Route 97 has something happening in every season. In the spring the blooms, blossoms and greenery come out to play. It’s a great time for you to come out and play too. We celebrate spring on our mountains, down in the valleys, by rivers and lakes and everywhere in between. Join us as we celebrate ale and wine, birds and the earth, music and more. Come celebrate spring on and around Route 97.
June 30 – July 15, 2017. The 23rd annual festival returns to deliver musical experiences brought to you by world-class artists.
July 28 – 30, 2017. The village will be host to entertainers and activities, including a free Outdoor Concert featuring Jesse Roper. The kid zone will be open all weekend. Be sure to bring the kids to see Tickles the Clown on Sunday. This time of the summer season is when the alpine wildflowers are at the height of their bloom. Be sure to take a scenic ride on the Sunburst Express chairlift for access to hiking and biking trails. The wildflower meadows on Tod Mountain can be reached by a leisurely stroll to more challenging hikes.
August 5, 2017. Lantern building workshop at Lightning Lake Day Use Area. Build your own floating lantern to launch it on Lightning Lake that evening! This incredible event is a highlight of the summer and is not to be missed!
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’s 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’s 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.