Meet me on Bernard
#meetmeonBernard from July 1 to September 6 to experience Kelowna’s main street in a whole new way! The roadway is closed to vehicle traffic, but open to pedestrians, patios, public art, performances and more. Enjoy the extra space and atmosphere down on Bernard this summer and use #meetmeonbernard on social to enter in to win prizes! Check out the latest events and programs happening on Bernard this week.
Enjoy live performances with Festivals Kelowna’s Parks Alive! on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings starting July 6th. Visit festivalskelowna.com for the latest schedule or check back here for updates. Plus, enjoy even more grassroots, local entertainment with Festivals Kelowna’s Buskers program and Pianos in the Park – with a number of locations along Bernard!
Explore unique urban parklets, right on Bernard! Local architects and landscape architects have stepped up for the Parklet Challenge, creating one-of-a-kind parklets (a mini urban park the size of a parking stall) with unique furnishings and features and built on site by dedicated teams of local volunteers. Take a wander through the 400 and 500 blocks of Bernard Avenue to see what some of our local designers have created.
A number of public art installations woven through Bernard bring added vibrancy to the street.
- AR Bernard, presented by the Alternator, MAUD Collective and Kelowna Art Gallery. Kelowna’s Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art and community partners have curated an interactive art installation on Bernard using augmented reality (AR) to bring artistic expression of our local artists to life. Find these seven pieces along Bernard. A special thank you to MK Technologies for their support with this project. Download the AUGLE app before you visit to truly experience the artwork.
- The iArt Gallery, presented by the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, the Rotary Centre for the Arts & UBCO’s Summer Indigenous Art Intensive, is an Indigenous art display that captures work from artists all across the world and also features a small stage featuring dance and musical performances.
- Expressions of Recovery, presented by NOW Canada with support from the City of Kelowna is an impactful art piece located in the Community Square. Expressions of Recovery was written by the women in the NOW Canada program, here in Kelowna. The poems are a direct response to the very real challenges these women have experienced.
Explore great local businesses in Downtown Kelowna and then take a pit stop at some of the best restaurants and cafes in the Okanagan. Stay outdoors this summer with expanded patio and lounge areas along the roadway to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or a sweet treat. Plus, stroll the Farmers Market on Sunday mornings! Kelowna’s Farmers & Crafters Market downtown satellite location is at Kerry Park this summer, Sundays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Take a class
Take a summer program on Bernard. Learn more about registering for a fitness, art or dance class in the Community Square in Kelowna’s Summer Activity & Program Guide.
Park & Play
Take the family down to Bernard on weekday mornings to enjoy Park & Play! Our Park & Play team will have free family-oriented activities on Bernard on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings in the Neighbourhood Plaza from 9 a.m. till noon. starting the week of July 5.
Weekly giveaway! Snap a pic at the DKA selfie station on Bernard and you could win a swag bag full of gear from Tourism Kelowna, Downtown Kelowna, and the City of Kelowna. Post on social media with #meetmeonbernard for a chance to win!
What is ‘Meet me on Bernard’?
Meet me on Bernard is an open street initiative - a 10-week patio extension and street animation project that encourages pedestrian-traffic only on Bernard. This includes walking and cycling traffic. By opening the street to pedestrians, it provides new opportunities for space to host small scale performances, public art, demonstrations and programs.
Where can I submit feedback?
We want to hear from residents, visitors and businesses! We appreciate all feedback as we seek to grow this new initiative. We want to know - did you enjoy your time on Bernard? Take our feedback survey or visit the Tourism Kelowna info booth on Bernard to share your thoughts.
Notice an issue on the street? You can use the Service Request system to report an issue or request improvements such as boulevard or sign maintenance.
Can bikes and e-scooters travel down Bernard in the program areas?
Bicycles are welcome on the 6-meter pedestrian parkway to travel down Bernard, however, we ask that people riding bikes reduce speeds accordingly. Crosswalks are still in effect on cross streets . There are bike racks and lockers available downtown.
Under the City of Kelowna’s Bikeshare Micromobility Permit Program, shared e-scooters are subject to additional rules. E-scooters are prohibited in the program areas of Bernard Avenue and along the waterfront boardwalk from Rotary Marsh to the tunnel at Hot Sands Beach. Learn more about shared mobility at kelowna.ca/onthemove.
Where should I park?
Parking directly on Bernard will be limited so we recommend using alternative forms of transportation where feasible such as biking or transit. However, there are three parkades within walking distance including the Chapman Parkade, Library and Memorial Parkades as well as on street parking nearly. Accessible parking stalls on Bernard impacted by the program have been relocated to locations as close to Bernard as possible. Use kelowna.ca/parking to find available parking in real-time.
How can I get involved?
Some spaces on Bernard are available in the summer months for local organizations to host performances and demonstrations. Apply now.
Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available to enhance initiatives like these as well as facilities, programs, and resident services. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, visit kelowna.ca/sponsorships.