Okanagan August Celebrations

Summer Festivals & Events

In the Okanagan August celebrations, events and festivals includes some of the best summer outdoor festivals, and fun family events.

We celebrate a civic holiday long weekend on the first Monday in August. We call it British Columbia Day. Post offices, many businesses and government organizations, are closed. And there are lots of fun activities and events this long weekend.

There are more than 200 year-round festivals and events in the Okanagan-Shuswap.

A large portion of festivals, fairs and other events are kid and family friendly.

Here are the highlights for August.

Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival - Salmon Arm BC

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The Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival is the premiere multicultural music festival of the British Columbia Interior featuring 50 acts on 6 outdoor stages. The festival showcases exhilarating world rhythms, stirring roots and gospel music, and the low-down steamiest blues on the planet.

Site amenities include two beverage gardens, artisan market, food vendor area, children's area, pre-registered camping. Children 12 and under are free.

490 - 5th Ave. SW
Salmon Arm BC
Website: Salmon Arm Roots & Blues

Penticton Peach Festival - Penticton BC

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The Penticton Peach festival is the highlight of summer events in Penticton. Celebrating peach harvest, there are many activities, music, contests and a midway for the whole family.

This event takes place along Okanagan Beach, where you can go for a swim in the lake to cool off during a hot day, and then back to the festival.

There are a number of great Penticton motel accommodations along Okanagan Beach, so if you're planning to be here for this event, you can just walk on over.

[More info on Peachfest...]

Okanagan Lake Park/Gyro Park
Penticton BC

Mount Kobau Star Party - Osoyoos BC, Mt. Kobau

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Serious star gazers and amateur observers from across North America meet at Mt. Kobau to explore the night sky for a whole week.

Mt. Kobau summit is approximately 1,860 m (6,100 feet). Here you can not only watch the stars, but also spend a day hiking and exploring the grasslands region.

Location: Follow highway 3 from Osoyoos west 11 km (7 miles) to the Kobau Lookout Forest Road, then follow the rough forest road to the summit. Once at the summit you'll see access to the trail.
Website: Mt. Kobau Star Party

Bluegrass & Country Music Festival - Osoyoos BC

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The Osoyoos Bluegrass & Country Music Festival takes place over four days in August.

Enjly Bluegrass and country music entertainment in the beautiful town of Osoyoos, BC

The event takes place in Desert Park, where banjo's and blue grass sounds entertain like no other. You can just listen to the music, or bring your own musical instruments and join in the fun jam sessions and band scrambles.

Location: Osoyoos, BC

Romancing the Desert - Osoyoos BC

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Romancing the Desert is an annual event that takes place in August, on the full moon, at the Osoyoos Desert Centre, from 6pm until midnight.

You can enjoy an evening of gourmet treats, Okanagan wineries wine and a moonlight walk along the Osoyoos Desert Center boardwalk. It's a great way to spend an evening and enjoy some local wine!

Osoyoos Desert Center
Osoyoos BC

Princeton Traditional Music Festival - Princeton BC

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Princeton, BC is located about an hour west of the city of Penticton, on highway 3.

A free, three-day festival of traditional music from the southern interior, BC & elsewhere.

Friday night's dance on the street is followed by two days of concerts, presentations & jams from over one hundred performers.

154 Halliford Ave
Princeton, BC

Chase Annual Corn Festival - Chase BC

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The annual corn festival is a family fun event happening every August in the Shuswap.

Wakeboarding demos & lessons, tube/boat rides, skate boarding competition, traditional first nations games, bannock, bocce, horseshoes, music & of course the Shuswap world famous corn.

If you can't get to this, you can still get the delicious corn at Demille's Market

400 Shuswap Ave
Chase, BC

Subaru Ironman Canada - Penticton BC

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Subaru Iron Man Canada Triathlon is an annual event in Penticton BC. Iron Man competitors swim, bike, and run. This event starts at 7 a.m. and runs through the late evening.

[More info on Ironman Penticton...]

Lakeshore Drive at Okanagan Beach
Penticton BC

Neskonlith Traditional Pow Wow - Chase BC

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Annual First Nations celebration includes dancing, singing, crafts, food concessions & traditional foods such as bannock. The grand entry takes place at noon on both days. The public is welcome & there this event is free of charge More info at neskonlith.org.

Neskonlith Reserve
Chase, British Columbia

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