As the sun dominates the sky and the temperature soars, Kamloops comes alive with a vibrant energy that makes August the perfect time to experience BC's interior in all its glory. From exciting events and cultural festivities to free family-friendly adventures—there's something for everyone to enjoy!

Embrace the Sun: Stay Safe in the Summer Heat


Before diving into events, addressing warm weather safety is essential. Kamloops is no stranger to hot summers, and as you set out to explore the city, it's crucial to protect yourself from the sun's powerful rays. 

When outside exploring Kamloops:

  • Apply & reapply sunscreen with a high SPF

  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat, and light, breathable clothing

  • Stay hydrated by carrying a reusable water bottle and taking breaks in shaded areas

  • Don’t leave children or pets in vehicles, even for a few minutes

Embrace the sizzle responsibly, and you'll be ready to make the most of your Kamloops adventure. Check out our Know Before You Go page for the latest updates and real-time weather.

Local Events In August

They don’t call us the Tournament Capital of Canada for nothing. From sports and tournaments to markets and performing arts festivals, there are a lot of fun events happening in Kamloops this month.

Here are a few of our favourites:

  • August 4-6 | Kamloopa Powwow 2023: The annual Kamloopa Powwow, held over the August long weekend, is one of Western Canada's largest gatherings celebrating the Secwépemc people's rich heritage. With over a thousand dancers adorned in traditional regalia, the Powwow showcases the essence of Indigenous culture through storytelling, song, and dance. 

  • August 11-12 | Hot Nite in the City 2023: Rev up your engines for Hot Nite In The City! Head to downtown Kamloops for the 29th Annual Show & Shine event before you head to Ribfest. Victoria Street will be lined with stunning cars, trucks, and motorcycles, showcasing automotive craftsmanship at its finest.

  • August 11-13 | Ribfest 2023: Kamloops is about to get a little saucy as Western Canada's biggest rib festival, with live entertainment and a family fun zone, comes to Riverside Park. After you've satisfied your rib craving, head to Victoria Street and check out Hot Nite In The City.

  • August 17 | The Stir's Parklet Pop-Up: Join the Kamloops Food Policy Council for their Parklet Pop-Up on August 17th from 5-8 p.m. at The Stir, on 185 Royal Ave! Entry is $10 and comes with one food or drink ticket. Additional tickets are $7. 

  • August 19 - 20 | Caribbean Festival 2023: Get ready to spice up your life at the Caribbean Food and Music Festival in Riverside Park! Savour the best Caribbean cuisine, dance to the beats of Reggae, Soca, Merengue, Calypso, and Ska, and enjoy fun, family-friendly activities.

  • August 21-27 | Kamloops Pride 2023: Kamloops proudly celebrates diversity, inclusion, and love at Kamloops Pride 2023. The festivities include a colourful parade, live performances, workshops, and engaging activities that promote understanding and acceptance.

Browse our online calendar of events to see what else is happening in and around Kamloops this August.

10 Free Family-Friendly Activities to Please Adventurers in Kamloops

When it comes to family fun, Kamloops has a treasure trove of free or nearly free activities that will leave you and your little ones with lasting memories. From adorable petting zoos to outdoor adventures and cultural explorations, there's something for every family to enjoy.

  1. Kamloops Art Gallery Explore art with your kids at the Kamloops Art Gallery (101-465 Victoria Street) every Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm, where admission is free, thanks to BCLC's sponsorship. Engage with diverse exhibits and inspire your little ones' creativity.

  2. Little Farms Petting Zoo Located at 705 Franklin Road, Little Farmers Petting Zoo is an all-ages attraction where you can feed ducks, chickens, and goats by purchasing feed approved by the owners with loonies and quarters. The adjacent park also offers additional amenities such as a skating rink, splash pad, soccer fields, playground, and pump track at Westsyde Centennial Park.

  3. Geocaching Embark on a thrilling outdoor adventure with your family through geocaching. Use GPS coordinates to find hidden treasures, and let the excitement of the hunt lead you to hundreds of locations within the city and beyond.

  4. Fishing Cast-off on a fishing adventure with your family at lakes like Isobel Lake, Edith Lake, and Lac Le Jeune, among the 100+ lakes surrounding Kamloops.

  5. Hiking Explore the beautiful trails at Kenna Cartwright Park, Peterson Creek, or the Rim Loop at Valleyview Nature Park. Many trails are bike and stroller-friendly with low elevation gain.

  6. Biking Little Rippers have lots of options in Kamloops! From pump tracks and the KBRA Kids Zone at Dufferin Park to Lac du Bois trails and the Kamloops Bike Ranch, Kamloops offers various biking options for kids of all ages and riding abilities.

  7. Music in the Park Dance and twirl to free live music every evening in July and August at Riverside Park, downtown Kamloops. Pack a picnic and enjoy an iconic summer experience with your kids.

  8. Parks & Playgrounds Kamloops is dotted with numerous parks, inclusive playgrounds, and waterparks to keep the little ones entertained. Riverside Park, a favourite among locals, offers a variety of options for the whole family.

  9. Disc Golf Have a blast trying out disc golfing in Kamloops. Choose from three distinct courses, including McArthur Island Park, and have a free and fun-filled day with your family.

  10. Bird Watching Bond with nature through birdwatching is an accessible, educational, and inexpensive activity. You can borrow a Budding Birder Backpack from the TNRD Library to kickstart your birdwatching adventure!

With these 10 fantastic free, family-friendly activities, Kamloops invites you to create cherished moments and embark on unforgettable adventures with your loved ones.

Embrace the Heat and Celebrate Kamloops in August

August in Kamloops is a time of celebration, connection, and adventure. From honouring Indigenous culture at the Kamloopa Powwow to indulging in finger-lickin' ribs at Ribfest, there's an abundance of experiences waiting for you. As you bask in the summer heat, remember to stay safe, hydrated, and protected from the sun's rays.

Pack essentials like a hat and sunscreen to stay protected from the increasing UV index, and take advantage of exceptional travel deals and discounts available this August. Explore Kamloops in style while keeping your budget intact!