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10 things to do in the Thompson-Okanagan this weekend

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July 05, 2019 - 6:00 AM

This weekend in the Thompson-Okanagan is filled with feathers, food and fabulous music.

Be sure to check out what's going on in each region throughout the weekend.


The Penticton Scottish Festival Heavy Events Competition descends upon Kings Park in Penticton this shower-filled summer weekend.

The fun beings at 9 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m. Saturday, July 6.

Scottish hammers, weights for distance and height, stone toss, sheaf toss and caber toss. There’s nothing quite like it.


Far from being just another cover band, The ABBA Show is a full-scale concert production featuring more than two hours of fun, energetic musical performances with a live backing band, replica costumes, theatrical lighting and effects and all the dancing an ABBA fan can handle!

The ‘fabbaulous’ show comes to Penticton Saturday, July 6 from 8 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. at the Cleland Community Theatre at 325 Power St.


The Okanagan Indigenous Music and Arts Festival at the Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre in Westbank this weekend is a celebration of the culture of the Okanagan through traditional and contemporary music, dance, storytelling, kids’ activities, comedy, artistic workshops, vendors, Indigenous culinary delights and art.

Register to attend a variety of traditional arts and crafts workshops as well as contemporary musical instruction ranging from hip-hop and songwriting to hand drum and rattle making. There will also be information sessions on traditional plant and foraging.

People of any age who are closely connected to history, music, art and fashion or are curious about First Nations’ culture are encouraged to enjoy the packed weekend. There are single day, weekend and limited VIP tickets available.

The event runs from Saturday, July 6 at 2 p.m. until Sunday, July 7, at 10 p.m. For more information and tickets go here: https://allevents.in/west%20kelowna/okanagan-indigenous-music-and-arts-festival/200017129096827?ref=eventlist


If a fit body and discipline are something you strive for or admire, come and check out, or better yet, register for the Okanagan Fitness Festival amateur bodybuilding and fitness competition in Kelowna Saturday, July 6.

The pre-judging gets underway at 9 a.m. at the Rotary Centre for the Arts on Cawston Avenue. The event is sanctioned by the Canadian Physique Alliance and is a pro qualifying event.

This event consists of novice, open and master’s classes in the following categories: Men’s & Women’s bodybuilding, Figure, Fitness, Men’s & Women’s Physique, Men’s Classic Physique & Bikini.

The top three winners of each class qualify to compete the following weekend for their IFBB pro cards on July 13 and 14 at the Vancouver Pro/Am and Expo. This is where each overall winner will earn their IFBB professional status and can move on for a chance to earn a spot to compete at the Olympia in Las Vegas in September.

Ms. Olympia & Ms. Arnold Fitness Champion Oksana Grishina will be in attendance as a guest performer at the final event. She has also appeared on "Americas Got Talent".


This weekend marks Big White's Fifth Annual Craft and Country Beer and and Music Mountain Festival. This will the the largest one yet with more vendors, more music and more fun for the whole family. The day runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Beer tastings, live music and a craft market will fill the village Saturday, July 6. Over 20 breweries from all over BC will line the village serving up samples from 12 p.m.. Purchase your tasting tokens from just outside The Woods Patio located int he Village Centre.

Don't forget to explore the alpine and enjoy the beautiful 360 views as you take the Bullet Chair up to the top of the mountain. Whether you choose to bike or hike back to the village, explore and check out what's under the snow. Tickets for the chair can be purchased in the Village Centre Mall.

Check here for more info and list of bands playing. http://www.bigwhite.com/summer/events-activities/craft-and-country-beer-and-music-mountain-festival


The Vernon RibFest offers family fun with something for everyone; a community-sized barbecue, classic rock bands with live performances on the After 4 Stage, beverage tent, VIP appreciation barbecue, barbecue contest, kids stage, kids zone and unique attractions with much more to enjoy. Go here for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/605094296636407/


The Raptors are landing in Vernon this weekend.

These feathered, majestic creatures will be on display for everyone to experience flight demonstrations and closer than ever encounters.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.abnc.ca.


Mackie House is hosing at Elegant Saturday Tea complete with semi-formal attire and "Downton Abbey" hats.

Fancy floral dresses, gloves, ascots and all of the glamour of the early 20th century are welcome.

You’ll love the selection of teas, delicious finger sandwiches, fluffy scones with Devonshire cream and preserves and delicate desserts. Tea is served in elegant fine bone China on the beautiful verandah that overlooks Kalamalka Lake and Mackie’s scenic gardens.

All guests have the option of touring through the exquisite country mansion. Tickets for this tea and tour are $45 per person, available only at https://www.ticketseller.ca/tickets/event/an-elegant-saturday-tea.


Take me out to the ball game.

The 46th Kamloops International Baseball Tournament comes to Norbrock Stadium July 4 to 7. Presented by Sussex Insurance, it’s a great family event.

The full tournament pass grants you access to all 15 games for four days and eight teams. That is one amazing weekend of ball.

For the full schedule of teams and times check out the Kamloops International Baseball Tournament website here.


Sun Peaks Resort is stoked to be hosting the 2019 Downhill BC Cup this summer in their legendary Bike Park July 5 to 7.

They are excited to offer a top-to-bottom 100 per cent single track, technically challenging race course starting at the Sunburst Lodge patio featuring sections of Insanity One and Honey Drop.

This race will have citizen classes, so everyone can get in on the action and ride the same course as the pros.

New registration and package pickup are Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the registration office with a rider’s meeting from 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Masa’s Bar and Grill. There will be one more opportunity to register on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Get all the details here: https://www.sunpeaksresort.com/events-things-to-do/events/downhill-bc-cup

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