Tickets on sale for the 22nd annual Meadowlark Nature Festival April 6

Tickets for the 22nd annual Meadowlark Nature Festival taking place May 16 to 20, 2019 are on sale starting Saturday, April 6th at 10 am.

Showcasing the spectacular natural wonders of the Okanagan and Similkameen, Meadowlark Festival offers over 70 tours including hiking, cycling, canoeing, historical tours, astronomy events, art exhibitions, Aboriginal events, and photography and painting workshops, among others. Leading Meadowlark tours are experts in their fields including biologists, botanists, herpetologists, entomologists, artists, traditional knowledge keepers, and adventurists.

“This year’s roster of events includes many of our perennial favourites including our burrowing owl tour, bat tours, photography workshops, horseback riding and canoing, cycling tours, geology and natural history tours as well as some great hikes at McIntyre Bluff, Skaha Bluffs, Mahoney Lake, Similkameen Pines and Oliver Mountain,” says Festival Coordinator Jayme Friedt. “We’ve also added several wonderful new tours this year such as a hike exploring the Eneas Wildfire in Summerland, a sustainable buildings and landscapes tour, Cottonwood forest restoration tour at the En’owkin Greenhouse and Nursery and a kayak tour to Rattlesnake Island to name only a few.”

The Festival’s 2019 Featured Artist is Alex Fong. Alex’s piece entitled, One Moon…, will be used on the Festival's promotional materials including t-shirts, poster and advertising. Limited edition signed canvas prints of One Moon… are available for purchase through the Festival office. The original framed watercolour is one of three prizes on this year’s Meadowlark raffle ticket, which also includes Westjet tickets and a $500 Burrowing Owl Estate Winery gift card!

“Alex has such a joyful, whimsical approach to his art. We absolutely love the playful and colourful depiction he’s done of a Meadowlark scene,” exclaims Friedt. “We are very lucky to have an artist of his calibre offer his work to the Festival!”

Each year, the Festival hosts a dinner and auction fundraiser. This year’s event is the Birders, Burgers and Beer on Friday May 17 from 5 to 7 pm. Meadowlarkers are invited to kick off the Festival at the beautiful Penticton Golf and Country Club, enjoy a delicious meal including a chicken, veggie or beef burger, fries, salad and a drink of choice (one beer, house wine, or soft drink), listen to great live music by the incomparable Ari Neufeld, raise a toast to our Outstanding in Nature Award recipient Bryn White and bid on some spectacular silent and live auction items.

For a complete look at the 2019 Festival go to meadowlarkfestival.ca and click on 2019 Festival at a Glance.

Both online and in-person ticket sales start at 10 am Saturday April 6th. Online tickets can be purchased at the website www.meadowlarkfestival.ca using any major credit card via PayPal. In person ticket sales take place from 10 am to noon in Room Two at the Penticton Community Centre, 325 Power Street.