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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.

Jazz Jam at the RCA
Weekly Jazz Session
Thursday, May 19, 2022
School of Blues at RCA
Celebrating Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Jazz Jam at the RCA
Weekly Jazz Session
Thursday, May 26, 2022
Major Mambo at the RCA
Evening Show
Thursday, June 2, 2022
Cabaret at Mary Irwin Theatre
Presented by New Vintage Theatre and the RCA
Friday, June 3, 2022
Cabaret at Mary Irwin Theatre
Presented by New Vintage Theatre and the RCA
Saturday, June 4, 2022
Cabaret at Mary Irwin Theatre
Presented by New Vintage Theatre and the RCA
Saturday, June 4, 2022
Cabaret at Mary Irwin Theatre
Presented by New Vintage Theatre and the RCA
Sunday, June 5, 2022
Cabaret at Mary Irwin Theatre
Presented by New Vintage Theatre and the RCA
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Cabaret at Mary Irwin Theatre
Presented by New Vintage Theatre and the RCA
Thursday, June 9, 2022
Cirque Du Soleil at Prospera Place
OVO
Thursday, June 9, 2022
Cabaret at Mary Irwin Theatre
Presented by New Vintage Theatre and the RCA
Friday, June 10, 2022
Cirque Du Soleil at Prospera Place
OVO
Friday, June 10, 2022
Cirque Du Soleil at Prospera Place
OVO - Morning Show
Saturday, June 11, 2022
Cabaret at Mary Irwin Theatre
Presented by New Vintage Theatre and the RCA
Saturday, June 11, 2022
Cirque Du Soleil at Prospera Place
OVO - Afternoon Show
Saturday, June 11, 2022
Cabaret at Mary Irwin Theatre
Presented by New Vintage Theatre and the RCA
Saturday, June 11, 2022
Cirque Du Soleil at Prospera Place
OVO
Saturday, June 11, 2022
Cirque Du Soleil at Prospera Place
OVO - Afternoon Show
Sunday, June 12, 2022
Cabaret at Mary Irwin Theatre
Presented by New Vintage Theatre and the RCA
Sunday, June 12, 2022
Cirque Du Soleil at Prospera Place
OVO
Sunday, June 12, 2022
Stampeders at Kelowna Community Theatre
Celebrating 50 Years!
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Russell Peters at Prospera Place
Act Your Age World Tour
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Dancing Queen at Kelowna Community Theatre
ABBA Tribute Band from Australia
Monday, July 4, 2022
Jason Mraz at Kelowna Community Theatre
One Night Only
Friday, July 15, 2022
Major Mambo at the RCA
Evening Show
Thursday, August 4, 2022
Greta Van Fleet at Prospera Place
Dreams of Gold Tour 2022
Monday, August 29, 2022
Rhindress at Mary Irwin Theatre
Album Release Concert
Sunday, September 18, 2022
Jesse Cook at KCT
Tempest II Tour
Saturday, September 24, 2022
The Rural Alberta Advantage at KCT
2022 Tour
Monday, September 26, 2022
Colin James at Kelowna Community Theatre
Open Road Tour
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Major Mambo at the RCA
Evening Show
Thursday, October 6, 2022
Styx at Prospera Place
with Nancy Wilson's Heart
Saturday, October 8, 2022
Jim Jefferies at Prospera Place
The Moist Tour
Thursday, October 20, 2022
Mary Walsh at Mary Irwin Theatre
One Night Only
Thursday, October 27, 2022
Jeremy Hotz at Kelowna Community Theatre
Marquis de Sad Tour
Saturday, November 19, 2022
Major Mambo at the RCA
Evening Show
Thursday, December 1, 2022

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.



Rotary Centre For The Arts

421 Cawston Ave Kelowna BC V1Y 0B4
250.717.5304