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July in Kelowna

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

July is also the busiest month of the year for area businesses. 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 find out 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

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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, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding, you can also have a cookout on the water with Maeg’s BBQ Boats, peddle around Okanagan Lake with Kelowna Water Bikes, or test your skills on a motorized surfboard with Surf Okanagan. Find boat rental options and explore more lake activities here.

If you’re looking for some 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

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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 including the 47th Annual Kelowna Folkfest Celebrations and Canada Day fireworks to cap off the day. Canada Day celebrations are also held in Central Okanagan’s other communities, West Kelowna, Lake Country, and Peachland.

From July 1 to September 5, Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna is transformed to pedestrian-only for Meet Me on Bernard, where you’ll find extended patios, live music, and loads of family-friendly activities. On July 23, Block Party will bring even more fun to the summer extravaganza. You can also take part in a fun scavenger hunt through an easy-to-use mobile pass (stay tuned for details) and be entered to win prizes with the Meet Me on Bernard contest.

If live music is your jam, add Kelowna’s newest outdoor festival, Island Time, to your itinerary. The one-day festival, where you’ll enjoy music from The Strumbellas, Reuben & The Dark, Ruby Waters, and more, will take place lakeside in Waterfront Park. Parks Alive! also brings free, family-friendly concerts to parks throughout Kelowna all summer long.


Savour Local Flavours

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Photo by: Destination BC and Kari Medig

Fruit from the Okanagan Valley is world-renowned, especially the cherries that are ripe for the picking at the beginning of the summer. Kids and adults alike will have fun gathering their own bucket of delectable fruit at one of Kelowna’s u-pick orchards—check out tips for picking fruit.

Summer also 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 

Sport Events
  • Across the Lake Swim is back July 16, with swimmers of all abilities taking on the challenge of crossing Okanagan Lake. If you’re not ready to make the swim yourself yet, cheer on the participants from shore.
  • Experienced yogis or those just getting started can soak up the sun as they participate in the Okanagan’s Largest Outdoor Yoga Class, taking place along Bernard Avenue on July 16.
  • At the end of the month, on July 30 and 31, head to City Park to take in Kelowna Summerfest, Canada’s premier summer rugby 7s tournament.
Entertaining Performances
  • Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, Jason Mraz, will perform in Kelowna on July 15 in support of his most recent release, Lalalalovesongs. Tickets are available through Select Your Tickets.
  • Music lovers can take in live performances as part of the Okanagan Guitar Festival, where musicians can also register for an array of classes.
  • Caravan Farm Theatre will be performing Linz Kenyon’s musical, Blackhorse, which features six horses and a team of local horsewomen.
Family Fun
  • Kids of all ages can get in on the cosplay at Kelowna’s pop culture festival, KFX (Kelowna Fan Experience), which returns from July 15 – 17.
  • From July 7 to 17, New Vintage Theatre will bring some of the sea’s most well-known characters to Kelowna with its performance of Tony-award winning, The Spongebob Musical.
  • Get set for the big top action as the Royal Canadian International Circus comes to Kelowna from July 7 – 10.
Outdoor Extravaganzas
  • On July 7, don your fanciest white summer garb and get ready to travel to a secret location where you’ll dine under the Okanagan sun at Diner en Blanc Okanagan.
  • Wine lovers will delight in Kitsch Wines’ Splendor in the Grass event, with live music, on-site food trucks, and unbelievable Valley views.  
  • Spend a magical afternoon under the apple trees at Rose Hill Orchard for Wonderland Afternoon Tea—themed attire is encouraged!

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


Weather

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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