Okanagan Summer Festival Report

Here in the A-OK we love summer festival season and it’s just getting started! Line ups are being announced, tickets are on sale, and with all that commotion it felt like a great time to let you know about some of our highlight festivals and events that happen in the Okanagan. This list isn’t comprehensive but if your looking for an event worth going to here’s a starter list for you.

Not only that, but there’s a bit of a Giveaway at the end of this article for some lucky winner!

Parks Alive, Music in the Park, Lake Country Open Air Performances, etc:

July and August, Parks throughout the Okanagan! For any of those new to our region you really need to know about our free live music concerts in our various communities. Almost every community in the Okanagan hosts free community concerts in one of our parks.

Every evening throughout the summer there is a free concert somewhere. So get out there and discover some great live local entertainment. Call your local Parks and Recreation office for more information on free concerts in your community.

Funtastic: June 28th-30th, Vernon

Billed as “Canada’s Greatest Slo-Pitch Tournament & Music Festival” this is Vernon’s signature Festival. Headliners this year include: Honeymoon Suite, Sweet, and Aaron Pritchett.

More information after the jump.

Celebrate Canada Day Kelowna 2013: July 1st, Waterfront Park/Jim Stuart Park/Kerry Park, Kelowna

Join over 50,000 attendees celebrating Canada’s Birthday. Over 50+ activities and performances that are multi-generational and family- friendly.

The Hot and Dry Canadian Summer: July 4-6th, Kelowna

We’d be remiss not to post one of our own festivals on here. We’re working with BC brewery Cariboo Brewing the first weekend of July to celebrate our love of local music, too-hot days and festival-ready style. Featuring 10 local, up-and-coming musicians over 3 days we are chomping at the bite to get this party started!

Tickets available with bands or you can get a $30 weekend pass online.
More information here.

Keloha: July 5-7th: Waterfront Park, Kelowna

I recently interviewed the producer of this event. The full story can be read here.

Fat Cat Festival: July 7-9th, Waterfront Park, Kelowna

  • School Day: Friday 8:30-1:30pm: hands-on programming and workshops. Open to general public, homeschoolers and students
  • Fat Cat Children’s Festival Parade, Saturday 10-11:30am
  • Community Day, Saturday, 11-5pm: stage performances, street performers, and lots of hands-on activities

Armstrong Metalfest: July 19-20th, Armstrong

Celebrating its fifth year, Armstrong Metalfest brings 30 metal bands, on 2 stages, over 2 days. With the new year, new things, and AMF organizers are promising to up the ante. On July 19th and 20th 2013 prepare yourself, this weekend is for the books!

Tickets are now on sale.
More information after the jump.

Dancin Barefoot: July 20th, Peachland

Headline acts this year include: Nick Gilder Sweeney Todd Group and Shawn Hook

Tickets are now on sale.
View full event info.

Salmon Arm Roots and Blues: Aug 16-18th, Salmon Arm

Bruce Cockburn, City and Colour, plus an overwhelming number of amazing bands.

Full event listing’s here.

Global Music Fest: Aug 24th, Memorial Park, West Kelowna

This is a new event that I am producing in West Kelowna this summer. Its a completely free community multicultural festival that is being organised as a collaboration between Creative Okanagan, ISCO, and the District of West Kelowna. I’ll be doing a full story on this event once all the details are finalized but it will feature a sampling of some of BC’s best emerging indie and multicultural talent.

Here is a sample of one of the acts performing this summer at Global Music Fest.

IPE: Aug 28th – Sept 1st, Armstrong

The Interior Provincial Exhibition and Stampede is a five-day fair that showcases our agricultural history, cultural and artist talents and is attended by over 150,000 each year. It plays host to the Wrangler Tour Finals Pro Rodeo, Youth Talent Competition, Dodge Truck Music Stage, Thistle Hill Petting Zoo and much more.

WIN FREE TICKETS: As part of this story we wanted to give away a pair of tickets. To enter simply click the “tweet this ” link at the bottom of the story. After this weekend I’ll randomly select a winner from one of the tweets to win two tickets to the Dancin Barefoot Festival!

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