Meadowlark Nature Festival 2024

Event Dates:
  • Thu May 16, 2024 All Day
  • Fri May 17, 2024 All Day
  • Sat May 18, 2024 All Day
  • Sun May 19, 2024 All Day
  • Mon May 20, 2024 All Day
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This year’s festival will include over 50 hiking, biking, walking, kayaking, and trail-riding tours, all with an ecological or cultural focus led by local mentors and conservation partners. Join us in the beautiful Okanagan-Similkameen this May long weekend to experience many well-known favourite tours and engaging new adventures, including accessible and family-friendly events.

Full Festival Schedule Here!

2024 Festival Highlights

Thursday, May 16th 

Celebrating Conservation through Film at our first Meadowlark Movie Night. Our 2024 Festival will open with the opportunity to gather, learn and engage with the important work of local and BC film producers.

The Dream Café, Penticton

Sunday, May 19th

We are excited to have as our 2024 Keynote Speaker, Bob McDonald, host of CBC radio’s Quirks and Quarks program. Plan to rendezvous with your Meadowlark Festival community for our annual evening social. Bob will explore with us the topic of his new book “The Future is Now” a solutions-based response to our planet’s climate crisis.



Welcome to this year’s feature artistAnne-Marie Harvey. A self-taught artist, Anne-Marie brings a lifetime of experience exploring and painting the beauty of British Columbia and the Yukon. Now residing in Naramata, Anne Marie finds great joy in mentoring and teaching. Always the storyteller, Anne-Marie paints everyday interactions in Nature and captures “the grandeur of the ordinary“ in all her work. Anne Marie will create this year’s signature original artwork and host plein air painting workshop as part of the 2024 Festival.

Friday, May 17th

Join our feature artist, Anne-Marie Harvey, for the PAG exhibit opening that will showcase her Meadowlark Festival signature painting and additional pieces of work. Artist’s Talk to follow on Saturday, May 18th.

Online ticket sales will open Thursday, April 4th.

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Every May long-weekend since 1998, Meadowlark Nature Festival has presented interactive, multi-disciplinary events that explore and celebrate the spectacular natural environment of the Okanagan Similkameen. Taking participants from Canada’s unique desert environment in the south, to the alpine meadows high above the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys, the Festival connects people with nature, engaging and inspiring them to protect the unique habitats and species of this region and indeed our planet.

Meadowlark Festival is geared to appeal to a wide cross-section of people and interests, and so events include canoe trips, guided hikes, film screenings, Aboriginal culture, inspirational speakers, bird watching tours, back-country horseback riding, geological tours, astronomy events, art exhibitions, photography, writing and painting workshops, historic hikes and more. There is truly something for everyone! Each event is led by an expert in their field such as a biologist, botanist, historian, geologist, naturalist, aboriginal knowledge keeper, astronomer, herpetologist, artist, etc. and groups are kept small so participants get an informative and entertaining, up-close-and-personal, one-on-one experience.

Throughout its history, Meadowlark has exposed thousands of local and visiting participants to conservation and environmental initiatives, encouraging their involvement and bringing them together to steward our natural environment and find common ground on which to celebrate it. The Festival promotes the Okanagan Similkameen as a major tourism destination in general and also offers insight and information about more specific locations that are of interest to eco-tourists, artists, birders, outdoor sporting enthusiasts such as hikers, cyclists, canoeists and others. A recent Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model (STEAM) report determined the Festival’s annual economic impact to be $625,000 for the whole of BC and over $550,000 directly to Penticton and area.

Meadowlark Nature Festival is the flagship event presented each year by the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance (OSCA), a registered non-profit, charitable organization. In addition to the annual Meadowlark Festival, OSCA operates ongoing community programs including:

  • ECOstudies Program
  • Spotlight on Species Program
  • ECOmanagement Program
  • Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory
    and OSCA online

For more information on OSCA visit our website at