KELOWNA - With the long weekend here, the Central Okanagan will be buzzing with people looking for things to do. Fortunately, there will be lots going on to fill your agenda.
Kicking off the long weekend will be the 58th annual May Days event, put on by the Rutland Park Society. Starting Friday, May 19 and going through until Sunday, a variety of events are planned for the weekend. From amusement rides to live performances to a parade, there are enough activities planned to entice anyone. Gates open on Friday at 3 p.m. - so do the beer gardens.
Another event on the agenda for Friday night is a discussion series on Canada 150 and Alternative Commemoration, hosted by AlterKnowledge and Rethink150:Indigenous Truth. Members of the Rethink 150: Indigenous Truth group will use visual arts to facilitate discussion on the celebration of the 150 anniversary of Canada’s confederation.
“Some people say that Indigenous peoples need to ‘get over it’,” Dixon Terbasket, a Syilx band member, said in a Facebook post on the event. “Our relationship with the colonial government and peoples continues to be an oppressive one.”
The event will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art and is open to all ages
Celebrating their sixtieth anniversary this weekend is the Leavitt Machinery Knox Mountain Hill Climb. Drivers speed 800 vertical meters over 3.5 km up Knox Mountain, in the longest running automotive paved hill-climb in North America. Over 60 vehicles compete to bring home the title of King of the Hill. Opening ceremonies start at 9 a.m. Saturday, with tickets starting at $20 for an all access day pass and $25 for a weekend pass.
If you’re feeling like something a bit slower paced, the Eldorado Hotel offers a heritage tea on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feel like royalty while sipping on tea and enjoying dainty finger sandwiches, as well as scones and sweets. Reservations are recommended, and the cost of the event is $25.
To wrap up the weekend, the Holistic Market and Psychic Fair will be at the Laurel Packinghouse on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Palm reading to Shiatsu massage will be offered, as well as attendees can enjoy organic skin care product samples as well as a Chaibaba tea tasting, while browsing through the jewelry and crystals on display. Admission is free of charge.
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