What's Happening on Route 97

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.

Huckleberry Festival at Big White

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!

Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival

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.

Pentastic Jazz Festival

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.

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Grist Mill Concert Series: Mission Hill Family Band

January 1/70 @ 12:00 am - August 24/17 @ 9:00 pm
Keremeos BC

Fresh from their urban family farmstead located on Mission Hill in the Comox Valley, Mission Hill Family Band’s music is as high quality and home grown as the tomatoes and cucumbers out of their garden.…

The Original Hungarian Gulash Party

June 24/17 @ 4:00 pm - September 30/17 @ 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Saturday, repeating until September 30/17

Oliver,B.C. British Columbia

      The Original Hungarian Gulash Party....a Super Fun evening in Oliver                    The Wine Capital of the British Columbian Okanagan We invite you to immerse…

Music on the Patio at Predator Ridge

June 27/17 @ 5:00 pm - August 29/17 @ 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until August 29/17

Vernon BC

Music on the Patio at Predator Ridge Summer is here and along with it, comes our roster of popular events at Predator Ridge, including Music on the Patio! Join us every Tuesday from 5 -…

Cowboy Dinner Show at Okeefe Ranch, Vernon

July 7/17 @ 5:00 pm - September 1/17 @ 9:00 pm
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Every Friday Night July to September
Vernon BC

Become a cowboy an evening with your family at Canada's Famous Cowboy Dinner Show. Guests enjoy riding on the authentic BX Express stagecoach. Learn how to rope and enjoy a sizzling steak dinner with all…

Farm & Vineyard Culinary Tour

August 16/17 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Oliver BC

This personally guided 1 - 1.5 hour tour is an educational and entertaining experience. Breathtaking landscapes of our 650-acre property combine scenic beauty with teachable knowledge about sustainable farming. The passion, humour, and individual approach of…

Jammin’ In Justice

August 16/17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Vernon BC

Jammin’ in Justice takes place every Wednesday afternoon in July and August providing entertainment during lunchtime from 12-1:30pm. Kick back and relax with a takeout or picnic lunch, and listen to some fun and funky music…

Naramata Community Market

August 16/17 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until September 6/17

Naramata British Columbia

The beautiful village of Naramata hosts a great little Farmers and Crafters Market every Wednesday afternoon in scenic Wharf Park.  Local produce, honey & baking, arts and crafts and wine sales add to the charm…

Wednesdays in the Park

August 16/17 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Weekly until August 23rd
Summerland BC

Every Wednesday night, a different musical group joins us in Memorial Park in Summerland.  Events are free (donations welcome).

Grist Mill Concert Series: The Eisenhauers

August 17/17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Keremeos BC

It has been said that all Canadian writing inevitably reflects the almost impenetrable vastness of the land and the great distances that separate us. If ‘The Road We Once Knew’ by the Eisenhauers, the husband…

Civic Sounds 2017

August 17/17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, repeating until August 24/17

Vernon BC

Come down to Civic Plaza Thursday nights this summer for free live concerts in the open air. Stop by a local restaurant for an early meal or pick up take-out and have a picnic dinner…

Summer Music Series at House of Rose Winery

August 17/17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kelowna BC

Thursday August 17th 7-9PM. Come and relax under the setting Okanagan sun with pleasant music and a crowd there to enjoy it with you. Hang out with a glass of wine. You can bring your…

Salmon Arm ROOTS & BLUES Festival

August 18/17 @ 6:00 am - August 20/17 @ 11:55 pm
Salmon Arm BC

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.…

Penticton 2017 ITU Multisport World Championship Festival

August 18/17 @ 7:00 am - August 27/17 @ 8:30 pm
Penticton BC

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) Multisport World Championship Festival for 2017 is a massive 10 day celebration that will see athletes from all over the world vying for four different multisport titles. Duathlon Long distance…

Grist Mill Garden Band Session: The Irish Wakers

August 18/17 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Keremeos BC

On Friday, August 18th, Vancouver band The Irish Wakers will be passing through on their way to the Princeton Traditional Music Festival and will be setting up under the shade of one of our stately…

Golden Mile Bench Vineyard Tour & Tasting

August 18/17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Oliver British Columbia

Friday August 18 at 4:00pm. Enjoy a vineyard walk with our Viticulturist Andrew Moon while sampling Tinhorn Creek wines. Learn all about vineyard practices, sustainability, and the new Golden Mile Bench sub appellation.  Afterwards enjoy…

Friday Night Flights is back at Predator Ridge for 2017!

August 18/17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Friday, repeating until September 1/17

Vernon BC

Join us on The Range Lounge & Grill patio from 5-6PM every Friday to try out some of the Okanagan's finest wines.  A different local winery will host the tasting each week accompanied with charcuterie. Tickets are available on our…

Opera Kelowna presents Puccini’s La bohème – August 18 & 19, 2017

August 18/17 @ 7:30 pm - August 19/17 @ 10:00 pm
Kelowna BC

Opera Kelowna presents Giacomo Puccini’s beloved classic La bohème, August 18 & 19, 2017 at 7:30pm at the Kelowna Community Theatre. One of the world’s most frequently performed operas, the romantic tale follows a close-knit…

BC Pinot Noir Celebration

August 19/17 @ 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kaleden British Columbia

The fourth annual BC Pinot Noir Celebration brings together 34 of the province’s best Pinot Noir producers to celebrate the varietal that is defining the region. More than 300 guests will sip, swirl and discover the nuances…

Hedley Farmers Market and Sunday Fair

August 20/17 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Sunday, repeating until September 10/17

Hedley BC

The Hedley Farmers’ Market and Sunday Fair will be open this 2017 season every Sunday from June 18th through September 10th providing quality homegrown food and homespun products.  The Market and Fair is also a…

Jammin’ In Justice

August 23/17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Vernon BC

Jammin’ in Justice takes place every Wednesday afternoon in July and August providing entertainment during lunchtime from 12-1:30pm. Kick back and relax with a takeout or picnic lunch, and listen to some fun and funky music…

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