Block Party back for another year

The 28th Downtown Kelowna Block Party is held Saturday

The 28th Downtown Kelowna Block Party this Saturday will feature business and community group vendor booths along with lots of fun activities for kids and live entertainment. - Credit: File Photo

Take a stroll downtown Saturday to find Kelowna’s biggest block party.

The 28th Downtown Kelowna Block Party takes place on Bernard Avenue and in Kerry Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Block Party will fill Bernard Avenue from Richter Street to The Sails with family fun activities, entertainment, the inflatable park, a three-on-three basketball tournament, the Farmers and Crafters satellite market, shopping and food.

More than 150 vendors will fill the area, with three entertainment stages.

“The farmers and crafters market is brand new, and with street basketball, Okanagan College signs up kids from all over the place,” said Downtown Kelowna communications manager Ryan Watters.

“It’s a great way to bring down every member of your family and just walk around downtown. There’s something for everyone,” he said. “It’s not every day you get to walk down the centre of Benard Aveune.”

The Westcorp Main Stage will highlight the 200 block in Kerry Park with five live acts throughout the day.

Watters said businesses have also been endorsing the event.

Parking is free in the parkades, and it hasn’t been an issue in the past, said Watters.

“This is my first one and I’m very excited,” said Downtown Kelowna’s new executive director Ninette Ollgaard. “As a true newcomer, it is absolutely amazing to be part of this vibrant, downtown community event.”

“Last year Downtown Kelowna saw 17,000 to 20,000 people experience the event and we are anticipating that again this Saturday. So come join us to walk Bernard Avenue or just hang out on one of the 31 patios and watch all the action,” she said.

Bernard Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be no through traffic on Pandosy Street between Queensway Avenue and Lawrence Avenue.

To find a list of events visit www.downtownkelowna.com.