What's Happening on Route 97

There’s something interesting happening throughout Route 97 in every season. This winter, bring on the snow, the wine, the music and the food! The temperatures may be cooler, but the events are as hot as ever. Celebrate on a mountain top and down in the valley. Enjoy mouth dropping fireworks displays outdoors. Head indoors for mouthwatering food and wine pairing. Winter Carnivals, light ups, opening days and more are yours to enjoy all around Route 97.

Vernon, BC Winter Carnival

February 3 – 12, 2017. Celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday. An annual fun-filled, family 10-day festival. There’s over 100 events including dinners and dances. Don’t miss the parade, a snow sculpture competition, and a hot air balloon fiesta.

Spring Fest 2017 in Manning Park

March 18-19, 2017. Come celebrate spring at Manning Park with the carnival-like atmosphere of some fun ski events. The Streak the Streak Race, the Slush Cup and the Dummy Downhill are all part of the rollicking good fun planned for Spring Fest 2017!

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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Wine 31: Understanding Food and Wine Pairing

January 9/17 @ 5:30 pm - March 27/17 @ 9:30 pm
Kelowna BC

Gain insight into successful food and wine pairing. Enjoy an overview of wine styles, wine production and sensory evaluation of wine. A combination of theory and practical exercises cover factors in food and wine that…

Open Exhibition: Call for Artists

January 16/17 - March 5/17
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Enderby BC

Are you an artist? DO you take pictures; draw, paint?  Courtyard Gallery in Enderby invites you to participate in its Second Annual Open Exhibition showcasing the work of local artists. Each Artist is invited to…

Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project

February 17/17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Leavenworth WA

Two-time Juno-winning banjoist, composer and instigator Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world, bridging folk, jazz and chamber music. His award-winning albums both defy and honor the banjo’s long role in…

Ullr’s Winter Triathlon, Apex Mountain Resort

February 18/17 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Penticton BC

Sanctioned by Triathlon BC as part of Western Canada's Premier Winter Mountain Multi-sport Series #elevationseries Ullr's Winter Tri will have solo and relay athletes mountain bike, nordic ski and snowshoe/run a stunning course between Apex…

Cruz the Blues

February 18/17 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Kelowna BC

Are you ready for a challenge? Do you think you could ski all the blue runs at Big White in two days? Here’s your chance to find out - simply take part in our Cruz…

BC and Alberta Family Day Celebration

February 18/17 @ 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Okanagan BC

Come Celebrate BC and Alberta Family Day with us! Tantalizing wine and food pairing experiences from $10-$20 per person Complementary Wine Tasting and Gift Basket Draws Special in-house promotions including our progressive discounts 10% off…

North Face Dirty Feet Snowshoe Night Run/Walk

February 18/17 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Kelowna BC

The North Face Dirty Feet Snowshoe is an exciting and exhilarating event that challenges contestants to run or walk the beautiful Nordic Trails that Big White has to offer. Make sure you have your head…

Apex Mountain Resort 4th Annual Brewski

February 18/17 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Penticton BC

A Craft Beer, Cider and Spirits Event! Saturday, February 18, 2017 Tickets include: 8 beer tokens, tasty appies supplied by the Gunbarrel and an after party with live Entertainment. Brewski event is 6:30-9:30 pm in…

Last Tuesdays Artists – Drawn to Figures

February 21/17 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Leavenworth WA

Last Tuesdays Artists is open and welcome to all interested artists: painters, drawers, sketchers, photographers, sculptors, printmakers, weavers, writers, musicians…it’s all about joining with other fellow artists to create your own work during a 2-hour…

Fly Fishing Film Tour 2017

February 23/17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Leavenworth WA

The original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema, The F3T is a one of a kind experience. Each year fishy folk of all ages gather at premieres to soak up films from around the…

TELUS Nancy Greene Alpine Classic

February 24/17 - February 25/17
Sun Peaks BC

Join us for a memorable weekend with proceeds going to Sun Peaks Health Association, Kamloops RIH (Royal Inland Hospital) Foundation, and Sun Peaks Junior Ski Racing. A long standing event in Sun Peaks now in its…

10th Annual Cellar-Tek Winemakers Cup

February 24/17 @ 8:00 am - February 26/17 @ 4:00 pm
Kelowna BC

10th Annual Cellar-Tek Winemakers Cup Join us once again for a fantastic day on the slopes, or on the deck enjoying the sun. There will be a fun dual-slalom ski race on the Big White…

PD Day Sesquiventure

February 24/17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Kelowna British Columbia

No school today! Have fun together exploring the history of the Okanagan with engaging, interactive experiences for all ages. Family-friendly – adults and children learn together! There are 2 ways to spend family time at the…

Rusalka – The Met: Live in HD

February 25/17 @ 9:55 am - 12:00 pm
Leavenworth WA

Kristine Opolais stars in a new production of the opera that first won her international acclaim, Dvořák’s fairy-tale opera about the tragic water nymph Rusalka. Sir Mark Elder conducts Mary Zimmerman’s new staging, which also…

Winter Wine Classes

February 25/17 @ 11:00 am
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Oliver BC

Learn about  in the heart of Canadian Wine Country. Every second week through the winter, The Vinstitute Wine School will be hosting guided tasting seminars. Sample a half dozen BC wines from a number of…

Sun Rivers Trio

February 25/17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Kamloops British Columbia

Sally Arai, Clarinet; Cvetozar Vutev, Violin; Naomi Cloutier, Piano Arutiunian: Suite for Clarinet, Violin and Piano Mozart: Kegelstatt Trio in E Flat Amberg: Fantasiestucke Hovhaness: Lake Sammamish Gilliland: Suite for the Sound

Sunday School at Nk’Mip Cellars – A Winter Wine and Food Pairing Series

February 26/17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Osoyoos BC

Join us at Nk'Mip Cellars where we host an interactive and tasty afternoon of wine and food pairings. This is the third class of a series of 4 winter sessions not to be missed. Sign…

Masters’ Ski Week – Session 2

February 27/17 @ 8:00 am - March 3/17 @ 4:00 pm
Kelowna BC

This annual event is highly social and designed specifically with passionate skiers and snowboarders aged 50yrs and over in mind.  It’s a great opportunity to meet other snow enthusiasts, in a relaxed, friendly, atmosphere.  Whether…

BC Snowboard Provincial Championships

March 3/17 @ 9:00 am - March 5/17 @ 4:00 pm
Kelowna BC

A fun and action packed 3-day event comprising of all 3 events - Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Boardercross. Champ vs. Champ. Pre-register >>  

The North Face Dirty Feet Snowshoe Fun Run and Walk

March 4/17
Sun Peaks BC

The North Face Dirty Feet Snowshoe Fun Run is a fun running and walking event consisting of two distances: approximately 5km and 10km, suitable for all ages. Lots of prizes, snacks, and hot drinks for…

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