THOMPSON-OKANAGAN – Father’s Day is one day every year where families can tell dad how much he means and do the things he enjoys. So with forecasts calling for sun and temperatures in the mid-20s any of these outdoor events happening around the Thompson-Okanagan should keep him smiling for the next 12 months.
If you’re in Kelowna on June 21, bring dad down to the 17th annual Boyd Autobody Car Show in City Park from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The annual event includes cars, trucks, boats and motorcycles as well as a bouncy castle and face painting for the kids. All proceeds go to the YMCA to support their after school program.
Would dad rather ride a bike than sit behind an engine? The Canadian Mental Health Association is calling cyclists of all ages to Ride, Don’t Hide event at 8 a.m. Gear up and join dozens of others for a critical mass ride through your community raising awareness for mental health programs. There are rides happening in Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon and Penticton, as well as in other communities around the province.
The Father’s Day Walk Run is back again in Kamloops and Kelowna Sunday starting at 9 a.m. Register individually or as a team to help fight prostate cancer. Participants are encouraged to wear blue for this annual fundraiser benefitting the Prostate Cancer Foundation. There will be a free pancake breakfast, live music, prizes and more. It’s held at Mission Creek Regional Park in Kelowna and at the Kamloops Wildlife Park.
In the Kamloops area you can also head to Heffley Creek for a Father's Day brunch, car show, swap meet and craft fair at the hall or head to Walloper Lake for a free Family Fishing Weekend.
Car fans in the North Okanagan don’t have to come to Kelowna for a Father’s Day car show, the O’Keefe Car Rally is happening in the food court parking lot of Village Green Mall Sunday. Admission is $35 per car for Dads and their families to take a group drive from Village Green Mall to O’Keefe ranch starting at 10 a.m.
Also in Vernon is the 20th annual Sunshine Festival. You can drop Vernon mayor Rob Sawatzky and high school principals from around Vernon into a dunk tank or enjoy live entertainment on the Main Stage on the 3400 block of 30th Avenue where Paperboy, Feet First, Shawn Lightfoot, Younguns, Bender, Cod Gone Wild and the Goods will perform. There will also be dance groups and kids entertainment at the Arts and Entertainment Stage on 31st Street.
The festival starts at 9 a.m and has a KidZone packed with fun activities like face painting, bounce castles and kids entertainment.
If you're in Vernon Davison Orchards is also hosting a Father's Day barbecue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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