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Plenty to do in Kelowna for the long weekend

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August 04, 2017 - 4:31 PM

KELOWNA - Along with the highly anticipated Canada Day fireworks, there’s lots going on this weekend.

Big White is a great place to be this weekend. Friday marks the opening day of Big White Bike Park. The inaugural season will go until Sept. 4, 2017.

The second annual Rock Around the Rock is this weekend at Big White Ski Resort. For $15 enjoy live music, learn to swing dance and sip on a malt shake - whatever it is, it sounds delicious. The festivities get started at 7 p.m. Friday night at the Globe with live music by Poppa Dawg Bluesman & Band. On Saturday, swing dancing with Suburban Swing kicks off at 1 p.m., and when you’ve worked up an appetite, check out the big Cadillac BBQ and its Malt Shake Bar, as well as beer from Bad Tattoo. Live music at the Globe will start at 7 p.m. Rockabilly DJ will be spinning his tracks at the Globe starting at noon on Sunday.

Also happening on Saturday and Sunday at Big White is Geo Hiking. Try and find hidden treasure boxes using your navigation tools. Each box will have a page from a novel, your job is to complete your novel and return to the village to collect your prize.

Looking for something a little more relaxing? Friday night Opera Kelowna will be performing at the Memorial Park Amphitheater in West Kelowna as part of their 2017 Summer Opera Series. The free concert features Opera Kelowna alumnus Soprano Siobhan Raupach, accompanied by her husband, guitarist Kevin Robinson. The concert starts at 6:40 p.m.

For those looking to laugh, this weekend has three main shows to choose from. Friday night, 2016 Victoria Yuk Off champion, Drew Farrance will be at Dakoda’s. The show is $15 and starts at 7 p.m. Following Farrance is comedy duo Jack Hirschfield and Kyle Vestner. Saturday night enjoy a wine tasting comedy show at Dakoda’s presented by Summerhill Pyramid Winery. Tickets are $15 and the show starts at 7 p.m. What better way to enjoy comedy than with a glass of local wine?

Reptile fans will be excited to learn The Reptile Man, Patrick Lamontagne, of Okanagan World of Reptiles will be at the Okanagan Heritage Museum from 11 a.m. to noon, and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The hands-on educational event is by donation.

Possibly the highlight of the weekend is the Coast Capital Savings Canada 150 Fireworks. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. at Stuart Park, including live music, Park and Play bouncers, as well as dancing. The main event will light up the sky at 9:30, as the fireworks will be launched from a barge in the middle of the lake. Due to the event, parking stalls on the west side of Water Street at Stuart Park will be closed from 8 p.m. to midnight.

People still wanting to party after the fireworks can head down to Habitat, for Somewhere in the Valley. The show is made up of a group of artists from the Okanagan, and tickets are only $10.

Expect road closures on Sunday, as the Okanagan Dream Rally hits the streets. Participating children will get to ride in a luxury car for the day, traveling through the Okanagan. Last year the event raised $134,000 for the Central Okanagan Hospice Association, and is looking to beat that number this year. All funds raised this year will go to supporting Autism Okanagan, KidSport, and the Central Okanagan Hospice Association. The event starts at 10:15 a.m. Bernard Avenue will be closed until 11:30 a.m. from Abbott Street to Pandosy, as well as Mill Street from Bernard Avenue to the Queensway parking lot.

Let us know if we missed anything in the comments below!

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