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Enjoy a Vast Array of Exciting and Entertaining Festivals
All over British Columbia, from the northern reaches, to the Vancouver area, you'll find a long list of eclectic and charming cities, each offering a different and unique experience – be sure to explore these festivals on your next visit into BC.
When you explore the BC Interior region, you'll find cities like Kamloops and Kelowna. A March visit into Kamloops and you'll want to check out the Kamloops Cowboy Festival.
A fun and authentic display of western heritage from Kamloops and the surrounding area, the Kamloops Cowboy Festival hosts some events at the Calvary Church and is a short drive from Sicamous.
Any summer visit into Kamloops should be met with a visit to the Show & Shine: Hot Nite in the City, one of the premier classic car shows in Kamloops. Held every August, Hot Nite in the City sees 13 city blocks closed off from traffic, allowing a free flow of walking around admiring the classic muscles cars.
If your plans are to head north, be sure to explore cities like Dawson Creek and Terrace. In Dawson Creek, you don't want to miss out on the Dawson Creek Exhibition Pro Rodeo & Fall Fair Parade in August. Visit Terrace in any time from May through October and check out the Skeena Valley Farmers' Market.
Along Vancouver Island you'll have festival options, too. In Sidney, make sure to explore the annual Sidney Nativity Exhibit at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in downtown Sidney – it's a week long celebration at the beginning of December. South, in Victoria, enjoy unique and interesting cocktails at the Art of the Cocktail, an annual celebration of local mixologists. It's in late October.
When your travel plans take you to Vancouver, don't miss the Vancouver Fringe Festival, one of the largest celebrations of stage performance in north America. An 11-day romp, The Fringe believes "everyone is welcome" so bring the whole family.
Just across the Burrard Inlet heading north, you'll find North Vancouver. Every year during the last weekend in July, the Trinidad & Tobago Society of BC hosts the Caribbean Days Festival at Waterfront Park. Check out this thrilling weekend of dancing, food, life music, and plenty of excitement.
For fans of Canadian indie rock, the Wapiti Music Festival is the place to be each August in Fernie. Set in Annex Park in eastern British Columbia, this two-day festival is a collection of live music, great food, and family fun. Kids are welcome to play in the park – it is, afterall, a family event.
Adult attendees of Wapiti Music Festival may visit the Beer Garden for local Fernie beer and Skimmerhorn wine from a nearby East Kootenay winery. Just an hour east of Cranbrook, you may experience the best in British Columbia’s live music, and settle in the night at the Best Western hotel in Fernie.