Route 97 has something happening in every season. During the summer the days are sunny, the lakes are warm, and you’ll find an abundance of fresh fruit and veggies in season. It’s a great time to get outside, embrace a little adventure, and be curious. We celebrate summer on our mountains, down in the valleys, by the water, and everywhere in between. Join us as we celebrate good food, delicious wine, and the great outdoors. Celebrate summer throughout Route 97.
September 21-24, 2017. First ever three day multi-venued multi discplinary arts festival in Penticton, B.C. Join us for an amazing expression of the creative and diverse talents of the artistic community of friends. Several events in one weekend including: Pecha Kucha Penticton, ReImagine, a Street Art Festival, Snake Bite, a short film festival, ArtWear, a wearable art show, as well as pop up galleries and performances, the first ever Box Wars, art walks, and Imagination station for kids, and much more!
September 28-October 8, 2017. The Fall Okanagan Wine Festival, now in its 37th year, is the premier event produced by the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society. Talk about an authentic experience, the 10 day festival takes place across the Valley during grape harvest! The event has been among the 100 top events in North America for the past 15 years, and has earned a reputation for creating a superb wine experience at the heart of the industry
September 30, 2017. The third-annual Dark Side Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday, Sept.30, 2017, at Squilchuck State Park, Wenatchee featuring a mountain bike race and a beginner skills clinic during the day, and mountain bike rides and trail runs during the evening hours. There also will be live music, a beer garden and food by Smoke Blossom. Weekend camping is available.
October 1, 2017. 2017 marks the 21st annual Festival of the Grape in Oliver, BC – the Wine Capital of Canada. Festival of the Grape showcases over 50 wineries offering tasting sized servings of their wines. In addition to wine tasting, there is live music from Mazacote, a Grape Stomp, merchant market, food trucks and the Fall Art Show & Sale presented by the Oliver Community Arts Council.
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 are 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 are 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. Visit the Bavarian town of Leavenworth for year round events.
Here’s a glimpse of what’s happening around Route 97 right now.