School is almost out and summer is nearly here. From outdoor theatre to live music, here are 9 family-friendly events to attend in Kamloops.
Canada Day - July 1
Celebrate Canada's birthday at Riverside Park on July 1 starting at 9am. This full day of family-friendly activities includes food, Art in the Park, and the kick-off of Music in the Park. Rob Lamonica, Ayren and The Kingpins, and Infectuals will be headlining. Be sure to stay for the Fireworks show happening over the South Thompson River beginning around 10:30pm.
Music in the Park - July & August
Enjoy free live music every night in July & August during Kamloops' Music in the Park series. Starting at 7pm, different local, national and international musicians will perform on the Rotary Bandshell stage at Riverside Park. Wednesday evenings will feature food trucks and a beer garden from 5-9pm brought to you by BrewLoops. July 24 is the BCLC Midsummer Music Jam featuring country superstars Washboard Union. There will also be free live music on select Thursday nights at 7pm at McDonald Park.
X-Fest - July 15 to August 3
From July 15 - August 3, enjoy live family-friendly outdoor theatre at Prince Charles Park. This year's productions include a musical adaptation of Cinderella on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 7pm, and a puppet adventure of Jack and the Beanstalk on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 5pm and 7pm. To make summer theatre accessible for all, visit their website for Pay-What-You-Can Matinees and BOGO Free shows.
Overlanders Day - July 21
Overlanders Day is a celebration of the culture and community of The Shore taking place on Sunday, July 21 at Brocklehurst Park. Food vendors, live music, and a kids corner will be set up from 10am-3pm including:
• Chase & Skye from the hit tv show Paw Patrol from 12-2pm
• A carousel, slide, and obstacle course from The Fun Factor
• $2 swim at the Brocklehurst Pool
• Baby goats from Crazy 8cres will be set up in the Animal Corner
Kamloops International Buskers Festival - July 26-29
Professional street performers will be back at Riverside Park for the 2nd Annual Kamloops International Buskers Festival. Returning People's Choice, Victor Rubilar, will bring his juggling skills back for 4 days of entertainment as well as acrobats, magicians, jugglers, and more. There will be food trucks, busk stops throughout downtown, an artisan space, and live music during Music in the Park. It's free to attend, but tips to the Buskers hats are welcomed and appreciated.
25th Anniversary of KHR 2141 - July & August
Travel back in time aboard the Kamloops Heritage Railway for their 25th Anniversary. From Thursday to Saturday the Spirit of Kamloops train will depart the station for a one hour excursion across the river to St. Joseph's Church and back. Be on the lookout for the infamous train robber, Billy Miner. Other summer excursions include: the Fireworks Special on Canada Day, Ales & Rails, and the Sip & Steam Wine Train.
Ribfest & Hot Nite in the City - August 9-11
For 3 days, Riverside Park gets saucy when champion ribbers from across Canada compete for the best ribs and sauce of the weekend at Ribfest. Taking place from 11-930pm Fri & Sat and 11-9pm on Sun, visitors can enjoy ribs, live retro bands, family activities, and more. On Sat, Aug 10th, visitors can browse the classic hot rods and bikes that line up Victoria Street from 1st Ave to 6th Ave during Hot Nite in the City. Coming back for its third year is Electric Avenue, where you can get up close and learn about electric vehicles.
40th Anniversary Kamloopa Powwow - August 2-4
2019 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Kamloopa Powwow at the Tk'emlups Powwow Arbour over the August long weekend. It is one of the largest celebrations of Indigenous culture and heritage in Western Canada that features around 1,000 dancers showcasing a display of storytelling, song, and dance in traditional regalia. The Grand Entry takes place Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 12pm and 7pm, and Sunday at 12pm.
Hunter Brothers at BC Wildlife Park - August 18
Celebrate New Country 103.1's birthday at the BC Wildlife Park with country group The Hunter Brothers headlining. With 7 other bands performing throughout the day, highlights include Chris Buck Band and Petric. Doors open at 12:30 with music starting at 1:00pm. Enjoy food trucks, a beer garden, a 50/50 draw, and the chance to view the animals throughout the day. Tickets are $35.