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Taste of Downtown is Back!

Taste of Downtown is Back!

Taste of Downtown Kamloops

The Taste of Downtown is back, and now it’s bigger and better than ever. From July 31st to August 31st, patrons of the downtown are encouraged to purchase a Taste of Downtown passport for a minimum donation of $5. This passport will allow them access to special offers and discounts at participating downtown restaurants and cafes. The participating businesses and their promotions will be announced at a later date.

How Can You Participate?

Businesses that wish to participate are encouraged to contact the KCBIA by phone at (250) 372 3242. The deadline for businesses to join is July 15th.  All businesses have to do is fill out a registration form stating what promotion they will be offering. Donations of merchandise and gift cards are also appreciated as we will be giving out weekly prizes to passport holders. There will be a grand prize given out at the end of the event. Passport holders who have received at least ten stamps in their passport and who have kept their receipts are eligible for the grand prize. Once the event begins, patrons will show their passport to participating businesses to receive special offers and discounts. There is no additional cost to businesses to participate, but donations of prizes are welcome.

#OpenWithCare

In past years, the Taste of Downtown has been a day-long event, but this year we’re doing things a bit differently. As part of the KCBIA’s #OpenWithCare campaign, this year the Taste of Downtown will be a month-long event, from July 31st to August 31st. This is to spread crowds out and ensure proper social distancing can be maintained throughout the event.

Passports can be acquired starting on July 25th at our main office at 246 2nd Avenue Monday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm and Monday to Saturday at our 340 Victoria Street office from 11am to 1pm.

For more information about Downtown Kamloops, please visit downtownkamloops.ca or phone us at (250) 372 3242.

Kamloops Art Gallery – Now Open!

Kamloops Art Gallery – Now Open!

 

The Kamloops Art Gallery has reopened its doors to the public! After being closed down they are finally able, and ready to #openwithcare to the public.

Some things have changed, however, the new hours of operations are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. Thursday is still free admission thanks to BCLC.

The exhibit the Art Gallery will be highlighting is “Casting the Eye Adrift” by Donald Lawerence, curated by Charo Neville and will run until December.

Remember to adhere to the Gallery’s COVID procedures:

  • Please stay home if you are not feeling well
  • There will be limited maximum capacity in all of our spaces
  • All guest from different households must stay 2m apart
  • Children must stay with an adult at all times
  • Masks are welcome but not mandatory
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the Gallery

For more information, check out their website for all the details! Help support the Kamloops Art Gallery!

Fulton Winter Block Party

Fulton Winter Block Party

Recap of Welcome Winter Block Party

The 3rd Annual Fulton winter block party in downtown Kamloops was on Saturday and the day was a complete success. More than 3000 people came out throughout the day to enjoy beer from local favourites – Red Collar, Iron Road, Bright Eye, Noble Pig, and Alchemy Brewing, as well as hot drinks provided by The Vic and Fulton.

DJ King Kong Finger provided tunes throughout the event and Dave Coalmine also gave a live performance. Prizes were given out all day for drink tickets, heritage railway tickets, and Fulton’s title sponsor gave out lift tickets for Sun Peaks. The businesses in Downtown also saw a boost in their sales this weekend.

Children in attendance enjoyed outdoor ball hockey thanks to the Kamloops Outdoor Skating Association and Kamloops Ball Hockey Association while adults stayed warm by the fires or looked at the various artisan crafts sold by vendors like Arwen’s Apparel and Riz Wools. There was live music to listen to while spending time with their friends and family.

We’d like to extend our sincere gratitude to all the breweries that participated in selling their beer. And a special thank you to Fulton for sponsoring another fantastic Winter Block Party!

Recap of the 39th Annual Santa Parade

Recap of the 39th Annual Santa Parade

Annual Santa Parade Recap

It’s time for this years’ annual Santa Claus Parade recap!

Despite some initial skepticism, Kamloops’ first nighttime parade was a smashing success this year with a bigger turnout than previous years with people crowding the streets for this year’s Santa Parade. Crowds of citizens came together to watch the parade. This aptly symbolized the theme of the parade for this year – “Power of Community”.

People of all ages gathered together along Victoria Street in the downtown core to watch as more than fifty floats and participants marched along the streets of Kamloops to introduce Santa.

We encouraged all of the participants in the parade to decorate with lights bright enough to be seen from outer space. Although the suggestion may have been a reach, we were thrilled to see the brilliant results. We’re also excited to announce that we’ve already begun planning for next year.

A big and warm thank you to Thompson Rivers University for sponsoring this amazing event!

We can’t wait to see what next year will bring! If you have any suggestions for next years’ themes, please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know. We’re looking forward to see you all again then!

Winter Block Party: What to expect?

Winter Block Party: What to expect?

Are you coming to the Fulton Welcome Winter Block Party?

When is it?

This Saturday, December 7th, from 12 PM until 7 PM.

Where is it?

On Victoria Street between 3rd and 4th Ave!

What is it?

This event is the 3rd annual Winter Block Party hosted by Fulton, Downtown Kamloops, and the Kamloops Sports Council.

This is an event with fun activities for all ages. There will be food and drinks, an assortment of games, a live DJ, and an outdoor market! Santa will be visiting from 1:00 –3:00 PM in case you missed him at the parade. And we will have a special performance from Dave Coalmine at 4:00 PM.

The Vic Downtown will be serving Coffee to keep you warm and a variety of craft brews from Red Collar Brewing, The Noble Pig Brewhouse, Bright Eye Brewing, and more!

This is a great day to shop local and head over to get your gifts wrapped by the Kamloops This Week Christmas Cheer Fund Wrappers.

Just a note for the drivers out there – the 300 block of Victoria street will ONLY be open for pedestrians from 9 AM – 8 PM on Saturday, December 7th.

For more information: Send an email to events@downtownkamloops.com or call (250) 372 3242.

Welcome Winter Block Party & Winter Campaigns

Welcome Winter Block Party and Winter Campaigns

With our “Fulton & Company LLP Welcome Winter Block Party” wrapped up and our Stuff Your Stockings contest still going strong, now is the perfect time for a few winter reminders and thank-yous before the New Years extravaganza.

First off, we at Downtown Kamloops would like to thank everyone who showed us support at the “Fulton & Company LLP Welcome Winter Block Party” this past Saturday. This includes all the hard work put in by Brewloops, Kamloops Kia Motors, the volunteers, and our title sponsor, Fulton & Company LLP (who signed up as the title sponsors for three years!). Everyone from these organizations has been a major help and we look forward to collaborating with our friends in the future!

With the holiday season and end of the year around the corner, we want to extend our thanks to everyone who has been a part of our events, programs, and overall downtown experience. We would like to thank our CAP Team Sponsors, and Downtown Kamloops sponsors for their dedication to downtown.

The holiday isn’t quite over yet in Downtown Kamloops! The Stuff your Stockings Campaign is going strong until December 21st when we will draw a winner for $1000 in Downtown Kamloops gift certificates! You can enter a ballot at participating businesses and find a full list here.

Lastly don’t forget, that the City of Kamloops is offering you the gift of free parking this holiday season. Come downtown on Saturdays (and Sundays) and enjoy free ON STREET parking! When you find yourself downtown after the holiday season and are looking for somewhere free to park on the weekends, remember that the Lansdowne and Seymour Street Parkades are free on weekends!

Written by Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

 

Additionally, if you’d like to learn more about what’s going on in downtown Kamloops, you can check out our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.