It’s festival season in Kamloops.
Following a wetter than normal start to July — we received more rain through July 21 than we normally experience during the entire month — Mother Nature has brought back summer.
With various events being staged outdoors, the timing could not be better.
And, (knock on wood), the sunny skies are crystal clear compared to the smoky horizon that blanketed Kamloops during the past two summers.
This Thursday marks the start of the second annual Kamloops International Buskers Festival, which will see world-class performers wow audiences in Riverside Park through Sunday. It truly is a world-class event and needs support from residents — both in cheers and cash, as these artists are only paid via donations — if the buskers are to continue coming to the Tournament Capital.
Also established this summer is the latest edition of X Fest, Project X Theatre’s annual outdoor presentation of two plays in Prince Charles Park downtown.
Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk will be performed on alternating nights, through Aug. 3.
Of course, there is also Hot Nite in the City and Ribfest just around the corner — on the weekend of Aug. 9 to Aug. 11 — with tens of thousands of people expected to be downtown and in Riverside Park.
Take time to enjoy some (or all) of the above and more that is happening in and around Kamloops this summer. Festivals can bind a community and can serve as stress relievers in these hectic days.
Slow down, smell the ribs, ogle the cars, toss a toonie to a busker and give a standing ovation in Prince Charles Park.
You deserve it.