Culture Days in Vernon

BC Culture Days come to Vernon for a month of arts, music, cinema, and cultural experiences.

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Location: Vernon, British Columbia

The Arts Council of the North Okanagan will kick off the official launch for BC Culture Days. Head down to Polson Park on Friday September 23rd at 10am and help kick off this year's provincial celebrations!

Culture Days is Canada’s largest public participation campaign for the arts! Celebrate arts, culture, and heritage in your community through free interactive events.

Culture Days in Vernon

Culture days is a national event that can be broken down to provincial and municipal levels to help you find the events happening wherever you are this fall. Find the events happening near you on the Culture Days Website.

You can expect to find dozens of artists displays from music to painting to cinema and plenty in-between and with all this happening for free, you will be sure to find something fun to do this fall.

Experience culture days in Vernon surrounded by the beauty of the Thompson Okanagan

Vernon Culture Days events

Everything kicks off Sept 23, with the Vernon Arts & Culture Festival, followed by a host of events running through to Oct 16.

Vernon Arts & Culture Festival

Enjoy a full day of family activities, music, dance, visual arts, culture, heritage, history and more!

The Polson Artisan Market will be set up during the day, along with children’s activity tents, information and display booths, and some of Vernon’s best Food Trucks.

The evening will close with several hours of live music on the band stage with local performers that you won’t want to miss.

More Vernon Culture Days events

Sept 6 - Oct 30: Sunflower Skirts - HERstory, Gallery Vertigo

Sept 23 - Oct 16: Outside Inside Art Exhibit, Vernon Community Arts Centre

Sept 24: 

buttertarts ARTS Lumby, Lumby Market

Artist Trading Cards: Workshop & Swap, Vernon Community Arts Centre (VCAC)

From the Kitchen Outdoor Art Exhibit, Monashee Arts Council

Family Saturday, Vernon Public Art Gallery

Sept 25: Fireweed Eco-Fest Closing Show & Artist Open House, Inspired Word Cafe

Sept 26: Mini Artists, Vernon Public Art Gallery

Sept 27: KAIROS Blanket Exercise, Museum and Archives of Vernon

Sept 28: 

Handbound Journal Demonstrations, VCAC

Printmaking Demo with Joanne Sale, VCAC

Sept 29: Photography Workshop & Outing, Vernon Photography Club

Sept 30: 

TRC Calls to Action: A Participatory Reading, Vernon & District Immigrant & Community Services Society

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Museum and Archives of Vernon

Oct 4 - 7: Discover the Secrets of the Mysterious Caetani House, Caetani Centre

Oct 5: Pottery Wheel Demos with Gale Woodhouse, VCAC

Oct 6: Pride in Place: Historical Representation of 2SLGBTQIA Communities in the Okanagan

Oct 8: Forest Story Adventure, Sarah Elliman

Oct 14 - 15: Christine Kashuba Open Studio, Artist Studio

For more Culture Days information and complete listings visit the BC Culture Days website.

Know before you go

Visit the Tourism Vernon website to help you plan your trip, including where to stay and more:

  • The Greater Vernon Museum is open daily and offers their own set of tours
  • Canoe Beach (Kin Beach) is home to a new installation allowing visitors to better understand Okanagan Indian Band’s connection to these lands.
  • The Turtle Mountain Portion of the Grey Canal Trail takes any walker, hiker or trail runner up to Rocky Ridge Park (15 mins walk from trail head) for a bird’s eye view of the city and the North Okanagan.
  • Book in a tour at the K'nmaĺka Senqâĺten (The Indigenous Garden) to gain a view you might not have expected while in Vernon, one of Canada’s most soul filled cities. Or take this video tour now.