KELOWNA - The highly anticipated Canada Day long weekend is here, and aside from the dozens of events going on in celebration, there are even more events that will keep you busy until Tuesday.
Arguably the biggest festival in West Kelowna, Westside Daze, will be this weekend. Catch the fireworks Friday night, and a kids fair and numerous other activities for the entire family throughout the rest of the weekend.
Festivals Kelowna is holding over fifty events to Celebrate Canada Day. Enjoy food celebrating Canadian and international cuisine, as well as gigantic colouring murals at the Canada Day celebrations in City Park. There will also be live music, as the forty-third Folk Fest will be going on.
Lake Country residents like to get the party started early, with their Canada Day celebrations starting at 8 a.m. and running until 11 p.m. Events include a pancake breakfast, children’s face painting, live performances, and an official Canada Day Ceremony.
Starting at 10 a.m. and going all day until 9 p.m., you can get unlimited laser tag at Planet Lazer, for just $23.
If you feel like being active outdoors, you can paddle with the Kelowna Rowing Club from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Eldorado Marina. There will also be kids activities starting at 1 p.m. at the Eldorado board walk. If you’re still there at 7 p.m., you can catch a musical performance by Andrew Johns.
The ultimate Canadian treat, Beaver Tails, will be served at Intrigue Wines in Lake Country, as part of their Canada Day celebrations. Sip on wine, enjoy a beaver tail, take some memorable photos at the Canadian Wildlife Photo Booth and enjoy music from Under the Rocks Band. The Canada D’eh event will run from noon until 4 p.m.
For those that are still up for a party in the evening, starting at 6 p.m. is the third annual Okanagan Lifestyle Apparel Canada Day Part-eh! Okanagan Lifestyle Apparel has teamed up with BNA Brewery to celebrate in true Canadian style their local beer, OKGN. For $49 you not only get a free OKGN beer, but a custom beer glass, as well as a variety of canapes from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
If your head isn’t pounding and your body isn’t too exhausted Sunday morning, bring your bike and camera and ride the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. The 80 kilometre Okanagan Trestles Tour starts at Myra Canyon in Kelowna and finishes at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. If 80 kilometres is too much, there is a 40 kilometre and 20 kilometre option. Other than the spectacular views, the reward will be beer, wine, cider, live music and a barbecue at the end of the ride.
Finally, if your brain is up for it, test your knowledge of useless facts at Tonics Pub & Grill’s Tremendous Trivia Monday Nights. Register your team at 7 p.m. and the event will begin at 7:30 p.m.
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