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August in Kelowna

The Kelowna vibes and summer sunshine are in full force in August, with plenty of fun to be had by visitors and locals of all ages.

July and August typically see the highest number of overnight visitors travelling to Kelowna, making them the busiest months of the year. Local businesses will always welcome walk-ins as space permits; however, if there are specific accommodations, restaurants, activities, or events you want to visit or take part in, we highly recommend making reservations or booking them well in advance to guarantee your spot and avoid disappointment.

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.


Soak up the Summer Sun

Group Beach Frisbee

Kelowna City Park. Photo by: Shawn Talbot Photography

There is no shortage of sunny days in August so there is plenty of opportunities to get outside and make the most of Kelowna’s outdoor playground. Hikers and mountain bikers can set out to explore the numerous trails throughout the region, including those at Big White and SilverStar Mountain Resort, both of which offer several biking-specific events throughout the month.

For those who want to take in the summer sun without working up a sweat, there are ample beaches and parks to choose from—head down early in the day to beat the crowds or seek out the smaller, lesser-known beaches that dot the shoreline of Okanagan Lake and others throughout the region.

If you want to get out on the water while you’re at the beach, Okanagan Beach Rentals are set up at Tugboat Bay, Boyce-Gyro, and Rotary Beach in Kelowna as well as at Bear Creek Provincial Park in West Kelowna, offering stand-up paddleboards, water trikes, kayaks, and more. You can also take a boat tour, go sailing, rent jet skis, try your hand at fly fishing…the options are endless!


Celebrate and Explore Kelowna

Kelowna City Park and Okanagan Lake. Photo by Nic Collar Film

Kelowna City Park and Okanagan Lake. Photo by Nic Collar Film

There is no better way to get to know a place than to join in its community events and explore like a local. This August, the inaugural Kelowna Made festival will be taking place, celebrating the best of Kelowna and its residents. On August 27, visitors and locals alike are invited to City Park for this free celebration of nature, heritage, and culture, as well as valuable Indigenous traditions.  

Meet Me on Bernard will continue through the month, too, offering visitors the opportunity to stroll along the pedestrian-only Bernard Avenue, to visit local shops and dine on the extended patios at cafes and restaurants. Be sure to get in on Try-it Tuesdays, where kids of all ages can learn fun new skills. You can even access a free mobile pass to explore more of downtown with a fun scavenger hunt— you might even win a prize!

If you want a break from the heat, local arts groups will also showcase their talents throughout the month. Kelowna Actors Studio will be presenting much-loved family-favourite, The Sound of Music, at the beginning of the month while Opera Kelowna will be delivering its popular free event, Opera Under the Stars, on August 10 at UBC Okanagan (advance registration is required) as well as its mainstage production of Béatrice et Bénédict, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, later in the month.  


Savour Local Flavours

Peaches and Plums in a basket. Photo by: Matt Ferguson Photography

Peaches and Plums. Photo by: Matt Ferguson Photography

Summer means indulging in the freshest local flavours, which you can select yourself from area farmers’ markets on several days of the week:

There are also numerous local farms, orchards, and markets where you can pick up fresh fruit and veggies all week. In August, most Okanagan fruit is ready for harvest at some point in the month.

Kids and adults alike can have fun gathering their own fruit at one of Kelowna’s u-pick orchards. Never been fruit picking before? We’ve got you covered! We recommend calling ahead to farms and orchards to confirm availability, as fruit goes fast.


Local Events

Rock the Lake outdoor classic rock festival stage

Rock the Lake

Major Events
  • Get ready to rock! Kelowna’s outdoor classic rock festival, Rock the Lake, is back August 5 – 7 with performances from favourites like Bif Naked, Moist, The Tea Party, Trooper, Brian Wilson, and many more.
  • Kelowna ComiCon is bringing loads of fun to the Capital News Centre on August 20 and 21. Attractions include a cosplay contest, Super Smash Bros. and Magic The Gathering tournaments, lip-sync battles, and more. Kids 12 and under can attend free with a parent or guardian.
  • Spartan is bringing its North American Championship Weekend to Big White on August 27 and 28. Athletes can participate in the Super 10K, Beast 21K or Ultra 50K races. Not ready to race? Take in all the action and cheer on the competitors as a spectator!
  • Close out the month with the kick-off of the Kelowna International Fringe Festival, taking place from August 29 to September 4 throughout the Kelowna area. This unique event will showcase diverse performers in drama, musical theatre, multi-media, and so much more.
Live Music
Walking Tours

For more events taking place in and around Kelowna, visit our online Calendar of Events.


Weather

July and August are the hottest months of the year—in both months, temperatures reach an average high of 28°C / 82°F and an average low of 11°C / 52°F.  It’s not uncommon to see temperatures nearing 40°C / 104°F in mid-summer, so be sure to pack lots of sunscreen, your beach umbrella, and plenty of water to make the most of Kelowna’s sunny days—there are several spots in downtown Kelowna to refill your reusable water bottle, including the Kelowna Visitor Centre, so you can stay hydrated. Need to cool off? Jump in one of the area’s lakes, grab an ice cream, sip a cool beverage on a patio, or take advantage of Kelowna’s indoor activities and attractions if you want a break from the sun. 


Helpful Planning Resources

Kelowna Visitor Centre - Exterior (39)

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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