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TO-DO List: We’re Callin’ it – the Season Starts… Now!

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TO-DO List: We’re Callin’ it – the Season Starts… Now!


Suns out, buns out. Kelowna and the Valley are in tiptop form to welcome all you fair weather fans. Whether you're looking to venture out or do your city thing there's plenty to do after sunrise and sunset.

Food & Drink

Like many an Okanagan summer gastro event, this weekend's tasty offerings are a lot about the drink and a bit about the food, however the weekend's marquee culinary event throws a special ingredient into the mix – film. Devour! is the South Okanagan’s Food, Wine and Film Festival. Along with some interesting events like a Similkameen bubbly and rosé opening reception, a bi-coastal chefs' chowder cook-off, and education sessions that'll have you sounding like a somm in no time, Saturday night's big event is a showcase of short films on food that will inspire a celebrity guest chef to create a course on the spot – now that's my kind of close read!

If you missed last month's big beer fest, there's an intimate and interesting micro version of one right over at Habitat. Brewtopia will highlight three breweries, Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., Bad Tattoo Brewing, and Firehall Brewery, who'll take over both bars to pour their brews and offer a food pairing. See each breweries food pairing in the listing. Honestly, it sounds like the right amount of featured brewers – those big festivals are pretty tiring on the ole palette after a few anyway.

You may have noticed we never miss promoting a good winery kick-off party, especially one of our OK Falls faves, Meyer Vineyards. For $25 you can kick it quality casual styles with tacos and cajun chicken sammies from Tacos del Norte and Vagabond Kitchen, a glass of wine and live music from locals, Uncorked.


While the anticipated Fortune Killers Kelowna show is no longer a go this weekend, the synthy indie jams will go on... Colour Tongues stop into Milkcrate Records for a live in-store Friday night. They released their debut EP just five months ago, and their premiere show at the Roxy played to a large grateful crowd, prompting the Daily Hive Vancouver to recently list them as one of the Top 10 live shows to see in the city.

It's hard to believe, but Habitat celebrates their 14th anniversary Friday night. To mark the celebration, they have three djs spinning the tunes all night long. Headlined by Rumpus, a former drummer in a punk band, who hasn't dropped the sticks since making the transition over to electronic music, you'll be treated to a unique, captivating performance of percussion and electronic music. Come early between 7pm and 9pm for appies and bubbly at Inhabit upstairs to celebrate the years of the Habitat. Happy 14th to the Habitat, you've led the way for current creative and musical expression in Kelowna – thank you.

Arts & Culture

Who doesn't like a nice show of the masters of pre-modern and modern art? A crowd pleaser of significant works that the Okanagan has never seen is about to hit the Kelowna Art Gallery. Span the centuries' greats from Rubens to Van Gogh in this new exhibit, A Cultivating Journey: The Herman Levy Legacy – from the McMaster Museum of Art, one of the most significant art donations to a university gallery ever in Canadian history. The opening reception is Friday night and on Saturday, guest curator Ihor Holubizky walks you through the exhibit for a one hour tour.

Camille Pissarro (French/Français, 1830–1903), Pommiers en fleurs/Apple Trees, 1870, oil on canvas/huile sur toile, 45.7 × 55.3 cm, Gift of/Don de Herman H. Levy, 1984, McMaster Museum of Art.

If you prefer your art a little more interactive (and alive) then head to Artini at the RCA where guests are invited to sip on Okanagan Spirits signature cocktails and engage with local artists as they create "living masterpieces" throughout the evening. Also, area restaurants like Naked Café and Salt & Brick serve up their culinary bites while Vancouver legend Dawn Pemberton brings the funk and sultry grooves. All for just $30. You can also catch Dawn Pemberton in concert at the Dream Café Friday night.

Finally the weather is agreeing with the Okanagan's social calendar so it's all about the gardens, picnics and bbqs now. I'm sure you've hosted a swell bbq party in your day, but have you welcomed another culture to your town? Would you like to meet and nosh with the folks from Mexico and the Caribbean who work the farms to bring us our famous fruit? On Saturday, the non-profit group that assists and supports migrant workers, RAMA, is hosting a bbq for the workers here in the Okanagan, workers who leave their country and families for two to eight months of the year to fill the labour void that Canadians workers don't fill. Bring a dish to share and welcome these vital workers who travel all this way to contribute to our great "local" Okanagan produce.

Get inspired in the garden. This year's gardening trends will be on full display at the 21st Annual Flower Power Garden Tour: growing your own edibles, container and small gardens, succulents, composting, and find out why bees are so darn important. Check out which gardens are included in the listing.

Sports & Rec

For the energetic set, it's a pretty Dad-friendly slate, so don't forget to make him feel like number one this Father's Day.

The big Father’s Day Car Show is back at City Park (yay!) this year. The show features hundreds and hundreds of collectible cars, live music, and special guest hot rod guy Steve Darnell from the hit show, Welder Up.

Catch Steve Darnell from the hit show Welder Up at the car show.

It's free beer and zipline tours for dad on Sunday at the Oyama Zipline Adventure Park. The Bone Yard BBQ and Grilling Co. food truck will also be on site for early and late lunches.

Other Dad Dates

  • Township 7 Vineyards in Naramata have an alfresco luncheon of savoury cuisine paired with their aromatic wines for $59.00
  • Treat dad to a Southern Style BBQ lunch in Summerland at Evolve Cellars.

  • This view at Evolve will chill dad right out.
  • Mica Restaurant at Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos is hosting a bbq of their own.
  • Enjoy a traditional pancake breakfast cooked by their winemaker and owners, premium wine tasting, horseback riding in the vines, live music, line-dancing and stampede games at Noble Ridge Winery's Annual Stampede Breakfast.

June 15 - 17

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