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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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…

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…

Girls Night Out (men not excluded)

March 23/17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Oliver British Columbia

A night of Fashion, Food, Fun and Friends.  Wine & Cheese, Vendors, Door Prizes.  Admission $20 + GST includes 1 glass of wine.  Tickets available at tinhorn.com or from Tinhorn Creek wine shop, must be…

Hub International Nancy Greene Festival

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

The 15th Annual Hub International Nancy Greene Festival is the biggest Nancy Greene Ski League (NGSL) festival in Canada. With over 500 kids participating, Sun Peaks Resort hosts 2,000 people who come to enjoy all…

Neil Edgeworth Memorial Banked Slalom

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

Although there are many prizes to be awarded (worth well over $20,000!), taking part in this historical snowboard event is more about fun and friendship than winning. This is the best weekend to be a…

Spring Break Sesqui-ventures

March 24/17 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Kelowna British Columbia

Experience the nature and the history of the Okanagan through hands-on exploration at Kelowna’s museums. Drop-in family adventures are designed for adults and children to enjoy together. Check the website to learn more about the…

The Elevator Race Powered by Parker’s Jeep

March 25/17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Penticton BC

Part of Western Canada's Premier Winter Mountain Multi-sport Series #elevationseries solos and teams will paddle, road bike, snowshoe/run, mountain bike, nordic ski and finally climb one more time to downhill ski/board across the finish line…

Idomeneo – The Met: Live in HD

March 25/17 @ 9:55 am - 2:20 pm
Leavenworth WA

James Levine conducts a rare Met revival of Mozart’s Idomeneo, set in the aftermath of the Trojan War. Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s classic production, which has its first Met revival in over a decade this season, stars…

Kamloops Symphony – Vocal Spectrum

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

As part of the New Gold Chamber Music Series, the Kamloops Symphony presents Vocal Spectrum. Hear a variety of songs from different cultural traditions and languages performed by special guests from the opera department of…

Spring Break Sesqui-ventures

March 27/17 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Kelowna British Columbia

Experience the nature and the history of the Okanagan through hands-on exploration at Kelowna’s museums. Drop-in family adventures are designed for adults and children to enjoy together. Check the website to learn more about the…

Last Tuesdays Artists – Drawn to Poetry

March 28/17 @ 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…

Spring Break Sesqui-ventures

March 29/17 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Kelowna British Columbia

Experience the nature and the history of the Okanagan through hands-on exploration at Kelowna’s museums. Drop-in family adventures are designed for adults and children to enjoy together. Check the website to learn more about the…

Western Canada Ski Cross Finals

March 31/17 @ 7:00 am - April 2/17 @ 4:00 pm
Kelowna BC

Do you consider yourself the fastest skier? Well, the competition is now on! Come and join other like-minded racers and shred your way down our awesome Snowcross Track. Please note: Mayhem and adrenaline is included…

Spring Break Sesqui-ventures

March 31/17 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Kelowna British Columbia

Experience the nature and the history of the Okanagan through hands-on exploration at Kelowna’s museums. Drop-in family adventures are designed for adults and children to enjoy together. Check the website to learn more about the…

Quartet San Francisco with Alex DeGrassi

March 31/17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Leavenworth WA

Non-traditional in their delivery, QSF redefines the sound of chamber music. “When the music says swing, we swing. When the music says groove, we groove.” Grammy nominees for their last three CD releases (2009, 2007,…

Party in the Park

April 2/17
Sun Peaks BC

Oronge Boardshop brings you sweet tunes, sunshine, and tons of prizing for the inaugural Party in the Park Slopestyle, a slopestyle event for everyone hosted in the intermediate zone half-way down our top-to-bottom Rockstar Energy…

Coors Light Snowbombing Canada

April 6/17 - April 10/17
Sun Peaks BC

Europe's biggest music festival on snow makes its Canadian debut in Sun Peaks this spring! World Class acts and inspiring venues create an epic combination during four days of unparalleled entertainment.

For the Love of Spock

April 6/17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:40 pm
Leavenworth WA

The late Leonard Nimoy’s son, Adam Nimoy, examines the enduring appeal of Star Trek’s Mr. Spock in this documentary feature narrated by Chris Pine (the actor who plays Capt. James T. Kirk in the most…

Penticton Fest of Ale

April 7/17 - April 8/17
Penticton BC

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…

Okanagan Valley Writer’s Festival

April 7/17 - April 9/17
Penticton B.C.

The Okanagan Valley Festival is all about helping individuals learn more about the craft and the business of writing, and to connect with people who can help them succeed. The presenters are professionals working in…

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