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Where to Find the Best Live Music in Kelowna

Posted on January 7th, 2024 in Things to Do in Kelowna

Kelowna offers a vibrant live music scene that caters to diverse interests and tastes, influenced by an influx of musicians from both the West Coast and Alberta. From more intimate spaces to larger venues, there’s something for every music enthusiast. Join us as we explore Kelowna’s best live music venues, each a unique stage where the city’s musical heartbeat comes to life.

The Importance of Live Music

The city’s embrace of live performances fosters a sense of community and connection for both performers and the audience. Local musicians, with their unique styles and influences, add a distinctive flavour to Kelowna’s cultural identity while out-of-towners coming through on their tours add an influx of new sound and energy. 

Beyond entertainment, live music also provides a platform for self-expression and storytelling, reflecting the community’s collective experiences and aspirations. The presence of live music venues and events encourages residents and visitors to engage with the arts, fostering an appreciation for creativity and talent.

Venues to Check Out in the City

The Blue Gator Bar & Grill 

Kick off your musical journey at the Blue Gator, an iconic venue that has been a staple in Kelowna’s live music scene for decades. Located just a short drive from The Shore, The Blue Gator hosts an array of live bands covering genres from blues and rock to funk. Its laid-back atmosphere and energetic performances makes it a local favourite for a night of cheap beer and raucous rock bands.

441 Lawrence Ave, Kelowna, BC
8 mins (3.8km) drive from the Shore

Jackknife Brewery

For the metal and punk fans out there, Jackknife Brewing is your go-to place to get rowdy. It’s nicknamed “the dungeon” for its dark interior but don’t be put off – once you step inside, the atmosphere is welcoming, casual, and laidback, with bar service only. Their pizzas are amazing, and their shows are a high-energy fun time. Don’t miss out on their shirts and stickers to share your love for this cool spot (some of them even glow in the dark!). 

727 Baillie Ave, Kelowna, BC
11 mins (4.7km) drive from the Shore

a closeup of a musicians guitar at an outdoor live music performance in kelowna

Red Bird Brewery

If you’re looking for more folksy rock, acoustic, or country shows, Red Bird Brewing is the place to be. With plenty of seating inside and out and a stage setup outside, there’s always space for those hoping to come down for food, drinks, and great music. Red Bird is driven by community and you can feel this in the atmosphere. It’s a great place to get out and connect with fellow music (and beer) lovers.

1080 Richter St, Kelowna, BC
10 mins (4.6km) drive from the Shore

DunnEnzies Pizza Co.

Another great pizza, beer, and live music combo is DunnEnzies. Two locations – Mission and Downtown – boast vibrant and lively atmospheres that offer an outstanding lineup of local and visiting live music. Whether you’re a fan of acoustic melodies, upbeat tunes, or soulful performances, DunnEnzies provides a stage for musical talents to shine. 

1080 Richter St, Kelowna, BC
10 mins (4.6km) drive from the Shore

Revelry Food & Music Hub

Relatively new to Kelowna, Revelry Food+Music Hub combines the elements of an urban meeting space, music hall, and fast-casual café to create unforgettable experiences for locals and visitors alike. They’re definitely reaching, if not exceeding, their goal of “offering more music to more people in more ways” and are a venue that others aspire to be. The stage and added screens ensure big event vibes without having to make the trek to a larger city like Vancouver or Calgary. 

1383 Ellis St, Kelowna, BC
10 mins (4.2km) drive from the Shore

a microphone highlighted with red light with bokeh circles behind it, highlighting Kelowna's live music scene

Barn Owl

Have you heard the joke about the doctor, the teacher, and the church worker who walked into a barn? So started Barn Owl Brewing, an adorable brewery in an older heritage-style barn. They offer music on Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon. Be sure to check their schedule to see who’s playing. 

4629 Lakeshore Rd #102, Kelowna, BC
9 mins (4.7km) drive from the Shore

Parks Alive! 

Every year, Parks Alive! hosts fifty live events in July and August that take place at different parks and stages throughout Kelowna, all for free. From sing-along cover nights to indie, classic rock, and more, these performances are great for families and provide fun for all ages. They feature both renowned visiting professionals and local performers, so you never know when you’re going to be seeing a breakout star in the making! 

Parks and stages across Kelowna

A Symphony of Sounds Near the Shore

Kelowna’s live music venues offer a symphony of sounds, from soulful blues to indie beats and everything in between. Whether you’re in the mood for a night of dancing or prefer to discover emerging artists in an intimate setting, Kelowna has a live venue that fits the bill. 

And, after a big night out, the Shore is the perfect place to crash. In-suite laundry for cleaning up after a night of dancing, keyless entry in case you want to stay out a little longer than your friends, and a full modern kitchen for snacks and treats before or after. 

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an exterior, birds-eye view of The Shore Kelowna, with the lower mission neighbourhood surrounding and Gyro Beach in the foreground
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