Peach Festival starts Wednesday, Aug. 9, and runs until Sunday, Aug. 13. All performances are free and will take place at Okanagan Lake Park, with some activities also being held at Skaha Lake Park and Gyro Park, and Shooting Star Amusements in Rotary Park. This page outlines details about road closures and transportation options. For the full schedule of events, visit the Peach Fest website.
Road Closures & Highlight Events
- The 100 block of Main Street will be closed on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to allow for the Peach Bin Races.
- Performances from the Canadian Forces Skyhawks at 6 p.m., and Kim Mitchell starting at 9:30 p.m., are anticipated to attract extra foot and vehicle traffic to the Okanagan Lake waterfront area on Wednesday.
- A section of Lakeshore Drive across from Okanagan Lake Park, from the east side of Veterans Way to the north side of Lakeshore Drive at Front Street, will be closed starting at 7 a.m. on Wednesday and ending at 3 p.m. on Friday for the Canadian Tire Mega Motocross show.
- The Kids Zone will be held at Gyro Park from 9 a.m. until noon on these weekdays.
- Performances by Aaron Pritchett on Thursday night, and multiple tribute bands performing Friday night, will draw extra foot traffic to the area.
- Expect extensive closures throughout the downtown area on Saturday morning due to the Peter Bros. Grand Parade as well as the Penticton Farmers’ Market and Community Market.
- The parade closure is from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Main Street from the north side of Edna Avenue to the north side of Wade Avenue, along Winnipeg Street and then Lakeshore Drive to Riverside Drive.
- The parade starts at 10 a.m. on Main Street at Eckhardt Avenue, before turning left on Wade Avenue, right on Winnipeg Street and left on Lakeshore Drive, ending at the Rose Garden. Not sure where to watch? See the route map at peachfest.com.
- Watch for on-site signage and be aware that street parking will not be permitted along the parade route during the closure.
- Performances by Doug & the Slugs and 54-40 are anticipated to draw extra foot traffic to the area in the evening.
- A section of Main Street from the north side of Nanaimo Avenue to the north side of Lakeshore Drive will be closed Sunday morning between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for the Minuteman Press Kiddies Day Parade. The parade starts at 11:30 a.m.
- Access to the Lakeside Resort will be provided from the west side of Lakeshore Drive at Main Street.
- Performances by The Hip Replacements (Tragically Hip tribute band) and High Voltage (AC/DC tribute band) are expected to draw extra foot traffic to the area in the evening.
Here are a few key events taking place during the week. For the full daily schedule, as well as times and further details, visit the Peach Fest website.
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Event Name Location Dates Shooting Star Amusements (carnival / rides) Rotary Park Aug. 8-13 Peach Bin Races 100 Block of Main Street Aug. 9 Skyhawks Okanagan Park Aug. 9, 6 p.m. Kids Zone Gyro Park Aug. 9-11 Mega Motocross Lakeshore Drive in front of Okanagan Lake Park Aug. 9-11 Sandcastle Competition Skaha Beach Aug. 10 Peach Fest Grande Parade Main Street to S.S. Sicamous Aug. 12 Kiddies Day Parade Nanaimo Square down Main Street to Okanagan Lake Park Aug. 13
This event is expected to draw crowds in the tens of thousands. Residents are encouraged to leave the car at home and walk, ride bikes or take transit wherever possible.
The City has extended its bus services and set up Park ‘n’ Ride locations as an option to avoid parking congestion and ride transit to Peach Festival.
A temporary “Peach Fest” bus stop will be set up at Veterans Way near Lakeshore Drive to pick up riders heading southbound after the festival. The City has extended the hours of BC Transit’s #5 bus route for the duration of the event, with the last bus leaving the festival site at 11:42 p.m.
The BC Transit #5 bus will arrive every 30 minutes during the day (until 6:40 p.m., when it changes to every hour) from Aug. 9-12, and every hour on Sunday, Aug. 13.
Riders are invited to park along the #5 bus route, including Cherry Lane Shopping Centre or Penticton Seniors’ Drop-in Centre (2965 South Main Street), and ride the bus the rest of the way in.
The transit fare is $2.25 one way and it’s always free for ages 12 and under.
Visit BC Transit for details about the bus detours taking place this week.
Secure bike and e-bike parking is now available outside City Hall, close to all the Peach Fest events. These bike dock stations are offered for free until Dec. 1, through Bikeep, with further details available on our Bike Parking page.
Be aware that parking will be congested and roads closed during major events. To simplify pay parking, consider downloading the Passport Parking Canada app, with all information available on our Parking page.