One of the reasons Penticton is such a special place is its feeling of community. This welcoming, small city offers residents so much more than affordable real estate, safe neighbourhoods and excellent educational opportunities. Penticton is also home to a wide range of local events that are well attended and well supported. Here are just a few of these Penticton events.
Okanagan Fest of Ale
This festival is heralded as Penticton’s best spring festival. The Okanagan Fest of Ale brings 65 craft brewers and over 5,000 craft brew enthusiasts together under one roof. Sample and enjoy over 175 quality craft beers, ciders and ales at this one of a kind festival. There is also live entertainment and food available at this indoor/outdoor venue.
Many of Penticton’s Canada Day events are at Gyro Park. Mark this special celebration with an all-day celebration that includes:
- Local food vendors.
- Live entertainment and music.
- Morning performances and children’s entertainment.
Make sure to bring your blanket and lawn chairs. Fireworks on Okanagan Lake cap Penticton’s Canada Day celebration, so make sure to stay and enjoy this spectacular show.
Red Bull Open Water Party © La Clef / Teddy Morellec
Cropped is the largest Wine Tasting and Farmer’s Market in British Columbia. This event celebrates the splendor of fall in the Okanagan over a delightful Thanksgiving evening. It features over 200 wines and brings together 1,000 guests. Live music, delicious food by local chefs and food vendors add to the ambiance. Make sure to come out and try the best local wines in the region.
Santa Claus Parade
In its 20th year, Penticton’s Santa Claus Parade brings the Holiday Season to life. Make sure to layer up and join us to cheer on and enjoy your favourite Seasonal floats. The fun starts at 4 pm. Santa drops in later that evening to meet the children and hear all of their Christmas wishes. You’ll enjoy being a part of this Penticton Christmas tradition.
Tree Lighting Festival
Penticton’s Tree Lighting Festival sets the stage for the Holiday Season. This festival offers activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family:
- Gingerbread cookie decorating.
- A colouring contest with prizes.
- A North Pole mailbox to drop off your letters to Santa.
Penticton’s Tree Lighting Festival is a great way to get a head start on your Christmas shopping. The local businesses of downtown Penticton offer later hours during this family-oriented event. Get into the spirit of Christmas, and support Penticton’s Tree Lighting Festival.
Canadian Sports School Hockey League Championships
The CSSHL Championships brings 68 teams and over 1,200 student athletes together to compete for the Canadian Sports School Championship. The CSSHL was established in 2009 to allow student athletes an opportunity to compete at a high level and provide a stage for more exposure. Currently the CSSHL has seven different divisions, including female levels. The tournament takes place in March and is a great opportunity for family entertainment. Make sure to book your tickets in advance.
Downtown Community Market
Penticton’s Community Market runs every Saturday morning from May until October. This market is the biggest of its kind in the Okanagan and features:
- Handmade art and crafts such as jewelry, clothing and collectables.
- Live music and entertainment.
- Fresh local, organic fruit and vegetables.
- Local food vendors.
The community market spans many blocks in Penticton’s downtown core and has become one of the city’s biggest attractions. So, come on out to enjoy the sunshine and be part of this amazing downtown community market experience.
Penticton – There is always something going on
Don’t let Penticton’s small size fool you. This is only a small sample of the many local events that happen year round. The community support for all of Penticton’s festival and events is something that has to be witnessed to be believed. This welcoming vibe is part of the reason why Penticton is such a wonderful place to call home.