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Spring and Summer Events 2019

Home Renovation Show March 2-3

Penticton Trade and Convention Center 10-4.  Over 130 vendors and plenty of draws and free stuff.

Okanagan Festival of Ale April 12-13

One of Penticton’s best spring events the 24rd Annual Okanagan Fest of Ale Craft Beer & Cider Festival will take place at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre on April 12 – 13. Join 65 craft brewers and 5000+ craft brew enthusiasts at one of the largest and longest running beer festivals in the Pacific Northwest. Sip on a selection of over 175 quality crafted beers, ciders and cask ales in the unique indoor/outdoor venue. Enjoy great food, live entertainment and more!  Don’t miss out – plan to kick off your spring festival season in Penticton at the Okanagan Fest of Ale .

Spring Wine Festival May 1-12

A signature event for the spring wine fest is the West Jet Wine Tasting event in Kelowna for two nights – Friday and Saturday – May 4&5

Peach City Beach Cruise June 21-23

Plenty of cars to look at and admire on display downtown Penticton along the Lake Shore.  Come down and get a taste of nostalgia.   Cars from every era converge upon the waterfront for the weekend.    Also features a beer garden and live stage in Gyro park.

Elvis Festival June 27-30

Dozens of tribute artists grace the outdoor stages, which are set around the picturesque Okanagan Lake, along with special guests. It’s a wonderful weekend of remembering Elvis through his extensive musical library, and touching stories from those who knew him about how he touched their lives.

This year there will be an outdoor stage in Gyro Park along with indoor activities at both the Lakeshore hotel and the Penticton Trade and Convention Center.

Rotary Rib Fest June 28-July 1

This is an annual event where 4 Rib Masters face off to decide who makes the best ribs.    There is live music, a beer garden, and plenty of food.    Come sample some ribs and vote for your favourite.

July 6 Penticton Scottish Festival

Plenty of activities to watch throughout the day.  There’s also a beer garden and live music later in the day.

Granfondo July 14

The Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan (PGAMO) is more than an epic ride through the heart of British Columbia’s wine country. It’s an entire weekend of cycling, family fun, and Okanagan sunshine.

July 21th Peach Classic Triathlon

The Peach Classic consists of a Standard Distance Event (18 years old minimum), an Aqua/Bike Event – (18 years old minimum) and a Sprint Distance Event for those athletes who prefer a shorter distance event and younger athletes (16 years old minimum).

Summer Wine Festival Au 10

Penticton is Open for the Summer!

On the backs of the record flooding in Okanagan Lake in 2017, the waters threatened to rise again this year, but did not get nearly as high.

Preparation for the high waters was much more organized this year, and large walls of sand were erected along the beach front early in the season.  As the waters recede, this sand will be spread across the beach providing great fodder for sand castles this summer!

The business of summer fun is getting back on top.   The Wii Bit is now in place along the Lake Shore, there are lots of kayaks and Paddle boards to rent, and the ice cream shops are all well-stocked and ready to go.

Skaha Lake does not suffer the threat from the flooding in the way Okanagan Lake does.  It is a much smaller lake, and there is only one input into the lake – the canal that joins the two lakes – so it was easy to control its level this spring.    So, while Okanagan Lake might not have as much beach access as one is used to at the moment, Skaha Lake still has plenty of beach, generally calmer waters, slides to go down and rafts to swim out to, and plenty of other things to do.

Events to Highlight this Summer:

The Elvis Festival and Collector Car Show is coming back on the June 22-24 weekend.    The streets and band shells will be all weekend and a good time will be had by all.

Rib Fest combined with Canada Day celebrations is coming up soon as well – June 29 to July 2.   Don’t miss the fireworks on July 1!

Peach Fest Begins August 8th and runs until Sunday August 12th.   Plenty of Live Music, a parade on Saturday, and fun for everyone.

Penticton Canada Day

Spring and Summer Events 2018

March 3-4 Home Renovation Show

Canada Day, Rib Fest and Scottish Festival 2017!

Talk about a jam-packed weekend.  It was impossible for anyone to ever say they were bored!   Three live stages at work with three festivals going on all within walking distance.

Canada Day festivities took over Gyro Park and the tail end of Main Street – with a live stage, plenty of food, and many other booths of merchandise to browse.   Rib Fest settled at the waterfront – with plenty of food, a large beer garden, and a rocking stage.   And Scottish Fest settled on the soccer fields, exhibiting some piping, dancing, and a demonstration of sports we never knew existed.  If nothing else, they sure show how creative people can be.

Pictures:  Rib Fest, Scottish Fest dancing, Gyro Park,  and then the beachfront waiting for the fireworks
Penticton Canada Day
Watching the live bands on Canada Day at Gyro Park
Rib Fest on Canada Day
Award-winning Ribs at the Penticton Rib Fest