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Aug 16 - 31 - Know it. Live it. Okanagan Events with Marika Wolf

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Blog by Marika Wolf | August 16th, 2016

We’ve got movies in the park, outdoor live theatre, and the rest of the summer outdoor programs on both sides of the lake – plenty to keep you busy over the next two weeks! Remember you can get our event blog right to your email every 2 weeks. Sign up here!

Aug 17. In West Kelowna, catch Inside Out at the Webber Rd. community centre (2829 Inverness Rd.) The Boys and Girls Club and Interior Savings are hosting this fun event, starting at 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Admission is free, but a $10 donation per family is greatly appreciated. 

Aug 18. If you’re up for another night, City Park (1600 Abbott St.) is where you can catch Zootopia on the inflatable big screen at 7 p.m., thanks again to the Boys and Girls Club and Interior Savings. They’ll set up some pre-movie activities and a concession too.

Aug 18. Need more of an adult night out? Then attend Splash of Red 2016 at the Caetani Centre in Vernon (3401 Pleasant Valley Rd). It all starts at 5:30 p.m. with an aperitif reception and art viewing, followed by an Italian dinner, served family style under the stars. You bet, there will be some wine pairings too! Visit http://caetani.org/events/a-splash-of-red/ for more info.

Aug 18 Immerse yourself in Mexican food and culture, while getting an education on the temporary workers who care for our orchards and agricultural areas. Fiesta Mexicana goes from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Kelowna Art Gallery (1315 Water St.). It’s a family-friendly event and for more info, visit http://kelownaartgallery.com/fiesta-mexicana/

In West Kelowna, Park & Play days are winding down for the summer. From 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., kids 2-10 can play and make crafts. A parent / caregiver must be present. Upcoming sessions are:

Aug 18. Springer Park (Bering Rd.)

Aug 23. Ranch Park (Ranch Rd.)

Aug 25. Westbank Centre Park (May St.)

Here’s the Kelowna Park & Play schedule for the rest of August. Times are 5-8 p.m.

Aug 17 & 24. Sumac Park (372 Phipps Cres.)

Aug 18 & 25. Sonora Park (1634 Sonora Dr.)

Aug 19 & 26. Quarry Park (4882 Quarry Crt.) 

Aug 19. Get out of the water!! You can shout it all you want, because the New Vintage Theatre is hosting another hilarious improv film night and this time, the theme is Jaws. The fun starts at 7:30 p.m. at their microspace, the Hothouse at the Rotary Centre for the Arts (421 Cawston Ave.) Tickets are $10 / $7 for members. Free popcorn with every ticket purchased!

Aug 19-21. Big White is hosting their first-ever Huckleberry Festival. It all kicks off 7:30 p.m. on Friday with a blues concert at the Globe Café. On Saturday, there’s a family-friendly scavenger hunt, games, music, and an attempt at baking the world’s largest huckleberry pie! Sunday, check out a pancake brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and check out the competition at the bake sale – you guessed right, both will be heavy on the huckleberries! For more info or to enter the bake off, contact Guest Services at (250) 491-6152 or guestservices@bigwhite.com

Aug 20. If you have an aviation fan in your family, get up bright and early and head to Oliver for the day. The South Okanagan Flying Club is hosting their annual Fly-In breakfast, and it’s a chance to check out all kinds of aircraft – from warbirds to planes made by hand. Lots of chances to talk to pilots too! Pancakes will be served 8-11 a.m. at the Oliver airport (5811 Airport St.) 

Head to Summerland for SaxFest Aug 20. What is it? Well, a Medieval Fair at the Saxon winery, of course! Check out the sword fighting and archery demonstrations while sipping your complimentary glass of wine and taking in the vendors, which range from a medieval trading post, tarot card readings, old English food, arts and crafts! Visit www.saxonwinery.com for more details.

Aug 20. Ever been to a riot on a roof? Nope, me neither! But the Vernon Public Art Gallery has an event of the same name – and instead of straight anarchy, it’s more about poetry, performance art and fashion. The 8th annual Riot on the Roof goes 7-11 p.m. at the gallery (3228-31st Ave.) You can expect cool collaborative projects, skateboarding, dance and new this year – organizers are inviting you to dress up like a walking piece of art. More details? Just check their Facebook page, Riot On The Roof 2016.

Olympic and world champions all had their start somewhere. Kelowna’s Apple Triathlon is one of those places. The event has run since 1983 and this year’s edition takes place Aug 20 and 21. Check out http://appletriathlon.com/ for more details.

Aug 20 is a big night for those who love the Tragically Hip. It’s the end of an era when this beloved band takes to the stage for the final time in Kingston, Ontario. CBC is broadcasting the concert live, starting at 5:30 p.m. local time. If you want to experience this with others, here are some places where you can catch the broadcast:

• Doc Willoughby’s Downtown Pub (353 Bernard Ave.)  5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. First come, first served.

• Wine & Art Piano Bar (315 Lawrence Ave.) For reservations, call (778) 484-2781. Doors open at 4 p.m.

• The South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton (101-853 Eckhardt Ave. West) is setting up as close to a live concert experience as you can get. Tickets are free, but you must get them in advance and in person at the SOEC box office. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Call or email for more info: (250) 490-2460 or soec-guestservices@penticton.ca.

• Also in Penticton, Tug’s Tap House (260 Martin St.) and The Barking Parrot (21 Lakeshore Dr. West) will have the concert on their big screens. 5:30 start, and seats are first come, first serve.

Also Aug 20, take a shot at stardom when a group of talent agents from LA are in Kelowna to cast for the kids show, the Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Registration is free, and once you’ve signed up, the location for auditions will be revealed. Check out  http://www.123contactform.com/form-2117222/Kelowna-Auditions for details.

Grease is the word Aug 21 at Gyro Beach. Festivals Kelowna and the New Vintage Theatre are teaming up to bring this hit musical outside. It’s free, it’ll be fun, and it all goes on from 1 – 3 p.m. Bring your bobby socks!

Aug 21. Keeping with the family – friendly theme, the Kelowna Art Gallery hosts Family Sundays from 1-4 p.m. Get your hands literally into art with different activities and materials. http://kelownaartgallery.com/family-sundays/

Did you know this is the earliest-ever start to the spawning season for Kokanee salmon? Well, now you do! The regional district will have staff at Mission Creek in Kelowna and Hardy Falls near Peachland Aug. 20, 27 & 28 to explain this phenomenon. On Aug 25 from 3-4 p.m., there’s Kokanee salmon themed activities going on for free at the EECO at Mission Creek Park (2363 Springfield Rd.)

For more info, go to http://www.regionaldistrict.com/your-services/parks-services/events-and-programs.aspx

Aug 24. Who doesn’t want to tire their kids out before bed? Well, if you’re in West Kelowna, you can bring everyone to the evening version of Park Play Days! It’s a couple hours of games and activities both kids and adults can enjoy, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Anders Park (860 Anders Rd.)

Another tiring-out idea Aug 24: It’s the Grand Finale Dance Party for the City of Kelowna’s Dancing in the Park series! Instructors are there to help get your groove on for one last time in Stuart Park (1430 Water St.), from 7-8:30 p.m.

Aug 26, Accelerate Okanagan is hosting a 19+ block party! The group connects like-minded businesses and individuals within the tech sector and this gathering is meant as a meet and greet / celebration of their big move to the Okanagan Centre for Innovation. For more info on tickets and what to expect (beyond the jousting arena, bocce and beer, wine and tacos), visit https://www.accelerateokanagan.com/community/events/ao-summer-block-party/?eID=1048

Aug 26 and 27 is the West Kelowna Music Festival, celebrating the cultural diversity of the community. There’s food, fun, activities, a kid zone and of course, music. For a full lineup, visit http://www.creativeokanagan.com/

Aug 27 and 28, look for a different type of boat on the water. It’s the annual Kelowna Dragon Boat Festival, and it starts at Tugboat Bay in Waterfront Park. 

Aug 27 Also on the water is Peachland’s Rattlesnake Island SUP Classic, starting 8 – 11:30 a.m. on Beach Ave in Peachland. It’s a 7 km round trip, with shorter distances for the novice and youth divisions. Check out www.rattlesnakerace.com 

It’s a trip back in time Aug 27 as the Okanagan Historical Society hosts its Old Fashioned Family Social. There will be antique fire tractors, games, face painting and demonstrations of how things were done way back when. It all takes place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Father Pandosy Mission (3685 Benvoulin Rd.)

Time travel again on Aug 31 as you go retro in in Stuart Park for Retro Roller Night, starting at 6:30 p.m. Grab your inline or roller skates and get moving with the whole family. Wear a costume! There’s a special DJ guest planned, too.

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