More than 50 community, sport, and cultural events in the Central Okanagan received grant funding thanks to the Government of B.C.'s most recent application process for the Fairs, Festivals and Events Recovery Fund—in total, over $1M in funding will benefit and support the recovery of the local events sector. 

First administered by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport in 2021, the fund provides one-time grants to event organizers to support the recovery of the events sector across B.C. In mid-February 2023, it was announced that up to $30 million in grants would be provided for events between April 1, 2023, and December 30, 2024. 

“This timely investment will ensure events and festivals can continue, bringing tourism and economic benefits to the province,” said Walt Judas, CEO, Tourism Industry Association of BC said in a press release at the time. “Local events in communities large and small bring increased exposure to communities and provide employment opportunities for residents while contributing to the vibrancy of the community. This is an exciting announcement for the industry.”

2019 Kelowna Wine Half Marathon
2019 Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon Post-Run Festival (Photo Credit: ARK Media)

Events are an essential contributor to Kelowna's visitor economy, providing valuable economic impact, particularly during the off-season, and positively impacting the quality of life for residents, who get to enjoy world-class events throughout the year. 

Some of the Central Okanagan events that received funding during 2023 and/or 2024 include: 

  • 2023 BC Squash Championships
  • Kelowna Beerfest
  • Kelowna International Fringe Festival 2023
  • Kelowna Pride 2023
  • Kelowna Ringette Sweetheart Tournament
  • Kelowna Spartan Trifecta Weekend
  • Kelowna Wine Country Runs
  • Okanagan Wine Festivals

Click here for the complete list of grant recipients. 

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