What's Happening on Route 97

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.

Kettle Mettle Gravel Fondo

September 22, 2018, the Fifth edition of Kettle Mettle Gravel Fondo (also playfully described as the Dirty Fundo) will showcase the historical nature of the Kettle Valley Trail and also showcase the amazing scenery of the Okanagan while also providing a safe and challenging ride.

Festival of the Grape

September 30, 2018. Bring the whole family to Oliver Community Park for the 22nd annual Festival of the Grape, the most anticipated event in Oliver every year. Featuring tastings for over 50 wineries, live music, food trucks, vendor market with over 60 merchants and a kids zone.

Harvest Pumpkin Festival

October 6, 2018. This annual celebration brings people together for pumpkin carving, food, art and entertainment!

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.

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Kamloops Symphony Presents: Compelling Reeds

November 24/18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Cascadia Reed Quintet performs original and arranged music for clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon, and bass clarinet, featuring works by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Georges Bizet, Graham Fitkin, Colin MacDonald, and Tom Johnson. Featuring Cascadia Reed Quintet: Marea…

Annual Holiday Market at Grizzli Winery

November 30/18 @ 10:00 am - December 2/18 @ 6:00 pm
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November 30, December 1 & 2
West Kelowna BC

This winter, Grizzli Winery is once again welcoming vendors and community members for its annual Holiday Market. During the first weekend in December, Grizzli will host an indoor market featuring a variety of vendors, with…

Holiday Kick-Off Weekend

December 13/18 - December 16/18
Sun Peaks BC

Once again we are excited to partner with the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel to bring some FREE holiday excitement to our village. Don’t miss your chance to get those last minute gift requests in to Santa…

Christmas with the KSO

December 15/18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Kamloops BC

Hear festive, seasonal favourites in our annual celebration of the holiday season. This concert features heartwarming melodies that will delight the whole family. Guest Conductor: Yaniv Attar. There are two performances of this concert: Saturday,…

Christmas with the KSO

December 16/18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Kamloops BC

Hear festive, seasonal favourites in our annual celebration of the holiday season. This concert features heartwarming melodies that will delight the whole family. Guest Conductor: Yaniv Attar. There are two performances of this concert: Saturday,…

21st Annual Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival

January 11/19 - January 20/19
Sun Peaks BC

The 21st Annual Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival is on at Sun Peaks January 11 - 20, 2019. If you are new to the wines of British Columbia, we are excited to show you…

Kamloops Symphony Presents: Four Seasons Two Ways

January 12/19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Kamloops BC

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons are a perennial favourite of the repertoire with their evocative characterizations and virtuoso violin solos. Philip Glass wrote his American Four Seasons as a companion work, intended to both contrast and complement…

Kamloops Symphony Presents: Four Seasons Two Ways

January 13/19 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Salmon Arm BC

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons are a perennial favourite of the repertoire with their evocative characterizations and virtuoso violin solos. Philip Glass wrote his American Four Seasons as a companion work, intended to both contrast and complement…

Kamloops Symphony Presents: The Genius of Beethoven

February 9/19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Kamloops BC

Revel in music written by one of the most famous and influential composers of all time, and come to appreciate the genius of Beethoven. We also present a new work by Maggie Ayotte in a…

Kamloops Symphony Presents: Contrasts

February 23/19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

In this musical potpourri spanning the late 19th and 20th centuries, nostalgic romanticism yields to rhapsody, instrumental fusion yields to individuality, and unhurried somber resonance bursts into scintillating prisms, with due respects given to Brahms…

KSO At The Movies

March 8/19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:30pm, repeating until March 9/19

Kamloops BC

For those with a penchant for the big (and small) screens, this concert features a rundown of symphonic film favourites, from the first music to feature in a film (Saint-Saëns Assassinat du Duc de Guise)…

Kamloops Symphony Presents: Folk Songs & Brahms

March 23/19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

John Kastelic and The Black Dog String Quartet present a premier performance of his songs for voice and string quartet. Erasing the lines between classical music and contemporary folk music, these latest songs sparkle with…

Kamloops Symphony Presents: Virtuosic Piano

April 13/19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Kamloops BC

Chopin’s scintillating and virtuosic Second Piano Concerto is joined on this program by Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No. 3, a rarely heard masterpiece from the mid-nineteenth century. Polish composer Wojciech Kilar wrote a great deal of…

Kamloops Symphony Presents: Virtuosic Piano

April 14/19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Salmon Arm BC

Chopin’s scintillating and virtuosic Second Piano Concerto is joined on this program by Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No. 3, a rarely heard masterpiece from the mid-nineteenth century. Polish composer Wojciech Kilar wrote a great deal of…

Kamloops Symphony Presents: Feelin’ Groovy – The Music of Simon & Garfunkel

April 26/19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:30pm, repeating until April 27/19

Kamloops BC

Get ready to let your hair down, kick off your shoes and get Feelin’ Groovy, as Jim and the boys take you back in time with the music of Simon & Garfunkel. Songs like Mrs.…

Kamloops Symphony Presents: Carmina Burana

May 11/19 @ 7:30 pm
Kamloops BC

Carmina Burana plunges us into the carnal excess of medieval ritual and vice. The enormous orchestra and choir, beguiling cast of soloists, and fascinating mix of comedy and tragedy, make this one of the most…

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