00 pm @ The View Winery & Vineyard, #1-2287 Ward Road, Kelowna.
17. Kelowna Farmers & Crafters Market
Discover the amazing local producers and artisans that the Kelowna Farmers & Crafters Market has to offer. Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm at the corner of Dilworth & Springfield and on Sundays from 9 am to 3 pm at Kerry Park.
18. Westside Wine Trail
Follow the Westside Wine Trail this weekend and explore West Kelowna! The Westside Wine Trail is home to some of the most accomplished winemakers in the valley. Come and embrace the passion of the proprietors, winemakers, and chefs of this picturesque wine trail.
19. Kelowna Art Gallery
Located in downtown Kelowna, Kelowna Art Gallery features both historical and contemporary Canadian art. Each Sunday the Kelowna Art Gallery offers fun, interactive exploration of the arts that is perfect for families of all ages.
20. Augmented Reality Art
Enjoy a new augmented reality art experience that presents works that have each been created by a trio of local artists. A visual artist, an animator, and a musician have woven their artistic expressions together to create a piece that can be brought to life through the free AUGLE app on a smartphone. Available on Bernard Avenue, Kelowna.
21. 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.
22. Flow in the Park: Movement + Mindfulness + Community
Experience an hour of connection to self, connection with others, and connection to that which is greater. The session provides movement, mindfulness, and educational experiences, tools & resources to bring awareness and help you flow through the day with more ease. Friday, July 30 | 7:30 AM @ Kinsman Park, Kelowna
23. Weaving Together!
From July 13th to August 21st join us outside the Rotary Centre for the Arts to weave a community tapestry.
24. Sip & Create Workshop
Create a customizable home decor and paint a wood sign while sipping wine. In this 2.5 hour workshop, you will be guided through each step with step-by-step instructions. Thursday, July 29, 2021 | 6:30 PM @ Rustic Chalk Decor, 1974 Moss Court, Kelowna
25. Mural Walk
Tour the murals in Rutland with a 90-minute walking tour every second Saturday throughout the summer! Get to know the artists’ background and process, as well as some other fun facts! Saturday, July 31, 2021 @ 158 Valleyview Rd, Kelowna