Kelowna Made festival will return August 2023

get ready for 2023

The first-ever Kelowna Made took place at City Park on August 27, 2022.  Thousands of people of all ages joined together for a day of fun, family-friendly activities in City Park. We saw lots of smiles, heard plenty of laughs, tried some new things and made some great memories with friends, both old and new.

Now, we’re busy planning for Kelowna Made 2023. With your continued support, we can make Kelowna Made 2023 even bigger and better!

Save the date for Saturday, August 26, 2023, and sign-up for our newsletter to stay in the know as more info is released.

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Welcome to Kelowna Made

Community events bring people together. We gather with our neighbours to celebrate, making new memories and friends along the way. With your support, Kelowna Made will become a community event that celebrates the best of our city and its residents. Kelowna Made will be a source of inspiration, joy and pride for us all.

Who we are

What it means to be Kelowna Made

Kelowna is made of nature, heritage, and culture. It is made of sport, art, music, agriculture, food and drink. Kelowna is made of a valuable Indigenous tradition. Together, we make Kelowna.

This is what it means to be Kelowna Made.

See the 2022 Printable Activity Guide

Our vision for Kelowna Made

What to expect for future years

Kelowna Made will grow and expand each year, driven by local residents from all walks of life, representing the breadth of our community’s interests, activities, and lives.

While our pilot event in 2022 took place on a single day, we’re working toward a multi-day festival by 2027. With the help of community partners and residents, Kelowna Made will expand over more locations with events and activities taking place across the city. As we grow, Kelowna Made will provide more opportunities for partnerships, activities, and overall involvement.

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As residents of Kelowna, we are appreciative guests of the syilx peoples. Our city, and this festival, are on their unceded, traditional and ancestral homelands.

The syilx culture is rich and vibrant. We are grateful for the opportunity to learn from the wisdom and experience of our syilx hosts while improving our relationship with tmixʷ and especially each other.

tmixʷ roughly translates to “all living things” and includes the land, water, animals, people, plants, and even spiritual connections. tmixʷ is the syilx understanding that humans have a sacred responsibility to protect all living things.

Get Involved

Kelowna Made is a homegrown event that positively reflects and celebrates Kelowna’s identity. This resident-led celebration is inclusive and we encourage participation in all its forms.