FIRSTthursdays — a first for Kelowna’s cultural district

Participating galleries, theatres and cultural facilities throw their doors open today with free admission and special offers.

The Downtown Kelowna Association (DKA) and City of Kelowna’s cultural services branch are  presenting FIRSTthursdays in Kelowna’s cultural district starting today.

From now through December, on the first Thursday of each month, participating galleries, theatres, cultural facilities and businesses, along with artists and performers, will throw open their doors with special offerings for explorers, shoppers and tasters in  the cultural district.

With more than 20 locations participating today, here is a sample of what the district has in store:

• From 4-6 p.m., enjoy wine tasting at the BC Wine Museum and VQA Wine Shop featuring Saxon Estate Winery and sample autumn fruits at the BC Orchard Industry Museum.

• From 5-7 p.m., listen to live jazz at the Rotary Centre for the Arts or hear inspiring words at the Inspired Word Café held at the Okanagan Heritage Museum.

• From 7-8:30 p.m., see the original Batman, Adam West, in action during Throwback Thursday Cult Movie Night at the downtown Kelowna Library or sit in on an open rehearsal of Bumbershoot Theatre’s upcoming production of Hansel & Gretel.

The Kelowna Art Gallery is open and free to the public every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

FIRSTthursdays are planned for Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4.

Once the centre of the Okanagan fruit packing industry, Kelowna’s cultural district is now a cultural hub. Home to artists, chefs, entertainment and cultural venues, the district promises experiences that will appeal to every age and interest.

For more information or to download a map of the FIRSTthursday activities and locations go toFacebook.com/FIRSTthursdaysKelowna or kelowna.ca/Culture.