Megan Lauridsen performs at a busk stop at downtown Vernon’s Avenue Market.

Megan Lauridsen performs at a busk stop at downtown Vernon’s Avenue Market.

Downtown Vernon heats up with more live entertainment

Downtown Vernon is set to host another season of free summer entertainment.

Downtown Vernon is set to host another season of free summer entertainment. All can be seen and heard at the weekly Jammin’ in Justice, Civic Sounds and Avenue Market events.

“Our free summer music events really bring a fun energy and atmosphere to downtown Vernon. It’s the perfect excuse to relax, grab a bite to eat and enjoy summer with friends and family,” said Hailey Rilkoff, events and promotions coordinator with the Downtown Vernon Association.

Jammin’ in Justice provides a mid-week lunch break when local bands and a few visiting performers provide visitors and residents with afternoon tunes in Justice Park.

“We’re really excited about the bands we have lined up this year. There are lots of familiar names and a few new bands we’re looking forward to seeing perform for the first time with us,” said Rilkoff.

Tasman Jude, The Kings, and The Creeks are just a few to be Jammin’ in Justice every Wednesday, starting July 8 with The Marv Machura Band, to Aug. 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The ever popular Civic Sounds returns with free concerts on Thursday evenings at Civic Plaza in front of the Vernon museum and old library.

“This year we have another popular lineup of bands including Cheaper than a Porsche, Cod Gone Wild, Legendary Lake Monsters, and The Goods,” said Rilkoff. “We even have the Okanagan Military Tattoo joining us as guest performers on July 23.”

Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or lay out a blanket, have a picnic and enjoy the show.

“Many of the downtown restaurants have to-go menus and would be happy to provide a meal for you, your family and your friends while you are listening to the entertainment,” said Rilkoff.

The Shawn Lightfoot Band kicks off Civic Sounds July 9 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Entertainers are also part of downtown Vernon’s Avenue Market, which takes place every Friday along a few blocks of 30th Avenue from 4 to 8 p.m.

“We have a mix of eclectic buskers and performers like Shaughnessy Rose-Barker, Eli Garlick, Soulstice and Mojom Circus. Stroll the Avenue Market and you’ll come across busk stops with every type of performance from classic country to electric violins to juggling,” said Rilkoff.

Special market performances include Sister Speak July 24, Bender Aug. 14 and Tasman Jude Aug. 28.