It’s that time of year again and Festivals Kelowna is inviting local artisans and small businesses to submit applications to participate in the annual “Celebrate Canada Day – Kelowna” festival held July 1st in Waterfront Park, as part of either the “Made in Canada Marketplace” or the “Canada Day Bazaar”.

“We are proud to say that our Canada Day festival is consistently one of the largest and best attended community events each year with over 55,000 people through Waterfront Park last year alone,” explains Renata Mills, Executive Director, Festivals Kelowna. “As always, this is a terrific opportunity for local artists and small or home-based businesses to promote and sell their products. It’s a way to expose their products to a huge number of people in one day in a fun setting.”

The “Made in Canada Marketplace” is a regular and successful part of the Canada Day celebrations in Waterfront Park, providing crafters and artists with a fun environment to showcase their original, handcrafted products to new audiences seeking authentic Canadian handiwork. The “Canada Day Bazaar” is a way for small and home-based businesses to market their products or services in a low cost yet impactful way. “We created this more retail focused area as a way to accommodate some really interesting small businesses in the festival,” says Ms. Mills. “Maybe you have a new product that you want to test in the market but don’t have major resources to undertake a large campaign. Attending our event and reaching over 55,000 people in one day is very doable, and all for a very reasonable fee.”

Interested artisans and businesses can download the application package from by  following the links to the “Celebrate Canada Day-Kelowna” page.  Applicants should note that all products must be suitable for sale in a family-friendly environment. Additional information about criteria for eligible products is also available by contacting Renata at Festivals Kelowna at (250) 868-3326.


Festivals Kelowna produces community focused, arts-based festivals and programs. With a family-friendly approach, we strive to enhance the lifestyle of our residents and visitors through positive cultural experiences.

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