Cooler temperatures don’t mean things slow down in the Okanagan. It’s time to have fun, hit the farmers’ markets and celebrate the season.
There are dozens of wine-type celebrations in September and October in the Okanagan,
from winemaker dinners to Après Crushfall wine festivals. Check them out at thewinefestivals.com.
Like music? Then this one is a must. It’s almost time for Breakout West: Canadian Music Festival & Conference. Get out your calendar and mark October 11-15, 2023, as busy. Musicians, industry professionals, fans, and delegates descend on Kelowna for a four-day music industry conference, a three-night showcase festival at various downtown Kelowna venues, and the Western Canadian Music Awards.
The event features over 50 of Western Canada’s best emerging and established artists as well as international acts. More info at breakoutwest.ca.
Saturday nights just got a whole lot better. Grizzli Winery has Cinema in the Vineyards from now until October 28. Watch a great movie, sip some wine and enjoy the cool fall air—more info at grizzliwinery.com.
There are still plenty of dinners in the vineyard, yoga with mimosas, jazz/blues music, live music at wineries, farmer’s markets in September and October and more! Visit visitwestside.com/events-calendar.
It’s harvest season, so take advantage of it. The Farmers and Crafters Market in Peachland is every Sunday until September 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Heritage Park.
For these and other fun things to do in Peachland peachland.ca/community-events.
Check out downtown Summerland for their Sunday Market until September 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aside from great produce and hand-crafted delights, there’s live music. Check out their schedule for more information at summerlandsundaymarket.ca.
It’s time for Penti-Con, Canada’s version of Comic Con, one of the biggest fan expos of the year. Join the fun on October 21 and 22 at this pop culture event featuring two days of entertainment, ranging from cosplay to arts and crafts. Boasting board games and video games, this festival has what it takes to keep everyone smiling. There are interactive gaming attractions, cosplay contests and masquerades, informative panels and much more. Info at thepenti-con.org. Geeking out since 2017.
Don’t miss out on Wine Capital Weekend, September 22 to 24. It’s best to get your tickets in advance as this event attracts over 6,000 visitors. You may even want to enter the Beer Olympics and the Amazing Oliver Race. More info events.visitoliver.com/wine-capital-weekend.
Oliver has lots to do in the fall, from dinners in the vineyard to open mic and trivia nights. Go to events.visitoliver.com for more info.
The Osoyoos Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday until October 7 at Town Hall Square, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. rain or shine. There’s live music from local and/or visiting musicians. You’ll find over 40 approved vendors as you stroll through the market. More info at destinationosoyoos.com