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.
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.
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!
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.