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10 things to do in the Thompson-Okanagan this weekend

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June 21, 2019 - 7:30 AM

As the first weekend of summer arrives, be sure to make your way around the Thompson-Okanagan to see all that’s happening this weekend.


Western Canada’s must do car show is returning to Penticton this weekend.

The Peach City Beach Cruise runs Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23.

You’ll see hundreds of electric cars, big rigs, hot rods, classic cars, trucks and rat rods along Lakeshore Drive. There will be entertainment, food, wine tasting and beverage gardens.

Get more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/320936911794294/


The Grand Sommelier Express is a one-of-a-kind Summerland event.

Be transported to an era of old world elegance on the Okanagan’s only heritage steam train, wine and food tasting, while enjoying breath-taking scenery.

While onboard our collective of local vintners share their passion for the art of winemaking. Then step off the train at the KVR station to enjoy a gourmet reception paired with local wines, ciders, beer and spirits with live music.

The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 22. Tickets are $125 and include sparkling wine reception and trestle stop and tasting. Find out more here: https://bottleneckdrive.com/events/grand-sommelier-express/


Organizers are thrilled to return to Kelowna’s City Park in downtown Kelowna for the 12th annual Kelowna Pride Festival.

The pride mark begins at 11 a.m. at Stuart Park Saturday, June 22. No registration is required and businesses, groups and organizations are encouraged to wear their team colours, clothing and to bring their banners.

The festival runs all day until 4 p.m. at City Park with vendors and activities. Kelowna Park and Play will be on hand with bouncy castles and games for the kids. Visit here: http://www.kelownapride.com/


The fourth annual fundraiser Boucherie Grind hits the trails at Darrock Park Sunday, June 23.

The grind is in support of CRIS Adaptive Adventures so come and show your community support in this unique trail race. There is a course for everyone with three trails to choose from. All ages and abilities are welcome. Trail riders are available upon request.

The race will have you hiking along the beautiful scenic trails on Mr. Boucherie in West Kelowna. It will be professionally timed by Zone 4 timing and you will receive chip-timed results.

The event will be set up with sponsor booths and there will be food, beverages and prizes afterward for participants. Awards will be given to the top make and female in each course.

The event is co-hosted by the West Kelowna Paid on Call Fire Fighter Association. The firefighters will be on site in the village and through the trails. Race shirts will be available for purchase during the event. Available courses include a 3.4 km hill climb to the summit. This is family friendly, a 6.5 km loop to the summit and beyond and a 9.2 km route.

Online registration is encourage at https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=20457 or same day registration half hour prior to the event; before 8:30 a.m. Races begin at 9 a.m.


Summer solstice of the arts is a celebration of arts, culture, music, food and drink.

Join in on Friday, June 21 for an intimate evening along the shores of Okanagan Lake celebrating excellence in the arts. A night surrounded by family and friends, a farm-to-table dinner, wine and a variety of local artistic talent will make for an event you will not want to miss.

This gala event will showcase a wearable art fashion show, live painting events, acoustic music, a display of local art, silent auction, and a few more surprises that you will just have to experience for yourself.

Set along the shores of Okanagan Lake at the picturesque Paddlewheel Hall, the evening promises to be a one-of-a-kind event for Greater Vernon. Tickets are available for purchase online at Eventbrite under Summer Solstice for the Arts and through the ACNO’s Facebook events page.


The Shuswap Rowing and Paddling Club is hosting the 14th Shuswap Dragon Boat Festival Saturday, June 22 at the Salmon Arm Marine Park. The professionally run event is in partnership with the Penticton Dragon Boat Society.

The event will see 16 teams of women’s and mixed divisions paddle a 500 metre race course giving it all they’ve got. Come and take in the fun. Races begin at 8 a.m. and run until 3 p.m.

For more information and to register, see the festival website, shuswaprowingandpaddling.com/14th-shuswap-dragon-boat-festival/


The Kal Rats Sprint Triathlon Sunday, June 23 is a welcoming event for those new to triathlon while also catering to seasoned athletes, this long-running event consists of a 750 metre swim in Okanagan Lake, a scenic 18.5K bike route, and a 5K run.

Details and registration at www.kalrats.com. Online registration closes on Thursday June 20, 2019 and there is a cap of 200 entrants.


The hugely popular and oh so relaxing Mountain Spirit Festival comes to Sun Peaks Resort Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Get away into the mountains, shed your daily life and reconnect with your inner sense of spirit. Mountain Spirit Festival is a transformational gathering of yoga, wellness and adventure.

There will be yoga classes indoors and out, workshops on wellness, spirituality, intuition, nutrition, women’s health, self development and more. There will be evening sessions, shopping and an indoor healing market and treatments with practitioners.

Get more info here:  https://mountainspiritfestival.com/


Beautiful scents will fill the air during the Rose and Flower Show Saturday, June 22 at the Kamloops Garden Club.

The event is free to enter from 8 to 10:15 a.m. on the day. Judging starts at 2 p.m. and runs until 4 p.m. with the doors open to the public at 3:30 p.m. Awards are presented just after 4 p.m.

The Rose and Flower Show is an annual event. It's an opportunity for members and the general public to show off their labor of love. There are 13 different categories so you're bound to have something in your yard that you could enter. There are ribbons, prizes and trophies that are up for grabs. For more information, go to www.kamloopsgardenclub.com. Entries are welcome from everyone except professional florists.


Zimmer Wheaton's Outdoor Movie Night & Vintage Car Show is returning for another amazing outdoor movie event in Kamloops.

Come out and join in on a fantastic, classic car-film – The Gumball Rally. Comic action and great characters take us on a coast to coast auto race across the country in a fast, funny and outrageously illegal race. Come out and enjoy the car show, and take in this classic film as the sun sets.

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. This is a family event so no alcohol or smoking is permitted. The movie starts at dusk at around 9:30 p.m. at Zimmer Wheaton GMC Buick at 685 Notre Dame Drive in Kamloops. Visit https://www.zimmerautogroup.com/ for more information.

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