Celebrate Canada Day - Kelowna

Our Biggest Event of the Year

“Celebrate Canada Day – Kelowna” is an annual, free, community festival held at multiple locations along our lakefront and in the Cultural District. It is produced through collaboration between Festivals Kelowna, Folkfest, the Kelowna City Band, and many other community organizations.

 

Celebrate Canada Day 2022

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Musician performing at sunset in Kelowna for Parks Alive!

Activities are held from 11 am to 10:30 pm in Waterfront, Stuart and Kerry parks, as well as Prospera Place bringing residents and visitors together to celebrate our Nation’s birthday through interactive and drop-in activities, food, local artisans, and live performances. With a goal to be inclusive, activities are multi-generational, family-friendly, and designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and tastes.

"So grateful for an organization like Festivals Kelowna to help put on amazing free events for the community and to help enthuse and infuse our community with culture through programs like the Buskers program and Pianos in the Park and all the free music they provide all summer long! Great job and keep up the good work!"

Justina LeeStolz
Google Review

Musician performing at sunset in Kelowna for Parks Alive!

Canada Day 2022 Preview

The Kelowna Canada Day celebration is produced as a community partnership between Festivals Kelowna, Folkfest, the Kelowna City Band, and our many activity partners.

 

Prospera Place

  • Official Celebrate Canada Day Ceremonies, including a “Happy Birthday Canada” cake presented by Coldwell Banker
  • 47th Annual Kelowna Folkfest Celebrations – presenting Canada’s cultural mosaic through culinary experiences and live performances
  • 4th Annual Canada Day Concert presented by the Kelowna City Band

    Waterfront Park

    Waterfront Park features the 23rd annual “Celebrate Canada Day-Kelowna” including:

    • Taste of Canada – a food fair featuring a variety of tasty treats from over 17 different vendors
    • Made in Canada Marketplace – an artisan showcase of handmade, Canadian arts and crafts
    • Canada Day Bazaar – a marketplace of unique items by local small businesses
    • Community Groups Display – information displays by local community organizations
    • Canada Day at the Kelowna Art Gallery – drop by the gallery for plenty of Canada Day art fun and activities

    Schedule Overview

    Admission to the festival is free but donations are greatly appreciated and help support the costs of this celebration.
    Volunteers with donation bins will be located at the entrances to Waterfront Park and at the entertainment stages.

    NEW this year you can use your phone to “TAP” and donate! Look for the digital donate sign at each Info booth into Waterfront Park.

    Your donations help keep the Canada Day Celebrations free and accessible to all.

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    How can you be a part of this fun community festival?

    Need more information?

    If you need more information about participating in the event but aren’t sure where you would fit, please call Renata Mills, Executive Director, at 250-868-3326 or our Program Coordinator at 250-868-3307.

    As a performer

    We feature a variety of artists on our stages across a diversity of styles and genres from Rock to Country, Folk to Jazz, Reggae to Celtic, and more. If you want to be considered please submit a performer application. Note: As much as we’d love to hire everyone who applies, we cannot. However, we hire plenty of performers for our other events so if you don’t mind we’ll keep your application handy.

    Click to visit our performer application page.

    As an artisan – “Made in Canada Marketplace”

    This marketplace is for showcasing the artwork of Canadian artisans and their handmade, handcrafted artwork.  Note: If you were approved for last year’s event and are not planning to sell new products, simply apply and indicate this on your form. If you are new, your artwork will need to be verified that it is your, original, handmade artwork. Generally, we have room for 35 artisans each year.

    Click to download an application form.

    As a small business – “Canada Day Bazaar”

    Are you a small or home-based business looking for a unique way to sell your products in a fun environment and reach new consumers? The “Canada Day Bazaar” provides space for small, retail, and commercial businesses to showcase and sell their products to over 60,000 people in one day for a low fee. We are able to welcome a maximum of 20 vendors in this area each year. 

    Click to download an application form.

    As a non-profit – “Community Group Showcase”

    i20Non-profit associations are invited to host a booth in our “Community Area” at Waterfront Park as a fun way to connect with over 60,000 people in one day and share information about the important role they play in our community. A modest vendor fee is charged to support this festival. Each year we can welcome up to 20 non-profit or community groups.

    Click to download an application form.

    As a food vendor – “Taste of Canada”

    iave you got a cool food truck offering tasty treats? We accept applications for food and beverage vendors at the beginning of each year. As there are a limited number of spaces available, spaces are allocated based on such factors as creating a diverse mix of food products, capacity to service large attendance,   and prior participation. We are ab le to accommodate a maximum of 18 food vendors in the Concession Plaza area.

    Click to download an application form.

    As an activity partner – “Kids Zone”

    Do you have an activity that children would enjoy participating in? Face painting, hula hooping, hockey shoot, balloon drop, parachute play, arts & crafts, storytelling – these are examples of the fun and interactive stations groups produce for Canada Day. We welcome organizations to set up an interactive display for free, and in return, we offer the opportunity to share information about their product or services to our festival patrons.

    Click to download an application form.

    A special thanks

    We thank our generous, community-minded sponsors and partners for their investment in the community.

    Festival Partners

    Funders and Supporters