Peach Festival

Penticton ready for action-packed year of festivals and events

Tag(s): Living Here

Get ready for an action-packed year ahead of festivals and events throughout Penticton. The City has confirmed the following major events, with a full list and further details available to view at More details about each will be released closer to the dates, including information about road closures, transit, volunteer opportunities and more. 

2024 Featured Upcoming Events 

Ignite the Arts Festival (March 22-31): This creativity extravaganza offers two full weeks of activities and events, including many free sessions during Community Week. Festival Weekend (March 29-31) features more than 50 musical acts, theatre, dance, workshops and activities for the whole family.

Ignite the Arts 2023

Penticton Farmers’ Market (April 20-Oct. 26): This much-loved event attracts crowds in the thousands each Saturday, keen to snap up the freshest vegetables, fruits, specialty foods and homemade delights.

Farmers market

Duel in the Desert (May 11-12): Organized by Penticton Paddle Sports, this boat race based at Skaha Lake is attracting teams from throughout B.C. and Alberta.

Downtown Community Market (May 18-Sept. 7): Adjacent to the Penticton Farmers’ Market, these two events make for a bustling, fun environment. This market showcases handcrafted goods, arts, artisan foods, live music and entertainment.

Ha Ha Ha Kidz Festival (June 6-8): Get ready to laugh, play, create and be amazed. This festival fills Gyro Park with live performances, music and activities that are sure to induce childish smiles – parents included.

Ha Ha Ha Kidzfest

Peach City Beach Cruise (June 21-23): Hundreds of show cars including hot rods, antiques and classics stage themselves along the Okanagan lakefront for this display, also including food, live entertainment and other festivities.

Peach City Beach Cruise

Elvis Festival (June 27-30): Celebrate the king of rock ‘n’ roll at this tribute artist competition deemed to be the largest Elvis festival in Canada. This is a ticketed event, with affordable entry to watch Elvis take to the outdoor stage at Okanagan Lake Park.


Canada Day (July 1): Oh Canada! It’s your birthday. Let’s celebrate at Gyro Park, with a full day of activities and entertainment, with free transit available.

Canada Day

Penticton Scottish Festival (July 5-6): Crowd favourites include Highland dancing, bagpiping, drumming and caber toss. Enjoy pipe band competitions, a beer garden and other live entertainment at Kings Park.

Scottish Festival

Peach Classic Triathlon (July 7): Ranked among the oldest triathlons in Canada, this event attracts everyone from beginners to professional triathletes and Olympians.

Peach Classic

Okanagan Granfondo (July 13-14): Thousands of riders will take part in this mass cycling event, which ranks among the best in North America. Kids also get their kicks in the Kids’ Piccolofondo.


Peach Festival (Aug. 7-11): This must-do event of summer is one of the largest free family festivals in Canada, dating back to 1947. Highlights include the Peach Bin races, Shooting Star Amusements, sport and dance competitions and shows, live concerts, parades and more.

Peach Fest

IRONMAN Canada (Aug. 24-25): Soak in the energy of this triathlon event by joining the thousands of people lining the streets to cheer on the athletes. The fun starts with the IRONKids event on Saturday, plus plenty of other opportunities for residents to get involved.


Dragon Boat Festival (Sept. 7-8): Cheer on the 80+ teams as Millennium boats take to the water off Skaha Lake Park. The festival will have a vendor’s market, food trucks and a beverage garden, attracting participants in the thousands.

Dragon Boat

Magic on Main Street (Dec. 1): Ho, ho, ho! Ring in the festive season with this magical event featuring a Santa Claus Parade down Main Street, capping off with the official Light Up at Gyro Park.

Magic on Main

Concerts and Indoor Events 

For a list of upcoming concerts and theatre events, visit the webpages for the South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton Trade & Convention Centre and Cleland Theatre. Some highlights include performances by Foreigner, Clint Black, Lamb of God and Mastadon, and Cowboy Junkies. Upcoming events at the PTCC include the Start Here Penticton Job Fair and the True Penticton Tourism Expo.

For more details about these events, visit To receive news updates from the City, sign up at