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Celebrate Canada Day Kelowna - 2018

Stay tuned for the 2019 schedule of events!

"Celebrate Canada Day - Kelowna" is our annual, free community festival held in Waterfront Park, Jim Stuart Park, Kerry Park, as well as Prospera Place for residents and visitors to celebrate our Nation's birthday. Come explore tons of activities and performances that are multi-generational, family-friendly, and sure to entertain festival goers all day long.

Did you know....over 60,000 people attend
these celebrations each year?

Our local celebration is produced as a community partnership between Festivals Kelowna, Folkfest, the Kelowna City Band, and our many activity partners.

Here is a peak at what this event looked like in 2018:

Prospera Place:

  • Official Celebrate Canada Day Ceremonies, including a "Happy Birthday Canada" cake presented by Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty (cake service approx 1:00 pm)
  • 45th Annual Kelowna Folkfest Celebrations - presenting Canada's cultural mosaic through culinary experiences and live performances
  • 2nd Annual Canada Day Concert by the Kelowna City Band

Waterfront Park features the 21st annual "Celebrate Canada Day-Kelowna" including:

  • Taste of Canada - a food fair featuring a variety of yummy foods from over 18 different vendors
  • Made in Canada Marketplace - an artisan showcase of handmade, Canadian arts and crafts
  • Canada Day Bazaar - a marketplace of unique items by local small businesses
  • Community Groups Display - information displays by local community associations
  • Canada Day at the Kelowna Art Gallery - drop by the gallery for plenty of Canada Day art fun and activities

Additional activities include:

  • Folkfest Stage (Prospera Place), 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Kid's Zone (Pioneer Gardens, Waterfront Park), 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Parks Alive! Power Stage (Island Stage) supported by Power 104 FM, 12:30 - 9:30 pm
  • TD Beach Stage supported by K96.3 FM, 12:00 - 10:15 pm
  • Kiwanis Kid Stage supported by Country 100.7 (Pioneer Gardens), 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Street Stage (Water Street near The Dolphins fountain), 12:30 - 4:00pm
  • Blanket Exercise hosted by Ki-low-na Friendship Society (Arts Common beside the Rotary Centre for the Arts), 12:30 pm. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Youth Stage supported by 99.9 SUN FM , 6:00 - 10:15 pm
  • Kelowna Arts Council Stage (Kerry Park), 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Kelowna City Band Canada Day Concert (Prospera Place), 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
  • NEWCoast Capital Savings Fun Zone (Jim Stuart Park), 12:00  - 5:00 pm
  • Century 21 Canada Day Fireworks, presented by the City of Kelowna and Tolko (10:30 pm)

Although admission to the festival is free, donations are greatly appreciated and help support the costs of this celebration. Volunteers with donation bins will be located at the entrances to Waterfront Park and at the entertainment stages.

Your donations help keep the Canada Day Celebrations free and accessible to all.

Apply to be a part of this fun community festival!

Interested in performing on one of the 5 stages?
We feature a variety of artists on our stages in a diversity of styles, from Rock to Country, Folk to Jazz, Reggae to Celtic, and all genres in between! If you want to be considered for performing, please submit an Interested Performer application. Please remember that we only have so many spots on our stages, so not everyone that applies will get a booking. However, we need performers for the other events we produce and if you don't object, we'll use your application to fill those stages as well.

Made in Canada Marketplace Applications
Celebrate Canada Day - Kelowna invites applications for interested artisans and crafters for our "Made in Canada Marketplace" each year. The "Marketplace" is intended to showcase the artwork of Canadian artisans and their handmade, Canadian artwork. Note: If you were approved at last year's event and are not planning to sell new products, simply apply and indicate this on your form. If you are new, your artwork will need to be approved for the Marketplace. Application can be found here

Canada Day Bazaar
Are you a small or home-based business, looking for a way to showcase and sell your product in a fun environment?  The well received  "Canada Day Bazaar" provides space for small, retail and commercial businesses at a reasonable price to showcase their products to over 60,000 people at the festival. Application can be found here

Community Group Showcase - FULL

Local, non-profit associations are welcome to set-up a display booth in Waterfront Park in our "Community Area". where they will have the opportunity to share information to over 60,000 patrons about the important role their non-profit group plays in our community, making it a better place to live. A nominal participation fee is charged as a donation towards the festival. Application can be found here

Taste of Canada (food vendor)  - FULL

Applications for interested food and beverage vendors for our Taste of Canada Marketplace are accepted annually. There are a limited number of spaces available, and are allocated based on such factors as creating a diverse mix of food products for the festival and application deadlines. Application can be found here.

Kids Zone

Do you have an activity that children would enjoy participating in? Face painting, hula hooping, hockey shoot, balloon drop, parachute play, arts & crafts, storytelling - these are just some of the fun and interactive stations that groups have presented at Canada Day. We welcome groups and organizations to set up an interactive display for free, and in return are able to share information about their product or service to the community. Application can be found here.

For more information:

If you require assistance or more information about any of the onsite opportunities, please call Renata Mills, Executive Director at 250-868-3326 or Nicolette Jacques, Program Coordinator at 250-868-3307

Festival Partners

Major Funder


Sponsors and Supporters of our 2018 celebrations

Special thanks to
Canadian Heritage


Happy Birthday Canada 
Cake Sponsor

Parks Alive! Power Stage Sponsor

with media partner

Beach Stage Sponsor

with media partner

Kids Zone Sponsor




Fireworks Title Sponsor


Fireworks Partners


Kid's Stage Sponsor

with media partner

Watermelon in the Park


Coast Capital Savings Fun Zone

Youth Stage Sponsor

media partner




Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 November 2018 23:36