Summertime is a great time to visit Kelowna, especially due to the huge amount of festivals and events that occur during the summer season. A few of the more popular events include:
Arts Alive! These two events, held along Kelowna's lakefront, feature weekly music concerts, a juried crafters' and artisan's show, and other events all summer long, from June through September.
Fat Cat Children’s Festival
— Truly a community event, the festival is funded locally and operated by volunteers. With an exciting array of free activities and entertainment, the festival attracts more than 15,000 children, parents, and grandparents every year. Every year a theme is promoted to inspire unique and interesting activities, costumes, and entertainment. Mid-June.
- Kelowna Apple Triathlon
- Held annually in August.
Mardi Gras Street Festival — Mardi Gras is a great day under the sun, but the fun doesn’t stop at 5:00 pm. Many downtown restaurants and pubs have activities and themed events all through the evening. Plus, Kerry Park bursts with fantastic entertainment from
! Stages are scheduled with live family entertainment. There’s also a children’s activity zone including a dunk tank and climbing wall, and some of the hottest bargains under the sun from downtown retailers.
Kelowna PianoForte Festival
— Piano Recitals featuring the new generation of classical piano soloists from Canada. Yearly event happening in August. Tickets on sale starting early July at www.pianofortefestival.ca
- Hopscotch Festival - Canada's largest whisky, scotch, spirit, and premium beer festival returns to Kelowna for its 3rd year. More than 100+ products to taste! The Hopscotch Festival turns 15 years old and is celebrating, in one way, by returning to Kelowna to hold it here for the 3rd consecutive year. 3200 people came out last year to sip, taste, sample, and learn about so many amazing products in the alcohol world. Scotch, bourbon, tons of whisky, vodkas, tequilas, rums, and so much premium beer. $20 gets you in, a souvenir tasting glass, a program, and 5 free tasting tokens! Can you say yum? Saturday Sept 24th, 2011, 6-10pm
- Okanagan Wine Festivals — If vino's your thing, there are a number of wine festivals held throughout the year in Okanagan Wine Country.