Route 97 has something happening in every season. During the summer the days are sunny, the lakes are warm, and you’ll find an abundance of fresh fruit and veggies in season. It’s a great time to get outside, embrace a little adventure, and be curious. We celebrate summer on our mountains, down in the valleys, by the water, and everywhere in between. Join us as we celebrate good food, delicious wine, and the great outdoors. Celebrate summer throughout Route 97.
August 12, 2017. No summer would be complete without a festival or two, and here at Big White, we feel that the delicious huckleberry deserve its very own festival!
The Huckleberry Festival stretches over two days in the Village Centre. Join us for fun summer activities, the Huckleberry Hunt, live entertainment and pie – lots and lots of pie. This year, Big White will attempt to make an even bigger huckleberry pie than last year.
Don’t miss your chance to taste the biggest pie in BC!
August 18 – 20, 2017. Heading into it’s 25th year, the Salmon Arm ROOTS&BLUES festival long ago established itself as one of the summer destination spots for fans and lovers of music ranging from Blues to Bluegrass, Celtic to Cuban and Americana to Afro-beat.
From humble beginnings of stand alone folk shows in Salmon Arm community halls, ROOTS&BLUES grew into a major western Canadian outdoor event that has played host to patrons from all over western Canada and the Pacific North West.
Located in the picturesque setting Shuswap Lake, ROOTS&BLUES is a three-day event offering audiences, multiple stages and diverse choices of musical styles. Daytime workshops are renowned for delivering high voltage performances.
September 8 – 10, 2017. “The best Jazz Party in the Northwest,” this three day event brings the smoothest jazz bands and performers to Penticton!
10 World class bands 5 great venues Food and beverage Dance floors Shuttle bus between venues and sponsor hotels/restaurants.
Year Round Fun
Choose from a wide variety of festivals that celebrate music, fruit, wine or art. There are Pow Wows, rodeos, and agricultural events. There are also long weekend celebrations on both sides of the border. Plan ahead so you fit as much as possible into your road trip.
Must-attend events in British Columbia include the IPE (Interior Provincial exhibition) in Armstrong, the Kamloopa Pow Wow in Kamloops. There are also seasonal wine festivals throughout the area. Other fun events include Feast of Fields in the Okanagan and the Stan Thompson Memorial Rodeo in Princeton. We celebrate music too! Funtastic in Vernon has a music festival and the Elvis Festival in Penticton will get you all shook up. 2017 is also the 25th Annual Salmon Arm, Roots and Blues Festival.
In Washington State, plan to attend the Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival, the Omak Stampede and Indian Encampment and Pow Wow. Maifest and Kinderfest in Leavenworth are always enjoyable as is the Pateros Apple Pie Jamboree. The Wenatchee area has several events including the Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival and the North Central Washington District Fair. There’s also the Chelan County Fair, Wenatchee Wine and Food Festival and Fiestas Mexicanas.
Here’s a glimpse of what’s happening around Route 97 right now.