Your Guide to Seasonal Festivals in Kelowna

A well-lit star-shaped lantern hanging in a bustling winter market at night.


Welcome to Kelowna, a city known for its vast array of seasonal festivals. These events provide an exhilarating way for both locals and tourists to experience the cultural diversity, community spirit, and unique nature of Kelowna.

Winter Festivals

In the winter, Kelowna blazes with lights and life in celebration of local heritage, arts and culture.

Winter Wine Festival

One of the most intriguing festivals hosted during the season celebrates one of Canada's best-loved products: Ice Wine. It features tastings, food pairings, and interactive learning sessions with expert sommeliers. Highlighted by an outdoor Ice Bar event, attendees can try different variants of Ice Wine under the dazzling winter skies.

Downtown Kelowna Light Up

Another winter festival that brings warmth to the cold season is Light Up and Winter Street Market. This event promises an evening filled with festive music, hearty food, local crafts, and a mesmerizing display of lights. The event is known to display an exquisite fireworks show, illuminating the chilly winter night.

Spring Festivals

As Kelowna awakens from its winter slumber, spring brings new beginnings and a fresh bouquet of festivals.

Great Okanagan Beer Festival

What could be a better way to welcome spring than with a pint of freshly brewed beer? The Great Okanagan Beer Festival brings together beer enthusiasts to taste a variety of local and international brews. It's not all about drinking, though; the festival also promotes a warm sense of community, set against the backdrop of live performances by local musicians.

Kelowna Maple Festival

Kelowna MapleFest is a big 3 day celebration with music, traditional food, artistic workshops, and entertainment for everybody. There's a movie night, a family day and a brunch.

AltiTunes Music Festival

AltiTunes Music Fest is the opportunity for skiers, outdoor enthusiasts & music fans to rejoice in a shared musical experience under the stars & against the mountain backdrop of Big White Ski Resort.

Summer Festivals

Summer in Kelowna is exceptionally full of energy and offers an array of festivals that cater to all interests, including food, music, or art.

Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon

Fit bodies and fine wine are what characterize the Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon. This event combines fitness with a celebration of the region's spectacular wine industry. Runners from all walks of life participate in the event, which ends with a grand wine and music festival.

The Okanagan Wine Festival

The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society provides unique a wine experience to locals and visitors alike. The Spring Okanagan Wine Festival brings together numerous wine-themed events which allow guests to create their perfect wine experience in what has been named as the world's second-best wine region to visit.

Autumn Festivals

Autumn is a spectacle in its own right, with stunning hues of red, yellow, and orange decorating the city. The local community further enhances this experience with a collection of autumn festivals.

Okanagan Feast of Fields Festival

Feast of Fields is a gourmet harvest festival that highlights the connections between farm folks and city folks. Guests stroll across a farmer’s field, tent-to-tent, past tractors or around the chicken coop, listening to live music, and tasting gourmet creations from BC top chefs, farmers, fishers, ranchers, food artisans, vintners, brewers, distillers, and other beverage producers.

Okanagan Fall Wine Festival

To celebrate the bountiful grape harvest and to mark the conclusion of a fruitful year, the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival is organized. It provides the ideal environment to taste an assortment of wines, learn about wine production, and even partake in grape stomping events.

Final Word

Kelowna’s calendar is packed full of thrilling events every season, where communities unite to celebrate local culture, art, music, and the stunning food and drink offerings. These festivals provide an eclectic mix of experiences that charmingly showcase the spirit of Kelowna. So, grab your calendars and save the dates for a festive journey through the seasons!