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These Kelowna events will keep your mind off of the heat

Local musician James Elser, otherwise known as Step'n Stones will be playing Friday night in West Kelowna as part of the Music in the Park free concert series.
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July 07, 2017 - 10:34 AM

KELOWNA - With temperatures expected to reach the mid 30s this weekend, you’ll want to take part in events that will take keep your mind off of the heat.

Running throughout the weekend, is the 2017 Pickball Canada National Tournament, right here in Kelowna. What’s pickleball you’re wondering? Pickleball is somewhat of a hybrid between tennis, table tennis and badminton. Played both indoors and outdoors, players hit a plastic ball with holes with a paddle across a net. The tournament is being held at Parkinson Recreation Center in Kelowna, if you want to take a look.

Kids and parents will be excited to hear the annual Park and Play event begins its’ season tonight at 5 p.m. This week the family event will be held at Jack Brow Park in Kelowna. The free event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. throughout July and August at various parks throughout the city.

Not sure what to do with your Friday night - what about a free concert. Kicking off their summer concert season tonight is the Parks Alive! outdoor Concert Series. The concert will start at 6:30 p.m. and run until 10:30 p.m. at Kerry Park in downtown Kelowna. If you’re there from the start to finish, you’ll be luck enough to hear four different sets of musicians play, from Tankful of Blues, to Lucas Segall.

If you’re looking to either stay, or travel to West Kelowna, Music in the Park starts off tonight at 6:40 p.m. at Memorial Park. Setting the tone for the summer is local jazz and Latin artist, Step’n Stones.

Whether you’re looking to buy or just looking to look, the Mission Painters’ Art By The Lake show and sale is going on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sarsons Beach in Kelowna. The free event showcases artwork from artists across the Okanagan. There will even be refreshments and a door prize.

For those looking to get some R & R, a Wellness Weekend is being held at Big White, Saturday and Sunday. With two meditation seminars, yoga on the mountain, guided hikes and nutritious cooking classes, you will leave feeling rejuvenated and rested. Although the event runs both days for a price of $120, there are single day tickets available for $65.

Set in the purple fields of the Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm, is the Songs in the Garden! event, running from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. There will be live music, activities for children and workshops to partake in. The event is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

If you have yet to purchase your tickets to see popular rock artist Michael Bolton perform at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery Saturday night, now is the time. Kelowna Exotic Car Tours & Rentals is offering a package that could see you ride in a luxury vehicle for three hours, show up to the concert and at the end of it all, have a safe ride home. The only catch? The experience will set you back $1,049.

The Lake Country Big Band will also be preforming Saturday night, and this concert won’t put a dent in your wallet. The free event kicks off Live in Lake Country Music Community summer events. Every Saturday will showcase a different band, at a different park in Lake Country. This week the event will be at the OK Centre Park. To keep kids occupied while you enjoy the music, there will be kids activities at every concert.

Ever wanted a pony, or just to brush one? Well Sunday is your lucky day. At 2 p.m. this Sunday at Arion Therapeutic Farm, you can pay $5 to brush miniature ponies, Bubbles and Belle. Whether it’s for you, or a fun activity for your kids, it will be a $5 well spent.

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