The Sunshine Festival is returning this weekend for the 24th year

June 16

The largest street fair in the North Okanagan is set to return this weekend, Vernon’s summer kick-off party, the Sunshine Festival will take place along 30th Avenue in Downtown. More than 15,000 people are expected to take in the excitement on Saturday.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a day of live entertainment, food, shopping, and activities. There are 150 vendors including 20 food trucks, eight children’s activities including a bouncy castle, obstacle course, face painting, stilt walking, and more, two live stages, and a beer garden for the adults.

“This is an important community event that gives local businesses and nonprofits an opportunity to not only showcase what they do but give back,” says Dudley Coulter, Events and Promotions Coordinator at the Downtown Vernon Association.

For live entertainment, there are two stages located in the 3400 and 2900 blocks. The VantageOne Main Stage will feature acts such as Summerland-based rock band, Timbre Wolves, winner of the 2018 Okanagan Singer-Songwriter Competition, Soulstice Creation, what CBC RadioWest has called their “new favourite band,” daysormay and more.

The Kalavida Stage will see a variety of acts from around the world such as Bhangra, Bollywood, Japanese and First Nations traditional dancing as well as reggae, Latin and folk music.

The festival kicks off at 9 a.m. and goes on until 5 p.m. For more information about the event, such as vendors in attendance, click here.

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