WHAT’S UP DOWNTOWN – Exciting lineup of events planned for 2018

Ron MacLean and Tara Slone host Rogers Hometown Hockey. (Image:

WE ARE BACK! Happy 2018 Downtown Kamloops. It’s time for a New Year and a new you! Well, for a few months anyway. We won’t tell.

You can bet your New Year resolutions that Downtown Kamloops has some very exciting events planned for this year. Here’s a sneak peak of just a few of the  fun events that are planned for 2018 that you might enjoy.

Are you a hockey fan? Ever heard of a little team named the Vancouver Canucks? How about the Minnesota Wild? Well, coming to the Sandman Centre from Jan. 13-14 is the ultimate NHL fan experience: The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour.

You can join Sportsnet hosts Ron MacLean and Tara Slone as they travel across the country, making stops in 24 different communities to celebrate local hockey stories. Don’t forget that a month later we have the 2018 B.C. Winter games coming to Kamloops.

Now that the snow has fallen in Downtown Kamloops you might feel a little stir crazy come Spring. Well, when the clock starts to tick backwards instead of forwards, it will be time to get outside for a little exercise. What better way to kick off Spring than by joining Boogie the Bridge 2018 on April 29?

Loyal readers might remember last year’s event where I sadly lost to my co-worker in the 10-kilometer battle. It’s not easy admitting it to the world, but it is not about winning or losing when you are getting out there to help raise money for charity. This year’s charity groups are the Kamloops Brain Injury Association and the Kamloops Early Language and Literacy Initiative.

The next event is new to Kamloops this year and will have you asking yourself a very important question, “Do I need more jugglers, acrobatics, and hula-hoopers in my life?”

Well friends, if the answer is yes, then you might want to keep an eye on the calendar this summer as the Victoria International Buskers Festival is relocating to Kamloops in 2018. This carnival-style event also has smooth playing musicians, side splitting comedians and will not be an event to miss.

Summer will remain a sizzling experience in Downtown Kamloops as we will still have our own exciting and unique events. Taste of Downtown, Car Free Day, Artisans Alive – who knows, there might even be more of those block parties in the new year.

We have an exiting year ahead of us in Downtown Kamloops, and we look forward to spending it with you all. See you around!

This article was written by Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach him at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email Follow on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too.

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