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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where is Penticton?
A: Penticton sits between Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake in the beautiful southern Okanagan Valley.
Q: How do I get to Penticton?
A: Penticton airport receives three flights a day from Vancouver and is home to many private companies that service charter flights and scenic flights. Highway 97 is the major north/south highway from the Canada/US border to Central British Columbia and it passes through Penticton. Highway 3 is the major east/west highway and passes just to the south of Penticton where it connects with highway 97.
Q: When is Penticton Peach Festival held?
A: Penticton Peach Festival always begins the Wednesday after the BC long weekend. In 2016 Peach Festival will open on Wednesday, August 3 and close after the last act on Sunday evening, August 7.
Q: Where in Penticton will I find the festival?
A: Penticton Peach Festival is held in several locations within Penticton. The main stage and vendors are located in Okanagan Lake Park. The Aboriginal Cultural Village is held in Gyro Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Shooting Star Amusements are located in Rotary Park and information on prices can be found on their website: www.shootingstar.ca. All these parks are nearby each other. The Sheila Bishop Memorial Wooden Bat Slo-pitch Tournament is held all day on Saturday and August 9 and 10, in Lion’s Park.
The sandcastle competition is held on Thursday afternoon at Skaha Beach. Registration is between 4 pm and 4:30 pm at Skaha Beach on the afternoon of the competition.
The Square Dance Festival is held at the Seniors’ Drop-in Centre, 2965 South Main Street, Penticton, from Wednesday through to Saturday. The Pentown Throwdown for skateboarders and BMX riders is held at the Youth Skateboard Park on Riverside Drive.
Q: What does Peach Festival cost?
A: We do not charge an entry fee to any of the parks.
Q: Is seating and shade provided?
A: We encourage all visitors to wear sun screen, a sun hat and bring a lawn chair. Thanks to Valley First Credit Union and Prospera Credit Union, we're able to offer their tents for shade.
Q: Can I bring my dog to Peach Festival?
A: Peach Festival is created for families, so for the safety of all festival goers, please leave your dog at home.
Q: Where can I park?
A: Penticton is a very walkable city. We encourage you to leave the car at home and walk to the various sites and/or use public transit. Check the late night bus service specifically put on for Peach Festival attendees..
Q: Where are the nearest hotels, motels and campgrounds?
A: Penticton & Wine Country Tourism can answer all your accommodation questions, visit their website at: www.tourismpenticton.com
69th Annual: August 3 - August 7, 2016