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.

Meadowlark Nature Festival

May 18 -22, 2017. 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 entertaining, engaging and educational programs that showcase our natural environment.

11th Annual Cruizin Chelan Classic Car Show

June 2 – 3, 2017. The 11th annual Cruizin Chelan Classic Car Show kicks off the summer season June 2 & 3, 2017. Locals and visitors alike know the car show is in town when proud car owners line up their coupes, sedans and street rods for the big “Show ‘n’ Shine.”  It’s a must-see museum on wheels and Cruizin Chelan’s signature event!

Downtown Vernon Sunshine Festival

June 17, 2017. Join us Downtown for the 23rd Annual Sunshine Festival presented by Valley First, one of the Okanagan’s largest sidewalk sales and festivals. The Sunshine Festival is packed full of fun activities like face painting, bounce castles, gardening activities and more.

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…

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…

Shuswap Lake Culture Crawl 2017

May 19/17 - May 21/17
Tappen BC

Spend the May Long Weekend visiting the Shuswap!   Come and experience our three day arts and cultural crawl May 19th to the 21st!  Music lovers will enjoy the Friday to Sunday Community Hall Crawl…

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…

Osoyoos Medieval Faire

May 20/17 @ 8:00 am - May 21/17 @ 5:00 pm
Osoyoos BC

OSOYOOS IS TRANSFORMED The Desert Park Racetrack in Osoyoos is converted into a bustling Medieval Faire on Saturday May 2oth and Sunday May 21st, 2017. Step back in time and cheer on Jousting Knights, partake in…

Giants Head Grind – Christopher Walker Memorial Race

May 20/17 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Summerland BC

The Giants Head Grind start is at Peach Orchard Park on the the shores of Okanagan Lake. Participants race 'beach-to-peak' finishing at the top of Giant's Head Mountain. They cover 5.6 kilometers and gain 500…

Farm & Vineyard Culinary Tour

May 20/17 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until October 9/17

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…

Meyer Family Reunion & Spring Release Party

May 20/17 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Okanagan Falls BC

Join JAK & Janice Meyer for our annual Meyer Family Reunion & Spring Release Party! Come taste our new release wines while enjoying a savoury BBQ prepared by Chef Jordan Ash of Flambé Catering. Take…

3rd Annual “Girls night out fashion show”

June 1/17 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Blind Bay BC

For the 3rd year we will be presenting our Girls night out fashion show at Duffers Den restaurant at Shuswap Lake Estates! A night of fashion, food, fun and friends.

11th annual Cruizin Chelan Classic Car Show

June 2/17 - June 3/17
WA

The 11th annual Cruizin Chelan Classic Car Show kicks off the summer season June 2 & 3, 2017. Locals and visitors alike know the car show is in town when proud car owners line up…

Cactus Jalopies Desert Wine Cruise

June 2/17 @ 8:00 am - June 4/17 @ 5:00 pm
Osoyoos BC

12th Annual! June 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 2017 Friday Wine Tours Poker Run, Registration and shop tour at JF Kustoms, & Welcome Reception party Saturday Show ‘N Shine, Ladies Poker Walk, Beer Garden, Awards and…

Okanogan Days

June 3/17
Okanogan WA

Okanogan Days is always the first Saturday of the month and is the best way to say goodbye to spring and hello to summer! Days are getting warmer and longer and flowers are in full…

Okanogan Days

June 3/17
Okanogan BC

On June 3rd 2017 the Okanogan Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual community celebration, OKANOGAN DAYS. Where small-town charm is showcased through family fun and heartfelt hospitality. Join us for the best pancakes this…

Kettle Valley Station Pub – Beer Run

June 3/17 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Penticton British Columbia

A 10 km run / walk  taking in some of Penticton's best scenery and all of the incredible fresh craft beer culture. We will meet at the Penticton Visitors Centre and runners will be bused…

Chef Fest

June 3/17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Leavenworth WA

Six renowned Washington chefs – three from West of the mountains and three from East of the mountains – will compete in a light-hearted head-to-head competition and you get to be the judge. Taking inspiration…

Sip into Summer

June 4/17 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
West Kelowna BC

Summer Whites | Live Entertainment | Tasting Challenges Grab your friends and head out to the Westside Wine Trail in West Kelowna for a sippin’ good time on June 4th for the 5th Annual Sip…

Sunset Yoga

June 6/17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Kelowna BC

Enjoy an outdoor yoga class then relax in our wine garden while sipping on CedarCreek wine paired with a selection of local treats. Reserve early to avoid disappointment. hcourtney@cedarcreek.bc.ca or by phone at 778 738…

Merritt Country Run

June 11/17 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Merritt BC

The Merritt Country Run offers a 5K, 10k or 1/2 marathon road race.  Mark your calendar for June 11, 2017 and come to Merritt for this great event, now celebrating its 8th year.  For more…

Peach City Bridge Tournament

June 12/17 @ 9:00 am - June 18/17 @ 5:00 pm
Penticton BC

This annual bridge tournament brings hundreds of bridge players together for a five day tournament. Live entertainment on Wednesday evening - Thursday 199er & Goodwill Reception Friday night ELVIS evening Door prizes & giveaways $14…

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