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10 things to do in Kamloops and the Okanagan this Labour Day long weekend

Carnaval Del Sol makes a splash in Kelowna this Labour Day long weekend.
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August 30, 2019 - 6:00 AM

The Labour Day long weekend is upon us and there’s plenty of fun and activity to take in Kamloops and the Okanagan.

KAMLOOPS

Join in on the annual 'Peaks Pedal Fest' over the long weekend at Sun Peaks Resort to celebrate a radical season of bicycling. Tons of bike events are on the roster including Seek and Enjoy Poker Ride, Kids Foot-Down Derby, the Yeah Bru Classic Dual Slalom, Ride in Movie, North of Nightfall and Lift and a Lager, plus Rocky Mountain Bicycles Demo Fleet on Saturday and Sunday.

There will be two complimentary guided cross country tours departing from the Sports School rendezvous sign. Each group will follow routes tailored to ability levels on the trails on Mt. Morrisey.

Find more information here

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The Largest Coed National Championship in Canada runs until Monday, September 2 at Tournament Capital Ranch.

Close to 200 teams will compete to be crowned national champs in 10+ different divisions. This is the home of the richest game in Slopitch with a $10,000 winner take all cash prize. For more info visit the website here

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Get your cowboy on and your giddy-up going by joining in on the 70th birthday party of the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo August 31 – September 2 in Barriere.

There will be exhibits, 4-H competition, a family dance, lumberjack show, cabaret dance, family parade, chuckwagon races and off course the rodeo along with plenty of food including a Lions pancake breakfast. See the schedule here

VERNON

The Armstrong IPE is Horsin’ Around all long weekend.

Visit the fair at the Armstrong Fair Grounds and enjoy the country atmosphere right in downtown Armstrong. Highlights of this year's fair include the Finning Canada Professional Rodeo Tour finals along with the exhilarating midway, tantalizing fair foods, agriculture shows and exhibits, live music, dog show, kids area and so much more.

The parade hits the street Saturday at 10 a.m. winding its way through the streets of Armstrong. Fair gates are open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through to Sunday with the midway opening at 11 a.m. each day.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit the IPE website

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Lakeview Park will be the site of the fourth annual labour day family picnic Monday, September 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kiki the Eco Elf will be there for face painting and fun, and Bubble Wonders Geoff will be sharing his magical bubble show. Bring a picnic lunch for your family and a potluck item to share if you’d like. Some light snacks and drinks will be available as well.

KELOWNA

Life is a carnival in Kelowna’s City Park on September 1 and 2.

Carnaval del Sol Kelowna is arriving for the first time in the Okanagan Valley. For the past 11 years, they have been bringing the soul of Latin culture to BC. Carnaval del Sol Kelowna is a special edition of the iconic Carnaval del Sol Vancouver, the biggest Latin Festival in the Pacific Northwest.

The troupe will bring a phenomenal two-day fiesta to City Park over the weekend. There will be a main stage and four plazas where they will recreate Latin American art, food and culture in true plaza style for the delight of both children and adults.

It is a free event for everyone to enjoy. Visit the Facebook page here for more details.

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Celebrate the harvest season at the Mission Hill Family Estate Harvest Long Table Dinner Saturday, August 31 at 6 p.m.

Diners are invited to delight in the start of the harvest season with an evening of spectacular wine and culinary creations. Enjoy a wine reception and a three-course wine-paired meal showcasing the best of the season's harvest; a truly exciting time to dine at Mission Hill Family Estate.

For tickets and information visit the website.

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A new kind of festival is coming to Kelowna from August 31 to September 1.

The very first Volim Valley Music Festival is a European inspired festival aimed at creating an environment of love, fun and expression. The main stage will bring a mix of electronic genres while the second state will have a mix of blues, rock and alternative bands.

There will be morning yoga, an interactive art gallery, WildPlay Elements Park, Slip N Slide run, and a chill-out zone.

Upon arrival, you’ll receive a welcome pack with some useful goodies including a refillable water bottle to use at the free water refill stations.

For more information, visit the website here.

PENTICTON

Summer isn’t over yet in Penticton.

Join the fun during Mardi Gras on Martin Street Friday, August 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. Downtown Penticton is blowing out summer with a decadent Mardi Gras inspired street dance in the 200 block of Martin St.

There will be live music, body art, activities, beads, masks, food, a 19+ beverage garden and much more. Visit here to find out more

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Take in the beauty of the night sky during Astronomy Night at the Grist Mill in Keremeos Sunday, September 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.

With the help of the volunteers of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (Okanagan Centre) the Grist Mill and Gardens will be hosting an evening presentation followed by a chance to view the night sky through some of their telescopes. This is definitely a family-friendly event.

For more information visit the Facebook page here


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