July 01, 2013 - 2:44 PM
KAMLOOPS – Summer is officially here, school is out and the heat means summer has officially arrived and all in time for the Canada Day.
The Canada Day folk and arts festival at Riverside Park kicked off with a pancake breakfast this morning and runs straight through the day before capping off at 10 p.m. with a fireworks display. Residents can avoid the downtown traffic jams and parking snarls by taking transit for free.
Art in the Park, a multicultural folkfest with live music and food kiosks will fill the park until 6 p.m. Evening performances will include Black Blue Dog, Kingpins, Sabrina Weeks and Swingcat Bounce and Infectuals.
The concerts are the kickoff to a summer of Music in the Park, which will feature performances every evening during July and August at Riverside Park.
The lumiere parade, typically held on Canada Day before the fireworks, will be held on a different day this year though the Kamloops Arts Council has not yet announced the new date.
Those wanting to get out of a town can head up to Sun Peaks, where the resort is spending the weekend kicking off summer. Alpine hiking and mountain biking opened this weekend via the Sunburst chairlift.
Cache Creek will also be hosting Canada Day festivities. Games, racing and live music will all be a part of the festivities, as will free swimming until 8 p.m.
In Merritt celebrations will begin at 8 a.m. with a breakfast and at 10 a.m. games, entertainment and Art in the Park will begin. In the evening a movie will be played in Rotary Park and at 10:15 fireworks will fly at Central Park.
This weekend Gold Country will also be kicking off a week of entertainment, games and geocaching across the Nicola region. Canada Day will see events in Logan Lake. In Logan Lake a noon picnic will accompany geocaching events while the town will also be hosting activities until 2 p.m.
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