Volunteer for an outdoor event

Through outdoor events, we strive to enhance community profile and economic development in sport and event tourism. Volunteers are vital to the success of events and we are committed to supporting organizations by sharing outdoor event volunteer opportunities available in our community.

As an event volunteer, you can spend the day outside, meeting fantastic new people while gaining a memorable experience - and more often than not enjoying the event itself. Volunteers are needed for various special events throughout the year, be sure to check back periodically for updates. 

June 2018
Walk & Roll Walker-Thon

Raising awareness and support of our mobility and health challenged community members.

  • Date: June 16, 2pm-4:30pm
  • Stuart Park
  • Apply for volunteer opportunities here
Raymond James Father's Day Walk

The Raymond James Father’s Day Walk Run is an annual event held in several communities across B.C. The Run offers an opportunity to honour the prostate cancer survivors in your life, promote awareness of the number one cancer for men, and raise money to help find a cure.

  • June 17
  • Waterfront Park
  • Apply for volunteer opportunities here
Father's Day Fundraiser Car Show

Almost 20 years ago a dream was created… To hold a car show for all those lovers of the hot rods, bikes and road rumbling machines that a boy growing into a man would truly appreciate. This day would be held on no better a day than Fathers Day!

  • June 17, 11am-4pm
  • City Park
  • Find volunteer opportunities here
Solstice 5K Run
  • June 21, 11am
  • Stuart Park
  • Find volunteer opportunities here
National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day is a wonderful opportunity to become better acquainted with the cultural diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, discover the unique accomplishments of Indigenous Peoples in fields as varied as agriculture, the environment and the arts, and celebrate their significant contribution to Canadian society.

  • June 21, 12pm-4:30pm
  • Stuart Park
  • Find more information here
Turtle Island Festival

Come to our annual Turtle Island Festival, a celebration of National Aboriginal Day! There will be food, music, kid's activities, arts and crafts vendors, and a mini-powwow!

  • June 21, 11am-6pm
  • Leon Ave
  • Find more information here
Wine Country Half Marathon

The Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon accentuates the amazing beauty of the Okanagan Lake and the surrounding valley. The course offers eye-popping vistas along the route and runs through scenic county roads, landmarks, greenways and lakefront parks, finishing in Waterfront Park for the trademark Wine & Music Festival. It’s hard to imagine a more scenic and engaging course, anywhere.

  • June 23, 7am
  • Waterfront Park
  • Find more information here
Boat for Hope

Every summer, children with special needs and their families are treated to a day of pirate adventure at Boat for Hope, a fundraiser in support of Variety – the Children’s Charity and partnered with Kelowna Yacht Club.

  • June 23, 9:30am-3:00pm
  • Kerry Park
  • Apply for volunteer opportunities here

All the family will enjoy our traditional poutine and satisfy their sweet tooth with our delicious maple cotton candy. You are all invited to celebrate FrancoFête with us.

  • June 24, 5pm-9pm
  • Kerry Park
  • Apply for volunteer opportunities here
CMHA's Ride Don't Hide

Kelowna, we want you to  join us on June 24th for The Payton & Dillon Budd Memorial Ride as we come together to Ride Don’t Hide as a community and #GETLOUD about mental health and suicide prevention.

  • June 24, 7:30am
  • Rotary Centre for the Arts
  • Find volunteer opportunities here
July 2018
Celebrate Canada Day

"Celebrate Canada Day - Kelowna" is our annual, free community festival held in Waterfront Park, Jim Stuart Park, Kerry Park, as well as Prospera Place for residents and visitors to celebrate our Nation's birthday. Come explore tons of activities and performances that are multi-generational, family-friendly, and sure to entertain festival goers all day long.

  • July 1, 10am-11pm
  • Waterfront Park, Kerry Park & Stuart Park
  • Find more information here

Parks Alive! will produce 47 concert events each year, primarily in the summer months,  throughout many of Kelowna’s parks and public spaces. Entertainment is family-friendly and suitable for people of all ages and tastes.

  • Dates throughout July & August
  • Apply for volunteer opportunities here
Le Dîner en Blanc

Le Dîner en Blanc is an elegant large-scale picnic from Paris that takes place in a secret location, revealed at the very last minute.

  • July 5
  • Find more information here
6K Walk for Water

The Global 6K is an easy way to empower your friends and family, engage your community, and provide clean, life-giving water to children around the world.

  • July 7, 9am
  • Waterfront Park
  • Apply for volunteer opportunities here
Midsummer 8 KM Race

The Midsummer 8 KM Race has been a stalwart of the Kelowna Running Club and Interior Running Association race series for roughly 30 years.  This BC Road Running Series race is flat and fast.

  • July 8, 8am
  • Gyro Beach
  • Find more information here
Rockin' the Beach Kelowna
  • July 14, 6pm-10pm
  • Waterfront Park, Island Stage
  • Check back for more information
Across the Lake Swim

Welcome to the Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim, the largest and longest running open water swim event in Canada!

  • July 14, 8am-11am
  • City Park - Hot Sands Beach
  • Find volunteer opportunities here
Okanagan's Largest Outdoor Yoga Class

Being Okanagan's largest event of its kind, the Outdoor Yoga Class welcomes those of all ages and all levels.

  • July 15, 9am-10:30am
  • Stuart Park
  • Check back for more information
TRi KiDS Okanagan

Athletes start off with a swim in the indoor (and outdoor) pool, transition to the bike and then head off on the run course. All that’s required is a swim suit, a bike in good working order, a helmet and running shoes.

  • July 15, 8:30am
  • Mission Recreation Park
  • Apply for volunteer opportunities here
Bahamas Earthtones Tour

Bahamas - opened by Yukon Blonde

  • July 17, 6pm
  • Waterfront Park - Island Stage
  • Check back for more information
Okanagan Tattoo Show

Good Guy Tattoo Supply and Bishop Rotary, in conjunction with Simps Syrups, are proud to present the 2018 Okanagan Tattoo Show and Beerfest. Bringing 140 of today's best artists in an invitational format. 20 Bands playing our unique outdoor Beerfest Venue. 

  • July 20-22
  • Kelowna Curling Club
  • Find more information here
Fresh Coast Championships

Join us for a celebration of Dance and Culture. The 3rd annual Fresh Coast festival hosted by LMNO Production and co-hosted by Arts Council of the Central Okanagan.

  • July 21, 12pm-6pm
  • Stuart Park
  • Apply for volunteer opportunities here
Downtown Kelowna Block Party

It’s a free community event that fuses culture, art, food, shopping and entertainment, and attracts over 18,000 people Downtown. Over 100 vendors line the street with great deals, children's activities, dancing, music and lots more. Everyone is invited to move and groove to live entertainment on three street stages and enjoy fun, outdoor activities.

  • July 21, 10am-4pm
  • Bernard Ave & Kerry Park
  • Apply for volunteer opportunities here

Come check out Pro Scooters compete against each other.

  • July 21
  • Ben Lee Park
  • Check back for more information
Okanagan Carribean Festival

Now in its 7th year, the Okanagan Caribbean festival is a unique event in the Okanagan bringing together the ever-growing community of Caribbean’s now making their home in the Okanagan. With heritage spanning across 700 islands and 12 bordering countries the tastes and sounds are unsurpassed by any other festival.

  • July 21, 12pm-9pm
  • City Park - Jubilee Grandstands
  • Apply for volunteer opportunities here
Arts on the Avenue

Arts on the Avenue is a one day visual arts festival, Artists of all disciplines will be taking over the street and sidewalks of Bernard Avenue from Water to Ellis for an evening of artistic revelry.

  • July 26, 4pm-10pm
  • Bernard Avenue
  • Find more information here
Center of Gravity

Western Canada’s biggest adrenaline fueled sports and music festival. Wet Ape and Live Nation  are proud to bring you  Canada’s Hottest Beach Festival  full of action packed sports, sandy beaches,  and some of the biggest names in live music.

  • July 27-29
  • City Park
  • Find volunteer opportunities here
August 2018
Homelessness is No Picnic

The BBQ is aimed to shed light on the fact that even though many of us are in “summer mode” people who are experiencing homelessness are still struggling. They are at-risk of severe sunburn, heatstroke, and dehydration.

  • August 4, 11am-2pm
  • City Park
  • Find volunteer opportunities here
Rock the Lake

ROCK THE LAKE is again partnered with Kelowna’s K96.3 Classic Rock radio station and both local and corporate sponsors to bring you this one-of-a-kind event. In it’s first two years, Rock the Lake welcomed a sold out crowd of just under 4000 for a fun-filled weekend of Canadian classic rock. The festival grounds will once again offer food trucks, drinks, and VIP access.

  • August 10-12
  • Prospera Place
  • Find more information here
Uptown Rutland Cruising the Park Car Show

URBA is looking for  vendors and this year we also are looking for antique vendors for the Uptown Rutland Cruisin’ the Park Car, Truck, Bike & Antique Show presented by Kal Tire.

  • August 10, 11am-3pm
  • Anderson Road & Jim Bailey Road
  • Find more information here
Moonlight Movie

Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs are excited to announce the up and coming Interior Savings Moonlight Movie. We hope you will join us for an amazing experience of a movie under the stars. This event is a highlight for many families each year. You don't want to miss it!

  • August 13
  • City Park
  • Find volunteer opportunities here
Apple Triathlon

Join us for the 2018 Kelowna Apple Triathlon – host of the Triathlon Canada National Championships and ITU CAMTRI Continental Cup.

  • August 18-19
  • Bernard Avenue, Kerry Park, City Park
  • Find volunteer opportunities here
Kelowna Pride Festival

More details to  come soon.

  • August 18, 12pm-7pm
  • Waterfront Park
  • Find volunteer opportunities here

RibFest Kelowna is back for their 3rd Annual event! Ready for hot weather in August and even hotter ribs!

  • August 24-26
  • City Park
  • Find volunteer opportunities here
Kelowna Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boating on Beautiful Lake Okanagan. Come on down and watch the races, check out our amazing vendors and soak up the amazing atmosphere.

  • August 25-26
  • City Park
  • Find more information here
Okanagan Dream Rally

With the Okanagan Dream Rally, we hope to provide special children and their families with an incredibly fun-filled experience of being in the co-pilot seat of a dream car for a day. In addition, providing opportunities for our community, public figures, and businesses to support a good cause and make a difference locally in their community.

  • August 26, 9am-4pm
  • Kerry Park & Bernard Avenue
  • Find  volunteer opportunities here
September 2018
Cracker Cross
  • September 6 - October 11
  • Knox Mountain Base
  • Find more information here
Nerd Olympics

Nerd Olympics is back for its 3rd year! This is a community event - come one, come all!

  • September 8, 9am-11:30pm
  • City Park
  • Find more information here
Parkinson SuperWalk

Parkinson SuperWalk is the single most important provincial and national awareness and fundraising event for Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC). This event raises money for research and support services through individual pledges and corporate sponsorships.

  • September 8, 10am-12pm
  • Watefront Park
  • Find volunteer opportunities here
Paws for a Cause Walk

This is a staggering number, and one that continues to rise. The animals need you to help fight cruelty. Donations to the BC SPCA help fund cruelty prevention and education programs, and the enforcement of animal cruelty laws. Show your support and join the walk to fight animal cruelty.

  • September 9, 9am
  • City Park
  • Find volunteer opportunities here

Forget the movie ticket or the over-the-top burger – for about the same price you get chip-timed results, coffee and bananas and unlimited high-fives from stoked MEC members and staff. 

  • September 9, 9:15am
  • Knox Mountain Park
  • Find volunteer opportunities here
Take Back the Night March

Help to shatter the Silence on Sexual Violence in our community!

The Multiple Myeloma March

Funding research and supporting advocacy for access to game-changing therapies.

  • September 15, 11am
  • Kerry Park
  • Apply for volunteer opportunities here
Great Canadian Bacon Chase

The Great Canadian Bacon Chase is back! Join us for a 5km Scurry or a .05km Saunter. Your registration includes running and eating unlimited BC bacon!

  • September 16, 9am
  • Parkinson Recreation Centre
  • Find more information here
Terry Fox Run

Everyone is welcome to participate in a Terry Fox Run, regardless of age, athletic ability or socio-economic standing.

  • September 16, 10am-2pm
  • Mission Sportsfields
  • Find volunteer opportunities here
Motionball Marathon of Sport Kelowna

What is Marathon of Sport? It’s a fun-filled day of athletic competition where participants team up with local Special Olympics British Columbia athletes and together, they will compete in a variety of sports & activities including soccer, football, ultimate, basketball, benchball and so much more!

  • September 22, 8:30am
  • City Park
  • Find more information here
Kidney Walk

Kidney Walk is a family-friendly campaign designed for people of all ages and levels of fitness.

  • September 23, 9am-1pm
  • City Park
  • Find volunteer opportunities here
Nuit Blanche

As part of Culture Days, the Centre Culturel Francophone de l’Okanagan is proud to present Nuit Blanche, a multidisciplinary late-night Arts Festival for the fifth consecutive year.

  • September 28, 5pm-10pm
  • Stuart Park
  • Find more information here
Culture Days

Millions of Canadians engage in thousands of free activities and performances hosted by artists, cultural organizations and municipalities in communities across Canada.

  • September 28-30
  • Kerry Park, Stuart Park, Rotary Centre for the Arts
  • Find more information here
PUSH to End Homelessness
  • September 29, 1pm-4pm
  • Kerry Park
  • More information coming soon
Run for the Cure

Whether it’s your first time or you’ve participated for years, we look forward to having you join us and more than 85,000 Canadians in the largest, single-day, volunteer-led event dedicated to changing the future of breast cancer!

  • September 30, 10am
  • City Park
  • Find volunteer opportunities here
October 2018
Okanagan Marathon

Join us for a Family Festival Weekend during the 24th Annual Okanagan Marathon taking place on Thanksgiving Weekend. Run along scenic Okanagan Lake and finish at City Park as spectators cheer you on!

  • October 5-7
  • City Park
  • Find volunteer opportunities here