Events & Festivals

Kelowna Made Festival

A woman and three children with painted faces pose enthusiastically under a colorful balloon arch at the Kelowna Made event in Kelowna.
Kelowna Made

On August 24, 2024, Kelowna beats louder, as City Park, along with Kerry Park and Stuart Park, transforms into a grand stage for the Kelowna Made Festival. This event is full of community spirit, cultural heritage, and the stunning natural landscape that defines Kelowna. Kelowna Made Festival is a must-experience event, bringing to life the nature of Kelowna through its rich array of activities, performances, and communal engagements.

Festival Overview

Scheduled to light up Kelowna's City Park, with additional festivities in Kerry Park and Stuart Park, the Kelowna Made Festival marks a day of collective joy and pride. This community-led extravaganza kicks off at 9:00 AM and promises a packed schedule until 10:30 PM, featuring more than 60 free activities designed to entertain, engage, and inspire attendees of all ages. The festival embodies Kelowna's community spirit, offering a variety of activities that celebrate the city's natural beauty, cultural richness, and heritage.

  • CITY PARK | 9:00AM – 7:00PM
  • KERRY PARK | 4:00PM – 10:30PM
  • STUART PARK | 5:00PM – 10:00PM

Led by a dedicated committee of volunteer residents alongside the City of Kelowna, the festival emerged from a desire to celebrate Kelowna’s unique identity and to bring people together in a spirit of joy and community. It's a day where families can rejoice in fun and free activities, artists can showcase their talents, and the community can come together to celebrate their home's culture and stunning environment.

Key Events and Activities

The festival boasts an impressive lineup of activities that cater to every interest and age group. Early risers can kickstart their day with the Lions Pancake Breakfast, a delightful beginning that promises energy and smiles. Throughout the day, attendees can wander through various zones in the parks, each brimming with activities ranging from high-energy sports competitions like beach volleyball and water polo, to more serene offerings like yoga and meditation classes.

For those with a competitive streak, the Kelowna Made Belly Flop Championship and Sandcastle Building Competition offer a chance to claim local fame. Art enthusiasts will find their spot in workshops and live performances that celebrate local talent, while culinary aficionados can indulge in food and drink showcasing Kelowna's agricultural bounty. Highlighting the day are performances that honor Indigenous cultures, showcasing the rich traditions and stories of the syilx people, emphasizing the festival's commitment to celebrating Kelowna’s diverse cultural landscape.

Community and Cultural Significance

At its core, Kelowna Made is a reflection of the city's spirit — a community that values inclusion, celebrates diversity, and cherishes its natural and cultural heritage. The festival not only provides a platform for local artists and performers to shine but also fosters a sense of pride and connection among Kelowna's residents and visitors. It's an opportunity for all to explore, learn, and participate in a range of activities that highlight the city's uniqueness and beauty.

The festival's focus on environmental stewardship and cultural appreciation resonates through its offerings, from educational workshops to engaging performances and activities. By promoting understanding and respect for the land and its original stewards, the Kelowna Made Festival embodies a celebration that is both joyous and meaningful, marking a day where the community comes together to honor their shared home in all its multifaceted glory.