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Fun Summer Events & Activities in Kelowna

A view of Okanagan Lake from the beach under a beautiful blue sky with a few white clouds.

Sun-drenched days, sparkling lakes, and endless outdoor activities and adventures – Kelowna in the summer is pure magic. As temperatures rise and the Okanagan Valley bursts into bloom, our vibrant city transforms into a playground for locals and tourists alike. Whether you crave action-packed events or leisurely pursuits, the list of Kelowna things to do in the summer is long.

Events in Kelowna

Kelowna’s summer calendar is abuzz with exciting festivals that cater to every interest. Here are some highlights of events in Kelowna that are a lot of fun for everyone. 

Float On

The Kelowna Boat Show is full of fun activities, making it a perfect summer outing for boat lovers and curious newcomers alike. This family-friendly event is held annually at the spectacular Kelowna Yacht Club waterfront location and it’s your one-stop shop for everything nautical. Explore over 150 new and used boats, from pontoons and wakeboards to cruisers and kayaks. Gear up with essential marine accessories, and connect with industry experts to talk about your boating needs. 

April 27 & 28th, 2024
1370 Water St #1, Kelowna, BC
11 min (4.2 km) drive from the Shore

Feel the Rhythm

Rock the Lake, a free music festival at Waterfront Park, brings renowned artists and local talents together for an unforgettable evening under the stars. Grab a blanket and snacks, and settle in for a night of musical bliss.

July 12-14th, 2024
Prospera Place, Kelowna, BC
11 min (4.6 km) drive from the Shore

Calling all Car Enthusiasts

DAS Weekend is Kelowna’s premier Euro car event. Every year, City Park is filled with a stunning showcase of beautiful and unique cars. Gleaming chrome, roaring engines, and a vibrant atmosphere make it a must-visit for gearheads. 

July 18-21, 2024
Kelowna City Park, Kelowna, BC
10 min (4.0 km) drive from the Shore

Make a Splash

Join the iconic Across the Lake Swim, Canada’s largest and longest-running open-water swim, that challenges participants to conquer Okanagan Lake. Cheer on the brave athletes or simply soak up the lively atmosphere at the finish line. 

July 20th, 2024
Starts at the Old Ferry Docks in West Kelowna at the end of Old Ferry Wharf Road – 15 min (8.7 km) drive from the Shore
Ends at Hot Sands Beach in City Park – 11 min (4.2 km) drive from the Shore

Revs for Charity

The Okanagan Dream Rally is a very special charity car rally committed to helping children and youth in need. Over 200 participating dream cars have special “co-pilot” children paired up with their Dream Rally drivers to enjoy a special day together touring around the Okanagan. 50,000 spectators turn up for this event with money raised going to good causes.

July 27, 2024
Water St. by Prospera Place, Kelowna, BC
11 min (4.6 km) drive from the Shore

Exploring Kelowna’s Best Summer Activities

Four glasses of wine on top of a wooden barrel at a wine tasting that is just one of the events Kelowna has to offer.

While festivals and events provide vibrant energy, Kelowna also offers a quieter side for those that want something a little slower. Immerse yourself in the natural splendour and unwind with these summer activities in and around the city.

Wine & Dine on the Water

Embark on a luxurious Kelowna dinner cruise out on Okanagan Lake from one of the many cruise companies in town. Savour exquisite cuisine and drinks paired with breathtaking lake views as the sun dips below the horizon. Make it a romantic evening or a memorable experience for a group of friends or family. 

Kelowna Cruises
230 Queensway, Kelowna, BC
10 min (4 km) drive from the Shore

Kelowna Water Taxi & Cruises
500 Cook Rd, Kelowna, BC
3 min (1.4 km) drive from the Shore

Sip & Anchor Luxury Wine Tours & Boat Charters
500 Cook Rd, Kelowna, BC
8 min (3.8 km) drive from the Shore

Okanagan Luxury Lake Tours 
3762 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna, BC
3 min (1.3 km) drive from the Shore

Uncork the Magic

When people think of the Okanagan, one thing that definitely comes to mind are Kelowna wine tours. Explore the rolling vineyards dotted across the valley, indulge in wine tastings at charming wineries, and learn about the unique terroir that shapes the region’s acclaimed wines. 

Explore Kelowna’s best wine tours.

Splish Splash

Undeniably, the lake and the beaches are a great way to spend the day in Kelowna. Head to Boyce-Gyro Beach Park right across the street from the Shore or make your way downtown to Waterfront Park with its multiple beaches to lounge at and explore. 

Learn more about Kelowna’s best beaches.

Hit the Trails

Lace up your hiking boots and explore Kelowna’s extensive network of trails. From gentle walks through scenic parks to challenging climbs with panoramic vistas, there’s a trail for every fitness level. On the hottest days, we recommend searching out of the many Kelowna waterfalls around town. And keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings – you might encounter deer, coyotes, or even a majestic bald eagle. 

Explore the trails at Knox Mountain or other hiking spots in Kelowna.

Paddle Power

Kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding on Okanagan Lake offers a unique perspective of the city. Glide across the water, soak in the breathtaking scenery, and enjoy a refreshing dip on a hot summer day. 

Explore some different types of watersports you can do while you’re in town.

Planning Your Kelowna Summer Adventure

Close up picture of a lake with choppy waves and spray being kicked up by wind and out of focus mountains in the background.

With its abundance of sunshine, vibrant events, and breathtaking scenery, Kelowna promises an unforgettable summer experience.  

If you’re visiting from out of town, here are some tips to plan your trip:

  • Book your accommodation early. Kelowna is a popular summer destination, so secure your hotel, vacation rental, or campsite well in advance.
  • Research your events and activities. Kelowna’s summer calendar is packed with events. Browse listings online and pick experiences that resonate with your interests.
  • Don’t forget your tickets. If you’re looking to go to a Kelowna event, make sure you get your tickets early just in case they sell out and you miss out on the fun. 
  • Consider transportation. Renting a car offers the most flexibility for exploring the region. Alternatively, Kelowna has a good public transportation system and offers bike rentals to get around.
  • Pack for the weather. Kelowna summers are hot and dry, with occasional afternoon showers. Pack sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, water and snacks, plus comfortable walking shoes.

Extended Stays The Shore

An aerial photo of the Shore, Lakeshore Drive, and Okanagan Lake.

While it’s fun to be a visitor, Kelowna’s also a great place to live. Enjoy all the summertime events and activities that Kelowna has to offer, at your own pace and as part of our local community. 

If you’ll be staying in Kelowna for a while, our suites offer all the amenities and comforts of home. From the state-of-the-art culinary kitchen to the private balcony, you’ll be able to relax and unwind to get ready for the season’s worth of activities. 

Apply today for a long-term stay in one of our modern suites.