Festival

Thousands of people from Summerland and beyond gathered in the downtown for the 35th annual Festival of Lights. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Crowds out for Summerland Festival of Lights

Full celebration of start of festive season had last been held in 2019

 

Vancouver police have identified another 15 people they believe took part in criminal activity during a riot at Breakout Festival in September 2022. (Image courtesy of VPD)

7 Breakout Festival riot suspects identified, more sought: Vancouver police

Police department released photos of 15 more suspects Nov. 24

 

Maiah Fujino (left) and her friends enjoy the 2019 Great Okanagan Beer Festival at Kelowna’s Waterfront Park. Photo: Mackenzie Britton/Capital News

Pour one out for the cancelled 2023 Okanagan Beer Festival

The festival last took place in Kelowna in 2019

 

Peach Fest past-president Don Kendall and newly elected president Shawna Guitard at the Peach Fest AGM. (Submitted)

New president elected to Penticton Peach Festival board

Don Kendall served as president for 13 years for Canada’s largest free festival

Peach Fest past-president Don Kendall and newly elected president Shawna Guitard at the Peach Fest AGM. (Submitted)
Dave Martin (right), the president of the Penticton Elvis Festival, was thrilled with how many local residents showed enthusaiasm towards his upcoming event at his booth at the TRUE Penticton Tourism and Job Fair. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

‘Aloha from Hawaii’: Penticton Elvis Fest celebrates anniversary with a new twist

Elvis Festival returns June 22 to 25 at Okanagan Lake Park and PTCC

Dave Martin (right), the president of the Penticton Elvis Festival, was thrilled with how many local residents showed enthusaiasm towards his upcoming event at his booth at the TRUE Penticton Tourism and Job Fair. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
The Summerland Festival of Lights is planned for Nov. 25. This year marks the first time since 2019 that the festival has been able to proceed in its traditional format. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland Festival of Lights returns

Winter festival in late November to feature entertainment and activities

The Summerland Festival of Lights is planned for Nov. 25. This year marks the first time since 2019 that the festival has been able to proceed in its traditional format. (Summerland Review file photo)
The Armstrong IPE was one of many events boosted by grants following the pandemic. (Harwinder Sandhu - Vernon-Monashee MLA office image)

Celebrating the power of community at our Vernon fairs and festivals

OPINION: MLA spent much of the summer touring the Okanagan and central interior

The Armstrong IPE was one of many events boosted by grants following the pandemic. (Harwinder Sandhu - Vernon-Monashee MLA office image)
Gator Nation at the Pentastic Jazz Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10.

A ‘Pentastic’ weekend as thousands enjoy South Okanagan jazz festival

More than 3,000 are expected to attend the festival’s return through Sunday afternoon

Gator Nation at the Pentastic Jazz Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10.
Bloom’s annual Sunflower Festival is on in Spallumcheen until Sept. 4. (Bloom Flower Festivals photo)

Sunflower festival blooms in Spallumcheen

Second annual event on from now until Sept. 4

Bloom’s annual Sunflower Festival is on in Spallumcheen until Sept. 4. (Bloom Flower Festivals photo)
The Kal Classic (Contributed)

Ready, set, paddle! Kalamalka Classic hits the water in Vernon this weekend

The festival kicks off Friday with a Spirit Paddle

  • Aug 15, 2022
The Kal Classic (Contributed)
Penticton mayor John Vassilaki at the Peach Fest’s 2022 Grand Parade on Penticton’s Main Street. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: Grand Parade returns to celebrate Peach Fest’s 75th birthday in Penticton

Peach Fest wraps up on Sunday night with British piano man Ben Waters

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki at the Peach Fest’s 2022 Grand Parade on Penticton’s Main Street. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
Mega Motocross riders at the 75th Penticton Peach Festival on Friday afternoon, Aug. 5. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: Jaws drop in Penticton as Mega Motocross takes over Peach Fest

Some of Canada’s top riders performed their best tricks on Lakeshore Drive

Mega Motocross riders at the 75th Penticton Peach Festival on Friday afternoon, Aug. 5. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
The Canadian Forces SkyHawks parachute team touched down at Okanagan Lake Park for the 75th anniversary of the Penticton Peach Festival on Aug. 4. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: SkyHawks take a dive for Penticton Peach Fest’s 75th birthday

Parchuters jumped 6,000 feet for the Peach City crowd landing at Okanagan Lake Park

The Canadian Forces SkyHawks parachute team touched down at Okanagan Lake Park for the 75th anniversary of the Penticton Peach Festival on Aug. 4. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
Ribfest returns this weekend at Swan Lake Market and Garden. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: Swan Lake fired up for Vernon Ribfest Revival

Event was previously cancelled due to financial troubles

Ribfest returns this weekend at Swan Lake Market and Garden. (Black Press Media file photo)
Ontario-based ribbers competing in the Penticton Rotary Ribfest. (Logan Lockhart-Western News)

Okanagan’s only Ribfest this summer sees huge crowds in Penticton

Food will be served up out of five trucks until Sunday night

Ontario-based ribbers competing in the Penticton Rotary Ribfest. (Logan Lockhart-Western News)
(Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: Scottish Festival brings Highland games and dancing to Penticton

The one-day event took place at King’s Park, starting at 8 a.m.

(Logan Lockhart- Western News)
Del Rango & the D-Railers play for Black Press’s printing operators and staff after their shift. The local band will be featured on the Lumby Days entertainment staf 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Catch more acts, games, rides and more at Lumby Days from Friday, June 10-Sunday, June 11. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Fun-filled Lumby Days underway

Three-day event at Oval Park in the village with something for everyone

Del Rango & the D-Railers play for Black Press’s printing operators and staff after their shift. The local band will be featured on the Lumby Days entertainment staf 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Catch more acts, games, rides and more at Lumby Days from Friday, June 10-Sunday, June 11. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Hundreds of runners participated in the five-kilometre and 10-kilometre courses of the Giant’s Head Run. The run, on Saturday evening, is a popular part of the Summerland Action Festival. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Plenty of action at Summerland festival

Summerland Action Festival on June 3 to 5 was held for the first time since 2019

Hundreds of runners participated in the five-kilometre and 10-kilometre courses of the Giant’s Head Run. The run, on Saturday evening, is a popular part of the Summerland Action Festival. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
The Giant’s Head Run will return to Summerland on Saturday, June 4. The run will be part of the Summerland Action Festival. (Contributed)

Concerts, fireworks and sports planned for Summerland Action Festival

Three-day celebration will be held June 3 to 5 in Summerland

The Giant’s Head Run will return to Summerland on Saturday, June 4. The run will be part of the Summerland Action Festival. (Contributed)
Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park welcomed thousands for a day of climbing clinics and competitions on Saturday, May 28. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

PHOTOS: Tourists flock to the Okanagan for Skaha Bluffs Climbing Festival

The two-day event features rock climbing clinics and competitions

Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park welcomed thousands for a day of climbing clinics and competitions on Saturday, May 28. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)