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

Just Posted

Cure for Alzheimer’s disease remains elusive

Complexity of the brain still defies discovery of drug treatment

World Down Syndrome Day: The up side of Down

A Kelowna family’s journey with Down Syndrome: ‘There is tremendous beauty in these kids’

Closing arguments in Kelowna murder trial expected today

Closing arguments in the trial of a Kelowna man accused of fatally stabbing his friend

Historic grad ceremony for Westbank First Nation technicians

14 Indigenous workers become first public works technicians in B.C.

Kelowna artists donate to nonprofit

The Kelowna Palette Club held its annual Simply Art Show with donations to United Way

Wilkie returns home with three medals in tow

Paralympic champion returns home with a gold, silver and bronze from the 2018 PyeongChang games

Vancouver Island university develops program to help kids cope with overdose crisis

A child and youth care professor worked with students to develop projects focused on children, families and communities dealing with opioids.

Liberals tried pilot project with Facebook data whistleblower in 2016: source

Cambridge Analytica has been accused of improperly using information from more than 50 million Facebook accounts

No opting out: Canadians to get emergency alerts on their phones soon

Canada’s wireless providers are preparing for a looming update to the National Public Alerting System

Just For Laughs sold to Howie Mandel

Just For Laughs sold to Howie Mandel and U.S. company ICM Partners

Texas bombing suspect blows himself up as SWAT moves in

The suspect in a spate of bombing attacks that have terrorized Austin over the past month blew himself up with an explosive device as authorities closed in

Witnesses: Boko Haram returns Nigerian kidnapped schoolgirls

Witnesses say Boko Haram militants have returned an unknown number of the 110 girls who were abducted from their Nigeria school a month ago.

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Most Read