School is out and we’re most definitely ready for summer! This is when we’re most grateful to live in this vacationer’s paradise of ours. There are so many things to see and do! And sometimes, that can be the problem. Summer flies by so fast, it’s easy to miss those opportunities to be tourists in our own town. So, we decided to do the planning for you! Check back here every two weeks to see what we’ve found around town:
July 1 Celebrate Canada Day in downtown Kelowna! Dozens of activities, performances and free festivities are planned. Check out the Celebrate Canada events schedule at http://festivalskelowna.com . For something extra special, check out http://www.kelownacruises.com/ and see if there’s still a spot on their annual Canada Day fireworks cruise.
July 2-3 Looking and feeling your best is what this event is all about: Check out the Kelowna Health, Beauty, Fitness and Fashion Expo downtown. http://www.kelownafitnessexpo.com/
While we’re on a health kick, why not check out one of the summer fitness programs at the Okanagan Mission Community Hall? For more on Zumba and drop-in yoga visit http://www.okmissionhall.com/weekly-programs1.html
July 4 the City of Kelowna is rolling out the first of many Park & Play dates this summer. It’s a free family event that runs weeknights 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Check out www.kelowna.ca for more details.
July 6 Kick off summer with the annual Dancing in the Park event at Stuart Park starting at 7 p.m.
July 7 Did you get an invite? More than 1,000 foodies will gather at a secret location for the annual Diner en Blanc Okanagan. If you want in next year, check out http://okanagan.dinerenblanc.info/
July 8 The Okanagan Young Professionals present the Sugarplum Ball, where you can dress to impress at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Sip on cocktails while waiting for hair and makeup before the big party. All proceeds go to the Okanagan Pride Society. http://rotarycentreforthearts.com/event/sugarplum-ball/
July 8-10 Extreme sports, live music and people watching on the beach is what’s happening July 8-10, as the Monster Energy Center of Gravity sets up at Kelowna’s City Park. http://centerofgravity.ca/kelowna/
Across the lake, Westside Daze is in full swing. Parade is 10:30 Sat., July 2. Final day of fun is July 3, starting with a pancake breakfast. http://www.westsidedaze.com/
July 8 Mellowing out the following week, Music in the Park starts 6:45 p.m. at Memorial Park. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a celebration of West Kelowna art and culture. http://www.districtofwestkelowna.ca/717/Music-in-the-Park
No A/C? Movies are always an option. And Finding Dory would be a great evening treat for the whole family. https://www.landmarkcinemas.com/xtreme-west-kelowna
Did you know the skatepark in West Kelowna is reopened and better than ever? Check it out behind the Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre. And if you’re looking to cool off after, the spray park nearby (in Westbank Centre park) always offers free fun.
Starting July 1, the Kangaroo farm in Lake Country is open every day! Where else but at this hidden gem can you cuddle these quirky creatures? Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Rates have changed from last year, and remember, it’s cash-only!