Downtown Kelowna Block Party presented by Interior Savings

This Saturday the biggest party of the summer returns for its 27th year.  The Downtown Kelowna Block Party presented by Interior Savings will take place on Bernard Avenue and in Kerry Park from 10:00am – 4:00pm.The Block Party will fill Bernard Avenue from Richter Street to the Sails with family fun activities, entertainment, the CEFA Inflatable Park, shopping and some unbelievable food.  Each block will give partygoers a chance to choose their own adventure.The Westcorp Main Stage will highlight the 200 block in Kerry Park with four live acts throughout the day.  The Central Okanagan Dog Agility Club will kick off the Park at 10:00am, followed by The Beatnikz (DJ), The Bonsais (Rock), My Kind of Karma (Folk-Reggae) and Devon Coyote (Blues-Rock-Country).  In the middle of all the action, Oranj Fitness will offer a free barre class beginning at 1:30pm.The Sun FM Stage will hold the Downtown Kelowna Fashion Show between Water and Pandosy Streets beginning at 1:30pm.  The stage will also be home to four live performances opening with Sonder (Folk-Pop) and followed by OK Sister (Folk), Soulsikk Krew (Hip-Hop Dance) and Floyd Meets Brown (Psychedelic-Funk-Rock).The 500 and 600 blocks of Bernard Avenue from Ellis Street to Richter Street will feature a number of different activities for kids including the Little Travelers Safety Village, the United Way Dunk Tank and the CEFA Inflatable Park.  This block contains the Interior Savings Kids stage with six entertaining acts, including The Magical Daredevil Comedy Act and an unbelievable drum show.Plus this block will see the return of the Safeway Special Olympics Charity BBQ.  Partygoers can sit, rest, relax and enjoy lunch while raising money or show off their bouncy moves.“Block Party is the largest event that we produce every year,” says Downtown Kelowna Executive Director Peggy Athans.  With three stages, 135 vendors and tons of activities, there is something for everyone!  Last year we saw 17,000 people experience the event.  Once again we will be closing the street to traffic so people can stroll down Bernard Avenue and take in the live performances, eat, shop or just hang out on one of the 31 patios and watch all the action.”“There is just something so Okanagan about local shop owners taking their stores outside so we can shop in the open air while enjoying local performers and kids activities every step of the way,” said Kathy Conway, CEO of Interior Savings. “I encourage everyone in Kelowna to come out and experience the event, support local and get a taste for what makes our community so great.”The Downtown Kelowna Block Party presented by Interior Savings will take place Saturday July 23, 2016 from 10:00am-4:00pm and is free to attend.  For a complete list of the live entertainment scheduled for the three stages visit www.downtownkelowna.com.Please note that Bernard Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic from 6:00am-6:00pm.  There will be no through traffic on Pandosy Street between Queensway Avenue and Lawrence Avenue.

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Publisher and CEO of something or other! First & foremost, father, son, brother and uncle. I am also a huge music fan, promoter and marketing & promotions maniac. As a fulltime musician for the past 35 years myself (yikes, that’s a long time!), I’ve come to appreciate the fact that I am able to perform and sing for people and in return, enjoy it as much as I do. There is something to be said for that exchange of energy and good vibes that live music brings to all, from the stage to the seats, there is nothing like it and I so look forward to feeling that again when we are out of this crazy mess we are in. Music is needed desperately in everyone’s lives. The goal is to reach out and bring some awareness and light into the music scene by featuring their new music, events and in general, some light into the changes we’ve all had to adjust to in 2020. We all feel the strain in every aspect of these changes and are going to try to do our best to fill our cups up with some fantastic local music while many so of us hang on through this bumpy ride we are on. 😉 Making an effort to change our own thoughts and habits, can strike a chord mentally and change us along with our communities lives. Be safe and…let’s ROCK N ROLL!

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