What's Happening on Route 97

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.

Penticton Fest of Ale

April 7-8, 2017. Since 1996, The Okanagan Fest of Ale has been bringing together craft beer lovers and craft brewers to celebrate the almighty ale! Early every April, Penticton is host to one of the largest and longest running annual beer festivals in the Pacific Northwest. This two-day event features great entertainment, fabulous food and the opportunity to sample a diverse array of quality crafted beverages.

Leavenworth Earth Day Fair

April 23, 2017. Cool the Earth, your actions matter! The Leavenworth Earth Day fair is a family event designed to explore various sustainability practices, daily living and a healthy climate future! With hands on education booths, live music and a silent auction!

Spring Okanagan Wine Festival

May 4-14, 2017. Experience great wine, good food, and awesome friends. Amongst the Signature Events, some popular annual festivities along with new activities are on tap for this year. The return of the iconic WestJet Wine Tastings; a party with wineries from across the entire Valley comes to you at the Laurel Packing House, as well as the always popular Iron Sommelier BC wine and food pairing competition at Okanagan College.

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.

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Art in your HeArt

March 9/17 - June 14/17
Penticton B.C.

The heart is a gateway to the soul, and nothing nourishes the soul like artistic endeavours. Opening March 9th, The Shatford Centre is pleased to present “Finding Art in your HeArt,” an exhibition open to…

April Awesome Adventure Ziplining

April 15/17 @ 9:00 am - April 30/17 @ 5:00 pm
Oyama British Columbia

ZIPLINE $30 BONUS   Spring Deal: With every Premium 7-Zipline Tour ($99 adult; $89 youth), receive a FREE $30 Bonus. This 2.5hr tour is guided and participants enjoy a wide variety of long, fast zip…

Kamloops Symphony – Sycamore String Quartet with Flute and Piano

April 29/17 @ 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Kamloops British Columbia

The Kamloops Symphony concludes their 2016-17 New Gold Chamber Music series with a concert featuring the Sycamore String Quartet joined by Flute and Piano. The concert begins with a bright Baroque flute concerto performed with…

Mission Hill Family Estate’s Spring Epicurean Dinner

April 29/17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
West Kelowna BC

Join Mission Hill Family Estate for an elegant evening featuring a six-course seasonal dinner, crafted by our winery chefs using only the freshest local ingredients, and paired with our award-winning wines. Mission Hill Family Estate…

Spring Okanagan Wine Festival

May 4/17 - May 14/17
Okanagan BC

Create your own wine story #SPRINGOKWINEFEST Experience great wine, good food, and awesome friends. Amongst the Signature Events, some popular annual festivities along with new activities are on tap for this year. The return of the…

Okanagan Spring Wine Festival

May 4/17 @ 8:00 am - May 14/17 @ 5:00 pm
Okanagan BC

The Okanagan Wine Festivals are an experience for all who love fabulous wine accompanied by great food, unique events and a breathtaking setting. Check out the Okangan Wine Festival website for event specific information.

A Month of Art Workshops

May 5/17 - May 6/17
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Enderby BC

2017 is gearing up to be a very interesting year exhibitions, workshops and projects in the works in your community. The first on the agenda is the Young Artists ‘Exhibition for young people between the…

Devour! Osoyoos

May 5/17 @ 1:00 pm - May 7/17 @ 10:00 pm
Osoyoos BC

Devour! Osoyoos will be the Okanagan’s largest culinary event, showcasing all that Osoyoos has to offer in the way of food, film, and wine. Driven by local agriculture, businesses, and education, the event will utilize…

Deadmans Creek Open Rodeo

May 6/17 - May 7/17
Savona BC

The Deadmans Creek Rodeo has been held annually for over 20 years. Family friendly action packed event that keeps the spirit of rodeo, horsemanship and first nations culture alive. Cost efficient event with many activities…

Grand Adventure Opening

May 6/17
Oyama British Columbia

Three adventure attractions are open and discounted $10 each today: 7 Zipline Guided Tours; Aerial Park Trekking (includes 6 zip lines); and, Kids Play Park admission. You will also receive a FREE pass to our crazy new…


May 6/17 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Kelowna BC

Saturday, May 6th Kelowna's Lakeshore Wine Route- St. Hubertus, CedarCreek, Summerhill and Tantalus - and the BC SPCA are throwing a party! Bring your pooch for treats and fun activities while you enjoy two complimentary…

Bifanas, Wine & Live Music

May 7/17 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Oliver BC

We are celebrating 10 years in 2017! Join us for an afternoon on our licensed patio for a traditional Portuguese sandwich "Bifanas" (pork in a bun). 11:30am-3:30pm (or until we run out). We will also…

CedarCreek Winemaker’s Trail

May 7/17 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Kelowna BC

Walk your way through our vineyard while doing a progressive food and wine tasting with our Winemaker, Taylor Whelan. Then enjoy a wine paired picnic lunch in the vineyard. Discover the very land our wines…

Kamloops Symphony – Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky

May 12/17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Salmon Arm BC

The Kamloops Symphony continues their new music director search and concludes the 2016/17 season with Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky. Guest conductor Martin MacDonald will take the podium to lead the KSO for this exciting concert. The…

Cheese Making Class

May 13/17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Oliver BC

What a great event for mother's day .  Good ol' hands on cheese making glass, comes with old stories of living on the farm, recipes, your own cheese and a glass wine.

Central Washington University presents The Magic Flute

May 13/17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Leavenworth WA

Central Washington University Opera presents Mozart's the Magic Flute, live on the Snowy Owl Theater stage!

Kamloops Symphony – Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky

May 13/17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Kamloops BC

The Kamloops Symphony continues their new music director search and concludes the 2016/17 season with Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky. Guest conductor Martin MacDonald will take the podium to lead the KSO for this exciting concert. The…

2017 Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest

May 18/17 - May 21/17
Leavenworth WA

Come bird with us the third weekend in May and celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest! Enjoy the unforgettable experience of witnessing the vast array of returning migratory birds in the…

Meadowlark Nature Festival

May 18/17 @ 8:00 am - May 22/17 @ 5:00 pm
Penticton BC

Meadowlark Nature Festival is the flagship event presented each year by the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance (OSCA), a registered non-profit, charitable organization. Celebrating its 19th year in 2016, Meadowlark Nature Festival’s mandate is to present…

15th Annual Run for the Border

May 20/17
Oroville WA

The Columbia River HOG’s 15th annual Run to the Border motorcycle rally originates in Wenatchee and ends in Oroville, Washington.  This rally coincides with Canada’s first three-day weekend of the year, so everyone is encouraged…

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