July 24, 2015 - 10:30 AM
KAMLOOPS - Whether you are looking to take in some live music or learn about outerspace, this weekend has something to keep you entertained, though the weather may not cooperate.
Environment Canada is calling for temperatures to be in the low-to mid-20s over the next few days, along with cloudy skies and a chance of rain all weekend.
Events have already kicked off at the Downtown Merchants Market, which will feature the Battle of the Bands on Saturday.
The 2015 Legacy Performance Games are also underway in Kamloops and will feature wheelchair rugby, wheelchair tennis, roller derby, equestrian, football, karate, softball, pickleball and water skiing events.
Music in the Park will feature live entertainment every night at Riverside park and Friday night at McDonald Park. The weekend lineup includes roots pop, blues, jazz and classic rock performers.
Saturday could be a packed, if you so choose. The farmers market will run Saturday morning in front of Stuart Wood School on St. Paul Street and then you can head over to Prince Charles Park for Chrome on the Grass 2015, which is taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association is hosting it’s Dash to Make a Difference fundraiser. Registration for the Amazing Race style competition starts at 2:30 p.m. and the race begins at 3 p.m.
In the evening the BIG Little Science Centre is presenting a talk with NASA engineer Luke Dubord, who will talk about Curiousity and Mars Lander InSight, as well as the NASA Mars exploration. The talk will take place at the Barber Centre in the House of Learning at Thompson Rivers University. A talk for youngsters and families will run from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and then the full lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person of $10 per family.
Also Saturday evening is John Fogerty at Interior Savings Centre. The music legend, known best for his time with Creedence Clearwater Revival, will celebrate his music from 1969 when he wrote and produced three albums with the band.
On Sunday take part in the Kamloops Marathon, or go cheer on all the runners, and then head out to the Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge near Chase. The refuge is raising money to help pay for winter hay for the donkeys. There will be games, demonstrations and a barbecue.
Sunday will also be a fundraiser for Farm2Chefs at Privato Winery. The 'grazing' event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m.
Country Fest will also be running at Sun Peaks all weekend, with free concerts by Chris Buck Band and Rod Black, among others, country-themed activities like mechanical bull rides and a lasso station, the West Coast Lumberjack show and a Mountain of Beer and Chili Cook-Off. The weekly farmers market will also take place Sunday.
For those willing to travel a little bit farther, Center of Gravity is taking place in Kelowna this weekend. The annual event includes live music, sports events and other festivities.
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