The nickname of Kamloops is The Tournament Capital of Canada which reflects the frequency of sports tournaments taking place in the area.  It is almost impossible to plan a trip to Kamloops at a time when there is not some type of sports event going on there, since there is usually at least one tournament weekly in the area.  Some of the most attended sporting events there include the World Fly Fishing Championships, the World Junior Hockey Championships, and the Strauss Canada Cup of Curling. For more information about sports in the area, see Inside Kamloops: Sports and Activities here at TripAdvisor.

Sports may be a big draw to the area but that does not mean that it is lacking in other types of annual events. Music is also popular, and there are live music performances in the local parks all throughout the summer. Also in the summer is one of the biggest annual cultural celebrations of the area: the Kamloopa Powwow . This cultural event celebrates the Native history of the area. It draws a crowd of more than ten thousand who enjoy watching the various performing arts competitions which take place over the August long weekend. If you've never been to a powwow, you may wish to read this guide to Powwow Do's and Don'ts from Windspeaker.

Other annual events in the Kamloops area include the Kamloops Cowboy Festival , celebrating that aspect of the area's history, the Wildlights Christmas Festival at the wildlife park, and an annual film festival.

Updated information about events in the area can be found on Tourism Kamlooops' online calendar.