Annual Events

Find your favourite events with our Annual Events list. Don't have a favourite yet? Kamloops is Canada's Tournament Capital and is host to an array of annual events year round; including the Kamloopa Pow Wow, Kamloops Film Festival, BC Wildlife Park's Wild Lights and Music in the Park to name a few.

 

Wildlights at the BC Wildlife Park

DECEMBER + JANUARY

Wildlights are an annual winter celebration at the BC Wildlife Park where families and friends gather to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and the many lights. Visitors can take a trip around the park on the Wildlife Express miniature train, warm up around the campfire while sipping on hot chocolate, watch one of our animal feedings, enjoy a wagon ride to the North Pole, and be entertained by Uncle Chris the Clown who performs nightly. 

Address: 9077 Dallas Drive, Kamloops
Phone: (250) 573-3242

Kamloops Performing arts Festival

FEBRUARY

The Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts unofficially started in February 1930 by a group of businessmen and one woman who met to discuss the possibility of a musical festival for Kamloops. Many meetings were held, sometimes with as many as fifty people present. The first festival was realized in May 1931. Since then it has gone through many ups and downs and now lasts almost 3 weeks with some days having three halls in use! The Festival certainly has a decidedly important role to play in the cultural growth of our city, giving young artists the possibility to explore and expose their widespread talents.

Address: Various locations in Kamloops
Phone: (250) 372-9339

Kamloops Cowboy Festival

MARCH

The BC Cowboy Heritage Society hosts the Cowboy Festival annually in March. The Festival has gained popularity across Canada as the Best Cowboy Festival of it's kind. With a dinner and dance, entertainment, trade show, art show evening shows, and dinner theatre.

ddress: 1250 Rogers Way, Kamloops
Phone: (888)-763-2221

Kamloops Film Festival

MARCH

Kamloops Film Festival is an annual event that showcases a diverse selection of Canadian and international films from around the world.

Address: 503 Victoria St, Kamloops
Phone: (250) 320-4628

Kamloops Wine Festival

MAY

The Annual Kamloops Wine Festival is a week-long festival that features a variety of wine-inspired events at locations around Kamloops. The festival raises money for the Kamloops Art Gallery. 

Address: Various Wineries in Kamloops
Phone: (250) 377-2400

Indigenous Peoples Day

JUNE 21

National Indigenous Peoples Day, is a celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ culture and heritage. National Indigenous Peoples Day is an opportunity to become better acquainted with the cultural diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, discover the unique accomplishments of Indigenous Peoples in fields as varied as agriculture, the environment and the arts, and celebrate their significant contribution to Canadian society.

Downtown Back Alley Block Party

TWICE A YEAR (SUMMER + WINTER)

The Annual Back Alley Block Party is an annual event will feature locally brewed bevies, live music, outdoor games, an artisan market, and more! See the 200 block alleyway between Victoria and Seymour Street transformed into business in the front and a party out back! Stop by after work to enjoy a cold one, outdoor seating and games, live entertainment & variety of food options! 

Address: 231 Victoria Street, Kamloops
Phone: (250) 372-3242

Music in the Park

JULY-AUGUST

From 7:00pm to 8:30pm each evening from July 1st to August 31st each year, visitors and locals are invited to come to the Rotary Bandshell at Riverside Park for FREE musical entertainment by local, national and international musicians. As well, on selected evenings you can check out some more live local music at McDonald Park.

Address: Rotary Bandshell - 100 Lorne Street, Kamloops 
Address: McDonald Park - 501 McDonald Ave, Kamloops
Phone: (250) 828-3611

Art in the Park

JULY

An annual event for over 30 years, Art in the Park has become a wonderful showcase and sale of quality art created by local and regional artists. Artists come together with their handmade items, complementing Canada Day Celebrations on July 1st in Riverside Park. An estimated 30,000 people attend Art in the Park and participate in the Canada Day festivities!

Address: Riverside Park, 100 Lorne St., Kamloops
Phone: (250) 372-7323

Downtown Merchant Market

JULY

Experience 4 days of sidewalk sales alongside the International Buskers Festival! This is one of the busiest weeks of the summer in Downtown Kamloops and the best chance for shoppers to find the deals of the season!

Address: Downtown, Kamloops, BC

Kamloops International Buskers Festival

JULY

Every year in July Kamloops welcomes the world to our beautiful downtown! Professional street performers from our region as well as from across Canada, Europe, and Australia, will converge for our Annual Kamloops International Buskers Festival! Our event is a family-oriented, FREE TO ATTEND festival presented on outdoor stages. Tips to Busker's hats welcomed and appreciated!

Address: Riverside Park, 100 Lorne St.,​ Kamloops
Phone: (250) 828-3655

Overlanders Day

JULY

Join the North Shore Business Improvement Association for a bigger, better and more fun family-friendly festival. Overlanders Day is a celebration of the Cultural DNA of The Shore, a time to connect as family and friends and eat, play and share.

Address: 501 McDonald Ave​
Phone: (250) 376-2411

Project X Theatre - XFest

JULY

Project X Theatre brings 2 family-friendly outdoor theatre productions to Prince Charles Park throughout the month of July. This theatre is a fun-filled family event for all ages.

Address: 1100 - 1198 Columbia Street, Kamloops
Phone: (250) 682-9055

Daybreak Rotary Rib Fest

AUGUST

Daybreak Rotary Ribfest takes place on the August Long Weekend in conjunction with Hot Nite in the City, the highly successful Ribfest offers a rib cook-off between five champion barbeque teams; music and entertainment throughout the entire event; entertainment and activities for children and youth, as well as a Refreshment Center and a whole bunch of great vendors.

Address: 1234 Kamloops Drive, Kamloops
Phone: (250) 828-3822

Hot Nite in the City

AUGUST

Every year for a weekend in August, six city blocks in Kamloops downtown core are closed off to allow street rods, customs, american muscle, sport-compact, british and european, collector, vintage, electric cars, bikes and race competition vehicles to line the streets for the annual Hot Nite in the City Show 'n' Shine. Admission to the event is FREE. The event kicks off on the Friday with a poker run for drivers who have registered for the show (and their riders) and the Saturday is when the general public can check out the vehicles and entertainment.

Address: Victoria Street and 4th Avenue, Kamloops
Phone: (250) 377-3190

Kamloopa Powwow

AUGUST

Around a thousand dancers and many more spectators will be in Kamloops for the annual Kamloopa Powwow, one of the largest celebrations of First Nations’ culture and heritage in Western Canada! The Powwow is a spectacular expression of the Secwepemc people’s heritage and is a vibrant display of storytelling, song, and dance in traditional regalia. Kamloopa Powwow The Kamloopa Powwow represents many years of stories and events from previous years packed into three exciting days at the Secwepemc Powwow Grounds located 2 minutes from the city center, alongside the South Thompson River in Kamloops.

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Powwow Grounds
Address: 345 Powwow Trail Kamloops, BC
Phone: (250) 828-9782

Pride Week

AUGUST

Kamloops Pride Week is a week or events hosted around the city to show support of LGBTQ2S+. Join the fun and games with a closing parade downtown.

Address: Downtown Kamloops

Brewloops

MAY + SEPTEMBER

Brewloops is a beer and music festival celebrating Kamloops lifestyle and culture. This multi-day experience is no convention center slosh-fest. Hosted outdoors multiple times a year in beautiful Kamloops, BC with some of the best beer, food and outdoor entertainment the province has to offer.

Address: Moves Locations, Kamloops
Phone: (250) 320-6150

Children's Arts Festival

SEPTEMBER

The Kamloops Children’s Arts Festival is a fun-filled, creative day of artistic, musical and theatrical activities and performances for children ages 2 to 12. The entire day is FREE for children and their families at Riverside Park. The Kamloops Arts Council enlists artists and non-profit groups to facilitate interactive workshops in visual art, dance, music, theatre and more. Musicians, storytellers, actors and dancers – both professional headliners and local groups – take to the stage. 

Address: 100 Lorne Street, Kamloops

Adams River Salmon Run

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER

Every fall from September to October millions of Sockeye Salmon make their final journey upstream to the Adams River to lay their eggs, just 40 minutes east of Kamloops. Spectators can marvel at the natural wonder, thanks to viewing platforms on-site at the Tsútswecw Provincial Park (Roderick Haig-Brown).

Address: Tsútswecw Provincial Park, Squilax-Anglemont Rd. BC

Tranquille Tunnel Tours

OCTOBER

Tranquille Tunnel Theatre is a seasonal theatre that takes place underground in the Tunnels of Padova. Presented in partnership with Chimera Theatre. The story changes yearly but the tunnels never get any less creepy.

Address: 4600 Tranquille Rd, Kamloops
Email: info@tranquillefarmfresh.com

Oktoberfest at Harper Mountain

OCTOBER - not taking place 2020

This is a fun-filled day of trail running and mountain biking! Run, bike or run and bike, grab a team and win some great prizes. Join for a fun family event, with beer gardens, tasty treats, and kids fun.

Address: 2580 Harper Mountain Road, Kamloops
Phone: (250) 573-5115

Spookloops

OCTOBER

Every year Kamloops has multiple events leading up to Halloween from family-friendly corn mazes to the spookiest haunted events only the brave can endure. Watch for our Spookloops page in the fall for all the latest details.

Address: Multiple Locations

Boo at the Zoo

OCTOBER

Boo at the Zoo at the BC Wildlife Park offers Halloween-themed fun for all! Featuring Uncle Chris the Clown, 100's of light features and of course the Wildlife Express; there is something to excite all ages!

Address: 9077 Dallas Drive, Kamloops
Phone: (250) 573-3242

Chefs in the City

NOVEMBER

“Chefs in the City” is a celebration of the culinary arts, guests enjoy beverages, hors d’oeuvres and desserts as they mingle with professional chefs, restaurant owners, caterers, vintners, brewers and friends. Chefs in the City is an opportunity to celebrate and participate in this great event hosted by the Rotary Club of Kamloops.  

Address: 900 McGill Road, Kamloops
Phone: (250) 319-7188

Santa Clause Parade

NOVEMBER

Downtown comes alive with the festive spirit of Christmas. The whole city comes together to showcase their best costumes and floats. Join the festivities, with family and friends. 

Address: Victoria St., Downtown Kamloops

Holiday Events + Shopping

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER

When it comes to the Holidays, Kamloops comes to life. Kamloops is host to an array of music and family events that are sure to get anyone in the holiday spirit,  there's also shopping and food minglers to hit a sweet spot in your pallet. Whichever you decide to do during the holiday season bring your family and friends for a great time.

Address: Various locations in Kamloops

Spirit of Christmas Train

DECEMBER

Take a whimsical one-hour ride through the wintry Kamloops night and experience the magic of an old-fashioned Christmas. Start your evening with hot chocolate, cookies and carols, then board our beautiful heritage train with its thousands of lights illuminating its steamy silhouette! We invite you to explore the length of the train to see each of the decorated coaches, the crisp yet enticing open-air cars and the cozy charm of our café lounge car. After your ride, take your little ones back to Santa's comfy throne to meet and greet the jolly man in red.

Address: 3 - 510 Lorne Street, Kamloops
Phone: (250) 374-2141

CP Holiday Train

DECEMBER

Every year the CPR sets out and entertains hundreds of thousands of people, celebrating over 20 years of collecting food and raising funds for food banks across North America. The Canadian train departs Montreal in November and follows CP’s tracks west to Vancouver. Performing free concerts from Montreal to Calgary. 

The Kamloops leg of the tour stops in December at the Northside of Sandman Centre parking lot on Lorne Street. The train arrives approximately at 4:30, a band will play from 5-5:30 before the train departs and heads to Savona.

Address: The Sandman Centre Parking Lot, 300 Lorne St.