Beat your FOMO with Vernon Winter Carnival


It happens, Monday shows up and you realize you’ve missed something pretty epic. Time to catch you up and fix that FOMO: welcome to the Vernon Winter Carnival first weekend roundup!

So, what did you miss? The first weekend to Western Canada’s biggest winter send’r— meaning a festival of juggernaut proportions.

But with over 100 events that have taken over the city of Vernon through Feb 12, there's still plenty of action to come, so fear not! Read on to beat your FOMO and score your ticket to Western Canada's biggest winter party!

Vernon BC Winter Carnival Sip & Savour Madeline Williams
Photo: Madeline Williams
Sip & Savour was a hit again this February, with a vast selection of BC wines, ciders and beers to sample.

What's on at Vernon Winter Carnival

What's on? 100+ events across 12 days of good times; and given this being the event’s 63rd year, they might know what they are doing here.

Here is the schedule for what’s on for this week, through Feb 12.

From parades to cooking classes, to full on music events with soon to be 2,500 of your newest closest friends, the Winter Carnival is massive, and it's because this is Vernon; a city full of winter enthusiasts who are stoked to see visitors and are even more stoked to show you what happens when 400 of their neighbors volunteer to put on this winter epic.

The scene at SilverStar, only 20 mins from downtown Vernon, is—as usual—in full on snow globe form.

Check out the snow sculptures via this FestivalSeekers LIVE:

Polson Park Balloon Glow sure gives visitors a lift during the annual winter mix-up. Okanagan Ballooning delivered with a display that was pretty cool.

Over the 1.5 hour event, the balloons are kept inflated and aloft (but grounded) to allow the public to get right up and close to the blower. 

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Photo: Madeline Williams
The Balloon Glow is one of the carnival's most eye-catching events.

Sip & Savour rocked the festival scene last weekend! It's nice to get in a room with new friends, where a DJ is making the room bounce, while the live music and local libations are making the floor wiggle. This annual takeover of the Prestige Vernon Lodge means you spend the night working the room full of BC ciders, beers and local wines. 

Make up for what you might have missed this past weekend, be in Vernon this Friday Feb 10 with the Snow Globe concert featuring headliners the Recklaws, in what’s quickly growing into of Vernon’s biggest shows of the past four years. 

Vernon BC Winter Carnival Reklaws concert
The Reklaws headline the Country Barnburner concert, Feb 10 in Vernon.

What is so sweet about the Vernon Winter Carnival scene, is that events are taking place all over the city, up at the Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre and at SilverStar.

With over 25cms of white gold that’s fallen this past week at the Star, conditions are in stellar form.

Vernon BC Winter Carnival SilverStar Madeline Williams
Photo: Madeline Williams
Skiing and snowboarding at SilverStar puts you in the snowglobe and sets you up for a great time at the Vernon Winter Carnival.

Know & go, for more on Western Canada’s largest winter carnival - we’ve got you covered with this event listing.

When you go

Some not to miss Vernon Winter Carnival events this coming week:

Feb 9  The Chocolate Express 
learn to make your own!

Feb 10  Winter Carnival Country Barnburner with The Reklaws
Also featuring Ashley Cooke, Michael Daniels, DJ Lunchbox

Feb 10 - 12  VWC Family Fun Park 
ice slide time!

Feb 11  annual Vernon Winter Carnival Polar Bear Swim

Feb 12  Starting Block 10km Run

And about 50 more events waiting for you!

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Let us know what you find using the hashtag #VWC and #FestivalSeekers so we might be able to feature your posts.

Where to stay in Vernon
Check out Tourism Vernon's accommodations listings and get yourself set up for a weekend of fun.

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