in downtown kelowna
Way back in the day, it was the place to be. High schoolers would drive their cars up and down Bernard from Water St to Richter St looking to see who else was hanging out. We're talking pre cell phone days.
It still hosts many pubs and restaurants that provide live music and a wide variety of food, from pub fare to mediterranean and asian.
Add to that a wide selection of boutique stores, coffee shops, hotels and banks and Bernard Ave truly is the heart of downtown Kelowna. In the summer months it fills with both locals and tourists as they stroll up and down the avenue and take in all it
has to offer, as well as wander off up the boardwalk along the lake and over to the cultural district.
Music and other arts & culture events happening along and around Bernard Ave.
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.
Venues right on Bernard Ave include:
Salt & Brick
Venues just off Bernard Ave include:
Bernard Ave is stuated just one block south of the cultural district and runs right up to Lake Okanagan.
The relentless Covid pandemic, along with the other factors, have caused the owners of Fernando's to take the difficult decision to permanently close the doors on this downtown venue that was home to so many live music events over the years.
It's not just the number of shows that they hosted, but the styles and genres hosted by this venue over the years. Indie rock artists and bands, punk, and any number of other less mainstream musicians played gigs there, and Fernando's was one of the only
places catering to those artists and their fans.
The city of Kelowna chose to limit Bernard Ave to pedestrian traffic this summer in an attempt to get more people visiting the shops along the citys main outdoor shopping corridor. While the public that took advantage of the closure were highly supportive of
it, reaction from businesses along the avenue were more divided.
While most restaurants, especially those closest to the lake end of Bernard, experienced a bump from the closure, many retailers along the stretch were less fortunate. The overall effects on the community as a whole and the businesses along this strip will
be taken into account before deciding on a similar closure in years to come, a modified closure perhaps covering a shorter span of blocks along Bernard, or no closure at all.