Silver Star Kicks Off Summer with Exciting Lineup of
Festivals + Events
Cultural Celebrations, Crankworx, Wine Festival and Oktoberfest
The sun is shining and it’s already warming up in the alpine, which is why we’re thrilled to share what’s ahead for the summer season at Silver Star. Okanagan mountain summers are packed full of exhilarating and rejuvenating experiences, and a Silver Star summer is a level up. This year-round destination is a beautiful and welcoming place to hike, bike, eat, drink, stay and play in spring, summer and fall. Only a 20-minute drive from Vernon, Silver Star may very well be the Okanagan’s best kept mountain secret.
Silver Star Summer Lineup:
June 25 – Opening Weekend – Summer is on! Local and visiting mountain bikers are stoked for the opening of Canada’s second largest bike park, but Silver Star is so much more than sweet trails and the best flow park anywhere. From summer sliding to gondola rides and a gnome roam, there’s lots to see and do for the entire family.
To kick off the season, Destination Silver Star is hosting an inaugural community cultural celebration in the village. Happenings throughout the village include an artisan market featuring up to 20 local vendors, culinary offerings, and the Slay the Dragon trail race. The event is free to attend and starts at 10am. A territorial Indigenous welcome starts the day off on the main stage, followed by cultural performances and a Ukrainian fundraiser, before headliner daysormay takes the stage at 3pm.
daysormay, a North Okanagan band on the rise, features singer Aidan Andrews and twin brothers/rhythm section Carson and Nolan Bassett. The trio is carving out a unique space in modern alternative music, elevating their craft by incorporating pulsing drums, synths and guitars, meaningful melodies and sharp-witted lyrics. Growing up in Vernon, BC, daysormay brings relentless energy of a band on the verge to every new live show. Catch them live at Silver Star on June 25th.
July 28 to 31 – Crankworx Summer Series – The Crankworx Summer Series features bike races staged in epic destinations. As well as a variety of thrilling two-wheeled events, the weekend includes music, art, culture and great food. Think big air, fast berms, and world-class riding. Event competitions offer local and up-and-coming racers a chance to go wheel-to-wheel with national and international heroes, providing a path to future Crankworx World Tour greatness. Over $30,000 in prizes will be up for grabs.
August 11 to 14 – Wine Festival – Uncork together at our reimagined wine festival, featuring Savour the Sun wine dinners, wine tasting in the Village, special features and live music. The weekend will bring some of the Okanagan’s most celebrated winemakers up to the popular mountain destination. Savour rare finds and terroir-expressive wines, paired with delicious food from the culinary teams at Silver Star Mountain Resort.
August 11 – Enjoy special Okanagan wine features at several of Silver Star’s restaurants.
August 12 – Savour the Sun Wine Dinners –
A long table dinner is set to take over the village produced by The Den restaurant. Hosted by Silver Star Executive Chef Scott Sanderson, guests will enjoy a multi-course feast, showcasing local fare from the region and passionate producers who call the valley home. Each course will be paired with wines from Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country. Tickets are $145 + tax and gratuity (added at checkout) and can be bought here..
At Black Pine Social, Chef Jarred Sauve will bring an elevated and contemporary dining experience to guests, with a five-course menu that draws inspiration from rustic European alpine culture, complemented by Oliver Osoyoos wines paired by sommelier Melanie Loughery.
Tickets are $145+ tax and gratuity (added at checkout) and can be bought here.
August 13 – Uncork Your Senses Wine Tasting in the Village
Taste wines from Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country and other Okanagan Valley wine regions, while strolling through the beautiful Silver Star Village, during this engaging, progressive wine tasting event. Some of BC’s most sought-after, artisanal and award-winning wineries will be set up through the village, along with local food stalls offering sample bites and treats for guests to enjoy throughout the afternoon. Tickets are $95 and can be purchased here.
Silver Star Mountain Resort welcomes all guests to an open concert with Canadian Singer-Songwriter Andrew Allen. Wine seminars are planned for both Saturday and Sunday.
Book accommodations for the weekend at the Silver Star using rate code “SAVOUR” for special rates.
September 10 – Craft Beer & Cider Festival – Celebrate Oktoberfest early this year with Silver Star’s Craft Beer & Cider Festival. Silver Star is partnering with the fine folks behind the long running fan favourite Squamish Beer Fest to bring a celebration of the finest craft beer tastings and extensive local cidery options to the mountain Village. There will be a variety of food features, live music, games, and lots of fun. Grab a group of friends, take a few laps in the epic bike park, and enjoy tasty brews. Stay tuned! Tickets go live later this month on destinationsilverstar.com..
Sleep Over and Make Silver Star Your ‘Home Base’
Discover the magic of a Silver Star summer and all the surrounding region has to offer. We’ve got a pro-tip: stay longer using Silver Star’s great value accommodations as the perfect home base to see, eat, sip and play in Lake Country, the Shuswap, Vernon, Predator Ridge and more.
Wine tasting from Silver Star’s home base is a great itinerary option and are worth a visit for the views alone – not to mention worthy wines and delicious dining. The growing Monashee Mountains’ culinary scene provides plenty of perfect pairings from nearby wineries like Lieutenant Governor Award winner, Arrowleaf Cellars as we as 50th Parallel, Mt.Boucherie Waterside wineries as well as Ex Nihilo Vinyeards and BC wine country original, Gray Monk Estate Winery.
The cozy and colourful mountain accommodations that span classic hotel rooms, multi-bedroom luxury condominiums and vacation homes. Highlights include Snowbird Lodge with private hot tubs and theatre, Firelight and its communal outdoor hot tubs and grilling area, and The Pinnacles which features private sundeck hot tubs with endless views of the Monashee Mountains.
Unique to the destination, no trip to Silver Star is complete without a gnome hunt. A mini-mystical world awaits on and around the trails of Silver Star, and the “Gnome Roam” is your invitation to explore the mountain in a playful and unexpected way. This gentle, self-guided tour is likely to net sightings of the reclusive Silver Star gnomes.
Culinary Deights at Silver Star
Silver Star is a social hub fuelled by 18 charming cafes, restaurants, and pubs owned by long-time locals and featuring Okanagan flavours, ingredients and history. Hot spots include Black Pine Social with its supper club vibe; fan favourite The Den for its hearty menu and friendly atmosphere; and Bulldog™ Cafe which serves up Canadian, Dutch and Thai-Indonesian cuisine as an extension of renowned Dutch establishment The Bulldog™ Amsterdam (worth a google). From an underground smokers-den to a coffee shop empire, The Bulldog’s success-story reads like an Oprah-worthy American dream story.
Bugaboo’s Bakery café is a coffee and pastry lover’s fantasy boasting bread, buns and brewed beans to die for. Owner, Frank Berkers is celebrating 25 years in business and continues to hand roast his own small-batch coffee beans to make popular blends like Prince. Even more impressive, Frank has even mastered the art and science of turning out picture perfect cream puffs at mountain top elevations, thanks to advice from a pastry chef pal in the Pyrenees Mountains. Rumour has Frank has royal bloodlines putting him in good company with an impressive roster of celeb royalty as patrons like Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Anthony Hopkins, Joaquin Phoenix, and Wesley Snipes.
Tag and Win
Get creative this summer with a season-long social sweepstakes. All posts tagged with @destinationsilverstar and hashtagged #MySilverStar between June and September 5 will be entered into a draw for: an overnight stay and two tickets to the new Oktoberfest-style beer and cider festival, or a one night stay this winter.*
*Contest is open to all residents of Canada only, except QC, the sponsor(s) and its/ their subsidiaries and affiliates. Prize must be accepted as awarded and cannot be transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash. Winner to be notified by phone and/or email. Information on prize pick up will be given at that time. Contest winner’s name will be published and may be used for promotional purposes
About Destination Silver Star
Centrally located in the heart of BC’s Okanagan Valley rests Silver Star Mountain in the Monashee Mountain Range. The vibrant village is a beacon for adventure in the mountains and the people are its heart and soul. Big ideas and boundless energy inspired by the “Silver Queen’’ mine and first ski turns in the early 1930s. Nearly a century later, the same spirit is championing a thriving destination resort on the cusp of its next chapter.
Founded in 2021, Destination Silver Star is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization representing accommodations, attractions, restaurants, retail and homeowners.
Media release and images provided by Krista Lochhead, Hatch Hospitality.