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10 things to do in Kamloops and the Okanagan this weekend

Legzz hits the stage at SunPeaks this weekend.

Summer hasn’t wound down yet. There’s plenty of music, food and entertainment to catch this weekend in our regions.


Sun Peaks presents the 10th Annual Retro Concert Weekend featuring live tribute bands throughout the weekend.

Get on your dancing shoes and enjoy three days of retro music. This weekend of outdoor tribute band performances has become a favourite among local residents and guests. With the lush forest as the backdrop and outdoor patios just steps away from the concert venue, slope side of the Village Day Lodge, it doesn't get much better. 

Tirbute performances include ZZ Top, performed by Legzz, 80s Rock Chicks performed by Bonnie Kilroe, The Hip Show, and No Quarter which brings Led Zeppelin hits to the stage.

The show is free. Beer garden is open Saturday from 2 – 9 p.m. Visit here for the full schedule


Join in on the 3rd Annual Downtown Kamloops Pride Parade.

Individuals, community organizations, businesses and other groups can register to march. Please note that the Pride Parade and Festival location is different from last year. This year, it will begin at 10 a.m. from Stuart Wood Elementary on St. Paul Street, not Riverside Park, due to potential route impacts from the Victoria Street West Improvement Project.

Click here to register

The big top circus is coming to town Friday, August 23-25.

Everyone is encouraged to run away with the American Crown Circus Circo Osorio Las Vegas as they bring their thrilling and fun performances to Kamloops Aberdeen Mall.

For many generations the Osorio family has been a symbol of great entertainment with friends and family. When you visit the American Crown Circus and Circo Osorio, you become part of that history, one that is written at every show they present.

For tickets and show information visit here


On Saturday, August 24 from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m., the Downtown Vernon Parkade will be transformed into an alternative art party, with live music, performance and installation art, dance and comedy with Riot on the Roof.

Each parkade level hosts an array of talent, showcasing art in all its forms.

For tickets, go here


What’s the biggest paper airplane you’ve ever made? Meet Outreach Coordinator Lucas Newman at the oval in Polson Park at 2 p.m. to witness the inaugural launch of the gigantic paper airplane.

Kids can join the Fold’n’Fly contest and make their own paper airplanes. All materials will be provided. Prizes will be awarded for distance, time aloft and most decorative.

Make an afternoon of it. Bring along your bathing suit and towel and play in the spray park afterwards or experience the flight simulator and explore the Science Centre.

The Giant Paper Airplane Launch and Fold'n'Fly competition are a free family event. Regular fees apply for admittance to the Science Centre.

Call 250-545-3644 with any questions.


It’s fight night in Vernon Saturday, August 24.

MMA is returning to the city after a 10 year hiatus. The official fight is titled XFC Unbanned headlined by Vernon fighter Kenny Pope and six other Vernon athletes. Fighters from across Alberta and BC will be in attendance, including from Kelowna and Penticton.

The licensed event is also for families and will take place at the Vernon Curling Club.

For ticket info. contact Saverio Loria at 778-728-3746.


Finger lickin’, mouth-watering ribs will be smoking all weekend at Kelowna’s City Park.

The popular Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest, with its increasing attendance, will continue to offer top-notch music and other stage entertainment, family activities featuring a Kids Zone, a beverage garden, market vendors, and great barbeque ribs and chicken from our out-of-town Ribbers. There will be a variety of food and beverages from local food vendors all three days of RibFest. Entrance into the 4th annual event is free for everyone, and this year there is more to offer than ever before.

The event kicks off on Friday, August 23 at 12 p.m. Room To Dance is first on stage. This duo of JC and Andy Plett will get the crowd moving with some classic rock and country tunes.  Bands will continue all weekend. Sunday is family fun day with no shortage of entertainment.

iNFOnews is a media sponsor of the event. Festival organizers are in need of more volunteers for the weekend. Visit here to sign up.

Check here for more info

The Kelowna Curling Club will be filled with characters and gamers this weekend, Saturday, August 1- a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Kelowna Comic Con is an annual pop culture event in the heart of the Okanagan valley. Celebrities, comic creators, cosplayers, vendors and artists from all over North America will all be featured. They will have other activities both days including: Video games, board games, Virtual Reality, panels and workshops and much more.

This year, kids 12 and under are free thanks to the support of Chibis Anime and Collectibles.Click here for tickets.


Help animals in need this summer at the Third annual fun fundraiser in support of the BC SPCA South Okanagan-Similkameen Branch at the scenic Naramata Bench Township 7 Vineyards and Winery on Sunday, August 25 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Join in and meet some adoptable dogs. Enjoy local cheese and charcuterie, live music by Summer Whyne, and Township 7 Vineyards and Winery award winning wines.

New this year, bring your own leashed pet for a portrait in the vineyard by a local photographer who is donating their time to the SPCA. Sip and support a great cause for our furry friends, admission is by donation for the SPCA.

See more info. here.


Fun at the wineries continues with Poplar Grove Outdoor Movie Night Saturday, August 24 at 8 p.m.

Bring your own blanket and enjoy a cinematic evening under the summer starts. Seating is first come, first serve with doors opening for seating at 7 p.m. A concession will be available with wine, gourmet popcorn and rose ice cream.

The movie featured is Sideways, Rated R, about two men  reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment embark on a week-long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.

Check here for info. and tickets

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