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 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.
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.
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 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.
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:
Across the Lake Swim
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.
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.