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It's a weekend full of vivid colour, music and food

The Diwali Festival is underway in Vernon this weekend with a wrap up show and market Saturday.

It’s a weekend of Octoberfest, witches and culture throughout the Okanagan and Kamloops. Get your brooms ready.


Lyons Landscaping hosts their 6th Annual Charity Fireworks Event on Saturday, October 19 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Entry is by donation with all proceeds going to the Kamloops Food Bank and the United Way Thompson, Nicola and Cariboo. Please bring food donations and-or a cash donation for entry. To keep the line up moving bring exact money donation as no change will be given.

They will have fun and games with some amazing food trucks. There will be additional off-road parking this year. Come along wearing your best Halloween costume to the fireworks event of the year. Check here for more details.


Come and join in on a special weekend at the Dunes Golf Course and Country Club October 19 and 20 for Octoberfest. Great live music and 30 food, wine, beer and artisan vendors. You can even get your pumpkins for Halloween. Good fun for all.

See more here


What is the Witch Walk?

The Kamloops walk will see participants dressed up as witches of all sorts having fun with other witchy types in celebration of Halloween and Samhain and all things creative and positive.

During the October 19 event at Pioneer Park, there will be entertainment along the walk path, music and dance and all are encouraged to join in the Spiral Dance at the Labyrinth. The walk gets started at 4 p.m.

Costumes can be whatever you like, classic Halloween witch, wise woman of the wood, fortune teller, forest creature, water spirit or casually creative.

Everyone is welcome, not just witches but wizards, wise men, green men, rangers and alchemists. Children are more than welcome to join in the festivities.  Bring your lantern, broom or staff and walk in companionship. Check out more here


The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly presents, through partnership with Diwali in B.C., the second annual Diwali in Vernon Festival.

Running now through to Saturday, October 19, the festival will host a variety of multicultural activities around Vernon, culminating in a final showcase at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre on October 19 at 7 p.m. The festival welcomes everyone to participate in a multicultural gathering that aims to unite Vernon citizens, regardless of age, identity or culture.

There will be a pre-show in the lobby at 5 p.m. including activities, a marketplace with jewelry, clothing and food vendors, pop-up performances, henna-tattooing, turban/sari-tying and more. Please note the marketplace is CASH ONLY! (ATM on-site). Visit here for more details and tickets


Art After Dark is a soiree-style party designed to cultivate the creative community in Vernon. Featuring appetizers, drinks, live music, interactive and collaborative art activities, door prizes and the gallery’s current exhibitions all in one evening at Vernon Public Art Gallery.

Suggested attire for Art After Dark is cocktail party chic. Tickets are $20 each or $15 for VPAG members. Go here for tickets, or pop into the gallery to purchase.

Join the biggest ski swap in the interior on Saturday, October 19th from 8:30am to 3:00pm at The Vernon Rec Centre.

Consignment drop off is today, Friday, October 18th from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Have questions you need answered about our upcoming Ski Swap? Find answers here.


The 25th annual Sun Rype Okanagan Marathon takes place Oct. 19 and 20.  Run along scenic Okanagan Lake and finish at City Park as spectators cheer you on.

Runners and walkers of all stripes will enjoy fast times on this Boston qualifying course that is one of Canada’s flatter and faster courses.

The SunRype Okanagan Marathon is also proud to support The Sunshine Foundation of Canada, an organization fulfilling dreams for Canadian kids since 1987.

Enjoy this festive event that brings families together with fun activities on Saturday afternoon including the Kids Fun Run, inflatables and more, all while taking in views of Okanagan Lake.


Everyone’s dream event, Taco Vino B.C. Wine Festival, will be held at the beautiful Kelowna Jaguar Land Rover dealership.

There will be samples from B.C. wineries, cideries, distilleries and breweries as well as tacos. How can you go wrong? Spanish music will entertain. This promises to be the only pre Dia de los Muertos you will need to attend this year.

Cost is $85 each at this 19 plus event. Tickets can be purchased here


The Tenth Annual Penticton Oktoberfest is an evening filled with music featuring The Beer Barrels and Uncorked, German beer and authentic German cuisine this Saturday, October 19 at 5 p.m.

Don’t miss out on refreshing beer from Bad Tattoo Brewing Company, the Cannery Brewing Company and McClelland Premium Imports and wine from Hester Creek Winery.

Come dressed up in your Lederhosen or Dirndl ready to dance the night away in the East Ballroom at the Penticton Lakeside Resort overlooking breathtaking Okanagan Lake.

For tickets and details see here

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