COMING UP: Pumpkins of Light, THURSDAY, OCT. 25
Open Door Group’s Gardengate Horticulture Program is hosting its 13th annual Pumpkins of Light Festival featuring pumpkins carved by the Kamloops community placed along a spooky path lit only by jack-o’-lanterns. The event will take place at 915 Southill St. and entry is free.
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Dunes, 652 Dunes Dr.
Visit The Dunes in Westsyde for the third annual family fun Oktoberfest event. Pick a pumpkin, enjoy some food and live music and check out arts and crafts vendors. There’s also a dance Saturday evening at 8 p.m. Admission is free for the dance but seating is limited. Must be age 19 or older.
Friday, 8 p.m., Bailey’s Pub, 1050 8th St.
The Tommy Lama Experience is a comedy spoof of the get-rich-quick, self-help seminars held by Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra or Joel Osteen. The show is the product of Tommy Savitt, a New Jersey-based stand-up comedian who has won multiple comedy awards in the U.S.
VIMY ON STAGE
Until Oct. 20, various showtimes, Sagebrush Theatre, 821 Munro St.
A story of bravery, romance and sacrifice follows a group of Canadian soldiers and a nurse as they gather in a field hospital following the Battle of Vimy Ridge. This Western Canada Theatre production runs until Oct. 20. Tickets for Vimy are $39 and available at the Kamloops Live box office, 1025 Lorne St., 250-374-5483 or online at kamloopslive.ca.
WORDS ALIVE KAMLOOPS
Friday to Sunday, various locations
The event formerly known as the Kamloops Writers Festival is on this weekend. Words Alive Kamloops features guest speakers Dennis Staginnus, Corinna Chong, Sam Wiebe, Kerry Gilbert and Tariq Hussein. The panel discussion will take place 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hotel 540, 540 Victoria St. More information, including registration and a complete schedule of events, is online at wordsalivekamloops.com.
Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Tumbleweed Lounge at the Plaza Hotel, 405 Victoria St.
Gorden James will bring his urban country stylings to the Tumbleweed Lounge this weekend. James describes his style as easy listening with a touch of blues.
Friday and Saturday, Rotary Park Bandshell
Catch the tail end of the city’s video art and light show this weekend. On Friday, Origami and More Music for Sponges will feature Montreal-based artist Martin Marier plus a special guest, playing a sponge — a digital musical instrument that looks like a cushion and reacts musically when twisted, bent or tapped. Saturday, the final day of Luminocity, will feature another evening of beer and music hosted by Factotum. Live bands include The Prettys, Did You Die and Groceries, who will take the Rotary Bandshell stage at 8 p.m. A complete schedule of events and exhibits is available online at luminocity.ca.
Friday, 9:30 p.m., On the Rocks Pub and Grill, 1265 Rogers Way
Winnipeg band The Deeds is touring Western Canada and will visit the River City on Friday. They play soulful roots-rock and are supporting their newest single Dreaming of Seattle.
Saturday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Lyons Landscaping, 1271 Salish Rd.
The fourth annual Lyons Halloween Fireworks will soon light up the sky. Pumpkins will be available for painting for $3 each, with painting supplies provided. All proceeds will go to United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo and Kamloops Food Bank. The fireworks show begins at approximately 8:05 p.m.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., The Grindhouse Cafe, 100-125 4th Ave.
A trio of bands will play at the Grindhouse Saturday. No Liars, The Fallaways and Octobers will take the stage for an all-ages show. Entry is $10 for the show.
Tuesday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Red Collar Brewing, 355 Lansdowne St.
Singer-songwriter Noah Derksen is stopping by Kamloops and will play a show on Tuesday with local Abby Wale, who will open the show with an acoustic set. A donation of $10 is suggested.
STAY AT HOME GALA
Thursday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at your door
Rather than going out, why not stay in? The Kamloops Brain Injury Association is hosting another Stay at Home Gala, where they deliver dinners-for-two for a good cause. Each $100 box supports the KBIA and qualifies for a $50 tax receipt. Tickets are available from Eventbrite and must be purchased before Oct. 22. Dinners will arrive between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.