Downtown Kelowna Block Party

Around 12,000 people are expected to take in the Downtown Kelowna Block Party on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Downtown Kelowna expects 12,000 guests at its biggest party of the summer this Saturday.

The Downtown Kelowna Block Party also has something to celebrate: its 30th anniversary.

In keeping with the block theme, the festival will take over not just one block, but nine blocks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for family fun, entertainment, shopping and food.

Also in keeping with the block theme, the various blocks are adopting different personalities and concepts.

200 block of Bernard Avenue

This block, closest to Okanagan Lake, will be closed to vehicle traffic for the party.

However, you won’t be able to miss one vehicle that’s meant to be there — the Armed Forces tactical armoured vehicle.

The Aircraft Technologies Group kicks off its Aero Skills Tournament at 11 a.m.

Don’t forget to snap a photo with your friends and family at the block party frame by the Sails sculpture.

Just off Bernard on Mill Street, there will be three-on-three basketball.

Also on at the corner of Mill Street, a blue Secure-Rite container will be repurposed as a Tourism Kelowna information booth.

In adjacent Kerry Park, six performers will entertain all day on the Westcorp Main Stage.

Water Street

Water Street for half a block on either side of Bernard Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic and renamed Market Street to the south and Play Street to the north.

On Market Street, another Secure-Rite container, this one red, has been repurposed as a shady respite with lounge seating.

There will be pop-up shops and violin performances.

And be sure to snap your photo at the luscious green photo wall and post it to social media.

On Play Street, there will be face painting, sidewalk chalk art, giant bubbles, a bouncy castle, science experiments and the Wentworth Musical Zoo, where kids can try out a musical instrument.

300 and 400 blocks of Bernard

These two stretches will also be closed to vehicle traffic for the party.

That makes room for the FortisBC Stage between Water and Pandosy streets for non-stop live performances and more pop-up stores and sidewalk sales elsewhere.

Pandosy Street north of Bernard for half a block will also be closed to vehicle traffic to accommodate Eat Street. It’s where food trucks will congregate and bistro seating will be set up.

500 and 600 blocks of Bernard

Vehicles and parking will be allowed on these two blocks.

However, the sidewalks will be populated with balloons and pop-up shops.

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While the free festival runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the street closures for vehicles will be in effect from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. for setup, the party and cleanup.

Even though Bernard Avenue will be closed to vehicle traffic between Abbott and Ellis streets, Ellis will remain open to north- and southbound traffic.

More details are available at DowntownKelowna.com/Block-Party.

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