Tips to Save Money at Rutland May Days 2017

April 25, 2017

Rutland May Days ProposalRutland May Days 2017 is fast approaching! We know the word gets overused, but Kelowna’s best annual carnival festival is going to be AWESOME!

Going into its 58th year, making it Kelowna’s longest running festival, Rutland May Days for 2017 will run from May 19th to 21st.

Of course, while the memories made at Rutland May Days are priceless, it’s certainly true that some families feel like an outing to the carnival can leave a big hole in their wallets. It’s not because the event itself is expensive; it’s more about knowing how to keep track of dollars and make them stretch farther. We have some easy tips to help you take the family to this year’s event, get the most out of it, and not break the bank.

Sometimes the Best Things in Life are Free

Everyone loves free! There is so much you can enjoy at Rutland May Days without spending anything (or very little). Catching the fun of the annual parade and listening to the live music in Centennial Park are perfect examples. You can also wander the community market, just taking in the energy and excitement.


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Admission to the Park is Only $3.00

That’s right. Only $3.00 to enter Centennial Park and soak up the electric atmosphere. All proceeds from that fee go directly to the Rutland Park Society to make the community even better.

From April 28th Head to Save On Foods to Get Wristbands for All Day Rides!

Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of Rutland May Days are Shooting Star’s midway rides. Buying a wristband for all-day riding is not only practical – no need to carry individual tickets – it’s also a money saver. From April 28th, go to Save On Foods in Rutland and Glenmore to save $10 off the price of every wristband. You can Save on Rides at Save on Foods!  Live in the Mission?  You can purchase them at Urban Fare too. The same wristbands will cost more at the event itself.  Buy early and save $$$!

Win a Free Wristband!

Yes, you can win a free wristband! Share the Rutland May Days official Facebook page and help it get to 500 likes, and you can win. For more chances to win free rides and wristbands, follow Shooting Star’s Facebook page!

Camp Out

If you’re coming from out of town, you can make big savings on accommodation by camping. Instead of booking a room, why not hitch up the trailer or load the RV and enjoy some of the excellent local campgrounds in a gorgeous setting? Hundreds do it every year. From lakeside camping to RV parks with all the amenities you could ask for, start BC’s camping season off right and make some new friends. Click here for a list of local campgrounds and RV parks in and around Kelowna.

Take Transit

Avoid the traffic and the parking hassles by using transit to get to Rutland May Days. With many routes operating each day, taking the bus is stress free and allows you to focus on the fun ahead instead of fighting over parking spaces. Check in with BC Transit’s Kelowna page for routes and schedules.

Those are just a few tips to help you save money at the 2017 Rutland May Days. Of course, remember that smiling is always free. We can’t wait to see yours!

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