April in Kelowna

Spring has definitely sprung once April rolls around! Read on to find out more about what you can discover and what to expect in and around Kelowna when visiting at this time of year.

Explore Outdoors

Waterfall flowing into a river surrounded by trees

Hardy Falls Regional Park. Photo by: Melissa McCluskey

Melting snow from the mountains makes April the perfect time to discover some of the waterfalls in and around Kelowna.

South of Peachland, you’ll find Hardy Falls Regional Park. The short, approximately 1 km (0.62 miles) path to the falls is flat and easily accessible for hikers of varying abilities, including people using wheelchairs or families with strollers.

Other parks with waterfall hikes include Mill Creek Regional Park in Kelowna and both Fintry Provincial Park and Bear Creek Provincial Park in West Kelowna. Be sure to reference our Outdoor Safety page for helpful reminders when exploring outdoors.

PRO TIP: Head back to Hardy Falls in September to catch the annual salmon spawning!

Discover the Best of Kelowna

Wine being poured into a wine glass

Tantalus Vineyards. Photo by: Shawn Talbot Photography

Kelowna is the birthplace of BC wine, with more than 40 wineries in and around the city. In April, it’s time to celebrate BC wine month and the arrival of new wine releases, particularly aromatic white wine varietals. Read our blog post to discover why spring wine touring in Kelowna is incredible! 

Fruit trees in the area also start to bloom—those who love golf can be surrounded by blossoms when playing a round at The Harvest Golf Club, nestled amongst fruit trees and vineyards. You’ll have expansive views of Okanagan Lake from the greens, too.

The increasing temperatures mean outdoor markets start to reopen. The Kelowna Farmers’ & Crafters’ Market, which celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2020, typically kicks off its outdoor season in early April. You’ll want to visit often as the selection of fresh produce will grow and change as fruit and vegetables come into season. The market runs April through October, on Wednesday and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the corner of Dilworth Drive and Springfield Road.

Attend Local Events

Live Music
  • AltiTunes, Canada's biggest mountain music festival, is back at Big White Ski Resort, this time for two days! The high-energy outdoor festival will take place on March 31 and April 1, 2023—the lineup includes Shred Kelly, Moontricks, Felix Cartal, Peach Pit, and more. Learn more and purchase tickets on the AltiTunes website
  • The Rotary Centre for the Arts has two shows in April. On the 10th, Grammy award-nominated violin virtuoso, Pablo Diemecke, will be accompanied by the acclaimed DieMahler String Ensemble for the Classical Enchantment show. Then, on the 12th, award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, Martin Kerr, will hit the stage with his genre-hopping music for An Evening with Martin Kerr
  • More than 100 vendors will showcase local goods at Craft Culture’s Spring 2023 Market, which is taking place at the Kelowna Curling Club from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 2. Visit the Craft Culture website for more information and a full list of vendors.
  • On April 2, 2023, the East Kelowna Market will be hosting its 5th Annual Welcome Spring Market from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with more than 55 vendors onsite. 

Heritage, Arts & Culture
  • The Okanagan Heritage Museum will be hosting its Spanish museum tours, Los Tours del Museo, on April 8 and 22, 2023, from 2 to 3 p.m. Este tour es conducido por María García en español y es una excelente oportunidad para que tanto locales como turistas de habla hispana, se introduzcan en la historia de la región.
  • On the first Saturday of every month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Kelowna Art Gallery invites Indigenous and non-Indigenous crafters of all skill levels to attend its Indigenous Beading Circle

Browse our online calendar of events to see what else is happening in and around Kelowna this April. 

Prepare for the Weather

A Girl Picking Flowers at Knox Mountain

Arrowleaf Balsamroot Flowers at Knox Mountain. Photo by: Matt Ferguson Photography

Temperatures continue to increase throughout April, reaching an average high of 16°C / 61°F. Temperatures cool off later in the day, so it is good to be prepared with layers to adjust for your desired comfort. In need of a warmer layer? Stop by our Kelowna Visitor Centre to check out the selection of hoodies and crewneck sweatshirts.

April tends to be dry, with light showers on and off delivering an average of less than 1 inch of rain for the entire month. Higher elevation areas will be pretty muddy from snowmelt, so be prepared with proper footwear and avoid areas that might be inaccessible due to unstable ground.

Helpful Planning Resources

Aerial View of the Kelowna Visitor Center

Kelowna Visitor Centre. Photo by: Shawn Talbot Photography

Plan a purposeful and rewarding trip to Kelowna by using the resources available on our website:

Have more questions about your trip to Kelowna? Connect with our team at the Kelowna Visitor Centre.

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