The parks will again come alive this summer thanks to the long-running Parks Alive! program. With over 50 concert events planned for July and August, starting July 2nd and running until August 31st, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

“Our staff have been busy booking over 200 different performers and are so excited for the 2013 season to start,” confirms Renata Mills, Executive Director of Festivals Kelowna. “So far, more than half of the acts booked for our stages this summer have never performed with Parks Alive! before. As a result, our audiences will get a chance to enjoy new and different talent again this year.”

Parks Alive! has been producing and presenting live cultural performances in Kelowna’s parks and public spaces since 1997, and prior to that under “Kelowna Pride” since 1989. The concerts are free to attend and are held in 18 venues all over the community, making them accessible for everyone. In addition, the concerts are created with the philosophy that people of all ages should be able to share common enjoyment in the performances, so every show is family-friendly and appeals to many tastes and interests.

“What’s very cool about this summer, is that we have some very special performances planned for the season with stellar, touring artists sharing the stages alongside local and regional acts. In fact, way more than usual,” explains Mills. “To kick off our first week, we’ll be featuring a 62 piece youth orchestra from Scotland on the Island Stage in Waterfront Park on Wednesday, July 3rd, followed by select artists from the “Keloha Festival” in Kerry Park on July 6th and 7th, as well as a pop artist currently getting strong radio play on 101.5 EZ Rock and 99.9 Sun FM on Saturday, July 7th. On top of that, we’ll be presenting a rising star in the Canadian country music scene in late July, and we’ll be featuring finalists from the MusicBC/K96.3 Artist competition for 5 Wednesdays stating July 10th, finishing with a huge free, community concert event at the end of August. We have lots more to share, but in the meantime people can start checking out the Parks Alive! schedule on our events calendar at, or following us at¬†and on twitter @parksalive.”

Festivals Kelowna is a non-profit society that produces community focused, arts-based festivals and programs including Celebrate Canada Day-Kelowna, Parks Alive!, the Kelowna Buskers Program, the Arts Alive! artisan program, and New York New Year’s.

For more information:
Renata Mills
Executive Director, Festivals Kelowna

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