Outdoor Event Planning
With Kelowna's mild climate and great summer weather, our City has played host to many different outdoor events, including sporting events, festivals, concerts, fairs, parades and weddings.
Our Outdoor Events office is designed as a one-stop shop for event organizers, making it easier and more efficient for event organizers to obtain all the necessary approvals and permits required to host an event in the City of Kelowna. Our Outdoor Events staff uses their knowledge and expertise to facilitate the approval process for event organizers. From the initial inquiry to issuing the permit, an Outdoor Event Coordinator will guide event organizers through all aspects of the outdoor event process.
The City's largest beachfront park, located in downtown on Abbott Street features a long sandy beach. The park's waterfront promenade connects City Park to Kerry Park, Stuart Park and Waterfront Park. The park features include lawn bowling, waterpark, playground, picnic areas, skateboard park, sports field, tennis and basketball courts and beach volleyball as well as the Veendam Gardens and cenotaph. City Park is outfitted with washrooms, changerooms and food concessions (seasonal). Rental areas include Jubilee grandstands, north field, waterpark (school groups only), sports field, south plaza, rose garden, Cold Sands stage and the Point. There is ample parking available to park users.
Named for one of Kelowna's sister cities, and located off Queensway Avenue immediately east of City Hall, Kasugai Gardens offers a tranquil environment featuring traditional elements of a Japanese garden. The gardens are a perfect place for a stroll, picture taking and even a small wedding ceremony. With the exception of small wedding ceremonies, this park is not available for rental.
This lakefront park, located in a residential area on Abbott Street in the South Pandosy neighbourhood, is adjacent to the Maude Roxby Wetlands. It is outfitted with washrooms, 2 tennis courts, playground, benches and picnic tables. A retaining wall runs along the shoreline, however, there is no sandy beach. Limited on street parking is available.
Bookings for wedding ceremonies will be accepted on a trail basis for 2014. No other park rentals will be permitted in this park.
Knox Mountain Park
This dedicated parkland at the north end of Ellis Street features trails and breathtaking views that overlook the city and Okanagan Lake. Park amenities include pavilions, picnic areas, tennis courts, disc golf area, washrooms, off-leash dog park, mountain trails for hiking and biking and 3 lookout points at various levels on the mountain (Crown, Pioneer Pavilion and Apex Lookouts). The park reaches the lakeshore via the Paul's Tomb Trail which features two bays with pebble beaches that are great for swimming. Parking is available at various locations in the park.
Rotary Arts Common and Art Walk
The Rotary Arts Common and Art Walk are located in the heart of the Cultural District, outside of the Rotary Centre for the Arts on Cawston Avenue. The Common is situated between the historic Laurel Packinghouse and the Kelowna Art Gallery. The Art Walk connects the Common to the Kelowna Community Theatre and downtown. Enjoy a picnic lunch with a friend, on one of the many park benches. Check out the cultural information kiosk located in the park.
Located directly across from City Hall on Water Street, Stuart Park is part of the lakefront promenade that connects City Park, Kerry Park and Waterfront Park. The park features an open air skating rink during the winter months. Rental areas include Event Plaza, Main Stage, Civic Stage/Square (showcasing annual Civic Award recipients), Bear Plaza and Jim's Orchard. Stuart Park is outfitted with washrooms, skate rental (seasonal) and food concession.
Located in the city centre on Water Street, Waterfront Park features the iconic Rhapsody fountain, lagoon, water features, public art pieces, Rotary Marsh and stunning Pioneer Gardens. A wooden boardwalk is an element of the lakefront promenade which connects to Stuart Park, Kerry Park and City Park. Rental areas include Concession Plaza, Island Stage, Gazebo, Rhapsody Plaza, Pioneer Garden, Tugboat Beach and Harmony Plaza. The park is outfitted with a food concession (seasonal) and washrooms.
Note: Tugboat Beach is only available for public events. Parking is available at the Dolphins parking lot off Sunset Drive.
Outdoor Events Calendar
Outdoor Events staff have complied a listing of all outdoor events scheduled, to date, which will be occurring in Kelowna in 2014. This list is subject to change, so please check often for updated information.
For information regarding any traffic impacts due to outdoor events (Road Closures, Parks and Parking Lot Closures, Detours), check out the road report.