July in Kelowna

July means summer is in full swing in the Okanagan! Visitors flock to sunny Kelowna all summer, ready to get out on the lake, lounge on sandy beaches, and sip some of the region’s award-winning wines.

July and August typically see the highest number of overnight visitors travelling to Kelowna, making them the busiest months of the year. Walk-ins are welcome as space permits, but if there are specific accommodations, restaurants, activities, or events you want to visit or take part in, be sure to make reservations or book them as early as possible to guarantee your spot and avoid disappointment.

Read on to learn more about what you can discover and what to expect in and around Kelowna when visiting at this time of year.

Get Set for Fun in the Sun

Part of Spring 2022 Shoot with Andrea & Cara

Kayaking on Kalamalka Lake. Photo by: Ken Hagen

July is the perfect time to take advantage of the more than 30 beaches in and around Kelowna and to spend lots of time in Okanagan Lake, Kalamalka Lake, or one of the area’s smaller lakes.

In addition to boating, parasailing, and jet skiing, you can take a Tiki-themed lake tour with Tiki Time Tours, explore the Kelowna Paddle Trail, or test your skills with Okanagan Flyboard. Find boat rental options and explore more lake activities here.

If you’re looking for local expertise and lots of fun, why not take a guided tour? There are options for food and wine lovers, adrenaline junkies, nature explorers, and more. You can even hop on Smile Cycle Tours’ 15-passenger big bike for a beverage tour of downtown Kelowna.

Celebrate Summer in Kelowna


Meet me on Bernard. Photo by: Nic Collar Film

Festival season kicks off on July 1 with free Canada Day celebrations hosted by Festivals Kelowna, with interactive and drop-in activities. Canada Day celebrations are also held in Central Okanagan’s other communities, West Kelowna, Lake Country, and Peachland.

From May 17 to September 2, the 200 and 300 blocks of Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna will be transformed to pedestrian-only for Meet Me on Bernard 2024, with extended patios and a pop-up program, as well as several annual downtown Kelowna events, including Block Party, Show N Shine, and a satellite location of the Kelowna Farmers' & Crafters' Market

Throughout the summer, Parks Alive! also brings free, family-friendly concerts to parks in and around Kelowna.

Savour Local Flavours

Kelowna Farmers' & Crafters' Market Squash
Kelowna Farmers' & Crafters' Market. Photo by: Salt Food Photography

Summer means that you can find the freshest local flavours at area farmers’ markets on several days of the week:

Local Events

Across the Lake Swim 2017

Across the Lake Swim 

Special Events
  • Rock the Lake returns to downtown Kelowna from July 12 - 14 with performances from Our Lady Peace, Tom Cochrane, Theory of a Deadman, and more.
  • On July 15, 2024, swimmers of all abilities will face the challenge of crossing Okanagan Lake by participating in Across the Lake Swim. If you’re not ready to make the swim yourself yet, cheer on the participants from shore.
Live Performances
Arts & Culture
  • On July 11, 2024, you can don your fanciest white summer garb and get ready to travel to a secret location where you’ll dine under the Okanagan sun at Le Diner en Blanc Okanagan.
  • Arts on the Avenue returns to downtown Kelowna on July 16 and August 1, 2024, with interactive demonstrations, live music, and local artisans. 
  • Opera Kelowna will announce its summer season performances on May 9, 2024.

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


July is the clearest month of the year, with the sun typically shining bright all month long and few clouds in the sky. Temperatures reach an average high of 28°C / 80°F and an average low of 11°C / 52°F.  July and August are the hottest months of the year, so be sure to pack lots of sunscreen, beach umbrellas, and water to make the most of Kelowna’s sunny days. And if you need to cool off quickly, Okanagan Lake is ready and waiting.

Helpful Planning Resources

Part of Spring 2022 Shoot with Andrea & Cara

Photo by: Ken Hagen

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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