making the scene

best music venues in kelowna


places that deliver the best live music experiences

Updated September 24, 2021

something for everyone


Whether you're looking for the roar of the big crowd experience, or a romantic dinner with music, or a great place to just listen, kelowna's music scene has a place for you.

Want to know what's happening this weekend? Check out our This Weekend in Kelowna page.

For a list of all the venues in and around town, and which artists or bands are playing in them, check out our Music Venues in Kelowna page.

NOTE - The COVID-19 pandemic and the provincial emergency delcaration have put a hold on live music performances in Kelowna and across BC. As restrictions loosen and live events start getting booked again, this page and others in our music section will begin to fill up again.

high energy and in your face


venues where you can rock it out with your friends

Prospera Place

1223 Water Street - Kelowna

It's the arena, so that's where all the big touring acts go to play. It has hosted artists such as Elton John, Aerosmith, Santana, Chicago, Bryan Adams and countless others.

Doc Willoughby's Pub

353 Bernard Ave - Kelowna

Doc's has been home to some pretty wild shows. All the energy of arena rock in a small pub with an even smaller mosh pit. However, with the Covid pandemic and a recent change in ownership, management has told us that they are not looking to return to live music until 2022.

date night


dinner and some nice music

Mission Hill Winery

1730 Mission Hill Road, West Kelowna

As impressive of the architecture of the winery buidlings is, it is the setting it is situated in that makes for an incredible dining and music experience. Dinner for two and seats up close to the stage has a price tag, but the evening will likely create a memory that will last for years to come.

Mission Hill hosts a summer concert series each year, usually bringing in 4 or 5 international artists and offering packages that include a full meal, paired with their wines of course, and preferred seats in their natural amphitheatre from which to enjoy the performances.

Italian Kitchen

415 Commonwealth Rd - Lake Country

Live jazz on Thursday nights makes this a nice place to spend some time with someone special.

NOTE: Due to the fire that destroyed the existing restaurant earlier this fall, The Italian Kitchen in Lake Country is closed for now. The owners are looking for a new location and hope to reopen as soon as they can, although they expect that may not happen until spring of 2021. So many great local artists and musicians have played here, including our founder, guitarist Miles Overn. It is being missed badly, and we wish the entire team of The Italian Kitchen all the best in finding the right location and re-becoming one of the great local dinner jazz venues.

Gray Monk Winery

1055 Camp Rd - Lake Country

Well, for starters, there's the view. The Lookout Restaurant takes full advantage of its stunning setting to enhance the whole ambiance. Who doesn't enjoy good vibes, good tunes, and a great view?

Vintner's Grill

1171 Harvey Ave - Kelowna

Tucked inside the Capri Hotel, really good food and an atmosphere that melts nicely into the evening. Yes, it is a hotel restaurant, but this is the same kitchen behind The Vintage Room, which for years had the best Ceasar Salad in town.

great listening rooms


places you can go to actually listen to the music

The Curious Cafe

1423 Ellis St - Kelowna

Live music Wednesday - Friday, plus DJ on Saturday nights. To date, the live music has tended to be singer/songwriter type artists.

Marmalade Cat Cafe

2903 Pandosy St - Kelowna

Live music on the weekends, where everyone is encouraged to turn off their phones and tune into the musicians.

Vibrant Vine

3240 Pooley - Kelowna

Yes they do their big tent shows outside during the summer, but they also have a secret little spot downstairs that is perfect for chillin' and listenin'.

With the onset of fall and winter, the outdoor shows are done for the year, but they still offer live music occasionally in some of their indoor spaces.

Kelowna Community Theatre

1435 Water St - Kelowna

Mary Irwin Theatre

421 Cawston Ave - Kelowna

Creekside Theatre

10251 Bottom Wood Lake Rd - Lake Country

These 3 theatres have all hosted a wide range of shows, and they all have, well, theatre quality sound and seating. Sit in your seat, and listen to the artists and bands.

eats and beats


casual joints where the food's good, and so are the tunes

DunnEnzies in the Mission

4638 Lakeshore - Kelowna

Arguably the best pizza in town, and live music most nights on their bigger stage with better lights and sound.

Almost want to include this in the "great listening rooms" group as I have seen it become just that on more than one occasion.

Blue Gator

441 Lawrence Ave - Kelowna

Kelowna's home of the blues for decades, The Blue Gator now hosts a variety of bands every weekend. Right in the heart of downtown. With entering the new stage of Covid restrictions, Moby is booking bands in again starting in September.

Fernando's

279 Bernard Ave - Kelowna

After hosting hundreds of live music events over the past decade, Fernando's has recently made the difficult decision to close it's doors permanently. Kelowna unfortunately loses one of its few remaining rock rooms. Saying that Fernando's will be missed would be a massive understatement. Thanks for all that you did for the local music scene.

O'Flannigan's

319 Queensway Ave - Kelowna

This place has been around for decades and still packs in an audience everytime there's a band on stage.

Red Bird Brewing

1086 Richter St - Kelowna

In the middle of a major renovation, even still Red Bird brings in a variety of the Kelowna area's absolute best bands and artists.

newcomers


places just starting to make their mark on the local scene

Barn Owl Brewing

102 - 4629 Lakeshore Rd - Kelowna

This new craft brewery has started hosting live music twice a week this spring and looks to continue bringing in artists all through the summer and beyond.

Forbidden Spirits

4380 Wallace Hill Rd - Kelowna

This new vodka distillery started hosting live music this year and is becoming a popular place with its patio for smaller audiences and picnic area for larger crowds.