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Thursday August 17th – Sunday August 20th
Oliver Sunshine Festival

This festival will focus on showcasing Oliver’s unique heritage and the incredible agricultural nature of the area through four days of family-friendly activities and entertainment!

Thursday August 17th,
4:30-8pm | Oliver Evening Market
6:30-8pm | Music in the Park with Darlene Ketchum Jazz Quartet

Friday August 18th,
6-10pm | Uncork the Sun – Details Below

Saturday August 19th,
10:30am | Parade starts Downtown
11am-10pm | Oliver Roots and Fruits Expo – Details Below
6:30pm | Youth Ambassadors Coronation at the Frank Venables Theatre

Sunday August 20th, 9am Heritage Walking Tour
and 10:30-1130am | Church in the park

Friday, August 18th
Uncork the Sun!

A part of and a fundraiser for the Oliver Sunshine Festival

6pm to 10 pm – Oliver Community Park

Tickets for the event are $30 for adults, $15 for students and children under 8 are free.

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Kick start the Summer Wine Festival with Uncork the Sun, an outdoor concert and wine tasting event taking place on Friday August 18th. Hosted by Oliver Parks & Recreation, Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association (OOWA) and the Oliver Tourism Association (OTA), the event takes place from 6-10pm at the Oliver Community Park.

“It will be a pleasure to showcase the 39 wineries of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country at this annual event that draws both locals and visitors,” says OOWA Executive Director Jennifer Busmann. “There is no better way to celebrate summer in the Wine Capital of Canada and support the Oliver Sunshine Festival than attending a fun, interactive wine tasting event like this one.”

Live band Jack and Jill will be taking the stage to entertain and start the celebrations. Concert-goers can enjoy the live entertainment while sipping various locally-produced wines.

Tickets for the fun-filled ‘Uncork the Sun’ event cost $30 for adults, $15 for students and children and free for the under 8s. Tickets include a souvenir wine glass, five tasting ticketsused for both food or wine and live entertainment. We will be showcasing Oliver’s different cultural cuisine. A limited number of tickets are available for the event and can be purchased in advance at the Oliver Visitor Center and the Oliver Community Centre, as well as at the gate while quantities last.

Saturday August 19th

Oliver Roots and Fruits Expo

Oliver Community Park | FREE ALL DAY

Adults 19yrs and older should bring 2 pieces of ID, families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blanket, hats, sunscreen and whatever they need for a full day out in the park. Pets are not allowed on the Festival site so please leave them at home rather than in your car. Other items not to bring = alcohol, drugs, tobacco products.

The event will run Rain or Shine so please dress accordingly.

Live Entertainment Throughout the day featuring our headlining group

BCCMA “ Country Club Act of the Year” Chris Buck Band.

11:30AM | NICE VERDES – Rotary Main Stage www.niceverdes.wix.com/music
1:00-2:15PM | OLIVER’S GOT TALENT SHOW – Rotary Main Stage
1:00-2:00/2:00-3:00 | INTRO TO LACROSSE – Curling Club *equipment provided
2:00-4:00 | LOONIE SWIM – Oliver Pool
2:30-4:30PM | SACK RACES & POTATO CARRY RELAY – south end of park
2:30-3:30PM | PICOS PUPPET PLACE – Children’s Stage 1/3 Hall
3:30PM | PIE EATING CONTEST – in front of main stage
4:00-4:30 | STORYTELLING – Children’s Stage 1/3 Hall
4:45-5:30 | CHILDREN’S SING-ALONG – Rotary Main Stage
6:00-6:45 | MYSTERIOUS SONIC BOOMS – Buy-Low Foods Main Stage
7:15-8:00 | REBEL LUV – Buy-Low Foods Main Stage http://www.mikiespillett.com/
8:30-10:00PM | THE CHRIS BUCK BAND – Buy-Low Foods Main Stage http://chrisbuckband.com/

A true celebration of Oliver’s Agriculture and Heritage! We will be celebrating the here and now all the way to back then while visiting everything in the middle:

  • Enjoy dinning in the Multicultural Food village
  • Pay a visit to the agriculture and Heritage Exhibits where you will learn
  • Take a ride in the barrel train
  • Have a blast with the kids at the many kids activities
  • Stuff your face in the Pie eating Contest or show your skills in the pie baking contest instead. For Details on the Pie baking contest click here
  • Enter your vege-monster in the Strangest Vegetable Contest

List of Exhibits and vendors:

Observation Bee Hive Gold Panning
Children’s Craft Stations Henna Hut
Faraway Finds Oliver Museum and Heritage Society
Sagebrushers Roots and Fruits Art Show Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre
Okanagan Water Basin Board Oliver Tourism Association
Food Secure Oliver Strangest Vegetable Contest Fortis BC
Glitter Tattoos Wine Barrel Train Rides
Pie Baking Contest Sack Races
Potato Carry Relay Sand Play Tent
Pie Eating Contest Terroir Cheese
Wolf Tree Coffee Pizza Rolla
Hawaiian Shave Ice Extreme Food Group
Bannock Peter Ze German
Vagabond Kitchen

The 7th Annual Oliver Sunshine Festival is taking place August 17-20.  Saturday, August 19th will be the first Roots & Fruits Expo, where festival-goers of all ages can expect all the elements of a great summer event including a parade down Main Street, kiddie activities, food village, vendors, agriculture and heritage exhibits, pie eating and pie baking contests and hours of live entertainment on the community stage.  Thanks to the generosity of some local service organizations and businesses, admission to the Expo is free.

Following the 10:30am parade down main street, the Rotary Main Stage will kick off with Nice Verdes, an indie folk duo who have travelled the world studying and playing music.

Open auditions were held on July 22 and August 8th for the Oliver’s Got Talent Show sponsored by The Dance Studio, the result being a fantastic variety of singing and dancing acts with the youngest performer at 8 years old and the oldest performer at 16.  Sam Williams – singing; Dee Dee Shaw – lyrical dance; Ruth Otto – jazz dance; Sara Bousfield -lyrical dance; Laura and Kelan Harty – tap dance; Krisi Decker – jazz dance; Jack Vernon-Wood – singing; Kyah Allen – singing and playing ukulele.  Performances will begin at 1:00pm, do not miss this fun show and the chance to support these young stars.

New to the festival this year is the addition of a children’s stage featuring Pico’s Palace  puppet show and storytelling for young children and some special exhibits in the Community Hall including the Sagebrusher’s Roots and Fruits Art Show, the Oliver Heritage Society and the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre.  Out in the park families can enjoy food, shopping, craft stations, henna and glitter tattoos, wine barrel train rides and interactive exhibits such as gold panning, an observation bee hive and a giant sand box.   There will be traditional picnic games like sack races and relays and a pie eating contest.  Farmers and gardeners are invited to enter their “Strangest Vegetable” into the contest sponsored by the Town of Oliver and bakers are encouraged to enter their best fruit pie into the first Roots and Fruits Pie Baking Contest sponsored by Parties and Pies.

Youth 8 years and over who like sports are encouraged to participate in the free
“Introduction to Lacrosse” clinics taking place at the Curling Club from 1:00-2:00pm and again at 2:00-3:00pm.  Supervision and all equipment during the 1-hour session will be provided.  Cool off afterwards in the Oliver Pool, which will be open for a two-hour everyone welcome “Loonie Swim” between 2:00-4:00pm.

The Buy-Low Foods Mainstage entertainment will kick off at 6:00pm with back to back local bands Mysterious Sonic Booms followed by Rebel Luv, both ready to rock out with classic and contemporary favourites.  The headliner for the show is the Chris Buck Band out of Vancouver, who is the 2016 BCCMA Country Club Act of the Year that just recently reached the Billboard Country Chart Top 20 with their hit “That’s When You Know”.

Another exciting event taking place over the weekend is the Speech and Personal Presentations for the Oliver Ambassadors at Venables Theatre Friday night and Saturday night is their Coronation event also at the Venables Theatre.  Tickets are available at the door.   Wrap up the festival on Sunday morning with the church service in the park, everyone is welcome.

Festival attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating, 2 pieces of ID for the entrance gate to the fully licensed site and to leave pets at home.