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Celebrate Canada Day Kelowna



LATEST NEWS - 2021 Celebrate Canada Day CANCELLED

Following the recently announced B.C. Restart Plan, larger outdoor gatherings in Phase 3 will only be permitted on July 1st at the earliest. The Kelowna Canada Day celebration is one of the largest in our province at over 65,000 guests attending each year across multiple indoor and outdoor venues. As such, preparing for such a sizeable, complex event requires a longer lead time than is currently available to us. Additionally, after such a tough year for our local restaurants, breweries, and wineries, we believe Canada Day presents a great opportunity for them to shine and welcome guests to their venues.

As a result, the City of Kelowna and Festivals Kelowna have jointly decided to postpone our Canada Day festival to 2022. We will instead focus on producing a celebration for this Fall when our community can again gather and enjoy all the great elements of a festival including live music, games, food, and possibly… fireworks.


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. Each year our community comes together to explore drop-in games and live performances that are multi-generational, family-friendly, and sure to entertain you 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 look at the typical event:

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)
  • 47th Annual Kelowna Folkfest Celebrations - presenting Canada's cultural mosaic through culinary experiences and live performances
  • 4th Annual Canada Day Concert presented by the Kelowna City Band

Waterfront Park features the 23rd 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:

Admission to the festival is free but 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.

NEW this year you can use your phone to "TAP" and donate!
Look for the "square" at each Info booth into Waterfront Park

How easy is that to support this local celebration?

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

Apply to be a part of this fun community festival! Applications now open

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 ApplicationsClick here to apply!
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.

Canada Day Bazaar - Click here to apply!
Are you a small or home-based business, looking for a way to showcase and sell your product in a fun environment?  The "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.

Community Group Showcase - Click here to apply!
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.

Taste of Canada (food vendor) - Click here to apply!
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.

Kids Zone - Click here to be a part of the 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.

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 our Program Coordinator at 250-868-3307

Festival Partners

Major Funder


Sponsors and Supporters of our 2020 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


media partner

Community Supporter