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Annual Events

Kamloops 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. 

Kamloops Performing arts Festival


The Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts showcases a three-week long Festival in February/March. The KFPA promotes education and artistic growth in dance, ballet, modern dance, stage dance, music, choral, harp, guitar, instrumental, piano, strings, voice, speech and dramatic arts. 

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

Kamloops Film Festival


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

Canadian Enduro Series


Canadian Enduro Series is an annual event that happens in Kamloops or Sun Peaks every June. The event hosts downhill mountain bike racers from across the world to compete for the Enduro World Series title.

Music in the Park


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Around a thousand dancers and many more spectators join 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 represents many years of stories and events from previous years packed into three exciting days.

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

Pride Week


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 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


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


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

Boo at the Zoo


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

Santa Clause Parade


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

Wildlights at the BC Wildlife Park


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

CP Holiday Train


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.