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Downtown will be extra colourful this weekend as Pride Week wraps up

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August 18, 2017 - 9:30 AM

KELOWNA - Here’s to hoping the smoke stays away this weekend, because there are lots of outdoor activities on the calendar.

With this weekend marking the end of Okanagan Pride Week’s tenth anniversary, there are still some major events you don’t want to miss. Watch as Kelowna’s next drag superstar is crowned on Friday night, Aug. 18. The main event is at the Rotary Centre for the Arts and starts at 8 p.m. but cocktails will be served starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $30 at the door.

The pride festivities come to an end Saturday, with the pride march starting at 10:30 a.m. and a full day festival at Waterfront Park until 5 p.m. Performers, food trucks, a beer garden and even a mass wedding are just some of the highlights of the day. Finishing off the week is the radiant wrap-up dance party, at Level Nightclub with DJ Skylar Love. Doors open at 10 p.m., with advance tickets costing $15, while tickets purchased at the door will be $25.

Also on Friday and Saturday night, is downtown Kelowna’s outdoor concert series. The Parks Alive! concert is held weekly on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 6:30, at Kerry Park. This week listen to an eclectic mix of spoken work, country, and rock.

Can’t remember the last time your stomach hurt from laughing so hard? Friday night, the Okanagan’s own Kyle Patan will be performing at Dakoda’s Comedy Lounge, at 9 p.m. It’s Patan’s birthday, so prepared to have an extra fun time. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Spend your Saturday in the garden, at the Canada 150 event, Celebration of the Senses, at the Okanagan Lavender and Herb Farm. Starting at 11 a.m. and going until 6 p.m. be a part of culinary demonstrations, listen to live music, and smell the lavender all around you. Admission is only $1.50, and all proceeds are going to Kelowna’s Building Healthy Families.

If you prefer the smell of oil to lavender, the Lake Country Customs and Classics Car Show is where you should be. Celebrating it’s eighth year running, there is over 400 cards expected to be a part of this years show. Watch Saturday as a parade of classic cars will drive around Lake Country. However, the real fun begins Sunday at Swalwell Park, where over 3,000 people are expected to attend the event. Starting at 10 a.m. and going until 4 p.m. there will be live entertainment, food trucks, and of course, endless classic cars. The best part - spectator admission is free.

If you’re in Lake Country Saturday night, you should check out Arrival & Dreams, an ABBA and Fleetwood Mac tribute band playing at Beasley Park, for the Live! in Lake Country concert series. The free open air concert starts at 6:40 and goes until 9 p.m.

Looking to wind down on Sunday and get in touch with your creative side? The Vibrant Vine Winery is holding their last sketching workshop of the season. For $40, you get two hours of instruction with local artist, Sage Sidley, all your drawing material, nibblies and of course, a glass of wine. This week, the focus is creating a realistic portrait.

Let us know what you’re up to this weekend in the comments below.

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