About The Okanagan Military Tattoo

A musical extravaganza of pipers, drummers, musicians, military bands, marching troops, multicultural dancers and singers of all ages brought together in an action packed, non-stop choreographed two-hour event. Featuring over 500 performers from all over North America paying tribute to our military past and present.


The Okanagan is home to two kinds of tattoos:

The one your father warned you about, and the one with dozens of dancers, drums, bands, bagpipes and kilts all on a single stage.

A musical tattoo is a demonstration of military drumming, piping and skills. It’s called a ‘tattoo’ because when the British Army was fighting in Belgium 300 years ago, soldiers were called in from the pubs each night for curfew, or Doe den tap toe, Dutch for ‘Turn off the tap’.

The expression evolved—to tap-too and then tattoo: an exhilarating showcase of military bands, choirs and skills as well as the sounds and dances of today’s finest performers from around the world.


Pay tribute to the valley’s military past and music.

Vernon is home to an expansive Department of National Defence facility, which has trained tens of thousands of members of the armed forces and army cadets over the past 100 years. Today, many Canadian veterans have retired in the sunny Okanagan and keep alive the traditions of military drumming and piping.

Unite cultures and generations to celebrate our music and dance together.

We all benefit from the chance to be exposed to the arts and traditions of our neighbours and forefathers. In addition to fostering relationships, we hope to inspire future generations of musicians and dancers to keep our arts alive into the future.

Showcase the Okanagan’s talent and traditions.

We’re becoming the place where people go to experience traditional arts and we’re helping define Vernon’s musical and multi-cultural identity.

Boost tourism and the economy.

When hundreds of performers and thousands of audience members visit Vernon to take in the Okanagan Military Tattoo each year, they enjoy our musical extravaganza and discover all of the area’s attractions and amenities.