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making the scene

Cultural District

Downtown Kelowna

From Clement at the North, to Queensway on the South, between Water St and Ellis, the Cultural District is right in the heart of the city.

Between the arena, Kelowna Community Theatre, Mary Irwin Theatre and the Rotary Centre for the Arts, the Cultural District has seen hundreds of live music and other arts event happen within its boundaries and in the adjoining streets and parks.

Kelowna Culture Days 2021

This years Kelowna Culture Days concluded on October 24. but we are providing a section covering some of 2021's activities happening in and around the Rotary Centre for the Arts including the Mary Irwin Theatre, the RCA Atrium, and the RCA Commons.

Upcoming Events

Music and other arts & culture events happening within the Kelowna Cultural District.

NOTE - The COVID-19 pandemic and the provincial emergency delcaration have put a hold on live music performances and other public gatherings in Kelowna and across BC. As such, we encourage you to verify with the venues of listed events regarding any upcoming shows that we have listed here on this page.

Okanagan Symphony at Kelowna Community Theatre
Yuletide Ukulele
Friday, December 15, 2023
Songs of the Southern Belles at Mary Irwin
Country Christmas
Saturday, December 16, 2023

Featured venues and facilities include:

Kasugai Gardens
Kelowna Art Gallery
Kelowna Community Theatre
Laurel Packinghouse
Mary Irwin Theatre
Okanagan Heritage Museum
Okanagan Military Museum
Okanagan Regional Library
Rotary Centre for the Arts

Within the boundaries of the Cultural District, but not officially part of it, are Prospera Place, Memorial Arena, the Innovation Centre, and City Hall. Parking is available on the street surrounding the district, and there is also a parking structure adjacent to the library.

Public Art Pieces / Installations:

Rhapsody: Robert Dow Reid, 1993
I Had a Dream: Zhao Lei, 2002
On the Beach: Geert Maas, 2002
Bear: Brower Hatcher, 2010
Running Man: Marion-Lea Jamieson, 2002
Flexible Curves: Tommie Gallie, 1986
Spirit of Kelowna: Geert Maas, 2008
Sentinel: Dawn MacNutt, 2002
Okanagan Sunflowers: Jo Scott-B, 2002
Circle of Friendship: Geert Maas, 1997
W.A.C Bennett Memorial Courtyard & Clock Tower: Hartley & Turik Architects, 1981
Military Museum Murals: Larry Hunter, Michelle Loughery, 2002-2013
Natural Language: Jennifer Macklem, Kip Jones, 2000
The Valley: Ron Hart, Michael Fugeta, 2017
Fruit Stand: Glen Andersen, T.S. Thomas, 2002
Concept to Creation: Diane Gorvin, Philip Bews, Jonathan Yeltatzie, 2002
Skagway: Robert Murray, 1976-1977
Elemental: Crystal Przybille, 2000
The Conductor: Ken Curley, 2012

Just one block further to the west lies Lake Okanagan, the 88 mile long lake that, along with the mountains that line it, creates much of the beautiful scenery the Okanagan is world famous for. The parks situated between the lake and the cultural district host countless musical and other arts events throughout the summer months, so any visitor to Kelowna and the cultural district would do well to stroll along the boardwalk beside the lake and take in that adjacent scene as well.

It should also be noted that the cultural district begins just one block north of Bernard Ave, which is home to a number of pubs that host live music on a regular basis during normal times. As we all know, these are not normal times, but when things do get back to normal, places like Doc Willoughby's, Fernando's Pub and O'Flannigan's (which sits right on the border of the district on Queensway Ave) have music several nights a week.

Nearby Hotels
Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre - (0.4 km)
Prestige Hotel - (0.9 km)
Accent Inns - (1.6 km)
Coast Capri Hotel - (1.7 km)
Hyatt Place Kelowna - (3.1 km)
Best Western Inn Kelowna - (4.8 km)
Manteo Resort - (5 km)
Holiday Inn Express - (5 km)
Hotel Eldorado - (5.1 km)
Days Inn - (5.8 km)

Rotary Centre For The Arts

421 Cawston Ave Kelowna BC V1Y 0B4

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