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Parks Alive!

Parks Alive! is a community-oriented concert program dedicated to maximizing the potential of Kelowna’s lakefront and community parks by stimulating a vibrant arts and culture environment. Each week in July and August from Tuesday through Saturday, live concerts are held in parks and public spaces throughout Kelowna, and feature both amateur and professional performing artists from a variety of musical genres.

The program strives to create a positive, community-minded presence in Kelowna’s parks that will promote and expand family values, foster employment and volunteer opportunities, and encourage greater use of the City’s community parks.

By developing new, family-oriented events during the summer and increasing the scope and calibre of the program each year, Parks Alive! continues to encourage greater numbers of people to enjoy their local parks. As well, by encouraging art and cultural expression and creating opportunities for the community to participate, we help enhance the quality of life for community members and visitors alike, and create a greater sense of pride in our community.

Admission to the concerts are free, however donations are encouraged and gratefully accepted.

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Celebrate Canada Day – Kelowna


]Held outdoors in Kelowna's beautiful Waterfront Park, Celebrate Canada Day - Kelowna is a one-day, family-oriented event featuring live music and entertainment, a multicultural food fair, a children's activity area, multicultural displays, the "Made in Canada Marketplace" of arts & crafts, and a fireworks display at the end of the day.

Working in partnership with Folk Fest and the Canada Day Concert Society, additional activities are held in Prospera Place located across the street from Waterfront Park. The annual Folk Fest is a celebration of the ethnic diversity of Canada as demonstrated through live cultural performances and a multicultural food fair from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In the evening, guests can enjoy the Canada Day Pops Spectacular, a live symphonic performance of popular and classical music, themed to honour Canada Day from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.


Admission to all activities is by donation.

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Arts Alive!

The Arts Alive! artisan program is dedicated to maximizing the potential of Kelowna's lakefront and downtown parks by stimulating a vibrant arts culture environment. As most guests and residents visit the waterfront, we strive to include local and non-local artisans and crafters exhibiting high caliber, original and unique artwork and crafts.

Arts Alive! offers an excellent venue for artisans and crafters to sell their original handmade Okanagan products and enhances the overall ambience of the parks and Kelowna experience for both visitors and residents.

Arts Alive! runs May to September from 9:00am to 11:00pm seven days a week in City Park lcoated at 1600 Abbott Street. As well, in July and August additional opportunities are provided in Kerry Park (1480 Mills St) on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00am to 11:00pm in conjunction with the Parks Alive! Theme weekend concerts held at the Kerry Park Stage.

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The Kelowna Buskers Program

The Kelowna Buskers Program is dedicated to maximizing the potential of Kelowna's lakefront and downtown areas by stimulating a vibrant arts culture environment. The purpose of The Kelowna Buskers Program is to offer citizens and visitors to Kelowna a unique entertainment experience through a diversity of performers, while adding an animated flare to the downtown core.


The Kelowna Buskers Program strives to create a positive presentation of acting, singing, live music, juggling, magic, dancing, puppetry, reciting, and other forms of entertainment in Kelowna's downtown core, waterfront spaces and Cultural District. Licensed Buskers may include professional and non-professional local performers or visiting performers travelling through the area. Buskers are not paid performers and are permitted to encourage donations that may be received in receptacles such as an open musical instrument case, box or hat.

The Kelowna Buskers Program runs year round from 10:00am to 10:00pm seven days a week in designated "Busk Stops" located throughout the downtown core, City Park, Waterfront Park and the Cultural District.

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