Outdoor music plentiful this summer in the Okanagan

The outdoor music scene

As summer beckons, residents and guests in the Okanagan are preparing to get outdoors and the sound of live music will soon start to floating through the air.

There will be plenty of performances to choose from as we return to gathering with our pals, plus prep for the influx of, “What’s happening this weekend? I thought I’d take a road trip” texts from those who are looking to escape to the Okanagan Valley.

For anyone who’s just dipping their toe into the idea of larger crowds, the outdoor fresh-air concert may be the best way to get their feet wet this season.

Here are a few events to drop onto the calendar and share with guests keen on coming to the Okanagan.

Chute Lake Lodge above Naramata is now open all week long for outdoor exploring or a couple of nights in the mountains, and has a concert series all summer long on select weekend afternoons. Bring a blanket and your BFF. You can win a stay at Chute Lake by entering the Discover Naramata contest.

The District Wine Village between Okanagan Falls and Oliver is home to a handful of craft beverage producers accompanied by the recently opened Ward’s Wine Country Kitchen. It has several signature concerts in its spectacular outdoor space: William Prince (July 20), Stephen Ridley (Aug. 3) and The Sheepdogs (Sept. 8). The full summer line-up can be found here.

Limited tickets remain for a few of Mission Hill’s Summer Concert Series events including Dean Brody (July 17), Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (July 18) and Colin James (Aug. 8).

Just down the road, Grizzli Winery not only has Happy Hour live music on Fridays, its Golden Hour: Music in the Vineyard series returns June 10 with the Okanagan Symphony String Quartet and more musical performances throughout the summer. For something different, reserve seats for magician and mentalist Ryan Edwards July 29.

Summerland’s Lightning Rock Winery has Songs and Snacks on select evenings, but also for something different, why not celebrate the summer solstice June 21 with movies on the lawn paired with “bougie” popcorn?

Kelowna’s City Concert Band, the longest running organization in the city, unpacks its instruments for several outdoor gigs, and Parks Alive alone can fill up an entire summer calendar.

Grab the sunscreen and go.

This article is written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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A creative thinker with more than two decades of experience in communications, Allison is an early adopter of social and digital media, bringing years of work in traditional media to the new frontier of digital engagement marketing through her company, All She Wrote.

She is the winner of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association's 2011 and 2012 awards for Social Media Initiative, an International LERN award for marketing, and the 2014 Penticton Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for Hospitality/Tourism.

Allison has amassed a following on multiple social networks of more than 30,000, frequently writes and about social media, food and libations as well as travel and events, and through her networks, she led a successful bid to bring the Wine Bloggers Conference to Penticton in June 2013, one of the largest social media wine events in the world, generating 31 million social media impressions, $1 million in earned media, and an estimated ongoing economic impact of $2 million.

In 2014, she held the first Canadian Wine Tourism Summit to spark conversation about the potential for wine tourism in Canada as a year-round economic driver.

Allison contributes epicurean content to several publications, has been a judge for several wine and food competitions, and has earned her advanced certificate from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.

In her spare time, she has deep, meaningful conversations with her cats.

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