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10 things to do in Kamloops and Okanagan this weekend

The Flying Legends have landed in Penticton.
July 12, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Take flight this weekend or even catch some air. You're sure to find something to do in the Thompson-Okanagan.


PENTICTON

The B-17 Bomber Sentimental Journey and the B-25 Bomber “Maid in the Shade” will be in Penticton, BC for a few more days July 12, 13 and 14.

A one of a kind collection of the rarest historical military planes in the world will be near you. Come see them up close and personal, and better yet fly in one.

Departing from the Penticton Regional Airport, there are a limited number of seats so flights are filling up fast.

Ground tours run from 2 – 6 p.m. and are $15 per person, or $25 per family of four. Tickets can be purchased on site. For more information, check here.

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The Grandfondo Axel Merckx is returning to Penticton this weekend.

Last year more than 2,600 cyclists participated in the Granfondo Axel Merckx. There are a variety of different distances including Cortofondo (55 km), Mediofondo (92 km), Velocefondo (126 km) and Granfondo (160 km).

The 9th annual Granfondo Axel Merckx starts in Penticton Sunday, July 14th, 2019 from Gyro Park. Scenic routes along the parts of Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake and alongside some of B.C.’s most beautiful vineyards. Come check out this incredible effort.

If you missed registering online, don't worry as walk-up entries are still available on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 at package pick-up at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre. 

Check their website for more information.

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KELOWNA

Waterfront Park comes alive Saturday, July 13 with the Third Annual Rockin the Beach

This unique event is a multi-tribute, multi-performer fundraising rock concert featuring Stardust, a Rock Tribute Collaboration, and other talented local musicians performing tributes to David Bowie, The Pretenders, The Cranberries, Pearl Jam, The Tragically Hip, John Mellencamp and Pat Benatar.

Plus, a special performance of The Carbons Acoustic Tour featuring Tomy Thisdale.

The event will provide funding support to the Kelowna Ogopogo Rotary Club. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the concert beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are available online at Select Your Tickets or at Andre’s Electronic Experts.

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The Downtown Kelowna Block Party presented by Valley First, a Division of First West Credit Union, is the biggest Block Party in the Okanagan.

Once a year, Bernard Ave. is closed to traffic for a free community event that fuses culture, art, food, shopping and entertainment, and attracts more than 18,000 people to Downtown Kelowna. More than 150 vendors line the street with great deals, children's activities, dancing, music and lots more. Everyone is invited to move and groove to live entertainment and enjoy fun outdoor activities.

For more information, visit the website. 

VERNON

Vernon Cruise-in (formerly Sun Valley Cruise-In) is rolling into town again this weekend in Polson Park.

This popular classic car show weekend is open to all show vehicles including customs, antiques, hot rods, street rods, and rat rods, old trucks, and muscle cars, motorcycles, imports, old and modern.

In the past, cool rides have flocked in from B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan, and the Pacific Northwest states, and we extend our warm welcome to all.

For a complete schedule visit their website.

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The metal heads are coming to Armstrong this weekend for the 10th annual Armstrong Metal Fest at the IPE grounds.

Taking influence from Europe’s music festival circuit, Armstrong MetalFest is a heavy metal celebration that encourages metal heads from across Canada and the globe to mosh and camp with the backdrop of great outdoors of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

What started as a backyard party in 2009 with nothing but eleven local metal bands has grown into a huge success admired by the Western Canadian Metal scene.

More information and tickets, visit the website.

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The COPA For Kids event returns Saturday, July 13 to the Vernon Regional Airport.

This incredible day introduces children and teens to aviation.

How popular is the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association event, presented by the Vernon Flying Club at the Vernon Regional Airport? Lineups litter the tarmac on event day as kids aged eight to 17 wait for a free 20-minute flight around the North Okanagan courtesy of pilots with the Vernon Flying Club — pilots who donate their time, their planes and their fuel without compensation. Pilots are vetted through an RCMP criminal record check.

Flights will be hourly from 8 a.m. to noon. More information can be found on the club’s website.

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It's the biggest downhill race of the season at Silver Star Mountain Resort, Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14.

The Canada Cup series is designed to provide competitive opportunities to the next generation of cyclists, transitioning from provincial race series to international competitions. Watch on as this next gen of skilled riders rip down a world class race course to fight for prizing, bragging rights and points on the national circuit.

This weekend of spills, dirt and sweat is what biking is all about. Qualifiers and the special Tooney Tricycle Night event take place Saturday, along with the after-party at The Red Antler, and finals on Sunday. If you want to see some of the best riders in the country show off what they’ve got, this is the weekend for you.
Want to compete? Registration is still open here.

KAMLOOPS

With the Kamloops Film Society at The Paramount Theatre never having shown a horror film or a true story/biography before, you won't want to miss this weekend’s screening of two new films.

The society presents Ari Aster's brand new film, Midsommar, and Justin Kelly's biography, J.T. Leroy.

Check out the trailers and the society guarantees you'll want to see at least one of these amazing films.

Tickets are available online or at the door. For ticket purchase information and film trailers visit the website. 

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Kamloops Ultimate League proudly brings you another year of The Big Thirst at McArthur Island Park in the Tournament Capital July 13 and 14.

This is the hottest ultimate Frisbee tournament in B.C.’s Interior. Come play or watch. Visit the website here. 

BONUS EVENT

Westside Daze bring Kelowna's Westside alive this weekend July 12-14 at Memorial Park.

The fun kicks off at 6:45 p.m. Friday with the Okanagan Town Crier's announcement of Westside Daze. This will be followed by an evening trunk sale and night market, fantastic live music and food trucks along with a spectacular show by the Kinshira Fire Troupe.

The weekend carries on with the parade Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. starting from Butt Rd. and Old Okanagan Hwy.

Throughout Saturday and Sunday everyone can take in a show and shine, Valhalla helicopter rides, First Nation entertainment, pancake breakfast, kids activities, Big West wrestling, the CycleKart gravity race and loads of live entertainment and music. The fireworks blast off at 10 p.m. on Gellatly Rd., by the West Kelowna Yacht Club.

Visit the Westside Daze website here.


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