Front 2 Backstreet Bash

The City of Penticton and the Downtown Penticton Association are teaming up for the Front 2 Backstreet Bash this weekend, including the official dedication of the street name change.

“The City of Penticton is pleased to celebrate a new era for the Downtown, as we officially designate the new Backstreet Boulevard,” said Acting Mayor Wes Hopkin. “Revitalization happens in many ways, and Backstreet merchants are injecting new life into their part of Downtown Penticton. We are inspired by their community spirit, and are thankful for their efforts.”

Front 2 Backstreet Bash: Where Food, Art and Nature Meet is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. Residents and visitors can drop by Front Street and the new Backstreet Boulevard (formerly Westminster Avenue East) that day for a variety of activities, including guided tours of the Penticton Creek, guided tours of the ReImagine Art Festival murals and heritage buildings in Downtown Penticton and open house of the Penticton Centre for Urban Agriculture.

“We're looking forward to a great day of celebration on Saturday,” said Kerri Milton, Executive Director of the Downtown Penticton Association. “This area of downtown Penticton is home to a number of unique merchants and services, and is a hidden gem in our community. It's time we all discovered everything Backstreet has to offer.”

The event also coincides with the first day of the salmon spawning season, so there will be a ceremonial blessing from local First Nations to mark the occasion. The public is invited to learn more about Penticton Creek rehabilitation, and the long-term project to investigate how to improve kokanee and rainbow trout habitat in Penticton Creek as part of Downtown Penticton revitalization.

Food will be available by donation, and live music and dance will be offered. Vendors will also be on site, continuing the fun and festivities of the Saturday Market into the afternoon.