Celebrations, Festivals, Events…Plenty of Ways to Party
Ask anyone what’s shakin’ around here and the answer will depend on the season. Whether it’s sporting events, or a traditional music fest, a celebration of Syrah, or the salute to Similkameen pepper, we know how to kick up our heels and have a good time. Eat, drink and dance your way across the valley by joining us at rodeos, festivals, and more winery events than you can imagine! Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening right now in the Similkameen:
Upcoming events Full Calendar
Spring marks the arrival of rodeo season in the Similkameen, when the dusty air is alive the fragrance of blossoms and bulls. The Chopaka Rodeo kicks off the season at Easter, followed by the annual Elk’s Rodeo in Keremeos and Princeton’s Stan Thompson Memorial Rodeo spring. For something more tame; but no less enthralling, take in the annual Meadowlark Festival, a full on celebration of nature and wildlife. Raise a glass and cheer: wineries around the valley open for the first tastes of the season. Take part in a winemakers dinner or vertical tastings in a cave.
Summer Food and Festivals
It sizzles here in summer, so there’s no better time to celebrate what’s hot in the valley. Run the Fat Dog 120 in August or the Ultra520K Canada races in September and push yourself beyond your limits. Celebrate Princeton’s Traditional Music Fest each August where old-time songs and some fast paced tunes will have you dancing in the streets in no time. Grab your cowboy hat and hit the Princeton Agricultural Fair in August. Bring a blanket and sit under the stars enjoying the summer concert series at the Old Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos on select dates in July and August.
Stargazing talks, art workshops, interpretive presentations and naturalist hikes — many of the attractions in the Valley host special events throughout the summer, so check the latest events listings, or pop into Visitor Centres in Princeton, Hedley and Keremeos for the latest information on our community events.
Fall Harvest Celebrations
With autumn comes a whole calendar of harvest celebrations. With more than 200 delectable varieties of peppers, of course we’re going to throw a party in their honour! Held each September, the Similkameen Sizzle is a quintessentially Canadian celebration dedicated to the pepper harvest. And speaking of harvest, we have a couple of those festivals too! Come out for the Heritage Harvest Dinner at the Old Grist Mill and Gardens. Not to be missed: the annual Organic Harvest Moon Festival held each autumn at Harker’s Organics and Rustic Roots Winery as part of the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival.
Winter Holiday Events
Just because it’s winter is no reason to huddle inside, but if you do, we suggest huddling at our annual Winery Open Houses held each December in concert with the annual Light up the Night parade or warm up with the crowds at one of the local junior hockey games.